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Erie County in western New York, is located at the eastern end of Lake Erie. Mennonites live chiefly in the northeastern part. In the mid-1950s approximately 400 Mennonites in the county represented three branches, Mennonites (Mennonite Church) constituting about one half, Conservative Amish Mennonites about 45 per cent, and Reformed Mennonites about 5 per cent of the total. The Mennonite settlement extended north into Niagara County, and east into Genesee County. The first Mennonite settlers arrived here from eastern Pennsylvania in the early part of the 19th century, but their descendants became inactive in their relation to the Mennonite church in the last part of that century and the first part of the 20th. Another settlement made between 1920 and 1930 represents the present Mennonite Church and Conservative Amish Mennonite churches. (See Clarence.)

Author(s) D. Edward Diener
Date Published 1956

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Diener, D. Edward. "Erie County (New York, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 30 Apr 2016.,_USA)&oldid=80553.

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Diener, D. Edward. (1956). Erie County (New York, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 April 2016, from,_USA)&oldid=80553.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 244. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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