Poutschy (Rivne Oblast, Ukraine)
Poutschy (German, Eduardsdorf), a village in Volhynia situated some fourteen miles west of Dubno, was the leading center of the Swiss-Volhynian Mennonite group in 1815-1861. It was settled by Swiss Amish Mennonites from the Polish villages of Urszulin and Michelsdorf, who had come from Montbéliard, France, in 1791. Dissatisfaction with farming conditions at Urszulin-Michelsdorf and a liberal offer by Prince Edward Lubanirsky were the basis of the move to Poutschy. Families found their way to near-by villages, such as Zahoris, Futtor, and Hecker.
The Poutschy settlement was reinforced by some members of a small group of Swiss Amish Mennonites who had settled near Dubno in 1801-1802. In the course of time the two groups, those at Poutschy and those located nearer Dubno in the villages of Wignanska and Futtor, merged. The group near Dubno had its historical roots in the movement of Mennonites from South Germany to Galicia.
The land at Poutschy was leased from the Prince for periods of 24 years. New names added to the church roster here were Waldner, Wedel, Archlus, Strauss, and Prieheim. The traditional earlier family names were Albrecht, Flickinger, Gering, Krehbiel, Miller, Schrag, Stucky, Sutter, Voran, and Zerger. In its earlier years the congregation adhered to the Amish Discipline of 1779, but there is some evidence that by 1860 the distinctive practices were waning. Officials of the church were Joseph Schrag, Johann Albrecht, Johann Mixller, Johann Schrag, Johann Gering, and Jacob Stucky. Almost the entire Eduardsdorf group moved to Kutuzovka and Neumannovka in 1861. The families who remained related themselves to the congregation found in the villages of Zahoris and Futtor.
Schrag, Martin H. "European History of the Swiss-Volhynian Mennonite Ancestors of Mennonites now living in Communities in Kansas and South Dakota" (unpublished master's dissertation, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1956).
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 208. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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