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Friday, January 15, 2010

Johann Cornies (1789-1848) - Part I

Much has been written about this one individual and his contributions to the Mennonite settlements in the Ukraine.  His contributions ranged from improving agricultural practices to introduction of silkworm farming to reformation of the educational system.  More can be read about his life story here.
His great, great-grandson Johann Cornies (1898-1919) was killed by bandits during the Russian Revolution.  This was the last male descendant of Johann Cornies (1789-1848) so his remaining descendants to this day do not carry the Cornies surname.
In 2004, bicentennial celebrations were held in Molotschna and the contributions of this Johann Cornies were recognized.  The following newspaper article describes some of the planned celebrations at that time:

Plans were also made to unveil a monument in memory of Johann Cornies.  The monument was planned to look like this:

Perhaps a reader of this post has been on one of the Mennonite Heritage Cruises to the old Molotschna settlement of Ukraine or knows of someone who has visited these sites and has taken photographs.  It would be greatly appreciated if photographs of these sites were forwarded to

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