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Nafzger Heritage News Vol X No 4
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VOL. X, No. 4	PALL ISSUE 1981
A Town Which Takes Care Of Its Own
E sther Devine’s thoughts on coun try life in Naftzin in Upper Bern Township soiii
passages in a diary:
— “I remember the time I knocked myself out splitting wood. I stayed out there tintill came to.”
— “I put the water on to boil (while waiting to give birth) and waited for the doctor to come and give me a shot. Three days after my baby was born, I was out in the field planting beans again.”
— “I don’t think I missed four days (of caring for her) in the five years my neighbor was sick.”
THE STORY of life in the country is
. one of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, with chapters on putting others first. Hospitals are usually too far away for emergencies; doctors don’t always get there in time.
Life and death unfold in words and sentences. Country neighbors become characters in human dramas.
Esther’s part in that drama spans decades of devotion to her family and a strong, personal good-neighbor policy in the 12-person Naftzingerstown.
Triumphs and tragedies have an awesome way of tying people together.
One neighbor, who came to visit Esther and her husband, Robert F. Sr., was admiring Esther’s rather exten sive salt-and-pepper shaker collection when he fell to the floor and died.
WHEN A FRIEND went into labor, she called on Esther.
“I said, ‘Hold it in until the doctor comes,” Esther said. But the woman couldn’t wait and Esther served as mid wife to her friend. Four of Esther’s five Sons were delivered at home.
“I walked up to this guy’s house
(another Naftzingerstown person),”
she said. “I thought, ‘It’s so nice, I’ll
S	walk up,’ and there we found him laying
in the back yard — dead.”
Other pages of country cooperation aren’t as tragic.
WHEN ANOTHER Naftzingers town farmer’s steer broke out of the barn, the townspeople gathered to help bring the cattle home.
“That’s when you really get to know everyone,” Esther said.
Crouched in the hillside near Shar tlesville, Naftzingerstowfl was part of a land grant from William Penn acquired by Mathias Naftzinger, an immigrant
who sailed to America on the ship “Phoenix” in 1749.
Naftzinger supposedly was skillful at acquiring land grants and selling them to farmers or others who wanted to settle in the area, according to Ellen Laura Rentschler, a native of Garfield, a place near the Penn-Centre township line, and now a resident of the Naftz ingerstown area. She takes a special in terest in its history.
MRS. RENTSCHLER is a Naftz inger — her mother’s maiden name was She said Mathias had a son t who had a son named, Peter, who had a son, Jacob, who had a daughter named, Ellen Laura, Mrs. Rentschler’S mother.
“There are at least a dozen differ ent spellings for Naftzingerstown,” Mrs. Rentschler said.
Naftzingerstown folks had a popu lar slogan for the town — “They only fried ham on one side of the street in Naftzingerstowfl.”
Until a home was built on the oppo site side of the road, all of the residents lived on one side, so no matter how one looked at it, they only fried ham on one side.
Esther Devine saw a lot of changes in the town since she moved there in 1942. The road through Naftzingerstown was paved where there was once dirt and some houses changed hands a few times.
Her home changed e more than the town.
When Esther and her husband came hi Naftzingerstown, lvuse had no indoor plumbing, no electricity no refrigeration, no heat, no phone and the well went dry.
In the early days. the Devines plowed their acreage with horse-drawn plows. And when Naftzingerstown diift ed shut in a snowstorm, which has oc curred several times at one end of town, there was no snow equipment to clear the drifts.
“I’d never do it over again,’ she said. “But! love it here because nobody bothers you.”
By Karen L. Miller
Eagle Staff Writer
The folowing story appeared in the Reading Eagle of Reading, Pennsylvania on Sunday, May 17, 1981. Our thanks to the ed tor of the Lagle for permission to reprint the story.
Could you please do me
a favor and find out if we
have any Nafziger amateur
radio operators in the U.S.
I want to contact them by
radio — my call sign is:
Often,I am in contact with other amateur radio operators in the United States.
Heidjerweg 1
West Germany
- We are sorry that space will not permit us to THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS use all the material that we received in the
120 Edgewood Drive mails, A subscription drive is underway and GraFton Ohio 44044 hopefully, it will be successful which will en— able us to add another page to the News,
CLAIRNAFTZGER In this issue of the News, you will find several
KATHLEEN NAFTZGER heritage sketches. We plan to print some of them
BETTY NAFTZGER in future issues of the News. If you clip the
sketch as we suggest, put it in an attractive
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE — $8.00 yearly frame and hang it on a wall in the family room
Published quarterly or the living room, education of our younger gen eration can take place. Also, your heritage is
taken out of storage for all to see and read.
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First generation known - RUDOLPH NOFFSINGER, born around 1725 in Germany. Emigrated to America on the ship “Phoenix” in 1749. Children: Matthais, Peter, Samuel, Andrew, John, Anna, Esther, Catherine and perhaps, James.
Second generation - MATTHAIS NOFFSINGER, married to Nancy Brill. Residence:
Belmont County, Ohio. Children: Sally, John, Nancy, Betsey, Lydia, Samuel, James and Peter. Burial in 1807 in Belmont County, Ohio.
Third generation — PETER NOFFSINGER, born around 1780. Married in 1810 to Franey Keen at Belmont County, Ohio. Children: Peter, William, Jacob, Wes ley, Martha, James, Martin, Catherine, Samuel, Thomas, Hiram, Wilbur and Frances. Residence: Monroe County, Ohio and Nodaway County, Missouri.
Fourth generation - MARTIN JAMES NOFFSINGER, born 1815 in Ohio. Married to
Matilda Henthorn. Children: Rachel, Martha, John, James, Francis, Cassey,
Mary Jane, Sarah, Margaret and Peter. Residence: Nodaway County, Missouri.
Burial in 1862, Nodaway County, Missouri.
Fifth generation — MARTHA A. NOFFSINGER, born 1840. Married to James L.Lee.
Residence: Nodaway County, Missouri. Children: Joan, Laura, Hattie, Mar garet, George, Charles and Rebecca. Burial in 1912, Marysville, Missouri.
Sixth Generation — JOAN ELIZABETH LEE, born 1862, Marysville, Nodaway Cou nty, Missouri. Married to Evison McGuire. Children: Maudie, Frankie and Freddie. 2nd. married to Augustus McGuire. Children: Dovie and Martha.
Seventh generation - DOVIE AUGUSTUS MCGUIRE, born in 1890, Nodaway County, Missouri. Married to Estella Mathilda wrote. Children: Debris, Frances Kathryn and Doyle. Burial in 1950, Bourbon, Kansas.
Eighth generation — DELORIS JOAN MCGUIRE, born in 1912, Uniontown, Bourbon, Kansas. Married to Edmond Riley Brown. Children: Shirley and Mary. Resi dence: Fort Scott, Kansas.
Ninth generation — SHIRLEY JEAN BROWN, born 1931, Uniontown, Bourbon County, Kansas. Married to James Hutchins. Children: Riley, Paul and Kathryn.and MARY KATHRYN BROWN. Married to Raymond Larsen. Children: Dianna, Daniel and Nona.
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Much of ti’e confusi concernIr the Noftsger, F Nosker et al involve a lot of scanty information, collected in bits and pieces relat inq basically to two Nofziger’s who entered the U.S. in the mid—l8th cen tury—— Ulrich (1741) and Jacob (1730). To complicate the matter, there is some confusion around an old family bible held by a descendant of John Noftsger of Clinton county, Ohio. Although I have not seen this prize relic of yesteryear, I have studied with great interest your zeroses of the fly leaves, where names and dates have been entered.
Some Noftsgers have proposed that this bible could have belonged to Ulrich Nafzger (1741) and handed down through his family. I doubt this to have been the case although the bible was first printed in 1536, it was nevertheless reprinted in 1744 (MDCCXLIV, p. 275). Thus if it belonged to Ulrich, he bought it in the US as he arrived 3 years prior. Instead, I believe it to have been owned by Jacob Nofziger (1750)...I will for the present set aside this issue and restate the names and dates on the two fly leaf(s). On the back fly leaf, the following (stating both the Mennonite and Dieffenbach’s translation”; Freni 18 Feb. 1771; Hans Feb 5 (?) 177?); Georg 1751; Joseph 1753 (5); Kala (Ball Feb ?4, 1763; Christian April 7, 1765; Jacob (Nicholos) 26 Harvent (September) month of 1767; On the front fly the following: Johannes Feb 1, 1791; Heinrich 29 Aug l79 Jacob Feb 10, 1194, died 19 March 1798; Magdalena March 3, 1797; Christian Z2 March 1800; and 7?? (Daughter) 14 August i8O The problem we are con fronted with is to connect these names and dates with the John Noftsger who descendants in Clinton county have the bible --that we must keep in mind.
In the records of Bindnagel’s church and cemetery (1 mile north of Pa1myra Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Christian Nafzger geb (born) April 7, 1765, starb (died) April 4, 1829 is buried. We find without a doubt, a connection between a name and date in the bible and a person who lived in Pennsylvania. Beginning with this and searching the records of Lancaster! Lebanon/Dauphin county history, we begin to piece together the Noftsger fam ily.
In Lebanon county wills, Joseph Nafzger died in 1832. In the early census, we find this Joseph (along with brother’s Christian and Jacob) and can garner that he was born prior to or in 1/55. This Joseph first begins to appear in the Lancaster county (which at the time comprised both Dauphin and Lebanon counties) militia rolls in May, 1779. For his appearance he had to have been over 18 and under 53 years —- imploying his birth prior to 1761. In May 1783, along with Joseph Nafscar, a Christo Nofscar appears for the first time. This would follow as in April 1783, Christian Noftsger had turned 18 years. In October 1785, along with Joseph and Christly Nofscar Jacob Nofscar appeared for the first time. Again, for him to be listed means he had just turned 18, meaning his birth was in September (harvest 1767. All this conforms to the dates that are found in the old bible. So for the sake of arguments, lets assume that we are working with those found in the bible.
he Noftsgers continue regular appearance in the muster rolls of Lan caster/Dauphin county until 1794. In July 1794, Joseph was listed as 7th. class (The higher the class number, the older the man as it was including all men 18-53 years). Christian Nafscar was second class (being 12 years yougher than Joseph) and little Jake, Jacob, 1st. class (clearly the youngest, age about 27). That autumn, 1794, in a return for only first and second classes
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Mrs. Carter Fratt of Westfield, New Jersey writes to ask us about aFrankey Noftsinger, a widow, whom she has found on a number of tax lists for Botetourt County, Virginia in the early 1800’s. It would appear that she died sometime about 1812 or 1813. She wonders if it could have been the mother of one of the early generations of Peter Noffsinger who came to the U.S. in 1749. Can any of our readers help with the identification of
Our thanks to Mrs. Muriel Oliver of St. Petersburg, Florida for the informa tion from the Census, Baltimore County, Maryland. The information is data of two of the children of Peter and Jacobine Swartzentruber)Nafziger of lilbach.
Our appreciation to the following Nafzger descendants for nice letters and information for our records. Unfortunately space will not permit us to cover all of the Nafzger lines in each issue of the News. Contributing letters are:
DOROTHY WALL STILL, Kansas City, Missouri
JACK W. NAFFZIGER, St. Louis, Missouri
ROBERT W. NAFFZIGER, Salt Lake City, Utah
ROGER V. NAFTZGER, Mansfield, Ohio
MURIEL I. OLIVER of St. Petersburg, Florida
HARRY NAFZIGER of Archbold, Ohio
L. E. KINSINGER, Washington, Illinois
We received a card from Schuyler C. Brossman with some obits from the Leb anon Daily News. Schuyler suggests (and we think it is a good one) that we re quests the senders of obits from news• papers from across the U.S. please give the name of the newspaper, location and the date that the obit appeared. We have noticed that newspaper obits usually say that a person was buried on Wednes day or some other day of the week and no date is provided making it difficult to determine data such as death date, etc. for our records. Our thanks for your cooperation with this problem.
Mrs. Catharine Nafziger, wife of Christ ian Nafziger, died at her home in Stan ford, Illinois. Mrs. Nafziger was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Sept 9, 1829 and came with her parents to the U, 1847. Her maiden name was Nafziger. She was married to C. F. Nafziger in 1855. She leaves a husband,two sons, Ferdinand and August,six daughters,Mrs. Minnie Unziger and Mrs. Amelia Unziger of Danvers; Mrs. Kate Habecker of Marcus,Iowa, Mrs. Julia Baurer, Mrs. Eliza Otto and Bertha. Also, two brothers, CP. Nafziger of Tonica, and Jacob Nafziger of Gottenberg, Nebraska.
The North Danvers Mennonite Church announces the publication of its congregational history:
A Goodly Heritage: A History of the North Donvers Mennonite Church
by Steven R. Estes
Newton, Kansos: Mennonite Publishing Co., 1981
300 pages/hardback/illustrated
To:	A(	N E W S	R E L E A S E
‘rom: Lots Ann Mast
ennonite Family History
P. 0. Box 171
Elverson, PA 19520
Mennonite Family History a new quarterly Deriodic to feature the genealogy and family history of those persons with Mennonite, Amish, and Brethren origins in Europe, vii) begin publication’in January 1982.
I Box 217, Danvers, Illinois 61 732
Continued from Page Three
of militia members, Christian was listed as having “paid” and Jacob -— being exempt from paying —— as having moved away from the area. (The militia at the time was being used to go to the western part of Pennsylvania to put down radical insurgents involved in the Whiskey Rebellion). So we can con clude that Jacob Noftsger left the area, while Christian and Joseph remained. The question arises here about George (1751) and Freni and Hans Due to the two large X’S through Georg’s name, it must be assumed that he had died before Jacob left the area and the latter two were not old enough for militia duties. (In fact, they too may have died after Jacob left the area, hence he never knew and didn’t X them out also).
As far as tax records are concerned, they are even more scanty--years I have found are 1/71, 1772, 1773, 1779 and 1782. Jacob Napsker father -- paid taxes in Lonclonderry township, Lancaster co. in 1771, 1772 and 1773 (the later he was listed as John Naftzker). The earliest listing for Joseph in the tax schedules was 1779, when he and his father both paid taxes in Lonclonderry town ship. Ihey again paid taxes in 1782. The conclusion here is that Joseph must have married prior to his father’s death in 1783 —- witness his son Abraham was born in 1776 —— but that Christian and Jacob were not married, hence paying taxes. By the 1790 census however, all three sons were listed in the Dauphin county census under the name Napsacker. When the old Jacob died in 1783, he mentioned only 4 children —- Joseph, Christian, Jacob and Barbara.
The fact that Georg was not mentioned in the will lends credence to the theory that he had died. In addition, because Freni and Hans were 12 and 10 years respectively, they also would have been omitted from the will. Yet curiously, Jacob mentions the heirs of Jacob Engle of Germany. This might be a clue to the suspicion that Jacob came to the U.S. with his wife and they may have left a daughter behind and she married Jacob Engle. Or it might be an obligation that he had befor he left Germany and had not settled accounts. In any case, it seems that he came with his wife due to the early birth of George (1751) and Joseph (1753). Also, due to the hiatus between the latter’s brith and Kala’s brith (1763) his wife must have died and he remarried, this time to Anna _____ (Also, it may be that his first wife’s family was the Engles and that explains their connection).
But, we are L with the perplexing question of Barbara - not Kala. There is a family legend that suggests Barbara married Peter Livingood and they moved to Somerset county, Pa. Well this is just not supported by raw birth dates as Kala was born in 1763 according to the Bible. Yet Barbara married Peter in 1760 and their first child, Christian L. Livingood was born in 1760. Whether this Barbara was a daughter of Ulrich, I cannot say, but the Barbara mentioned in Jacob’s will was, in 1783, not married, and in fact probably still living at home —— witness that Jacob gave her, among other things, her chest, bed and bedstead, a side—saddle and a good cow, things she surely would have taken with her if she ware married prior. Instead, I think Barbara and Kala were the same person, yet what happend to her I cannot say. (It is curious that Jacob”s trusty friend, Mathias Nofzieger, who was his executor of his will, had a daughter who never married. But just as Kala may be Barbara, so may Freni and Hans be... nicknames. Beware Yet a lingering question remains; what happened to the Jacob who moved away in 1794?
In A History of Dauphin county, Pennsylvania , the authors mention Jacob Noftzgar of Londonderry township, Dauphin county who died in 1783. He left a wife Anna and children Christian, Joseph, Barbara and Jacob, who married Magda— lena Bowman, daughter of Abraham Bowman. This Abraham Bowman had a son Abraham and the Abraham Sr. died in 1786, meaning both Magdalena and Abraham Jr. were born prior to 1786. Furthermore, there is no documentation to suggest that
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First generation known — RUDOLPH NOFFSINGER, born around 1725 in Germany. Emigrated to America on the ship “Phoenix” in 1749. Children: Matthais, Peter, Samuel, Andrew, John, Anna, Esther, Catherine and perhaps, James.
Second generation — JOHN NOFFSINGER, born 1751 in Pennsylvania. Married to Catherine Koontz. Residence: Washington County, Pennsylvania and Mont gomery County, Ohio. Children: Daniel, Judah, Lydia, John, Charles, And rew, Samuel, Susanna, Sarah and Eli, Burial in 1825, Noffsinger Cemetery, Montgomery County, Ohio.
Third Generation - JOHN NOFFSINGER, born 1777. Married to Elizabeth Sim mons in Dayton, Ohio. Residence: Miami County, Ohio. Children: Eli, John, Jacob, Absolem, James, Samuel, Elizabeth, Catherine and Lydia. Burial in 1821, Miami County, Ohio.
Fourth generation — JAMES NOFFSINGER, married to Jane Johnson in 1838. Resi dence: Paulding County, Ohio. Children: John, Mary, James, Edward, Ann, and Jacob.
Fifth generation — EDWARD NOFFSINGER, born 1844, Paulding County, Ohio. Married to Mary Bennett. Children: Seth and Bert, Burial in 1902.
Sixth generation — SETH ALVIN NOFFSINGER, born in 1874, Paulding County, Ohio. Married to Pauline Shonk. Residence: Sherwood, Ohio. Children:
Ravonne. Burial in 1945 at Sherwood, Ohio.
Seventh generation — RAVONNE ALLEN NOFFSINGER, born in 1909, Mt. Plesant, Michigan. Married to Marie Neidhardt. Residence: Defiance, Ohio. Child— ren: Mary. Burial in 1978, Edgerton, Ohio.
First generation known - JACOB NAFZIGER, to America in 1847. Married to Veronica and Veronica. 2nd. married to Elizabeth Peter, Frederick and Eliza.
born in
1800 in Germany.
Catherine, Henrry,
Second generation - JACOB NAFZIGER, born in 1828, McLean County, Illinois. Married to Mary (last name is not known). Children: Henry and Ernest. Resi- dence: Gothenburg, Nebraska. Burial at Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Third generation - HENRY WILLIAM NAFZINGER, married to Anna Beckett in 1909.
Children: George Henry.
Fourth generation - GEORGE HENRY NAFLINGER. Married to Edna M. Davis of Marys yule, Missouri in 1933. Children: Donald, William and Richard. Residence:
Kansas City, Missouri.
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Eighth Generation - to Angelo Wallace.
MARY NOFFSINGER, born in 1939, Defiance, Ohio.
Residence: Toledo, Ohio. Children: Catherine
and Victor.
( Nafztngi
Continued from Page Five
Magdalena and Jacob were married prior to Abraham’s death. What is worse however is that I have been unable to locate this young family after 1794. I have found them in 1812 as they turn up in Brown/Clermont county, Ohio. Putting together what I have gathered on them, I find that they must have remained in Pennsylvania
until at least 1800, and maybe 1805, before they moved, via Maryland (/) to Kentucky in 1808 and then into Ohio in 1810. To anticipate slightly, this family of Jacob Noftsger in Ohio consisted of John, Henry, Christian, Eliza beth, Catherine, David and Jacob. But now for the evidence.
Lditor’s Note: We will continued Ray Noftsger story in the next issue of the News. In Part II of this story, Ray will delve into detail of the Noftsger family that moved into southwestern Ohio. We regret having to divide the story into three or four parts but we must hold some space for our other writers.
Nafziger ri.te read in Iowa
Rita E. Nafziger and Mark Sokolik, both of Davenport, Iowa, were married at noon Saturday at Christ the King St. Ambrose Chapel in Davenport. A recep tion followed at Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport.
The bride, daughter of the Art Nafzigers of Danvers, was attended by Alice l3enga. She graduated from Mar ycrest College in Davenport and at tended the College of French Alliance in Paris. France, for a year. She is coordi nator of vocational and career planning for CETA at Scott Community College.
The bridegroom, son of the Jerome Sokoliks of Fort Madison, Iowa, was attended by by Mike, Greg and Steve Sokolik and Paul Nafziger.
He is an election specialist for Scott County, Iowa, and is employed in the county auditors office.
The newlyweds are making their home at 2623 Fair Ave.. Davenport. They plan a wedding trip to the East Coast in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Noffsinger
Wedding Jubilees
ARLIE AND FRANCES (JERMAN) NOFFSINGER, 30136 Barjode Rd.. Willowick, will celebrate their golden wed ding anniversary with a Mass of thanksgiv ing and renewal of vows at 4:30 p.m. Satur day, Apr. 25, inSt. Vitus Church. A reception will follow at Recher Hall in Euclid.
The Noffsingers, who married Apr. 15,1931 in Immaculate Conception Church, Cleveland, have two daughters, Doris Sraj and Donna Krejsa, and nine grandchildren.
Noffsinger has been chief inspector for Bud Industries of Willoughby for 23 years.
Descendant of Jacob Nafzger who emigrated to the U.S.
in 1749
Nan P. McCullough
Nan Pearl McCullough, 88, of Halnes died Saturday, June 6, 1981, at Cedar Manor Nursing Home.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grays West & Ce. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Leslie Pointer, associate pastor of the Halnes Baptist Church, will officiate. Vault In terment will follow In Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. McCullough was born on June 11, 1892, in Purdin, Mo., to Zacharlah and Sarah Jane Noftsger Morris. She attended ac In Missouri and Poca hontas. She married Grover
Cleveland McCullough In Boise on Jan. 4, 1912. Mr. Mccullough preceded her In death In 1955.
Survivors Include two sons, Norman of Baker and Lloyd of Halnes; a daughter, Wilma Mae Suitter of Durkee; two sisters, Bessle Speelman of Richiand and Ruth Clapp of Portland; 12 grandchildren and many great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by three chil dren and several J1 sisters. -I- 1
The family suggests memo rial contributions to the Ameri can Cancer Society through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Cha pel.
We have had several letters from Mrs. Charles E. Dissinger of Franklin, North Carolina.Mrs. Dissinger is a descendant of Peter Noffsinger who emigrated to the U.S. in 1749 on the ship “Phoenix”. She sends us material including a copy of the will of John Noff— singer, son of Peter.It was a daughter of John, named Hannah Noffsinger, who married Benjamin Coffman. They had eleven children which makes for many descendants. Mrs. Dissinger sends us the data on one aspect of this line. Our thanks to Mrs. Dissinger for the helpful material
CROUCHED in the hillside near Shartlesville, Naftzingers town was originally part of a land grant acquired by Mathi as Naftzinger, who later sold off pieces of the land for set tling. Twelve persons now reside in the town. The Upper
120 Edgewood Drive
Gr.fton, Ohio 44044
Bern township town is isolated and people work together of times of emergency. — Eagle Photo by Daniel J. Devine, a native of Naftzingerstown.

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