Habegger (Habecker, Hawbecker) family

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Habegger is a Mennonite family originally from Trub, canton of Bern, Switzerland. The name means "a person from Habchegg" (Hawk Ridge), the name of a place between Trub and Langnau. The first record of Anabaptists having the name was in 1564, when the wife of Vincentz Habkegkers was fined for her beliefs. In the early 18th century some members of this family immigrated to the Palatinate, while others went to the Bishopric of Basel for refuge. In 1737 nine persons of this name left the Palatinate and traveled on the same boat for America. These became the ancestors of the Habeckers and Hawbeckers of Lancaster and Franklin counties, Pennsyvania. Jacob C. Habecker became a minister of the Habecker (Mennonite Church (MC)) congregation near Mountville, Pennsylvania. David Habecker (1791-1889) moved to Niagara County, New York, from Lancaster County, where he was ordained to the ministry in 1834. He died at the age of 98, having been in the ministry for 64 years. The Habeggers in the Jura area of the canton of Bern lived on the Münsterberg and in Chaluet near Court. In 1708 Peter Habegger was an Anabaptist minister. Records of 1764 mention Ulrich Habegger as a minister. In the migration of 1852 from the Jura to Adams County, Indiana, several families of this name were included. Among them was a gifted young minister Peter Habegger (1821-1899), who had been ordained only four years before. He was ordained as bishop in 1853. The main centers where this Mennonite family is found today are the Bernese Jura, Adams County, Indiana, and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


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Author(s) Delbert L Gratz
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 619. All rights reserved.

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