Wiebe, Johann (1766-1823)
Johann Wiebe: the second elder of the Mennonite church in the Chortitza settlement in South Russia. Johann was born in 1766, the son of Johann Wiebe (ca. 1730 – 1780) and Agnetha (Penner) Wiebe (b. ca. 1723). Johann married Agatha von Kampen (b. ca. 1768), the daughter of Wilhelm von Kampen (1712-1789) and Magdalena (Reimer) von Kampen (1727-1796). Johann died 31 March 1823.
Johann had been chosen as co-elder in 1791 to serve with Bernhard Penner during the first year of the settlement, but had declined because he felt himself too young (he was only twenty-five years of age) and too inexperienced. But soon after, when Penner died, he accepted the office, the church having given him an assistant elder in David Epp. He was sent to Prussia to get some help in 1794 and brought Cornelius Warkentin and Cornelius Regier along to set the church life in the Chortitza settlement in order. Warkentin confirmed both Wiebe and Epp in their office in 1794 and succeeded in establishing peace in the congregation. Epp died in 1802. He was succeeded by the following elders who served as assistants to Wiebe: Bernhard Bergen, chosen 1806, d. 1809, and Jakob Dyck, chosen 1812, d. 1854. In 1805 Wiebe made a trip to the Molotschna to settle some difficulties, where he ordained Jakob Enns of Tiegenhagen as elder.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911. 74, 107, 135, 699.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006: #196813.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 945-946. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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