Wis(s)mer, a Mennonite family of German descent in America. The first of them to immigrate to America was Jacob Wismer (1684-1787), who moved to Carolina in 1710, where he nearly lost his life in an Indian raid. Shortly after 1720 he settled as the first Mennonite in Bucks County, Paennsylvania, living in what is now Bedminster Township, where he died at the age of 102. There have been a large number of Wismer leaders of the church: Wenger lists for the Franconia Conference one bishop: Abraham Wismer (1797-1877), ordained preacher at Skippack 1838, bishop in 1852; three preachers: Abraham Wismer (1746-1823) at Deep Run, Henry K. Wismer (1823-1910) in the Skippack church, and Enos Wismer (1868-1951), of Deep Run; and two deacons: Abraham Wismer (1791-1859) of Plumstead Township, who also left some historical papers, and Benjamin Wismer (1856-1934) of the Skippack congregation. After 1800 some Wismers moved from the Franconia region to Waterloo in Ontario, among them Daniel Wismer (1820-1909), a bishop in the Waterloo congregation (Mennonite Church) and in Marion County, Kansas. Henry and Christian Wismer joined the Brethren in Christ (River Brethren), the latter ca. 1860.
Fretz, A. J. A Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a Complete Genealogical Family Register. Elkhart, 1893: 294 et passim.
Kauffman, Daniel. Mennnonite Cyclopedic Dictionary. Scottdale, PA.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1937: 397 f.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 966. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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