Wedel, Jacob (1754-1791)

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Jacob Wedel was born 20 January 1754, the son of Peter Wedel (5 February 1729 – 3 April 1759) and Sarcke (Ratzlaff) Wedel (10 January 1730 – 26 August 1809). The wife of Jacob was Lehncke Ratzlaff (30 July 1752, Przechovka, Prussia – 10 Jun 1802), the daughter of Peter Ratzlaff (1689-1775) and Maricke (Sparlings) Ratzlaff (1714-1791). Jacob and Lehncke were married on 21 February 1779. Lehncke had been previously married to Jacob Pankratz (1748-1778) by whom she had two children, Ancke and Jacob. After Jacob Wedel’s death, Lehncke married for the third time to Peter Ratzlaff (1771-1807). Jacob and Lehncke had five children: Peter, Maricke (died young), Cornels, Maricke (died young), and Lehncke. He died on 5 September 1791.

Jacob lived in the village of Przechovka. At the age of 18 he was baptized, and on 21 February 1779, married Lencke Ratzlaff. At the age of 21 he was elected minister and in 1785 he succeeded his uncle Benjamin Wedel (1742-1785) as elder. Jacob Wedel was the originator of the Przechovka-Alexanderwohl church record. He endeavored to trace every family back to the place of origin.


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Author(s) Jacob A. Duerksen
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published August 2007

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