Family fled in pursuit of religious freedom

By Sarah Troyer Persecuted for their religious beliefs, my ancestors fled their home country. Hundreds of years later, my family found themselves still rooted in their faith. Michael and Magdalena Troyer were among many Mennonites who escaped Switzerland in the 1740s and headed to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in hopes of finding a home where they could practice their faith freely. The Mennonite faith began in Germany and Switzerland in 1525. The fundamentals of this Christian faith  were rooted in their belief in adult baptism as opposed to infant baptism and their opposition to war. In the 1670s, the persecution and...

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