Hans Jacob Peter

1 August 1756–15 May 1840 (Age 83)
Berg am Irchel, Zürich, Switzerland

The Life of Hans Jacob

When Hans Jacob Peter was born on 1 August 1756, in Berg am Irchel, Zürich, Switzerland, his father, Ulrich Peter, was 35 and his mother, Anna Fehr, was 30. He married Barbara Vaterlaus on 14 May 1792. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 15 May 1840, at the age of 83.

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Hans Jacob Peter
Barbara Vaterlaus
Marriage: 14 May 1792
Elisabeth Peter
Regula Peter
Johannes Peter

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14 May 1792


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World Events (3)


Age 42

Revolution in Switzerland. Farmers in occupied territories become free citizens. Centralistic parliamentary republic according to French model. Occupation by French troops and some battles of Napoleon vs. Austria and Russia in Switzerland.

Age 44

Switzerland is one of the first industrialized countries in Europe.

Age 47

"Civil war brings Helvetic Republic to an end. French emperor Napoleon enforces a constitution negotiated under his ""mediation""."

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, German, Dutch, etc.: from the personal name Peter (Greek Petros, from petra ‘rock’, ‘stone’). The name was popular throughout Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, having been bestowed by Christ as a byname on the apostle Simon bar Jonah, the brother of Andrew. The name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance (John 1:42, Matt. 16:18); St. Peter is regarded as the founding head of the Christian Church in view of Christ's saying, ‘Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church’. In Christian Germany in the early Middle Ages this was the most frequent personal name of non-Germanic origin until the 14th century. This surname has also absorbed many cognates in other languages, for example Czech Petr, Hungarian Péter. It has also been adopted as a surname by Ashkenazic Jews.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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