Kanagy (Kenagy, Kenege, Gnaeg, Gnaegi, Gnagy, Gnagey, Genegy) family

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Kanagy, an Amish Mennonite family name, is found in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Oregon, and other parts of North America. Hans Gnaegi was a member of the Amish Mennonite church at Montbéliard, France, in 1723. Johannes Gnaeg arrived in Philadelphia in 1742 with a group of Amish immigrants. Barbara Kenege arrived in Pennsylvania from Switzerland in 1749. Christian Gnaegi emigrated from Switzerland to Pennsylvania between 1750 and 1760, settling in Somerset County, where many of his descendants still live. Joseph Kenegy with his five sons, Ulrich, John, Yost, Joseph, and Jacob, migrated from Switzerland to America in 1770 and settled in Berks County, PA. The Mennonite Cyclopedic Dictionary is authority for the statement that "later John and Yost moved to Somerset County, PA., and from there to Ohio, and still later Yost moved to Illinois. From these five brothers, there came a numerous family, scattered from coast to coast." Joseph had a brother John who came to America in 1754, whose descendants live in Ohio. An Ulrich Keneagy, born in Berks County, PA, settled in Lancaster County in 1795. His Amish ancestors came from Switzerland.

Among the church leaders bearing this family name were Jacob C. Kenagy (1821-94), a Mennonite Church (MC) bishop at East Lynne, Missouri, USA), and S. M. Kanagy (1869-1941), teacher at Hesston College, superintendent of the Mennonite Home Mission in Chicago, and bishop in the Wanner Church (MC) at Blair, Ontario. Nelson Kanagy was a minister in the Oak Grove Mennonite Church (MC), West Liberty, Ohio. J. Forrest Kanagy, Biglerville, Pennsylvania, was secretary of the Mennonite Board of Education (MC).


Gnagey, E. A Complete History of Christian Gnaegi. Printed at Elkhart, IN, 1897.

Kauffman, Daniel. Mennonite Cyclopedic Dictionary. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1937.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1957

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Kanagy (Kenagy, Kenege, Gnaeg, Gnaegi, Gnagy, Gnagey, Genegy) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 23 Feb 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kanagy_(Kenagy,_Kenege,_Gnaeg,_Gnaegi,_Gnagy,_Gnagey,_Genegy)_family&oldid=119836.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1957). Kanagy (Kenagy, Kenege, Gnaeg, Gnaegi, Gnagy, Gnagey, Genegy) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 February 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kanagy_(Kenagy,_Kenege,_Gnaeg,_Gnaegi,_Gnagy,_Gnagey,_Genegy)_family&oldid=119836.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 143. All rights reserved.

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