Indeed, the movement may not exist today at all if Martin and his family had not taken a stand a century ago in 1917. Martin, born September 2, 1838, in Waterloo County, Upper Canada (now Ontario), was the son of Mennonite pioneers Jacob G. Jacob, born March 22, 1811, was only 9 years old when he emigrated with his family to the British province of Upper Canada, from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.Jacob's father David and his first cousin Peter Martin (who also came to Upper Canada) were descendants of their common grandfather David Martin, an immigrant to Pennsylvania, whose family originated in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland.Bishop Dave felt there was too much growing controversy, and excommunicated his nephew.
It contains several works on the origins of Anabaptism, scholarly accounts of the Münster Rebellion, biographical accounts of important Anabaptist leaders and martyrs, several works detailing their unique contribution to American history as early pioneers, and much more.Opposing a "new order" of things, the "Old Order" Mennonite movement began in ernest in 1872 in Indiana. Martin embraced the Mennonite traditionalists, becoming an ordained minister among them in 1890.In Canada, the Old Order Mennonite Church in Ontario began in Waterloo County in 1889. He served the Elmira church for over 10 years, when in 1901 he became the first minister of the South Peel congregation in Wellington County.Martin have played a key role in the growth and stability of Mennonite orthodoxy. Martin (1932-2002), was the previous bishop of the church from 1993-2002. Indeed, almost 100% of Orthodox Mennonites with the family names of "Hoover" and "Sherk" are direct descendants of David B. Three descendants in particular are today leaders among the Orthodox Mennonites: David E. Martin (1965-): Leader of the Wellesley Orthodox Mennonites since 2009, appropriately named David Martin is the great-great grandson of David B.
This booklet set the tone for what was to unfold among the Mennonites in Ontario over the next several years.