Mary Magdalena Pfister

13 August 1825–10 January 1884 (Age 58)
Trachselwald, Bern, Switzerland

The Life Summary of Mary Magdalena

When Mary Magdalena Pfister was born on 13 August 1825, in Trachselwald, Bern, Switzerland, her father, Samuel Pfister, was 24 and her mother, Barbara Reber, was 33. She married Christian Wittwer on 28 March 1846, in Schangnau, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Santa Clara, Washington, Utah, United States for about 10 years. She died on 10 January 1884, in Utah, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Christian Wittwer
Mary Magdalena Pfister
Marriage: 28 March 1846
Anna Wittwer
Samuel Wittwer

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 March 1846Schangnau, Bern, Switzerland
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 5
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    1830 · The Oregon Trail
    Age 5
    Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.
    Age 21
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: German Erwin, Willi, Hans, Heinz, Florian, Fritz, Gerhard, Gottlieb, Guenter, Hans Peter, Irmgard, Klaus.South German and Swiss German: occupational name for a baker, from Middle High German pfister ‘baker’ (from Latin pistor).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Magdalena's Conversion Story as told by Donna Wittwer, her great granddaughter

    Magdalena Pfister and her husband, Christian Wittwer, were visited by two missionaries in their home in Bumbach in the valley of Shangnau, Canton Bern, Switzerland. They were told of the restoration o …

    Sources (15)

    • Magdalena Wittizer in household of Christian Wittizer, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Magdalena Pfisher in entry for Samuel Wittwer, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Magdelen Wittwer in household of Christian Wittwer, "United States Census, 1880"

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