Johannes Etter1,2,3,4

(8 November 1685 - 1749)

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Relationship7th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Corkum
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Corkum Family Pedigree
FatherHeinrich Etter (14 Aug 1653 - 1694 or 1695)
MotherElsbeth Steinmann (14 Aug 1653 - 26 Jul 1696)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildJohannes Etter was born on 8 November 1685, in Munchenbuchee, Kanton Bern, Switzerland. Another source says he was born in Oberreid/Freiburg, Switzerland.3,4
PrincipalCirca 1705, in Switzerland, Johannes Etter married a person whose name is unknown . He was his first marriage?
GroomHe married Anna Marie Siegrist, daughter of Ulrich Siegrist and Verena Luscher, circa 1710 in Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland. Johannes had a prior marriage.
DeceasedHe died in 1749 in Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Province of Pennsylvania, British Middle Colonies.3

Children with Anna Marie Siegrist:

Immigrant Ancestor

On 25 August 1735, Johannes Etter at the age of 49 years, arrived in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Province of Pennsylvania, British Middle Colonies. Having departed Rotterdam about the middle of May 1735, Johannes arrived in Philadelphia aboard the billander (small two-masted ship) Oliver after a trip that lasted a total of about 31/2 months. The ship first called in Cowes, an English seaport on the Isle of Wight; she then proceeded from Cowes to Charlestown, Province of South Carolina, a voyage that lasted six weeks; she arrived in Charlestown on the 17th of July with Captain Robert Robinson, Master; in early August 1735 she left Charlestown for Philadelphia under the captainship of a new Master, Samuel Merchant... Captain Robinson had been killed by sharks, according to an account reported in the South Carolina Gazett in August.
     The Oliver carried 250 passengers described as "Switzers"...
"_ South Carolina Gazette, under date of July 26th: 'The most of them are farmers, and some tradesmen. About two hundred and twenty of the Switzers (closer to 200) that have paid all their passages are now going up the Edisto to settle a township there (later called Orangeburgh, SC). The government defrays them on their journey, provides them provisions for one year, and gives them fifty acres a head. The quantity of corn bought for them had made the price rise from fifteen shillings, as it was last week, to twenty shillings.'" - George Howe, History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina, Vol. I, pp. 216-217

     Forty-four passengers continued on to Philadelphia; 18 men aged 19-54, 18 women aged 14-60 years, and 8 children aged 1-13 years. Johannes is the only one with the Etter surname on the "List of Foreigners Imported in the Ship Billander Oliver, Samuel Merchant, Master, From South Carolina. Qualified Aug. 25, 1735." His name is spelled Johannes Atterley in the listing of just the men's names, and his age is given as 40.5,6

Residences and Censuses

Johannes Etter appeared on the census of 1735 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Province of Pennsylvania, British Middle Colonies.7

Sources - Citations

  1. [S34] York County, Pennsylvania, 1758-1800: First Moravian Church Records (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc.- online publication, 2000). Records transcribed from LDS Family History Library microfilm copies of church records for this locality. For more information, see the Family History Library Catalog .
  2. [S35] Ronald V. Jackson, compiler, Pennsylvania, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 (n.p.: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1999). Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  3. [S210] Find A Grave, online at; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources.
  4. [S33] Yates Publishing, Compiler, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, Utah: Operations Inc. - Online Publication, 2004). A collection of records extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases - all data should be verified for accuracy by other sources., Source number: ; Source type: ; Number of Pages: ; Submitter Code: .
  5. [S970] William Henry Egle, editor, Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania 1727-1775, With the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808 (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Edwin K. Meyers, State Printer, 1892), pg. 119-120; name, date, place.
  6. [S969] Joop Giesendanner, Compiler, Giesendanner - Family - Giezendanner, online at:; (Amsterdam, Holland), accessed Jan 2017, Ships 1735 Charles Town SC; voyage of billander Oliver.
  7. [S35] Ronald V. Jackson, Compiled Pennsylvania Census, 1772-1890, Residence date: 1735 Residence place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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