"Baschi Meyer was listed in 1633 as an Anabaptist cabinetmaker, born in Canton of Luzerne, who had settled with his wife in Stallikon, Canton of Zurich, without permission, and who owned no property.
In the 1634, 1637, and 1640 census lists of Stallikon his wife was Tylli Muller, probably the Otilla Muller imprisoned in Oethenbach in Zurich in 1639 with Barbara Meylin, Elizabeth Meylin, sisters of the Anabaptist minister, and Barbara Kolb.
Their son Hans Meyer, seventeen years old in 1637, may be the one recorded in 1685 as an Anabaptist at Rudelsheim, now Ludwigshohe, north of Guntersblum, Germany, with his wife Anna Baumann and nine children, two of whom are married. " Source: Pennsylvania Mennonite History, 1998, Meyer Family Update by Jane Evans Best:
"In the cradle of European liberty, among the lakes and watefalls, mountains and valleys of beautiful Switzerland, we find the rock from which is hewn the Meyers family. Allemannic tribes dwelling along the Upper Rhine in the fifth century were defeated by the Franks and driven into Switzerland. Caesar describes these races as vigorous, war-like and gigantic stature, with fierce blue eyes and yellow hair. They were inspired with a spirit of liberty. They were an agricultural people, and had a democratic system of government. Later these races attained a high degree of intelligence. Their skill in agriculture made every land they inhabited a very garden spot. There were many carvers of wood, weavers of silk and fine linen among them. They were an industrious, religious and kindly race throughout all their history, setting a good example to mankind. The liberty-loving and independent spirit of the Swiss people is exemplified in the lives and deeds of Arnold Voss Winkelried and William Tell. The Swiss spirit of independence threw off the tyrannical Austrian yoke, resisted foreign invasions and extablished a glorious republic. The Swiss people in character are practical and patient. The language particularly of North Switzerland is High German in the colleges, Low German in the streets, with the Allemannic idiom mainly as a spoken in the Rhineland.
The Swiss Mennonite - The Mennonites took the life and teachings of Christ as their example. They contended for separation of church and state and that war was un-Christian. They refused to bear arms or take an oath.
American Colonization - Causes leading to the colonization of these people in America go back to the period following the Reformation when Europe was torn with bitter political and religious wars which threatened annihilation.They were driven up and down the Rhine for years, were imprisoned, stoned, drawn asunder and drowned, but their faith rose stronger than before. Besides persecution by civil authorities, thousands were martyred by other religious bodies because they rejected infant baptism. It is said that the record of the Puritan suffering is but a drop in the bucket compared with these accounts. Almost without exception the Mennonite colonists in Pennsylvania had ancestors mentioned in the"Mennonite Martyr Mirror", published by Van Braught in Holland.
Meyer Family - Meyer, Myer, Mayor, Maer, Mier, Moyer - is a name common in Europe. It is supposed to be derived from Mayor, or chief magistrate of a city or town. Americanized, the name has become "Myers." During the lull in the devastation by wars in the Palatinate many exiled Swiss emigrated to North America. There was little peace in the Palatinate, and through the efforts of William Penn immigration to America took place, which resulted in the establishment of Mennonite colonies in Pennsylvania, the first in1671. Though they were faithful to the crown of England before the war,there was no particular reason for attachment. Large numbers of Quakers and Mennonites who were closely akin renounced their church vows and engaged in active service during the Revolutionary War." Source: Not recorded.
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Father: Joseph Casper Meyer
Mother: Vreni Unknown
January 20, 1592
Ettiswil, Luzerne, Switzerland
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