Cambria County (Pennsylvania, USA)

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Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Source: U.S. Census TIGER/Line map

Cambria County, Pennsylvania, is a coal and industrial area in the southwestern part of the state; its its county seat is Ebensburg. It lies north of Somerset County, which has long been the seat of considerable Amish and Mennonite settlements. The northern part of this settlement reaches over into Cambria County. It extended as far north as the Conemaugh and Little Conemaugh Rivers before 1900.

In the late 1790s Amish and Mennonites began to settle in the southern part of this county. The Weaver Congregation, the second oldest of the Johnstown District began in the early 1800s and began worshiping in a log school house in 1817. Beginning in 1899 Mennonites in this Johnstown District started planting mission points in Cambria Co., Elton in 1899, which became Pleasant Grove when a meetinghouse was built in 1910, Union Chapel in the western corner of the county in 1899, Headrick in 1937 north of the city of Johnstown beyond the Conemaugh River, Walsall, south west of Weaver in 1938, and one in Johnstown in 1939.

In the mid-1950s three new congregations were established in the southern part of the county as the result of mission extension work, Elton, Walsall, and one in Johnstown. The latter city was founded by an Amish Mennonite, J. Johns (Tschantz) soon after 1800, after whom the city is named.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 317.

Author(s) Herold S Bender
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 495-496. All rights reserved.

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