Schertz family

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Schertz, a Mennonite family name of Swiss origin, found in the Palatinate after 1664. In 1940 twenty-two persons bearing the Schertz name were members of the Ixheim-Saar Mennonite Church in South Germany. A Johann Heinrich Schertz, possibly Amish, arrived in Philadelphia in 1742. Some 19th-century Amish Schertz immigrants settled in Butler County, Ohio, but more of them located in central Illinois, where most of the Mennonite Schertzes are found today. Over 75 per cent of the obituaries of members of the Schertz family in Mennonite periodicals are from Illinois. Among the early Amish immigrants arriving in Illinois were David Schertz and his father, who settled in Tazewell County near Peoria, in 1831, and whose descendants were found largely in the Metamora congregation. Harry Weber (History of the Mennonites in Illinois) refers to more than 20 individual members of the Schertz family. Among the Illinois Mennonite Church ministers have been Peter D. Schertz (1848-1928), Christian S. Schertz (1851-1937), and Henry R. Schertz (1886-1954), bishop of the Metamora Mennonite Church.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1959

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Schertz family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 May 2022.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 450. All rights reserved.

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