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Notes for Hans Jacob Brubaker and Klianna Hiestand

Research Notes:

These are notes for the parents of Anna Brubaker, spouse of Hans Meyer. Both of two brothers have been suggested as the father of Ann Brubaker: Hans Heinrich Bruppacher, spouse of Elisabeth Rusterholtz, and Hans Jacob Brubaker, spouse of Klianna Heistand. We seek evidence to clarify this relationship.

1631 Hans Jacob Brubacher was born on October 9 in Hirzel, Switzerland. [1]

1638 Klianna Hiestand was born about 1638. [2] [3]

1646 Hans Jacob Brubacher began his apprenticeship as a shoemaker at Männedorf. [4]

1658 Hans Jacob Brubacher may have arrived in Ibersheim about 1658, shortly before his marriage, as his wife was already living at Ibersheim in 1657, according to Richterswil, Zürich records. [5] [6]

c1658 Hans Jacob Brubacher married Klianna Hiestand, daughter of Hans Hiestand in about 1658, probably at Ibersheim. [7] [8]

1661 Hans Jacob Brubacher moved from Alsace to Ibersheim in the Pfalz with his wife and father before 1661. [9]

1661 Hans Jacob Brubacher signed a letter in 1661 with his brother Hans Heinrich as hereditary tenants living at Ibersheim to Elector Karl Ludwig asking for help in obtaining their inheritance of their mother Anna Pfister in Wädenswil. The Zürich authorities denied their request because they would not deny their Anabaptist religion. [10]

1661 Hans Jacob Brubacher had two children by 1661 and at least one other daughter Anna who was born in about 1669 which would indicate that he probably had more children as well. [11]

1678 Hans Jacob and Klianna may have had children born up until about 1678, when Klianna was age about 40. [12]

1683 Hans Jacob Brubacher died before 1683 in Ibersheim, Germany. [13]
Hans Jacob Brubacher was an Anabaptist. [14]

1683 Hans Jacob Brubacher was not listed on the 1683 tenant list for Ibersheim. [15]

Son Hans Brubaker, died 1725 in Manheim Twp, Lancaster County, origin Wadenswil, Zürich, Switzerland, was haplogroup R1b1b2a1b4. [16]

Research Notes:
Richard W Davis at Ancestry. Baptism of Hans Jacob Brubacker: https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/collection/1030/tree/118592932/person/242282691798/media/c5c45d7d-52e6-4cab-b5d3-3d1b32d69fb5

Notes by Richard W Davis at Ancestry.com [17]:

Hans Bruppacher was listed as an Anabaptist from Zumikon, Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. He was a baker by trade. He was an Anabaptist preacher and left Zumikon in 1531 with his wife and son and went into the "Unterland". He may be the father of Rutschli Bruppacher who born about 1530 and lived at Wadenswil, Zurich. He was married to Anna Wis. Rutschli is the earliest known Bruppacher ancestor of the Mennonite Bruppachers who arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Rutschli and Anna had at least three children as follows:

1. Peter Bruppacher, baptized, 23 May 1566 Wadenswil. He married Margretha Nägeli .

2. Ulrich Bruppacher, baptized, 14 May 1568, Wadenswil.

3. Annali Bruppacher, baptized, 23 Mar 1570, Wadenswil.

Peter Bruppacher and his wife Margretha Nägeli had one son named Peter Bruppacher who was baptized on 10 Dec 1596 at Wadenswil.

Peter Bruppacher, b. 10 Dec 1596, Wadenswil. According to Zurich records, he was a well-known Anabaptist preacher and had been an Anabaptist since 1622. He married first Barbara Strehler who was buried on 24 Dec 1622 at Wadenswil. They had two children, Hans (1619-by1633) and Barbara (1621-1625) and both died young. Peter’s second wife was Anna Pfister who was buried on 19 Mar 1639 at Hirzel. Anna was from Stocken in Wädenswil the daughter of Werner Pfister the Anabaptist. Anna was the mother of Peter's children who lived to adulthood. Peter's third wife was Margretha Strickler of Harrüti in Hirzel. He was listed as an Anabaptist living at "An der Spitzen" in Hirzel, Zurich in 1633. His wife Anna Pfister and three children were listed with him in 1633 in the Hirzel church census. In was in prison in May 1637 for his Anabaptist beliefs. He was not living at Hirzel in 1637 or 1640 but his two sons, Hans Heinrich and Hans Jacob were listed in the household of Felix Hotz at Bachenmoss, Hirzel. In the 1640 church census at Hirzel it listed the children of the "Widertäuffer" Peter Bruppacher as Hans Heinrich, age 12 and Jacob, age 9. His three sons were educated for two years at Ottenbach after 1640. He was in prison again for 40 weeks and in 1640 his property was confiscated. In 1645, his son Heinrich was called “Täuffer’s son” of Wädenswil when he was negotiating about his father’s confiscated property. Peter had been exiled from Switzerland and was living in Alsace by 1647. His three sons probably joined him in Alsace in 1651 as all expenses paid by the authorities in Zurich for the three sons ceased that year. Some of his family left for Rappoltsweiler in Alsace in 1649. He had purchased land in Alsace and lived there for 13 years from 1648 to 1661. In Zurich records in 1661 it was reported that Peter was living at Ibersheim, two hours from Worms in the Pfalz with his third wife Margretha Strickler and his son Hans Jacob and Hans Jacob's wife named “Hiestand from Richterswil” with their two children. HIs two sons Hans Heinrich and Hans Jacob leased the farm at Ibersheim in 1661 for 12 years. It was reported in 1668 that Peter Brubacher had died at Ibersheim and that 5000 pounds of his inheritance was confiscated in Switzerland because his children were Anabaptists. His property was sold in Switzerland in 1668. Peter and his wife Anna had the following children:

1. Hans Bruppacher, b. 23 Oct 1619, Hirzel, Zurich. d. by 1633, Hirzel.

2. Barbara Bruppacher, b. 28 Aug 1621, Hirzel. d. 27 Mar 1625, Hirzel.

3. Elsbeth Bruppacher, bap. 15 Mar 1625, Hirzel. d. 1629, Hirzel.

4. Peter Bruppacher, bap. 5 Mar 1626, Hirzel. d. 20 Sep 1629, Hirzel. It was common in those days that when a child died they would name the next child born, after the deceased child.

5. Hans Heinrich Bruppacher, bap. 16 Sep 1627, Hirzel. To Ibersheim, Germany before 1662.

6. Peter Bruppacher, bap. 25 Dec 1629, Hirzel. d. before 1661, Alsace. Zurich records show that he died in Alsace prior to 1661. The record shows that Peter Bruppacher had two children, but it is not clear if these children pertain to Sr. or Jr. If he did have children, they are not found in records in the Pfalz. The children may have remained in Alsace or perhaps they died young.

Hans Jacob Bruppacher, bap. 9 Oct 1631, Hirzel. To Alsace and then to Ibersheim, Germany about 1658.

This leaves only two of Peter’s children who went with him to Ibersheim, Hans Heinrich and Hans Jacob. After the death of their father in 1668, they were both called Anabaptists and were denied their inheritance from their father’s estate in Switzerland.

Here is information on these two sons:

Heinrich Brubacher, b. 16 Sep 1627, Hirzel, Zurich. d. before 1683, Ibersheim, Germany. He was an Anabaptist. In about 1642 he was sent to Richterswil, Zurich to learn the trade of glazier. He finished his apprenticeship in 1645. He married Elisabeth Rusterholtz on 2 May 1648 at Wädenswil, Zurich. Elisabeth (b. 1620) was the daughter of Hans Jacob Rusterholtz, the Anabaptist and Susanna Vorster. In the 1633 church census for Hirzel, she was listed as 13 years old. Her father Jacob Rusterholtz was arrested in 1637 with Peter Bruppacher and Hans Landis and were thrown into prison for 12 weeks. He was later arrested again and put in prison for two years and then exiled. Heinrich received 40 guldens at the time of his marriage in 1648. His two brothers also received money at that time so that they could make a present for the couple. Heinrich emigrated about 1651 to Alsace, apparently to join his father. The pastor of Hirzel noted in the parish family book in 1662 that Heinrich was living at Mackenheim in Alsace with his wife and two children. However, the pastor must not have been informed that Hans Heinrich left Alsace the previous year (1661) and moved to Ibersheim. He signed a letter with his brother Hans Jacob as hereditary tenants of Ibersheim in 1661 concerning the inheritance from their mother's estate in Switzerland. He was living at Ibersheim in 1668, when he and his brother were denied the inheritance from their father’s property in Switzerland because of their Anabaptist Religion.

Hans Jacob Brubacher,b. 9 Oct 1631, Hirzel. d. before 1683, Ibersheim, Germany. He was an Anabaptist. In 1646 he began his apprenticeship as a shoemaker at Männedorf. With his wife and father, he moved to Ibersheim in the Pfalz from Alsace before 1661. He may have arrived in Ibersheim about 1658, shortly before his marriage as his wife was already living at Ibersheim in 1657, according to Richterswil, Zurich record. He had two children by 1661 as mentioned above. He signed a letter in 1661 with his brother Hans Heinrich as hereditary tenants living at Ibersheim to Elector Karl Ludwig asking for help in obtaining the inheritance of their mother Anna Pfister in Wädenswil. The Zurich authorities denied their request because they would not deny their Anabaptist religion. Hans Jacob had two children by 1661 and at least one other daughter Anna who was born in about 1669 which would indicate that he probably had more children (born after 1661) as well. He married Klianna Hiestand, daughter of Hans Hiestand in about 1658, probably at Ibersheim. She was born about 1638. Hans Jacob and Klianna may have had children born up until about 1678, when Klianna was age about 40. He was living at Ibersheim in 1668, when he and his brother were denied the inheritance from their father’s property in Switzerland because of their Anabaptist Religion.

There are no records which indicate the names of the children of Hans Heinrich or of his brother Hans Jacob. We can, however, use circumstantial evidence to add children to each brother and their wives’ families.

Here are the following Mennonite Brubachers who lived in the Pfalz and were of the correct age to be children of the Brubacher brothers of Ibersheim:

A. Hans Jacob Brubacher, b. c1655 of Ibersheim. d. 30 May 1697, Friedrichstadt, Germany. On 11 January 1683, Hans Jacob Brubacher was listed as a leaseholder at Ibersheim, with nine other Mennonites. On 10 Sep 1685 he was listed as an hereditary tenant with 11 other Mennonites at Ibersheim and it stated that Hans Jacob had "no children". All the other hereditary tenants were listed with children, if they had any. He was listed as a married man with one child in 1693, when he left Ibersheim to take refuge at Friedrichstadt due to wars in the Ibersheim area. Hans Jacob had two more children born after 1693 at Friedrichstadt and he died there in 1697. His two young children died at Friedrichstadt also. He inherited the lease to the Brubacher farm at Ibersheim after the death of his father.

B. Hans Brubacher, b. c1658 of Ibersheim. He was a married man living at Ibersheim in 1696. In 1709, he was one the Mennonite leader at Ibersheim. He took over the lease to the farm at Ibersheim after his brother. His two youngest sons Abraham (b. c1696) and Hans Jacob (b. c1698) each had half of the Brubacher farm in 1745. Those two sons died on the farm in Ibersheim.

C. Maria Brubacher, b. about 1659. She married Mennonite Hans Jacob Hackman and they were living at Rudelsheim (now called Ludwigshohe) with one child in 1685.

D. Peter Brubacher, b. c1661 of Heubergerhof. He was a Mennonite living at Heubergerhof in 1685 with no children. He was probably a newly married man and had to find a home away from Ibersheim. There are no other records of him at Heubergerhof. He was probably there only a short time and returned to Ibersheim.

E. Anna Brubacher, b. c1669. d. after 1722, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She married Mennonite Hans Meyer of Rudelsehim (now called Ludwigshohe) and they emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1717.

F. Hans Brubacher, b. about 1674. d. 1725, Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He emigrated to Pennsylvania from the Pfalz in 1717 with his wife and five children. He was the brother of Hans Jacob Brubacher (c1678-1651) according to a Lancaster County deed.

G. Hans Jacob Brubacher, b. about 1678. d. 1751, E. Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He emigrated to Pennsylvania from the Pfalz in 1717 with his wife and five children (two more would be born in Pennsylvania). He was the brother of Hans Brubacher (c1674-1725) according to a Lancaster County deed.

As you can see, there are two sets of brothers named Hans Jacob and Hans Brubacher. Since Hans Heinrich’s wife Elisabeth Rusterholz was born in 1620, she probably had her last child by about 1660, which means that she only had two children that could have lived to maturity. This would indicate that Hans (c1674-1725) and his brother Hans Jacob Brubacher (c1678-1751) were the sons Heinrich’s youngest brother Hans Jacob Brubacher. Hans Jacob’s wife Klianna Hiestand was born about 1638, so she probably had children up to about age 40 (1678).

Since we now know who Hans Heinirch’s only two living children were, we can say that the other Brubacher’s children, Maria, Peter and Anna belong to Heinrich’s brother Hans Jacob.

Here are Hans Heinrich Brubacher’s children:

1.Hans Jacob Brubacher, b. c1655, Mackenheim, Alsace. d. 1697, Friedrichstadt, Germany.

2.Hans Brubacher, b. c1658, Mackenheim. d. after 1709, Ibersheim, Germany.

3.There may have been other children born between 1649 and 1653, who died young.

Here are Hans Jacob Brubacher’s children:

1.Maria Brubacher, b. c1659. She married Hans Jacob Hackman and lived at Rudelsheim (Ludwigshohe).

2.Peter Brubacher, b. c1661. He lived at Heubergerhof in 1685 without children.

3.Anna Brubacher, b. c1669. d. after 1722, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She married Hans Meyer of Rudelsheim (Ludwigshohe). She emigrated in 1717.

4. Hans Brubacher, b. c1674. d. 1725, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He emigrated in 1717.

5.Hans Jacob Brubacher, b. c1678. d. 1751, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He emigrated in 1717.

6. There may have been other children born between about 1663 and 1676.

It is interesting to note, that the brothers Hans Heinrich and Hans Jacob had no male "Brubacher" grandchildren born before 1685. Hans Heinrich's oldest son Hans Jacob (c1655-1697) in 1685 was the herditary of Ibersheim and apparently married by 1685 but had "no children". Hans Jacob's (1631-by 1683) oldest son Peter (b. c1661) was living at Heubergerhof (farm) in 1685 and had no children at the time.

Research report by Richard Warren Davis


Footnotes:

[1] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[2] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[3] Jane Evans Best, "Hiestand Family: An Update," Mennonite Family History 12 (1993), 58-62, at 60, person HE14, in 1640 she was age 3.

[4] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[5] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[6] Jane Evans Best, "Hiestand Family: An Update," Mennonite Family History 12 (1993), 58-62, at 60, person HE14.

[7] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[8] Jane Evans Best, "Hiestand Family: An Update," Mennonite Family History 12 (1993), 58-62, at 60, person HE14.

[9] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[10] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[11] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[12] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[13] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[14] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[15] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com Family Notes, Brubaker B117, [Website].

[16] Darvin L. Martin, "Unveiling the Deep Ancestry of Swiss Anabaptist Forebears," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 33 (July, 2010), 2-17, at 17.

[17] Richard Warren Davis Notes, Ancestry.com, [URL].