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VOLUMNE V, No. 1
120 EDGE DRIVE, GRAFTON, OHIO 44044
December 1 , 1975
CHRISTIAN NAFZIGER’S FAMILY SETTLES IN WAYNE COUNTY
Please be informed that I have found the descendants of my grandfather’s sister, Catherine Nafziger who married Joseph Gerig of Indiana.
The task of tracing down descend ants of Christian Nafziger(featured in this Issue of the News) as been a big task but I am makT
My latest problem is to get people to respond to my request for infor mation.
I trust that you will not become impatient for I am pushing as fast
• as possible to get the material for the issue of the News that will fea ture Christian.
THURLOW H NOFZIGER
Toledo, Ohio
Editor’s Note
We appreciate your dedication to a very large task. Please do not rush the job because of the News. We will print your material whenever it is ready. We are well aware that such a task takes time and it is more fun for the individual that way. Your project Is much needed in Christian’s line for updating as can be seen from this Issue. We believe that many more of the later generations should be added to the list of descendants.
Please get in touch with Herbert and Harley Nofziger of Archbold as they may be able to contribute.
We enjoyed the nice letter we re ceived from Paul V Hostetler of Ham- den, Connecticut. We always enjoy his letters because they are long and usually contain paragraph after para graph of choice history of many prom Inent German families living in east— tern Pennsylvania during the late
• 1700’s and early 1800’s. Most of his letters usually make reference to some of the early Nafzgers.
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In the July issue of the News, I saw a cartoon by Nofziger i letter asking who he might be. He is Ed Nofziger(my cousin), son of Frank U Nofziger, brother of Jay, Frances, Ben, Evelyn, grandson of Jacob Plank Nofziger,uncle of Lyn Nofziger, well known in the Republican party in Cal fornia. Ed cartooned for the Satur day Evening Post for a number of years. Presently, he has a book sold at Lion Country Safari concerning
the animals there. He has worked in the Disney studios, has illustrated books, and published a series of con servation books for the government. I have only listed the high spots of this Nofziger cartoonist.
LEONA NOFZIGER CONNOR
Seal Beach, California
Thanks for the letter with the in formation on our famous cartoonist. Ed would be a great great grandson of Valentine Nafziger who settled in Wayne County in 1831.
Christian Nafzger was born in 1777 in Muttenhof, Rhine, Prussia Germany. He was married in Germany to Catherine Schantz(l783—1866). He died in 1849 and is buried in Ger many. One daughter, Helen married Jacob Bender and did not emigrate with the rest of the family. Thus, four sons, all married In Germany and four daughters, all unmarried and their mother all first settled in Wayne County, Ohio. Peter, the daughters and their mother were the first to arrive in 1839. When they arrived, they must have been very, very poor due to being caught up in the Napolenian Wars. Two other Nafz— ger lines were all firmly settled in Wayne County at the time. Valentine, who emigrated in 1831 was settled near Hermanville and the third gene ration descendants of Jacob who en tered in 1750 were settled near Bur bank in Wayne County. This Nafzger family settled exactly in between the two families about five miles from each one. We believe they were quite closely related to the descendants of Jacob but we cannot determine the exact relationship. Peter adopted the ‘Naftzger” spelling of the name when he settled in Wayne County. The two families are the only ones in the United States to use this spell ing so all Naftzgers presently liv ing in the United States are prob ably related to one of the lines.
The father of one of the editors (Clair) of the News who is 84 years remembers discussion of the family as a small boy in his family circle. In fact, he thought they were re lated to our line until I asked him about the exact relationship. He did not know the relationship. But
CHRISTIAN FROM WAYNE COUNTY
COMMENDATION
We prefer to introduce Christian Nafziger to our readers by using some of the material published in the”History of the Nafzger Family in America”,by Glea Brown Richer in 1939. The family of Christian Nafziger were members of one of the groups of Mennonites who had been assigned place of residence by the German government, in a policy of dismembering the Anabaptist group. These plain peo ple, industrious and peace loving, invoked the wrath of the party in power. By the conditions existing during the Napolenic Wars, Christian lost his entire fortune, and his sons and daughters gradually sought new homes in America. According to Henry Rychener, a son-in-law of Susanna, the youngest daughter of this family, Christian died in Germany. His widow accompanied one of her sons to America and died at the home of Jacob. According to recollections of a grand son of Catherine who spent much time with her in later years, she repeatedly affirmed the fact that the family had “noble ancestry and were well born. This may i that they were connected with some of the noble families who had been attracted to the teachings of Zwengli and later to the group which supported Menno Simons.’
‘lflerry eIlriot ‘ A1t
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VOLUMNE V, No. 1	THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS	December 1, 1975
It Is time to think about renewing subscriptions for many Nafzgers thr oughout the U.S. We have attached notices to this issue where our rec cords show the subscription has ex pired.
We think our records are correct. However, the shortage of secretarial help and the size of the “mailing— subscription list” problem can com bine to create some unintentional errors.
Our intentions are honorable so if you believe our records are in error, please write. We are happy to make any adjustments.
We have extended a one year free subscription to anyone who has sent us free material for our records or for publication during the past year. Of course, donations of the past year have been credited to the sub scription price. Quite frankly, the record-keeping task becomes quite complicated. Complicating the task further is the fact that the name is spelled twenty different ways and we received letters signed by the wife of the Nafzger spouse or as I do with just the initials. We hope our records are correct.
Most family newsletters do not last for long as they usually go broke after a few issues. Nafzgers through out the U.S. can be proud of the fact that they have kept a news letter going since June 10, 1973.
Letters containing information on their family lines were receive from Jeannine Takacs, a great-grand dau ghter of Joshua and Elizabeth(Nof singer)Baker; James L Noffsinger of the Noffslnger Manufacturing Company of Gree1e Colorado and Vernon Nof zinger H OF Warwick, Virginia. Vernon is a great grandson of Peter who died at sea while crossing the Atlantic. Thanks for the information.
Letters
My latest copy of the News just arrived and it was a pleasant sur prise to find out that I had solved a problem on the Rudolph Noffsinger me and Wilbur Linder.
However, I must correct you in that the records found were in Fred erick County, MARYLAND, rather than Virginia. The error is easy to make.
I do not have the marriage record of Rudolph in 1781 that you mention in this issue. Was the 2nd.wife Sus— anna Kern(in) married before too? It is possible that she had the last name Kern as it was prevalent at that time in German records to add an “in’ after the name of a women (married or unmarried) when referr ing to a woman who is single or who was mentioned without her husband. Therefore, as I understand it, any woman with an “in’ at the end of her name and mentioned without being men tioned with her husband was either single, widowed, or just was being listed separately without her hus band.
Good luck with ;your work.
DOLORES C RUTHERFORD
Carmichael, California
Editor’s Note
We learn something new everyday. It checks with many of the records I have on file. The information on the second marriage of Rudolph is found in the Frederick, Maryland Evangelical Lutheran Church records. the records indicate that Rudolph is a widower and Susanna is a widow.
We received a long seven page let ter from Mrs. Clapper of Mansfield, Ohio.As usual, the letter contained considerable valuable heritage In formation Besides sending some missing material from her family line,sheincluded information on the Viva Noffsinger Parrish Hart line of West Branch, Michigan. Mrs. C1a believes that the related menbers of this family line are descendants of Rudolph. I am inclined to agree but we cannot figure out the exact rel ationship until we have more data. Mrs. Clapper is writing to Viva to get the information.
We have a subscription and informa tion sheet from Paul and Zoe(Ma4 ger)Iutzi of Stanford, Illinois. We are happy to have received their letter because Mrs. Iutzi is a de scendant of Christian W Nafziger who married Elizabeth Ehresmann and resided in Butler Co Ohio. It is a family line of which we have little information - Thanks.
Our deep appreciation to Mrs. R.Nafzinger of EarlevIlle, Mary1 Mrs. Nafzinger must have spent many hours writing to descendants asking them to send information on the Peter Nafzinger line. Peter sailed for America in 1827 but died at sea did one of his children. We have re ceived a great deal of information as a result of her effort. In addition, Lois prepared a general update o.t the family line and forwarded it to the News for the records.Many thanks.
Our special thanks to Muriel E. La Pera for a wealth of Information on the family line of Samuel Noffsinger and Lucy Fleager(Phlegor). The mat erial is very complete and will con tribute a great deal towards updat ing a family line of Peter Nofsker who landed in America In 1749. Our special apology to Mrs. La Pera of Alameda, California for failing to respond to her letter before this issue of the News. Somehow, her let ter passed by the three of us who write for the News.
We received a nice letter from Irma Pritchard of Lacky, Washington giv ing us more details on the Jo Naffziger and Barbara Yantz fai line. Slowly, we are placing t e line together.
Also, a nice letter was received from Mrs. Dorothy E. Noffsinger of Cincinnati, Ohio providing us with information on her daughter, Edith B. Hood and her three children. Another family line is being updated for the records - Thanks.
Thank you for your letter. The John Noffsinger who married Elizabeth Simons 1/6/1808 Montgomery County, Ohio was probably brother to the Eli zabeth Noffsinger who married William. Smith. I do not have the blrthdate of the John Noffslnger who married Elizabeth but she was born 4/11/1788 and died 2/3/1867 in Randolph County Indiana. From the dates available, it is evident John Noffsinger and Elizabeth Noffsinger who married Will iam Smith were peers if not brother and sister.
I will write ‘to Mrs. Reynolds and see If she is Interested in the Sim mons line.
CATHERINE MURPHY
St. Louis, Missouri
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VOLUMNE V, No. 1	THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS	December 1, 1975
Letters
Just received your interesting zger Heritage News which I sat n and read promptly. It’s fas cinating.
I am enclosing an informal”fam— ily tree” that goes back seven gene rations on my father’s side, the Rupels, who married into the Liven oods, who descended from the Nofzi gers.
I have corresponded with a Mrs. ber Cockley of the Somerset His torical Society, who sent me some in formation on the Livengood and Rupel families.I am enclosing xerox copies of it. I have sent a request to her for Nafziger information, but have not received an answer, yet.
Yes, I would appreciate a copy of Jacob Nafziger’s will, and any other information you might have. Is it true that my Barbara,Nafziger is a daughter of Jacob? If it is, please let me know. Also, I have a copy of an estate and sale list of a Barbara Livengood of 1844, late of Elk Lick Township, Somerset Co.,Pa., I am not sure that this is the same Barbara who married Peter Livengood. She could have also been married to his brother, John Livengood, who is just
sted as Miss Hartman. The
son I question it, is this; in
list, she leaves many articles, such as beds, chairs, coverlets,etc. to John Arnold, Samuel Lichty, Jacob Livengood, who are children of, or married to daughters of John Liven— good. I would need the death date of Barbara.
I noticed an interesting fact in your newsletter you have on page 6, a note that John Nafsker married a Forney in 1795. We have information on Christian Livengood and he marr ied Elizabeth Forney. It seems that all these people might have known each other either in Germany, Swit zerland or In Pennsylvania.
MARGARET BULLOCK
Woodland, California
Editor’s Note
You raise an interesting question which I cannot answer. But I see the conflict.There are two widely quoted sources on two different Peter Liven goods. 0n source sayshe married Barbara Nafzger and the other source does not list his wife. The two
rces lists different children.
w, we must ask how many Barbara fzigers were living In the U.S. in
1760. Only five Nafzgers(Ulrich, Rud olph, Matthew, Peter, and Jacob) had landed by 1750.
Continued in next column
Letters
The next question we must ask is how many of them had a daughter named Barbara. Matthew had a daughter so named but she died unmarried-in fact prior to Peter Livengood’s marriage. We pretty well identified Rudolph’s family to our satisfaction and he did not have a daughter so named. Peter and Ulrich miaht have had but to date, we do not have any records. It would appear that Jacob may have been married twice and in addition to Barbara, reference is made to a daughter who married Jacob Engel but remained in Germany according to his will.
We must remember that Peter was 30 years old when he married and Barbara could have been 10 or 12 yrs. younger than Peter. I read in some material I have on file(but cannot locate it just now) that Barbara lived to be 90 plus years. I believe your death date is in order and the sale is indeed that of Barbara(Nafzi ger)Livengood.
Presently, it is the only clue we have to go on. Perhaps, we can find other clues that will further sub stantiate the marriage or prove the thinking wrong.
CHRISTIAN FROM WAYNE COUNTY
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he remembers discussion about appar ently Peter who was the maker of some very fine wagons. Peter is listed in the Census of Population as a “wagon maker”.
The daughters all married over the next ten year period. Catherine
married John Seigel in 1839 soon after her arrival to the U.S. Mag dalena married in 1843 to John Richer. Barbara married in 1846 to John Raber and Susanna to Daniel Raber in 1848.
Marriage records are listed in Wayne County, Ohio.
In 1846, another son,Joseph emigra ted to Wayne County. He married Mag dalena Weisz in Germany. Children of this family are Christian, Peter, Joseph, Magdalena, and Jacob all who were born in Germany. Catherine and Jonathan were born after their
arrival in the states. It would app ear by deed transfers that this fam ily lived in Wayne County until about
1867 when they moved to Fulton County, Ohio.
Next to arrive in America were sons, John and Jacob Nafziger. John
D.Nafziger was born n 1810 and marr ied Phillipina Seigel in 1835. Of
CHRISTIAN J WAYNE COUNTY CONTINUED ON PAGE SIX
I was delighted and amazed to re ceive my copy of the Nafz Heritage News. I congratulate you on a time consuming and worthwile project. I
realize thatyour tine is most limit ed but I would appreciate receiving any information about my Nafzger an cestors. I will be happy to pay for any photocopying involved.
Enclosed is my family tree. I have documentation for John(2) who married Nancy Boone, Nancy(3) who married John Hoffman, Catherine Hoffman(4) who married Jacob Smith, Annie Laura Smith(S), who married William Lint, Earl B Lint(6) who married Anna Grace Pritts, Thelma Lint(7) who married
Reid A Weirner(8) and Douglas Weimer (9th generation)
Do you have any information about Nancy Boone in the second generation. Enclosed is my subscription to the News. I will begin law school at Notre Dame in three weeks, but keep on sending my newsletter to the Som erset, Pennsylvania address.
DOUGLAS R WEIMER
Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Editor’s Note
Mr. Weimer indicated in his letter that he thought his ancestory may date to Ulrich Nafzger who landed in 1741. We tried to make the same con nection as did Mr.Weimer but encoun tered the same problem with documen tation because dates of death and birth of John Noftzinger who married Nancy Boone. There must be another generation between Ulrich and John. Thus, the key becomes one of docu menting the father of John.
We would like Mr. Welmer to take a look at this possibility.Henry Naft zinger, son of Mathias(Matthew) who landed in 1749 was married twice and had children: Elizabeth, Adam, Ben jamin, John and Maria. Could his son
John be the one that married Nancy Boone. We do not have any record of the children of Henry.Henry is known to have moved several times in Penn sylvania and is believed to have ended up in Westmoreland County.
I enjoy the Nafzger Heritage News very much. I am wondering If there are other attorneys named Noffsinger.
TERRY NOFFSINGER
Evansville, Indiana
Editor’s Note
I stopped in to visit with a Neff ziger attorney with an office In Cleveland but he was not in. Thus, I know of at least one. There may be others. Perhaps, other Noffslnger attorneys will write.
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When we got home, I found a letter from Dt. Runner of Colorado. He was comenting on the spelling of the Naftzger name. He reported his grand father’s Samuel N. Noftzger story; when Joseph(great-grandSOn of Jacob who landed in 1750 and father of Sam uel) lived in Indiana in 1842, he changed the spelling from Na to No so that people would prounce the name correctly. Now this makes sense to me. I teach phonics. I suppose the people in Indiana pronounced the “a” as it is at the beginning of the word when it should have been pro nounced as the “o” at the beginning of “otter”, the o in Noftsger would bring about the orrect prounciation. He also said that Azro Huffman Naft zger went to Europe In 1909 and came back with a coat of arms. He had a stained glass window made for his home in Los Angeles.
In Indiana, I found a whole family of first cousins I didn’t know ex isted. They are children and grand children of my mother’s half brother Samuel Shafer, son of David and Bar ara McKee. This family centers in Elkhart County. I met Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Shafer and Mrs. Goldie Schrock (Goldie Shafer) in New Paris. Mrs. Rose Etsinger lives in the Andresen home in Goshen, Indiana. She can neither speak clearly nor write after a stroke. I am in the process of try ing to find a way to comunicate with her--or rather for her to coninunicate with us. Floyd had the Samuel E. Shafter Bible and we copied as much of the records as we found. -
I read with interest the first issue of the News. I think it is a novel idea to circulate this paper, and should bring responses from many different areas to aid you in your research. My mother received the en closed form, but as she is 86 years of age,and not able to reply, I com pleted it as well as I could and am returning it to you. There is not much new material given,but at least it pinpoints for you where our branch comes in.If I can be of further help please let me know. I enjoy family history and have done considerable research on the Millers because we had no written history of them as we do of the Nafzigers. If there should be a Nafziger reunion of some sort or other, I would be pleased to be notified.
LILLIAN L MILLER Newport News, Virginia
Editor’s Note
The letter is from another descend ant of Peter B Nafzinger who died at sea while crossing the Atlantic.
I found the obituary for David E Shafer, in the Elkhart Truth, March 1920. This says that he was born in the township of Glandford, Ontario. At that time the following children were alive: Samuel Shafer of Dunlap; Daniel Shafer, Big Rapids, Michigan
M. B. Shafer, Portland, Oregon; U.B. Shafer, California, Giden Shafer, last heard from the Dakotas; Manerva Laidlow, Elkhart; Gem Thompson, Creswell, Oregon(my mother); Jennie Bladgett, Eugene, Oregon. The obit uary goes on; “In the capacity of millwright and engineer, Mr. Shafer had supervised the changes in many Indiana flour mills at the time that the rolling process supplanted the old Burr Process of milling flour.”
We also visited with Mrs. Dorothy Anderson in Wabash. She thinks that a couple of the unamed pictures we have are those of Amelia and John Bonewitz when they were married.
As soon as I can complete the in formation on my mother’s family unit, I will mail it to you.
MRS. A. T. GOOLD
Northfield, Minnesota
Editor’s Note
The Shafers connect to the Naftzgers as follows: Joseph(great grandson of Jacob of 1750) children are: Levi, Elizabeth, Charles, Mary Angeline, Azro Huffinan, and Johial. Mary Ange line married David Shafer. We have reprinted elsewhere in the News stor ies of Azro Huffman and Joseph Noftz ger.
Enjoying the July issue of the News reminded me to send the encloi copied from the 1850 and 1860 Census Cumberl and County.
Naturally, my interest continues to be the Gish-Noffsinger lines and I would be happy to correspond with anyone researching the same lineage.
JODIE HUFFAKER Dallas, Texas
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A REPRINT
“IN MEIIJRIAM” is reprinted from a California newspaper. Mrs. Goold, a letter writer to this Issue of the NEWS makes reference to A. H. Naft zger in her letter.
Comissioner A. H. Naftzger of the California Industrial Accident Corn ission died on January 12,1923, just as he passed the three score years and ten. He had held his position since October 1, 1919. He brought to his new duties a wide business ex perience in banking and comercial circles and an unusual sympathy for those in distress or suggering from various handicaps that befall men and women. In Los Angeles Mr.Naftz ger had been foremost in the fight for progressive leglslation.He never faltered. He quickly won for himself a place in the affections of his associates on the Coninission. His disposition was kindly. He was guided by a mind dominated by fairness and his motives were of the highest order. Mr. Naftzger was keenly in- interested in safety activities and on different occasions he gave valu able service to the cause. Each men ber of the Comission and staff has lost a loyal friend whose life was a living example for others to follow, and the example remains as a guide. The deepest sympathy Is conveyed to Mrs. Naftzger and the sons and dau ghter in the time of bereavement, with the hope that consolation from every possible source may be theirs, added to the comforting knowledge that hundreds of California’s citi— izens join us in this tribute to a splendid man who, though dead, yet speaketh.
Enclosed is my subscription to the News. I have enjoyed the copies you 1iI sent to me. Still haven’t found anything more on my Nancy Noffslnger who married Samuel Steele in Belmont County, Ohio in 1817.
BETTY C BALDWIN
Houston, Texas
k L flOW WIS. S0LI
VOLUMNE V, NO. 1	THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS	December 1, 1975
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I have been receiving the Heritage News for some time. I realize you have a difficult task but am you are working at it so diligently
My husband, Ralph Nofziger passedC0 I am enclosing subscription to the away in September of 1970. He was News for another year. My husband, J. always interested in tracing the Nof NOFTSGER, passed away March ziger families as is my son, William(_O 31, 1975. I am trying to get my hus of Hagerstown, Maryland. band’s line of the Noftsgers checked
Keep up the good work.	Enclosed	, through to give our children so I hopeQy
is my donation.	you can get more information that
‘p will help. I appreciate what I have .
MRS. BEtJLAH NOFZIGER	already received. If I get anymore
Archbold, Ohio	lb information that I think will help
you, I will forward It to you.
MRS. BOYD NOFTSGER
RENEW YOL	\tPLeesburq, Ohio
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VOLUMNE V, No. 1	THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS	December 1, 1975
During the past few years the Ind iana Conservation department aided
•by many conservation clubs of the state, has done much to restore wild life to our fields and streams. To some extent they have been success ful as witness the fact that a wild buck deer was sighted southeast of North Manchester Monday. However it is difficult for the person living today ;to realize that a short cen tury ago wild life as abundant in the forest of this locality and that bear, deer, wolves and other species of animals were a comon sight. The story of a bear hunt in the Rose Hill church neighborhood was told many years ago by Mark Stratton, father of the authoress, Gene Stratton Por ter, who when he first came to this locality lived on a farm three miles north of North Manchester where Mr. and Mrs E. L. Burger live, Mr Stra ton was born in Sussex County, New rsey in September, 1812, and his
account of his journey to Indiana along with ; the story of the bear hunt is quoted from the Wabash Coun ty history of 1882. In 1848, he sold his farm north of North Manchester and moved to what Is still known as the Stratton homestead north of the Hopewell church. The Joseph Noft ager mentioned in his account was the father of the late L. J. Noftz ger and grandfather of Mrs. Edith Lautzenhiser of the Estelle Peabody Memorial Home. The John Shellenbar ger mintioned, later moved from Ohio and located in Pleasant township. Samuel Bussard’s place now known as the Oldfather place a little north of the Bussard schoolhourse corner six miles northwest of North Manches ter. The Butterbaugh schoolhouse stood at the corner west of Rose Hill c’ and is not be be confused with the ;school house of that name which stood at a later date three miles south. Stratton’s story follows:
“When I first came from Ohio to look for land in Indiana in the win ter of 1838 (January), I traveled during the trip on foot 700 miles;
Enclosed is my subscription to the Nafzger Heritage News. Enclosed is the data on our seven children.
EVELYN AND VERN JAY NAFZIGER Archbold, Ohio
starting from Wayne County, Ohio
north of Wooster, I came on through central and northwestern Ohio to Perrysburg,on the Maumee River,above Toledo, Ohio thence to Fort Wayne and Huntington, and westward, selecting finally the land which I afterward entered. Returning to Fort Wayne, I passed on to St. Mary’s and onward through western Ohio to Twin Creek, below Dayton; thence to Lewisburg
and so to Piqua and Wappakonetta and Fort Findlay, and thence home to Wayne County, Ohio. The Jaunt took something more than a month, being performed on foot of course, since (as the Irishman said) that was de cidedly the ‘natest and chapest’ way of getting about.
“One morning early, I left my cabin north of Manchester, in company with Joseph Noftsker and John Shellen barger, my wife’s oldest brother, to them the country. We passed on thr ough the forest, some three and one- hold miles, to the place where now stand the Butterbaugh schoolhouse, then however, all heavy woods, being on the Wabash and Koseinsko country line.While standing viewing the for est, we heard a rustling,and looking in that direction saw four bears, an old she bear and three cubs, or young bears (as large as middling
sized dogs); passing along in a course which would bring them within a short distance of where we were standing,but southward from the spot at which we were. They came on un til they were perhaps fifty yards away; we had no gun and might well enough have let the group pass un molested on the principle of’laissez faire’, you let us alone, we let you alone. But not so; we sprang toward the bears,yelling with all our might Suddenly, the old mother bear turned her face toward us and squatting upon her haunches and throwing up her fore paws,she sat thus, with her mouth open; as much as to say, ‘Come on if you dare’. Her cubs meanwhile ‘treed’ instanter, all climbing the same tree. This done, the old bear trotted off as fast as she could
Editor’s Note
Evelyn is the daughter of Harley Nof ziger who visited the Naftzger’s home last sumer.
waddle. Well, we wished to kill the bears, so leaving the other two men to watch the game, I went, mostly ‘on the run’ to Samuel Bussard’s,who lived about a mile distance, for a gun and for more help. I found Mr. Bussard,also Samuel Hammond,a neigh bor there, the latter on horseback. and they were greatly elated by story. Mr. Bussard snatched his gun ready loaded, and his ammunition.Mr. Hatmion giving me his horse because I had become exhausted by running, started with his neighbor, and to gether they hurrIed, running like scampering school boys, skipping and bounding over logs as they went, eager to reach the spot. The two who had been watching the bears said that the old one had come back once to find and rescue her cubs, but had been frightened off again. Our plan was to shoot and cripple one of the young fellows in the tree,and having brought him down to pinch and tease him to make him squal,and thus cause the mother to come to his relief, so as to get her within range and reach of the gun. That part of the plan did not succeed. Mr Bussard took the first shot, because he was the owner of the gun. Noftsker shot the second time,because he wished to be able to tell his neighbors when he got back to Ohio that he killed a bear; and Hamond drew trigger the third and last time, and every shot killed a bear. Mr. Bussard’s shot killed one dead--dead--dead. It did not even struggle nor more a particle after it hit the ground. Noftsker, taking the rifle, drew up, and he too, made a sure shot, and his game fell life less to the earth. Haninond took a slow cautious aim,and drawing trigger down came the third. None of them made any noise, and we saw no more of the old bear. The hides of the young were quickly stripped and the carcasses were left to rot upon the ground, and we finished looking at the land”.
Enclosed is my subscription and my new address. Do you have artythino new to report on the Elizabeth Noff singer-William Smith line?
I have been spending my limited free time trying to connect the missing links of my Logan line--—with rather limited success. Now, I need the free time to visit Allen County,Ohio. Carroll County, Ohio and onto Pitts burgh and finally to Philadelphia.
NOEL C DICKS
Arthur, Illinois
REPRINT FROM THE NORTH MANCHESTER NEWS.JOURNAL
I The following article is reprinted from a 1941 issue of THE NEWS-JOURNAL North Manchester, Indiana. It is a tale of a bear hunt nearly 137 years ago. Joseph Noftzger who is mentioned in the article is a great grandson of Jacob who landed in America in 1750. The article does not necessarily express our views on wildlife in the year 1975 so before our wild life convervationists write to express another view, please keep in mind that the article is an account of an experience nearly 137 years ago.
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VOLUMNE V, No. 1
THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS
December 1, 1975
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I recently spent three weeks in the northwest. I got several names from a Eugene, Oregon phone book. In my aunt’s phone book at Loon Lake,Washington was a Francis Nosker I have written to him to tell him about our Nosker family and your newsletter.
MRS. N. A. COOPER
East Gary, Indiana
Enclosed is a check for subscrip tion to the Heritage News. We first learned of this a couple weeks ago when we visited my Uncle Bill in
Illinois.	We find the paper very
Interesting.	They gave us a copy of
the Issue featuring Peter Naffziger of Groversheim, Germany and find our family listed under the sixth gener— ration.
Would it be possible to receive copies of all back issues of the News. I would be glad to froward a check for the cost. Thanks.
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CHRISTIAN FROM WAYNE COUNTY CONTINUED FROM PAGE THREE
their children, John, Christian, Nag- dalena, Jacob, Peter, Catherine, Joseph, Daniel and Christian were born in Germany while Elizabeth and Jacobina were born in America.
The other son, Jacob, was bov’n in 1820 and was married in 18 o Maria Ruffenacht. Salome, O John, Christian, Elizabeth, Magda lena, Joel, Mary, Catherine, and Priscilla were children of Jacob and
Editor’s Note
No records on Francis Nosker so we anxiously await his answer.
Enclosed is my subscription to the News. Enclosed is data on my imed- IIEI family relationship.I will try to make you a more complete family tree and send to you in the future.
LUTHER 0 NAFFZIGER
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Editor’s Note
Luther wrote to the News in 1973 and represented one oTThe early writers to us. I am unhappy to re- port that we have added very little information to what he sent us in l973.We hope all Naffzlger’s readers will write about their family line so we can step up the progress on establishing relationship of this
JACK NAFFZIGER Alma, Michigan
Editor’s Note
We are in the process of reprinting some of the back issues. As soon as the job is completed, we will print an order blank In the News so Naf- zger can order the one they want.
Enclosed is $5.00 for 1976. We appreciate your work keeping all the various “Noskers” apart and enjoy the News. Sorry to mention this but we did not receive the January 1975 Issue. If you have a spare one, would you send it our way.
MR. &MRS. B. E. NOSKER
RANCHO PALOS VERNES, CALIFORNIA
Our apologies - one was returned to us because the mailing label did not
all were born in the states. It would appear that John and Jacob did not remain in Wayne County for long as they emigrated further westward to Fulton County soon after their arr ival.
In 1866, Peter, the first to arrived in Wayne County sold his land and moved to Fulton County with the rest of the families of this line. Wayne County must have represented about a twenty year stop over for this family as we cannot find any burials or descendants living in the Wayne County area now. Also, it Is significant that they may have sel ected Wayne County because of poss Ible relatives and probably selected Ful ton County for the same rea which would appear to tie three four Nafzger lines together. Records from Germany would be needed to es tablish the exact relationships.
family line,
stick. It must have been your copy.
The End
CHRISTIAN’S CHILDREN
MAGDALENA(NAFZIGERkkher
BARBARA(NAFZIGER)RABER
CA THERINE(NAFZIGER)SEIGEL
I
JOSEPH NAFZIGER
JOHN 0 NAFZIGER
SJ
PETER NAFZIGER,
JACOB W NAFZIGER
CHRISTIAN’S GRANDCHILDREN
CHRISTIAN RABER
JOSEPH RABER
DAVID RABER
MARY RABER
JOHN RABER
PETER RABER
CHRISTIAN RABER
PETER R.ABER
MAGDALENA RABER
ELIZABETH RABER
DANIEL RABER
JACOBINE RABER
CATHERINE RABER
JOSEPH RABER
SARA SUSANNA RABER
SAMUEL RABER
CHRISTIAN NAFZIGER
PETER J N
JOSEPH P NAFZIGER
MAGDALENA ( NAFZIGER)NAFZIGER
JACOB D NAFZIGER
CATHERINE (NAFZIGER)BAER
JONATHAN NAFZIGER
JOHN J NAFZIGER
CHRISTIAN NAFZIGER
MAGDALENA NAFZIGER
JACOB D NAFZIGER
PETER D NAFZIGER
CATHERINE (NAFZIGER)GERIG
JOSEPH D NAFZIGER
DANIEL NAFZIGER
CHRISTIAN NAFZIGER
ANDRES SEIGEL
LYDIA(SEIGEL)GREISINGER
ELIZABETH(SEIGEL)RUPP
DAVID B NAFTZGER
SAMUEL NAFTZGER
CELIA( NAFTZGER)HURST
CAROLINE (NAFTZGER)HAMILTON
LEVI S NAFTZGER
NOAH NAFTZGER
CHRISTIAN RICHER
JOHN C RICHER
CATHERINE RICHER
DANIEL A RICHER
JOSEPH RICHER
DAVID RICHER
CATHERINE RABER
ELIZABETH(NAFZIGER)SEIGEL
JACOBI NA ( NAFZ I GER )SCHLATTER
SALOME (NAFZ IGER) KRAUSS
DAVID D NAFZIGER
JOHN NAFZIGER
CHRISTIAN NAFZIGER
ELI ZABETH(NAFZIGER) RUPP
MAGOALENA (NAFZ IGER )RuPP
JOEL NAFZIGER
MARY(NAFZIGER)KLECK
CATHERINE (NAFZIGER)GRABILL
PRISCILLA i
CATHERINE(SEIGEL )EICHER
PETER SEIGEL
JOHN SEIGEL
JACOB SEIGEL
DANIEL SEIGEL
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VOLUMNE V, NO. 1
THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS
December 1, 1975
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CHRISTIAN GREAT
GRANDCHILDREN
4th.
RY NOFZINGER
EMMA NOFZINGER
ELLA NOFZINGER
IDEA(NOFZINGER)DOWN
NOAH RUPP
FRANK RUPP
AMELIA(RUPP)KELEMN
ORPHA(RUPP MARTIN
GROVER NAFTZGER HARVEY 0 HURST
-HERMAN HURST CLIFTON H HURST
REBECCA(NAFZIGER)ROTH
JOEL NAFZIGER
MENNO NAFZIGER VERNENA(NAFZIGER)YODER
JACOB NAFZIGER
EMIL RUPP
JOHN ARTHUR HURST
MAGDALENA NAFZIGER
DANIEL NAFZIGER
HARVEY RUPP
CLARENCE M HURST
CATHERINE(NAFZIGER)NOFZINGER
NDRE NAFZIGER
SAMUEL RUPP
ALVIN E HURST
ELIZABETH(NAFZIGER)
JOHN GERIG
DAVID RUPP
HUGH D HURST
LYDIA NAFZIGER
JOSEPH GERIG
ANTOINETTE RUPP
HELEN(NAFTZGER)REEDY
MARY C(NAFZIGER)YODER
CATHERINE GERIG
IRA RUPP
GEORGE HAMILTON
CATHERINE(NAFZIGER)STALTER
ELIZABETH GERIG
DANIEL GERIG
MARIA GERIG
SAMUEL GERIG
HULDA RUPP
JACOB RUPP
MADA RUPP
WILMA RUPP
ROBERT HAMILTON
FRANK HAMILTON
BENJAMIN NAFTZGER
FRANK NAFTZGER
ANNA(NAFZIGER)RUPP
LEAH(NAFZIGER)SAUDER
MAGDALENA(NAFZIGER)SHORT
JONATHAN NAIZIGER
MOSES EDWARD NAFZIGER
MONROE RUPP
CLIFFORD NAFTZGER
AARON NAFZIGER
JOHN SEIGEL
ELSIE RUPP
JESSE NAFTZGER
SIMON R NAFZIGER
FOSTER SEIGEL
LEVI SEIGEL
PETER SEIGEL
MINNIE(SEIGEL)COLON
MATTIE(RUPP)YEPSEN
JACOB KLECK
ELIZABETH KLECK
EMERY KLECK
ROSA LEE(MILLER)KING
SUSANNA(MILLER)KAUFMAN
JOSEPH AMMI MILLER
DANIEL W MILLER
SAMUEL R NAFZIGER
MAGDALENA(NAFZIGER)WYSE
EMMA(NAFZIGER)MULL
SAMUEL NAFZIGER
JOSEPH SE
JACOBINA SEIGEL
LEVINA(KRAUSS)BRABON
LEON KLECK
DOROTHY KLECK
EDNA KLECK
MINNIE MAY MILLER
CHRISTIAN R MILLER
SAMUEL EDWIN MILLER
JACOB NAFZIGER
SARAH(NAFZIGER)BECK
WILLIAM NAFZIGER
SIMON KRAUSS
DAVID KRAUSS
MENNON KRAUSS
ELLEN KRAUSS
CLARA(NAFZIGER)LEFFORGE
FRANK NAFZIGER
LUCY JANE NAFZIGER IVER NAFZIGER
LIAN(NAFZIGER RICE
AVERNA(NAFZIGERTHUBER
LLOYD NAFZIGER
NELSON NAFZIGER
ILVA NAFZIGER
CAROLINE(RUPP)WEIDERKER
ALFRED RUPP
SAMUEL KLECK
JESSE HARVEY KLECK
PRISCILLA(GRABILL)RLIM5YRE
WILMA(GRABILL)SAUDER
CLIFFORD GRABILL
CARrUE(NAFTZGER)EARHART
JESSE BLAINE NAFTZGER
WESLEY NAFTZGER
CLAYTON NAFTZGER
KATHERINE(NAFTZGER)CLARK
SAMUEL NAFTZGER
ARTHUR NAFTZGER
IRWIN NAFTZGER
FREDERICK NAFTZGER
VICTOR NAFTZGER
OTTO MILLER
LYDIA NAFZIGER
BARBARA NAFZIGER
LAURA NAFZIGER
JESSIE SCHLATTER
HANNAH NAFZIGER
SALOME NAFZIGER
MABEL NAFZIGER
FLORENCE(NAFTZGER)EVANS
M. CLIFFORD NAFTZGER
FREDERICK NAFTZGER PAULINE NAFTZGER)LANTZ
WALTER NAFTZGER
MERLIN JOSEPH NAFTZGER.
CHARLES J NAFZIGER
MAGDALENA(BAER)WYSE
MARY(BAER)WYSE
CAROLINE(BAER)YEDICA
LYDIA(BAER)GREISER
JOSEPH BAER
JOHN J NAFZIGER
MARIA(NAFZIGER)REIGSECKER
CHRISTIAN(NAFZIGER)RUFENACH
NOAH NOFZINGER
JOSHUA NAFZIGER
JACOB NAFZIGER
SOLOMON NAFZIGER
MOSES NAFZIGER
CHRISTIAN S NAFZIGER
CHRISTIAN’S GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN
ORLAND LEFFORGE	BETTY NAFTZGER	JESSE WYSE
MARION L LEFFORGE	DOROTHY NAFTZGER	OTTO WYSE
RUTH M LEFFORGE	BETTY NAFTZGER	HARLEY BECK	VERA I(NAFZIGER)WILLIAMS
- MARY E NAFZIGER	ROBERT NAFTZGER	EDWIN BECK	VERDA A NAFZIGER
, JOHN D NAFZIGER	MARY BECK	RALPH NAFZIGER
ROBINETTE(NAFTZGER)HUNT	VERNON NAFTZGER	LILLIAN(NAFZIGER)SAUDER	JOHN D EARHART
JOHN HALE NAFTZGER	I NAFTZGER	EARL A NAFZIGER	IRENE(NAFZIGER)KLUEPFIL
SIDNEY CLARK	MARION NAFTZGER	ORA W NAFZIGER	RUTH(NAFZIGER)WEISENFELDER
LOIS CLARK	ROLLAND NAFTZGER	VERNON NAFZIGER	EARL E NAFZIGER
LYNN CLARK	HELEN NAFTZGER	PAULINE NAFZIGER	HENRY NAFZIGER
MILES CLARK	BEULAH NAFTZGER	LOREN D NAFZIGER	MARIAN NOFZINGER
JOHN NAFZIGER	LOIS VERN NAFTZGER	SAMUEL 0 NAFTZGER	HELEN NOFZINGER
LEE,. S NAFTZGER	LEOLA MAY NAFTZGER	DONALD NAFTZGER	MILO NOFZINGER
HARLEY B NAFZIGER	WARREN J NAFTZGER	JESSE J NAFZIGER	OWEN NOFZINGER
EVERETT S NAFZIGER	HARLAND E NAFTZGER	OTTO D NAFZIGER	VERNON NOFZINGER
IRENE M(NAFZIGER)KOEHLER	RUSSEL D NAFTZGER	SYLVIA(NAFZIGER)MERRILATT	MILDRED HARRIS
VADA M NAFZIGER	EDNA LEE KING	FLOYD E NAFZIGER	OPAL MARIE RUPP
PAULINE NAFTZGER	RALPH E KING	VERNON R NAFZIGER	IRENE A RUPP
, ING NAFTZGER	CLARENCE F KAUFMAN
GEORGE M HUBER
REV NAFTZGER	EMERY 0 KAUFFMAN	MARJORIE M NAFZIGER	LLOYD E HUBER
RJORY NAFTZGER	RAYMOND NAFZIGER	SHARON NAFTZGER	DALE HUBER
SHIRLEY NAFTZGER	CORA NAFZIGER	CAROL NAFTZGER	DALE HUBER
RUTH NAFTZGER	EDWIN NAFZIGER	MARSHA NAFTZGER	WILLIAM HUBER
FERN(REEDY)LEWIS	VELAM(NAFZIGER)RUFENACHT ‘	PATRICIA NAFTZGER	DAVID HUBER
MARLIN NAFTZGER	ORVAL NAFZIGER	MICHAEL NAFTZGER	KENNETH N LEFFORGE
.THURLOW H NAFZIGER	LYNN R LEFFORGE
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VOLUMNE V, No. 1	THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS	December 1, 1975
FIFTH GENERATION OF CHRISTIAN NAFZIGER (cont
.
FREEMAN RUPP	MATTIE(YODER)MILLER	MARY NAFZIGER	BLANCHE MULL
STELLA RUPP	MINNIE(YODER)KAUFFMAN	DORA(SHORT)WYSE	CHAUNCY MULL
AR.VADA RUPP	HERMAN YODER	WALTER JOSEPH SHORT	MINNE NAFZIGER
LORENE RUPP	HENRY YODER	MYRON C SHORT	HARRY J NAFZIGER
HARRY SAUDER	IRA RUPP	LLOYD G SHORT	HENRY WYSE
MABEL MULL	HARRY RUPP	IDA YODER	CHARLES WYSE
Untitled	sixth generation of christian	seveth genera$
by Conni N.fzlng.r
Oh, snow, are you not a self-centered friend?	MICHELE LYNN NAFTZGER	JOHN E MERRILATT	DAVID W NAFTZGER
You at best are a delicately touching creature	MICHAEL JOHN NAFTZGER	JAMES F NAFZIGER	KIMBERELY K NAFTZGER
Drifting around me in slinky softness,
DONALD W NAFZIGER	RICHARD RY I
MARK ALLEN NAFTZGER
Caressing my shoulders and stroking my cheeks.	MARY L NAFZIGER	THOMAS RYC
You force mc to admire the bc of yOU	KENNETH N NAFZIGER	RICHARD D NAFZIGER	NELSON YCHE?
diamond-jeweled blankets -	HELEN(NAFZIGER)RYCHENER	JOAN M WILLIAMS	VICTORIA r-PYtHENER
You are deciet itself!	ILVA(MAFZIGER)KING	CHERYL(NAFTZGER)GARRETSON	BETTE KING
Beneath your velvet lies coldness and a quick temper.	DALE L NAFZIGER	DAVID N NAFZIGER	CHERYL ANN KING,.
Should 1 ddare to tread on you,
You reply with disdain, treachery in your icy looks	MARVIN J NAFZIGER	PAUL M NAFTZGER	STEVEN NAFZIGER
That leave me sad	ROSALYN MAY SAUDER	HELEN NAFTZGER	GARY NAFZI(
And wondering, ‘What reason has she to treat me so”	ANNA ROSE NAFZIGER	MARY J(NAFTZGER)VERRECHIA	HARRY NAFZIGER
I praised you, then	MA’JRICE DALE NAFZIGER	MARY NAFTZGER	SUSAN NAFZIGER
Your brightness reflected sunny smiles to all who passed.	JAME ANN KLUEPTIL	RICHARD NAFTZGER	GREGORY NAFZIGER
Now I have offered you, no more	MARY LOU KLUEPTIL	DAVID BLAINE NAFTZGER	DAVID NAFZIGER
Am I favored with your gentle presence.	ANNA L NAFZIGER	CARTER NAFTZGER	JOHN HALE NAFTZGER
You avoid my eyes and withdraw Into yourself,	DAVID D NAFZIGER	MARY(NAFTZGER)BINETTE
The maddenly stubborn slush	WILLIAM CLARK	DONALD RUFENACHT
That seeks to punish me...	PAUL CLARK	VIRGINIA RUFENACHT
and yet
Icirenomoreforgames!	CONSTANCE JOAN BRITTON	LOWELL RUFENACHT	eighth qeneri
Tomorrow breaks and with It brings a different day.	JOHN HALE NAFTZGER, JR.	MARRARA ANN NAFZIGER
In the loneliness of the grey morning, you	JOSEPH D NAFZIGER	CHARLENE F NAFZIGER
Forget your childish Lentrums and come again	ROBERT L MERRILATT	SARA JANE NAFZIGER	I JANE RAE RYCHENER
Falling slowly to my feet. You coyly question,	EVELYN I MERRILAIT	CAROL J KAUFFMAN	TRAVIS LEE RYCHENER
‘ have 7ou neglected me, friend?”	LOIS JEAN MERRILATT	EL lANE KAY KAUFFMAN	JOSIE MARIE RYCHENER
____	DEAN ALLEN RYCHEMER
Pac 2 Th F.bniory2	TROY A RYCHENER
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