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Dyck, Peter (1821–1885)

Proper Title

Peter Dyck fonds

Dates of Creation

1869, 1876

Physical Description

1 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Peter Dyck was born April 3, 1821, and lived in Tiege, near Tiegenhof, West Prussia. He married Agatha Regehr (Jan. 24 1815 – Apr. 3, 1886), daughter of Bernhard Regehr (1781–1830) and Anna Peters (1783–1852) on July 12, 1849. Peter was Agatha’s second husband. Her first husband was Jacob Entz (1809–1848) and together they had seven children.

In 1869, Peter Dyck went on a trip to Russia where he visited various Mennonite and non-Mennonite villages and settlements. Peter, his wife, and four children (Catharina, Agatha, Peter, Johann) immigrated to the United States on board the S.S. Rhein, which arrived in New York on July 1, 1876. Peter died May 7, 1885, and his wife the following year on April 3, 1886.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this item is unknown.

Scope and Content

The material in this collection consists of three travel diaries of two trips that Peter Dyck took. All the material is handwritten in the German gothic script.


  • Volume 922.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz February 10, 2000.
  • Accession nos.

File List

Volume 922

  1. Travel diary of Peter Dyck, Part I, “Mein Reisebeschreibung von Marienburg über die Grenze bei Eydtkuhnen und Russland über Petersburg Moskau Samara und Saratov bis ins Südliche Russland nach Tagenrog, Berdianske, Nikopol, Odessa. Dan durch Ostereich und Schlesien über Bromberg und Marienburg.” – 1869.
  2. Travel diary of Peter Dyck, Part II, “Reisebeschreibung von Marienburg über die Grenze bei Eydtkuhnen in Russland, über Dünabourg, Orel, Krakow + Tagenrog ins Südliche Russland auch Berdianske + Katerineslav ____ durch _____ + Molotschna kolonie _______ ______ Rostow in der ________ über Stavropol nach Pjatagorsk ______ der _______ ________ Rostow, Tagenrog, und Berdianske durch die Molotschner Kolonie über Klerson und Odessa durch Kyeff, Kursk, Orel + Dünaborg zur Grenze über Königsberg nach Marienburg zee Batum.” – [1869?].
  3. Travel Diary of Peter Dyck to America, “Beschreibung von der Auswanderung Nach Amerika.” – 1876.
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