Wedel (Wedell, Weedel, Wedler, Wiedel, Wadel) family
Wedel, a family name that was originally found among the Mennonites of Prussia, was particularly common at Schönsee, Przechovka, and Konopat, but also occurred in Thiensdorf and Montau-Gruppe. H. H. Schroeder assumes in the book Russlanddeutsche Friesen that the ancestors of this family came from East Friesland. According to the Alexanderwohl church record the first representative of the Przechovka or Alexanderwohl church in Prussia was Frantz Wedel, who was present when the village was leased in 1640. Benjamin Wedel (1766-1813) and Peter Wedel (1792-1871) were some of the early members of the group. Jacob Wedel (1754-1791) was elected elder in 1785. He started the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church record entitled Die Erste stamm Nahmen Unserer Bisher so genante Oude Vlamingen oder Groningersche Mennonisten Sozietaets alhier in Preusen and traced it back to 1669. It's one of the oldest Mennonite church records.
From Prussia the name Wedel was transplanted to Russia where it was found primarily in the Alexanderwohl church. From there it moved again to the Alexanderwohl church at Goessel, Kansas. C. H. Wedel (1860-1910), the first president of Bethel College, was born in this community. His son was Theodore O. Wedel, an Episcopal clergyman in Washington, DC. Also in this family branch is Cornelius C. Wedel, minister of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church (1898-1957). His son, David C. Wedel, was president of Bethel College starting in 1952. Frank F. Wedel, was manager of Salem Deaconess Hospital.
A Low-German-speaking Wedel of the Przechovka group married into the Swiss Volhynian group that later settled near Moundridge, Kansas. From this family line came a number of well-known General Conference Mennonite Church members: Peter J. Wedel (1871-1951), a professor at Bethel College; his son Waldo Rudolph Wedel, an archaeologist; Philip Arnold Wedel, a minister of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church; Edward B. Wedel, a professor at the University of Wichita; his son, Arnold Wedel, a professor at Bethel College. Members of the Wedel family who served as ministers in the Mennonite Brethren Church include Herbert Wedel of Fresno, California; J. Wedel of Abbotsford, British Columbia; and Ruben Wedel of Premont, Texas.
Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 120.
Schroeder, H. H. Russlanddeutsche Friesen. Döllstädt, 1936: 99.
Duerksen, J. A. "Przechowka and Alexanderwohl." Mennonite Life 10 (April 1955): 76-82.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 907, 1148. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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