Meyli, Hans

Birth Name Meyli, Hans
Gender male
Age at Death less than 63 years


In numerous histories online. Colorful description of their arrival in Pennsylvania:
"The first authentic account we have of the Lancaster County settlement is that Hans Meylin, his son, Martin, and Hans Herr, John Rudolph Bundly, Martin Kendig, Jacob Miller, Martin Oberholtzer, Hans Funk, Michael Oberholtzer, Wendell Bowman, and others, with their families, came as far as the Conestoga in 1709, and there selected a tract of ten thousand acres to the north of Pequea Creek . The warrant for this was recorded, and the land surveyed to them Oct. 23, 1710. A very quaint account of them says the sect came from a German Palatinate, at the invitation of William Penn. "The men wore long red caps on their heads. The women had neither bonnets, hats, nor caps, but merely a string passing around the head to keep the hair from the face. The dress both of female and male was domestic, quite plain, made of coarse material, after an old fashion of their own..."


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1654 Hedengon, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland    
Death before 1717 Strasburg, Chester Co, PA    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Meyli, Jacob Jagli1622
Mother Binder, Regula1669
         Meyli, Hans 1654 before 1717


Family of Meyli, Hans and , Catherine

Married Wife , Catherine ( * + ... )

Martin and Hans Meili arrived together in 1710 from Zurich, Switzerland to Lancaster Co, PA. Hans could be Martin's father or brother, however Hans Meili does not appear in any of the local records with Martin. Israel Rupp claimed "Hans Meyli, Jr" was among the original residents of Pequea, PA, altho he was not included in the Oath list of 1730.

John Meily probably secured a tract of land in Strasbury at the death of his father, Hans Meily, in 1717
"The Journal of American History, Vol 14"
full account here - , pg 492+

Martin and John Milan in Conestoga township assessment list of 1718.

Some researchers think this Hans Meili is mentioned in marriage with Margaret Schweizer -
"Martin Funk might have been living on a part of Jacob Neff’s land from 1717 to 1735. Also living with or near Jacob and Catherine Neff was Johannes (Hans) Meili a blacksmith from whom Jacob apparently learned the trade. Johannes (Hans) Meili was born July 20, 1660 and died in 1724 in Coventry Twp., Chester Co., PA. He married Margaret Schweizer on August 18, 1685 in Dühren, Germany. From the baptismal records in Dühren we learn that they had children: Elizabeth b. 1 May 1686, Jacob b. 17 Nov. 1689, and Anna Margaret b. 19 January 1692. Their son John b. about 1700 was named administrator of his father’s estate in 1724 but no estate seems to have been filed probably because Hans was not a naturalized citizen of Pennsylvania and apparently owned no land. Other children of Johannes and Margaret might be Magdalena, the wife of Martin Funk, and Catherine b. about 1694, wife of Jacob Neff (D) who named their eldest daughter Margaret, perhaps for Catherine’s mother. This relationship could also explain why Martin Funk and Jacob Neff settled first in Coventry Township. While these observations have not been proven, I mention them as a clue for future research"

from the "Millenium File"
Name: John Martin Meily
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1707
Birth Place: Lebanon, Lbnon, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Date: Oct 1770
Father: John Hans Miley
Mother: Catherine
Spouse: Anna Sabina
Children: George Meily

Name Birth Date Death Date
Miley, Hans Jrafter 1672before 1728-01-29
Miley, (John) Martin1691-02-071770-10-00