Kaege (Kaegy, Kaegi) family

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Kaege (Kaegy, Kaegi) is a Mennonite family name. Klaus Kaegi, of Wald in the canton of Zürich, Switzerland, was subjected to a cross-examination on 30 January 1616, in which he definitely acknowledged himself to be an Anabaptist. Apparently he was expelled because of this. In 1683 Felix came from Switzerland to the Palatinate and settled on the Bolanderhof near Kirchheimbolanden, Palatinate, Germany. He had six sons and a daughter (who married a Neef). His son Philipp remained on the Bolanderhof, which was in the possession of the eighth generation of descendants. In 1957 the name was found only at Bolanderhof, Weierhof, and at Ibersheim. Jakob Kaegy (1861-1940), Bolanderhof, was an agricultural expert and for many years the principal of the Weierhof school.

In 1715 Hans (John Rudolf) Kägy migrated to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania., where he located in the Conestoga settlement. He was married to a daughter of Martin Kendig. One of his sons, Henry, migrated to Page County, Virginia in 1768, and in the following year to Shenandoah County. Two other Kägy families, all of whom can be traced back to Switzerland, immigrated to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A Johannes Keagy arrived in 1739; a Rudolph Kägy arrived in 1764. The family, however, never became prominent in American Mennonitism, and apparently early transferred to other denominations, among which the Dunkard (Church of the Brethren) Church was prominent. A grandson of Hans, John Keagy, was a Dunkard preacher, one of the earliest of that group in western Pennsylvania.


Bergmann, C. Die Täuferbewegung im Kanton Zürich bis 1660. Leipzig, 1916: 92.

Kaegy, Franklin. A History of the Kägy Relationship in America from 1715 to 1900. Harrisburg, 1899.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 449.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Paul Schowalter
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 134. All rights reserved.

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