Epp, Claas (b. 1803)
Claas Epp fonds
Dates of Creation
1 cm of textual records
Claas Epp was born on January 1, 1803 in West Prussia. On March 20, 1825, he married Margaretha Klassen who was born as the tenth of seventeen children to Dirk (1765–1843) and Anna (Penner) (1769–1824) Klassen on July 21, 1800, in the village of Fürstenwerder. The couple had eleven children together. Most notable was the seventh child, Claas, born September 21, 1838, who became the dynamic and radical leader of a group who, in 1880, followed him east to await the coming of the Lord.
Claas and Margaretha lived in Fürstenwerder where Claas became mayor. In 1853 one of the last Prussian groups left for Russia. Epp was deputized to lead this group and authorized by the Russian government to supervise it. He was among the first immigrants in 1853 and began one of the first settlements in the Volga region. The family settled in the village of Hahnsau in the Am Trakt settlement. Margaretha died on October 10, 1873 and Claas’ death is unknown.
The custodial history is unknown.
Scope and Content
This collection contains two items. The first is a photocopy of Claas Epp’s account of the trek from Prussia to Russia, written in German Gothic script. The second item is a transliteration of the first item in Latin script.
- Volume 941.
- Title based on contents of the fonds.
- Described by Conrad Stoesz October 25, 1999.
- Accession nos. Unknown.
- “Unsere Auswanderung aus Pruszen und die Traktsche Schwasmerei...” – 1879, photpcopied [ca. 198-?].
- Transliteration of “Unsere Auswanderung aus Pruszen und die Traktsche Schwasmerei...” – [ca. 198-?].