Allen County (Ohio, USA)

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Allen County, Ohio, is located in the northwestern section of the state and was formed in 1820. It consists of fertile farming land, once covered with hardwood forests. Lima, with a population of approximately 39,000 in 2004, is the county seat. There are two substantial Mennonite communities in the county, a Swiss group in the northeastern part around Bluffton; and another in the southwestern corner in the region of Elida, established by immigrants largely from Virginia and Fairfield County, Ohio. In Bluffton is Bluffton University, which is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. A Reformed Mennonite congregation is located several miles west of Bluffton. In Lima are two Mennonite congregations, both part of the Mennonite Church USA.


Hirschler, E. J. (Edmund John). A brief history of the Swiss Mennonite churches of Putnam and Allen counties, Ohio. Bluffton, Ohio: Centenary Committee, 1937. Available in full electronic text at:

Author(s) C. Henry Smith
Date Published 1955

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Smith, C. Henry. "Allen County (Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 8 Aug 2022.,_USA)&oldid=163525.

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Smith, C. Henry. (1955). Allen County (Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 August 2022, from,_USA)&oldid=163525.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 56. All rights reserved.

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