Since he did not follow the typical pattern of settling on a farm in Khortitsa or Molotschna colonies, I have had a hard time finding more information about him. In fact, no death date is known for him.
But today I found an intriguing possible reference to him. In an excellent article about Mennonite clockmakers, James O. Harms mentions that he has heard of a clockmaker named Regier but that nothing further is known about him. I have sent an e-mail to Mr. Harms, so I hope that together we can unearth more information about Johann Regier.
I am curious how he became a clockmaker - apparently he was from the farming village of Neumünsterberg, Poland. He married a daughter of Peter Epp, the elder of the Danzig Flemish Mennonite church. Did he move to Danzig and learn the clockmaking trade there? Did he plan to continue make clocks in Russia? Or did he try farming upon arrival in Russia and realize that it was not for him? Are there any clocks still in existence that he made? Did he pass his clockmaking skills on to any of his sons? I will update this post as I get more information.
|Hans Regier family record, Danzig Mennonite Church, Danzig, West Prussia, vol. 2, p. 302. Accessed at https://mla.bethelks.edu/archives/cong_310/bdms18/314.jpg on 3 August 2016.|