← Back to Personal Papers

Schellenberg, David (1861–1955)

Proper Title

David Schellenberg fonds

Dates of Creation

1944, 1950, [196-?]

Physical Description

1 folder of textual records

Biographical Sketch

David Schellenberg was born on July 12, 1861, to David Schellenberg (1832–1911) and Aganetha Neufeld (1835–1919) in the Molotschna colony, south Russia. He went to school in the village school until the age of fifteen. In 1878, he immigrated to Canada with the rest of the family. They were among the founding families of the village of Neuanlage on the West Reserve, along the Post Road. On May 28, 1882, David Schellenberg was baptised. On November 15, 1885, he married Anna Friesen, who was born on April 28, 1865, to Peter Friesen (1840–1919) and Anna Penner (1842–1919). Together they had eleven children. David Schellenberg died September 8, 1955.

Custodial History

The custodial history of the material in this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content

The material in this collection consists of a translation of David Schellenberg’s autobiography and two letters written by Schellenberg in 1950. They reveal Schellenberg’s life as a pioneer on the West Reserve. The ink is very light and therefore extremely difficult to read.


  • Volume 1049.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz December 9, 1999.
  • Accession nos.
  • Related Material:
    • The autobiography can also be found at the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg.

File List

Volume 1049

  1. Translated copy of David Schellenberg’s autobiography. – 1944, [196-?].
  2. Copy of a letter to F.B. Kirkwood from David Schellenberg. – October 25, 1950.
  3. Copy of a letter to F.B. Kirkwood from David Schellenberg. – August 14, 1950.
← Back to Personal Papers