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The goal of this project is to organize and categorize the Wolfenbargers who migrated from France and their descendants in the United States. This will also include the surname variants of Wolfensberger, Wolfenberger.


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Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Orphaned Profiles
  • Resolving the parents of Adam Wolfenbarger: is it Philip or Benjamin?
  • Filling out full sources on profiles

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Research Notes

Think there were two different families that immigrated to the Americas: one immigrated to Pennsylvania, the other to Virginia. Still researching. Help is appreciated

Wolfenbargers from France

  • Jacob Frederick Wolfesberger Born 1 Jun 1727 in Langensoultzbach, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France Died 1764 in Heidelberg, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. No other info on profile
  • Johannes Wolfensberger Sr. Born about 1694 in Wolf Mountains, Alsace, France 6 Jul 1761 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania m. Anna Margaretha Ensminger
Johannes Wolfensberger Sr.

The first known WOLFENSBERGER family to arrive in America was that of Johannes WOLFERSBERGER, his spouse Anna Margaretha ENSMINGER and three of their children. The father of Johannes was Erhart born 18 November 1666 in Ettenhausen, Switzerland. He immigrated to Wolfsheim in the Alsace near Strasbourg in about 1688. Erhart met and married Ursula EMM. Ursula required Erhart to become a Catholic before their marriage. They made their home in Wolschheim which is only a short distance southeast of Saverne.[1]

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Surname Origins

Early Origins of the Wolfenbarger family

The surname Wolfenbarger was first found in the Rhineland, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname spread to nearly all parts of Germany, and was identified with the great social and economic evolution that contributed to the development of the nation. Chronicles mention Nivelung Wolf of Cologne as early as 1135, and Elbel Wolf of Bruenn in Moravia in 1365, showing the gradual eastward movement of the branches

The Wolfensberger surname is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Wolfgang, a popular personal name in Germany during medieval times. This personal name was originally derived from the Old German "wolf" which meant "wolf" and "ganc" meaning "battle."

Wolfensbergers from Switzerland

The WOLFENSBERGER family had its beginning in the area of Bauma, Switzerland.

The first family member of record was Knight BALDEBERT of Wolfsberg. Wolfsberg was a settlement on the mountain southeast of what is now Bauma, Switzerland. Knight BALDEBERT had his home in a Castle there. The Castle was known as the Wolfsberg Castle. The Castle has been long gone and only the site where the castle stood remains. Knight BALDEBERT evidently occupied this castle from 1233 to 1259. He was from Rapperswil and a subject of Griefenberg, a possession of the Counts of Rapperswil who held feudal tenure from St. Gallen. Knight BALDEBERT and probably others of his family endowed the Monastery at Ruti. The family Coat of Arms was held in this Monastery and many of the family now lay there buried. Knight BALDEBERT probably received his Knighthood from leading a group on a Crusade to the Holy Land.



  1. [http://www.wolfensberger.org/pages/543125/index.htm Wolfensberger Family Association (online)

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