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Christian Widmer, b. 24 December 1796, the son of Hans Widmer, is one of the genuine Mennonite patriarchs. He lived in Epiquerez, Clos du Doubs, in  the Bernese Jura, close to the French border. His wife was Verena Eicher of Buchholterberg (Emmental), married at Montbéliard on 25 September 1821. The patriarchal figures of Christian Widmer and his wife, who with their ancient costumes and simplicity are a monument of a former time, repre­sent the customs, the piety, and the industry of the old Mennonites. The numerous descendants of this Widmer family are now competent farmers in the region of Montbeliard and in Alsace. Several of these descendants have been successful preachers and elders.

Author(s) Samuel Geiser
Date Published 1959

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Geiser, Samuel. "Widmer, Christian (b. 1796)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 Apr 2017.,_Christian_(b._1796)&oldid=86012.

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Geiser, Samuel. (1959). Widmer, Christian (b. 1796). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 April 2017, from,_Christian_(b._1796)&oldid=86012.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 943. All rights reserved.

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