Why Exile Society

HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY

While information for the 1923 publication of the Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families was being collected, an interest in the genealogy and history of the Schwenkfelders was raised among the immigrant descendants.  As a result, it was proposed that an organization, similar to the Mayflower Society, be founded by the descendants of those Schwenkfelders who arrived during the years 1731-1737.

Several organizational meetings were held and in February 1921 a constitution was adopted and officers of the new organization were elected.  The first meeting of the Society of the Descendants of the Schwenkfeldian Exiles was held on April 29, 1921, in the assembly hall of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  The Secretary presented the names of 126 men and women who made up the Charter membership.

The original plans called for two meetings per year.  A Spring meeting in the country, where most of the descendants lived, and a Fall meeting in Philadelphia, when the election of officers would be held.  More recently, the Society has adopted a single meeting held during October at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, PA.

Topics of Schwenkfeldian interest are presented at the meetings.  Occasionally, on-site meetings are held at meeting houses, cemeteries, schools, and other places of interest connected with our ancestors.  Good fellowship is promoted in the social hour that follows.

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  1. My great grandmother’s name was Anna Maria Louisa Jentsch. She was apparently born in or around Liegnitz and came to the US as a small girl in 1884 with her parents, August Jentsch and Rosalie Fangler Jentsch. I have recently been trying to find more about their origins and learn if there are any Jentsches who have survived in that area.

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