There is exciting news to report in the Schnauffer/Schnaufer/Snouffer/Snuffer family history.
Lois Hall Snouffer, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has uncovered the common link between the “Maryland Snouffers” and the “Pennsylvania Snouffers.”
Up until now this website has focused on the “Maryland Snouffers” who came to America in 1751. But those of us involved in the endeavor have always suspected that there was a link somewhere to the “Pennsylvania Snouffers” who came to America in 1830. Many of us thought we would have to go back to very early German history to find that link.
Lois, however, with her very patient and systematic sorting through all the Johann/Hans Schnauffers in various German birth and immigration records, was finally able to pinpoint the common ancestors: Hans Schnauffer (1642–1719) and Anna Olpp (1640–1680) in Renningen, Germany. Their oldest son, Johann (“Hans”) Michael Schnauffer (1662-1715), was the progenitor of the “Maryland Snouffers.” His brother, Tobias Schnauffer (1663-1735), was the progenitor of the “Pennsylvania Snouffers.”
As a result of this wonderful detective work on Lois’ part, the Pennsylvania cousins are being added to this website. Thank you Lois.
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