Wernlin, Jörg (d. ca. 1559)

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Jörg Wernlin (Wern, Werlin, Werner), (d. ca. 1559), called Scherer, the son of Georg Wernlin of Esslingen, who was a student at the University of Heidelberg in 1483 and was in 1523 the notary and secretary of the monastery at Adelberg. Jörg Wernlin studied the profession of barber-surgeon in Ulm, presumably with Nikolaus Launer, a physician suspected of Anabaptist sympathies. In 1530 Wernlin was arrested as an Anabaptist and chained in the hospital; then he was transferred to the prison as a dangerous preacher who led many astray; and finally, in spite of the pleas of his pregnant wife, he was expelled from the town because he refused to render the required oath. As Jörg Werlin Gunzenhofen (?), probably from Gunzenhausen, he tried to return to Ulm in 1531-32; he probably succeeded. He then became the doctor of the poor in the hospital and almshouse. In 1533 he apparently went to Moravia, but finding himself in disagreement with the Hutterites he returned to Ulm. In 1537 he was again expelled because of his Anabaptism. He betook himself to the Remstal, lived in the hamlet Wieler zum Stein, district of Marbach, in 1539, and as Jörg Schere served as a wound doctor. In 1540 he was in Esslingen and Stetten in the Remstal, which belonged to Hans Konrad Thumb of Neuburg, who sheltered Anabaptists and Schwenckfelders. In 1544 Wernlin became acquainted with Pilgram Marpeck and Schwenckfeld. He worked zealously in the Anabaptist cause. He was in Kirchenkirnberg in 1552. As Vorsteher of the Swiss Brethren he gathered from 70 to 100 people once a month for religious services in the woods around Esslingen, baptized, and in isolated homes served communion as late as 1557. He joined Pilgram Marpeck in resisting Schwenckfeld's attacks on the Anabaptists.


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Bossert, Gustav. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer I. Band, Herzogtum Württemberg. Leipzig: M. Heinsius, 1930.

City Archives of Ulm, Rats- und Religionsprotokoll.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV, 495-496.

Author(s) Gustav Bossert, Jr.
Date Published 1959

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