Engle Family website has been established here in the year 2001
to explore the history of the family of Ulrich Engel
(b.1711) and Anna Brächbühl Engel (b.1715),
who immigrated from the Bishopric of Basel, Switzerland, to
Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1754 as
part of William Penn's experiment in religious freedom.
Ulrich Engel's son, Jacob Engel (b.1754), along with
his brother Hans (b.1745), were among the founding
fathers of the River
Brethren movement, which combined elements of pietism
with Anabaptism. It survives today as three separate denominations
-- the Old Order River Brethren, United Zion's Children, and
the Brethren in Christ.
We trust this site will provide a place for us to meet each
other and share information, photographs, and stories about
our family as we gather material for an update of Morris M.
Engle's History of the Engle Family in America, 1754-1927.
Photograph of original transcription of
a letter from Ulrich Engel written from the New World in 1755.
Original transcription found in the journals of Christian
Schenk of Rothenbach, Switzerland.
Photograph by Eugene K. Engle