Peters, Bernhard (1816-1912)
Bernhard Peters: elder of the Margenau-Schönsee Mennonite congregation in the Molotschna Mennonite settlement, South Russia; was born at Vierzehnhuben, West Prussia on 28 November 1816, son of Dietrich Peters (b. 1776) and Margaretha (Wiens) Peters (1783-1836). He married Agatha Wiens (1824-1910) in 1846, and had a family of 8 sons and 4 daughters. He died at the age of 96 at Liebenau, Molotschna.
Peters became minister of the Margenau-Schönsee congregation in 1850 and elder in 1861. He was a member of the “Molotschnaer Kirchenkonvent" and as such was sent twice during the 1870s to St. Petersburg in matters relating to military service for Mennonites. In contrast to most preachers of his day, Peters prepared his sermons himself instead of reading them from a book. One son, Heinrich Peters (1855-1921), was elder of the Schönsee Mennonite Church, while another son, Abram B. Peters (1860-1959), was a teacher in Russia and Manitoba and a minister of the Mennonite Brethren Church.
Epp, D. H. "Unser Schmerzensblatt, 1912."
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006: #406054.Mennonitisches Jahrbuch 1911-12 (Berdyansk) 139.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 152-153. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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