Anna Klassen Goossen Hiebert Warkentin, Mennonite pioneer, was born on 27 January 1839 in the village of Neukirch, Molotschna Colony, South Russia. She was the second of six children born to Franz Klassen (born ca 1801) and his second wife Anna. Anna was baptized in 1857 into the Kleine Gemeinde and that same year married Gerhard Goossen (1836-1872). Together they had nine children of which six survived to adulthood. When Gerhard died in 1872 Anna needed to place her children in foster homes as she was physically and financially unable to care for them. In 1874 she immigrated to Canada where she settled in Gruenfeld, Manitoba. Anna married Johan Hiebert (1816-1890) in 1876. They had three children together. Johan died in 1890 and the following year she married Johann L. Warkentin (1845-1908). Anna moved to Hillsboro, Kansas with her third husband where she died on 16 February 1927.
Like so many other pioneer women, Anna was a courageous woman who through faith and perseverance overcame the many hardships and challenges of frontier life. A collection of her letters has been preserved in which she witnesses to a deep and trusting faith in God. They are also a legacy of historical significance in that they give the reader some insight into her unique experience as a woman who was a Mennonite pioneer.
Plett, Delbert F. "Letters: Anna Klassen Goossen 1839-1927." Preservings No. 10 Part II (June 1997): 16-17.
|Author(s)||Sharon H. H Brown|
|Date Published||June 2006|
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Brown, Sharon H. H. "Warkentin, Anna Klassen Goossen Hiebert (1839-1927)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2006. Web. 18 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Warkentin,_Anna_Klassen_Goossen_Hiebert_(1839-1927)&oldid=78608.
Brown, Sharon H. H. (June 2006). Warkentin, Anna Klassen Goossen Hiebert (1839-1927). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Warkentin,_Anna_Klassen_Goossen_Hiebert_(1839-1927)&oldid=78608.
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