Dorothea Hersberger

Brief Life History of Dorothea

When Dorothea Hersberger was born on 14 October 1759, in Bern, Switzerland, her father, Johannes Hersberger, was 33 and her mother, Anna Egli, was 35. She married Heinrich Holinger on 17 March 1777. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 23 May 1834, in Bennwil, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland, at the age of 74.

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Heinrich Holinger
Dorothea Hersberger
Marriage: 17 March 1777
Barbara Holinger
Eusebius Holinger
Anna Holinger

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    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.


    Switzerland is one of the first industrialized countries in Europe.

    Name Meaning

    Swiss German: habitational name for someone from Hersberg (pronounced Herschbrg in Swiss German) in the canton of Basel, Switzerland. Compare Herschberger and Hirschberger .

    History: This is the name of a Swiss Mennonite and Amish family, originating from the canton of Basel, Switzerland, which in the 17th century, because of religious persecution, spread to the Palatinate, Germany, where it was altered to Herschberger and Hirschberger before being brought to North America the middle of the 18th century. The original form of the surname, Hersberger, is apparently not found among the American Mennonites and Amish; the most common form of the name among them is Hershberger .

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

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