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Birth Name Meili, Martin Chroniclar
Gender male
Age at Death 51 years


Martin Meili was baptized as an infant on December 26, 1607 in Birmensdorf. After the death of his first wife, Katharina Wintsch, Martin met and married Anna Bar, an Anabaptist. The 1637 census of Stalikon lists him as an "Anabapist who allowed himself to be carried over by his wife" referring to Anna Bar. They must have been secretly married by the leaders within the Anabaptist movement because the birth of their first child, Elsbeth Meili, it is stated that she was generated by an unconsecrated marriage. Thus their marriage was never recognized by the state church.

On May 3, 1639, Martin Meili was imprisoned at Zurich; he escaped on Good Friday in the year 1641. His wife, Anna Bar, was imprisoned from 1638 to 1641. After her imprisonment, she moved to the Palatinate. All the children were placed in different homes. On March 28, 1649, Martin Meili secretly stole his son, Jakob, from his foster father with knowledge of the foster family. By 1650, Martin lived in Duhren, Germany.

In 1658, he wrote accounts of the persecution of the Zurich Anabaptists that were included in the Martyrs Mirror and the 1742 Ausbund.


Death either in Heidelberg or Sinsheim


Listed in Martyrs Mirror on page 1110.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1607 Zürich, Canton Zürich, Switzerland    
Death 1658 Heidelberg, Germany    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Meili, Hansabout 15831652
Mother Hochstrasser, Elsbethabout 1583about 1650
         Meili, Martin Chroniclar 1607 1658
    Sister     Meili, Cathrina 8 October 1612 9 April 1681
    Brother     Meylin, Hans 1615 after 1661
Stepfather Meili, Hansabout 15831651
Mother Hochstrasser, Elsbethabout 1583about 1650
    Half-brother     Meylin, John 1607 1660


Family of Meili, Martin Chroniclar and Bär, Anna

Married Wife Bär, Anna ( * 1618 + after 1668 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage before 1637      
Name Birth Date Death Date
Meili, Jacobabout 1639
Meili, Elsbethabout 1640

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