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  • ID: I4812
  • Name: Christian BÜCHSLER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 5 OCT 1706 in Sumiswald, Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland
  • Death: 10 MAR 1777 in Cocalico Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Burial: Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
  • Religion: Mennonite
  • Note: aka Bicksler, Bichsel, Bixler Probably the first of the Bixlers to come to America were Christian and his elder brother John, although they did not arrive together. (Listed as passenger on the ship Adventure, Jonathan Davies, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Plymouth, England). They settled near York and Hanover, Pennsylvania in 1727. A third brother is said to have moved later to Virginia (this would actually be Peter, who arrived the same year, and settled in what became Berks County, Pennsylvania). The earliest deed record that we have was dated 1740 (1737 Deed 2-B-469 York), and states that land in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania was sold to Christian and John Bixler jointly, and also states that Christian could not sell the land until after the demise of John, the elder brother. We have no record of the death of John Bixler (d. 1765), but apparently he died before Christian, as no mention is made of him in Christian's Will. There is also no mention of Christian's wife in the Will, so we must presume that she predeceased him. Christian Bixler owned over 1000 acres of land in Manchester Township,York County, Pennsylvania, and also operated a mill, which he left to his son Joseph, along with the home place. Variations on spelling of the name: Bichsel, Bickler, Bicksler, Pixeler,Pixseler. The German spelling is: Büchsler. The Will of Christian Bixler In the name of God Amen, I Christian Bixler of Manchester township, York County, and Province of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being very sick and weak in body, but of present mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following - I recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it both pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I give to my beloved son John, the oldest, five pounds of lawful money of Pennsylvania to be raised and levied out of my estate more than any of the others of my heirs. Further I give to my son Joseph the house I now live in with the mill and barn with the land, will be mentioned hereafter. First the land joining the line of young Christian Bixler to the creek and meadow joining the creek until three rods this side the trees on the other end of the barn and so following that row apple trees about two rods from the barn with a straight line of Casper Knobs except the meadow joining young Christian Bixler.I say I give this to my son Joseph for one thousand five hundred pounds thereof he is to pay in two years after my death one hundred pounds yearly, until he has paid what comes to him. Further, I give to my two youngest sons Jacob and Michael all the rest of my land with meadows joining Christian Bixler at the twelve acres each of the two six and an open way and the water that comes from Knobs for to water this twelve acres. I say I recommend this to them, their heirs and assigns forever. Further I recommend that my daughter Barbara shall have the entire of her share yearly what comes to her of my estate as long as she lives without Valentine Joackey and after the said Barbara's death the whole shall come to her heirs and assigns forever, if they live well and honestly. If not it shall come to my heirs and assigns forever. Further I recommend that my son-in-law Valentine Joackey is to have one shilling sterling and no more. I likewise constitute, make and ordain the sole executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby disallow and revoke all former testaments, wills, legacies and executors, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven. Further I recommend my sons Jacob and Michael's land to be valued for eight hundred pounds, each of them for their share four hundred pounds. Further I recommend to be my executors, Jacob Strickler, Christian Bixler, Jr. Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said as his last will and testament in the presence of us. Johannes Kaufman Peter Shultz Christian Bixler, seal Philip Jacob King (signature in German) ----------------------------- FROM: Jay C Bisgard <>, ....Bisgard/Fulsher Family Tree, The, 15 Sep 2004, RootsWeb WCP Database bisgard, World Connect Project-- Internet, // Agnes Bixler Kurtz on page 2 of John Bixler Pioneer, Immigrant, Farmer, Second Edition, ABK Publications, Hanover, NH, 2000, states: "In Volume I (Mennonite Encyclopedia [Scottsdale, PA, 1955]), it states, 'BIXEL (BIXLER, BICHSEL), a Mennonite name originating in Eggiwil in Emanthal, Canton Bern, Switzerland. The word 'bichsel' is used for a rounded adze which was used to hollow out wooden troughs and spouts. It is likely that persons who made or used this tool were given this name during the 15th century." "Probably the first of the families to migrate to America were John and Christian Bixler who settled near York and Hanover, PA, about 1725; a third brother is said to have moved later to Virginia." "Richard Warren Davis of Provo, Utah, has spent a lot of time in Germany and Switzerland researching Mennonite origins of American families. In 1995, he published Emigrants, Refugees, and Prisoners, Vol. I. In Bern, Switzerland, he found the records of the Eggiwil families which had a Hans, a Christian, and a Peter, all of whom, he claims, disappear in 1725. Hans and Christian apparently came over on one ship in 1725, ship arrival records not having been kept until 1727, and Peter came later on the ship Friendship in 1727." Kurtz reports that in 1737 Christian bought a tract of one hundred acres of land from Andrew MacGill and his name is mentioned as a grantee in a deed dated 1740 (1737 Deed 2-B-469 York) for one hundred acres of land called 'Great Meadows' lying on the south side of Codorus Creek (Manchester Township, York County). [Op. Cit., p. 67] "He continued to add to these purchases and before he died, a 1767 survey verified that he owned 776 contiguous acres. His property was divided upon his death and distributed to his sons. His son Christian (d.1795) stayed on his land and passed it on to his son Michael, who is buried on the land. It was then passed on to Matthias, who had more debts than he could pay when he died in 1873, so the farm was put up for auction. Fortunately, Matthias' daughter, Mary, and her husband, John Rudy, were able to buy it and keep it in the family. John Rudy was a business man, not a farmer, but their son, George, farmed the land. After George's death in 1935, his three children had no interest in farming and eventually donated this property to the city of York, PA." [Ibid., p.7] York County archives, Vol. 2D, p. 271: This Indenture Made the Seventh Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two. Between John Bixler of Manchester Township in the County of York and State of Pennsylvania yeoman and Susannah his wife of the one Part, and Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler & Michael Bixler of the same place of the other Part. Whereas Christian Bixler by virtue of sundry Patents from the Honourable the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania and also under a Patent of the Proprietor of Maryland Became Vested in Right of Seven Hundred and Twenty six acres of Land Situate in Manchester Township aforesaid (part whereof is called the great Meadow) Adjoining the Lands of John Bixler, John Libenstine, Casper Knob and others, and Cadorus Creek, Containing within the said Bounds & Limits the said Quantity of Seven Hundred and Twenty six Acres and the usual allowance of Six Acres per Cent for Roads & as in and by the said recited Patents may appear And Whereas the aforesaid Christian Bixler (lately died) Seized, Owner and in the Possession of Five hundred and Twenty six acres of Land & allowance afsd part of the above described Tract Situate in this Township of Manchester afsd Leaving the above named John Bixler his Eldest Son and Heir at Law of Christian Bixler & a daughter named Christina intermarried with Conrad Strickler, another Daughter Named Barbara intermarried with Valentine Shokey Another Daughter named Veronica intermarried with Ulrich Ellenberger, another Daughter Named Eva intermarried with Peter Ellenberger another daughter Named Maria intermarried with Jacob Roth, another daughter named Magdalena intermarried with Ulrich Engle, another Daughter named Christina, and the above named Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler his Lawfull Issue to Survive him. Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said John Bixler and Susannah his wife for and in consideration of the Sum of Two hundred and twenty four Pounds and Ten shillings Lawfull money of Pennsylvania to them in Hand well and Truly paid by the said Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler before the Sealing and Delivery of these Presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and for other good causes and considerations them hereunto moving. Have Remised, Released and forever quit claimed and by these Presents do fully, clearly and absolutely, Remise, Release and forever quit claim unto them the said Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler their Heirs and Assigns all the Right, Titles, Interest, Property, Possessions claim and Demand whatsoever of them the said John Bixler and Susannah his wife both in Law and Equity of in and to the above mentioned Tract of Land containing Two Hundred and Twenty six Acres and the allowance of Six per Cent for Roads etc. hereof the said Christian Bixler the elder died Seized of and in the Possession as aforesaid Together with all and singular the Houses, Out Houses, Mills, Ways, Waters, Water courses, Yards, Gardens, Fields, Fences, Woods, Underwoods, Meadows, Timber & Trees, Improvements, Rights Members, hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in anywise appertaining and the Reversion & Remainders Rents, Issues and Profits thereof. To have and to hold the above mentioned Tract of Land containing Five Hundred and twenty six acres & allowance and Premises hereby granted mentioned or intended so to be, unto the said Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler their Heirs and Assigns. To the only Proper use and Behoof of the said Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler their Heirs and Assigns forever, And the said John Bixler for himself his Heirs Executors or Administrators and for Susannah his wife doth covenant, Promise grant & agree to and with the said Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler their Heirs and Assigns by these Presents as follows to wit That the said John Bixler his Heirs the above mentioned Tract of Land and Premises hereby released unto the said Joseph Bixler, Jacob Bixler and Michael Bixler their Heirs and Assigns form and against him the said John Bixler and his Heirs and from and against all and every other Person and Persons whatsoever Lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof from by or Him and his Heirs shall and will Warrant and forever Defend by these Presents In Witness whereof the said John Bixler and Susannah his wife have hereunto set their Hands and Sealed the Day and year first above written Sealed and Delivered in the presence of John X Bixler The words "& Allowance," "Heirs" being Susannah X Bixler First interlinedJno Morris, Jacob Hafer Received on the Day of the Date of the above mentioned Indenture of the within named Joseph Bixler Jacob Bixler & Michael Bixler the Sum of Two Hundred and Seventy four Pounds & Ten shillings in coins of gold and silver in full for the consideration money abovesaid John X Bixler Witness present at Signing Jn. Morris Jacob Hafer
  • Change Date: 3 JUL 2006

    Father: Ulrich BÜCHSLER b: 9 SEP 1677 in Eggiwell, Bern, Switzerland
    Mother: Verena STUCKI b: ABT 1679 in Sumiswald, Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland

    Marriage 1 Catherine SHEARER b: ABT 1715 in Switzerland
    • Married: ABT 1732 in Switzerland
    1. Has No Children John BIXLER b: ABT 1733 in Lancaster, PA
    2. Has Children Christian BIXLER II b: MAR 1734 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children Peter BIXLER b: 12 NOV 1738 in Lower Paxton, Dauphin Co., PA
    4. Has No Children Jacob BIXLER b: ABT 1739 in Lancaster, PA
    5. Has No Children Magdalena BIXLER b: ABT 1741 in Lancaster, PA
    6. Has No Children Christina BIXLER b: ABT 1742 in Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
    7. Has No Children Barbara BIXLER b: ABT 1745 in Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
    8. Has No Children Veronica BIXLER b: ABT 1747 in Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
    9. Has No Children Michael BIXLER b: ABT 1750 in Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
    10. Has No Children Mary BIXLER b: ABT 1751 in Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
    11. Has No Children Eva BIXLER b: ABT 1753 in Manchester Township, York, Pennsylvania
    12. Has No Children Joseph BIXLER b: ABT 1757 in Lancaster, PA

    Marriage 2 Anna APPLIGER b: ABT 1708 in Leuzigen, Bern, Switzerland
    • Married: 30 DEC 1756 in Leuzigen, Bern, Switzerland

    Marriage 3 Katharina MOSER b: in Switzerland
    • Married: 15 NOV 1764 in Lauperswil, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland
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