Thiessen, Bernhard (1814-1855)
Bernhard Thiessen: minister of the Ibersheim Mennonite Church; b. 12 June 1814 in Danzig, the third of five children of Bernhard Thiessen (17 March 1783 – 3 June 1826) and Maria (Deveer) Thiessen (16 November 1777 – 10 October 1852). Bernhard married Henriette Sophie Mathilde Schmidt (9 September 1820, Danzig – 9 September 1849, Ibersheim, Germany) on 22 June 1845 in Danzig. Bernhard and Henriette had two children, Maria Franziska and Otto Bernhard. Bernhard d. 28 May 1855 in Ibersheim, Germany.
Bernhard was baptized in Danzig in 1831 and studied theology at the universities of Berlin and Bonn. He was the first theologically trained and professional Mennonite minister in Ibersheim. On 11 June 1843, while on a journey, he had preached a sermon in the Ibersheim Mennonite Church, and was thereupon chosen on 16 July 1843 as minister of the congregation. On 17 September 1843, he was ordained as elder by Johannes Risser, minister of the Sembach Mennonite Church. He performed the functions of his office until 1855, when he died of a stroke.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV.
Thiessen, Hermann. Bartholomäus Tiessen: 350 Jahre Familientradition. Hamelm: Frank Tiessen, 1986: 31, 57.
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