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Tonawanda, New York, an area on the east side of the Niagara River between Niagara Falls and Buffalo, was once the location of a small Mennonite settlement. The Ebersole name is one of the present indications that Mennonite families formerly lived in this area. The first Mennonites migrating to western New York in the early 1830's were mainly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. No organized congregation was formed at this place. A few families worshiped in a local church at LaSalle, now a part of the city of Niagara Falls. It was probably after the middle of the century that Jacob Krehbiel preached for these families. It is said that John S. Coffman visited the place while Krehbiel was still living. The work in this place, supported by Jacob Krehbiel, was identified with the conferences under which he served; i.e., Mennonite Church (MC) under the Mennonite Conference of Ontario, and later General Conference Mennonites (GCM).


Author(s) Joseph C Fretz
Date Published 1959


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Fretz, Joseph C. "Tonawanda (New York, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tonawanda_(New_York,_USA)&oldid=78239.

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Fretz, Joseph C. (1959). Tonawanda (New York, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tonawanda_(New_York,_USA)&oldid=78239.




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