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|Valentine "Velte" Clemmer|
Valentin (Rev) (Imm) CLEMMER, b. ca. 1655, Also called Velte, and Felty, Resided bef. 1717 in VanBebber's Township, Philadelphia Co, PA, Emigrated to Pennsylvania with grandson, Valentine HUNSICKER 1717, Was a minister in Switzerland; Was a Mennonite bishop; Signed the Dortrecht Confession 1725 in Great Swamp, Milford, Bucks Co, PA
This Clymer family first settled in Bucks County about 1720. Bishop Valentine Klemmer sailed with about 360 other Palatine Mennonites on 3 ships to Pennsylvania in 1717. Dielman Kolb, Henry Funk, Benjamin Landis, John Landis, Hans Detweiler, and Henrich Ruth were part of this community-wide migration. At least one of Valentine Klemmer's children, Henrich Clemmer of Franconia, and one grandson, Valentine Hunsicker, accompanied the Bishop. Both were 17 years old when they landed in Philadelphia. Bishop Klemmer was a weaver and lived in Germantown a short time befores settling "Grooten Schwamb" or the Great Swamp not far from Quakertown in Milford Township, Bucks County. Grooten Schwamb meant Great Meadow in German. But the German word for meadow sounded like the English word for Swamp. In 1724 he attended the first Mennonite Conference in America at Skippack, Philadelphia (now Montgomery )County. Bishop Valentine Klemmer's son and grandson helped build the Skippack Meetinghouse about 1720 .
At "Grooten Schwamb" services were held in private homes until a meetinghouse was built in 1735. Tradition says that Valentine Klemmer died on a visit to Conestoga Township, Lancaster County and is buried at Mellinger's Cemetery in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County. Historians in Lancaster give the date of the first burial recorded at Mellengers Cemetery as about 1757. Many of his friends and fellow Mennonite ministers from the Palatinate settled in Lancaster after arriving in Philadelphia in 1717.
Johannes Hans Clemmer*
Jacob Clemmer (1688 - 1751)*
Henrich Clemmer (1700 - 1791)*
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Record added: Sep 26, 2011
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