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Johann Georg Friedrich Schnaufer

Johann Georg Friedrich Schnaufer

Male 1807 - 1861  (53 years)

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  • Name Johann Georg Friedrich Schnaufer  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname George 
    Born 25 Jul 1807  Malmsheim, Wurttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Manufacturing - Boot & shoe maker 
    Died 20 Apr 1861  Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Bethel Hebron Cem, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I11508  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 26 May 2016 

    Father Johann Friederich Schnaufer,   b. 29 Jan 1782, Malmsheim, Wurttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Catharina Barbara Ruckenbrod,   d. Bef 1830 ?, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 Nov 1806  Malmsheim, Wurttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F4169  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Katherine Link,   d. Abt 1846, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1832  [5
    Children 
    +1. Jonathan Schnaufer,   b. 18 Nov 1832, Phillipsburg, Beaver Cnty, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1913, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +2. Jacob Schnaufer,   b. 21 Aug 1834, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1897, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     3. Catherine Schnaufer,   b. Abt 1838, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Emily Schnaufer,   b. Abt 1840, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. George Schnaufer,   b. 1 May 1842, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1914, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Johanna Schnaufer,   b. Abt 1845, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After Jun 1860  (Age ~ 15 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F4170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Fredericka Boehringer,   b. 1821, Wurttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1890, Burksville, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married Jul 1848  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
    +1. Henry Schnaufer,   b. Jun 1850, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945  (Age ~ 94 years)
    +2. Matilda Schnaufer,   b. 6 Nov 1852, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1946, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +3. Frederick George Schnaufer,   b. 20 Nov 1854, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1925, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. John Christian Schnaufer,   b. 15 Mar 1857, Bethel, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1933, Shelby Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F4172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1830 his father and two brothers went to the “Auswanderung” [emigration] office for Malmsheim, Leonberg Oberamt [district town] , Wurttemberg to apply to travel to the U.S.

      On 19 Mar 1830, in application No. 12, “Joh. Friedrich Schnaufer, burger und weber” [citizen and weaver], applied for permission to travel to “Nord America.” His “kinder” [children] were listed:

      “A. Joh. Georg Friederich ------ 12 ½
      “B. Christianna Johanna --------- 6 *** “

      The application is contained in the Leonberg Oberamt (Wurttemberg) Auswanderungsakten, 1589-1918, the original manuscripts of which are in the Staatsarchiv, Ludwigsburg. They are preserved on microfilm (LDS Film 837958).

      The records are indexed (but not arranged by family) in Trudy Schenk & Ruth Froelke, The Wuertemberg Emigration Index, vol. 4, pp. 185-186 (Ancestry Publishing; Salt Lake City, UT: 1988).

      A short while later the three families travelled to Rotterdam, Holland, to begin their voyage to “Nord America.” They boarded the Fabius, sailed the Atlantic, and arrived in Baltimore, MD on 30 Sep 1830. The names of the new immigrants are indexed (but, again, not arranged by family) in Michael H.Tepper (ed.), Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834, pp. 634-635 (Genealogical Pub. Co.; Baltimore, MD: 1982).
    • Lois Hall Snouffer has written, in From Schnaufer to Snouffer (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802: 2013), pp. 34-35:

      "... Fred Schnaufer and his two adult children, George F. age 23, and Christiana age 19, also came with the Schnaufer group [to America] in 1830. It appears they went directly from Baltimore [MD] to Beaver County Pennsylvania. George and Christiana joined the 'Harmony Society' in Economy, Pennsylvania. Fred also may have joined, and used the name John (Johann) Schnauffer instead of Friedrich.
      "The first record we have of them is from an article that appeared in the local paper in Beaver County, February 1, 1832. The article was a notification to the American Public that the undersigned members of the Harmony Society were no longer associated with George Rapp and his group. And on the list are the signatures of George Schnaufer, Christiana Schnaufer, a John Schnaufer and a John Bauer, who we will hear about later, and about 250 other signatures.
      "The Harmony Society was a Christian Theosophy and Pietist society founded in Iptingen, Germany, in 1785.*** "
    • With respect to their "resignation" from the Harmony Society, The Pittsburgh [PA] Weekly Gazette, p. 3 (7 Feb 1832), contains the following:
      "To the American Public.
      "The undersigned, Members of the Harmony Society, at Economy, in the county of Beaver, Pennsylvania, deem it their duty thus publicly to make known, that all the authority or power which has heretofore been given, granted to, or exercised by GEORGE RAPP, or by his adopted son, FREDERICK RAPP, has ceased and determined, and has been revoked; and that their, or either of their acts, under such authority, in all transactions entered into by said George or Frederick Rapp, are without the knowledge, assent or agreement of the undersigned....
      "All Banks, and other Corporations, and Individuals, who have heretofore transacted business with the said George and Frederick Rapp ... will take notice that all such connection between the undersigned and said George and Frederick Rapp has ceased, and the funds of the society can no longer be resorted to for the satisfaction of debts which have been, or shall be thus contracted by said Rapps....February 1, 1832. ***
      "[219 persons, including:]
      "George Schnaufer...
      "John Schnaufer...
      "Christiana Schnaufer..."
    • Lois Hall Snouffer continued to write (Ibid):
      "So for a short time the Schnaufers were part of this Harmony society group in Beaver County Pennsylvania. Then they joined the group that left the Harmony Society in 1832 under the leadership of a Bernhard Muller another German religious leader who considered himself to be a prophet.*** They bought property and formed a new community a few miles north on the Ohio River at Phillipsburg (now Monaca, Pa.) Here they established the New Philadelphian congregation (The New Philadelphia Society), constructing a church, a hotel, and other buildings. They renamed this community Lowenburg.*** Some community members, however, stayed in Phillipsburg, and the Schnaufers were part of the group that stayed.
      "Early in 1832 Christiana Schnaufer married John Bauer and George Schnaufer married Katherine Link, each having a child before the year was over. So for the next 11 years George & Christiana and their families lived in Phillipsburg. According to the 1840 census their father, Fred Schnaufer, had remarried and was living in Columbiana County Ohio where his brother John was now residing. Fred then moved to Tuscarawas County Ohio and was living there in 1850 with his wife and stepchild and was a farmer."
    • Lois Snouffer wrote (ibid, pp. 35-36) relying in part on The History of Shelby County, Missouri (Shelby Cnty Historical Society):
      "George Schnaufer and his wife, Katherine, had eight children, three sons and five daughters. ***
      "[A]round 1844-1846 ... George Schnaufer ... moved to Dr. Keil's community in Bethel in Shelby County, Missouri. Sometime after the birth of her daughter Johanna, George's wife died. In July of 1848 he married again to Fredericka Boehringer and they had three sons and one daughter all born in Bethel, Missouri. ***
      "*** The George Schnaufer family also stayed in Shelby County Missouri. He was a boot and shoe maker. George died there and the family continued to use the original spelling of the name of Schnaufer."
    • The 1860 census shows George Schnaufer, 52, a shoemaker, living with his second wife, Frederica, 40, and the following children: John [Jonathan], 26, also a shoemaker, born in PA; Jacob, 25, a shoemaker, born in Ohio; Catherine, 22, born in Ohio; Emily 20, born in PA; George, 18, a farm laborer, born in PA; Johanna, 15, born in PA; and the following Missouri-born children: Henry, 10; Matilda, 7; Frederick, 5; and John, 3. Both parents had been born in "Wirtemburgh." 1860 U.S. Census, Bethel Twsp, Shelby Cnty, MO (M 653, Roll 657, stamped p. 196).

  • Sources 
    1. [S903] Lois S|, Lois Hall Snouffer, From Schnaufer to Snouffer, (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), 929.2 SN59SL (2013)., pp. 7, 34-35.

    2. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).

    3. [S924] Wurttemberg Emigr|, Leonberg Oberamt, Wurttemberg, Auswanderungsakten, 1589-1918, (Staatsarchiv, Ludwigsburg, Germany; Microfilmed by Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; Film 837958).

    4. [S899] German Marriages, 1558-1929 |, Deutschland, Heiraten 1558-1929, (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; Online database, Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929, https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1473009), LDS Film 1056669; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J4FQ-4L4.

    5. [S903] Lois S|, Lois Hall Snouffer, From Schnaufer to Snouffer, (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), 929.2 SN59SL (2013)., p. 35.

    6. [S903] Lois S|, Lois Hall Snouffer, From Schnaufer to Snouffer, (Lois H. Snouffer & Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), 929.2 SN59SL (2013)., pp. 35-36.