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Hans Meyer (1665 - 1722)

Hans Meyer
Born in Bussenhausen, Pfaffikon, Zurich, Switzerlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1690 in Palatinate, Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Conestoga Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Nov 2012 | Last significant change: 4 May 2021
22:45: Gina Meyers edited the Biography for Hans Meyer (1665-1722). (Fixing typos.) [Thank Gina for this]
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Hans Meyer was a Palatine Migrant.
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Hans is identified as having come from the German Palatinate and is known to have been a Mennonite. [1] It is possible that he is the Hans Meier who, in 1693, signed a letter as the leader from Rudelsheim for Mennonites going to Friedrichstadt. [2]

His date of arrival in Pennsylvania has not been confirmed, although some sources identify his arrival as early as 1709. [3] He is believed to have travelled with his wife, Ana (formerly Brubacher), and at least six children ( Hans Conrad, Jacob, John / Hans, Onela / Annalee, Elizabeth and Mary), but it is possible that members of the family travelled separately and some arrived earlier than others. [1]

The first confirmed documentation for Hans is his purchase from Hans Groff of 400 acres of land in Groffdale, Earl Township, on 30 Dec 1718/9. In February 1719 he purchased from John Farrer a second tract of 150 acres in Strasburg in the Pequea settlement, fronting onto the Conestoga River and adjoining the 350 acre tract purchased earlier in 1717 by his son, Hans Conrad. [1]

Hans lived here until his death early in 1722. His will was dictated on 30 Jan on his deathbed and names his wife as Ana Brubacher, to whom he leaves his plantation of 150 acres along with all buildings and belongings. Jacob and Johannes Moyer were named as Executors, and the will was signed by Johannes and Jacob Meier (assumed to be his sons), and Hans Burkholder and Christian Herr (both bishops of the Mennonite Church). [1]


Earlier notes referenced the birth of a son, Hanns Jerg Mayer on 27 Jun 1692, son of Hanss Jacob and Anna Maria, (citing Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 via Ancestry / Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 via FamilySearch FHL Film Number: 1056904) but it is not clear that there is enough evidence to identify this as the same family.

More evidence is needed to confirm the existence of the children Abraham (b.1690), Gertrude (b.1691) and Graff (b.1693). All appear to have been introduced via unsourced gedcom uploads. Graff's purported birthdate is just 2 months before Jacob's purported birthdate, and it is highly likely that either Graff was not a child of Hans and Ana, or else at least one of the reported birthdates is incorrect.

More evidence - DNA or documentary - is needed to confirm Hans as the son of Johannes Meyer and Annali Bauman, and the date and place of his birth and marriage. Best identifies him as their son, with an estimated birthdate of c.1665, but apparently only on the basis of a network of family connections. It's not clear where the birth details in the profile have come from.

Jane Evans Best ID Chart

Best's 1998 IDs for Baschi and first 2 generations:

MC - Baschi Meyer (1592-abt.1640)
MC1 - Johannes Meyer (abt.1621-aft.1685)
MC11 - Christian Meyer (abt.1662-abt.1730)
MC12 - Unknown (b. ca. 1655)
MC13 - Hans Meyer (1665-1722)
MC14 - Unknown (?dau, b. ca. 1668)
MC15 - Unknown (b. ca. 1671)
MC16 - Unknown (b. ca. 1675)
MC17 - Unknown (b. ca. 1677)
MC18 - Rudolph Meyer (1680-abt.1767)
MC2 - Anna Meyer (1631-)
MC3 - Samuel Meyer (1634-1700)
MC4 - Jacob Mueller Meyer (1636-aft.1685)
MC41 - Ulrich Meyer (abt.1668-bef.1741)
MC42 - Christian Meyer (abt.1676-abt.1751)
MC43 - Hans Meyer (abt.1680-abt.1748)
MC44 - Jacob Meyer (abt.1684-abt.1747)
MC5 - Casper Meyer (1639-1700)

Baschi Meyer Project

  • If Hans is in your family tree, please consider joining the The Baschi Meyer Project: Descendants, Documentation, and DNA.
  • Given the challenging state of documentation from earlier generations, the Baschi Meyer Project is looking for male-line descendants willing to participate in Y-DNA testing to help figure out who is descended from whom.
  • A Y-DNA test from a descendant of one of Hans's sons will help determine his connection to other descendants.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Adams, Dorothy M. K. (1987). MYERS HISTORY - Some Descendants of Hans Meier of Pequea, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Privately published by author : Houston, TX. (Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 86-72437)
  2. Best, Jane Evans. "Meyer Families Update", Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, April 1998.
  3. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Original data - Filby, P. William, ed., Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010. Via Operations, Inc, 2010.

See also :

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #127424617 citing The Groff Book, Volume 2, A Continuing Saga, pages 42-45, by Jane Evans Best, 1997, published by The Groff History Associates of Ronks, Pa, printed by Masthof Press, Morgantown, PA, and Will I-1-324 on file at the Lancaster County Archives.


WikiTree profile Meyer-2248 created through the import of Ancestry Oliver Myers.ged on Nov 14, 2012 by Kim Myers. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kim and others.

WikiTree profile Meyer-2252 created through the import of Ancestry Oliver Myers.ged on Nov 14, 2012 by Kim Myers. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kim and others.

Thank you to Sandy Minder for creating WikiTree profile Meyer-2699 through the import of Delong gedcom.ged on Apr 27, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Sandy and others.

Thank you to Margaret Moyer for creating WikiTree profile Meyer-2803 through the import of mmcook3.ged on May 24, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Margaret and others.

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I've disconnected Heinrich Meyer and Regula Meyer as children of Hans Meyer and Anna Brubaker. The birth dates are too early and I can find no sources (or even online trees) that link these two to this family either as children of Hans or his siblings.
posted by Dave Rutherford
Children Heinrich and Regula are born far too early to be part of this family. Either their dates are wrong or they don't belong here.
posted by Dave Rutherford
Meyer-2252 and Meyer-2248 appear to represent the same person because: same person; duplicate data
posted by Dave Rutherford
B-1 and Meyer-2252 do not represent the same person because: must be mistake
posted by Dave Rutherford
Meyer-2248 and Meyer-2699 are not ready to be merged because: This appears to be parallel tree formation.
posted by Ariel (Rauch) Jolley
Meyer-2248 and Meyer-2699 appear to represent the same person because: This appears to be a parallel tree formation.
posted by Ariel (Rauch) Jolley
Please merge profile Meyer-2252 with this profile as only profile Meyer-2248 has vital information.
posted by Ariel (Rauch) Jolley

M  >  Meyer  >  Hans Meyer

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