The Pankratz Family - Family Tree for Pankratz, Thiessen, Schmidt, Wiebe

Family Tree: The Pankratz Family

Home to 40 Pankratz family members, 38 Thiessen descendants, 13 members of the Schmidt family and family histories of 87 other surnames; this website was created on Mar 29 2007 and last updated on Aug 22 2011. The Family Trees on this website contain 149 relatives and 29 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a Message to the Administrator of this site.


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  • Pankratz
  • Thiessen
  • Schmidt
  • Pankratz German: from the medieval personal name Pankratz,the vernacular form of Latin Pancratius (Greek Pankratios, from pankrates "all-in wrestler", from pan, all, every, kratein, to conquer, subdue, re-analysed by early Christians as meaning "Almighty" and thus a suitable epithet of Christ). The name was borne by a 4th-century Christian martyr in Rome, hence its popularity as a personal name in the Middle Ages. The Molotschna Colony: a history This colony was established in 1804 with the arrival from Prussia of 162 families. More families arrived in succeeding years until 1810, by which time there were over 400 families in total. Further immigrants arrived until 1836 after which all new villages were established to accommodate internal growth. By 1863, there were 56 villages. This colony operated under the supervision of the Interior Ministry with its Volost or area office in Halbstadt. Later a second such office was established in Gnadenfeld. See map [page 34 Mennononite Atlas 2nd ed.] Mennonite colonies enjoyed self-government, akin to municipal governments in Canada. The colony looked after administration, roads, schools and churches and through its own institutions, fire insurance, child welfare and community facilities like orphanages and hospitals. Johann Cornies emerged in the 1830s and 40s as a reformer with Czarist support to improve education curricula and teachers’ training and agricultural practices, primarily in the Molotschna colony. The Czars considered this colony a crown jewel among settlements and visited the colony occasionally. By the 1860s and 70s, there was a growing shortage of land for the growing Mennonite population and the threat of social unrest emerged. Young couples were housed on small lots without agricultural land. In the 70s about one third of the population emigrated to Canada and the US, which relieved the situation considerably. About this time, reserve land in the colony was released creating more farm land, and by the 80s, daughter colonies were established as far away as Siberia. The golden age of Mennonite life was from the late 1800s until the outbreak of World War I. Farming was prosperous, schools and institutions were highly developed, church life was improving and a number of large industrial enterprises had emerged. World War I brought prosperity to a halt. The revolution, the ensuing civil war, the Machno attacks and the near-starvation that followed, shattered all dreams for the future. Emigration seemed the answer for some and in the years 1924 to 27 many were able to leave. All emigration ceased by 1930. The remaining population had to adjust to persecution, arbitrary arrests, and forced collectivization. When Germany attacked Russia in June 1941, Mennonites and all German speaking people were considered enemies of the state and were banished to Asiatic Russia, where many perished. Some were left behind German lines and continued to live in their home villages under protection of the occupying troops. When the German forces were driven back, Mennonites from these villages were permitted to move westward, eventually to Germany where they thought they had reached freedom. But alas, two thirds of those who started on this trek to Germany were captured and sent back to Russia to suffer the same fate as those banished at the outbreak of the war. Thus ended Mennonite life in this colony.

    96 Deceased Ancestors

    - BECKER -

    Becker, Lee Edward, Born Oct 19 1929 in McPherson, Kansas, Died Aug 03 1987

    - BORN -

    Born, Helena, Born May 10 1837 in Landskrone, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Jun 27 1909 in Jansen, Nebraska

    - BRILES -

    Briles, Vernace Iota, Born Dec 10 1915 in Custer City,Oklahoma, Died Aug 07 1995 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    - DUERKSEN -

    Duerksen, Eva J.B., Born Feb 22 1873 in Ukraine, Died Nov 07 1939

    - ENNS -

    Enns, Helena, Born Jan 06 1858 in Schonsee Village, South Prussia, Died Mar 18 1917 in Inman, Kansas

    - FROESE -

    Froese, Elizabeth, Born Jun 03 1884 in Kansas, Died Jan 11 1971 in Fresno, California

    - FUNK -

    Funk, Cornelius, Born Apr 25 1824 in Klein Nieschewke, West Prussia, Died Nov 31 1915 in Hillsboro, Kansas

    Funk, Johann D., Born Sep 25 1863 in Paulsheim, South Russia, Died May 18 1922 in Hillsboro, Kansas

    Funk, Marie, Born Feb 08 1899 in Marion, Kansas, Died Mar 07 1977

    - GIESBRECHT -

    Giesbrecht, Elizabeth, Born Oct 05 1801 in Lakendorf, Prussia, Died Nov 12 1879 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia

    - ISAACS -

    Isaacs, Sylvia May, Born Feb 28 1907 in Dennard, Arkansas, Died Mar 28 1969 in Turlock, California

    - KNELSEN -

    Knelsen, Maria, Born Dec 23 in Poland, Died Jan 07 1906

    - LOEWEN -

    Loewen, Helena, Born in Prussia, Died Jan 11 1871 in Prussia

    - MARTENS -

    Martens, Elizabeth, Born Oct 11 1844 in Landskrone,Molotschna South,Russia, Died Jun 01 1919 in Cordell, Oklahoma

    Martens, Margaretha, Born in Prussia, Died Jun 12 1829 in Prussia

    - PANKRATZ -

    Pankratz, Abraham Martin, Born Jun 20 1879 in Alexanderwahl, Russia, Died Jul 02 1951 in Reedley, Fresno, California

    Pankratz, Bertha, Born Nov 12 1897 in Oklahoma, Died Jun 15 1949

    Pankratz, Edward, Born Apr 21 1906 in Oklahoma, Died May 15 1977 in Fresno, California

    Pankratz, Eldan Louise, Born Nov 29 1927 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Feb 14 1987

    Pankratz, Eva, Born May 28 1905 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Sep 05 1990

    Pankratz, Evelyn Marie, Born Jul 01 1930 in Goessel, Kansas, Died Jul 01 1930 in Goessel, Kansas

    Pankratz, Fern Hellen, Born Oct 27 1934 in Goessel, Kansas, Died Feb 19 1935

    Pankratz, Freida, Born Jan 26 1904 in Oklahoma, Died Jun 08 1989 in Fresno, California

    Pankratz, Heinrich D., Born Dec 19 1901 in Marion, Kansas, Died Mar 31 1991

    Pankratz, Heinrich Peter, Born Jan 07 1872 in Russia, Died Mar 16 1922

    Pankratz, Johann M., Born Sep 12 1870 in South Russia, Died Nov 08 1950

    Pankratz, John D., Born Jun 28 1896 in Marion County, Kansas, Died Dec 25 1974

    Pankratz, John J., Born Apr 20 1916 in Montana, Died Mar 17 1976 in Reedley, California

    Pankratz, Laura Edna, Born Mar 14 1922 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Mar 14 1922 in Hillsboro, Kansas

    Pankratz, Lizzie, Born Dec 11 1893 in Marion, Kansas, Died Apr 17 1927

    Pankratz, Martha, Born Jan 20 1909 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Apr 14 1993

    Pankratz, Otto, Born Oct 07 1895 in Oklahoma, Died Jan 1978 in Oklahoma

    Pankratz, Peter, Born Jun 28 1844 in Gnadenfeld, South, Russia, Died May 11 1909 in Cordell, Oklahoma

    Pankratz, Peter, b.1898, Born May 17 1898 in Marion, Kansas, Died Mar 06 1966

    Pankratz, Peter M., Born May 28 1869 in Russia, Died 1940

    Pankratz, Rudolph David, Born Oct 16 1909 in Oklahoma, Died Jun 02 1980

    Pankratz, Rudolph David, Jr., Born Aug 23 1939, Died 2003 in Charlottesvile, VA

    Pankratz, Selma, Born Sep 08 1902, Died Jan 11 1903

    Pankratz, Sophie Jan, Born Mar 01 1933 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Mar 02 1970

    Pankratz, Theodore Wilbur, Born May 20 1923 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Mar 27 1988 in Walton, Kansas

    Pankratz, Tina, Born Nov 26 1910 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Apr 18 1991

    Pankratz, Violet Carol, Born Jul 08 1947 in Goessel, Kansas, Died Mar 05 1948

    Pankratz, Walter Harold, Born Mar 14 1922 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Died Mar 14 1922 in Hillsboro, Kansas

    - PENNER -

    Penner, Aaron Bernhard, Born Feb 22 1855 in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Feb 12 1937 in Orienta, Oklahoma

    Penner, Anna, Born May 12 1816 in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, Russia, Died Feb 28 1881

    Penner, Elizabeth, Born Jul 03 1807 in Neu-Dessau, Prussia, Died Jan 05 1867 in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, South Russia

    Penner, Heinrich, Born 1710 in Neu-Dessau, Prussia, Died Dec 11 1782 in Neu-Dessau, Prussia

    Penner, Heinrich Johann, Born Aug 28 1798 in Neu-Dessau, Prussia, Died Jun 12 1864 in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, South Russia

    Penner, Johann Heinrich, Born Apr 01 1773 in Neu-Dessau, Prussia, Died Aug 17 1849 in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna South, Russia

    Penner, Sara J., Born Jul 09 1818, Died Oct 19 1882

    Penner, Wilhelm Heinrich, Born Jul 25 1826, Died Apr 02 1895

    - RATZLAFF -

    Ratzlaff, Heinrich Johann, Born Dec 12 1784, Died 1848 in South Russia

    Ratzlaff, Helena J., Born Feb 19 1859 in Waldheim, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Sep 16 1926 in Corn, Oklahoma

    Ratzlaff, Johann Bernhard, Born Feb 01 1726 in Brenkenhofswalde, Brandenburg, Prussia, Died Nov 07 1805

    Ratzlaff, Johann Heinrich, Born Mar 05 1821 in Heinrichsdorf, Volhynia, Died Aug 26 1899 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota

    Ratzlaff, Maria, Born Nov 12 1777 in Holm, Prussia, Died Jul 02 1842 in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna South, Russia

    - SCHMIDT -

    Schmidt, Olga, Born Mar 13 1906 in Goessel, Kansas, Died Sep 09 1993

    Schmidt, Sarah, Born 1875 in Russia, Died 1949

    Schmidt, Susanna, Born Mar 26 1867 in Alexanderwohl, Molotschna South, Russia, Died Apr 27 1941

    Schmidt, William H., Born Oct 12 1894 in El Reno, Oklahoma, Died Jan 12 1972

    - STORY -

    Story, Clarance G., Born Jan 14 1905, Died 1953

    - THIESSEN -

    Thiessen, Abraham E., Born Nov 03 1898 in Buhler, Reno County, Kansas, Died Oct 02 1986 in Turlock, California

    Thiessen, Abraham Johann, Born Jul 22 1897 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Died Nov 26 1975 in Mountain View, Oklahoma

    Thiessen, Anna, Born Jun 05 1893 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Died Nov 27 1984 in in Corn, Oklahoma

    Thiessen, Anna P., Born Apr 05 1841 in Schoenau, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Sep 01 1876 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota

    Thiessen, Bernie Martin, Born Jul 17 1908 in Oklahoma, Died Dec 26 1990 in Los Angeles, California

    Thiessen, Bernita, Born Sep 23 1911, Died Oct 14 2000 in Reedley, Fresno, California

    Thiessen, David, Born 1857 in Molotschna Colony, South Russia, Died Jun 20 1909 in Jansen, Nebraska

    Thiessen, David F., Born Jan 08 1834 in South Russia, Died Jun 02 1906 in Morris, Man,Canada

    Thiessen, David Peter, Born Oct 17 1830 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Jan 18 1906 in Jansen, Nebraska

    Thiessen, Dietrich E., Born Aug 06 1885, Died Jun 15 1959 in Kansas

    Thiessen, Elizabeth, Born Jan 20 1825 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia, Died 1859

    Thiessen, Elizabeth D., Born Feb 09 1832 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Jul 10 1912 in Henderson, Nebraska

    Thiessen, George E., Born Jan 01 1878, Died Feb 12 1945 in Fresno, California

    Thiessen, Gerhard, Born Mar 25 1809 in South Prussia, Died Jan 23 1888

    Thiessen, Gerhard, b.1853, Born Jul 04 1853 in Sparrau, South Prussia, Died Mar 11 1917 in Inman, Kansas

    Thiessen, Gerhard Johann, Born Mar 29 1883 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Died Mar 29 1969 in Oklahoma

    Thiessen, Heinrich, Born Mar 21 1889 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Died Aug 06 1982 in Clinton, Oklahoma

    Thiessen, Helena, Born Apr 14 1881, Died Sep 07 1940

    Thiessen, Helena Elizabeth, Born Nov 01 1877 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Died Aug 19 1955 in Corn, Oklahoma

    Thiessen, Jacob, Born Mar 15 1759 in West Prussia, Died Mar 27 1816 in West Prussia

    Thiessen, Jacob E., Born Sep 03 1896, Died Dec 1990 in Turlock, California

    Thiessen, Johann Peter, Born May 20 1839 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Oct 28 1926 in Gotebo, Oklahoma

    Thiessen, Johann R., Born Aug 26 1879 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Died Sep 02 1976 in Corn, Oklahoma

    Thiessen, John E., Born Nov 02 1891, Died Mar 28 1988

    Thiessen, Katharina, Born Dec 17 1861, Died Mar 16 1934

    Thiessen, Marie E., Born Mar 14 1887, Died Jul 04 1960

    Thiessen, Peter G., Born Apr 23 1823 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Aug 28 1905 in Hierschau, Molotschna, South Russia

    Thiessen, Peter H., Born Apr 1798 in Danzig area, Prussia, Died Sep 21 1881 in Muntau, Molotschna, South Russia

    Thiessen, Tena, Born Jan 14 1882, Died Aug 17 1936 in Kansas

    - VOTH -

    Voth, Elizabeth, Born Aug 04 1745 in Brenkenhofswalde, Brandenburg, Prussia, Died Oct 07 1807 in Neumark, Prussia

    - WIEBE -

    Wiebe, Aganetha, Born May 17 1826 in Lichtfelde, Molotschna, South Russia, Died Jan 14 1875 in Hillsboro, Kansas

    Wiebe, Heinrich, Born Jul 11 1861 in Alexanderwohl, Molotschna South, Russia, Died Sep 30 1940

    Wiebe, Jacob, b.1776, Born 1776 in Crimea, South Russia, Died 1839

    Wiebe, Johann, Born Dec 15 1826, Died 1889

    Wiebe, Lydia, Born Nov 27 1902 in Peabody, Kansas, Died Dec 03 1968


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