King (Koenig, Kinig, Konigh, König) family

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King (Koenig, Kinig, Konigh, König), a Swiss Mennonite family name found in the Palatinate Mennonite census lists as early as 1717 when Hans König was registered in the district of Alzey. In 1770 another Hans König was the preacher of a Mennonite congregation in the territory of Waldeck. In 1940 there was one Mennonite named König living in Northwest Germany and seven in South Germany.

On 22 December 1744, Jacob, Christian, and Samuel König arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam. These are the ancestors of many Mennonites with this name. Between 1732 and 1806, 38 persons bearing the name König arrived in Philadelphia, although it is not known how many of these were Mennonites.

Nicolas King (Koenig) (1814-76) was born in Switzerland and came to America in 1832, moved to Wayne County, Ohio, and later to Fulton County. He was ordained minister in 1844 and bishop in 1871. John P. King (1827-87) was born in Mifflin County, PA, moved to Champaign County, Ohio, in 1849, and later to Logan County, Ohio. He was ordained deacon in 1859 and in 1872 was ordained bishop. In 1886 he moved to Coffee County, KS. He traveled extensively and exerted a commanding influence in the Mennonite Church (MC). Three brothers, L. O. King, Hutchinson, KS.; B. B. King, Scottdale, PA; and John Y. King of West Liberty, Ohio, were ministers in the Mennonite Church. Henry J. King, Arthur, IL, was a Mennonite bishop and evangelist. S. M. King was a missionary to India. Christian B., Christian L., Joel, and John King, all of Ronks, PA, and Joshua and John King of Uniontown, Ohio, were ministers in the Old Order Amish Church. J. H. King (b. 1861) was a leading bishop in the Central Conference Church.


Yoder, Isabelle King. Centennial Memoir of Abraham and Mattie King. Harrisonburg, VA, 1949.

Author(s) Harold H Hartzler
Date Published 1955

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Hartzler, Harold H. "King (Koenig, Kinig, Konigh, König) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 1 Mar 2024.,_Kinig,_Konigh,_K%C3%B6nig)_family&oldid=120819.

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Hartzler, Harold H. (1955). King (Koenig, Kinig, Konigh, König) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 March 2024, from,_Kinig,_Konigh,_K%C3%B6nig)_family&oldid=120819.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 176. All rights reserved.

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