Thanks Jim for the great thoughts on how the Edelman/Eddelman name change came about. If it was created by the census takers at least they were kind. I know you have seen how some of the names were scrambled by well meaning census takers. I was thinking about how my Grandmother always said the Ettleman’s were Pennsylvania Dutch. (My Grandmother was born in Iowa in 1890. She was the granddaughter of Daniel Ettleman and Hannah Bowman). I remembered seeing a site on the web that discussed Mennonites, Amish and the Pennsylvania Dutch. I went back to that site today and here are parts of what I found. “The Amish are a religious group who live in settlements in 22 states and Ontario, Canada. The oldest group of Old Order Amish, about 16-18,000 people live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Amish stress humility, family and community, and separation from the world. Although Lancaster Amish are Pennsylvania Dutch, all Pennsylvania Dutch are not Amish. The Pennsylvania Dutch are natives of Central Pennsylvania, particularly Lancaster and its surrounding counties. Unlike the Amish, they are not all one religion. Instead, their common bond is a mainly German background (Pennsylvania Dutch is actually Pennsylvania Deutsch, or German). They also have Welsh, English, Scottish, Swiss, and French ancestry. The Amish have their roots in the Mennonite community. The Amish and Mennonites both settled in Pennsylvania as part of William Penn's "holy experiment" of religious tolerance. The first sizable group of Amish arrived in Lancaster County in the 1720's or 1730's.”
I am going to look into Amish sites to see if I can find anything. I have not been successful with the Mennonite sites. I did read in one place that the Mennonites and Amish kept little records because of the persecution they had faced in the old country.