Our Sperling ancestors all all had Mennonite roots and 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. Most came to Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and some to the Dakotas. The last proven ancestor was Peter Sperling who was married to Wilhelmina Friedericka Feierherrn. They were born in Prussia and most likely died at Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia.
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.
There were also some Mennonite Sperlings from Lichtfelde, Molotschna, South Russia whose father was named Lorenze Sperling 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].
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 just 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 Sept 28,2012
Sperling (Sparling), a Mennonite family 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.
Other Sperling sites:
An Anna Sperling born May 7, 1904 that married Johann DeJaeger born in the Crimea; from Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization
Sperling names in the Church book of the Przechowka Church Book / Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church
Sperling names from the "Mennonites in the Przechowka area, West Prussia" compiled by Adalbert Goertz
Sperling Feuerhelm Names:
Franztal in der Neumark, Germany, was the place of residence for Mennonites from 1765 to 1834 who formed the Brenkenhoffswalde-Franztal congregation.
Sperling names from Friedeberg, Brandenbulrg Go to Neumark and enter Sperling into the Nachname field and Friedeberg into the Kreis field. Sperling is the surname (Nachname) you are after and most migration of Mennonites from Prussia to Russia were from the Friedeberg county of Brandenburg.
Russian Sperling descendant This is In Russian, it will go to a Google translation.
It is a website by Viktor Kroeker.
But basically the reasoning that I translated:
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 there is no data about the parents of Peter Sperling, but I combined 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/lost documentary. It is known that Lorenz had a son of Peter Sparling, but his traces also are lost, at the same time, there is no information whatever about the parents of Peter Sperling. Except in the [Menonite] program [GRANDMA] Brother's Keeper only one Peter Sperling born in 18 century and one Peter Sparling.
This all gives grounds/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 by Christina. Peter Sperling and Wilhelmina Feierherrn have three children according to the Menonite records.
The first generation of the Heinrich Sperling Family starting with his father
Peter Sperling and possible grandfather Lohrentz Sparling
22 Oct 2010 Family Group Sheet