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Anna Reimer, b. 1886, Manitoba
Posted by: Don Kroeker (ID *****0289) Date: June 07, 2006 at 04:40:53
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Greetings, Fellow Mennos!
I am an Ontario boy but my Kroeker forebears come from Friendly Manitoba. About 11 years ago I worked on a Family Tree as part of an intern hospital chaplaincy. Coming on the heels of a family reunion in Steinbach in 1991, I found myself - and still do - greatly drawn in by my own heritage. I have discovered that my great-grandmother was a Reimer and that, through her, I have links with two other notable Reimers. Somehow. This is where I need help with the honourable Reimers on this board.
Being also a lover of History in general and having studied Mennonite history at Conrad Grebel College in Waterloo, I had heard of Klaas Reimer, who had founded an offshoot branch of the Mennos in South Russia in the early 1800's (the Kleine Gemeinde). He was later on the scene in Russia and, together with his comrade Cornelius Janzen, I guess he figured they were a kind of modern-day Mennonite Moses and Aaron, because the older group were considered by them to be too lax in their discipline and observance of the proper faith. So he wasn't a very beloved figure. I know that he had 3 sons and 2 daughters who survived to adulthood but I do not know any more than this. He himself died in 1830 in Lindenau in the Molotschna settlement so whether some of his children or grandchildren came to Manitoba I don't know. I do believe, however, that my great-grandmother, Anna, is one of his descendants. I do not know her middle name or her exact birthplace. Her name was Anna Reimer and she was born in 1886 in Manitoba. She married John Toews in the first years of the 1900's and my paternal grandmother came along about 15 years later.
Please help if you can. Thanks. Don

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