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Adam B. RATZLAFF[1]

Male 1867 - 1944  (76 years)


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  • Name Adam B. RATZLAFF 
    Born 10 Oct 1867  Antonovka, Volhynia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Abt 1880  [2
    Baptism 16 May 1884  Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    History Fairview Republican - 6-19-2003: Ratzlaff family held reunion June 7.
    The descendants of Adam Ratzlaff held a family reunion June 7, at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church. Family members attending included: Alvin and Elvera Ratzlaff, Elsie Voth, Terry and Debbie Ratzlaff, Jeff Graybill and children Braylyn, JayDyn and Sady, all of Fairview; Corey and Becky Ratzlaff and children Ashton and Chesna, Cleo Springs; Dennis and Adam Ratzlaff and Eddi Parmenter, and Stan Ratzlaff, Orienta; Ron and Pam Voth, Florence Ratzlaff, Marilyn Ratzlaff, and Virgil and Pat Janzen, all of Oklahoma City; and Geary and Cathy (Ratzlaff) Seifried and son, Seth, and David and Julie (Seifried) Stalder, Weatherford.
    Among those attending from out of state were: Arlin and Janora Ratzlaff, Newton, Kansas; Ron and Ruth (Ratzlaff) Buller, Sheridan Lake, Colorado; Karen (Voth) Suderman, Sugar Land, Texas; Eddie and Shelly (Suderman) Loving, Richardson, Texas; Heather (Voth) Beadles and son Jack, Nacogdoches, Texas; Gary and Glenda Ratzlaff and son Gregory, Arlington, Texas, and Loren and Janice (Voth) Just and son Ryan, Plano, Texas.
    Following a catered lunch by Frank's County Kitchen, family members discussed future reunion plans and nominated the following committee members for the 2007 reunion: Cory Ratzlaff, Janice Just, Marilyn Ratzlaff, and Cathy (Ratzlaff) Seifried.

    Obituary - Adam Ratzlaff, son of Benjamin and Eva Ratzlaff was born on 10 Oct 1867 Antonofka, Russian Poland. In 1874 the family traveled to Jerusalem to be expected in other to where the coming of the Lord for the 1000 year Reich. The Russo-Turkish war was that they had 7, stay in Turkey, where they experienced great suffering and famine. The little one day Adam walked too far away from her home and was stolen by Turks. Only with great difficulty, they found him again. "Uncle Adam" was really a "self-made man," under God. He had no school in his youth. Later, he visited America in three months, the school district. But he learned to read from the Bible, which he soon became a popular book. When he wrote and spell some words could not, he opened a Bible verse where the word was. In 1880 he came with parents to Durham, Kansas, and in 1884 by Pred. Benj. baptized Schmidt of the Holdeman community. On 14 April, 1892 he married Sarah Schroeder of Hillsboro. In 1893 he took part in the so-called "Run" for free home on Indian land in Oklahoma, and received a farm south of Hunnewell, Kansas. Then he bought a quarter at Fairview, Oklahoma. He came with family and belongings on a farm wagon, the very poor but industrious mind. So he got credit. The good Lord blessed diligence and thrift. Later he bought a farm in Orienta where they lived all those years until they moved 7 years ago, his health, to Fairview. They have 6 sons and 3 daughters given. On 26 December 1908 his wife died. He later married Bena Frantz, Orienta and they were 5 daughters and 3 sons given. All 17 children's lives. On 10 December, 1905 she joined the congregation in Sharon to Orienta, and remained as members, and all continued with regular worship attendees, and he taught almost always in the SS and was 15 years Superintendent. Also, goods and chattels became abundantly blessed the family so that his brother's desire to make each child a farm that was fulfilled and also many a poor renter was helped out. For this he had much other property, mostly in Fairview: a hospital and a bank building, etc. His Hilfätigkeit went far beyond his family and community out of the County and State, and more. He was allowed to serve in many committees and authorities, was V. President of a bank and his practical advice has been given much studied, was member of the Bethel College Board. His children, he gave all the education that they wanted. If not trained, he said, but several languages, daunter Russian and Turkish, even now, had read a lot and his practical knowledge was largely. He was a big donor to good causes, the kingdom of God thing, etc. The Oklahoma Bible College he gave large sums of money, was for many years President of the Authority, and all his children have attended a Bible College. He was a healthy man, but about 1938 there was a kidney problem, which he suffered greatly. The faithful wife, children, friends and at night a nurse have it served almost 4 years. Sought help from doctors and sanator helped little that often rose the question: "Yes, why so?" Finally, on 4 February he was allowed to quietly asleep in the age of 76 years 3 months and 24 days. A large circle of relatives and many friends mourn his loss.
    (The preceding was Google translated from German to English yielding innumarable errors)

    Adam immigrated to the USA with his parents, to Durham, Kansas, to Oklahoma. He was baptized into the Holdeman Church. Adam and Sara had 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters. Adam and Jacobena had 8 children. 
    Reference Number 193ad 
    Buried Abt Feb 1944  Saron Mennonite Cemetery, Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Feb 1944  Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I55922  Reid Family | Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2013 

    Father Benjamin RATZLAFF,   b. 10 Jun 1839,   d. 19 Feb 1927, Montezuma, Gray, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Eva NACHTIGAL,   b. 2 Oct 1836,   d. Abt 1904  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Abt 1859 
    Family ID F37645  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah SCHROEDER,   b. 6 Jul 1872, Deutsch Zyck, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1908, Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1892  Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F37650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jacobena (Bena) FRANTZ,   b. 14 Apr 1886, Marion Co., Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1981, Fairview, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1909  Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Elsie Viola RATZLAFF,   b. 19 Jun 1910, Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 2003, Fairview, Major, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F37644  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 16 May 1884 - Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Apr 1892 - Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Sep 1909 - Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Feb 1944 - Orienta, Major, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Ratzlaff, Adam B.-1867 (HS)
    Ratzlaff, Adam B.-1867 (HS)

  • Sources 
    1. [S423] Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry (GRANDMA 7.0), (Published by the Genealogy Project Committee of the California Mennonite Historical Society; 4824 East Butler Avenue, Fresno, California 93727-5097; Phone (559) 453-2225).

    2. [S173] Die Mennonitische Rundschau, (Published in Elkhart, Indiana 1880-1908; Scottsdale, Pennsylvania 1908-1923; Winnipeg, Manitoba 1923-2007), 8 Mar 1944, Pg. 5.