Which Nicholas Bieri?
Dear Beery Cousins,
It appears that there were at least two Nicholas Bieris living in the canton of Bern in Switzerland in the years before our ancestor came to York, PA.Which one of them was the one on the ship Friendship?
Richard Warren Davis, in his book "Refuges, Pioneers, and Immigrants", mentions a Nicholas Bieri, b 6 Apr 1704 in Oberdiessbach, Bern, Switzerland.He was the 13th out of 15 children born to Hans Bieri b 31 Oct 1652 and Madlena Roht b c 1663.They lived at Buchholderburg in Oberdiessbach. There are dates listed for all 15 children.Hans Bieri's father was Michael Bieri, b c 1620.He married Margaret Butler/Buler.He lived at Diessbach, Bern in 1645.He lived at Buchholderberg from 1649 to 1664.About Nicholas, R.W.Davis says, "He may be the Mennonite who came to Pennsylvania," and he is clear that he can not actually prove the link between this Nicholas and the one who came to America.
In Family Tree v107t3080 is another Nicholas Bieri.He was born March 10, 1696/97 in Schangnau, Bern, Switzerland.He was the 4th of 8 children born to Hans Bieri b c 1669 and Anna Schluechter b c 1670 who lived in Schangnau, Bern.There are birthdates for all 8 children.Hans Bieri's father was Hans Bieri, b October 23, 1625 in Schangnau who was married to Katherine Dubach, b July 1, 1638 in Trub, Bern.This family tree names ancestors for Katherine Dubach's mother, Anna Fankhauser, back for 7 generations more.
I have not been able to get in touch with the creator of this family tree, so I do not know the source of his information.But let's assume that both sets of data are true as they probably are.How do we know which Nicholas Bieri actually came to Pennsylvania?
Do any of you have any ideas?The Schangnau birthdate is a better match to the estimated birthdate in the Beery History by Garber.The Beery children's names in Pennsylvania are not indicative of either set of siblings' names.Do any of you have a family tradition of being from either Schangnau or Oberdiessbach?
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