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Herr is a Mennonite family coming originally from St. Gallen, Switzerland. They were in the group that emigrated from the Palatinate to Lampeter, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Hans Herr, the patriarchal pioneer who died in 1725, had a family of six boys and a daughter. The Herr Genealogy (1908) lists over 13,000 descendants of Hans Herr, naming as ministers not only Hans and his son Christian, but also as bishops—Christian, two Johns, and Benjamin; preachers—Amos, Christian, and Jacob (of Cumberland County), Christian S., Frank M., and Emory H., as well as numerous deacons and outstanding farmers. John Herr (1782-1850) founded the Reformed Mennonite Church.


Herr, Theodore W. Genealogical record of Reverend Hans Herr and his direct lineal descendants : from his birth A.D. 1639 to the present time containing the names, etc., of 13223 persons. Lancaster, Pa.: Herr, 1908.

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1956

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Landis, Ira D. "Herr family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 26 Apr 2017.

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Landis, Ira D. (1956). Herr family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 711-712. All rights reserved.

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