Waldner, Michael (1834-1889)

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Michael Waldner: a Hutterian Brethren minister; born 20 January 1834, the second of eight children of Zacharias Waldner (13 November 1812, Radichev, Russia – 19 September 1873) and Rachel (Gross) Waldner (31 December 1810, Radichev, Russia – 2 June 1852, Hutterthal, Molotschna, South Russia). Michael’s first wife was Elisabeth Hofer (25 September 1836 – 1869, Sheromet, Ekaterinoslav, South Russia), daughter of Johann Hofer (7 September 1791, Wischenka, Russia – 6 October 1837, Radichev, Russia) and Gretel (Decker) Hofer (5 August 1794, Wischenka, Russia – 14 April 1858). Michael and Elisabeth married 27 November 1855. Michael’s second wife was Sarah Kleinsasser (5 March 1849 – 22 June 1890), daughter of Samuel Kleinsasser (13 December 1813, Radichev, Russia – 6 May 1885, Pennsylvania, USA) and Dorothea (Hofer) Kleinsasser (4 February 1817, Radichev, Russia – 10 December 1858). Michael and his first wife Elisabeth had 10 children: Sarah, Michael, Johann (died young), Johann (died young), Johann, Zacharias, Jacob (died young), Jacob, George, and Sarah (died young). Michael and his second wife Sarah had 6 children: Elizabeth, Rachel, Susanna, Sarah, Maria, and Joseph. Michael died 13 October 1889 in the Bon Homme Bruderhof in South Dakota at the age of 55 years.

Michael was chosen to be a minster among the Hutterian Brethren in 1856 in Russia, and confirmed in office in 1858. With Jakob Hofer he re-established community of goods in 1859. He was "Schmied Michel" after whom the "Schmiedeleut" are named. He served in the ministry 33 years.


GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006: #1064.

Author(s) David Decker
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published May 2007

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