Alt-Schöppen (also called Schöpen and Sköpen), was an estate in Lithuania, which together with Neu-Schöppen and Neusorge were once given in hereditary tenure for thirty years to Mennonites from the region of Culm by Friedrich Wilhelm I. Since the plague of 1711 had taken most of the population of this territory, Friedrich Wilhelm I invited farmers of the Vistula Delta to settle here. The Mennonites who would settle in Prussian Lithuania were promised full religious freedom and exemption from any military obligations, which guarantees were given to them in writing, dated at Königsberg, 1 March 1713. As a result some forty-two Mennonite families settled on these three estates. Because the promises regarding the military exemption were not kept, the settlement was dissolved after 11 years.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 48.
Mannhardt, Wilhelm. Die Wehrfreiheit der altpreussischen Mennoniten: eine geschichtliche Erörterung. Danzig: Edwin Groening, 1863: 116 ff.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 83. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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