Epp, Johann P. (1854-1917)
Johann P. Epp, minister, elder and church administrator: b. 20 July 1854 in Pastwa, Molotschna Colony, South Russia, the oldest son and second of ten children of Peter Epp (1828-1879) and Barbara (Isaac) Epp (1833-1905). Johann married Cornelia Franz (3 January 1855, Hierschau, Molotschna, South Russia – 3 January 1939, Henderson, Nebraska) on 1 February 1877 in Henderson, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Peter Franz (1818-1858) and Maria (Bartel) Franz (1819-1880). Johann and Cornelia had six children (a seventh died in infancy): Maria, Peter, Johann, Jacob, Gerhard and Heinrich. He d. 25 January 1917 at his home in Henderson and was buried in the Ebenezer Mennonite cemetery near this town.
With his parents and their four other surviving children, Johann immigrated to America in 1875, settling near Henderson, Nebraska. Here he lived the remainder of his life on a farm, excepting the last four years, when he resided in Henderson.
Johann P. Epp was a charter member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church (Evangelical Mennonite Brethren) at Henderson. He served about 34 years as minister, including 4 years as elder of the church. For about 15 years he served as secretary of the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Mission Board, and 2 years as conference chairman.
All his children were active in church work and all prosperous farmers. His son John served for many years as minister and elder.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 4.19 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2005.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 237. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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