Peters, Abraham (1833-1882)

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Abraham Peters: a minister of the Ohrloff-Neukirch Mennonite Church, Molotschna Mennonite settlement, Russia, and the leader of the Aulie-Ata Mennonite Settlement; born 7 May 1833 in Petershagen, Molotschna, South Russia, the son of Duerk Abraham Peters.  Abraham married Agatha Wiebe (21 October 1833, Wernersdorf, Molotschna, South Russia - 7 June 1877, Friedensruh, Molotschna, South Russia) in 1858. Abraham and Agatha had seven children, but only two, Dietrich and Jacob, lived beyond childhood. Abraham died 4 February 1882 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Peters was a teacher and was chosen to the ministry in 1873. Under the impact of a revival which swept the Mennonite settlements, the writings of Jung-Stilling, and the introduction of compulsory military serv­ice, he - like Claas Epp, who led the settle­ment in Ak-Mechet - became the leader of several dozen Molotschna Mennonite families who went to Central Asia in 1880 to seek a refuge from the Tribulation, which they thought was at hand. Peters hoped to secure his ordination as elder at Trakt but failed. Upon arrival at Tashkent his group and Epp's negotiated regarding their eventual settlement. Peters died before his group eventually settled in the Talas River Valley region forty miles south and east of Aulie-Ata.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published January 2008

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 152. All rights reserved.

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