Dave, I just tried to go to Rick's page and failed. It may just be busy. Anyway, Johann Jacob was born 1708 in Schalbach, Moselle, France; he married Anna Maria Balliet. Their son Johann Jacob was born 1730 in Germany, and married Elizabetha Barbara Hunsicker, daughter of Christian and Catharina Balliet Hunsicker. Johann Jacob I lived first in Northampton Co PA and later moved to Virginia. His son, Jacob, b 1754, married Elizabeth Rinker, whose parents DID come from Switzerland. Rick has helped his uncle, Durwood Allaman, to write an excellent book, "The Allaman Heritage: The Descendants of Jacob Allemong and Anna Maria Balliet, and his brother Christian." It's well worth having in your library. If you can't reach his URL, his address is 6319 E. Waltann Lane, Scottsdale AZ 85254.