Trumbull County (Ohio, USA)
Trumbull County, Ohio, the next county north of Mahoning County, the location of the third Mennonite settlement in the state, in which the Bristol Mennonite Church was established in Bristol Township, perhaps the first Mennonite congregation in Ohio. William Sager (b. 1772), of Rockingham County, Virginia, visited Bristol Township in 1802 and purchased land there. In 1804 Sager's brother-in-law Abraham Baughman settled in the township, followed in 1805 by William Sager and William Barb and their families, all Mennonite. Sager's father, Gabriel (1734-1816), emigrated from Germany in 1756, settled first in New Jersey and then in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from where he moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, and then to Bristol Township in 1808. His son Samuel came to Trumbull County in 1811. The first church in the township was the Mennonite church organized by Gabriel Sager in 1808 at his home. He was a minister, ordained perhaps in Pennsylvania. No meetinghouse was constructed and the church disbanded after Sager's death. Abraham Kagey, a son of the Mennonite minister Jacob Kagey (1760-1815) of New Market, Virginia, bought land in Bristol Township in 1810 and moved here in 1818 with three brothers and a sister.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 751. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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