There is a lot of discussion about immigration in America right now. Tempers have flared over the President's Travel Ban, and different groups hold various strong opinions. There is also Brexit, where immigration was a large focus of the recent vote which resulted in the U.K. leaving the E.U.
I've been following this for several months and it
occurs to me that those of us in Canada, America, and Australia have
immigrant ancestors. Have you researched yours? Do you know who they
were, why they came to your country and when? Do you know how they fared
once settled in their new land? Were they welcomed? Were they shunned?
Was their discrimination based on their religion or ethnic origin? These
are all questions that are important, and interesting to discover. With
that in mind, I'm the dedicating Saturdays (as many as needed) as the
day to join me in discussing your immigrant ancestors.
You will be able to read any you are interested in by using the keyword
Immigrant Ancestors. I'm going to share each week what I know of my
immigrant ancestors to North America (whether that is USA or Canada)
Today's immigrant ancestors is my 7th great-grandfather Hartman Hunsicker born circa 1692. Hartman was a Mennonite from Leistal, Bassel, Switzerland.
on the Hunsaker surname are: Hunsicker, Hunsecker, Hunsiker, Hunziger,
Huntzinger and Hunsucker. Supposedly, the name derives from the origins
of Valentine Hunsicker, in the centre of the Schwartzwald (the German
Black Forest), about 70 miles north of Zurich where there is found a
district which bears names from the time of Attila the Hun, in
Hunstruck, Hunstruecker, Hunsbach, and in the center of the valley,
Hunseck (Huns' Valley). It is believed that the name Hunsecker came from
this valley and possibly this is the origin of the family.
Hartman and his wife Anna Stirtz had 5 children born to them in Switzerland. In 1726 Hartman fled Switzerland for Germany. Hartman and Anna relocated to Weisbaden Germany where two more children were born to the couple.
"Hartman Huntseker" fled Germany for Pennsylvania, arriving 10 September 1731 on the Pennsylvania Merchant, loaded with Palatine passengers from Rotterdam, John Stedman, Commander. Anna, Frena and Eliz. Huntseker, all over age 16, were also on the ship, as were some under age 16: Anna, Ursul, Meyer and Hannes Huntseker.
Hartman Hunsaker died 1733 in Frederick Township in what is now Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Anna, his widow, married Jacob Cocghnower the widowed Preacher of the Skippack Mennonite Church in Perikomen Township in Montgomery Co Pennsylvania in 1734.
They moved to Manheim Twp Lancaster County Pennsylvania soon after the marriage. Anna died in 1737 and Jacob Cocghnower married for the 3rd time in 1738.