The Bollinger Family to America, ad verbatum transcription from the book Bollinger Connections by Orenia Bollinger

“The Ancestral Father of the Bollinger families of Missouri, Heinrich Bullinger, born in 1710, booked passage at Rotterdam on the sailing ship ‘Winter Galley’ to America. Edward Paynter, the salty ship’s captain of many years on the oceans, steered his ship across the uncharted, wide Atlantic, often through wind and raging seas, and sometimes blown off course. After many anxious days and restless nights, with supplies and water becoming low, his seamanship in battling the raw elements brought his cargo of adventuresome and hardy pioneers safely to their port of destination, Germantown, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arriving 5 September 1738 after an ocean trip of several months.

After many days of confined quarters and unspeakable conditions on the ship, they breathed the clean fresh air and heard new and unfamiliar sounds of a bustling market-place, heard hucksters shouting, selling their ware to the new arrivals, saw strange faces of people in frontier dress, hurrying to and fro, others lounging in the shade of large trees, perhaps discussing the topics of the day, politics, religion, or maybe the latest news of an Indian uprising in the West.

Heinrich later warranted land near Longswamp in Berks Co. Pennsylvania. We know that he actually lived in Longswamp where he was a taxpayer and treasurer of the German Reformed Church until he no longer lived there.

                We know that Heinrich’s wife was Elizabeth Wohlraber, but after a diligent search can find no Wohlraber in America. Sincer many of the others who lived in Longswamp have been documented as having made several trip to and from Europe, we believe it probably that he returned for a wife. The only clue we find is that in 1752 a Matthias Bollinger left Bosenbach, Zweirbucken, a part of the Rhineland now in France for America. Yoder, a genealogist, author, and researcher, documents that Matthias Bollinger left there with a wife and two children in March 1752. Heinrich was not at Longswamp in 1748 to be on the building committee but had been there earlier to organize the church and was there later to pay taxes. His two oldest sons were Johannes and Heinrich. Johannes was born in 1750 and Heinrich, Jr. on Jan 1 1752.”

Heinrich Bollinger died 1776 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, he is my 7x great-grandfather. The exact origins of Heinrich Bollinger are not stated in this book, however the first chapter talks about the bollinger (bullinger) family of zurich, switzerland in the 15th century. On his passenger list on the Winter Galley, he is listed as 28 years old (1710). The exact genealogical thread had not yet been found from Heinrich to the family, but online genealogies suggest he was born 1710 in Bayern, Pfitz, Bosenbach, Switzerland, which is now a part of Western Germany.

Source: Oreina Bollinger, comp., The Bollinger Connections, (Fredericktown, Missouri: O. Bollinger, 1984).

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