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  • ID: I10
  • Name: Georg 'Balthasar' NEUFANG 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 DEC 1718 in Steinbach, Saarland, Germany 2 3
  • Death: BEF 12 JAN 1788 in Schuylkill, Berks Co., PA (Now Schuylkill Co.)
  • Note: Will probated 12 Jan 1788 in Brunswick Twp. 4 3
  • Burial: Berks Co., PA
  • Occupation: Farmer / In Germany Schmied (Blacksmith) 5
  • Religion: Lutheran
  • MILF: Y
  • Note: 3 3 2 3

    Georg 'Balthasar', wife Anna and sons Martin and Peter departed Saarbrucken around May of 1748 with Christian ' Caspar' Neufang probably a cousin. The Saarbrucken recorder noted "Geo. Balthasar" was granted permission to depart Saarland "nach Psy." (for Pennsylvania). They would have departed England by June and probably landed in America by August or September. Ship name unknown.

    The tax or census of families who "live beyond the First Ridge of Mountains on Schuylkill" as collected by Geo. Mock, collector 1753, lists Balthasar along with 36 other men living in this very exposed area, where at the beginning of the French-Indian war they were attacked. Balthasars 1st wife Anna Was killed by Indians on 6 Mar 1756, and his #2 son, Peter age abt. 8 yrs. was taken by them. Peter was recovered and returned to Governor Hamilton by Teedyuscung the Delaware chief on Dec. 1, 1759. When Peter was returned, he could no longer speak German. (Volume 29 of Provincial Papers, page 80. in the Div. of Archives and History. State Library at Harrisburg, PA.) A number of the other settlers were killed, and most were driven back beyond the Blue Mtn.s. (By late 1756 the area north of the Blue Mountains was abandoned and militia scouts reported 347 vacant farms. As a result of this war, over 300 Pennsylvania settlers would die. Balthasar and others probably took refuge at Fort Lebanon (just a few miles south of his homestead) before moving his remaining family to the Winsor Township just south of the mountains on the northeast side of the Schuylkill River.

    Sometime after Balthasar remarried he left his family and joined the "2nd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment". This Regiment was not a local militia unit but a regular provincial regiment raise to support the British Army. Enlistment was normally for three years. The exact date when Balthasar entered is not known but he probably did not join until after his second marriage. The muster lists for the 2nd in Pennsylvania Archives are very incomplete but Koch found a report that Balthasar was serving in the unit in Dec. of 1759. The 2nd Battalion was formed before April of 1756 under Lieutenant Colonel John Armstrong. Balthasar may have been with the regiment by July of 1758 when it served along side George Washington and his Virginia regiment in a campain to take Fort DuQuesne, (located where Pittsburg now stands). When Peter Neufang was released by Teedyuscung on Dec. 1, 1759, records show that Balthasar was a private, still serving in the 2nd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment.

    The following information is included even though it is though that this record is for Caspar Neufang's son, Balthasar. (Enlisted 15 July 1776-Pvt. in Benjamin Weisers Co., of the General Batt. of Continental troops Commanded by Col. Nicholas Haussegger, in barracks, Philidelphia, Oct. 3, 1776. Served under Anthony Wayne. Was at Trenton, Princeton and in May 1777 was in Debores Brigade of Sullivans division. (Pennsylvania Germans in the Revolutionary war. page 207-208 Roster of the German regiment.) Note: This Balthasar my be the son of Caspar and not our Balthasar who would have been pretty old.)

    Will made: 29 sep 1787 Probate: 12 Jan 1788 (Berks Co., Brunswick Twp., 1788 W3-80)
    Witn: Jacob Kander; Martin Dreibelbis. Execs: Wife Elizabeth; Son-in-law Wm Koch.
    Child: Catherine; Barbara; Magdalena; Elisabeth; Sons: Martin; George; Michael, John, Daniel, Peter., , ,
  • Change Date: 15 AUG 2004



    Father: Johann Martin NEUFANG b: 3 MAY 1686 in Steinbach Near Saarbrucken In The Saarland
    Mother: Maria Barbara LAFERRE b: 1688 in Furth In Parish Dorrenbach

    Marriage 1 Anna Barbara BUSHLING b: ABT 1725 in Germany
    • Married: ABT 1744 in Germany 3
    Children
    1. Has Children Martin Jesse NEUFANG b: BEF 1745 in Steinbach Near Saarbrucken In The Saarland
    2. Has No Children Peter NEUFANG b: ABT 1748 in Steinbach Near Saarbrucken In The Saarland
    3. Has No Children Anna Barbara NEUFANG b: 13 JUL 1749 in Berks Co., PA
    4. Has No Children John Jacob NEUFANG b: 14 JAN 1751 in Berks Co., Pa
    5. Has Children John "George" NIFONG b: 1753 in Berks Co., PA

    Marriage 2 ELIZABETH_____________
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has No Children Anna Catherine NEUFANG b: 12 JUN 1759 in Berks Co., PA
    2. Has Children Michael NEUFANG b: bet 1765-75
    3. Has Children Maria Magdalena NEUFANG b: 27 APR 1766 in Berks Co., PA
    4. Has No Children John NEUFANG b: ABT 1770 in PA
    5. Has No Children Maria Elizabeth NEUFANG b: 2 APR 1771 in Berks Co., PA
    6. Has Children Daniel NIFONG b: 13 JUL 1773 in Berks Co., PA

    Sources:
    1. Type: Book
      Author: Kenneth and Ruby Knifong
      Periodical: WAPPEN DERFAMILIE NEUFANG (Lest We Forget) Compiled 1965
      Publication: MBC GENEALOGY PUBLISHING, Rt. 1 Box 247 Marceline, MO 64658
    2. Type: Book
      Author: Lt. Col. Richard K. Neufang
      Periodical: The Neufang Family 1567 - 1992
      Publication: Privately publ. by Richard K. Neufang, 1846 Timber Lane, Burlington, KY 41005-9272
    3. Type: Book
      Author: Becky J. (Nifong) Lassiter
      Periodical: Nifong and Knifong Descendants of Balthasar and Caspar Neufang
      Publication: Becky Lassiter - 2071 Norman Shoaf Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27107
    4. Type: Will
      Title: Will and/or Probate
    5. Text: Stephanie Wern (Neunkirchen / Saarland, Germany) Genealogy page: www.ueberzwerch.de Aug. 13, 2004
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