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Re: Jacob Pfarrer, 1800's Ohio
Posted by: Sonja Balmer Reid Date: January 20, 2001 at 19:38:45
In Reply to: Jacob Pfarrer, 1800's Ohio by Linda Pfarrer Nortillo of 13

I have a lot of information on the Pfarrer line. Although I am not a direct descendant of your Jacob Pfarrer, he is a sibling of my 4th great grandfather. My ancestor was located in Gsteig by Interlaken, Canton Bern, Switzerland. Although they lived there, they were not native to that area. They had come from Messen, Canton Solothurn. Your Jacob had purchased citizenship in Reiben, so records for him exist in that parish as well as in the Gsteig by Interlaken Parish. The Pfarrers were "Wasenmeisters". They were responsible for disposing of deceased animals and were also often executioners. There is a website at that is devoted to this surname. The French version of Pfarrer is Pasteur. So both the German and French names appear in this database. Also you can search the information I've gathered on this family at

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