Blosser (Blaser, Bläser, Blasser) family
Blosser (Blaser, Bläser, Blasser) is a Mennonite family name found in Switzerland as early as 1710. At that time Peter Blaser was a Mennonite prisoner in Bern. Later, on 27 August 1739, Peter Blaser arrived in Philadelphia. Christian Blaser was in a group arriving in Philadelphia on 31 August 1750. The family first settled in Pennsylvania and descendants moved to Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, and other states, but in the mid-20th century were found chiefly in Virginia and Ohio.
Prominent in this family was Preacher (MC) Noah O. Blosser (1859-1936) of New Stark, Ohio. John Blosser (1855-1921) of Rawson, Ohio, a bishop and evangelist, was an influential member of the Ohio conference (MC). Perry J. Blosser (1876- ) of South English, Iowa, was ordained a bishop at the Liberty Church (MC) in 1929. Eugene Blosser (1916- ), son of Perry J. Blosser, was a Mennonite missionary to Japan.
A Genealogical History of the Blosser Family as Known in America (Dayton, Va., 1903) was written by S. H. Blosser. Later Mrs. Eli Blosser published Blosser Family History (North Lima, Ohio, ca. 1934), which contained 51 families and traced the descendants of Peter Blaser, the immigrant of 1739.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 365. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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