Wiens, Jakob B. (1870-1939)
Jakob B. Wiens: Aeltester (Elder) of the Orloff Mennonite Church in the Molotschna Mennonite Settlement; born in Crimea, Russia on 22 October 1870, the sixth of 13 children of Bernhard Johann Wiens (3 February 1838, Schoenau, Molotschna, South Russia - 17 December 1889, Rueckenau, Molotschna, South Russia) and Maria (Neufeld) Wiens (17 January 1842, Prangenau, Molotschna, South Russia - 19 June 1901). On 23 April 1893 Jakob married Helena Wiens (7 October 1870, Tiegerweide, Molotschna, South Russia - 6 November 1946, Herschel, Saskatchewan) in Tiegerweide, Molotschna. Helena was the daughter of Franz F. Wiens (1830-1898) and Anna (Matthies) Wiens (1848-1899). Jakob and Helena had eight children: Peter (died young), Helena, Jacob, Bernhard, Peter, Maria, Johann, and Elisabeth. Jakob died 22 May 1939 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was buried in Herschel, Saskatchewan.
Jakob received his education at Rückenau and the Halbstadt Zentralschule and was a teacher at Tiegerweide, Molotschna. He served as a teacher for 20 years. In 1901 Jakob Wiens was elected minister and in 1911 he succeeded Abram Görz as elder of Orloff-Neukirch Mennonite Church. In 1924 he left Russia and arrived at Waterloo, Ontario. On 16 August he proceeded to Herschel, Saskatchewan, and there founded the Ebenfeld Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church). He also served in the surrounding communities of Luseland, Superb, and Kindersley-Glydden, which were subsidiaries of the Ebenfeld church.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 6.06 ed. Fresno, CA:, 2011: #267403.
Rempel, J. G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen 1902-1952, 2 vols. Steinbach, MB, 1952: v. I, 198.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 949. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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