Note: The progenitor of this family, Christian Burkholder, was a native of Switzerland. He was born about the year 1707, and even in his young days became a strong advocate of the 'Non-conformist' principles of religion. Finding the opposition of the 'Church Party' becoming too strong, he mediated of moving with his family to the 'Land of the Free' (America), but ere the appointed time of leaving their native country came, he took sick and died. Shortly before his death he advised his wife and children to emigrate from Switzerland and proceed to America where they might settle with their countrymen and, better still, with their co-religionists, the Mennonites. Soon after her husband's death, which took place in March, 1755, the widow with her family of six children, three sons and three daughters, set sail for America and landed at Philadelphia, in July, 1755. She settled in Lancaster County where she died in 1789. The names of her six children whom she brought to America are II Christian, II Peter, II Ulrich, II Mary, II Anna, and II Veronica. [Eby Book 1895]
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