Naegle Family

A brief sketch of the life of John C Naegle, born 14 September 1825, died 10 September 1899. (Copied directly from his profile page in FamilySearch.com

John C Naegle and grandchildren

John C Naegle with his grandchildren.

John Conrad Naegle was born in Albersweiler, Pfalz, Bavaria. He was the oldest of 3 sons born to Johann Heinrich Naegle and Ottilia Wissing. John Conrad immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 with his parents. His family engaged in farming, thus John Conrad received very little formal education, but by the time he reached adulthood, he was recognized as an intelligent man.

John Conrad heard the Prophet, Joseph Smith speak when he was a teenager, was impressed with the doctrine expressed and decided to leave home in order to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He joined the Church when he arrived in Nauvoo. When the plea went out for funds to continue building the Nauvoo Temple, John Conrad turned in one of his spare coats for tithing. He worked on the Temple until it’s completion in May of 1846.

When the saints were ordered to leave Nauvoo, John Conrad was one of the first to cross the Mississippi River, in a Church wagon said to contain the records of the Church. Later, when the call came for men to form the Mormon Battalion, he answered the call and served. When the Battalion was disbanded in California, John stayed in the San Diego area to learn more about ranching and horses from the Mexican vaqueros. Later, he decided to go to Utah to meet the saints but when he arrived in the San Francisco area, he stayed to work in the gold fields. With these earnings, he purchased a ranch in what is now the Fremont area, and raised horses and cattle. While in California, he married the first of 7 wives, Louisa Kepple.

John & Louisa sold the California ranch for a goodly sum and returned to Utah. They settled in the Lehi area, ranching and farming. John Conrad was called by the church to go to southern Utah to help establish that area. Because of his family background in the winery business, he built a home and winery in Toquerville, Utah, producing wine for the church sacrament service.

John Conrad continued moving south, building a ranches, raising horses and cattle in southern Utah and northern Arizona. When the authorities started imprisoning the men involved in polygamy, John Conrad move part of his family to Mexico, where he lived until his death in 1899.

He served his family and church well and received many special blessings for himself and his family.

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John Conrad and Louisa agreed to the church directions for plural marriages and John Conrad married 6 women. They were Mary Louisa Kepple (1837-1930), 15 June 1853; Susan Zimmerman (1838-1924), 6 July 1857; Rosannah Zimmerman (1841-1906) 6 July 1857; Verena Bryner (1831-1905) 30 September 1858; Regula Benz (1839-1920) 6 October 1860; Pauline Beck (1846-1927) 18 April 1865; and Rosalie Ann Zahler (1857-1931) 17 February 1877.

Our great, great grandmother is the fourth wife, Verena Bryner.

Life Sketch – Verena Bryner

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The fourth wife of John Conrad Naegle (Naile), Verena Bryner was born 18 April 1831 in Weidekon, Zurich, Switzerland. Her parents are Hans Ulrich Bryner, Sr. and Verena Wintch.  According to family research, Verena was the sixth child and the second daughter born to the parents. In 1854, Verena and six members of her family were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before the year was over, the entire family had been baptized members of the church.

Verena immigrated to the United States in 1857 with her aging parents and three year old nephew, Henry, son of Hans Ulrich, Jr. Verena was the last of the family to immigrate, being the person responsible for her parents and nephew’s journey. They settled in Lehi, Utah and it was there that Verena met John Conrad. They were married 30 September 1858.

In 1864 or 1865, Verena moved to Toquerville, Utah in southern Utah, when John C. was called to establish the church winery there. She and “Aunt Regula” (John C.’s fifth wife.) lived together in Toquerville

Verena and her children moved to Concho, Arizona in 1880, during the time of the polygamy raids She took charge of the home her husband was establishing there. Verena was an astute business woman and proved up a homestead in Concho in her name.

It is said of her that she raised her children to obey the commandments of the Lord and follow the teachings of the church. She obeyed the promptings of the spirit and is described as being self-sacrificing, wonderfully kind, and considerate of others. She lived in Concho until her death in 1905.