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Born: 5 DEC 1723 in Kappel, Switzerland
Died: NOV 1809 in Augusta County, VA
Age: About 86 years
Buried: in Augusta County, VA
   Born    Married    Died
Children with Anna Margaretha BINCKELE ,
Jacob FULWIDER Born: JAN 1754
Codorus, York County, PA
Died: JAN 1782
Unknown Township, Augusta County, VA
Johannes FULWIDER Born: 3 MAY 1756
Codorus, York County, PA
Died: 19 NOV 1832
Dutch Hollow, Augusta County, VA
Anna Margaret FULWIDER Born: 28 JAN 1762
Codorus, York County, PA
Died: 25 FEB 1804
Susanna FULWIDER Born: 5 FEB 1764
York Co, PA
Died: 25 FEB 1804
George FULWIDER Born: 29 MAR 1766
Codorus, York Co, PA
Died: 31 AUG 1848
Augusta Co, VA
Henry FULWIDER Born: 19 APR 1768
Codorus, York County, PA
Anna Maria FULWIDER Born: 8 SEP 1770
Codorus, York County, PA
Elisabetha FULWIDER Born: 31 JAN 1773
Codorus, York County, PA
Peter FULWIDER Born: 23 FEB 1775
Codorus, York County, PA
Ann Catharine FULWIDER Born: 29 MAY 1776
York Co, PA
Notes: Came to America in 1743.


In the name of God Amen this 25th day of February 1804 I, Ulrick Fulwider of Augusta County and State of Virginia being old and weak in body but of a perfect mind and memory thanks to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament and principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and as for my body I commend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner by my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as touching such wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me within this life I give and dispose of in the following manner, and principally I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Fulwider the dwelling house and dresser her life time only. Also I bequeath to said Margaret Fulwider all the beds and furniture belonging to sd. beds the bedstead also with the stove and two chests I likewise bequeath to my wife Margaret Fulwider all dresser furniture such as pots ovens dishes plates and spoons and one large kettle every thing mentioned or not belonging to the dresser, likewise I leave and bequeath to my son George Fulwider my plantation that I now live on with my right of two entrys I made In Beverleys Lands adjoining to said old tract I bequeath also to George Fulwider my wagon Jackscrew horse gears windmill plows harrow spade shovels matocks axes log chains augers chisels drawing knives pitch forks of all kinds one meal chest and a tub all barrels on sd. plow with the sheep and hogs belonging to the premises I likewise will and bequeath to my five daughters, to wit, Margaret Cline Susana Bright Mary Wearly Betsy Hangar and Catharine Hefner each forty pounds to be paid by my son George Fulwider out of his part already it is to be paid to each or their children as Mrs. Cline Is deceased and Susannah Bright deceased also their part what is coming now their children is to get it their mothers part only the money Is to be paid as before mentioned that sum to each in twelve equal gales yearly. Also George Fulwider Is to furnish Margaret Fulwider with a sufficient support while she lives and in to cut and haul fire wood to the door ready to burn. I Ulrick Fulwider reserve for my self one third of the grain raised on the place over what supports both George`s and my families and likewise one third of the meats that is to be killed for house use, and Ulrick Fulwider Is to keep one mare and two cows and of sd cows they may raise one calf a year and sd George Fulwider Is to keep them for his father as his own is keep and the creatures at the decease of the old man the one to be sold and the old woman Is to have the use and all notes and bonds that Is coming to me is to be gathered In and at the death of Margaret Fulwider all furniture and cash Is to be divided Into six equal shares to Clines children and Susana Brights children to Mary Wearly Betsy Hanger Catharine Hefner and Henry Fulwider I likewise will end bequeath what Is In the hands of Henry Fulwider to remain there and to be his own forever also I bequeath to Henry Fulwider my clothing all that I am possessed of I likewise bequeath to Margaret Gaul what Is In her hands and if Margaret Fulwider chooses to leave the place, then sd George Fulwider Is to give for the support of Margaret Fulwider five pounds In cash yearly ten pounds of hackled flax ten pounds of tow and six pounds of wool and also the third of the flax that is raised the old mans life time. I likewise bequeath to John Fulwider what Is now In his possession already, as I consider be has got his full part I likewise allow my just debts to be paid and funeral charges to be paid out of what is coming and the money what is remaining Is to be divided In the manner prescribed above I likewise appoint and constitute and ordain Robert Harris and Margaret Fulwider sole Executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby utterly disallow and revoke and disannul all and every other form of wills testaments legacies requests or bequeaths and Executors by me In any wise before this time named confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the year and day above written

James Harris Name In German Seal

Thomas Harris

Name In German

At Augusta County Court November Term 1809
This last will and testament of Ulrick Fulwider was presented In Court and proved by the oaths of James Harris and Thomas Harris two of the witness thereto and is ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Margaret Fulwider the Executrix therein named who made oath according to law & together with the sd James Harris and John Fulwider her securities entered Into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of three thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs. Certificate Is granted her for obtaining probate thereof In due form

Teste Chesley Kinney CC
Recorded In the Augusta County
Clark`s Office, Staunton, VA.,
In Will Book 10, page s17. A COPY


Verification of Arrival of Ulrich Vollenwider
at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, on August 30, 1743, Where He Took the "Oaths or
Qualifications to the Government"

From Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776 "Aug. 30, 1743 . Foreigners imported in the ship Francis and Elizabeth, George North , Master, from Rotterdam , last from Cowes . (Last name on list) Hans Ulrich Hegnetsweiller . doubtful accuracy "
Name: Hans Ulrich Hegnetsweiller
Year: 1743
Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Source Publication Code: 7820
Primary Immigrant: Hegnetsweiller, Hans Ulrich
Annotation: An index by Marvin V. Koger, Index to the Names of 30,000 Immigrants...Supplementing the Rupp, Ship Load Volume, 1935, 232p. is inferior to Wecken`s index in the third edition (above). Page 449 contains "Names of the First Palatines in North Carolina, as
Source Bibliography: RUPP, ISRAEL DANIEL. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776, with a Statement of the Names of Ships, Whence They Sailed, and the Date of Their Arrival at Philadelphia, Chronologically Arranged, Together with the Necessary Historical and Other Notes, also, an Appendix Containing Lists of More Than One Thousand German and French Names in New York prior to 1712. Leipzig [Germany]:
Page: 159

Source Information:
Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010.
Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010.

Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of approximately 4,838,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year and place of arrival, and the source of the record.

The following is presented as proof that Han Ulrich Vollenweider, a native of Kappel, Switzerland, entered the Port of Philadelphia, Pa., as a passenger on the ship Francis and Elizabeth under Capt. George North, from Rotterdam on 30 Aug. 1743, and took the Oath of Allegiance of Great Britain.* **

A rather full explanation is required to authenticate Hans Ulrich as a passenger on this ship. His name was the last one given in each of these references as a passenger as shown on the Ship`s Lists. It should be remembered that this was an English vessel which carried a majority of German passengers sailing out of Rotterdam. There was unquestionably difficulty by the recorder on the ship in entering the name of my ancestor from Switzerland. The name as recorded was "Hans Ulrich (hognets weiller)." In "30,000 Names" by Rupp a question mark follows the name which indicates that difficulty was encountered in understanding how to translate the phonetic sound as spoken by the passenger who did not speak English and, in all probability, could not write his last name.

The assumption that "Hegnetsweiller" was no other than Vollenweider is a result of research regarding the departure of my ancestor from Kappel, a small settlement in the Canton of Zug, Switzerland. In the early 18th century the Swiss Goverment was concerned about the large migration of its citizens to America and required pastors of local churches to report people leaving the country. The lists were later published. So it is we find in "Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to American Colonies", by Faust, p. 41, a statement, as follows,

In April 1743 there went to Pennsylvania:
Heinrich Muller, baptized Feb. 14, 1720, unmarried
Thomas Lier, baptized Sept. 26, 1725, unmarried
Jacob Bar, baptized April 28, 1720, unmarried
Ulrich Vollenweider. baptized Dec. 5, 1723, unmarried
Attested, Matthew Eszlinger Local Pastor

These four boys found their way to Rotterdam and took passage on the ship Francis and Elizabeth and arrived on August 30, 1743, in Philadelphia and are recorded in the ship`s passenger list as:
Heinrich Muller
Thommen Lier
Jacob Bar
Hans Ulrich (Hegens weiller)

The statement of the port officer indicates that all took the "Oaths or Qualifications to the Goverment."***

Subsequent problems in recording this ancestor`s name have been found in the baptismal record of his nine children all at the same church, between 1754 and 1776, at Brodbecks, Codorus T/S, Pennsylvania. In this church record. the name of Hans Ulrich Vollenweider is spelled In the following ways: Valleweiler, Vollenweiler, Volleweider, and Vollweider.

*Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Pennsylvania German Society, Northtown, Pa., 1934, 3v.

**I. Daniel Rupp, A Collection of 30,000 Names Leary, Co Stuart Co, Philadelphia 1927.

***R. Strassburger, p. 333.


Ulrich Fulwider (Vollenweider) was the Immigrant Ancestor of the line. He was baptized December 5, 1723, at Kappel Switzerland, (Canton of Zug); died in 1809 (his will filed in Augusta County, Virginia in November, 1809). He had immigrated to Pennsylvania, April 1743; was the son of Heinrich Vollenweider and Barbara Frick.

Ulrich was the sixth child born to his parents. Three boys and two girls were born before him while two girls and one boy were born after him. About two and a half years before Ulrich`s birth, twins had been born, one named Ulrich, the other, Jacob. Ulrich died shortly. When the next son was born and baptized December 5, 1723, he was given the name, Hans Ulrich, as a way of continuing the name of his brother, and, more particularly, that of his paternal grandfather who was then living at the age of 62 and, no doubt, a much revered member of the family.

The family name, Vollenweider, is a natural derivative of the area in which the ancestors had resided for many generations. Literally it means foals pasture. From Middle High German vole ‘foal’ (plural volen) + weide ‘meadow’, ‘pasture’. The Parish of Kappel is truly located in beautiful rolling pasture land. The church where he was baptized is located in the country, not a city, there being almost no buildings in the vicinity of the church except those used to house the church workers and the parish offices.

The church itself is very interesting and is in a perfect state of repair though some portions of It were built as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries. Other sections are of more recent construction.

A note here is timely regarding a bit of early "Kappel History" taken from Life World Library on Switzerland, p. 75 which indicates that Ulrich Zwingli, Switzerland`s great reformation theologian, who was born in 1484, was killed October 11, 1531, at Kappel. The book states, The religious division between Those parts of Switzerland faithful to Rome and those following Zwingli soon flared into open warfare. In 153Z Zwingli urged an attach on the Catholics. It was the Catholic confederates, however, who attacked, and on October 11, Zwingli was killed at the disastrous battle of Kappel. His corpse was then quartered and burned. A stone marks the spot where he died. its inscription reads, in part--(he died) for the truth and freedom of the Christian Church.

It is interesting to note regarding the ancestors of Ulrich Vollenweider that for the four generations born in Switzerland prior to Ulrich`s emigration from Kappel, they all lived within a radius of less than 3 miles of Kappel.

Ulrich Fulvider did not come to America alone. In April 1743, four unmarried young men from the Kappel parish left for Pennsylvania. On April 25, 1744, Matthew Eszlinger, the local pastor, reported to the Swiss Government the following baptized bachelors as having left for America in April 1743, a year earlier.

Heinrich Miller bap. Feb.14, 1720 (23 years)
Thomas Leir " Sept. 26, 1725 (18 years)
Jacob Bär " April 28, 1720 (23 years)
Ulrich Vollenweider " Dec. 5, 1723 (20 years)

(From "I AM BECAUSE THEY WERE," by Harlan Yager Smith)

Name Americanized sometime after 1743.

5 DEC 1723 - NOV 1809
26 JAN 1690 - 29 APR 1755
Barbara FRICK
6 OCT 1689 - 27 OCT 1755

14 JUL 1661 - 23 JAN 1733
30 OCT 1659 - 19 DEC 1732
20 JUN 1662 - 29 JUL 1717
Elsbeth HUBER
12 MAY 1667 - 29 JAN 1730

21 NOV 1619 - 1677
Elsbeth FREY
ABT 1624 - 20 JUL 1664
Heinrich DUBS
ABT 1632 - 23 JAN 1733
ABT 1636 - 1669

Ulrich Uli HUBER
Elisabeth NAF


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