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Richard Warren Davis of Provo, Utah, author of three volumes entitled "Emigrants, Refugees, and Prisoners," and creator of the website MennoSearch.com, has been assembling info on Mennonites in Switzerland, the German Palatinate (Pfalz), and SE Pennsylvania for years. In his 16 pages of findings on the Kaegi - Kagey family on his website he posits that Johann (Hans) Rudolph Kagy was born in 1692, son of Jacob Kaegi (b. 1659 - d. after 1707) of Westhofen (a village near Ibersheim) in the Palatinate, who was a Mennonite originally from Baeretswil, Canton Zurich, Switzerland. He traces Jacob's ancestors back several generations in the Baeretswil area. Baeretswil is the third location in the tight triangle of Fischenthal - Bauma - Baeretswil in the upper Toss River valley of the Zurich Highlands that seems to be the heart of Kagy territory. Davis says Jacob "may" be Hans's father and that the relationship is "likely." This is the most detailed and credible info I've ever come across about Hans Rudolph's possible origins and certainly seems worthy of follow-up. (OCTOBER 2011)