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Joseph Widmer, a Mennonite preacher in the Em­mental, Switzerland, was seized in February 1649 in the territory of Signau, sent to Bern upon government order, and there placed in solitary con­finement. On account of his advanced age, Widmer was soon released upon the promise to refrain from preaching and to attend church services regularly. The Signau magistrate was to keep a close watch over him. It has not yet been shown whether or not the Widmers who settled in France are descend­ants of this Joseph Widmer.

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Bern Archives, Ratsmanual  (1649): 102:119; 102:131; 102:210.

Author(s) Samuel Geiser
Date Published 1959

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Geiser, Samuel. "Widmer, Joseph (17th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 Apr 2016.,_Joseph_(17th_century)&oldid=86014.

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Geiser, Samuel. (1959). Widmer, Joseph (17th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 April 2016, from,_Joseph_(17th_century)&oldid=86014.

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