I have been curious about my family genealogy for as long as I can remember. I tried searching the internet, but I never knew where to look. I had no starting point. Then I found out about this book, my family had it the whole time. Now, for the first time in my life, I get to see, and share with you, what my ancestry is.
Aron Peters was born in 1746 in Prussia, near Poland, and died sometime before 1802. He had two wives. The name of the first wife is unknown but he had two children with her: Elizabeth ( 1768 ) and Helena ( 1774 ) also born in Prussia. Aron married his second wife, Helena Krahn, on September 14, 1780. Ironically, Helena Krahn was born the same year as Aron’s first child. Aron and Helena had seven children together : Anna (1782), Jacob (1784), Helena (1784), Cornelius (1786), Gertrude (1791), Aron (1794), and Klaas (1797).
The family of Aron Peters were with the first group of six families to leave Prussia in 1787. They moved to Schoenhorst, Chortitza, the old colony in South Russia. On Easter Sunday, March 22, 1788 another 509 people moved there, and by the fall of 1788 a total of 228 families had moved to Russia. By 1797 a total of about 400 families had left their Prussian homeland to settle on the steppes of Russia. In the spring of 1804 many of these families had moved to Molochnaya River in South Russia. Eventually the total number of families to emigrate from Prussia to Molotschna Colony was likely more than 1000 families.
Between 1874 and 1880 almost even thousand Mennonites emmigrated to Manitoba, Canada from Russua (Ukraine).
Within twenty years of the arrival of the first settlers in Canada, a lot of the old colony Mennonites moved from Manitoba to two locations in Saskatchewan: Hague and Swift Current.
Beginning in 1922 the old colony Mennonites from Swift Current, Saskatchewan and from Manitoba moved to Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. The ones from Hague, Saskatchewan moved to Nuevo Ideal, (Patos) Durango, Mexico.
This is my genealogy:
My Parents are Johann K. Wiebe + Susanna R. Peters.
My Grandparents are Isaak P. Wiebe + Sarah H. Klassen (Dad’s Parents) and Franz H. Peters + Elizabeth Redekop (Mom’s parents). Franz H. Peters was born in Hague, Saskatchewan, Canada, and died in La Honda, Zacatecas, Mexico.
My Great-Grandparents are David G. Peters + Helena P. Harder (Mom’s father’s parents), and David P. Redekop + Katharina Reimer (Mom’s mother’s parents). My father’s grandparents are not recorded. David G. Peters and his wife Helena were born in Manitoba, Canada.
My Great-Great-Grandparents are David M. Peters + Susana J. Goertzen (He came to Canada at the age of 11 on a ship called S.S.Canadian. This ship arrived in Quebec City on July 19, 1875. In the summer of 1898 they moved from Ebenfeld, Manitoba, Canada, to blumenthal, Saskatchewan, Canada) and Isaac M. Harder + Helena H. Penner.
My Great-Great-Great-Grandparents are David Peters +Katharina Mueller. Both were born in South Russia.
My Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents are Klaas Peters + Susanna Klassen. Both born in South Russia.
My Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents are Aron Peters + Helena Krahn. Both were born in Prussia.