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Stähli (Stahly), a Mennonite family of Swiss descent. Heini Stähli, of Seehof, then belonging to the Catholic bishopric of Basel, Switzerland, was imprisoned in 1622 because of his Mennonite convictions. After 1670 some Stählis moved to the Palatinate, Germany, and among the Swiss emigrants moving to the Netherlands in 1711 there was a Jacob Stähly (born circa 1676), of Hilterfingen in the area of Thun. His son Jacob Stähly was an elder of the Swiss congregation at Kampen, Holland, in 1736-57. The Stählis usually belonged to the Amish branch. Apparently the first of this family to immigrate to America were the brothers Johann and Jakob Stähli, of the Palatinate, who went to Ohio in 1829, and ten years later to Elkhart, Indiana.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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