Hullinger Family
Monday, March 28, 2016
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
Hollinger History
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From: Shirley Robinette <smr@wvi.com>

The variant spelling & pronunciation of the Hollinger name is as follows: Holiger, Holliger, Holinger, Hullinger, Hollinger, Hollingerus.  In Switzerland the name was Holiger-the German clerics added the extra L to the name.

Holliger is the spelling of the name in Switzerland. I have photos of Max Holliger of Boniswyl, his construction trucks, home & picture of Max & Bruce Collins holding the Hollinger coat of arms (taken in the late 1980's ). The coat of arms depicts a shield with a swan on a field of red.


From: ShirleyRobinette <smr@wvi.com>

Found the following while searching thru my files-maybe others might be interested.

"The family has been well documented in two volumes and manuscripts taking the family back some 20 generations to the 1400's in Switzerland. Hans Jacob Hollinger of Boniswyl, Switzerland and the family had resided there from at least the 15th century.

There were a number of branches of the family who lived over the border in Germany and who fought in the various wars for Holland, England and in Ireland. However, they all trace back originally to the Swiss Family in the 1400's. True, some remained in Holland, others in England and Ireland, but
they are a Swiss family, pure and simple!!"

re:Quote from letter, dated September 21, 1979, to Mr. George Shoemaker, Swathmore, PA, from Graham Thomas Smallwood, Jr-Certified American Lineage Specialist, Salt Lake City, Utah.

"From all information reviewed it appears that the early Hollinger families lived in a small canton (province) of Aargaw, located in north central Switzerland.

The towns of Boniswil, Egliswil, Seegan, and Kubm, all in this canton of Aargaw, were the known areas of the first generations of Hollingers." re: Fred Newbraugh, West Virginia, CG

I have pictures sent to me by Bruce Collins of Wisconsin, who visited the Holligers in Switzerland. There is one picture of Bruce & Max Holliger, one of the Holliger construction trucks & one of Bruce & Max who is holding the Holliger coat of arms & one of Max Holliger's home.

Bruce had ph'd me before going to Switzerland, asking for some info to take with him. I sent him some info along with a copy of the coat of arms from HKH book. Bruce said he could not speak Swiss nor could Max speak English so he held up the copy of the coat of arms-Max ran into his house-came
back out with an identical coat of arms done in stained glass. Interesting!
Shirley smr@wvi.com

"Mr. Henry Kline Hollinger, Trenton 8, New Jersey, expects to publish soon Hollinger-Holinger-Hullinger-Genealogies, Histories and traditions. Compiled from Rune, Archive and Legend. The old world section has gone to press. The new world section will embrace some immigrants from Germany,
Switzerland, Friesland, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Scotland, England and Rumania.

He says the work is a new venture in genealogy: tedious data, will-texts, medical histories, confidental histories, etc. are retained in the combined families historical hoard, available to respective descendants of given lines. Certain chapters will appear in the old language, including 
"Pennsyvanie Deytsch". The work will be loose-leaf, printed on bond (one side only), blank side for owner's writings. Correspondence is invited and all letters will be

re: National Geographic Society Quarterly @1945, pge 85. Genealogies in preparation.

HKH passed away quite a few years ago
ShirleyRobinette <smr@wvi.com>

Subject:  Richard B. Hollinger's Book

From: ShirleyRobinette <smr@wvi.com>

Born: February 20, 1701
Died: Between March 23 and June 23 of 1782

Hans Jacob Hollinger grew up in Germany in the village of Eglisvil and later in the town of Lamsborn in the Duchy of Zweybruecken. since past records have shown that they were farmers, we can assume that this was also Hans Jacob's occupation.

In approximately 1720 Hans Jacob Hollinger married Elizabeth Esterli whose parents were from Zweybruecken. Elizabeth was of the Mennonite faith and our Jacob was traditionally Brethren.

In 1726 a son was born. Records show that this was probably a twin birth and Jacob's twin brother Nicklaus.

In 1731 Hans Jacob Hollinger journeyed to America, arriving at the Port of Philidelphia in the Colony of Pennsylvania, on September 21. He arrived on the Ship Brittania with twenty-four of his brethern on board. It is stated in the ship's record that they stopped in Dort for treatment of their ill before completing their journey to America. Jacob made this journey alone and during his stay, lived in Lancaster boro.

One year after his arrival we find Jacob returning to the Old World in 1732. In 1734 he again becomes a father; this son is named Christian.

In 1737 Jacob boarded the Ship Virtuous Grace in Rotterdam, Holland, bound for America. Jacob was again making this trip alone, having left his family in the care of his brother Kristian. In the ship's docket, Jacob is listed as a freeman, an adult man of forty years of age. The following information was taken from from a book entitled "German Pioneers" by Strassburg and Hinkle. It states the following: "Two-hundred and twenty-five Foreigners from the Palatinate and other areas who with their families arrived in Rotterdam, but last from Cowes to the port of Philidelphia, and qualified
on this day, September 24, 1737, John Bull, Ship Master, on the Ship "Virtuous Grace." Jacob who was listed on this ship took the oath of allegiance the following day in Philidelphea. 

How long Jacob remained in Philedelphia is not known, but records show that the German emigrants were quick to move into the rich fertile farm lands of Pennsylvania. Jacob, a
farmer by occupation, settled in Warwick, Lebanon Township, Lancaster County.

In 1743, seven years after Jacob's arrival, on September 20, the Ship Phoenix came to port in Philedelphia. Kristian, Jacob's brother, was on board with his family, and Jacob's family. Jacob's family at this time consisted of his wife Anna Elizabeth and sons Johan Nickolaus and Jacob
(twins) and Kristian nine years old.

On the 20th of October, 1753 Anna Elizabeth/Esterly gave birth to a set of twins Adam and Christopher. Adam is our diredt descendent. Prior to the births of these twins, Anna Elizabeth must have been ill as a friend of hers , one Anna Kuster, came to live with them to care for the house and
the children. Anna Kuster/Custer was the daughter of Tobias Kuster, a blacksmith from Philadelphia and head of a prominent Mennonite family of that era. It is believed that Anna Kuster and Anna Edterly Hollinger belonged to the same Friends Meeting of Mennonites.

From what records could be located, Anna Esterly Hollinger either died in giving birth to the twins or within a year thereafter. Anna Kuster stayed on even after her friend died caring for Jacob's children. In 1754 Anna Kuster
married Jacob Hollinger who was then 53 years old.

In 1757 a son was born to this second marriage of Jacob's. He was named Johan George and was born on April 4, 1754. Also recorded at the same time was a son Tobias, again possibly twins. If so, the tradition is correct, for this would have been the third set of twins born to Jacob.

In 1761 a daughter Anna Barbara was born. This seems to be the last child born to Jacob.

In 1782 Jacob died, about May 7, but more accurately between March 23 and June 13.

Anna went to live with her son George and later with her son Adam, our ancestor. She served as as sponsor for one of Adam's children, Johanne, born on December 8, 1783. Anna died around the year of 1800 and was buried on Adam's farm beside Jacob. Adam's farm was somewhere in Lancaster County, present day Warwick Township.

During Jacob's lifetime and his marriages to Anna Esterly and Anna Kuster, he fathered eleven children. They are as follows: Jacob, Nicklaus, Kristian, John, Christopher,Adam, George, Tobias, Anna, Valentine and Barbara.

Sources and References
Egle's History of Lebanon County
Microfilm at Lebanon Daily News
Microfilm at Lebanon Historical Society
Book of the 1790 Census
Friendens Lutheran Church
Salem Lutheran Church
St Mary's Catholic Church
Brickerville Reformed/Lutheran Church
Many volumes to numerous to mention from Lebanon County Historic Society
Lebanon County Municipal Building
a. Recorder of Deeds
b. Recorder of Wills
c. Marriage License Bureau
Lancaster Co. Mennonite Archives and Library
Mt Lebanon Cemetery
St. Mary's Cemetery
Lancaster Co. Courthouse
Dawson Hollinger Family Bible-Lucy Hollinger
Jacob H. F. Hollinger Family Bible-Helen Snyder
Pa. german Pioneers, Vol. 1, 11, 111
Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg
Hollinger Genealogy by Henry Hollinger (permission by Mrs. Henry Kline Hollinger)

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Origins and Locations of People Who Share Our Last Name


You can locate current and sometimes historical locations of people who share your last name.  The maps shows the location of people with the Hollinger name in the World and Switzerland and Hullinger in the United States.  

The distribution of the name 'Hollinger'

Statistics: Figures on the surname 'Hollinger'

In Switzerland there are 148 phone book entries with the surname Hollinger and approximately 394 persons with this name.

They live in 68 zip code areas . Most occurrences are in Gansingen reported, namely 13

More postcode areas with lots of occurrences are Basel region (8), swimming (7), Rheinfelden(6) Windisch (6), Zurich (804 *) (5), Binningen (5), Zurich (805 *) (4 ), Kriens (4) andKüsnacht with 4 entries.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This blog is dedicated to all Hullinger / Hollinger / Holinger / Holiger's

Our family name originated in Canton Aargau, Switzerland. Some of us immigrated to the United States and other parts of the world.

We don't know for sure if we are all related. It is possible that the Hollinger / Hullinger name originated more then once in Europe. But many of us are closely related as shown by DNA testing.

Our Hullinger family originated in the small Village of Holvil (Boniswyl), Aargau, Switzerland, located near Zurich. We have visited this community, and found relatives. Since our ancestor left Switzerland in 1736, the connection is distant.

The community is very attractive, with a small castle located at the foot of a lake. A fast flowing stream forms a moat around the castle. The small community is affluent and friendly.

After leaving Switzerland, our people gradually moved west, settling first in Pennsylvania, then Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, and finally homesteading in western South Dakota, south of the Capital of Pierre in Vivian.

You should be able to download our geneology from this page if you need it. If not, I will be glad to send you the geneology by Email.  Craighullinger@gmail.com

Our Paternal Line of Descent

Hullinger / Hollinger / Holliger / Holiger

Born Died First Last Name Spouse Birth Place / Comments

1425 1504 Henri Holiger Boniswyl, Aargu, SWZ

1446 Heini Holiger Boniswil (Holvil) Switzerland

1472 Hans Holiger 1504 Junghans Holiger
m Margaretha Rebmeyer

1548 1600 Heini Holiger m Barbara Mayer Boniswyl,Aargu, SWZ Burial: Seengen, Switzerland

1591 1643 Heini Holiger m Anna Huber
Aargu, Boniswyl, SWZ

1627 1689 Rudolph Holliger m Anna Hummel

1661 Jacob Holliger m Elisabeth Burger

1701 1779 Hans Jacob Hollinger m Anna Elisabetha Esterli
Immigrated to US 1736

1734 1802 Christian Hollinger m Eva Dorothea Feltz
Born Germany, Captain American Revolution

1757 1839 Daniel Hullinger m Ann Schockey
Lancaster Co, PA; 1st Lt American Revolution

1788 1856 Daniel Jnr Hullinger m Comfort Conway Staunton Trenton, OH

1833 1909 Daniel J Hullinger m Mary Kirk Ohio emigrated from Ohio to south central Iowa by wagon train in 1864

1870 1956 Eli Hullinger m Mary Elizabeth Siddons Leon IA, immigrated from Iowa to Vivian, South Dakota.

1893 1970 John Franklin Hullinger m Pearl Josephine Harlan
Leon, Iowa US Army, WW I

1920 Clifford Harlan Hullinger m Louise Liffengren
Vivian, SD 1st Lieutenant, US Army, WW II

1947 Craig Harlan Hullinger m Elizabeth S. Ruyle
Brookings, SD Colonel, US Marine Corps Reserve, Vietnam

1980 Bret Schaller Hullinger Harvey, IL


This is an American Coat of Arms for the American-Swiss Family of 
Hullinger - Holliger.

The M -1 Rifle represents the weapons used by by our family, including the:

American Revolution
Christian and Daniel Hollinger

Blackhawk War
William Morgan Hart

Civil War
Lewis Harlan and David Lockridge

World War I
John and Harvey Hullinger

World War II
Clifford, Ellis, Alan and Jack Hullinger

Vietnam and the Cold War
Craig Hullinger, Dana and Noel Erickson

The Swiss Halberd was carried by our Swiss ancestors.It also stands for the weapons carried by our ancestors in England, Norway, and Native America.

The silhouette is of Ellis (Red) Hullinger, a real South Dakota cowboy, and represents our pioneer journey from Europe in 1735 west to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, and South Dakota.

The Dove stands for peace, a preferred alternative to war.

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