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Re: Thiessen website (Russia>KS>OK/CA)
Posted by: Mervin Thiessen (ID *****3968) Date: March 22, 2002 at 14:02:30
In Reply to: Re: Thiessen website (Russia>KS>OK/CA) by David G. Thiessen of 201


This is almost maddening! Your posting of 1/10/01 mentions Kuban Colony, Marion County Kansas, Oklahoma, and California, all places which appear in my background. According to the Ebenfeld Church Records, My grandmother, Florentine Nord, emigrated to Kansas from the Kuban Colony. Her father had died, and she emigrated to the U.S. with her mother and Step father, Ludwig Dilger. They were all members of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethern Church.

I visited the website mentioned in your original posting. In the overview of some ancestors you mention that the Peter Thiessen family came to the U. S. in July, 1883. My grandfather, John Thiesen, came to the U.S. in 1883, but I have been unable to find his name on a ship passanger list. My grandparents were married in Marion County, Kansas in 1885.

In 1889 they moved to Colorado for a short period of time, but were back in Kansas by 1991. From there they moved to the Fairview Oklahoma. I understand that when the Ckerokee strip opened to settlers, my grandparents moved to Hooker, Oklahoma. They were in the Hooker area till after 1902, but I don't know just how long. My grandfather died in Warman, Saskatchewan on January 24, 1925. His death certificate states he had been a resident of Saskatchewan for 15 years, which would mean he came to Saskatchewan in 1910. However, I have learned that my father and one of his brothers was baptized in the Mennonite church in Rosedale, California in 1916, so things do not all add up.

I have no information as to whether or not my grandfather had any brotherss or sisters. I have a note from my father that states that John Thiessen was born in Tiegenhof, Germany, which I believe is Tiegenhof Prussia. This note states that shortly after his birth, his father died. His mother moved to Russia. He states that they were very poor, and therefore went from place to place. I have also read that it was the custom among some mennonites that if the poor were unable to care for thier children, they were often placed with other families who were better able to care for them. Whether this happened in the case of my grandfather or not, I do not know. I have found no mention of his mother after the move to Russia.

This has become quite lengthy, and I don't know if anything fits with anything you have, but I just wanted to throw it all in together, and maybe something will match something you know. If it does, I would really like to hear aboput it.

Thanks much
Mervin Thiessen
Atlanta, Georgia

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