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Alexander Neibaur

Birthplace: Ehrenbreitstein, Alsace/Lorraine, Rheinland, France/Germany
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Nathan Neubauer, dentist and Rebecca (Rieke) Peretz Neibaurer
Husband of Elizabeth Neibaur; Ellen Neibaur; <private> WELTON and <private> HILEY
Father of Joseph William Neibaur; Margaret Jane Neibaur; Samuel Breakel Isaac (alias) Neibaur, Peretz Samuel; Isaac Neibaur; Alice Breakel Neibaur and 12 others
Brother of Tine Neubauer; Isaac Neubauer; Isidor Neubauer; Bertha Neubauer; Ernestine Neubauer and 4 others

Occupation: Dentist, Match maker, dentist
Managed by: Carson Jared Wheeler
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About Alexander Neibaur

Alexander Neibaur is one of the first Jews to convert to Mormonism, understood to have done so on or about 9 Apr 1838. He was known primarily as a dentist, but also a match maker. He is known to have been at least one of the individuals who taught Hebrew to Joseph Smith, the first leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Alexander is the author of one of the eight versions of the story behind Joseph Smith's vision, called the First Vision by Mormons. Another item of note is that Alexander's father, Joseph Nathan Neibaurer, was an interpreter for Napoleon Bonaparte.


[Transcription by Jason O'Driscoll]

Father Neibaur Dead.

The death of Father Alexander Neibaur, who has been lingering for some weeks past, has not been altogether unexpected. He passed away quietly and without struggle, Saturday afternoon about 4 p.m. He was born on the 9th of January 1808, at Ehrenbreitstein, Germany, of Jewish parents, and was educated in the law of Moses for a Jewish Rabbi. At 14 years of age he chose the profession of dentist, went to the university of Berlin at 17, and began to travel on the continent of Europe, as a dentist. In 1830 he went to the town of Preston, Lancashire, England, where in the same year, he married Ellen Breakel, of Vauxhall Road, in the same town. He was baptized into the Mormon Church, April 9th, 1838. He left Liverpool in the ship Sheffield, the first ship that ever sailed over the Atlantic Ocean with "Mormons." on Febuary 7th, 1841, arriving in Nauvoo, the same fall and from the fall of 1843 till June, 1844, taught Joseph Smith the Hebrew and German languages. He arrived in Salt Lake City, September 24th, 1848, and settled in the Thirteenth Ward, where he has resided ever since, having been the father of eleven children, with eighty-one grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Deceased was highly respected by all who knew him, and this means the greater portion of the community.-S.L. Herald.

[Published in Ogden Standard Examiner Dec. 17,1883]


Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"...Alexander Neibaur (8 January 1808 – 15 December 1883) was one of the first Jewish persons to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was an educated man, fluent in 7 languages, and was a skilled dentist in his time, among the first dentists to practice in Utah.

Neibaur was born in 1808 to Nathan and Rebecca Peretz Neibaur in Ehrenbriestein, Alsace-Lorraine (near Coblentyz, Prussia, now Koblenz, Germany), which was at that time a part of France. Neibaur's father served as a surgeon of the French Army..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Alexander Neibaur', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 November 2010, 13:11 UTC, <> [accessed 20 January 2011]


Alexander Neibaur was raised in the Jewish faith in a devout family in France, during the Napoleonic era. Alexander's physician-father sent him to school to become a Rabbi. Here he was schooled in the Jewish faith and the Talmud. But Alexander wasn't satisfied with what he was learning, so he dropped out. He studied to be a Dentist at the University of Berlin. After graduating, he traveled around Europe, looking for a place to set up a practice. Instead he found Christianity! Converting to Christianity meant departing the Jewish faith.


He chose Preston England to set up a Dental practice, a move that would prove to be important to his future. He met his future wife, Ellen Breakel, in Preston. They married in 1834. He had been having dreams and visions, where he saw a strange book, a beautiful building he wanted to enter but couldn't and an angel.

In July 1837 the first Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to Preston, preaching near a large gathering hall called the 'Cock Pit.' The fame of these Mormons spread quickly, prompting discussions among neighbors as they performed their daily chores. A neighbor of Ellen's asked if she had heard about the 'new ministers from America who claimed to have seen angels' while they were cleaning their front steps. Alexander, hearing from the house, asked more of this neighbor woman. She gave him the address of the Elders, and Alexander ran to find them. Finding Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, Orson Hyde and Joseph Fielding, he asked if they had a book. He was referring to the strange book he had seen in vision. If this was the right church, it would match what he had seen in his dreams. They indeed had a Book of Mormon.

Alexander couldn't eat or sleep for the three days it took him to read the Book of Mormon. Finishing, he asked the Elders if he could be baptized; they counseled him to wait until he learned more to prepare for this important ordinance. He used this time to help Ellen. She wasn't so sure. Alexander wanted Ellen to read the Book of Mormon so she could know of the truthfulness of the restored gospel, as he did. She wasn't unsupportive of Alexander, just personally disinterested. She said it was a 'pretty story' but wouldn't go any further. Alexander persisted, reading aloud from the pages of the Book of Mormon to her in the evenings well into the night. Finally, she awoke in the middle of the night after dreaming of seeing Willard Richards' face among clouds. She took that to mean that she should pay heed to what he had taught her. She listened to Alexander read the Book of Mormon with an open heart. On April 9, 1838, both Alexander and Ellen Neibaur were baptized by Isaac Russell in the River Ribble nearby. The family finally had the whole truth!

The water would have been extremely cold in April's England, but their friendships and associations would turn out to be colder. Alexander and Ellen's friends and associated did not approve of their decision to join the Mormons. Alexander's dental practice suffered, and their friendships became strained. The Neibaurs immigrated to America to join the body of the saints, where they became close friends with Joseph Smith and his family, as well as Brigham Young and his family. There, they entered the Holy Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, recognizing it as the beautiful building he saw in his dreams and wanted to enter.

Alexander Neibaur was the first Jewish male convert to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His conversion was the first of many to fulfill the prophecy of Nephi, found in 2 Nephi 29: 13 and 2 Nephi 30:7. And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites (the Book of Mormon) and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews (The Bible); And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall become a delightsome people.

Alexander Neibaur was guided by God to find the truth he sought. He was open to the inspiration he received and acted upon it. Embracing the truth separated him from his previous family, friends and business associates, but opened up new friendships and family relationships that now extend into eternity. More importantly, it changed his families' lives forever. As a descendant of Alexander and Ellen Neibaur, we are the grateful recipients of this gospel through their sacrifices.

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Alexander Neibaur's Timeline

January 8, 1808
Ehrenbreitstein, Alsace/Lorraine, Rheinland, France/Germany
Age 20
Ehrenbrietstein, Prussia, Germany
Age 24
Preston, Linconshire, England
January 6, 1835
Age 26
Preston, Lancashire, England
February 20, 1836
Age 28
Preston, Linconshire, England
January 7, 1838
Age 29
Preston, Linconshire, England
April 9, 1838
Age 30
April 9, 1838
Age 30
March 20, 1839
Age 31
Preston, Linconshire, England
February 7, 1841
Age 33
Nauvoo, IL