Cressman family

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Cressman is a Mennonite family name found principally in Waterloo County, Ontario. The progenitor of this family was Nicholas Cressman, who emigrated from Switzerland to Pennsylvania before the American Revolution. His son Nicholas II was born in Pennsylvania about 1727 and his grandson Nicholas III in 1751. John Cressman, son of Nicholas II, came to Waterloo County in 1807, and Abraham Cressman, grandson of Nicholas II, in 1806. Bishop Amos Cressman (b. 1836), the eighth son of Abraham, served in Wilmot Township. Bishop Curtis Cressman, in the same family line, also served this district. For many years Silas Cressman, a great-grandson of Abraham, served as an elder in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (now Evangelical Missionary) Church, and his son Lloyd was president of Friends University at Wichita, Kansas. Menno C. Cressman, a grandson of Abraham, was for many years a leading layperson in the Ontario Conference (MC) of Mennonites. The Cressmans have been most numerous at the Cressman Mennonite Church (now Breslau Mennonite Church), the Biehn Mennonite Church (near New Hamburg, now Nith Valley Mennonite Church), and the First Mennonite Church of Kitchener, Ontario.

Author(s) J. Boyd Cressman
Date Published 1953

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Cressman, J. Boyd. "Cressman family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 6 Oct 2022.

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Cressman, J. Boyd. (1953). Cressman family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 October 2022, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 739. All rights reserved.

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