|Neuenschwander’s came to America from Switzerland by way of many other areas such as France and The Netherlands.
As Anabaptist's they fled to different areas to avoid persecution. Most were Mennonite or Brethern.
|Jonas Ward was born in Rockingham Co., Virginia to non confirmed parents Jonas and Phoebe Ward. This is in the old Ward Family Bible carried by Jonas Jr through the war of 1812. We however have been unable to trace this Jonas Sr. down. Jonas Jr. died in Winterset, Madison Co., Iowa at the home of his son.|
|Johannes Neuenschwander was born to Niklaus Neuenschwander and Anna Blaser in Langnau, Bern, Switzerland and was the first of our line to come to America but he joined many of the family who had come prior to him. He married Catherine Frazier as his second wife after reaching his destination of Ohio. He died in Jamestown, Cloud Co., Kansas.||Elizabeth DeWeese his wife was born in Monomgolia Co. West Virginia to Thomas and Catherine (Spencer) DeWeese. He and his wife raised 7 children. Those children were , Tartus Manchester, Sarah Ann, Josiah Spencer, Jonas Lutellus, Elias Clement, Fidelia Electra, and Jerusha Elvira. She died in Story Co., Iowa.|
|Catherine Frazier? his wife was born in Pennsylvania and she died in Antwerp, Paulding Co., Ohio.||One of these children Josiah Spencer was my gg grand father.|
|She raised 13 children, stepdaughter Maria Sophia, Nathaniel Rufus, George Washington, William Tell, Bruce Napoleon, Martin J., Martha J., Joseph Austin, Margaret Ellen, Dora Esther, Rhonda Ann, Mary Louise, and Rose Bell. Two sets of those were twins.||He married Mary Magdalene Burner born in Shenandoah Valley VA. daughter of Henry and Mary Magdalene (Cullers) Burner. She raised 8 children, Rebecca Elizabeth, Elias Spencer, Sarah Catherine, Jonas Henry, Isaac Manchester, Roland Finley, Mary Evaline, and Orval Pliny.|
|One of these children William Tell was my grandfather and he married Ruth Cook born to William and Louisa (Funk) Cook in Ohio||One of these was mine, Jonas Henry Ward born in Robinson, Crawford Co., Illinois and died in Norcatur, Decatur Co., Kansas.|
|Ruth raised 10 children, Royal Tell, Violet Gladys, Victor Hugo, Goldie Sybil, Carrie Louisa, Esther Lillian, Dora Anna, Joseph Felix, Daisy Margaret, and Phillip Austin.||He married Orpha Ann Reager born in Winterset, Madison Co., Iowa, daughter of Isaac and Mary (Sutherland) Reager.|
One Victor Hugo Niceschwander was my father. My father and mother raised 6 children three of which are deceased. Phoebe Lee, Victor Hugo Jr. and Richard Alfred.
|She raised 11 children, Minnie Esther, Mary Edith, Laura Elizabeth, Clyde Spencer, Melvin Guy, Eva Estella, Nellie Ethel, Homer Clifford, Vaile Willie Henry, Merle Forest and Flossie Edna.|
|One, Clyde Spencer married Gladys Frewen born in Norcatur, Decatur Co., Kansas daughter of John Charles and Frances (Rice) Frewen. (The Rice family is noted for their twins and Gladys was a Twin.|
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|She raised 2 Children. My mother, Violet Phoebe and John Henry Ward.|