MICHAEL NEWINGER & BARBARA ENGEL
Michael and Barbara Engel Newinger and Family
to right, Standing: Louise, Jacob, Michael, George, Salome.
Seated: Barbara, Michael, Henry, Barbara (nee Engel), Phillip.
other daughter, Catherine, had gone west when this picture was taken.
Chapter 2 (page 3)
Children of George (1) Newinger, all born in Alsace-Lorraine, France
1. Michael (2) Newinger, b. 7-7-1807 Oberkutzenhausen, was the founder
of the NEVINGER family in America. He served for seven years in the
French army and possessed a common school education. For personal
betterment the family immigrated to America in 1843. They sailed on a
French vessel from La Havre and the trip was uneventful. They traveled
on the Erie Canal to Lyons, N.Y. and not liking the country proceeded
shortly thereafter to S. Attica, Wyoming co., N.Y., a German settlement.
They lived in a log house on what is known as the Hacker farm. Michaelís
first job was that of a laborer on the New York Central Rail Road tracks
for the sum of eleven cents per day. He was looking, in the meantime,
for a farm in that locality which he could purchase. Peter Warner owned
240 acres of land on lots 1 and 3, range 2, section 13 which he sold to
Michael. This farm is presently owned by Peter Glor. It is interesting
to learn that Michaelís son Michael (3) lived on the farm for a time and
then sold it to Charles (4) Nevinger, a cousin. In 1893, Charles sold
this farm to another cousin, Peter Glor and thus it has been in the
family for more than a hundred years.
The family made butter and cheese which Michael delivered to Warsaw. His
spirited little gray team, hitched to a light wagon, could scarcely pick
its way through the creek bed and rocks in the Warsaw gulf. Michael was
well repaid for his slow and hazardous trip for during the Civil War
period he received as high as five hundred dollars for his load of milk
Determined that his sons should not be subjected to the rigors of war,
he paid three hundred dollars to each of three substitutes. This was a
fairly common practice during the Civil War.
Religious Michael expired in the Tp. Orangeville, Wyo. Co., N.Y.
3-31-1892 from a complication of diseases. He was m. in his home town to
Barbarah Engle who d. 9-2-1880, age 72. Her father was a teacher in the
French schools. Barbarah was known to be an excellent cook and it is
said that much of her success was due to the use of herbs which she
raised in her garden. Her specialty was pork and sauerkraut, reported to
have been seasoned with coriander.
This couple were buried in the Townline Cemetery on route 20-A near
Halls Corner in the Tp. Warsaw, N.Y.
They were the parents of ten children: Barbara, Philipp, Catherine,
Michael, George, Salome, Magdalena, Jacob, Henry and Louise.
Reference: Nevingers in America,
Genealogical History of the Descendants of George Newinger
by Iva Waite Nevinger,
Warsaw, New York, 1954