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Henry Hunsicker 
Birth: 7 March 1752 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 
Death: 8 July 1836 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 
Father: Valentine Hunsicker (1700-1771)
Mother: Elizabeth Kolb (1716-1788)
Spouse/partner: Esther Detweiler (1751-1829)
Wedding: 1 December 1772 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 
Sex: Male Icon
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Henry Hunsicker was born 7 March 1752 in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America to Valentine Hunsicker (1700-1771) and Elizabeth Kolb (1716-1788) and died 8 July 1836 in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America of unspecified causes. He married Esther Detweiler (1751-1829) 1 December 1772 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States.
Ancestors are from Switzerland.
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From A Genealogical History of the Hunsicker Family:

At the age of thirty, he was ordained a Mennonite minister, and was soon after made the ruling Bishop of the district. He was an eminently practical man, possessing knowledge beyond that of most men among the Pennsylvania Germans of his time. Gifted by nature with a warm heart and a ready hand to assist, he became popular, influential, and useful both in the church and in the community. He was much sought and consulted, both in worldly and spiritual matters, being endowed with excellent common sense and good judgment. He was much employed in settling estates and appointed guardian of orphans. He was social, generous, and candid, not austere or rigorous, not inclined to the prevailing prejudices of the denomination to which he belonged, whose undue partiality for ancient forms and customs almost approached veneration. He claimed that he always gained in every argument; if his own was the weaker, he endorsed that of his opponent. He was quick-witted and abounded in repartee.

During his ministerial age travel was on horseback. He was contemporary with Bishop Matthias Pennypacker of Chester County, the great-grandfather of Ex-Governor Pennypacker of Schwenksville, Pa. The two rode horseback side by side many times in their ministerial visits to churches, and on numerous occasions met in general conference at the mother Mennonite Church in Germantown.

It was the custom among the Mennonites then, and still is to some extent, not to pay their ministers for their services. A rich parishioner of his one day remarked, "I don't see how you can afford to give your time and services gratuitously." He curtly replied, "Why, then, don't you pay me!"

The writer (then in his eleventh year) has a distinct personal recollection of Grandfather Hunsicker, who gave him a present (having been named for him), two Spanish silver dollars, some six or seven years before his death. He was fond of children and disposed to playfully tease them. He always kept a cup of mint drops in a little wall-closet near where he sat, which was invariably brought out when children came around. In offering the mint drop, he first demanded a kiss.

The writer remembers well the place in which he sat in the long old-fashioned pulpit in the old meeting-house in Skippack, that stood near the wall in the northwest side of the present cemetery or graveyard.

He was married to Esther Detweiler, 6 December, 1772. She was born 13 March 1751: died 18 August 1829. She was the daughter of John Detweiler and came from an old, respectable, and substantial family in Skippack Township.

Henry and Esther Hunsicker had ten children (nine of them married and had families), six sons and four daughters, born in the following order: John, Elizabeth, Anna, Catherine, Henry, Jacob, Garret, Abraham (died less than a month old), Sarah, Abraham 2d.

Henry Hunsicker served faithfully in the ministry about fifty-four years and died 8 June, 1836, in the eighty-fifth year of his age. The writer remembers well the day of his death, being then nearly eleven years old. He lies interred side by side with the partner of his joys and sorrows in the cemetery belonging to the old Mennonite Church in Skippack, which he served so long. Tombstones mark the place.

Henry A. Hunsicker, 1911



Children


Offspring of Henry Hunsicker and Esther Detweiler (1751-1829)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Hunsicker (1773-1847) 27 August 1773 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States 17 November 1847 Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States Elizabeth Detweiler (1779-1842)
Catherine Unknown (1789-1865)

Elizabeth Hunsicker (1775-1829) 7 September 1775 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 11 March 1829 Upper Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Abraham Bertolet (1773-1862)

Anna Hunsicker (1777-1838) 3 October 1777 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 26 October 1838 Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Abraham Johnson (1779-1856)

Catherine Hunsicker (1779-1856) 5 November 1779 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 17 March 1856 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Ludwig Grater (1775-1847)

Henry Hunsicker (1782-1844) 11 January 1782 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 17 January 1844 Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Mary Detweiler (1784-1847)

Jacob Hunsicker (1784-1866) 29 August 1784 Skippack Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States of America 19 March 1847 Perkiomen Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States of America Sarah Kolb (1786-1847)

Gerhardt Hunsicker (1786-1861) 26 November 1786 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 21 March 1861 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Catherine Detweiler (1788-1850)
Margaret Ziegler (1801-1855)

Abraham Hunsicker (1789-1789) 20 April 1789 Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 4 May 1789 Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Sara Hunsicker (1790-1827) 30 August 1790 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 11 June 1827 Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Anthony Vanderslice (1789-1870)

Abraham Hunsicker (1793-1872) 31 July 1793 Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 12 January 1872 Elizabeth Alderfer (1798-1898)
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Siblings

Siblings


Offspring of Valentine Hunsicker and Unknown (-1732)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Hunsicker (c1732-1789) 1732 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 1789 Henry Ruth (1718-1766)

Samuel Hunsicker (c1732-) 1732 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Offspring of Valentine Hunsicker and Elizabeth Kolb (1716-1788)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jacob Hunsicker (1736-c1812) 13 October 1736 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America December 1812 Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Elizabeth Clemens (1743-1825)

Isaac Hunsicker (1738-1828) 28 September 1738 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 23 February 1828 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Barbara Greder (1740-1815)

Sara Hunsicker (1740-1814) 1 January 1740 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 7 August 1814 Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Godshalk Godshalk (1745-1819)

Valentine Hunsicker (1742-1743) 18 May 1742 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 1743 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Catherine Hunsicker (1744-1826) 25 February 1744 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 6 March 1826 Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Gerhardt Clemens (1745-1820)

Abraham Hunsicker (1747-1749) 6 May 1747 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 4 May 1749 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Henry Hunsicker (1752-1836) 7 March 1752 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America 8 July 1836 Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Esther Detweiler (1751-1829)
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‡ General
  • A Genealogical History of the Hunsicker Family
Ω Birth
  • A Genealogical History of the Hunsicker Family
₪ Wedding
  • A Genealogical History of the Hunsicker Family
¶ Death
  • A Genealogical History of the Hunsicker Family


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