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Valentin Neuhart and Barbara Wagner Click to view the family tree


Husband:   Valentin Neuhart

Born: 1574
Died: 1636
Father: Hans Knauwert
Mother: n.n.

Valentine Neuhart (abt 1574 - 1636) moved to Nothweiler upon marriage to his first wife, Barbara (? - aft 1609) who was a native of that village. She was likely a member of our Wagner family, as we have discussed above, but that linkage has not yet been made. Valentine Neuhart was a subsistence farmer. He also worked as a teamster for the Schoenau iron works and likely drove ox carts from the ore mines to the smelter which had been reactivated in 1592. Valentine had come from a devout home and became a church elder at a young age, filling the term of another elder whose position was vacated by death in 1605. This meant that Valentine served the Nothweiler church for the next 31 years in that capacity. From 1621 until the time of his death in 1636, he was also the village Mayor of Nothweiler. Valentine adopted a nephew, Michael Neuhart into his household by 1609 and served as security for a loan in 1627 which Michael took out as a Rumbach blacksmith. Valentine's first wife, Barbara Wagner (? - aft 1609), was the mother of their son Christoph Neuhart (1599 - 1654). Barbara died sometime after 1609. Valentine married a second time to Margaret (1572)? who also died in1636. The years 1635-1636 saw the return of one of the deadly sieges of bubonic plague that nearly devastated Rumbach population. While we can not be sure, it is likely that both Valentine and his second wife, Margaret, were victims of the plague

Wife:   Barbara Wagner

Born: 1576
Died: 1618


Male  Child 1:   Michael Neuhart

Born: 1593
Died: 1636


Male  Child 2:   Christophel Neuhart

Born: 1599
Died: 1654
Spouse: Margaretha Ostertag
Children: Nicolaus Neuhart, Hans Christophel Neuhart, Ann  Barbara Neuhart, Ann Margaretha Neuhart, Christina Neuhart, Johannata Neuhart, Catharina Neuhart, Hans  Georg Neuhart

Occupation: Mayor of Rumbach, Germany
No male OSTERTAGs, descending from Fischbach patriarch (Theobald) OSTERTAG -F 1434 - by 1487> survived beyond Wendell who died 1642/43 in Fischbach and Philip Jr, who died in Rumbach-, sometime before 1666.

Fortunately, however, female descendants continue in significant numbers. Prominent among them the vast NEUHART family .50,000 or more descendants presently. This entire clan has Margaret OSTERTAG + 1605 - + 1667 as its matriarch. About 1626 she married Christopher NEUHART of Nothweiler. He moved to Rumbach and the couple took up residence in the OSTERTAG house which, Margaret inherited from her parents. Christophe later became mayor of Rumbach and thereby continued the family tradition of leadership and esteem in the community,

Female  Child 3:   Ottillia Neuhart

Born: 1605
Died: 1666


Female  Child 4:   Barabara Neuhart

Born: 1610
Died: 1644


Female  Child 5:   Anna Margaretha Neuhart

Born: 1612
Died: 1680
Spouse: Hans   PHILIPP   WAGNER