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Ulrich Burkhalter (abt. 1692 - 1762)

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Ulrich Burkhalter
Born about in Hasle, Bern, Switzerlandmap [uncertain]
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Whitehall, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Categories: Richard and Elizabeth, Arrived 28 September 1733 | Palatine Migrants.

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Ulrich Burkhalter was born around 1693[1], presumably in Switzerland. It would seem that he was the Ulrich Burkhalter, son of Ulrich and Katharina Burkhalter, born 29 Jan. 1692 at Hasle, Bern canton, Switzerland.[2]This general area is the origin of the Burkhalter family name.

Ulrich Burkhalter brought his family to America, arriving at Philidelphia on the ship Richard and Elizabeth on 28 Sept. 1733. The passenger list includes Ulrich Burghalter, age 40; Barbara Burghalter, 34; Elisabeth, 14; Anna Catharina, 12; Anna Magdalena, 8; Anna Barbara, 4; Margaretha, 2 ½; and Hance Peter, 1 ¼.[3]

Also passengers on this ship were Hans Sherer, age 30; Maria Magdalena Sherer, 22; Eva Catherina, 4; Veronica, 4 months. It has been claimed that the maiden name of Ulrich Burkhalter’s wife Barbara was Sherer.[4]

"In the company of the Vautrin family, also came Ulrich Burghalter... who with the Vautrins settled in old Whitehall Township.... Abraham Vautrin's grandson, Colonel Stephen Balliet, the hero of our sketch, became the husband of the grand-daughter of Ulrich Burkhalter."[5]

Ulrich Burkhalter “settled in Whitehall township, and on Feb. 4, 1743, bought from Richard Hockley a tract of three hundred acres of land near Egypt. This was a tract nearly square, rich and fertile soil, beautifully located, watered with two never-failing springs about two hundred fifty yards distant from each other, the water from which irrigates the meadows on this and adjoining tracts. It is in general one of the best and most desirable tracts in the township.”[6]

Ulrich Burkhalter “of Whitehall Township in the County of Northampton” made his will on 31 July 1761. In this will he states that he had given “the sum of Thirty pounds Two Cows Two Sheep one Bed & Bedstead Chest Two Acres of Wheat in the Ground and fifteen Bushels of Wheat threshed cleaned and a Spinning Wheel” to each of his daughters Mary Elisabeth, Catharine, Magdalena, Barbara, Margaretta and Dorothea. He also states that in the year 1754 he and his wife Barbara had deeded land [his entire farm] to their son Peter, “which deed is Recorded at Easton in Book A vol. 1 page 218.” Having indicated that he had already provided for his children, he left one shilling to each of his daughters and the rest of his estate to his son Peter, who he named executor.[7]


1. Mary Elisabeth, b. 1719; m. John Jacob Mickley.
2. Anna Catharina, b. 1721.
3. Anna Magdalena, b. 1725.
4. Anna Barbara, b. 1729.
5. Margaretha, b. 1730.
6. Peter, b. 2 Dec. 1731; m. Eva Catharina Deshler.
7. Dorothea, b. c. 1735.


  1. His age is given as 40 in the 1733 passenger list – see text.
  2. Church records of Hasle, available on LDS microfilm. The names of the siblings of this Ulrich were Magdalena, Katharina, Elsi [Elizabeth], Anna, Christian, Peter, Barbara, Verena and Maria. Their births are also listed in the LDS Ancestral File. Note the similarity between these names and the names of the children of Ulrich the immigrant to Pennsylvania.
  3. The passenger list, from p. 128 of Pennsylvania German Pioneers, is reprinted in Descendants and Ancestors of the Joseph Milton Fogel Family, by Gaylord Griffiths, p. 591.
  4. LDS Ancestral File.
  5. "Colonel Stephen Balliet: Soldier, Patriot, and Statesman of the Revolution: His Ancestry, Youth and Education" (1918), p. 5.
  6. Mathews, History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 1884, p. 484.
  7. The will of Ulrich Burkhalter, Northampton County, Estate #304, is reproduced in The Descendants and Ancestors of the John Milton Fogel Family, by Gaylord Griffiths, pp. 592-3; photocopy provided by the Lehigh County Historical Society.


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