Schnebele family name

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Schnebele (Schnebeli, Schnebly, Schnebel, Snavely), a Mennonite family name of Swiss origin, found especially in the Palatinate. In 1533 Bernhart Schnewli, of Affoltern, Swiss canton of Zürich, is named as an Anabaptist. In 1660 Jakob Schnebely, of Baldenheim in Alsace, signed the Dordrecht Confession in Ohnenheim. In 1706 Hans Jakob Schnebely is named in Mannheim; in 1710 and later he corresponded with Dutch and Alsatian Mennonites in the cause of the Swiss refugees. As a preacher or elder he obviously held a position of trust. Other members of the family were living on the Rohrhof and at Gräfenau.

Jakob Schnebele (1727-76) came to Fischbach by way of the Mückenhäuserhof, near Ibersheim. Christian Schnebele (1739-1808), living either at Frankenstein or Diemerstein, was a preacher 1765-? and an elder 1781-1808, first in the Diemerstein congregation, and later in Sembach. Some descendants of Jakob went to Wartenberg, Mehlingen, Rohrbach, etc. Others immigrated to the United States in the 19th century. Among these was Jakob Schnebele, of Ernstweiler, a preacher who in 1852 led a group of Mennonites from Eichstock in Bavaria to Iowa. A Joseph Schnebele, of Hornbach, a preacher of the Zweibrücken congregation in 1766 gave information for the Dutch Naamlijst to Peter Weber.

Another descendant of the Wartenberg-Rohrbach branch is Christian Schnebele (born 1888), a son of Jakob and Elisabeth Kinsinger Schnebele. He married Emma Pohl, a daughter of Matthias Pohl of Sembach. Schnebele was educated for the ministry at St. Chrischona, near Basel, Switzerland, in 1906-9, and then served in home and city missions, especially at Worms; in 1924 he was appointed housefather of the "Bibelheim Thomashof" and at the same time served the Badischer Verband as traveling evangelist (Reiseprediger). After 1925 he was the editor of the Gemeindeblatt der Mennoniten. His son Adolf Schnebele (born 1922), a minister, is a Reiseprediger for the Verband.


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Author(s) Paul Schowalter
Date Published 1959

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