Our Sperling ancestors joined the Mennonite church at some early unknown time and thereafter all had Mennonite roots. They came through Prussia and Russia. Many lived at Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia before immigrating to the United States in the years of 1874 and 1875. Some Sperlings came to Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and eventually some to the Dakotas. The oldest documented ancestor was Peter Sperling who was married to Wilhelmina Friedericka Feierherrn. [Feuerhelm] They were born in Prussia and probably died at Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia. In Prussia they were most likely from the Neumark - Kreis Friedeberg / Franztal area.
Peter Sperling b. 1841 and his family immigrated to Kansas, United States in 1874 on the S. S. Teutonia along with the many Russian immigrants that came to settle near Goessel, Kansas. Many on this ship were a part of the Alexanderwohl congregation that all immigrated together. Peter Sperling and his family became part of the group on the SS Teutonia, led by Minister Dietrich Gaeddert and settled near present-day Inman in McPherson County and established Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church. Peter's brother Heinrich Sperling and wife Sussana Voth and family came to Minnesota in 1875 via the S. S. Nederland. The brothers were both born in Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia. Unsure which church the Sperlings joined in Mt. Lake, Minnesota.
Peter Sperling has been connected to Lohrentz Sparling of Dorposch, Culm, Prussia and the son of Tobias Sparling, also of Dorposch, Culm, Prussia. Tobias had three siblings: Hans, Isaac and Sarcke. The father whose name is unknown is said to be the father of all Mennonite Sperlings. The records of these names come from the Church Records of the Old Flemish or Groeningen Mennonisten Societaet in Przechowko, West Prussia. Many of our other Sperling names are found there also.
There were also some Mennonite Sperlings from Lichtfelde, Molotschna, South Russia whose father was named Lorenze Sperling. He was born 12 Jan 1787 in Pholen, Prussia and married in Prussia to Helena Nachtigall. They later immigrated to Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia [where "our" Sperlings were living]. "Our" Sperling family left Prussia before 1835 and were later found living at Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia but as this was after the 1835 Molotschna census their names are not recorded there. Needed information is where they were living in 1828 -1835 or so.
I would like to connect all these Mennonite Sperlings BUT I need some more information on these ancestors to make the connections. With the towns and family names so similar and intermixed I need a little more help!
Perhaps one of you researching the Sperlings has the previously unknown link. If so please contact me! Sperling Penner Families. Updated February 19, 2015
Sperling Ancestors clic for names
Photo is of Peter and Anna Heidebrecht Sperling
Sperling (Sparling), was a Mennonite family name in a number of Prussian congregations as early as 1700, in Montau even before 1700. Tobias Sperling, living in East Prussia, was forced to leave his farm in 1722, moving to West Prussia, where he died. Laurens (Lorenz) Sperling was an elder of the Groningen Old Flemish congregation in the Culmsche Niederung 1757-ca. 1780, and Johann Sparling (died 1799) a preacher and elder (from 1775) of the Klein-Werder (Markushof) congregation. The name is also found among the Mennonites of Russia and America.
The form "Spaarlinck," which is sometimes found, seems to indicate that this family was of Dutch descent.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Sperling family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 11 February 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Sperling_family&oldid=109958.
Website by Viktor Kroeker. Viktor Kroeker is a Russian Sperling descendant This is in Russian, and it will go to a Google translation.
You could use Google translation to read it.
But I have translated the basic thoughts below:
Peter Sperling was born around 1770 in West Prussia. He died in [Valdkhayme] -- Russia (Ukraine) Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia.
His father Lorenz Sperling died in 1779, when Peter was about nine years, and it is possible also that indeed both parents died about 1779.
In the [Menonite] genealogical information there is no data about the parents of Peter Sperling, but I added him under Lorenz Sperling, for the following reason: that both his parents died around 1779, and the step-mother has married another.
In my view, this was important reason for the mislaid or lost documentation.
It is known that Lorenz had a son of Peter Sparling, but his traces/documentation also are lost, at the same time, there is no information whatever about the parents of Peter Sperling.
Except in the [Menonite] program of GRANDMA there is only one Peter Sperling born in 18 century and one Peter Sparling.
This all gives grounds or basis to the fact that Peter Sperling is the natural son of Lorenz Sperling. Peter Sperling is married to Wilhelmina Friedericka Feierherrn.
Of his wife is known only the fact that she was called or known as Christina. Peter Sperling and Wilhelmina Feierherrn had three children according to the Menonite records.
A web search of Sperling-Feuerherm brought this inquiry-[Google translated from German.] --"Looking for information on Wilhelmina Friedericka Feierherrn/Feuerhelm Feuerherm born circa 1790 in Neumark. Married about 1808 to the Mennonite Peter Sperling born 1767 in Prussia. Peter Sperling's father Lorenz Sperling lived in Kulm, where he died. His son Peter seemed to be in the Kreis Friedeberg area or move there -- Especially the Driesen, Brenkenhoffswalde Franztal area that many Mennonites emigrated from. Little information is available for Wilhelmina Feuerhelm: only that she is descended from Neumark and was Catholic. Together with her husband emigrated 1828 to Southern Russia.
There is listed a Johann Heinrich Feuerherm (1780), who lived in Driesen in the Neumark database." Perhaps more information will be coming from this place/source.
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