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Martin Kolb (b. 1680) was the third of the seven children of Dielman Kolb, who emigrated from Wolfsheim, Germany, to Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1685. In the spring of 1707 Martin emigrated to America with three younger brothers, Johannes, Jakob, and Heinrich, and on 19 May 1709 he married Magdalena van Sintern, a daughter of Isaac van Sintern, the Germantown deacon, who had emigrated from the Hamburg-Altona church to Germantown in 1700. In 1709 he was among the first settlers of Skippack, 15 miles (25 km) north of Germantown, where he lived until his death in 1761. He was the first preacher of Skippack, the first rural congregation in America. He had been ordained on 20 April 1708, perhaps by Elder Jakob Godschalk. There are no records of his 53 years of service at Skippack. With his brother Dielman he wrote a letter 9 October 1745 to the Commissie voor buitenlandsche nooden in Holland.


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Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 215. All rights reserved.

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