Horsch is a South German (Badischer Verband) family, presumably of Swiss origin, which has produced many preachers. The earliest record of the name is that of Hans Horsch in the Büchelhof congregation near Wimpfen in 1731. In the Mennonite census lists of the Palatinate Joseph Horsch appears at Mauer near Heidelberg 1738-1759 and a Jakob Horsch at Schatthausen near Heidelberg in 1759. One branch of the family settled near Giebelstadt, Bavaria, about 1810, from which descended four elders in succession (with one break): Jacob (died 1873), Jakob (died 1888), Michael (died 1949), Hellmut (still living in 1956). Another branch continued at Hasselbach and elsewhere in Baden. In 1956 a Johannes Horsch was preacher in Hasselbach and David Horsch was preacher at Bretten. David Horsch of Lamprechtshof near Durlach was long a preacher of the Hahn'sche Mennonites there, and a cofounder of the Bibelheim Thomashof. Michael Horsch (1872-1941), who came to America in 1887, was for over forty years a minister in the General Conference Mennonite Church and an active general leader, for some years field secretary of the conference. John Horsch (1867-1941), who came to the United States in 1887, was a well-known writer and historian in the Mennonite Church (MC), resident at Scottdale, Pennsylvania, 1908-1941.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 813. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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