Do you have further information on Christian Amacher and his wife Anna Ruef?
My family outline is as follows...
Christian Amacher was born 22 Dec 1838 in Isenfluh, Canton Bern, Switzerland.He was the son of Barbara Amacher (born 11 Oct 1812, Isenfluh, Canton Bern, Switzerland-died 28 Jul 1861 Oberried, Canton Bern, Switzerland).The name of his father is not known; Barbara lived with her son in Oberreid near Brienz and died there unmarried.His Amacher ancestors lived at Isenfluh in the parish of Gsteig as early as 1550
Christian Married 18 Mar 1860 at Gsteig, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Anna Ruef.Anna was born 20 Sep 1838 in Oberried, Canton Bern, Switzerland, and was the daughter of Jakob Ruef (born 28 Sep 1806, Oberried, Canton Bern, Switzerland-died 27 Oct 1877, Oberried, Canton Bern, Switzerland) and Elizabeth Schmoker (born 18 Aug 1811 Oberried, Canton Bern, Switzerland-died 26 Oct 1879, Oberried, Canton Bern, Switzerland).
On 30 May 1869, Christian Amacher, his wife Anna, and four children, Christian, Jr., John, Anna, and Margaret; and the families of Peter Schild and Christian Ruef left their homes near Brienz in Canton Bern, Switzerland, and traveled by train across Switzerland and France to the seaport of Le Harve, where they boarded a steamship, the "Cimbria", bound for America.
After a voyage of 10 days and 21 hours, the ship landed in New York about the middle of June 1869.The party remained in New York with some friends for two months; they then left by steamer for Norfolk, Virginia, where they boarded a train for Chattanooga, Tennessee.Arriving in Chattanooga in the evening, they spent the night there and left the next morning for McMinnville, Tennessee.In McMinnville they bought cook stoves, and tools, hired wagons drawn by oxen, and set out for the Swiss colony on the Cumberland Plateau.
As they came up the Collins River Valley in Warren County, Tennessee, the General Consul and Political Agent for the Swiss Republic, John Hitz, joined the group to accompany then up the mountains.They arrived at the site of their new home after traveling for two days over the rough mountainous roads.Besides being tired, they were extremely disappointed at finding only a crude log cabin in the woods which was to serve as "home" for all three families until they could build their own homes.These families immediately began to build their own homes.Having been told of the glowing opportunities in the Tennessee mountains, the first settlers at the Gruetli Swiss Colony did not realize the difficulties of establishing fruitful farms on the rough mountainous land.
By the end of the year 1869, the first year of the Gruetli Colony in Grundy County, Tennessee, there were some 80 Swiss settlers.In 1872 colonization reached its peak; there were over 100 families listed that year.Soon after 1875 the colony began to decline.Some of the settlers stayed and became successful farmers but most of the colonists sought opportunities elsewhere.Christian Amacher moved his family in the late 1870s and settled in the Belvidere Community in nearby Franklin County, Tennessee, where he had previously sought work.
Christian Amacher was a carpenter.His sons probably lived out as farm hands and his daughters as domestic servants.As early as 1876, Christian went to Belvidere from Gruetli to do carpenter work on a residence and barn being built by John Kaserman.He moved his family to Belvidere shortly thereafter.
In 1882, according to newspaper accounts, Christianin partnership with W. P. Ralston built a barn for the Hatchett family.Christian had the contract to build the Maxwell schoolhouse in 1883.
Christian died 22 Jan 1900 at his home near Belvidere, Franklin County, Tennessee; Anna died 5 Feb 1909; both are buried at the Kaserman Cemetery near Belvidere, Franklin County, Tennessee.Christian and Anna had eight children:
?Christian "Christopher" Amacher (1860-1919)
?Johann "John" Amacher (1862-1935)
?Anna Amacher (1865-1887)
?Margaretha "Maggie" Amacher (born 1868)
?Jacob Amacher (1874-1879)
?Lena Amacher (1875-1966)
?Rosina "Rose" Amacher (born 1878)
?Jacob "Jake" Amacher (1880-1952)
Chris (1860-1919) was my great, great grandfather...
Christian "Chris""Christopher" Amacher (born 4 Nov 1860,Oberried, Canton Bern,Switzerland-died 1919,Belvidere,FranklinCoTN); married 28 Dec 1889, Belvidere, Franklin Co TN, LucyMaster (born 26 Dec 1871 Ohio-died 31 Jul1938Belvidere, Franklin Co TN), daughter of Jacob Master and Barbara Kurt; both were members of the German Reformed Church attheBelvidere (now the First United Church, UnitedChurchofChrist), Franklin CoTN; buried at the church cemetery; children:
?Friedrich "Fritz" "Fred" Amacher (1890-1946)
?Anna "Annie" Amacher (1892-1963)
?Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1894-1974)
?Paul Amacher (1896-1912)
?Guy Amacher (1898-1958)
?Edna Amacher (1900-1970)
?Howard Amacher (1902-1976)
?Louise Amacher (1905-1986)
?Barbara Amacher (1909-1960)
?Christine Amacher (1911-1999)
Obviously, the information does not indicate an direct connection but no doubt someone in
the Amacher or Ruef families could explain the coincidences of names.
What do you have on your Christian Amacher and Anna Ruef??
Jerry T. Limbaugh
Winchester, Franklin County, Tennessee