Wiebe, Jakob (1824-1880)
Jakob Wiebe: educator and elder; born 7 October 1824, the 13th of 16 children of Philipp Wiebe (b. 1778) and Gertrude (Dueck) Wiebe. He died in 1880.
Jakob was the brother of Philipp Wiebe, was a teacher of the Halbstadt Zentralschule in the Molotschna Mennonite settlement, Russia, and became the first elder of the Karassan Mennonite Church when the church was organized in 1862. Little is known about his life and work, with the exception of a letter that he wrote to Johann Wiebe of Alexandertal concerning the non-resistance and migration of the Mennonites to America (dated 27 February 1876). He rejected the reasons given for the migration, claiming that Russia was giving full guarantees to those who wanted to maintain the doctrine of nonresistance and that it was the duty of Mennonites to stay in Russia and make a positive contribution. "We are supposed to be the salt of the earth and Russia is a part of this earth where the salt is needed as much as any where else." He charged that although the original motive for the migration to America was religious, the reasons now were the relatives, luring mountains of gold, curiosity, and the fear that the sons would have to serve in some form; many were going to America who had absolutely no concept of non-resistance or true Christianity.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 511-13, 599, 709.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006: 100349.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 945. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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