Epp, Peter (1725-1789)
Peter Epp, elder: b. 23 January 1725 in Petershagen, Prussia, a son of Peter Epp (1681-1733) and Anna Claassen (1683-1730). Peter married Catharina Wiens (12 November 1730, Nassenhuben, Prussia — 6 January 1776, Neunhuben, Prussia) on 24 April 1751 in Nassenhuben, Prussia. She was the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Hildebrandt) Wiens. Peter and Catharina had eleven children, with eight reaching adulthood: Sara, Peter, Heinrich, Anna, Maria, Catharina, Cornelius and Jacob. Peter d. 12 November 1789 in Stadtgebiet, Prussia.
Peter lived as a farmer in Neunhuben near Danzig, was chosen as a deacon on 3 April 1757, as a minister on 5 February 1758, and as an elder on 26 September 1779. He went through the difficult period of the transfer of West Prussia from Polish to Prussian sovereignty, when the Danzig congregation was for a while divided between the two realms. In this period the immigration to Russia also began, in which Epp took an active part. He died in the midst of preparations for a trip to South Russia in 1789.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 237. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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