Schmidt, Johann (1865-1936)
Johann Schmidt: elder and minister; b. 19 June 1865 in Wonsosz, Prussia, the second of six children of Andreas Schmidt (10 April 1834 – August 1918) and Anna (Ewert) Schmidt (d. 13 April 1913), (Andreas had three children from his first marriage to Eva (Ratzlaff) Bartel [1825-1862] ). Johann married Helena Schroeder (10 October 1862, Olszyn, Prussia – 23 October 1897, Deutsch-Wymysle, Prussia) on 12 May 1891 in Deutsch-Wymysle, daughter of Jakob Schroeder (20 August 1840 – 20 July 1910) and Wilhelmine (Ratzlaff) Schroeder (28 August 1839 – 24 January 1926). Johann and Helena had five children: Wilhelmine, Anna, Emilie, Julianna, and Helena. Johann married for the second time on 25 June 1898 to Emilie Ratzlaff (20 March 1871, Deutsch-Zyck, Prussia – 24 June 1929, Deutsch-Wymysle, Prussia), daughter of August Ratzlaff (12 April 1838 – 19 April 1927) and Helena (Ratzlaff) Ratzlaff (17 August 1837 – 9 May 1884). Johann and Emilie had seven children: Mathilda, Emil, Wilhelm, Martha, Peter, Hulda, and Anna. Johann’s third wife was Julianna (Schmidt) Bartel (24 October 1871, Arciechowsk, Poland – 1939). She was killed in a bomb blast during World War II. Johann d. 26 February 1936 in Deutsch-Kazun, Prussia.
Johann was ordained as a minister in 1894 and elder in 1896 in the Deutsch-Wymysle Mennonite Church near Warsaw, Poland, when his predecessor Johann Kliewer joined the local Mennonite Brethren congregation. In 1907 Johann also joined the Mennonite Brethren leaving the Deutsch-Wymysle congregation without an elder. The observance of baptism and Lord's Supper in the remaining small congregation was supervised by the elder of the Deutsch-Kazun Mennonite Church. Johann Schmidt moved to Deutsch-Kazun in 1930, where he died. (see also Deutsch-Wymysle.)
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GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 466. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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