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The Mennonites of the Molotschna settlement were mostly of the Flemish branch. Only the village of Rudnerweide was of the Frisian branch. In 1805 the first 18 villages were organized into one congregation, the Ohrloff-Petershagen-Halbstadt Mennonite Church, with Jakob Enns as elder. Klaas Reimer separated from this group in 1814 and founded the Kleine Gemeinde. Another separation occurred in 1823 which resulted in the organization of the Lichtenau-Petershagen Church. Later this congregation was subdivided into the Margenau-Schönsee, Pordenau, and Alexanderkrone congregations. In addition to these the following congregations were organized among the settlers that came later: Rudnerweide in 1820, consisting of the Frisian Mennonites alone, Alexanderwohl in 1820, Gnadenfeld in 1834, and Waldheim in 1836, which were all of the same Old Flemish or Groningen Flemish background. In addition to these congregations there existed independent congregations in most of the daughter settlements of the Molotschna.
I've entered some of my favorite links. If you have some good research sites I have missed please let me know.
Harms information and Background:
Here are some of my favorite Mennonite websites:
Dirksen book in German
Mennonitische Rundschau 1890-1909 and 1920-1929
Der Wahrheitsfreund KMB Church obituaries 1915 -1947 obits start on page 217
Christian Leader Index Located here
Listing of Mennonite obit resources - Micheal Penner
Zionsbote index 1884 - 1964
Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society
Other Favorite Links:World GenWeb
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