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The first separatists became the Seventh Day Dunkers, whose distinctive principle was that they believed that Saturday was true Sabbath. In 1732 Beissel led the establishment of a semi-monastic community with a convent and a monastery at Ephrata, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

While celibate, the community also welcomed believing families, who lived nearby and participated in joint worship.

Brethren Church · Church of the Brethren · Conservative Grace Brethren · Dunkard Brethren · Grace Brethren · Old Brethren · Old Brethren German Baptist · Old German Baptist Brethren · Old German Baptist Brethren, New Conference · Old Order German Baptist Brethren · The Old German Baptist Brethren (OGBB) is a conservative Plain church that emerged from a division among the German Baptist Brethren in 1881 being part of the Old Order Movement.

In 1720 forty Brethren families settled in Surhuisterveen in Friesland.

They settled among the Mennonites and remained there until 1729, when all but a handful emigrated to America, in three separate groups from 1719 to 1733.

It rejects baptism of infants as a biblically valid form of baptism.

It is one of several Schwarzenau Brethren groups that trace their roots to 1708, when eight believers founded a new church in Schwarzenau, Germany.

Other names by which they are sometimes identified are Dunkers, Dunkards, Tunkers, and Täufer, all relating to their practice of baptism by immersion.

Originally known as Neu-Täufer (new Baptists), in America they used the name "German Baptist" and officially adopted the title "German Baptist Brethren" at their Annual Meeting in 1871.

Several branches were established, some of which still exist.

A group called the Church of God or "New Dunkers" withdrew in 1848. In 1782 the Brethren forbade slaveholding by its members.

A notable influence was Ernest Christopher Hochmann von Hochenau, a traveling Pietist minister.

While living in Schriesheim, his home town, Mack invited Hochmann to come and minister there.

In August of the same year five men and three women gathered at the Eder, a small river that flows through Schwarzenau, to perform baptism as an outward symbol of their new faith.

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