The Hawpe ancestral homeland has finally been found!Sept. 24, 2009!The villages are Herrliberg and Meilen, Meilen District, Canton Zurich, Switzerland.Yes, Switzerland.The name before emigrating was Haab.The Haab name dates back to very early 1500's in the Canton Zurich area.In 1743, Heinrich Haab emigrated along with two children.They were Rodolf and Hans Rodolff.They emigrated from Herrliberg and were destined for the Carolina Colony (meaning New Bern, NC or Charleston, SC).However, like many ships destined for Carolina, they decided to make port in Philadelphia.Apparently, Heinrich Haab became seriously ill during the passage (not at all uncommon).He would later die in Lancaster Co., PA in 1743.
Gary R. Hawpe had his DNA tested.It came back nearly 100% perfectly matched to a Hans Haab of Meilen, Switzerland.
After a few internet searches using the Haab spelling, Gary came upon a reference to a text containing the Swiss Emigration document regarding Heinrich Haab and two children Rodolf and Hans Rodolff in 1743. No village was mentioned in this reference.I found the transcript of the book on-line and the village was identified as Herrliberg. I also discovered a treasure trove of Haab records in both Meilen and Herrliberg dating back to the early 1500's.
The Ev. Ref. Kirchengemeinde Herrliberg (church records) microfilm has been ordered for a 1st hand viewing of the records to look for additional specifics.
Rudolph Hawpe (the patriarch of the Greenville, Augusta Co., VA Hawpes) is one of these two children.