Lange, Friedrich Wilhelm (1800-1864)
Friedrich Wilhelm Lange: elder and teacher; born 9 October 1800 in Prussia, the son of Johannes Lange (4 April 1769 - 27 November 1845, Gnadenfeld, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia) and Dorothea Luise (Segest) Lange (17 September 1771-1846). Friedrich was related to Wilhelm Lange. Friedrich married Henriette Kluge (11 April 1793 - 11 September 1865, South Russia) and they had seven children: Laura, Julius, Maria, Hermine, Louise, Klementina, and Johannes. Friedrich died on 10 December 1864 in South Russia.
Friedrich immigrated to the Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia in 1837 and was baptized and became a member of the Gnadenfeld Mennonite Church in that same year. He was elected minister in 1838 and elder in 1841. Lange was an unusually successful teacher and had taught in Prussia. Heinrich Franz I was his pupil. Lange favored a warm piety and was a personal friend of Eduard Wüst. Hermann Lenzmann related, "Wüst, who came to our church, was throughout his life in close brotherly contact with my father and his predecessor, Elder Fr. W. Lange, and frequently preached in their congregation just as they preached in his." Lange performed Wüst's marriage ceremony (Menn. Jahrbuch 1904-5, 78). He was a great promoter of evangelism, missions, abstinence, and music. Because of personal difficulties, he resigned in 1849 and accepted a position as teacher and assistant minister in the Swedish Lutheran Church at Schlangendorf on the Dniepr River, Ukraine.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 83 f.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 6.02 ed. Fresno, CA:, 2010: #104830.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 617.
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