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Nafzger Heritage News Vol XVII No 3
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v,17,nc;.3 Fail 1988
It has been 15 years since e devoted aii ss of the News to Jacob who arrived aboard the s ‘ Th 1750. Since then e have ocassiona1 written b some of his 3escer t noth e3mp_e aevote to rim arid his irrtned heirs. This is the first of t:vo art:ces.
Jacob has been eniczrratic. He arrived a ys after t.-e ship Fhoenix* brought Mstthias, Ru and Peter. Ye Jacob’s relationshiD to the earlier threesome is krio The only connection we found is Jacob narne tr friend” atthias Nafzeiger ss an executor in
As mentioned above Jacob arrived aboard t ship ‘Brotherhcod” in Ncvernher, 1750. Tbst ship had the dis— tthction of carrying a large n of Arruish families to ! Some of the r include Mast, Fav, Die!e’ Biouch, Miller, Stucky, Hetzler, F ?upp, Lichty, Schowalter, Schneider and Burrci.
The ship *Phoeriix? arrived in 1749 with Y _I Rudolf and Peter. It too had the distinction of carryin a
-- 1arge number of k fsmi1ies Travelling onthe Phoenix” were Fain K M±ller, Mishler, Seiler, Fisher, Lantz, Ginde1s Trachsel, Stauffer, Letmian and Ksuffman families.
Collectively these rnish irrtidgrants tended to settle in the same areas. Matthias settled in the Perks County rnish corrnunity, whereas Jacob settled in the so-called Lebanon Valley corrr of Lancaster County (which at the time included Lancaster, Dauphin and Lebanon counties). Other Amish families settling in Lebanon Valley were Lantz, 3lough, Farni, Gnagi/K Seiler, Hershberger, BUr}C1I Miller, Stauffer and Drachsell/ Trachsell. It has been written that Abraham Drachsell was an ? Bishop and leader of the Lebanon Valley congregation.
Jacob obtained two land warrants in 1755 for a total of 150 acres in the township of Londonderry. In 1765 Jacob Nafziger, Hans Gnegi and Christian Blaugh were arned executors in the will of John Blough of Lebanon township. Witnesses were Jacob Seller and Abraham Drachsel. Blough arrived on the ship Brotherhood with Jacob while Seller and Drachsell arrived with Matthias afzger in 1749. Hans Knegi Sr originally settled in Ferks County near atthias, but subsequently moved to Bethel to in Lebanon County, where he died.
The earliest tax records for Jacob beginin 1771 er he was listed in the “Peturns for the Fouxteenth-Eighte Penny Tax for the County of Lancaster . He paid 18 Shillinas in taxes for 150 acres, 4 horses and 4 cattle. Jacob also appeared on the 1772 and 1773 tax lists.
In his will written in 1772, Hans Zirrtnerman Sr named Jacob Naffziger and Hans Knegi executors of his estate; witnesses were Jacob Seilor and Peter Delebagh. ‘Then the will wa recorded in 1777, Jacob was the “surviving executor” . Although Hans Zimerman Sr was Originally an ir neighbor to Matthias Naffziger and Hans Knegi in Perks County, he tco mo’ to Lebanon County in the 1760s and settled in Paxton township. O
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The following material was sent to us by DaIe Nofzin of drian, ? Dale is an authority on the various Nafziger-Nofzigers, etc. that settled in Fulton County, Ohio The Raber families crossed the N3fziger—Nofzi;er lines early on once they arrived in America While we have been successful at securing information on the male members of this family line we have been at a loss to acquire any infor— mation on the female members who married Rabers The following article adds a great deal of insight to this family line Also, some of the areas mentioned in the arti— dc such as Lee County, Iowa, Hickory County, Missouri etc were Mennonite commun ities and we know that Nafzgers from other lines are found there at the same time Our thanks to Dale for the article
Dan B Raber served the Plainv Mennonite Church as a minister for nearly twenty years beginning in 1911 He was born the son of Daniel and Susanna Raber in Lee County, Iowa, May 23, l858 He grew to manhood in a farm in Hickory County, Miss— our Re grew to be a tall, intelligent youngman, always seeks as much schooling as possible. He joined the Mennonite Church at the age of twenty-four and remained faithful throughout the remainder of his life He was married in 1883 to Mary Naf singer of near Archbold, Ohio Following their marriage they made their home in Missouri To this union were born six children, Emery, Ernest, Charles, Elizabeth, Franklin, and Roy Franklin followed in his father’s footsteps and is a minister at the Mennonite Mission in Kansas City
In 1890 a minister was needed for the church wheich the Rabers attended near Kansas City, Missourh The lot fell upon Dan Raber and he was ordained by Bishop Johrt Hartzler of Cass County, Missouri He at once began traveling widely in order to preach to the unsaved who were great concern of his
In 19)1, he with his family, less the eldest son, moved eastward and settled
In the young but growing Mennonite Community near Aurora, Ohio Here he moved on a
farm, and the boys kept up the farm work, while he preached the Gospel. He was a
m1niste in the Aurora Mennonite Church fornearly twenty years.
Then his desire to preach to the lost called him away from Auroa The hungry souls of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania,. West Virginia, Virginia, Ken— tucky, and Tennessee were beckoning. Many of the places he visited had nver been touched by a preacher of God’s Word and his work is unique in the annals of the Mennonite Church. He wored with Drunken, devil-chaged men trying to lead them to Salvation in Christ. He held many meetings in the old school housed and many times he visited the homes personally. With his he carried gospel tracts and usually the Gospel of John which he distributed among the old and young alike in the mountain’
Then he moved westward and spent several years in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas where he planted God’s Word among the hilbillies of the Ozarks He often
faced many dangers and was threatened several times but never gave up the work be— cause of these dangers •
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daUghter of ZirrrnerTnari’s rnarr!ed Jacob i11er, w t other rr K In 1773 Jacob Seilor soid his farr which adjacent to t: Na a in
L township, to JaCob. ?ro Jacob purchas&d this iarr or ‘nis son Joseph 1o married about this tiire. Seilor, who arrived th M jr-i 1749, bought the land from Micb alier ano h 1:e iisa: :n ic :.e llers n r& land by a warrant in 1753.
Et in 1775, both Jacob and Joseph Na:hscar appear on the ondonderry Tc Tax Lists. In 1779 Jacob Naffsker o OO acres, had 3 horses, 3 cattle and 5 sheep and paid a total of 60 Founds, 10 Shilling and 1 Pence.
In 1781 the knish Bishoc ?oraha Dr ( wrote his will. Jacob Naffz Jacob F and Jonri Kurtz (an msn ceacon) were witnesses. eoutors were John Snyder and John Kurtz. Abrahan had four children. Cne son, Abraham Jr, later ,beca a preacher for the Unita-d Erethern in Christ.
The 4th of April, 1732 Jacob Nofzeiger the Elder of ndonderrv to presently “sick and ea in body’ crote his vill. It stated his wife k nay 1IVC in their :nouse as long as she r his widow. (roes this mean that she was considerably youn than he; or is this an indication that Jacob was a younger rrian than we previously thought, çerhaps middle aged?) Jacob’s son Christian was to receive atract of land unded by the lands of Josef Nofzeiger, John Michael Killincer, Josech Forney and Garrett Etters. Jacob’s daughter E was to receive money, household goods (her chest, b and bedstarid), her saddle and a cow. (E this mean that Earbara was unn arid living at h Jacob Jr was to have the rer of the estate, a fa bounded by those of John Troxel (Drachsell), Michael illinger, ucse Forriey eric Garrett Etters. Jacoc’s son Jcsepn baa alreacy reen
:_ • provided for by Jacob prior to the will. Frc the estate he was to receive only a small sum of money. Finally Jacob mention the heirs of Jacob gel who live in rnany
(although t: relationship was not defined). Jacob nam his “trusty friend’ Matthias Ncfzeiger and Peter Hershberger as executors of the will . The will was witnessed by John Hershberger, Josef Falloat and Thomas Clarke and recorded on 6 Octo 1783.
We ) that Jacob died prior to 17 February, 1783 as a will of that date
written by Jacob Etter of Leb township mentions the “heirs of Jacob Naffesiger”.
Exactly ‘hen he died is tmknown. The 1783 Tax Asses for Lcndonder Tc has
Jacob Nafzger ‘ ed out and “Widow ‘ ritten in the margin of the original record.
At the time there were four inhabitants living in the household. (Were they the widow
Anna, sons Christian and Jacob and daughter Barbara?)
In July, 1784, Matthias Naftzinger and Peter Hersb acting as executors for
the deceased Jacob, com the final settlement of the estate of Hans Zir the Sr. In October, 1788, Jacob’s estate was settl Josef, Christian and Jacob received their respective money shares.
In December, 1808, Christoly Natzger, the administrator for the deceased Anna Naffsger, appeared in Dauphin County Orphan’s Court to r the settl of the estate for Anna. en she died is un The distribution of the estate is ur as the original file has been lost.
In surr it is our conclusion that Jacob was a rn of the . comunity. Every land record and references to him in wills, either as a witness or executor, involved Amish who arrived either on the seine shio as Jacob in 1750 or on the earlier ship of 1749 that brought Mathias, Peter and Rudolf. The f most often associated with Jacob ere Knegi/Gnagi, Elouch, Farni, Seilor, Draschell, Kurtz and Hirshtercer. it is safe to sceculate that Jacob was somehow related to these families, either directly cr indirectly. zany of tbe children of the Elough, Farni, Gnagi, Kurtz, Seilor
-‘ Eand Hjrsh families settled in Somerset County, PA in the United Erethern cor:Tnu At present no known descendents of Jacob settled in that comunity.
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Joseph r listed in the militias returns through July, 1794.
In the First US Census for the rear 1790, Jose N ‘was en n
D3uDhin County. Living in the bousebold were 6 males and 6 f If all O wara
Joseph’S children, it would suggest that he had baen married for a considerab1
period, arha as early as 1774, whan he first b to appear in the off ical
Lancaster County records.
In the Septennial Census retuxns for the PA House of Representatives in 1800 Joseph Nafsger and single frea rah and Joseph Nafsger, ‘ere listed on the rolls. That sairie year Jcseph was en in the 2nd US Cens as he was in the 1810, 1820 and 1830 censuses.
in April, 1324 Joseph and Anna Nafziger transferred the 1 he had obtainef from his father Jacob in 1780 to their son Christian. The fa was than bounded by land owned by Peter :Killin Jacob 3o Christian Nafzi (Joseph’s brother), Jacob Yafziger and Abraham o;man.
Joseph Nafzger’s will vas written 3 Aug’ 1831 and recorded 16 May, 1832. : mentions his farm which neighbored the lands of Jacob Nafzger, Peter Killin and Christian NafzQer. Joseoh mentions his wife Anna, son-in-law Jacob Moss(Ma and children, Abraham, Joseph, Joahnnes, Jacob, Magdalena and 3arbara. Joseph’s deceased son Christian also had children. His ex were Jobannes Kreider and Henrich :elheLrn; witnesses were Jacob Yungst and Jacob Light.
Os’ S SOfl Abraham
In 1800 Abraham Nafsger was a single freeman in Londonderry township. y 1802, “Abraham Naffsker of Dauphin County, PA” had purchased land at the Stubenville Land Office in the Northwest Territo (present day Ohio). Abrah paid taxes in Ohio fran 1806 through 1810. In the 1820 Federal Census for Harrison County, OH there were thr males and four females in the Nafsker household. 1830 was the last year Abraham appeared in the census. In 1850 Abraham’s widow Mary Nofsker liv&d with her daughter Margaret and son-in-law G xter in Carroll County, OH. lornon Nofsker had appeared in the 1840 Carroll County, OH census.
s sari Joseph Jr
Joseph NafsQer was a single fr in 1800 in Dauphin County, PA. In 1803 he lived in Jefferson County, OH and by 1820 in New Russell township, Harrsion County, OH with 8 children. In toter, 1831, Joseph Naffzger was appointed atton to recover monies from Stephen Kauffman, the executor of the estate Issac Kauffrr of Bern township, Berks County, PA. Joseph was to act on behalf of the heirs of Fronica Gundy. Fronica Kauffman marri&i Joseph Gundy and they settl first in Sonierset County, PA where he was a Mennonite minister. A1 1812 they nov to Harrison County, OH where he servej in the United Erethern ministry. The heirs of Fronica Gundy were Christian
Overholtz and wife Rebecca, Mary Naffzger (wife of Joseph), John Hartrout and ife j) Christina, David Firebauoh and wife Matalina, Benjamin Gundy and Joseç Gundy, all
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Jacob of 1750	Continus frc Paçje Four
of Harrison Co Other heirs Peter Forn and vi Fronica and R Fa:: iv in Wayne County, OH.
2 S SOfl Johanries
John Nophesar a on the 1807 and 8O8 tax lists for Archer to Harrison
County, OH where he 53ugbt land in 814. Ev 1820 Jo1i : moved to Ccngres5 tc in Wayne County. In 1830 John Sr and Jobn Jr (wbose second wife was Martha Mc were enumerated and in 1840 son Joseph lived naxt to John. E 1850 sons Josiah an Ethram lived next to Jerimi ( narried A Henry) and Jobri Jr. Jose riov&i t3 Wabash County, IN. JerLTiab subs& r to Washington County, OH, Ep to Clinton County, IX an Josiah to Wabash County, IN.
Joseph ‘ s son Jacob
- Jacob Naftagar married Elisabeth Miller in February, 1802 in Jefferson County, OH and i taxes in’ Jefferson County, OH from 1806 through 1810. In 1820 he liv in Harrison County, OH. ifl 1850 Jacob Noftsker died of ty fever after 21 days of illness. His will, dat 30 May, 1850, was probat 24 June, 1850. He n his wife Elisabeth and children David, Jacob, Sarah who married Joshua Eiddle, S Catharine who married Saimiel Hail and Daniel. John Gruber was aDDointed executor.
David Noftsinger married Sussanna Zoilar.s, the daughter of George Zollars of East Eetb1eh Township, Washington County, PA; Jacob Jr marri Susanna Gotschall; Daniel married Elisabeth Crur and Sarason r Elisabeth Snyder.
:P:sep:p’s son Obristian
Christian lived in East Hanover township, Dauthin County, PA in 1810. By 1820 he moved to Londonderry Township and in April, 1824 Joseph Nafziger Sr trar land to Christian. In turn Christian sold part of the land to Peter Killinger and the other part to Jacob Nafziger (his cousin).
Christian Naftzer’s will was recorded 11 May, 1824 and administration entered 27 April, 1829. His wife ? and John AlLrnan were the executors. In February, 1836
: Anna Nofziger settled the l with Christian, Joseph and nard Noziger. In April, 1835, nristian’s daughter Catharine married Aaron Packer in Stark
‘ County, OH. The sar year Anna Nafzgar, a niece of the deceased Ha Moyers of
Lebanon township, Lebanon County, PA settled’with Leonard, Christian and Joseph Nafzger and Catharine Packer. Leonard lived for a period in Seneca County, OH fore moving to Williams County, OH. Jcserh married Elisabeth Hawyer and Christofer married Mary Ac3 in Stark County, OH. Both lived in Star County.
Editor’s Note: Our readers may remember Mathias Otte of West Germany who came to America for a visit when he was but 17 years o1d He visited Nafzgers throughout the U Later he returned to America to study at American University in Washing— ton DQC. The letter printed below is a bit outdated but it will serve to provide our readers with the latest information on happenings in Mathias’ life.
It has been 16 weeks since I have been in the Federal Republic and already my thoughts drift back to the U Imediately after my arrival in Germany I started my Trainee-Program at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange — a challenging and highly reward— ing task. Although, I admit, there could be better times for an investment banker. In between, my M thesis IThe political conditions of macroeconomic policy co ordination among the advanced industrial nations” is coming along And yet,. despite
all of my work I keep thinking of the U.S. and how much I liked it.
They say that the “reverse culture shock” - coming back to your own nations after living abroad — is the harder one. I gues that is true. Nevertheless, Europe has a flair of its very own and I wouldn’t miss it either
Frankfurt, seat of the largest German stock Exchange is also the most k canized one of the big cities in Europe. And by accident of course, I live right next door to the headquarters of the iierican forces in Germany. (probably 200 yards) In the morning, when I get on the subway, there are as many Americans as there are Germans. Thus, I’m in between again.
I like my job. I like Frankfurt and I like Germany. It is very likely that you will see me back in the U for a Ph.D program My job is going very well
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D. B. Raber wife passed away in the summer of 1g22 after an illness of sev— eral weeks Her funeral was conducted at the Aurora Church in charge of Erother
E. B Sto1tzfus She was laid to rest in the cemetery adjoing the church yard. After this event Brother Raber again set out on a preaching tour. This time
he went farther west into Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. He preached to people in the arid and moun:ainous sections where ministers seldom came. Sometimes ne preached to a few, at other times to large crowds.
Later he took another trip through Southern Ohio and into Kentucky w he had been ear1ier Like the apostle Paul he revisted many of the converts of his earlier trip and ericouçaged them in the faith In Tennessee he found several mission stations thriving where he had preached earlier In Georgia an Florida he did much of his work among the Negroes and later on in Ohio near Di1 he again proved to be a very effective worker among these mistreated people some white people sunned him for his intimate contacts with them, they were forced to marvel at his remark-
able success among them. Here in a great coal mining section he labored week after week trying to get souls started on the straight and narrow way
His constant prayer in his later years was that some young person would take up this work where he would have to leave off He felt that some real men and women for God could be made of them if the Word would be faithfully preached.
In his late years Brother Raber made his home with his daughter—in-law at Surgarcreek, Ohio and later served as a minister at the Cro2wn Hill Mennonite Church for a time. Although he spent a good deal of his life as a traveling preacher his contribution at the Aurora Church was great. His sermons were intensely practical and very much down to earth and his personality was such that it was appreciated by all. His unique ministeries of any Mennonite preacher. Probably none of our ordained men have worked so intensely a the job of preaching the Gospel to those in out of way places. He passed away June 17, 1939. He had spent the last five or six months of his life at Aurora, living at the home of his son Charles Raber. He was buried i n the Chu rch ceme .
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with us while the transfer is being completed. We ask you to direct your letters S to Ray at his Chicago address You may send your subscription to the News to him. We are fortunate to have someone like Ray who is so very knowledgeable of the Nafzger families in Europe and America to take over the newsletter. Write and let Ray know that you appreciate his desire to see that our newsletter continues in the future for our next generation. The newsletter takes a great deal of time and work and it costs money to have it printed and mailed. Send your subscription fee to Ray to help with the financial aspects. Send your information on your Nafzger family line or just a letter of appreciation to let him knowthat you would like to see the News continued,
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