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Esau, a Mennonite family name appearing in the rural Old Flemish congregations of West Prussia, first mentioned in 1617 at Tiegenhof. In 1662 a Jacob Esous was a deacon of the Danzig Flemish Mennonite (Huiskoopers) congregation at Rotterdam, Holland. In 1776, 16 families of this name were counted in West Prussia, and in 1935, 86 persons. Members of this family emigrated to Russia and America. Peter Esau seems to have been the first preacher of this family, serving the Grosse Werder congregation 1765-ca.1781. Abraham Esau (1799-1885) was for 48 years an active preacher in the Tiegenhagen congregation in West Prussia, during 29 of which he served as elder. Abraham Esau was rector of the University of Jena in 1931-34; Johann J. Esau (1859-1940) was a Mennonite engineer in the Ukraine, and Jacob Esau was a Mennonite physician in Chortitza before 1900.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Gustav Reimer
Date Published 1955


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Neff, Christian and Gustav Reimer. "Esau family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 23 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Esau_family&oldid=119885.

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Neff, Christian and Gustav Reimer. (1955). Esau family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Esau_family&oldid=119885.




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