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Poutschy (German, Eduardsdorf), a village in Volhynia situated some fourteen miles west of Dubno, was the leading center of the Swiss-Volhynian Men­nonite group in 1815-1861. It was settled by Swiss Amish Mennonites from the Polish villages of Urszulin and Michelsdorf, who had come from Montbéliard, France, in 1791. Dissatisfaction with farming conditions at Urszulin-Michelsdorf and a liberal offer by Prince Edward Lubanirsky were the basis of the move to Poutschy. Families found their way to near-by villages, such as Zahoris, Futtor, and Hecker.

The Poutschy settlement was reinforced by some members of a small group of Swiss Amish Men­nonites who had settled near Dubno in 1801-1802. In the course of time the two groups, those at Poutschy and those located nearer Dubno in the villages of Wignanska and Futtor, merged. The group near Dubno had its historical roots in the movement of Mennonites from South Germany to Galicia.

The land at Poutschy was leased from the Prince for periods of 24 years. New names added to the church roster here were Waldner, Wedel, Archlus, Strauss, and Prieheim. The traditional earlier fam­ily names were Albrecht, Flickinger, Gering, Krehbiel, Miller, Schrag, Stucky, Sutter, Voran, and Zerger. In its earlier years the congregation ad­hered to the Amish Discipline of 1779, but there is some evidence that by 1860 the distinctive practices were waning. Officials of the church were Joseph Schrag, Johann Albrecht, Johann Mixller, Johann Schrag, Johann Gering, and Jacob Stucky. Almost the entire Eduardsdorf group moved to Kutuzovka and Neumannovka in 1861. The families who remained related themselves to the congrega­tion found in the villages of Zahoris and Futtor.

Bibliography

Schrag, Martin H. "European History of the Swiss-Volhynian Mennonite Ancestors of Mennonites now living in Communities in Kansas and South Dakota" (unpublished master's dissertation, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1956).


Author(s) Martin H Schrag
Date Published 1959


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Schrag, Martin H. "Poutschy (Rivne Oblast, Ukraine)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 21 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Poutschy_(Rivne_Oblast,_Ukraine)&oldid=84148.

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Schrag, Martin H. (1959). Poutschy (Rivne Oblast, Ukraine). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Poutschy_(Rivne_Oblast,_Ukraine)&oldid=84148.




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