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Francis Buckwalter

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Death: July 20, 1723 (57-58)
Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Phoenixville, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Buchwalder and Barbara Witmer Landis
Husband of Mary Dorst Buckwalter
Father of Joseph Buckwalter; Jacob Buckwalter; John Buckwalter; Mary Buckwalter; Theodorus Yost Buchwalter and 3 others

Managed by: Michael Guillermo Yasich
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About Francis Buckwalter

Francis, a Mennonite farmer, married Mary Durst Mellinger in 1692 and they immigrated with their family to America in 1717.

Married Mary Mellinger, 1668,, ^ in Switzerland. To Coventry, Chester Co., PA Immigrated with a brother. He may have immigrated in 1713


Francis, a Mennonite farmer, married Mary Durst Mellinger in 1692 and they immigrated with their family to America in 1717.

Thanks to Lori Gilbert for the following:

He could have been buried on his farm, long since overgrown and gone. He owned the land only 3 years prior to his death and at the time of purchase was 'the only white settler' in the area. This indicates that the only 'cemetery' could have been an old Indian burial ground.

The cemetery in what is now Phoenixville [possibly the very same 'old indian burial ground'] has since been built upon. Records indicate the bodies were moved prior to construction, but Francis is not on the lists. Not that the list would be 100% accurate; perhaps they did not remove all the bodies? No way to know.

The Mennonites were so poorly treated in Germany, that the elders did not keep records after coming to America out of habit; thus the severe lack of anything on Francis. His sons began appearing in records mostly after Francis' death.

The county courthouse was not built for some time after Francis died, so no records there. Perhaps a newspaper, family record, letter, bible will turn up someday with information. Right now, there is just quite a bit of repeated misinformation and 'assumptions'. ;)

GEDCOM Note

From "Find a Grave" <b>Francis Buchwalter </b> Birth: 1665, Zürich, Switzerland Death: Jul. 20, 1723, Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania Francis, a Mennonite farmer, married Mary Durst Mellinger in 1692 and they immigrated with their family to America in 1717. Thanks to Lori Gilbert for the following: He could have been buried on his farm, long since overgrown and gone. He owned the land only 3 years prior to his death and at the time of purchase was 'the only white settler' in the area. This indicates that the only 'cemetery' could have been an old Indian burial ground. The cemetery in what is now Phoenixville [possibly the very same 'old indian burial ground'] has since been built upon. Records indicate the bodies were moved prior to construction, but Francis is not on the lists. Not that the list would be 100% accurate; perhaps they did not remove all the bodies? No way to know. The Mennonites were so poorly treated in Germany, that the elders did not keep records after coming to America out of habit; thus the severe lack of anything on Francis. His sons began appearing in records mostly after Francis' death. The county courthouse was not built for some time after Francis died, so no records there. Perhaps a newspaper, family record, letter, bible will turn up someday with information. Right now, there is just quite a bit of repeated misinformation and 'assumptions'. ;)   Family links:  Spouse: Mary Durst <i>Mellinger</i> Buchwalter (1668 - 1723)   Children:   Johannes Buckwalter (1698 - 1776)*   Theodorus Yost Buchwalter (1701 - 1782)*   Inscription: Unmarked grave under city   Note: Francis and Mary are thought to have been buried in an old Indiana cemetery that is now under what is downtown of Phoenixville, PA.   Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial - Specifically: Old Indian Burial Ground, Phoenixville, Chester Co., PA   Created by: Jack Gilchrist - Record added: Mar 18, 2011 - Find A Grave Memorial# 67089976


                  The Understanding of my grandfather,  Francis ( Frantz ) and his family were fleeting Switzerland and traveling through Germany to get to the Netherlands. Life was becoming very difficult for people of his religion ( Mennonite ) and many other Protestant religions. It took the Buckwalter family three years to get from Germany to Pennsylvania, arriving in 1710.It is still unclear if he was born with the Buckwalter or Buchwalder name, however some family members believe his family before him had the name Buchwalder... it is still being looked into. I’ll up date when I know more.
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Francis Buckwalter's Timeline

1665
1665
Zürich, Switzerland
1692
1692
Germany or Switzerland
1694
1694
<Germany or Switzerland>
1698
July 12, 1698
Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
1698
Zürich, Zürich District, ZH, Switzerland
1698
1700
1700
<Germany or Switzerland>
1701
July 1701
Zürich, Schweiz
1723
July 20, 1723
Age 58
Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States