Nissley (Nisley, Nissli, Nüssli) family

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Nissley (Nisley, Nissli, Nussli) is a family name found among the Mennonites of the Lancaster Conference (MC) in eastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and among the Old Order Amish in the the states in the United States Midwest to which they migrated: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. The progenitor of the family was named Jakob Nissley. He was from the Swiss Emmental, and he died in Lancaster County in 1752. The spelling of his family name seems to have been uncertain. According to tradition it may have been Nutt or Nolt; but more likely it was Nuss or Nüssli. In any case, his descendants are almost uniformly known by the name Nissley. Among them may be mentioned three bishops in the Lancaster Conference: Samuel Nissley (1761-1838), who was ordained as preacher in 1790 in the district west and north of Lancaster, and as bishop before 1800; Christian Nissley (1777-1831), who became a preacher in the Mount Joy area in 1812, and bishop in 1820; and Peter R. Nissley (1864-1921), who was ordained as a preacher in the Kraybill congregation in 1904, and bishop in 1911. There were numerous other Nissleys in the ministry in the Lancaster Conference. One of the best known of them was Joseph M. Nissley of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania., who served  for many years as superintendent of the Altoona (Pennsylvania.) Mission, beginning in 1919. The Amish Nissleys may have a different progenitor from the above Jakob. In 1955 there were three Old Order Amish bishops named Nissley, one being Ira Nissley of Kalona, Iowa.

Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1957

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Wenger, John C. "Nissley (Nisley, Nissli, Nüssli) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 7 Dec 2021.,_Nissli,_N%C3%BCssli)_family&oldid=119854.

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Wenger, John C. (1957). Nissley (Nisley, Nissli, Nüssli) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2021, from,_Nissli,_N%C3%BCssli)_family&oldid=119854.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 889. All rights reserved.

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