1. ADAM1 GLATTFELDER was born 1547 in Glattfelden, Zürich, Switzerland, and died in Glattfelden, Zürich, Switzerland. He married VERENA SIGI July 29, 1570 in Glattfelden, Zürich, Switzerland. She was born Abt. 1549 in Glattfelden, Zürich, Switzerland.
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Although attempts have been made to trace the Glattfelder family far back into the Middle Ages, one should not expect to find much, if any, reliable evidence of its existence until people began taking family names and until, much later than that, keeping parish records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths became common. Few, if any, such records were kept until the Protestant Reformation occurred in the sixteenth century, when first the Protestants and later the Catholics began the practice.
In a letter which he wrote to Samuel F. Glatfelter (1858-1927) in York, Pennsylvania, in 1906, Emil Glattfelder (1876-1941), a Zurich schoolmaster, reported on the findings of his careful search of the Swiss Reformed records of the parish of Glattfelden. The information concerning Hans Peter's forbears which follows is taken from the data which he sent to York. It preserves his spelling of names and assumes that the number of children in the families on which he reported was the same as the number whose baptisms he found in the records.
The first reliable evidence of the Glattfelder family which Professor Emil located was the marriage on July 29, 1570 of Adam Glattfelder and Verena Sigi (not Legi, as most accounts have it). It is probable that this couple were the great-great-great grandparents of Casper, the emigrant to America. A man who was probably their son, Hans, identified in the parish records as a cooper, or maker of barrels, married Margret Bernhart on November 28, 1596. Professor Emil could not be certain of the relationship between Adam and Hans because the Glattfelden baptismal records do not begin until 1577.
Hans and Margret Glattfelder, great-great-grandparents of Hans Peter, had four children, born between 1597 and 1606. The oldest, Joachim, married Anna Foster (d.1657). He was the first of at least three generations in his family to be identified in the chuch records as deacon. Joachim and Anna were the great grandparents of Hans Peter. They had three children, born between 1626 and 1637. Their second son, Felix (1632-1709), married Barbara Glattfelder (d.1694) on November 30 (Professor Emil wrote 31), 1662. The blood relationship between Felix and Barbara is not known, but it does illustrate the fact that there were then several branches of the Glattfelder family in the Glattfelden community.
Felix and Barbara were the grandparents of Hans Peter. They had four children: Elisabetha (d.1664), Hans (c.1667-1734), Felix (1669-1724), and Hans Heinrich (1671-1734). Hans married Dorothea Gorius; they were the forbears of Professor Emil. Felix married Barbara Gorius on January 22, 1695. Felix and Barbara (Gorius) Glattfelder were the parents of Casper. They had eight children: Elisabetha (1698), Hans Peter (1700-1742), Felix (1702-1702), Felix (1704-1705), Barbara (1706), Anna Margaretha (1708-1708), Kaspar (1709), and Hans Georg (1711-1714). At least four of these children died in infancy. Hans Peter and Kaspar were the only sons to reach adulthood. As were his father and grandfather before him, this Felix is identified in the parish records as a deacon.
Casper (brother of Hans Peter) Glattfelder (1709-1775), to use the more common later spelling of his first name, was baptized on July 25, 1709. We do not know the exact date of his birth. He attended the parish schools and, as far as we know, became a small farmer. On April 3, 1731 he married Elisabetha Laufer (this is the way her family name was spelled, with one f, in the parish record). Before leaving Switzerland, this couple had seven children.
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Marriage: July 29, 1570, Glattfelden, Zürich, Switzerland
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