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DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL STONE
ANNA MARGARETHA ENSMINGER WOLFERSBERGER
In the Lutheran Cemetery
Memorial Day 27 May 1996
The WOLFENSBERGER family had
its beginning in the area of Bauma, Switzerland. The first
family member of record was Knight BALDEBERT of Wolfsberg.
Wolfsberg was a settlement on the mountain southeast of what
is now Bauma, Switzerland. Knight BALDEBERT had his home in
a Castle there. The Castle was known as the Wolfsberg Castle.
The Castle has been long gone and only the site where the
castle stood remains. Knight BALDEBERT evidently occupied
this castle from 1233 to 1259. He was from Rapperswil and
a subject of Griefenberg, a possession of the Counts of Rapperswil
who held feudal tenure from St. Gallen. Knight BALDEBERT and
probably others of his family endowed the Monastery at Ruti.
The family Coat of Arms was held in this Monastery and many
of the family now lay there buried. Knight BALDEBERT probably
received his Knighthood from leading a group on a Crusade
to the Holy Land. Our own Dr. Wolf WOLFENSBERGER of Syracuse
University has much more on the political and social life
in Switzerland and the surrounding areas in those days.
Hermann von WOLFENSBERG was slain
in the Battle of Morgarten fighting the Swiss, while serving
Dike LEOPOLD of Austria. Dorthea von WOLFENSBERG was married
to Walter von SCHALCHEN in 1316, Noble von HENWIL leased his
home to his sons von WOLFENSBERG from 1393 through 1394. Hof
Wolfsberg was leased, from 1432 to 1438, by the Monastery
Ruti to Konrad SENN. While Hans was in residence at Wolfsberg
he served as a witness to a tithing case between Oswald KUNDIG
of Wallenwil and Bozart von HORNEN in the District of Bauna.
It appears that in 1539 hof Wolfsberg was freed from the Monastery
Ruti, as from that time on there were no tax entries in the
local tax books on that property. A few years later, the Old
Zurich War broke out. Therefore it is understandable that
the inhabitants in that area, through the development of the
rights of citizenship, attempted to guard and protect the
City of Zurich. Amoung those admissions to citizenship was
Hans WOLFENSBERGER, the weaver. He was admitted on Wednesday,
after Corpus Christi Day, 22 June 1446. At about this time
the traces of the individual Rapperswil von Wolfsberg became
more ans mor difficult to find, and in their place is seen
more of the related name WOLFENSBERGER. A brief on these ancestors
of Jahannes WOLFERSBERGER and their families is as follows:
1. Hans von WOLFSBERG, born about
1395 in Ober Wolfsberg, near Bauma, Switzerland. It is not
known when he died. His wifes name is unknown. He had five
sons. Hermann, Ulrich, Hans, Frederich and Konrad.
2. Ulrich, born about 1439 in
Ober Wolfsberg, died after 1463 in Ettenhausen, Switzerland.
His wife’s name is unknown. He had only one son of record,
that being a Mr. WOLFENSBERGER.
3. Mr. WOLFENSBERGER, born about
1466 in Ettenhausen, Switzerland. His wife’s name is
unknown. He had only one son of record, Mr. WOLFENSBERGER.
4. Mr. WOLFENSBERGER, born about
1510 in Ettenhausen, Switzerland. Date of death unknown. Name
of wife unknown. Their children were; Ulrich, Jakob and Hans.
5. Jakob, born about 1552 in
Ettenhausen, Switzerland, died after 1588 in Ettenhausen.
His wife was Elsbeth KNECHT. Their children were; Hans, Erhart,
George and Ulrich.
6. Erhart, born 12 February 1581
in Ettenhausen, Switzerland, died about 1622 in Ettenhausen.
His wife was Margaretha LUTZ. Their children were; Barbara
and Jakob. Erhart’s second wife was Barbara TOBLER,
no children. His third marriage was to Barbara MULLER and
their children were; Hans, Anna and Margaretha.
7. Hans, born 24 december 1615
in Ettenhausen, Switzerland, died 15 February 1688 in Ettenhausen.
His wife was Margret BARNWART. Their children were; Barbara,
Ulrich, Hans, Erhart, Catherine, Jakob and Adeli.
8. Ulrich, born 14 November 1637
in Ettenhausen, Switzerland, died about 1678 in Ettenhausen.
Wife was Anna KAGI. Their children were; Jakob, Elsbeth, Mathus,
Anna, Hans and Johan Erhart.
9. Johan Erhart, born 18 November
1666 in Ettenhausen, Switzerland. He moved from Ettenhausen,
Switzerland to Bas-Rhin in about 1688. He lived in Wolfsheim,
which is a suburb of Strasbourg. Evidently it was while he
was living in Wolfsheim that he met Ursula EMM. She agreed
to marry Erhart if would convert to catholicism. Evidently
that he did and they relocated to the village of Wolshhiem
which is about 6 km southeast of Saverne and about 20 km northwest
of Wolfsheim. Erhart died 12 July 1740 in Wolshheim. Ursula
was born in Buchiberg, Switzerland. A record shows that they
both died on the same date, but that is questionable. The
present record shows that they had only one child, a son,
Johannes. A record shows that there were several other WOLFERSBERGER
families in that same area, but so far no connection to Erhart.
10. Johannes, born about 1694
in Wolshheim, Alsace. Johannes married Anna Margareth ENSMINGER
in Mattstall which is about 30 km northeast of Wolshheim.
Margaretha was born in Durstel on 21 September 1697. Durstel
is about 20 km northwest of Wolshheim. Margaretha’s
parents were born in Waldhambach which is less than 5 km north
of Durstel. Johannes and Margaretha were married in Mattstall
on 27 January 1721. They probably started their family in
Langensoulzbach which is about 2 km southwest of Mattstall.
Their children born to Jahannes and Margaretha were John Peter,
Ursula, Jakob Frederick, John Jr, Mary Catherine, Anna Maria
and John Philip all as follows:
10.1 John Peter, born 16 October
1721 in Langensoulzbach, Alsace, died before 1802 in Heidelburg
Township, Lebanon County, Pa. His first marriage was to Appolonia
BRUNNER. Their children were Frederick, George Michael, Margaret
(STORN) (HENNING), Anna (THOMAS), John George, John and Catherine.
10.2 Ursula, born 29 August 1724
in Langensoulzbach, died 8 September 1727, probably in Langensoulzbach.
10.3 Jakob Frederick, born 1
June 1727 in Langensoulzbach, died about 1764, buried in Heidelburg
Township, Lebanon County, PA. Married Ann MEISER. Their children
were Catherine Elizabeth (GEMBERLING), John and Anna Maria
10.4 John Jr., born late 1729
or early 1730 as he was an infant on their voyage to America.
Not certain where or the exact date he was born. Died 8 November
1788 in shenandoah, County, VA and was buried in Woodstock.
Research has indicated that he was buried in a cemetery that
is now covered by a church or the court house in Woodstock.
John married Hannah SUMMER in 1751. Their children were Peter,
John (changed name to SPARGER then SPARGUR), Benjamin, Hannah
(GILLOCK), Philip, Mary (MILLER), Joseph, and Barbara (SKINNER).
10.4 Mary Catherine, born 3 August
1733 in Heidelburg Township, Lebanon County, PA. Married Jacob
TUY in 1753. Moved to Cumberland County, PA. Their children
were John P and Eva Elizabeth.
10.5 Anna Maria, born about 1736
in Heidelberg Township, Lebanon County, PA. Married Martin
HEFFELFINGER in about 1756 and moved to Cumberland County,
PA. Their children were Philip, Peter, John Frederick, Jacob,
and Maria Barbra (SPANGLER).
10.6 John Philip, Sr.,born 14
February 1739 in Heidelburgh Township, Lebanon County, PA.
Died 14 July 1824 in Campbellstown, PA and buried in the Salem
Reformed Lutheran Church in Campbellstown. Married Susanna
--- in about 1766 in Lebanon County, PA Susanna is also buried
in the same cemetery with John Philip. Their children were
John, John Philip, Frederick, Adam, Philip, Peter and John
Jacob. John Philip, Sr had a second marriage to Charlotte
SIHLE and to this marriage was born a son Reuben.
The WOLFENSBERGER FAMILY ASSOCIATION is so very proud to have
provided this lasting marker for these two persons that are
responsible for the most of us being here today. We are also
proud to have their children recognized on this stone marker.
A copy of this presentation along with a print out of the
descendants of Johannes and Margaretha is being provided to
the Schaefferstown Cemetery Corporation and the Lebanon County
Historical Society so that others can see and appreciate the
work that has been done in an effort to preserve our family