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A common family name among Prussian Mennonites, Toews is probably of Dutch background, derived from Matthew (Mattheus), and was found in Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder, Heubuden, Elbing, and Danzig. Isaac Toews and Johann Toews Jr. were preachers of the Ladekopp Old Flemish congregation, from 1762 and 1787 respectively, both serving at least until 1802. Abraham Toews was a preacher at Heubuden starting in 1794, and Johann Toews of Fürstenwerder started in 1796. Franz Toews served as preacher in the Fürstenwerder congregation 1822-60 and Jakob Toews in the same congregation from 1846. Johann Toews was preacher of the Hochzeit congregation from 1796, serving for more than fifty years. Another Johann Toews was a minister at Ladekopp, preacher from 1832, and elder 1853-78. Heinrich Toews served at Pordenau, Russia, as preacher 1839 and as an elder 1842-ca. 1879, and his grandson Johann Toews as preacher of the same church from 1876. B. H. Unruh lists fourteen bearers of the name among the immigrants to Russia. Johann Toews was elder of the Köppental Mennonite Church of Am Trakt. Johannes J. Toews, son of Johann Toews, of the Am Trakt settlement, was a minister of that settlement and died in exile. A. Töws was Oberschulze (1842-48) and co-worker of Johann Cornies. Aron A. Toews (Canada) was the author of Mennonitische Märtyrer; Gerhard Toews was the author of Heimat in Trümmern and other books; J. B. Toews was the field worker of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Board of Missions; John A. Toews was the president of the Mennonite Brethren Bible College at Winnipeg, and Jacob A. Toews was the pastor of the Mennonite Brethren church in Kitchener, Ontario. David Toews was a prominent General Conference elder in Canada, with residence in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, and was founder and long-time chair of the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius and Nanne van der Zijpp. "Toews (Töws, Toevs, Toeffs, Tewffs, Taevs, Taves) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 May 2018.,_Toevs,_Toeffs,_Tewffs,_Taevs,_Taves)_family&oldid=61404.

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Krahn, Cornelius and Nanne van der Zijpp. (1959). Toews (Töws, Toevs, Toeffs, Tewffs, Taevs, Taves) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2018, from,_Toevs,_Toeffs,_Tewffs,_Taevs,_Taves)_family&oldid=61404.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 734-735. All rights reserved.

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