This is what we do know about Hartmann Hunziker (the original form of the name--pronouncd "Huntsiker"):
We know he came from Katzbach, near Aarau, in Canton Berne Switzerland from his appication to the Mennonite Relief Committee in Amsterdam Holland in June 1731 (records found by the late Robert Hunsaker of Mo., the BEST Hunsaker researcher I ever met; always documented everything). This area of Canton Berne became part of Canton Aargau in 1803. In his application Hartmann Huntinger (sic), wife Anna and seven childrenmade a request for relief.
We know his wife's name was Anna and we know he had seven children when he immigrated on the "Pennsylvania Merchant" landing in Philadelphia 10 Sept. 1731.These children were:
Verenaover 16 in 1731 Elizabeth " Ursula under 16 Maria" Anna" Johannes ("Hannes") under 16
There was another daughter Catherine probably a baby in arms when the family immigrated so born c. 1730, probably in Holland.
Hartmann died c. 1733 in Conestoga Twp., Lancaster Co., Penn.There was a Martin Honacre in Frederick Twp., Philadelphia Co. confused with our Hartmann because on one place in the lists of paasengers on The "Pennsylvania Merchant" he was mistakenly listed as "Martin" (easy for Englishmen to mishear "Hartmann" as "Martin").
Since Hartmann had 2 daus. 16 and over in 1731, we can assume the younger born at least in 1715 and the eldest c. 1713.That would put his marriage to Anna c. 1712 and his birth c. 1690.He WAS NOT born 1704 or 1707 as I've seen on the web; he didn't have a child when he was 9 or 6.
Hartmann was NEVER married to Barbara Miller who was his son John's mother-in-law, wife of Nicholas Bierei (Beery) and mother of Magdalena Beiri, John's wife.
Anna mar. 2) Jacob Coghenowerby 1738 and had 2 daus. by him:
Eva Elizabeth (These 2 are often mistakenly listed as Hartmann's daus.)
One Hunsaker resarcher back in the 1930's said she had found something at the Library of Congress that listed Anna's maiden name as STIRTZ.No one has ver been able to locate this record and the name "STIRTZ/STERTZ" is not found in Switzerland .Some have speculated the namewas misread and should be STENTZ.
I have seen the date 27 Jan. 1690 -Katzbach, Canton Berne , Switz. for Hartmann's birthdate on the web; no one ever lists the source for this.Does anyone know where this comes from ?
Q. Maurice Hunsaker in his book" A History of the Hunsaker Family in America and Switzerland"-1993 gives a speculation (p. 125) about Hartmann changing his name to John.This is based on an error in a 1760 deed in york Co., Penn. regarding a Jacob Hunseker.In one place in the deed Jacob is mistakenly refrered to as John.Q. decideded for some reason this Jacob is Hartmann's younger brother who recieved this land from Hartmann/John.If Jacob had recieved this land from a brother John that would have been mentioned in the deed. This never did make any sense to me.First of all if "John " had been Hartmann, and we know Hartmann died by 1738, that land would have gone to his widow and children, not to a brother.Secondly this Jacob died in York Co and left a will in 1762 (listed in Q's book--p, 143) in which Jacob leaves everything to his wife Catherine and his brothers and sisters in Berne Switzerland .If this Jacob was related wouldn't he have provided for his poor fatherlessonly nephew John , son of Hartmann ?Finally no one has ever suggested Hartman's name was John, nor does any record list him as John ?Johannes, etc.The line from Hartmann back in Q's book has no vailidity; what he does is rename Hartmann Johannes and goes back fromaJohannes b. 1695.
It does seem very likely to me that Hartmann's father's name was Johannes as he named his only son Johannes ("Hannes"; John) and that would have been traditional.It also seems very likely that one of the daughters was named for his mother, most likely one of the older daus.
Does anyone have solid records that list a Hartmann Hunziker born roughly 1680 to 1695 ? Steve