Schellenberg (Schellenbarg, Schöllenbarg, Schellingbarg, Schellenberger) family

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Schellenberg is a Mennonite family name found in Switzerland, Germany, Russia and North America. It is originally a German family name that occurred in the early Middle Ages in the records of Liechtenstein, Bavaria, Württemberg and Upper Franconia. Early in the 14th century a branch of the family settled in Switzerland. The American Schellenbergers are of Swiss origin and traceable to Johannes Schellenberger, who arrived in Philadelphia on the Pennsylvania Merchant on 11 September 1732. A branch of the family also migrated from Emmental, canton of Bern, Switzerland, to join the Anabaptists of the Netherlands, and descendants of this line later migrated to Prussia and Russia. The Alexanderwohl church record names a Tobias Schellenberger, who was a refugee from Moravia and joined the Przechovka Mennonite Church in Prussia in 1634. His son, who remained with the Mennonites, had no male offspring. The name appeared as early as the 17th century in Danzig, Tiegenhagen and Rosenort. Among the Mennonites of this name migrating from Prussia to Russia were Anton, Aron, Bernhard, Georg, Gerhard, Jakob, Johann and Paul Schellenberg.

Prominent leaders of the Mennonite Brethren Church (MB) were Abraham Schellenberg, Abraham L. Schellenberg, and David Schellenberg. Töws lists in Mennonitische Märtyrer Johann J. Schellenberg, who was killed during the Revolution, as an MB minister in Russia. J. G. Rempel lists in Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen Wilhelm Schellenberg, a minister in Russia and later in Canada; Peter P. Schellenberg, a minister in Coaldale, Alberta; and B. J. Schellenberg, an educator. Who's Who Among the Mennonites lists both Peter E. Schellenberg, a professor of psychology who was also the president of Tabor College and dean of Bethel College, and Theodore R. Schellenberg, Assistant Archivist of the United States National Archives, Washington, DC. A. Schellenberg of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was the founder of the O.K. Economy grocery chain. Some of his sons have changed their name to Shelly.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Theodore R. Schellenberg
Date Published April 1986

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Krahn, Cornelius and Theodore R. Schellenberg. "Schellenberg (Schellenbarg, Schöllenbarg, Schellingbarg, Schellenberger) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 1986. Web. 23 Feb 2024.,_Sch%C3%B6llenbarg,_Schellingbarg,_Schellenberger)_family&oldid=119907.

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Krahn, Cornelius and Theodore R. Schellenberg. (April 1986). Schellenberg (Schellenbarg, Schöllenbarg, Schellingbarg, Schellenberger) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 February 2024, from,_Sch%C3%B6llenbarg,_Schellingbarg,_Schellenberger)_family&oldid=119907.


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