The City of Neuffen

Another entry from “We of Johann Christoph Nuffer, also known as: Neuffer, Nufer, Neufer,” The book was published in April 1990 by Dabco Printing and Binding Co in Roy, Utah. I will quote from the book itself.

Neuffen train station – 2008

“Neuffen was the home city of our ancestors for at least the period of the early 1700’s to the late 1800’s.  It is the city in which the Mormon Missionaries converted Johann Christoph Nuffer and his family from which they left to come to America.

“Location: County of Swartzwald, State of Wurttemberg, West Germany, 18 miles SSE of Stuttgart.  In what is known as the Swabische Alb. (A high plateau that is deeply dissected by erosion making steep canyons and narrow valleys).  Because of the moist climate the hills are heavily forested.

Paul Ross at Neuffen train station – 2008

“Population: 1910 census, 19896 including 1,833 Protestants & 43 Catholics

“Altitude: 1,300 feet

“Climate: Moist and moderate, very similar to that of Western Oregon.  The countryside is very lush and green.  The principle forest tree is a form of Beech.

“Industry: Mainly farming and especially wine growing.  Neuffener wine is considered a very fine white wine.  At the time our ancestors lived there many of the residents and some of our ancestors were employed as weavers in a fabric mill.

Street cover – Neuffen in 2008

“A small stream runs through the town and at the time Johann Christoph Nuffer left there, it powered the local mill.  It was this stream that they damned up to be baptized in shortly before they left.

“The streets are narrow and all the businesses are on the main street which is the highway running through town.

“The valley is narrow so that most of the houses are on the slopes of the hills.

“The Hohen Neuffen stands prominently on the largest mountain to the West of the city.  This is less than a mile as the crow flies, but about 7 miles by car.

Paul Ross and Martinskirche – 2008, built in 1504

“The Evangelical (Lutheran) church, which our ancestors attended, is the only major church in town.  The parish records there contain the births and marriages of our people from the early 1700’s to present.  The church and City hall are still much the same as when our people were there.

Relief on Martinkirche, Neuffen – 2008, Christ in Gethsemane

“The house where Johann Christoph Nuffer lived faces on the main street and the stream runs by just a short distance behind it.

“The city was heavily damaged during the 30 year war and both world wars, but has been restored so that no damage can be detected.

“The cemetery is neat and well kept with many beautiful flowers in summer.  It is a nice setting overlook the city and with a good view of the Castle.  There are several Nuffers buried there, but they are all of recent times since the law in Germany only allows for a body to occupy a grave for 25 years after which it must be removed to make room for others.  Therefore, the cemetery is of little use in genealogical research.

“The town is typical of most of the small towns in that part of Germany in that most of the houses are stucco and the roofs are red tile.

“The beginnings of the town are not known, but it is known that it predates the castle which was built during or before the 1100’s.

Paul Ross with Neuffen behind – 2008

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