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Mennonite HUNSICKER Family of Switzerland & Pennsylvania
The Hunsaker Family of Switzerland
Variations on the Hunsaker surname are: Hunsicker, Hunsecker, Hunsicker, Hunsiker, Hunziger, Huntzinger and Hunsucker.
Supposedly, the name derives from the origins of Valentine Hunsicker, in the centre of the Schwartzwald (the German Black Forest),
about 70 miles north of Zurich where there is found a district which bears names from the time of Attila the Hun, in Hunstruck, Hunstruecker, Hunsbach, and in the center
of the valley, Hunseck (Huns' Valley). It is believed that the name Hunsecker came from this valley and possibly this is the origin of
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My earliest known Hunsaker ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather, Hans Heinrich, born 1655 in Switzerland. His son Johannes Jacob, born 1675 in Bassel Switzerland, married Margretha
Buss and their son, Hartman Hunsaker born ca 1704 ( my 7th great-grandfather), appears to be the first Hunsaker in America, arriving in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1731 on the ship Pennsylvania Merchant with his wife, Anna Stirtz and six children. It is believed Hartman was from Aarau in the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland, and that he fled via the Palatinate, Netherlands and England, before arriving in Pennsylvania.
"Hartman Huntseker" arrived 10 Sep 1731 on the Pennsylvania Merchant, loaded with palatine passengers from Rotterdam, John Stedman, Commander. Anna, Frena and Eliz. Huntseker, all over age 16, were also on the ship, as were some under age 16: Anna, Ursul, Meyer and Hannes Huntseker.
A letter from Robert Hunsaker to Erma Gimlin written in 1989 that reads:
"For years we thought that Hartman Hunsaker's wife, Anna _____?, had died and he had remarried. After finding John Hunsaker (the only son of Hartman Hunsaker & his wife, Anna) Family Bible - we know that John had half-sisters, daughters of his mother - Eva, who married John Welty and Elizabeth, who married Abrham Biry aka Beery."
Johannes aka John Hunsicker is buried in Kimmel Dunkard Cemetery in Union Co. Illinois
- 10 Sept. 1750: Warantee of 100 acres in Manheim Tp. York co. where Johannes/John was a farmer. He also owned land in Manchester Tp. adjoining land of Nicholas Biry aka Bieri aka Beery his father in law.
- 9 June 1767: Mention of land holdings in Manchester Tp. York Co. PA in deed of Barbara Ann (Miller) Bieri Kagy, mother of his wife Magdalena Bieri.
- 9 June 1767: Mentioned as John HUNTZICKER of York Co. yeoman and Madgalena his wife, late Magdalena Beery, one of the daughters of the said Nicholas
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