Schlabach family

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Schlabach (Slabaugh, Schlabaugh, Slabach, Schlappach), a Mennonite family name of Swiss origin. Peter Schlapbach, of Signau, canton of Bern, was an Anabaptist in 1538. The name is found among the Swiss Mennonite refugees in the Palatinate after 1664. Jakob Schlabach was expelled from the canton of Bern in 1660 for being an Anabaptist. Peter Schlabach, who was an elder in an Amish congregation in Upper Hesse, Germany, served in the Prussian Landtag in the latter part of the 19th century. Johannes Slabach, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733, may have been Amish and if so was perhaps the first representative of the Amish Schlabachs to come to America. Other Schlabach immigrants arrived in the 19th century. The brothers John and Christian Schlabach arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1819. Their parents and family joined them the following year, and about five years later the entire family settled in Holmes County, Ohio, where numerous descendants are found today. A Daniel Schlabach arrived in Fairfield County, Ohio, perhaps in 1834. Nearly all of his numerous descendants live in Holmes and Geauga counties, Ohio. Daniel's brother John settled in Fairfield County, Ohio, around 1838, but after his marriage he moved to Johnson County, Iowa, in 1851, where most of his descendants live. Another John Slabaugh who settled near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has descendants in Howard County, Indiana. Obituaries in Mennonite periodicals show that the family is scattered in at least twelve states, with Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa leading. In 1937, at least seven bearing the family name were ministers in the Mennonite Church (MC), one in the Conservative Mennonite Church, and ten in Old Order Amish Mennonite churches, particularly in Holmes County, Ohio.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 456-457. All rights reserved.

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