Re: Niclaus Pfarrer
The information on the Marti family I found was put together by Julius Billeter in his research entitled the "Marti Family of Rapperswil" so I'm not sure were he got his records from.The earliest information on the Marti's dates before the Reformation so these earliest generations were obviously Catholic.
The Apostolic Christian Church was known as the Evangelical Baptist Church in Europe (The name was later changed in the US as not to be confused with the various Baptist religions here). The church was founded in the early 1830's by Samuel Froehlich, a young seminary student (in the Protestant Reformed Church) in Switzerland, who had experienced a Biblical conversion. Ultimately, some 110 congregations were formed in thirty-five years in several European countries. Froehlich's intent was to organize a church based on a literal interpretation of the Bible.Most of those who joined were Mennonites and other Swiss Anabaptist religions but some came from the Swiss Reformed Protestant and Catholic backgrounds.
I don't know the religion of the Marti's or Pfarrer's previous to their conversion to this new faith.It appears that the vast majority in Canton Bern who joined were Mennonites.The Apostolics like the other anabaptist religions did not believe in infant baptism and this put them out of favor with the governments of the various Cantons and the state church.So the word "Tolerant" could have something to do with those of the Mennonite and later Apostolic faith.
I also know that some of my Baumgartner ancestors who were also of the Apostolic Faith originated in Brunnenthal in Messen.
It was also the rule within the Mennonite and Apostolic churches that one must marry someone of the same faith so most of these families married into one another at one point or another.