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Switzer Genealogy

Valentine Switzer. (Immigrant) arrived from Germany, Oct. 13, 1749. He was a brother of John and Nicholas Switzer, who arrived in 1753 and 1761, from Germany, and all settled in Hampshire County, Virginia. Mary Hotzenbella, Wife of Valentine Switzer, was a daughter of Ste­phen and Barbara Hotzenbella of Frederick County, Virginia. CHILDREN: Phillip Switzer, John Switzer, Abraham Switzer, Peter Switzer, Henry Switzer, Valentine Switzer, Nicholas Switzer, Catherine Switzer, Born’ March 15, 1757, died July 3, 1835. Born 1759, died in Ohio, 1844. Born April 4, 1767, died in Indiana, January 12, 1838. Born May 9, 1769, died in Indiana, Nov. 14, 1844. Born 1772 and died August 10, 1839. Items: An immigrant in America represents the First Generation in the Gene­alogy of his family. Valentine Switzer arrived in America on the ship Lydia Oct. 13, 1749. The ship’s master was Captain John Randolph. The ship sailed from Rotterdam with passengers from Wurtemburg, Derlach and Zwerbracken. They were Palentines from the highlands of Germany, Manhiem was their oft-mentioned city. The name originally spelled Schweitzer was soon changed to Switzer. The family relations of Valentine Switzer are established through the probated wills of Stephen Hotzenbella of Frederick County, Virginia, and his own recorded in Hampshire County, Virginia, now West Virginia. The first named Valentine as son-in-law and the second declares him as ancestor. The will of Valentine Switzer was made November 7, 1809, and was probated May 19, 1817. The Executors were Philip Hoover, Frederick Secrist and “My brother John Switzer.” Phillip was probably the oldest of the Valentine Switzer family. It is mentioned that he was born in Hampshire County,...

Probated Will of Stephen Hotzenbella

In the name of God, Amen. I, Stephen Hotzenbella, of the County of Frederick, in the Colony of Virginia, being sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it. Therefore calling to mind the mor­tality of the body, and knowing that is is appointed for all men once to die; do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form, to-wit: Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Barbara Hot­zenbella, the young bay horse, unbranded, one cow, and one featherbed and fur­niture. Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Susannah Seigler, one mare of the value of eight pounds, one side saddle and bridle, two cows, one rug and one blanket. Item: My will and desire is that after all my just debts and funeral ex­penses are paid and satisfied, that all the rest and residue of my estate be di­vided equally between my surviving sons and daughters. Item: I give and bequeath to my said ‘beloved wife, Barbara, the plan­tation whereon I now live during her natural life or while she remains my widow, but after her decease or marriage, Item: My will and desire is that my Executors do sell the said Planta­tion to the best advantage that can be got and out of the money arising thereby that they pay to my son Jacob Hotzenbella, forty pounds; to my son Stephen Hotzenbella, sixty pounds; to my grand-daughter, Rebecca Bumgardner, fourteen pounds; to the Lutheran Church five pounds; and to the Calvinistic Church five pounds, and the rest and the residue...

Biography of Benjamin Franklin Harris

Benjamin Franklin Harris. Love of land, of peace and industry, cardinal virtues in the lives of men and nations, were ever present influences in the long life of the late B. F. Harris of Champaign County. To say that he left “a good name” as a legacy to his family, is to state only part of the truth. It was a strong name, one that is vital today, and the memory of it has an inspiration to all those who have the resolution and the will to labor in order to secure worthy places in their respective spheres. Without disparaging the remarkable material achievements associated with the name in Champaign County, there is need to emphasize the wonderful virility of the family stock and its permanence. America, and this is particularly true of the Middle West, can show comparatively few families who can take root and grow and flourish generation after generation in one spot. In fact mobility in population has been exalted in some quarters almost to a virtue. Of the Harris family five generations have lived in Champaign County, beginning with the father of B. F. Harris, Sr., and coming down to his great-grandchildren. More important still, each generation has amplified and expanded the interests of the preceding. The word virility is as applicable to the family today as it was when Champaign County was on the frontier. In 1916 there was held a simple ceremony at the University of Illinois, which attracted wide newspaper publicity even at a time when politics and a world war were the absorbing topics of conversation.. This was the hanging of...

Biography of Joseph Larrick

Joseph Larrick. No county in Kansas is richer in pioneer and early territorial history than Johnson County. Some of this history is reflected in the career of such a pioneer settler as Joseph Larrick, who arrived in Kansas in 1858, and spent more than half a century in Johnson County. A native of Virginia, and a son of Jacob and Catherine (Spillman) Larrick of Frederick County, Virginia, Joseph Larrick was born February 15, 1817, and attained the remarkable age of ninety-two years, passing away at Paola March 8, 1909. He was one of a farnily of nine children. When he was a youth he crossed the Allegheny Mountains and settled in Noble County, Ohio. There he married and there most of his children were born. When he came to Kansas in 1858 he bought from the noted Indian chief, George Rogers, 400 acres of land in the Big Bull Creek Bottom of Johnson County. On the banks of that creek he put up the first grinding and saw mill in all that section of the country. It was an indispensable institution, and one of the first in the entire territory. People of modern times can hardly appreciate how much such a mill meant to the pioneers, and it is said that the patronage of the Larrick mill came from a country many miles around, even as far as from where Humboldt now stands. Joseph Larrick and his family endured all the dangers and hardships of the border ruffian era, and of the subsequent Civil war. Soon after the outbreak of the war Joseph Larrick entered the Union army. He...

Biography of George H. Grimmell, M. D.

George H. Grimmell, M. D. One of the first graduates of medicine to set up in practice at Howard, Kansas, was Dr. George H. Grimmell, who rendered his first professional services in that section of Elk County thirty years ago. With the exception of about eight years spent at Onaga, Doctor Grimmell had been continuously in practice at Howard since 1898, and is accounted one of the most competent surgeons in that locality. The first authentic records of his ancestry is found in the annals of the first crusade of 1096, A. D. There was a Sir John Von Grimmell, who was one of the enthusiastic Germans who joined as followers of the Cross in the endeavor to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of the Moslems. The line of descent from this crusader is traced directly to Dr. George H. Grimmell of Kansas. There is also a coat of arms in the family, and it is a reproduction of Baron Grimmell’s insignia as found in the year 1555. The coat consists of shield, quarterings, mantling, helmet, coronet and crest. Those versed in the science of heraldry can find in this coat of arms significant traces of the original Von Grimmell’s services as a crusader. Doctor Grimmell gets his profession naturally, since for several generations the Grimmell family have produced capable medical practitioners. He is a grandson of Henry Charles Augustus Grimmell, who was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany. He was given a liberal education and was learned in all the branches of science then included in the physician and surgeon’s arts. He practiced in Germany for some...

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin McMorris

Benjamin McMorris, farmer; P. O. Hutton; was born in Loudoun Co., Va., March 25, 1813; his parents moved to Frederick Co., Va., when he was a year old; his father died in the year 1818, and Mr. McMorris lived with his mother until he was 21 years of age, when they moved to Coshocton Co., Ohio; six years after, his mother returned to Virginia and died there in the year 1852. In the spring of 1836, Mr. McMorris married Rachel McLaughlin, and, three years afterward, moved to Coles Co., and settled in Sec. 9, Hutton Township, where he at present resides. His wife died Dec. 17, 1851, leaving six children, all living – Nancy (born Aug. 14, 1837), Margaret (July 7, 1839), Benjamin F. (May 16, 1842), Mary J. Nov. 11. 1847), William H. (Aug. 18, 1849), and Rachel (Dec. 5, 1851). He married his second wife, Miss Sarah J. Johns, daughter of James and Jane Johns, in February, 1852; she was born in Virginia, Pendleton Co., Aug. 11, 1825, and was the widow of Wm. Cartright; they had eight children, six living – Elizabeth J. (born Nov. 26, 1854-now Mrs. David T. French, at present residing in Kansas; married Nov. 14, 1870), John V. (born Oct. 15, 1856), Martha A. know Mrs. John Thornton born July 10, 1860 married Oct. 16, 1878), Russell J. (born Sept. 29, 1862), Jenette (Aug. 27, 1864), and Joseph L. (born March 9, 1867); two deceased-Thomas J. and David...

Biography of George F. Herbert

GEORGE F. HERBERT. – This gentleman and his wife were a venerable couple whose lives as pioneers in our state, and as citizens of great merit in social, religious and business life, have made them well known and highly respected in the entire circle of their acquaintances. Mr. Herbert was born in Frederick County, Virginia, in September, 1815. Mrs. Herbert (Elizabeth) née McCormick, was born May 1, 1818, in the same state. They were married in 1838, and emigrated to the frontier of Illinois, where they remained until 1842, when they moved to Iowa, making a second prairie home. In 1850 they yielded to the impulse, then very strong throughout the prairie states, to cross the continent, and securing an outfit, made the great journey to Oregon with Captain Williams’ train. Arriving within the limits of our state, they made their first home at The Dalles, living all the first winter in a tent. This first winter of their life in our state they met with the great loss of their eldest son, James Ambrose, a lad of thirteen. By this sad event much of their pleasure and enthusiasm in founding a home in the new West was for a time overshadowed. The next year they removed to Eugene, Lane county, engaging in farming and stock-raising, but in 1856 returned to Wasco county and located on the beautiful little steam known as Fifteen-mile creek, which waters that section of the country lying south and east of The Dalles. Here they made and improved a home and farmed until the death of Mr. Herbert in1868. Mrs. Herbert there-upon removed to...

Biography of Frank McClellan

Frank McClellan. After many years employed as an educator in Kansas, Frank McClellan turned his attention to business affairs at Coffeyville, and now has one of the leading offices there for insurance and loans. His birthplace was Bedford, Pennsylvania, where he was born January 21, 1860. His grandfather, Abraham McClellan, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1798, came to the United States when a young man, becoming a farmer and stock raiser in Pennsylvania. He died at Rainsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1883. On account of his service in the state militia he was familiarly known as Captain McClellan. Captain McClellan married Elizabeth Morgan, who was born near Everett, Pennsylvania, in 1801, and died near Rainsburg in 1884. William D. McClellan, father of Frank, was born at Bedford, Pennsylvania, in 1834, was reared and married there, and spent all his active career as a farmer and stock raiser. For a long time he specialized in Shorthorn cattle. In 1875 he moved to Alaska, West Virginia, and died there in 1877. He was a democrat in politics. William D. McClellan married Sarah A. Kerr, who was born at Everett, Pennsylvania, in 1842, and died at Kansas City, Kansas, February 3, 1915. She too was of Revolutionary stock. William D. McClellan and wife had the following children: Frank; William E., who was a music dealer and died in 1887 at Butler, Missouri; James B., whose whereabouts have been unknown to his family for the past fifteen years; Olarence P., a foreman of bridge construction living at Nevada, Missouri; and Robert K., a farmer near Bonner Springs, Kansas. Frank McClellan was educated in the...

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