Here's some information I've been told about the family:
From Verna Beutel:It is believed Hartman was from Aargau in the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland, and that he fled via the Palatinate, Netherlands and England, before arriving in PA on the Pennsylvania Merchant in 1731.Daughters Verena and Elizabeth were over 16 when they arrived in America; Ursula, Anna and Mary were under 16. The exact years of their births are unknown.
Posted by Carla Sue Hunsaker Hamilton on July 20, 1998 at 22:38:12: My family records show (Hartman Hunsaker) born ca 1695 in Switzerland, married 1712 to Anna Stirtz in Switzerland, died 1733 in York, PA. Information taken from the Hunsaker bible copy owned by Robert H. Hunsaker. His son Johannes (John) L. born May 22, 1728 in Weisbaden Germany, married Magdalena Berry May 15, 1750 in York Co. PA.
From Robert H. Hunsaker records(Title: History of the Hunsaker Family; Author: Robert H. Hunsaker; Publication: Southern Illinois Genealogical Society, Logan Community College Library, Carterville, Illinois) : " In 1728 the Bern, Switzerland authorities increased their campaign to exterminate all Mennonites. Since Hartman's daughters were not baptized in the state church, Hartman was imprisoned in Bern. The Dutch Ambassador, Runckel, interceded for 50 imprisoned Anabaptists on the condition that they bind themselves to settle in America. Hartman and his family sailed down the Rhine to Mainz, where son Hannes was born. Catherine was born in Wiesbaden in 1731. Here in the Palatinate the Mennonites were barely tolerated because they refused to adhere to the Catholic, Lutheran or Reformed churches. When William Penn offered refuge in Pennyslvania, the Mennonites went there.
The original ship list of the sailing ship Pennsylvania Merchant, Capt. John Stedman, Commander, that arrived 10 Sept 1731 with Palatine (Mennonites) at the port of Philadelphia, lists Harman Husake. All male passengers over age 16 were taken to the Philadelphia Courthouse, where Capt. Stedman presented to Lt. Governor S. Griffits a list of names of 57 male Palatines and family members totaling 175 persons imported from Rotterdam, but last with clearance from the port of Dover, England. When Hartman swore his allegiance to King George II and declared his allegiance and fidelity to the Proprietary of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English clerk wrote the name down as Hunseker.
Hartman and his family probably traveled on foot from Philadelphia carrying their meager belongings up the Skippack Pike to Frederick Township, Montgomery County, about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia, where the Mennonites had a house raising for Hartman's new log cabin. With his neighbors' help Hartman had cleared and readied for the spring 1732 crops."