Regier, Abraham (1774-1851)
Abraham Regier: minister and elder; born 2 February 1774 in Altmünsterberg, Prussia, a son of Elder Cornelius Regier (1743-1794) and Margaretha von Bergen (1736-1794). Abraham married Elisabeth Claassen (1776, Tiegenhagen, Prussia - 3 June 1798, Heubuden, Prussia) on 28 March 1795. She was the daughter of Peter Claassen (1746-1827) and Gertrude (Harder) Claassen (1754-1784). Abraham and Elisabeth had one surviving child, Peter (b. 1798). Abraham married for the second time on 19 November 1798 to Catharina Goossen (16 May 1780, Neuteicherhinterfeld, Prussia - 18 February 1813, Prussia), daughter of Franz Goossen (1753-1817) and Catharina (Wiens) Goossen (ca. 1759 - ca. 1790). They had at least three children: Abraham, Cornelius and Maria. Abraham married for the third time on 7 September 1813 to Helena von Riesen (d. 1841). Abraham Regier died on 8 August 1851 in Heubuden, Prussia.
In 1794, upon his father's death, he took over the farm in Heubuden, Prussia. He was chosen as a preacher in the Heubuden congregation in 1800, and as elder on 6 January 1804, succeeding Peter Braun (1748-1803). The first decade of his eldership was a very trying period for the West Prussian congregations. Abraham Regier maintained conscientious church discipline. He was in close connection with the Gross-Werder congregation. In 1809 Abraham Regier ordained Jacob Kröker as elder of the Elbing-Ellerwald congregation and his brother Peter Regier (b. 1776) as elder of the Gross-Werder congregation. When his brother died, he conducted a vote for a replacement in the three "quarters" of the Grosswerder congregation (Ladekopp, Tiegenhagen, and Rosenort). The vote resulted in a tie; the lot, used to break the tie, fell on Abraham Wiebe (who later married a daughter of elder Peter Regier, b. 1776). In 1833 an election for elder occurred to replace Abraham Wiebe. This was conducted at Rosenort, and also resulted in a tie. The lot fell on his son Peter Regier (b. 1798), who, however, refused to assume the office of elder for the large district.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 273. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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