Zuercher (Zürcher, Zercher, Zurger, Zurcher, Züricher, Zerger), a Mennonite family of Swiss origin meaning "of Zürich." The family was early found in the canton of Bern in the villages of Rüderswil, Langnau, Sumiswald, and Aarburg.
In 1649 Joseph Zürcher was brought before the Bernese authorities for being an Anabaptist. The verdict was that he must either leave or be imprisoned. Hans Zürcher, 40, of Frutigen, was deported in 1711 for not recanting. During the early part of the 18th century members of the family moved to the Jura. In 1738 Andre Zürcher of Sumiswald is listed as living near Moutier with his family. In 1768 Peter and Joseph Zürcher of Sumiswald were living at Tramelan in the Jura. Members of the family moved to Montbeliard during the latter part of the 18th century. The Palatinate Mennonite census list of 1738 names Johannes Zerger. In 1940, eight Zerchers and 31 Zergers were members of Mennonite churches in South Germany. It is assumed by C. Henry Smith that Michael Zurger, who arrived in Pennsylvania on the Charming Polly on 8 October 1737, and Ulerich Zercher, who arrived in Philadelphia on 23 September 1752, were Mennonites.
In 1821 Abraham and David Zürcher left their Jura homes and settled in the Sonnenberg community, Wayne County, Ohio. This name is still a very common one in this Swiss community and is also found in Adams County, Ind., and in the General Conference Mennonite (GCM) community near Whitewater, Kansas. E. E. Zuercher, Hubbard, Oregon, and Isaac Zuercher, Orrville, Ohio, were Mennonite Church ministers in 1958, and Dwight Zuercher of Hillsdale, Oklahoma was a General Conference Mennonite minister. Gerhard Zerger, Moundridge, Kansas, for many years served on the Board of Bethel College.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 1040-1041. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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