Barbara Burkhalter

Brief Life History of Barbara

When Barbara Burkhalter was born on 5 March 1775, in Hasle bei Burgdorf, Bern, Switzerland, her father, Jacob Burkhalter, was 41 and her mother, Barbara Schwytzer, was 36. She married Ulrich Fiechter on 10 July 1796, in Hasle bei Burgdorf, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters.

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Ulrich Fiechter
Barbara Burkhalter
Marriage: 10 July 1796
Anna Barbara Fiechter
Barbara Fiechter
Ullrich Fiechter
Anna Barbara Fiechter

Sources (9)

  • Barb Burkhalter in entry for Ulrich Blaser, "Switzerland, Catholic and Reformed Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barbara Burkholter, "Switzerland, Catholic and Reformed Church Records, 1418-1996"
  • Barbara Burkholter in entry for Ulrich Fiechter, "Switzerland, Catholic and Reformed Church Records, 1418-1996"

World Events (4)


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.


New Federal Constitution combining elements of the U.S. constitution (Federal State with central and cantonal (state) governments and parliaments) and of French revolutionary tradition. The Principles of this constitution are still valid today.

Name Meaning

Swiss German: from Middle High German elements burc ‘castle’ (originally also ‘protection’) + halter from halde ‘slope’, hence a topographic name for someone living by a castle or fortified town. Compare Borkholder , Burckhalter , and Burkholder .

History: This is the name of a Swiss Mennonite and Amish family, originating from the canton of Bern, Switzerland, which in the 17th century, because of religious persecution, spread to the Palatinate, Germany, where it was altered to Burkholder and Borkholder . To North America it was brought, mostly in the form Burkholder, in the 18th and 19th centuries by several Mennonite immigrants from the Palatinate and Switzerland. One of the earliest immigrants was Hans Burkhalter or Burkholder, from Bern canton, Switzerland, who settled in Lancaster County, PA, in 1717.

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

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