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Schartner, a family name among the Mennonites of Prussia, spread to Russia and America. The first member of the family to join the Mennonites was Friedrich Schartner, who during the 18th century left Königsberg to avoid conscription. A widower, he married Maria Jantz, a Mennonite, at which time he joined the Mennonite church in the village of Karolswalde, Volhynia, Polish Russia. Four of his thirteen children became ministers. His oldest son, Johann Schartner, went to Russia and served as minister of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. His son Gerhard Schartner was an educator and minister among the Fernheim Mennonites in Paraguay. In 1874 the family was transplanted to South Dakota during the migration of the Mennonites to America. Friedrich Schartner (1842-1916) was a leader of this group. He and his son Jacob F. Schartner served as ministers of this group. Representatives of this family, small in number, are found primarily in South Dakota and Russia.


Smith, Eldon E. The History and Record of the Schartner Family. Marion, SD, 1952.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Schartner family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 May 2016.

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