Nussbaumer (Nussbaum) family

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Nussbaumer (Nussbaum), a Swiss Mennonite family name, first recorded as an Anabaptist family in Ichertswil, Lüterkofen district, in the Bucheggberg region of the canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. Most of the Mennonite Nussbaumers are descended from this family. Others have come from various villages in the Emmental, especially Gross Höchstetten. The Emmental family may have been the forerunners of the family in the Bucheggberg. As early as the mid-16th century Anabaptist members of this family were living near Péry in the Jura. Barbli Nussbaum of Allmendingen had to pay a fine of 100 pounds in 1563 because she was an Anabaptist. The records speak of several members of the family who had difficulties with the authorities in the early part of the 18th century for the same reason.

Members of the Nussbaumer family moved to Basel and Alsace, where they have furnished a number of ministers for the Mennonite churches. An outstanding leader of the Swiss Mennonite Conference for many years was Samuel Nussbaumer (1866-1944), Basel. His son, Hans Nussbaumer, a prominent elder in the Alsatian Mennonite churches, served as secretary of the Alsatian Conference for many years.

The first party of the 19th century, consisting of four Swiss Anabaptist families, who left their Jura homes in 1817 for America, included Hans Nussbaum, who settled in Wayne County, Ohio. Later this family moved to Ashland County, Ohio, where Hans served the Mennonite Church as a minister.

Various immigrants of this family settled in each of the 19th-century Swiss Mennonite settlements: Sonnenberg, Wayne County, Ohio; Allen-Putnam County, Ohio; and Berne, Indiana, where some became leaders in the church.


Gratz, Delbert L. Bernese Anabaptists and their American descendants. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1953. Reprinted Elverson, PA: Old Springfield Shoppe, 1994: 129-130.

Author(s) Delbert G Gratz
Date Published 1957

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