Note: This year there was a renewal of persection against the Mennonites and Anabaptists generally, and it extended into the palatinate. The discussions of Menno Simon when he was there in 1555 was the seed which a couple years later brought on the fruit (Bohns, p. 93). The result was that in 1557 sharp mandates against the Mennonites were issued throughout the Palatinate. Elector Frederick had a discussion at Pfeddersheim that year with the Mennonites and Anabaptist leaders and the edict was the result. We notice above the striking similarity between the name of the Paltinate town Pfeddersheim and that of our well known Petersheims in eastern Lancaster county, adherants of the Amish Church. It is likely their names are derived from that of the ancient German town where ancestors of the family may have dwelt in olden times. It was a more or less general custom to name citizens after the towns. [Source: Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, by H. Frank Eshleman, pg 60.]
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