Hilfiker - Hilficker - Hilfiger
Hilficker of Safenwil
OF THE FAMILY OF JACOB HILFIKER/HILFICKER/HILFIGER
by John E. Hilficker
Jacob Hilfiker was born in Safenwil, Switzerland, August 9, 1782 of Samuel & Verena Bolliger Hilficker. He arrived in Marcus Hook, PA in 1817 and settled with his wife, Maria Percilla, and 2 year old son, Rudolph, in Montgomery County, PA just outside of Philadelphia. He had three other sons and one daughter born while living in the area and who were baptized in the Goshenhoppen Church in the current Green Lane, PA area. The common spelling of the name became Hilficker according to tax records, baptismal records and land deeds. The four sons and one daughter listed in order of their birth are:
Rudolph Hilficker - born September 9, 1815
Johannes Hilficker - born June 23, 1819
Samuel Hilficker - born November 3, 1821
Heinrich Hilficker - born July 12, 1825
Hannah Hilficker Smith - born 1827
Rudolph settled in the Northcentral PA area and eventually the name was spelled Hilfiger. He is buried in Daggett, PA and his descendants have an annual reunion in Mainesburg, PA.
John also spent some time in Northcentral PA before moving to the area around Kewanna, IN. His descendants have an annual reunion in Star City, IN.
Samuel settled in Lehigh County, PA and acquired a farm just south of Bethlehem, PA around 1858. He had two sons. Josiah Hilficker was born September 17, 1844 and is my great grandfather. Another son, Fred, was an itinerant peddler and had no children. Josiah had a son, Milton Charles Henry Hilficker, who was born February 15, 1867. Milton had two sons. Charles Hilficker was born October 24, 1898 and Edward George Hilficker, my father, was born September 15, 1906. Milton was killed in a Bethlehem Steel Works accident in 1912. John Edward Hilficker, the only son of Edward George, was born July 2, 1934.
Henry traveled through Tioga County, PA, Illinois and eventually settled in Gehring, Nebraska. There are no male descendants to my knowledge.
Hannah married Samuel Z. Smith. More will be written as it is discovered.
Submitted by John E. Hilficker