Stoesz, David, 1842-1903

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Stoesz, David, 1842-1903

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David Stoesz (1842-1903) was born in Schoenthal, Bergthal Colony, Russia as the youngest children of Jacob Stoesz and Barbara Wiens. In 1862 he married Maria Wiebe. He was elected as a minister in the Bergthal Colony in 1869. This family settled in Manitoba in 1874. David Stoesz was elected to serve as assistant Bishop of the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Manitoba in 1879. In 1882 he succeeded Bishop Gerhard Wiebe. Bishop David Stoesz served the church with communion, baptisms and ordinations in various communities including Fargo, North Dakota and Saskatchewan. He died and is buried in the Bergthal village cemetery. His wife died in 1912. David M. Stoesz (1870-1934) was the son of David Stoesz (1842-1903). He came to Canada in 1874 and settled in the village of Bergthal on the East Reserve. He married Agatha Kehler (1870- ) in 1890. In 1891 David and Agatha moved to the Mennonite West Reserve where land was better suited for farming, and bought eighty acres of and in the village of Gnadenfeld. David M. Stoesz was elected as a minister in the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in 1912. In 1922 he emigrated to Mexico with portions of the Sommerfeld Mennonite church and founded the Santa Clara Colony. Dissatisfied with life in Mexico, he and his family returned to Canada within a year and settled in the village of Kronsthal, Manitoba. The David Stoesz family in Manitoba was an influential family along with brother Cornelius W. Stoesz (1836-1900) a minister and brother Jacob Stoesz the Brandaeltester (fire chief). Other members of the extended Stoesz family also became church leaders. One brother (Johann) chose to settle in Mountain Lake Minnesota.

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