Sommer (Sommers, Summer, Summers), a Mennonite family name of Swiss origin. The early homes of the family were Sumiswald and Lützelflüh in the Emmental, canton of Bern, Switzerland. During the fore part of the 18th century members of the family moved to the Jura, Montbéliard, Alsace, and the Palatinate. The migrations of the early 19th century brought several Sommer families from their European homes to Ohio and Illinois. Isaac Sommer became one of the first settlers in the Sonnenberg settlement in Wayne County, Ohio, coming there in 1819 from the Jura. A brother, Ulrich Sommer, came in 1824. Christian Sommer came in 1819. Christian Sommer (1811-1891) was ordained. to the ministry in 1838, and bishop of the Sonnenberg congregation in 1862. He preached his farewell sermon 4 October 1891, just two months before his death. Ulrich Sommer (1792-1880) came from Switzerland in 1824 and was ordained a minister of the Sonnenberg congregation in 1827 and bishop in 1842.
In 1836 George Sommers (1801-83) migrated from Alsace to Woodford County, Illinois. He was a deacon in the Amish Mennonite church, and one of the pioneer settlers in central Illinois. Peter Sommers a son, was a minister of the Metamora (Mennonite Church) church for many years.
Pierre Sommer (1874-1952) was the leading minister and elder of the French-speaking congregations in France 1900-50.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 575-576. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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