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Bodmer - Hunziker Family
Posted by: Dorothy Swanson (ID *****1385) Date: December 23, 2004 at 07:26:16
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My great grandfather, Johannes Jakob Hunziker and his brothers, John James Hunziker, John Frederick Hunziker and a brother-in-law, Johan Jakob Bodmer all attended St. Christchona Mission School in Switzerland. The Bodmer's (wife-Marie Bertha Hunziker) settled in Ohio. Johannes John Hunziker settled in Minnesota. John James Hunziker was in Minnesota for a while then ended up in the state of Washington. John Frederick Hunziker was a missionary in the Faulkin Islands for a while then came to the states and settled in the state of Washington also. Johannes, James and Johan and Marie Bertha (Hunziker) Bodmer came to the states around 1865 or1866. There may have been another son who stayed in Switzerland.

The Hunziker‘s where born in Wynau Canton, Bern, Switzerland.

Johan Bodmer was born in Oetwil Canton, Zurich Switzerland on Dec 4, 1832. He pastored a church in Strausburg, Ohio for many years besides other churches in Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota. He also attended St. Christchona Mission School from 1862 to August 27, 1865 when he was ordained into the Evangelical Church of Wunttember. He came to American in 1865. Johan Bodmer was the son of J.J.H. Bodmer and Barbara Boshardt. Rev Bodmer married Betha Hunziker in 1866. They had twelve children, four of which are believed to have died in their youth. Mrs. Bertha (Hunziker) Bodmer died in 1918.

As far as I have been able to find, the Bodmer children are: Emma, Persida, Abraham, Theodore, Isaac, Martha, Monica, John J., Theadore G.J., Henry, and Della. The birth dates I have for them are between 1867 and 1881.

John James Hunziker was born April 10, 1821.
Johnan Frederick Hunziker was born June 1, 1837.
Marie Bertha (Hunziker) Bodmer was born September 19,1839,
Johannes Jacob Hunziker was born December 29, 1840.

Their father’s name was Johannes Jakob Hunziker. His first wife was my great grandmother, Bertha or Elizabeth. They were divorced. She came to the states with her sons and ended up in Ohio with her daughter , Mrs. Bertha Bodmer. He remarried either in Switzerland or in the states. Supposedly he had a second family in the states which we have not been able to find any info nor the possible son in Switzerland.

There was also another Hunziker, Samuel Hunziker, that attended St. Christchona Mission School in Switzerland between 1860 and 1863. According to the St. Christchona Mission records, Samuel left for the US after his graduation and was a pastor in Columbia City, Whitly County, Indiana. We don't know if Samuel Hunziker was related to our Hunziker family.
Does this connect to any other Bodmer or Hunziker family?

Dorothy Swanson

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