Grabill-New Haven Old Order Amish Settlement (Allen County, Indiana, USA)

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1955 Article

The Allen County, Indiana, Amish communities located approximately 12 miles (20 km) northeast of Fort Wayne, with addresses such as Leo, Grabill, Harlan, and Woodburn, in 1955 were divided into three groups. The first group was established in 1853, when 52 persons migrated by ox team from Stark County, Ohio. Among them were Bishop Peter Graber and his three brothers, Jacob, Christian, and John. In 1882 John Schmucker, son-in-law of Bishop Peter Graber, was ordained bishop. The bishops in 1953 were Peter R. Schmucker and Samuel Graber. This group had two congregations known as the North Schmucker and the South Schmucker districts, with approximately 80 families.

The second group, the Graber Amish congregation, was started in 1909 by ministers Joseph and John Graber because of dissension in the Schmucker group. Joseph Graber was ordained bishop of the group in 1915 and Eli Wagler in 1953 served in that office. There were 70 families in the group.

The third group, the Lengacher Amish congregation, organized by Bishop Seth H. Byler of Hartville, Ohio, on 21 March 1943, was a division of the Allen County Graber church. There were 62 members, served by Bishop Clarence Lengacher, ordained bishop in 1946, and ministers Jacob and Victor Yoder. -- Noah Zook

1990 Article

The Grabill-New Haven Amish community in Allen County, northeast of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was founded in 1853 by a number of families who migrated from Stark County, Ohio. This is the only Indiana settlement made up primarily of 19th-century Amish immigrants from Alsace. Until recently, the Allen County Amish, who came to America nearly 100 years after the 18th-century groups in Pennsylvania, have had rather limited fellowship with the large Lagrange County settlement 40 mi. (65 km.) farther north. Several families from Allen County have gone on to establish new Amish communities in southern Indiana. Allen County Amish maintain a strict church discipline, and operate several schools for the careful education of their children. In 1986 there were seven church districts (congregations) serving a population of around 1,000. -- Samuel L. Yoder

2017 Update

In 2017 the Allen County settlement had an estimated 22 church districts with an estimated population of 3,190.


“Twelve Largest Amish Settlements, 2017.” Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College. June 2017. Web. 31 August 2017.

Author(s) Noah Zook
Samuel L. Yoder
Date Published August 2017

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Zook, Noah and Samuel L. Yoder. "Grabill-New Haven Old Order Amish Settlement (Allen County, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2017. Web. 1 Dec 2022.,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=154167.

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Zook, Noah and Samuel L. Yoder. (August 2017). Grabill-New Haven Old Order Amish Settlement (Allen County, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 December 2022, from,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=154167.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 55-56; vol. 5, p. 352. All rights reserved.

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