Swartzentruber Amish are considered a subgroup of the Old Order Amish, although they do not fellowship or intermarry with more liberal Old Order Amish.
They speak Pennsylvania German as their mother tongue as well as English (with outsiders). The Swartzentruber name was applied later, named after bishop Samuel Swartzentruber who succeeded him.
Where they live With farming at the center of their lives and their population rapidly expanding due to large families, the Amish, anxious not be influenced by modern ways, are always seeking out new land away from urban areas.
After initially settling in Ohio, they are nowfound in 30 states as well as Canada.
The Swartzentruber Andy Weaver group should not be confused with the Old Order Andy Weaver group.
In this three-way split the Andy Weaver group is the most conservative while the Joe Troyer group is at the other end of the spectrum, leaving the Mose Miller group somewhere in between.
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This group, known as the "Jeck Jeckey Leit" is now affiliated with the Nebraska Amish.
In the 1990s two more splits occurred, resulting in three Swartzentruber Amish groups: the Joe Troyer group, the main group, the Mose Miller/Isaac Keim group and the Andy Weaver group.
Miller and Sherry Gore’s memoir, scheduled for release next month, “The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life.” And then there is a string of new titles released in the past year hinting there might be more to the story than sweetness and simplicity – memoirs by those who have left the Amish.
Those books include “Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish” by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, “Beyond Buggies and Bonnets: Seven True Stories of Former Amish” by Brenda Nixon.
The Amish community has been a topic of interest for decades.