Toews, Jacob (1838-1922)

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Jacob and Maria Toews.
Source: Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, North Newton, KS: #2006-0146

Jacob Toews: an elder of the First Mennonite Church of Newton, Kansas; born at Wotzlaf, West Prussia, 26 June 1838, son of Jacob Toews (6 June 1806-1864). On 15 March 1860 Jacob married Maria Wiebe (16 June 1838, Neuendorf, Gross Werder, Prussia - 16 April 1924, Aberdeen, Idaho, USA). Maria was the daughter of Christian Wiebe (b. 18 December 1805, Neuendorf, Gross Werder, Prussia) and Catharina (Andres) Wiebe (4 December 1813, Irrgang, Gross Werder, Prussia - 17 October 1881). Jacob and Maria had eight children: Jacob, Heinrich, Johannes, Cornelius, David, Katharina, Luise, and Anna.

Jacob attended school at Weisshof and was baptized in 1854. In 1858 he visited his relatives in Russia. In 1860 he married and in 1864 he was ordained to the ministry by Johann Wiebe. In 1869 he migrated to Russia and took part in the establishment of the Am Trakt Mennonite settlement in Saratov. In 1880 he joined the group that moved to Central Asia to escape government service and to be prepared to meet the Lord. On 10 October 1884, they arrived in Newton, Kansas. In 1886 he was elected elder of the First Mennonite Church and installed by Leonhard Sudermann, which office he held for 31 years. In 1916 he resigned and moved to Aberdeen, Idaho, where he died 2 January 1922.


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

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