Ellenberger was a Swiss Mennonite refugee family living in the Palatinate as early as 1717. In that year Michael Ellenberger lived at Gönnheim and Hans Ellenberger at Branchweilerhof. In 1738 a Christian Ellenberger lived at Obersülzen. Christian Neff’s Mennonitisches Adressbuch of 1936 listed Ellenbergers as members of the Friedelsheim congregation. Jakob Ellenberger (1800-79) was a well-known minister of the Friedelsheim, Germany, Mennonite Church. His nephew Jakob Ellenberger (1831-1901) served as minister in the Mennonite churches of Ibersheim, Eichstock, and Friedelsheim. Albrecht Ellenberger arrived in America 9 September 1749, with a large number of Mennonite and Amish immigrants. Jacob Ellenberger, a cabinetmaker from Bavaria, settled in the Lee County, Iowa, Mennonite community in 1847. Two years later he was chosen preacher by the Lee County church, although there is no proof he ever served in the office. A Mennonite Elder Henry Ellenberger, father of Jacob, moved into the community in 1850, where he served the church many years. The family is still represented in the Lee County Mennonite settlement. Adolf Ellenberger was the last minister of the Friedrichstadt Mennonite Church, Schleswig-Holstein; he immigrated to the United States, settling near Los Angeles, California.
Gingerich, Melvin. The Mennonites in Iowa. Iowa City, 1939.
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Gingerich, Melvin. "Ellenberger family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 May 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ellenberger_family&oldid=141101.
Gingerich, Melvin. (1956). Ellenberger family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ellenberger_family&oldid=141101.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 189. All rights reserved.
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