Name: Adam Naf
Birth: 1495 in Vollenweid, Hausen, Switzerland
Death: 6 JUN 1570 in Canton Zurich, Switzerland
The Neffs of Switzerland
Change Date: 4 MAR 2008 at 23:00:00
by J. Robert (Bob) Fisher
The earliest Neff or Naf of whom we have record was Hans Naf born in 1467/68 at Vollenweid near Hausen amAlbis, Switzerland. He was married to Katharina Huber before 1495 and that hedied in 1531. They had a son whom they called Adam Naf born in 1495 at Vollenweid. He died 7 Nov 1571. Adam had two brothers named Konrad and Rudolf. Adam's son Heini or Heinrich Naf was probably the ancestor of Francis Neff who came toAmerica and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before 1729. Heini was born about 1528 and he died after 1575. He married Margaretha Bar and after her death he married Margaretha Grob.
The Milk Soup War of 1529
In the year1531 the Swiss Reformation was challenged by the Catholic church. The council of 200 who ran the Reformed Church in Zurich had called Ulrich Zwingli as a priest without consent of the Catholic church. The Reformation became the state church and directly challenged the authority of the Catholic church. Zwingli beganslowly and carefully to make changes in the church doctrine. It was not theirintention to leave the church but only to make changes which seemed to be necessary reforms. In the meantime, the Swiss Brethren following Conrad Grebel's lead became impatient with the slow rate of change in the Reformation and they promoted the idea of the separation of church and state, and the baptism of only those who were able to understand what they were doing. They proposed a simple form of life and a policy of nonresistance.
The five oldest Cantons of the Swiss Federation called the Forest or Rural Cantons strictly adhered to the Catholic philosophy and they objected to the Reformation with its headquarters in the Canton of Zurich. In 1529 they formed an alliance with Austria and began tomove against the Reformation. The Reformation in Zurich formed an army of 4000men and moved toward the Catholic army. The two armies met at Kappel. Kappel was a small place with a Catholic church and a farm. It was at the foot of the Albis mountains about half way between Zurich and the town of Baar and was loyalto the Catholic cause. As the two armies camped facing each other it soon became evident that the soldiers did not have so much animosity as did the leaders.They began to exchange food which included soup made of milk. Mediators began to talk about the folly of fighting; both sides were convinced. They set up a landmark of stone and turf as a token of their friendship. After some negotiations, in which the one party agreed to discontinue their alliance with Austria, apeace was achieved and the soldiers of both sides went home. This was known asthe Milk Soup War of 1529.
Battle of Kappel
The peace, however, did notlast and by 1531 the good feelings which were so evident in 1529 had dissolved. The Zurichers declared an export embargo on grain to the Forest Cantons and the Forest Cantons declared war on Zurich. On 10th of October the Forest Cantonsbegan to march toward Zurich. On the evening of the same day the soldiers of Zurich began its march toward Baar where the Forest Cantons had their headquarters. On Wednesday the 11th of October the army of the Forest Canton gathered atthe fields surrounding Baar called Baarerborden. There they held divine services and prayed for victory. Then they sent a messenger with their challenge to Zurich and began their march toward Kappel. In the meantime the Zurichers with the Naf family well represented among them moved toward the same point. The Zurichers had at most 2000 men and opposed to them were 8000 of the Forest Cantons.These troops met at Kappel and the battle was joined.
All day the Forest troops were pressed back but about five in the evening the tide of battle turned.It appeared that the battle now favored the Forest Cantons and the Zurichers seemed to be at a disadvantage. As the Zurichers moved back, the standard bearerJohn Schweizer refused to give way. The battle be
Father: Hans Hensli Naf b: 1467 in Heisch, Hausen, Switzerland
Mother: Katharina (Katherine) Huber b: 1470 in Hausen, Canton Zurich, Switzerland
Kleinann Waber b: ABT 1495 in Switzerland
- Jacob Naf b: 1521/2 in Vollenweid, Hausen, Switzerland
- Joachim Naf b: 1523 in Vollenweid, Hausen, Switzerland
- Verena Naf b: 1528 in Vollenweid, Hausen, Switzerland
- Henrich "Heini" Neff b: 1528/9 in Vollenweid, Hausen, Switzerland
- Adam Naf b: 1530 in Canton Zurich, Switzerland
- Anna Naf b: 1532 in Vollenweid, Hausen, Switzerland
- Elsbeth Naf b: 1534