Stories Behind The Marketplace’s Amish Families
Eli, Caroline, Ada, Katie, Sam, Lavilla, and Katie Ann
(3rd and 4th Generations of Troyers Currently Weaving Baskets)
The Troyer family’s basket weaving roots can be traced back to the middle of the last century on their family’s farm which was located near Port Washington, Ohio. In 1979, the Troyer family moved from Port Washington to an Amish community located near St. Clair, Michigan. While living in Michigan, they continued their family’s tradition of weaving quality baskets. By 1998 the Troyer family began to feel the pressure caused by increased development in Eastern Michigan and the lack of local land available for their children to acquire and establish their own families on. Eli Sr. and his wife Ada then moved the family to our slower-paced community here on the border between Iowa and Missouri. After they arrived, the Troyer family continued to weave baskets and started a small sawmill to supply themselves and other local Amish craftsmen with quality hardwoods. While the sawmill has since closed, the Troyer family’s rich tradition of quality craftsmanship in the weaving of baskets continues to be passed down to the Troyer children and grandchildren.
David, Rebecca, and Lena
(2nd and 3rd Generations of Yoders Currently Weaving Baskets)
David Yoder was born and raised near Port Washington, Ohio. His wife, Rebecca, was born about 50 miles to the North in Wayne County, Ohio. Rebecca’s family moved to Minnesota when Rebecca was 4 months old and she grew up weaving baskets in Minnesota. When Rebecca was 13 years old her family moved and settled in our Amish community here on the border between Iowa and Missouri. David grew up in his own basket-weaving family near Port Washington, Ohio until his family also moved to our Amish community. Both David and Rebecca’s families were weaving baskets here on separate farms that were situated a short distance from each other. It was not to long after David’s family initially settled into our community that David and Rebecca met. At the age of 20, David married Rebecca who was 19 at the time. Since both David and Rebecca’s families had been involved in the tradition of weaving baskets from before each of them were born, they now feel a special calling to continue and pass down their family’s tradition of basket weaving to their children.
Jacob, Cevilla, Joas, Amanda, and Sarah
(1st and 2nd Generations of Gingeriches Currently Weaving Baskets)
Jacob Gingerich was born near Essex, Tennessee. While Jacob was a boy, his family moved from Tennessee to an Amish community near Kidron, Ohio. The Gingerich family was involved in farming while they lived in Ohio. Jacob’s wife, Cevilla, was born and raised in the Kidron, Ohio area and that is where she and Jacob met and were married. Both Jacob and Cevilla were aware of other families sustaining themselves through weaving baskets but, with several other Amish families involved in the craft around their Ohio community, the opportunity to practice the art of weaving baskets was not practical. In 1999, Jacob’s twin brother urged Jacob and Cevilla to move to our Amish community located here on the border between Iowa and Missouri. Jacob’s brother told Jacob about the other basket weaving families that had already relocated to our community and were weaving baskets. The Gingerich family felt the calling to move to our community to take up the craft. With the help and support of other families in the community, the Gingeriches have become masterful basket artisans and started their family tradition of weaving baskets which they are passing down to their children and soon to their grandchildren.