- Hostetler, Harvey. Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler. Page 869:
He resided in Shelby Co., KY., till about 1825, when he removed to Clark Co., Ind. He was a preacher in the Dunkard church, beginning his ministry while very young. He once traveled on horseback from Kentucky to Mississippi, ordaining elders in the Dunkard church. He had much influence in the conversion of his nephew Joseph, son of his brother Abraham, and who became one of the greatest preachers of his community, in his time. During his later years he was quite in sympathy with what was termed the reformation, when many Dunkard churches turned to what are now known as Christian churches.
Cassel,H., "Some Account of the Origin and History of the Far Western and Congregational Brethren" (Unpubl. MS. 1886 at Juniata College Library); D. B. Eller, "Ohio Valley" (1976) 140-43, 177-201 and "Hoosier Brethren" Indiana Magazine of History 76 (1980)1-20, reprinted BLT 27 (1982) 35-54, New Nation (1976) 71-75, J. H. Moore Pathfinders (1929) 89-100 Minutes (Brethren) 1821, art, 6, M. Evans, Biographical Sketches of the Pioneer Preachers of Indiana (1862) 32-33, 64-67.
"Hostetler Brethren, the name given to an early 19th century independent Brethren group (also known as "Kentucky Dunkards") who were followers of Adam Hostetler and Peter Hon. These two ministers accused of allowing members to own slaves, relaxing standards for plain dress, using the single mode of feetwashing, expressing sympathy for frontier revivalism and possibly of espousing the doctrine of universal restoration. Two Council meetings attempted to resolve the controversy ca. 1820. The first was held in Muhlenberg Co., KY, the second sometime later at Hostetler's home in Shelby Co. The result was that Hostetler and Hon together with their followers, were *disfellowshipped. These Brethren formed in 1820 a loose association which grew rapidly and by 1824 consisted of ca. fifteen congregations, twenty four ministers and two thousand members. Although some were congregations located in Kentucky and Ohio, the association's center was in southern Indiana. Little is known about this organization except that its adherents met annually at various locations and that they were soon divided in their views on baptism. In 1827-28 the association was dissolved and it congregations merged into the Restoration movement. Two developments made this possible. One was the Hon and Abraham Kern had been able by 1827 to persuade the association to abandon trine immersion baptism. The second was the conversion in 1826 of the popular preacher Joseph Hostetler to the reform views of Alexander Campbell. In 1827 John and Peter Wright of the Blue River Baptist churches came to the yearly gathering of the Hostetler Brethren and proposed a union of the two groups. Led by Joseph Hostetler, the Brethren agreed and a new "Christian" organization was formed. Over the next few years all of the clearly recognizable leaders and congregations joined the "Disciples of Christ. "DBE.