Wiens, Cornelius Abraham (1866-1944)

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Cornelius Abraham Wiens: a teacher and elder of the Kuban Mennonite Brethren Church; born 3 November 1866 in Kuban Colony, South Russia, the ninth of 12 children of Abraham A. Wiens (26 April 1830, Elisabeththal, Molotschna, South Russia - 11 May 1900) and Maria (Buller) Wiens (ca. 1833 - 8 November 1871); Abraham also had nine children by his second wife, Maria Friesen. Abraham A. Wiens was one of the 18 original founders of the Mennonite Brethren Church and Oberschultze of the Kuban Mennonite Settlement from 1874 to 1886. Cornelius married Maria C. Reimer (b. 1 August 1871), daughter of Cornelius David Reimer (1822-1874) and Anna (Wiebe) Reimer (ca. 1847 - ca. 1911), on 4 January 1890. Cornelius and Maria had three children: Annaliese, Abraham, and Kornelia. Cornelius died in 1944, most likely in exile.

Cornelius was ordained to the ministry in 1895. In 1905 he was ordained elder by David Schellenberg.


Epp, D. H. Adressbüchlein. Berdyansk, 1913: 11.

Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 457 ff.

GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry anDatabase of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 7.0 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2012: #373011.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: "Cornelius Wiens: Six transliterated letters – 1932–1936.  Volume 1108.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published November 2012

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