Burkhart (Burghart, Burckhard, Burkhardt) family
Burkhart, a Swiss Mennonite family name, has been found in Germany as well as in North America. Neff's Adressbuch (1936) lists the name in the Frankfurt congregation. The name also occurs among the Mennonites of East Germany and North Germany. The Palatine Census Lists of 1685 mention an Ulrich Burckhard at Heyerhof, and in 1724 an Ulrich Burkhart was living at Duttweiler. Among the Hutterian Brethren, mention is made of Burckhart of Ofen (now in Hungary), a preacher in the first years of that faith community.
One of the earliest Burkhart immigrants to North America was Joseph Burkhart, who migrated from Switzerland to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1751. The Burkhart family has been well represented in Lancaster County since that time. The immigrant's son, Peter, located in Ontario in 1820 where many of his descendants adhered to the Old Order Mennonite Church. At least five Burkharts have been ministers or deacons in the Lancaster Conference. In 1751 a Michael Burghart and a Frantz Burghart arrived in Pennsylvania, but it is not known where they and their descendants settled. Abram Burkhart served for many decades as a deacon at Sterling, Illinois, having been ordained in 1895.
Neff, Christian. Mennonitsches Adressbuch. Karlsruhe: Heinrich Schneider, 1936.
Bender, Harold S., ed. "Palatinate Mennonite Census Lists, 1664-1774." Mennonite Quarterly Review 14 (January 1940): 19, 29.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 475. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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