Burkholder, Hans (d. ca. 1745)

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This Hans Burkholder was the first of his name to come to America. He was a deacon, teacher, and preacher of the Langnau Mennonite congregation in the Emmental in Switzerland (canton of Bern). He, too, had to pass through severe imprisonment 1708-1710, of which a report from his hand is still extant. The Bern authorities wanted to get rid of the entire Anabaptist-Mennonite group, and simply loaded 57 of them on a boat (on the Rhine) to have them deported straight to America (1710). At Mannheim one group left this vessel (the weaker and sick ones) while the rest went on to Nijmegen, Holland, where they were kindly received by brethren and promised support. But it took seven more years until the entire group under the strong leadership of Benedikt Brechbill and Hans Burkholder could undertake the great voyage to Pennsylvania. In 1717, Hans Burkholder settled on the Conestoga Creek (Lancaster County) on land which John Funck had purchased from William Penn.


Burkholder, J. C. Papers read before the Lancaster County Historical Society, May 6, 1927: 57-62.

Burkholder, J. C. Report of the First Burkholder Family Reunion. 1926. Five letters of Hans Burkholder to the Dutch brethren are reprinted.

Weaver, Martin G. Mennonites of Lancaster Conference: containing biographical sketches of Mennonite leaders, histories of congregations, missions, and Sunday schools, record of ordinations, and other interesting historical data. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1931. Reprinted Ephrata, PA: Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Publicaiton Board, 1982: 125-128.

Author(s) Robert Friedmann
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 477. All rights reserved.

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