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Nellie Schmidt Bartel
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1876
Bon Homme County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1946
Shaanxi, China

Born to Jacob Schmidt and Aganetha (Voth) Schmidt, shortly after her parents arrived from Russia, the third of 15 children. Converted and baptized in the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church at the age of 16. In 1898 she went to serve at the Light and Hope Orphanage.

Married Henry Cornelius Bartel on Nov. 4, 1900.

Mother of Loyal Houlding Bartel, Paul Henry Bartel, Agnes (Bartel) Wieneke, Elsie (Bartel) Eisenbraun, and Jonathan Bartel.

In 1901 Henry and Nellie Bartel went to China as missionaries with Horace Houlding of the South Chihli Mission. In 1905 they founded the first Mennonite mission in China, later known as the China Mennonite Mission Society. This was an independent faith mission organization with a board made up of a few friends and supporters. It drew both its missionaries and its support from members of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren, Mennonite Brethren, Evangelical Mennonite Brethren, and Missionary Church Association. The mission was located in Shandong (Shantung) and Henan (Honan) provinces with its center in Caoxian, Shandong.

In 1941 the Bartels began work in West China along the Sichuan-Gansu-Shaanxi border; this became the West China field of the Mennonite Brethren Church in 1945.

Died of weak heart and poor circulation, and was buried on the mission compound at Shuang Shih P'u (now Fengxian).

A cenotaph for her appears in Hillsboro, Kansas next to her husband.
Family links: 
  Henry Cornelius Bartel (1873 - 1965)
Note: Information from Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1946; Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia.
Mennonite Mission Compound - Shuangshihpu
Shaanxi, China
Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Sep 24, 2013
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Nellie <i>Schmidt</i> Bartel
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- Rebecca Ewing Peterson
 Added: Sep. 24, 2013

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