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Boehm, Martin (1725-1812), Mennonite and United Brethren bishop  

William H. Brackney

Boehm, Martin (30 November 1725–23 March 1812), Mennonite and United Brethren bishop, was born in Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob Boehm, an emigrant blacksmith and farmer from the Palatinate. His mother’s name is unknown. Boehm was self-taught and read widely in German and English literature. In 1753 he married Eve Steiner; they had eight children....


Rittenhouse, William (1644-1708), paper manufacturer and Mennonite bishop  

Charles Lowery

Rittenhouse, William (1644–17 February 1708), paper manufacturer and Mennonite bishop, was born in Mülheim on the Ruhr River near Essen, in the lordship of Broich and the duchy of Berg, the son of Maria Hagerhoffs and George Rittenhausen (also spelled Rüddinghuysen and Rittinghausen). Almost nothing is known about his early life. His father may have been involved in papermaking, an important industry in Mülheim since at least the early sixteenth century. William married a local woman (name unknown), with whom he had three children, all of whom were born between 1666 and 1674, presumably in Mülheim....