The variant spelling & pronunciation of the Hollinger name is
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
Found the following while searching thru my files-maybe
others might be
"The family has been well documented in two volumes and manuscripts
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
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
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
lived in a small canton (province) of Aargaw, located in north central
The towns of Boniswil, Egliswil, Seegan, and Kubm, all in this canton
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
Holligers in Switzerland. There is one picture of Bruce & Max Holliger,
of the Holliger construction trucks & one of Bruce & Max who is holding
Holliger coat of arms & one of Max Holliger's home.
Bruce had ph'd me before going to Switzerland, asking for some info
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
out with an identical coat of arms done in stained glass. Interesting!
HKH passed away quite a few years ago
HANS JACOB HOLLINGER/JOHAN JAKOB HOLLINGER/HULLINGER
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
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
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
and Jacob's twin brother Nicklaus.
In 1731 Hans Jacob Hollinger journeyed to America, arriving at the
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
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
In 1743, seven years after Jacob's arrival, on September 20, the
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
giving birth to the twins or within a year thereafter. Anna Kuster stayed
even after her friend died caring for Jacob's children. In 1754 Anna Kuster
married Jacob Hollinger w3h was then 53 years old.
In 1757 a son was born to this second marriage of Jacob's. He was
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
born to Jacob.
In 1782 Jacob died, about May 7, but more accurately between March
Anna went to live with her son George and later with her son Adam,
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
he fathered eleven children. They are as follows: Jacob, Nicklaus,
Kristian, John, Christopher,Adam, George, Tobias, Anna, Valentine and
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