Niagara Falls Mennonite Settlement (Sanborn, New York, USA)

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The Niagara Falls Mennonite settlement was located near the village of Sanborn about 12 miles (20 km) east of Niagara Falls, New York . The first families to locate here were Hans Witmer in 1810 and his brother Abraham Witmer in 1811, who came from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. David Habecker (1791-1889), the first and only resident minister in this church, came with his family to this settlement from Pennsylvania in 1832 and was ordained to the ministry two years later.   The meetinghouse was erected on the Habecker farm soon after 1830. The Ontario Calendar of Appointments lists no meetings at this place in 1854, but in 1862 it lists them every two weeks, alternating with Clarence. The membership was never large.

After Habecker had become unable to minister because of age and Jacob Krehbiel had left the Mennonite Church (MC), the latter had charge of the remaining members at the Falls. The congregation was represented in the triennial meetings of the General Conference Mennonite Church 1884 to 1908, at which time only five members were listed. The meetinghouse, located on the Shank farm, fell into disuse and was torn down.


Cassel, Daniel K. History of the Mennonites: historically and biographically arranged from the time of the Reformation; more particularly from the time of their emigration to America: Containing sketches of the oldest meeting houses and prominent ministers: Also, their Confession of faith, adopted at Dortrecht, in 1632. Philadelphia: D. K. Cassel, 1888: 170.

Author(s) Joseph C Fretz
Date Published 1957

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Fretz, Joseph C. "Niagara Falls Mennonite Settlement (Sanborn, New York, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 17 Jul 2018.,_New_York,_USA)&oldid=93086.

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Fretz, Joseph C. (1957). Niagara Falls Mennonite Settlement (Sanborn, New York, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 July 2018, from,_New_York,_USA)&oldid=93086.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 868-869. All rights reserved.

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