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View Tree for Hans Jacob HonakerHans Jacob Honaker (b. July 24, 1718, d. Bef. May 10, 1796)

Hans Jacob Honaker (son of Hans Jacob Honegger and Elsbeth Blosshart) was born July 24, 1718 in Hinwil, Zurich, Switzerland, and died Bef. May 10, 1796 in Wythe Co, VA. He married (1) Anna Bleyer on January 20, 1746/47 in Pratteln, Baseland, Switzerland. He married (2) Maria Goetz on July 8, 1753 in Philadelphia, PA.

 Includes NotesNotes for Hans Jacob Honaker:
"Hans Jacob Honaker from Switzerland to America" by Nadine Larson

"Ancestors were military professionals, but Hans became a carpenter. He and his wife Anna Bleyer, and his son debarked Europe aboard the British ship "Crown". His wife and son died at sea. Hans landed in Philadelphia on August 30, 1749. He hired out to pay for his voyage and three years later married Maria Goetz. They lived in PA, MD, and finally VA."
Letter sent to Palatine Churches

To further discourage emigration a decree was sent to some Palatine parishes in 1752 with instructions to read it from the pulpit. It read in part:

Since not only this past Spring many subjects let themselves be talked into going to America, through soul-sellers roaming about the country, out of credulity and misrepresentation of its great advantages, but also at the present time other subjects are said to be willing to journey thither, the Noble Government, after the arrest and exile of two such soul-sellers, at whose trial vain falsehoods and trickeries came to light, have, out of their praiseworthy fatherly care for all of their subjects, resolved to issue a warning, namely, that from credible reports it is proved that

(1) The journey is so dangerous and tedious, that of the people, especially the aged or the children, scarcely 20% are able to endure the difficulties of the same, besides the bad and unaccustomed board and water, but the majority are buried in the deep sea, and their little property passes to these soul-sellers, who ply their trade industriously on the sea.

(2) Those with little or no property - since this soon dwindles in the face of the lengthy and costly journey and board - who have the good fortune to endure the evil sea-sickness besides all other hardships, must then put up with being sold as wretched slaves, to earn the money for their costly passage, board, and enlistment money, so that

(3) Parents and children, man and wife, have to travel many miles from each other in service, and indeed often never see, much less speak with each other again their whole life long, besides (4) The country .is not nearly so good, but wretched and a desert and property very high in price.

(5) Public worship is in the most unfortunate state because the majority have no religion at all, but as they say, want to "be Pennsylvania."

Follow this warning for the welfare of yourselves and your poor, innocent children!

More About Hans Jacob Honaker:
Occupation: Carpenter/Farmer.

More About Hans Jacob Honaker and Anna Bleyer:
Marriage: January 20, 1746/47, Pratteln, Baseland, Switzerland.

More About Hans Jacob Honaker and Maria Goetz:
Marriage: July 8, 1753, Philadelphia, PA.

Children of Hans Jacob Honaker and Anna Bleyer are:
  1. Hans Jacob Honneger, b. April 14, 1748, Pratteln, Baselland, Switzerland, d. 1749, At Sea.

Children of Hans Jacob Honaker and Maria Goetz are:
  1. +Abraham Honaker, b. 1774, Dunamore Co., VA, d. Bef. July 27, 1869, Bland Co. VA.
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