Sunday, October 12, 2014

Great 11: More on Hans Jacob (Jakob) Hess

Hans Jacob Hess (May 17, 1584 – 1639) was a Swiss-German Anabaptist minister and martyr.

Hans Jacob Hess was born in Wald, ZurichSwitzerland on May 17, 1584 to Hans Heinrich Hess, a bailiff,[6] (1534–1587)[7] and Adelheid Kuntz (1546–1585).[8] He was a direct patrilineal great-great-grandson of Johannes Hans Hess, and thus his Y-DNA was Haplogroup I-M170. He had eight older full siblings: Margaretha, Christian, Matheus, Hans, Elsy, Margaretha, Heinrich, and Dorothea; five older half-siblings from his father's first two marriages: Adelheid, Barbara, Veronica, Catharina and Anna; and one younger half-brother, Hans, from his father's fourth marriage.

He married Anna Egli (1584–1639) on April 27, 1606. They had 7 children: Anna (b: September 1607), Christian (b. February 15, 1609), Heinrich (b. January 28, 1615), Hans Egli (b. May 24, 1617), Samuel (b. August 28, 1621), Veronica (b. February 10, 1623), and Dorothea (b. October 7, 1627).[9]

In 1637, he was arrested for being Anabaptist, and locked in Othenbach Prison for 19 days. Later that year, he was again arrested, this time spending eight weeks in Othenbach Prison. In 1638, he was arrested for the third and final time, and thrown in Othenbach Prison for 83 weeks. While imprisoned, he was stripped and put in iron bonds for 16 weeks. He, along with his wife, who was imprisoned for 63 weeks, contracted tuberculosis (then known as consumption), and died. His property was seized and sold for 4,000 guilders (approximately $800,000 in modern US dollars). None of the money was restored to his descendants.[5]
Perhaps Hans Hess (second generation) was the only child of this family who survived the Switzerland persecutions.

  1.  Davis, Richard W. "Hans Jacob Hess (b. 17 May 1584, d. 1639)". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  2. Genealogy of the Hess Family. Google Books. 1896.
  3. Genealogy of the Hess Family. Google Books. 1896.
  4. Eshleman, Henry Frank (1917). Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors, from the Middle of the Dark Ages, Down to the Time of the Revolutionary War. Google Books. p. 88.
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  6. "Martyrs Mirror". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  7. Henson, Carole. "Hans Heinrich Hess". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  8. "Heinrich Hess". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  9. "Adelheid Kuntz". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  10. Henson, Carole. "Hans Jacob Hess". Retrieved 31 March 2014.

In human geneticsHaplogroup I-M170 is a Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup, a subgroup of haplogroup IJ, itself a derivative of Haplogroup IJK. Y-DNA Haplogroup I-M170 is predominantly a European haplogroup and it is considered as the only native European Haplogroup.[citation needed] Today it represents nearly one-fifth of the population of Europe. It can be found in the majority of present-day European populations with peaks in Northern and South-Eastern Europe. Haplogroup I-M170 Y-chromosomes have also been found among some populations of the Near East, the Caucasus, Northeast Africa and Central Siberia.

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