SCHWEITZER (SWISHER) - ANTHONY FAMILIESUpdated April 9, 2007
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SCHWEITZER - SWISHER
According to Michael Wood's book, Legacy:"Caspar Schweitzer was born in 1715 (in Cologne, Germany).He is known to have come to America from Rotterdam by way of Cowes, England in 1735.Caspar SCHWEITZER sailed on the 'Mercury', captained by William Wilson, landing with fifth-four families of Palatines, one hundred seventy six persons in all, at Philadelphia 29 May 1735." The spelling of name SCHWEITZER eventually was changed to SWISHER.
Caspar settled in York County, PA. He and his wife, Hannah Fredrika, are known to have had three sons. Anthony SWISHER, the middle son(born abt 1745-1825), alongwith his wife, Elizabeth ADAMS, had five children. My 5th great maternal grandfather's (Caspar) family line is through Anthony's son, Jesse SWISHER and his wife, Barbary Wertz. The family eventually migrated to Preble County, OH and Warren County, IN.
Quoted from Jack L. Swisher's SWISHER FAMILY GENEALOGY written in September 1976: Jesse and Barbary "spent most of their lives on the frontier, clearing the land, building their homes and other buildings, then moving to a new frontier.In the process, all of the children eventually owned good farms, through the efforts and assistance of their parents.Their farm was a regular meeting place on the frontier for the Methodist circuit Riders in Bartholomew county, Indiana and Swisher's Chapel existed as a Methodist meeting place from the 1840's until 1892 in Warren County, Indiana.These are ancestors who paid for everything they owned, worked hard for their living, and served their community well.They were honest and respected farmers - the kind of people who made America a great country - and their descendants should be proud of them".
The SWISHER family has had family annual reunions since 1904 with two exceptions during the wars. Descendants continue to meet the first weekend of August.
William ANTHONY (b. 1495) came to London, England from Cologne, Germany and was the chief engraver of the mint and seals of King Edward VI, Queens Mary and Elizabeth. William would be my 11th great grandfather. The information I have is related to the Anthony line through William's son, Francis I, and grandson, Francis II. A book, GENEALOGY of the ANTHONY FAMILY from 1495-1904, by Charles Anthony contains very significant information on this family's heritage.
In reference to Francis II by Jim Fina in THE DESCENDANTS of WILLIAM ANTHONY, AN ANTHONY FAMILY LINE in AMERICA: "Dr. Anthony had a rather colorful career.He was a controversial alchemist and 'Doctor in Physicke', who produced a universal remedy called the Aurum Potabile.On several occassions he was challenged by the College of Medicine at Cambridge and finally was jailed for unlicensed pharmacy.On his release, he continued to sell his Aurum Potablile which landed him in jail again.Because of his powerful connections, however, the members of the college were warned not to jail him again or they themselves would be jailed.They refrained and Dr. Anthony continued dispensing his questionable remedy. Quite possibly his potabile did help a number of ailments. Since he had discovered a way to suspend gold in a liquid, what he was dispensing was not unlike today's mineral supplements."
Francis II's grandson, John II took the oath of allegiance and supremacy March 24, 1634, with intent to embark in the ship Mary and John, but was delayed a few days and took passage later on the Hercules, John Kiddy, Master.He previously lived in the beautiful village of Hampstead, near London, England, and had been an innkeeper as well as having other occupations. John II was the founder of the name of Anthony in New England where he settled in Rhode Island.