Epp, Heinrich D. (1861-1941)

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Heinrich D. Epp, teacher, minister and elder: born 26 January 1861 in Novo Podolsk, Judenplan, South Russia, the tenth of eleven children of Dietrich Epp (19 February 1819–3 March 1900) and Katharina (Siemens) Epp (24 January 1821–16 March 1900). On 30 August 1883 he married Sara Redekop (19 January 1865, Russia – 29 July 1909, Nikolaipol, Russia). She was the daughter of Isaak D. Redekop (27 May 1835–10 March 1914) and Sara (Wiebe) Redekop (2 August 1836–20 April 1913). Heinrich and Sara had five sons: Isaak, Dietrich, Heinrich, David and Peter. Upon Sara's death Heinrich married her younger sister, Aganetha (Redekop) Abrams (b. 1 January 1878, Michaelsburg, Fürstenland Mennonite settlement, Russia) on 31 December 1909. Aganetha had two sons, Dietrich and Isaak, from her previous marriage to Dietrich B. Abrams (b. 1877) and she and Heinrich had one daughter, Aganetha. Heinrich died 18 June 1941 in Adelsheim, Yazykovo Colony, South Russia.

Heinrich grew up in Novopodolsk, where his father was for about 48 years the superintendent of the "Jewish colonies" (see Judenplan). The family belonged to the Mennonite Church of Chortitza. Heinrich attended the elementary school of his native village and then the school at Burwalde, where his teacher was Peter Penner. He attended the Zentralschule in Chortitza, and upon completing his study in 1878 he was appointed to teach in Peter Penner's school in Burwalde. In 1880 he moved to Michaelsburg, Fürstenland, and taught in the village school there for 15 years. On 30 October 1886 he was ordained to the ministry by his uncle, Heinrich Epp, the elder of the Chortitza congregation.

In 1895 Epp was made principal of the school in Burwalde (Chortitza volost), and also served as preacher. In 1906 he was called to teach religion and German in the Nikolaipol Zentralschule. He retired in 1921, having been a teacher for 43 years.

On 5 December 1920 Heinrich was ordained as an elder of the Nikolaipol Mennonite Church by Isaak Dyck, the elder of the Chortitza church, and served in this capacity until 1935, when the church was confiscated by the Russian communistic authorities. Heinrich then moved to Adelsheim, Nikolaipol volost, where he died at the age of 80 years.


GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 4.19 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2005.

Author(s) H. H. Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published April 2005

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Epp, H. H. and Richard D. Thiessen. "Epp, Heinrich D. (1861-1941)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2005. Web. 28 Nov 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Epp,_Heinrich_D._(1861-1941)&oldid=112192.

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Epp, H. H. and Richard D. Thiessen. (April 2005). Epp, Heinrich D. (1861-1941). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 November 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Epp,_Heinrich_D._(1861-1941)&oldid=112192.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 236. All rights reserved.

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