Peterschmidt family

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Peterschmidt (Peterschmitt), a Mennonite family name of frequent occurrence in Alsace, but also found in the Palatinate and Baden. It is found in the congregations of Colmar, Wolfganzen, and Neuf-Brisach, as well as in Pulversheim, and in the 1950s in Le Hang. As early as 1822 a letter sent to the Birkenhof congregation by Colmar was signed by Sebastian Peterschmitt. J. Peterschmitt of Rheinfelderhof near Fessenheim was one of the two representatives (the other being Pelsy of Alsace) in the Conference of South German Mennonites in 1912. When communications with the South German Conference declined after World War I and those with France expanded, Elder Benjamin Peterschmitt of Colmar became a member of the conjoint conference. In the 1950s Jean Peterschmitt was the elder of the Neuf-Brisach congregation, Eugene Peterschmitt a minister, and Emil Peterschmitt a deacon. Willi Peterschmitt of Munzenheim served as traveling evangelist for the French Mennonite Conference.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 355.

Author(s) Ernst Göbel
Date Published 1959

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