Wall, Johann (d. 1860)

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Johann Wall: first elder of Köppental-Orloff Mennonite Church, Am Trakt, Samara, Russia. When the threat of loss of military exemption faced the Mennonites of Prussia, Johann Wall and Claas Epp, Sr. were sent to Russia in 1853 to locate a place for settlement. With the help of Philip Wiebe and von Köppen they located land for 100 families on the "Trakt", Samara. The settlement was established in 1854.

Johann Wall and the Prussian Mennonites that joined him and Claas Epp, Sr. to settle in Samara not only had very strong convictions regarding nonresistance, but also adhered to some pietistic-chiliastic views regarding the second coming of Christ and the role which the children of God would play at that time. They were strongly influenced by Jung-Stilling and Clöter.

When Wall visited the Molotschna Mennonites in 1853 he was ordained elder in Orloff by B. Fast. His report of conditions found in the Molotschna settlement is interesting. He comments, "Extraordinary privileges obligate to extraordinary contributions;" and speaking of divisions among the Mennonites he paraphrases Paul's admonition to the Galatians (Galatians 3:1): "Oh, foolish Mennonites, who hath bewitched you . . . ?" Wall was succeeded as elder by David Hamm, who continued the struggle with the radical chiliastic element of the settlement.

Martin Klaassen's diary reports that Ältester Johann Wall died on 22 December/10 December (Old Style) 1860 in Köppental, Samara.


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Dirks, H. Mennonitisches Jahrbuch (1907): 73.

Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 129.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Victor Wiebe
Date Published May 2011

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 878-879. All rights reserved.

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