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Holdeman, John (1832-1900)

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  • 1832-1900

1832 Born, January 31, Wayne County, Ohio
1852 Married Elizabeth Ritter, November 18
1853 Daughter Lavina born, April 1 (died 1 March 1859)
1853 Deep spiritual struggles and visions
1853 Baptized by Bishop Rohrer, October
Felt called to the ministry
1855 Son Isaiah born, October 22 (died 3 January 1863)
1858 First meeting in his home, January 24
1858 Daughter Anna born, February 21
1859 Organization of “new congregation” in his father’s home, April
1860 Daughter Catherine born, November 6 (died 29 July 1863)
1862 Frank Seidner, brother-in-law, baptized and ordained
1863 Son Alpha born, April 21
1863 Mark Seiler, Amish minister, converted, baptized, and ordained (second congregation begun in Pettisvile)
1866 Son Samuel born, June 30
1878 Joseph Liechty court case versus Holdeman and others
1881 Manitoba meetings, Peter Toews ordained, November-December
1883 Moved to Jasper County, Missouri, February 24-25
1897 Began editing and publishing Botschafter der Wahrheit
1897 Moved to Lone Tree congregation, McPherson County, Kansas
1900 Died, March 10