When Johannes Hans Bichsel was born on 8 April 1649, in Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Ulrich Bichsel, was 31 and his mother, Anna Hebysen, was 31. He married Anna Verena Salzmann on 8 June 1668, in Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 23 July 1736, in his hometown, at the age of 87.
Swiss German: cognate of German Büchsel, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of small boxes or a woodworker, from a diminutive of Middle High German bühse ‘box’.