Hubers from the Zürcher Chälbeamt

(?) Haplogroup: R-M512 also identified as M198 or R-1a1a

In the late 1300s Hans Huber and his family lived at the Chalbisau farm cluster near Hirzel in the so called Chälbeamt (Little Calf District) of Zürich. Their family grew steadily until the Huber name was well represented from Horgen past Hirzel into the Wädenswil area.

Feld bei Hirzel, ZH

Feld bei Hirzel, Huber Farm

In the Hirzel area a number of Huber descendants became Anabaptist. They lived both in the Boden and Feld bei Hirzel farm clusters. Ample official records of Hans and Anna (Siegrist) Huber and their children describe his imprisonment and their subsequent flight to the Kraichgau in Baden, in the mid-1600s. Judging by the fact that this Huber family was the only one associated with the Anabaptist movement in Zürich at this time, one may fairly safely conclude that their sons and grandsons were the ones who settled along the Pequea Creek in Lancaster County a generation later—the so called Byerland Hubers / Hoovers.

Huber Farm, Pequea

Home of Jacob and Barbara Huber, Byerland, Pequea Creek

The first Hubers to settle along the Pequea Creek in the Byerland Mennonite settlement were Jacob and Barbara Huber (who lived on the farm where the Byerland Meetinghouse now stands), Heinrich and Catherine Huber, Ulrich Huber and others, all arriving in North America in the early years of the Pequea Settlement in the first quarter of the 1700s.

Huber families in Westfield, New Jersey, and Olean, New York, recent immigrants from the Horgen area (the Chälbeamt) of Zürich, may well carry the R-M512 marker, but they have not taken a DNA test.

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