Descendants of Christina Neuenschwander, daughter of Christian and Magdalena (Stauffer) Neuenschwander

Christina's parents - Christian and Magdalena (Stauffer) Neuenschwander moved into the Jura Mountains of Switzerland shortly after marriage and lived at various places there, where he worked as a herder, dairyman and cheese maker. They had 13 children. In 1754 Magdalena and the children, most by that time identified as Anabaptists, emigrated to Pennsylvania and lived in Lancaster County.

Müller (Muller) is a German surname from an occupation, in this case, miller (source).

Verena Jost (on this page) was born around 1651-1652 in Graubunden, Switzerland. The surname Jost is recorded in England in a wide range of spellings including: Jest, Jeste, Joce, Jose, Joist, Jost, Yost, Just, Joust and Joost, this is a surname of Germanic, Dutch, Breton and Norman French origins. It was originally a cognate of the name 'Joyce', itself a derivative of the Ancient Breton personal name 'Iodoc', meaning 'lord', and as such introduced into England either by the Anglo-Saxons of the pre 8th century or by the Normans after the 1066 Invasion, or later still by the Dutch or Huguenots of the late 17th century. The names as Iodoc and Josce are recorded in the collected register known as the 'Social and Economic Documents of London' circa 1140. Josse was also the name of a saint who had a hermitage at the modern town of St. Josse-sur-Mer in Brittany, and there is no doubt that he had great influence on the later popularity of the surname. Early examples of the surname recording include: Isaac Joscei in the Pipe Rolls of Middlesex for 1208, and Nicholas Joce of Hamshire in 1273. Interestingly the modern German form of Jost and the Dutch Joost are both recorded in London in the early 18th century.

Note on Ulrich Stauffer, husband of Barbara Rytz and father of Christian Stauffer, the father of Peter Stauffer

Much appreciation to Daniel Bly who provided me this information.

Descendants of Christina Neuenschwander

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