Gemmingen family

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Gemmingen, an old noble family in Kraichgau, Germany. At the time of the Reformation the family was already sympathetic to the Anabaptists. The Anabaptist evangelist Philip Weber received an audience in 1527 from the barons of Gemmingen, who owned the villages of Fürfeld and Bonfeld in Württemberg and half of Ittlingen in Baden (Hege, 62). But he had no lasting success here, for persecution soon set in, which made it impossible for him to remain. The villages were then reformed by Martin Germanus (Stocker, 56). After the Peace of Westphalia the estates of the family again offered refuge to the Mennonites exiled from Switzerland in the 17th century. In the Gemmingen family archives are still to be found the "Bestandsbriefe für die Mennoniten Heinrich Beer und Jakob Ebe" of 1763-1765 of Bonfeld, Dammhof, and Fürfeld. Other Gemmingen estates which have in part been leased by Mennonites until recent times were Rappenau, Treschklingen, Hösselinshof, Stockbronnerhof, Michelfeld, and Unterbiegelhof (the latter since 1888 the property of the family).


Hege, Christian. Die Täufer in der Kurpfalz: ein Beitrag zur badisch-pfälzischen Reformationsgeschichte. Frankfurt am Main: Kommissionsverlag von H. Minjon, 1908.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 66.

Stocker, Carl W. F. L. Familien-Chronik der Freiherren von Gemmingen. Heilbronn, 1895.

Zeitschrift für die Geschichte des Oberrheins 68 (1924): Appendix.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1956

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