Augsburger (Augsberger, Augspurger, Augstburger, Oxberger, Augsbourger) family

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A Mennonite family name, Augsburger has some origins in Langnau in the Emmental, canton of Bern, Switzerland. Most likely, however, the name was originally founded in Augsburg Germany during the 15th century.

Niggli (Nicholas) Augsburger is mentioned in a letter of 1700 as being a co-worker with Jakob Ammann, founder of the Amish Mennonites.

Members of the Augsburger family were found in the Montbéliard Amish community as early as 1715 and near Corgémont in the Bishopric of Basel in 1720. John Augsburger (1783-18??) and wife were in the first party of Mennonite emigrants who left the Jura in the 19th century, leaving in 1817 to settle in northern Pennsylvania for 12 years before moving on to Wayne County, Ohio, and later to Adams Co., Indiana.

John Augsburger (1801-67) and wife left the Jura in 1834, settled in Wayne County, Ohio, for 16 years and then moved to near Bluffton, Ohio, where most of their descendants live.

Christian Augspurger (1782-1848) and his family came to North America in 1817 from near Strasbourg, Alsace, but being discouraged returned to their native land the following year. In 1819 they again came to America with other Amish Mennonites and founded a settlement in Butler County, Ohio. The above Christian Augspurger received from Napoleon the Legion of Honor medal as an expert farmer.


Amstutz, P. B. Geschichtliche Ereignisse der Mennoniten-Ansiedlung in Allen und Putnam County, Ohio. Bluffton, 1925: 33-36.

Grubb, W. H. History of the Mennonites of Butler County, Ohio. Trenton, Ohio, 1916.

Author(s) Delbert L Gratz
Date Published 1953

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Gratz, Delbert L. "Augsburger (Augsberger, Augspurger, Augstburger, Oxberger, Augsbourger) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 20 Mar 2019.,_Augspurger,_Augstburger,_Oxberger,_Augsbourger)_family&oldid=119804.

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Gratz, Delbert L. (1953). Augsburger (Augsberger, Augspurger, Augstburger, Oxberger, Augsbourger) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 March 2019, from,_Augspurger,_Augstburger,_Oxberger,_Augsbourger)_family&oldid=119804.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 188. All rights reserved.

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