Johann Friesen grew up in Neuanlange, Borosenko Colony, Russia, as part of the Dyck family. Johann was 17 years old when the Dycks and their ten children, together with many other Mennonites, decided to leave Russia for Canada. His adopted father, Bernhard Dyck died in Minnesota en route to Manitoba where Johann settled in Altona with his recently widowed adopted mother. After marrying Maria Abrams, daughter of Heinrich and Maria (Heinrichs) Abrams, who had also immigrated to Canada with the Mennonites from Russia, the couple began farming in Neuanlage in the Manitoba Mennonite West Reserve. In 1906 Johann and Maria Friesen acquired a homestead in the Lobethal School district of Saskatchewan near Main Centre where they continued to be farmers. They were active in the Sommerfelder Mennonite Church in Saskatchewan. After Maria's death in 1925, Johann moved back to Manitoba, where he settled near Gretna and married Maria’s sister, Aganetha H. Abram (1863-1950) on 21 January 1926. She was a widow with ten children from her previous marriage. Johann's health worsened and he died on 15 August 1944. He was buried at the Eigenhof graveyard at the Rudnerweide Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in Manitoba.
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GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.03 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2007: #179726.
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