Name: Ulrich Burghalter 1
Name: Ulrich Burkhalter 2
Birth: 24 APR 1692 in Bern, Switzerland 3
Death: 16 APR 1762 in Whitehall Twp., Northampton Co., PA 4
Burial: Egypt Reformed Church Cemetery, Lehigh Co., PA
[The following is from various sources including some research of Richard G. Mohr, Mulberry, IN and from information on file in the Frankfort Community Library, Frankfort, IN}
Ulrich and his family emigrate to the American Colonies from Rotterdam, via Plymouth, on the Brigantine "Richard and Elizabeth" arriving in Philadelphia on September 28, 1733. They settled on one of the finest tracts of land in Whitehall Township in what was then Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Ulrich was 40 yrs. old when he brought his family to America and his wife, Barbara, was 34. They brought 6 children: Elizabeth Barbara 14, Ann Catherine 12, Ann Magdelena 8, Barbara 4, Margaretha 2 l/2 and Peter 21 months.
Ulrich settled in rich Lehigh Valley near Egypt, PA, about seven miles northwest of Allentown, PA. He owned a large track of land and it appears they were both above average class, rather aristocratic, and people of wealth. He wore short knee breeches, long silken stockings, low shoes with silver buckles. His wife also had much silken wearing apparel. They brought along to America a special made chest in which they had much silverware. Being a large landowner he had slaves to do the work.
Burghalter was spelling of the original name. They were Mennonites in Switzerland but since no church in Egypt supposed to have joined the Reformed Church.
In 1743 Ulrich bought 300 acres of land near Egypt, PA. He had two springs and at one of them he built a large two story stone house some time in the 1740's. Below the springs there were fish ponds. The farm went by the name "Heart of Whitehall, Whitehall Township.[Stokes-Peters.ftw]
In 1937 the Burkhalter family Association sent Professor Henry Burkhalter of State College, Pa. to Switzeralnd to investigate the history of the family. He found the Burkhalter Family in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland in the Emmenhall (Emmen Valley) and the Villages of Langnau and Ruderswyl, about 25 miles from the City of Berne.
On September 28, 1733 Ulrich Burkhalter, Anna Barbara, and six children arrived in Philadelphia on the ship, "Richard and Elizabeth" which was under the command of Captain Christopher Clymer. Ulrich was 40 years old, Barbara was 34 and the children were Elizabeth 14, Anna Catherina 12, Anna Magdalena 8, Anna Barbara 4, Margaretha 2 1/2 and Hance Peter 1 1/4. Also on board the "Richard and Elizabeth" were Johan Nicholas Sager age 39 and Anna Barbara Sager age 28, and Abraham Wootring age 33 and his wife Anna Margaretha age 32. All three of these families settled in Whitehall Township.
Ulrich qualified as a citizen on September 28, 1733. He went north from Philadelphia and settled in Lehigh County, then part of Northampton County. Ulrich was thought to be a Menonite but when the Mennonites left Egypt, Pa. he remained and joined the Reformed Church at Egypt in 1747.
In 1743 he bought 300 acres of land from Richard Hockley. He built a two story stone house which was still standing and in use in 1928. He named the farm the "Heat of Whitehall" Later he increased his holdings to 479 acres.
Will of Ulrich Burkhalter: "In the Name of God Amen. I, Ulrick Burkholder of Whitehall Township in the County of Northampton, Yeoman, being of sound mind and memory (blessed be God) do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (to Say)
-- First it is my will that whereas I have already given unto each of my children the sums of money hereinafter mentioned for their promotion and advancement in the World, Viz:
To my Daughter Mary Elizabeth the Sum of Thirty pounds, Two Cows, Two Sheep, one Bed and Bedstead, Chest, Two acres of wheat in the ground and fifteen Bushels of Wheat threshed and cleaned and a Spinning Whee
"And to each of my other five Daughters, viz: Catherine, Magdalena, Barbara, Margaretta and Dorothea the like Sum of Thirty Pounds, Two Cows, Two sheep, bed and bedstead, Chest, two acres of wheat in the ground and fifteen bushels of wheat threshed and cleaned and a Spinning Wheel respectively.
"And have also by one Indenture or Deed of Gift dated the ninth day of November in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty four made between me and my wife Barbara of the one part and my only Son Peter Burkholder of the other parte for the Consideration therein mentioned given and granted unto my said son a certain Tract of Land near the Branch of Lehigh Creek whereon I now dwell containing three hundred acres and allowance and together with the appurtenances in fee Simple which Deed is Recorded at Easton in Book Volume 1 page 218.
"Now I do order my Executor hereinafter named to pay to each of my said Daughters immediately after my decease One shilling apiece, And I do hereby give, bequeath, and devise unto my said Son Peter all the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever to hold to him, the said Peter, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns forever. And I do hereby nominate and appoint him, the said Peter, to be Executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills and declaring this only to be my last Will.
"In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this Thirty first day of July In the year One Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty one." - - - Ulrick (V B) Burkholder, his mark.
Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the said Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in our presence who, at his request and in his presence, do Witness the same. (The first two names are illegible. The third is "Joh. Nichs. Shnyder")
Anna Barbara Scharer b: 1699 in Bern, Switzerland
in Bern, Switzerland 3
- Elizabeth Burghalter b: 1719 in Switzerland
- Catharine Burghalter b: 1721 in Switzerland
- Magdalena Burghalter b: 1725 in Switzerland
- Barbara Burghalter b: 1729 in Switzerland
- Margaretha Burghalter b: 1731 in Switzerland
- Hans Peter Burghalter b: 2 DEC 1731 in Switzerland
- Eva Dorothea Burghalter b: ABT 1735 in Pennsylvania
- Title: Egypt Reformed Church Records
Author: Linnea Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication: Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Vol. 6
Note: Baptisms: Omnia ad Dei gloriam salutemq ostrarum aimarum. Baptismal Record of the congregation on the Lehigh, in which are recorded the names of the children baptized, the names of their parents, and also the names of the sponsors. Commenced March 22, 1739.
J. Henricus Goetschius, M. Helvetico Tigurinus.
Media: Church Record
Text: Church book notes
- Title: Fatzinger Lucykanish, Susan M.
Note: Descends from Henry Schneider, b. 1794. Original contact Feb 2001.
- Title: Berkhalter Family History (Berkhalter Website)
- Title: Berkhalter Family History (Berkhalter Website)
Text: Ulrick Berkholder's Will (July 31, 1761)