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Litwiller is a Mennonite family mentioned in the Palatinate Mennonite census lists in 1685, where the name of Hans Leutweyler appears. Peter Litwiller (1809-1878) of Alsace migrated to Ontario in 1829, where he became a bishop in the Wilmot Amish Mennonite Church. His son Christian (1848-1924) and his grandson Peter (1869-1930) were ministers in the Ontario Amish Mennonite Church. A great-grandson Nelson Litwiller (1898-1986) and his wife Ada Ramseyer Litwiller (b. 1900), as well as their son  John, were Mennonite Church (MC) missionaries in Uruguay. Between 1834 and 1850 the Litwiller family came to central Illinois near Metamora. Later the family also settled near Hopedale and Gridley, Illinois. Among the ministers in Illinois have been Joseph Litwiller (1836-1914) of the Hopedale Church (MC), Jonas Litwiller (1865-1944) of the Pleasant Grove Church (MC), and John W. Litwiller (1874-1955) of the Boynton Central Conference Mennonite Church. Simon Litwiller (1880-1956) was the bishop of the Hopedale Mennonite Church (MC) beginning in 1925. John W. and Simon were grandsons of Joseph Litwiller. The Illinois Litwillers have their background in Butler County, Ohio. Several Litwillers have been preachers in the Church of God in Christ Mennonite congregation at Ithaca, Michigan.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1957

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Litwiller (Litwiler) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 26 Apr 2017.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1957). Litwiller (Litwiler) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 377-378. All rights reserved.

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