Jonas Schwizer

Engraved Pen
Engraved Pen

The name Jonas Schwizer means a lot to me. My father, Jonas Schwizer, is the 24th Jonas Schwizer in our family tree. My great great grandfather, Jonas Schwizer XXI, immigrated to the U.S. with his wife Louise in 1887 from St. Gallen, Switzerland, bordering Germany, both of whom were tailors. My great grandfather, Jonas Schwizer XXII, was born in the US in 1902 and his wife, Harriet, was an immigrant from Switzerland. They later had a son named Jonas Schwizer XXIII, my grandfather, in 1930. My grandfather was an only child and was raised by his grandmother who taught him German as a child. He was a carpenter and built his own home to raise his children in, a block away from the home he grew up in with his grandmother. My father and his siblings didn’t have sons to pass the name on to, so my youngest sisters middle name is Jonas and my sisters and I plan on naming the first born son of ours Jonas Schwizer XXV. My father has a pen, given to him by his father, engraved with his Jonas Schwizer XXIV status and we have a Schwizer family crest hanging in our living room that my father takes great pride in. My father also inherited the handy gene from past Jonas’, as he's always working on a project around the house. When I think of the name Jonas Schwizer, I feel a strong sense of pride. I think of the importance of the family name to my history and I hope to be able to pass this name down to my children one day to continue the tradition. 

Place(s): Switzerland, New York
Year: 1887

– Tara Schwizer

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more