Hunsberger is a Mennonite family name, evidently Swiss in origin, found in the Franconia (Pennsylvania) and Ontario districts of the Mennonite Church (MC). Bishop Henry Hunsberger (1768-1854) of the Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania, Mennonite congregation (MC) was assistant moderator of the Franconia Conference in 1847 by virtue of being second in seniority in years of service as a bishop. Because the moderator, Bishop John Hunsicker (d. 17 November 1847), sympathized with the vision and concerns of John H. Oberholtzer and sat with the Oberholtzer party in the Franconia meetinghouse on 7 October 1847 when the final secession of the Oberholtzer group occurred, Hunsberger served as moderator of the October 1847 session of the Franconia Conference. Jacob B. Hunsberger (1836-1919) served as preacher in the Coventry and Vincent congregations of the Franconia Conference from 1877 until his death over 41 years later. Christian R. Hunsberger (1823-1906) was a preacher in the Upper Skippack congregation (MC) of the Franconia Conference from 1879 until 1906. The Ontario Mennonite (MC) preachers included Abraham K. Hunsberger (1827-1889) of the Moyer congregation, and Noah Hunsberger, who was ordained preacher in 1903 and served in Sherkston and Waterloo. Bishop Ephraim Hunsberger (1814-1904) of the Eastern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) served as preacher in the Hereford congregation (GCM) beginning in 1849. In 1852 he moved to Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, where he organized a congregation which he served for 50 years.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 844. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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