Newton-Jasper County Old Order Amish Settlement (Indiana, USA)
The Newton-Jasper County (Indiana) Old Order Amish settlement was begun about 1872, when several Amish families from Ohio settled near Rensselaer in Jasper County, Indiana, but soon moved about 15 miles (25 km) west into Newton County near the small town of Mount Ayr. Others joined them from near Goshen, Indiana. Until 1914 this group constituted one congregation, but in that year another group of Amish from Daviess County, Indiana, settled about 15 miles (25 km) further east in Jasper County, near the small town of Parr, creating a second congregation. In 1914-1923 the two groups were served by one ministerial body, with services alternating. At the peak the number of families was about 60.
About 1910 a large group, possibly half, left for Mississippi to found a new colony on cheap land, but the experiment was a failure. Meanwhile the group left behind gradually dwindled, and when in 1947 their last bishop left, only 10 families remained, which by 1957 had declined to three families, and they were without a minister. The four successive bishops of the Newton-Jasper settlement were David Hochstettler, his son Wallie Hochstettler, David Miller, and Albert Anderson. In the late 1950s about one-third of the Burr Oak Mennonite congregation (53 members) came from the Old Order Amish group.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 868. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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