Dirks, Kornelius David (b. 1843)

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Kornelius David Dirks: minister; born 26 December 1843 in Waldheim, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia, the son of David Dirks (27 April 1811, Brenkenhofswalde, Brandenburg, Prussia - 4 June 1880, Gulyaipole, Schoenfeld, South Russia) and Anna (Becker) Dirks (18 October 1813, Beckersitz, Schwetz, Prussia - 14 June 1898, Gnadenthal, Molotschna, South Russia). Kornelius married Susanna Buhr and they had at least three children: David, Susanna, and Anna.

Kornelius was ordained as minister of the Waldheim Mennonite Church in the Molotschna settlement in South Russia in 1876 and elder in 1877. When Mennonites of the Molotschna villages in the years after 1880 settled on the Kuban River he joined them and became the first elder of the Wohldemfürst-Alexandrodar Mennonite Church. Little is known about his life and activities.


Dirks, Heinrich. Statistik der Mennonitengemeinden in Russland Ende 1905: Anhang zum Mennonitischem Jahrbuche 1904/5. Gnadenfeld : [H. Dirks], 1906: 36.

GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry anDatabase of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 7.0 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2012: #110781.

Töws, C. P. Die Kubaner Ansiedlung. Steinbach, Man.: Echo-Verlag, 1953: 37.

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

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 67. All rights reserved.

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