In my last blog post, I mentioned the individual states where the Amish reside. In this post, we’re going to dissect the Amish communities. How many different Amish sects are there? (This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully will give you a good overall idea of the diversity amongst the Plain People.) According to my research, this is what I have found:
First, we have the Old Order Amish groups. These include, in order of conservatism:
Swartzentruber Amish (also may be recognized as their own group, not under the Old Order umbrella)
Buchanan Amish (aka Medford)
Andy Weaver Amish (aka Dan Amish)
Troyer Amish (aka Stutzman-Troyer Amish)
Renno Amish (aka Peachy Amish)
Holmes Old Order
Michigan Amish Churches
*also noted Geauga County 1&2; Dover, DE; Nappanee, IN; Kenton, PA; Arthur, IL; New Wilmington, PA; Daviess County, IN; Kenton, IN; Ashland, OH; Jamesport/Bloomfield, MO; Fredericktown, PA; Kalona, Iowa; Kansas/Oklahoma; Milverton, Ontario; Missouri/Illinois; Somerset, PA; Milroy/West Union, IN; Guys Mills/Fredonia, PA; Aylmer, Ontario; Abe Miller Amish, TN; Turbotville, PA; Kokomo, IN
Next, there is New Order Amish:
Non-Electric Amish, OH
Electric Amish, PA
New Order-Tobe, OH
New Order Fellowship, OH
Then, Beachy Amish Mennonite
Next, Amish Mennonites:
Kauffman Amish Mennonites
Amish Mennonite sub-groups
And then there are what have been classified as Para-Amish groups. These groups may come from different Anabaptist sects such as Old Order Mennonite, Amish, Old German Baptist and have formed a new group who espouse similar ideas, such as plain dress and horse and buggy transportation.
In my next several blog posts, I hope to go into more detail about the different groups and how they vary in distinction.
Did you learn anything new? Had you already heard of all these groups? Were you aware of the diversity amongst the groups? (We’ll go more into that in future posts, Lord willing.)
Is there a particular group of Amish that interests you that you’d like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments!
Different Amish Fiction
Notes: “Subgroups of Amish” Wikipedia (various sources within), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subgroups_of_Amish
By the goodness and grace of GOD, Readers’ Favorite GOLD & SILVER Medal Book Award Winner J.E.B. Spredemann, Author of the beloved Amish by Accident and Amish Secrets series, was born and raised in California and now resides in beautiful southern Indiana Amish country. Amish by Accident (by J. Spredemann) was first released in November 2012, and the author held a steady spot in Amazon’s Top 100 Authors in Religion & Spirituality, topping out at #4. Find J.E.B. on Facebook or visit jebspredemann.com.