Skippack (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)
Skippack, a village in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with a population of 3,224 (1950), near which are two Mennonite congregations, the Lower Skippack independent congregation, and the Upper Skippack congregation, usually called simply Skippack, of the Franconia Conference. Skippack is also the site of the publication of a number of Mennonite books in the 19th century: the Dordrecht Confession of Faith, 1836; Henry Funck's Spiegel der Taufe, 1853 (German and English editions); Menno Simons' Fundament-Buch, 1851; the Waldeck Katechismus, 1848. A Skippack Mennonite preacher named Henry Bertolet started a monthly religious periodical entitled Der Evangelische Botschafter in 1836, but was unable to continue it beyond one issue. The name Skippack is spelled Schipbach in the introduction to Zwey Erbauliche Lieder, 1764, where Christopher Dock is called "Schulmeister an der Schipbach." This spelling is probably reminiscent of the Swiss name Schüpbach near Signau in the Emmental, canton of Bern. The Skippack is a small creek, a tributary of the Perkiomen.
On 8 May 1742, and on 19 October 1745, the congregations in the Schiebach (Skippack) area wrote letters to the Zonist Mennonite congregation of Amsterdam, asking advice on how to retain the privileges granted to them by the King of England. They said that particularly the freedom from military service was endangered by the threat of war. They also asked for advice concerning translating into German and printing 1,000 copies of T. J. van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror, which they wanted especially for their youth.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 536. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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