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The Douglas-Moultrie counties, Illinois, Amish Mennonite settlement is located in the east-central part of the state. The first Amish residents, coming from Pennsylvania, settled in the community in 1865. Additional settlers, coming from Iowa, Ohio, and perhaps other states, increased the size of the church so that it was divided into two districts in 1888. By 1952 the Old Order Amish of the community were divided into eight church districts, which had membership of 702. In additional a Conservative Amish Mennonite congregation, organized in 1945, had 45 members in 1952. The Mennonite Church in Arthur, begun in 1936 by dissatisfied members of the Old Order church, had 230 members in 1952.

See Arthur Amish Mennonite Church, Arthur Conservative Mennonite Church, Arthur Mennonite Church and Arthur, Illinois, Old Order Amish Mennonite Community.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1956

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Douglas-Moultrie Counties, Illinois, Amish Mennonite Settlement." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 1 Apr 2015.,_Illinois,_Amish_Mennonite_Settlement&oldid=80284.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1956). Douglas-Moultrie Counties, Illinois, Amish Mennonite Settlement. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 April 2015, from,_Illinois,_Amish_Mennonite_Settlement&oldid=80284.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 95. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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