The Vorster's and family History

Your Family's Journey Through Time

Vorster/Foster in early European times. 1270 - 1899.

The following information was directly translated from an early German text into English and was obtained from the 'Historisch Biographisches Lexikon der Schweiz, Forster, page 202-203, I am not sure which volume and page 63 Vorster, There are 300 pages. There are 7 volumes.

It was translated manually some time ago thus if an improvement and the structure can be done please let me know. The original German text I received can be seen here.

Kanton St. Gallen.
Both Bern en St Gallen is part of Switzerland. Several German clans has settled in the present Switzerland such as the Alemanni (from where the French obtained the German name - Allemagne and the Suevi. The Suevi were the most recent and has also settled themselfs in the present Baden-Wuttemberg and Elsas.

Family of the St. gallic convent district, † in the city of Gallen. RUDOLF der Forster (RUDOLF the Forster) 1304; HANS Vorster, from Waldkirch. 1361. Coat of arms of the V. from St. Gallen: in green, black or purple (variations) a growing silvery bear. -1. RUDOLF called Ammann, from Gossau, citizen of St. Gallen, as male nurse (erw.) 1398-1409.- UstG III. P.337; IV. P.17, 374, 561, 895. -2. Pankraz (von Wil) last abbot of the monastery St. Gallen. Born 31 VII. 1753 in Naples, professorship (?) in St. Gallen 1771, teacher of philosophy, of natural sciences and of moral theology at the school of the convent, opposed from 1785 as the head of the monastical opposition against abbot Beda Angehrn, was banned to Ebringen in 1788. (Unterstatthalter) in this town in 1789, reconciled with Beda in 1796. Elected for abbot on 1 VI. 1796, he opposed against democratic endeavors, forced on 3.II.1798, he gave in the demands for independence, but protested against it in Neu-Ravensburg on 3. of March. After the occupation of St. Gallen by the French troops, on 9.VI. 1798 he published the proclamation that the convent has gone back to the old relation to the German empire. With the marching-in of the Austrians St. Gallen was again invaded (?) on 26.V. 1799, he had to leave the monastery forever after the battle at Zürich on 27.IX. 1799 and worked without interruption for the restoration of the old status in exile. After the peace of Lunéville when he demanded the old rights of souveranity in his manifesto of 20.11.1801, he rejected the obligingness of Alois Hedings to give back the monastical goods [comment: sense: properties]. After the foundation of the canton St. Gallen its (Landamman) Karl Müller-Friedberg opposed the endeavors of the abbot of Paris to claim for himself the restoration of the monasteries through the (Mediationsakte), with the statement that the convent has stopped existing. Müller-Friedberg knew that he could win Napoleaon I. for this who declared himself against the return of the abbot as well as the refund of the monastical goods whereupon the Great Council decided the liquidation. The steps to restore the convent undertaken by abbot Pankraz after the downfall of the (Mediationsverfassung) [comment: constitution of mediation) lead only on 20.111.1815 to the fixation (?) of a pension of 6000 (fl.) by the (Wienerkongress) against which the abbot protested. Against that he worked since then within the meaning of the Roman Curia for a (Regularbistum) St. Gallen, which rejected the (Tagsatzung) on 16.VII. 1816. Since 1819 Pankraz lived in the monastery Muri, died there on 9.VII. 1829 (buried in the cathedral St. Gallen 1923). - R.Henggeler: (Professbuch), p.51, 163, 414, with bibliography p.70, 133, comment 834: p.448. Comment 929. -ADB

Kanton Thurgau. I. In numerous villages of the canton namely of the Kemmental established families. The name was documentary mentioned first in 1275. Coat of arms (Neuwilen): in silver a black growing bear.- II. A family immigrated from Colmar to Diessenhofen at the end of the 16th century is still living there in a catholic and protestant branch and has given a number of important man to this town. Seal (1735): divided with two jumping dogs. Catholic line: MELCHIOR, citizen 1596. -1. JOH. MELCHIOR, 1631-1701, grandson of the previously mentioned, official of Konstanz and (Obervogt) [comment: bailiff, governor) of Handegg and Schiatt. Schultheiss (?). -2. JOH. ULBICH (ULRICH?) son of no.1, 1656-1724 (1636 ?), (Ratsherr), (Stadtschreiber) and official of Konstanz.- 3. FRANZ SEBASTIAN, 1688-1738, son of no.1, professor in Freiburg 1689. Physician in ordinary [comment: personal doctor] of the bishop of Eichstädt 1697, of the elector Lothar Franz of Mainz 1704, ennobled 1717, (Reichsfreiherr) 1718, Privy Councillor of the elector Franz Ludwig 1729. - 4. JOH. WERNER von Vorster, 1706-1770, son of no.3, (kaiserlicher Rat) [comment: imperial councillor] at Franz I. 1745, (Reichsfreiherr) and (kurfürstlicher Hotkanzler) [comment: electorical court chancellor] 1752, fulfilled important diplomatic missions. EssaysExperts.Com is the company which first and main priority was, is and will be customers satisfaction with the essays online. If you still have no idea where to buy your writing tasks, this company is the best option for you. - 5. JOS. KARL BASILIUS, 1734-1808, grandgrandson of no.1, Benedictine in Rheinau, has written many church-historical papers. To the protestant line belong: - G (?) ANDREAS, 1727-1785. Manufacturer of seals -7. BALTHASAR, 1749-1847, manufacturer of seals and medals, - TU, -LL. -LLH. - J. A. Pupikofer: Frauenfeld. - J. Rickenmann: Familienwappen (Ms. of the library of the canton), family tree Kemmetnal at G. (C.?) Forster, Weinfelden. -(Geschlechterbücher Diessenhofen) (Mss. In the archives of the rectory and at E. Forster). - Pfarrblatt der kath. Pfarrei Diessenhofen 1929, p.44:1930, p.44, 48. - SKL. - (Mitt.) [comment: coworker?] of A. Brunner, Diessenhofen. - (Art, Forster)

Canton Bern. Families of different origin are today also settled in several villages of the canton Bern, amongst others in Erlach. The countess of Nidau donated her slave Niklaus Forster in Erlach, who together with his descendants was thereby set free, to the (Chorherren) [comment: translated: canons] of St. Immer around 1350. - FRB IX, 3 14. -[D.S.]- KARL of Erlach, born 1848, advocat, high judge of the canton Bern 1882-1900, after this (Direktionspräsident) [comment: president manager] of the district III of S.B.B. in Basel, died 10.IX.1920. - [H.T.]- citizen of Schaffausen is - AIMÉ, Dr. phil. born in Germany 1843, unsalaried lecturer 1867, professor of physics at the univerity of Bern and direktor ot the Telluric observatory 1867-1924. - SZGL. [D.S.]

Canton Luzern. Families of the (Aemter) Hochdorf. Luzern and Sursee sin l4th century-HEINI, (Amman) of Hoehnrein 1471.- JÖRG, the table manufacturer, of Markbärbach near Augsburg, citizen 1576, manufactured amongst others the choir-stalls of the in 1633 burned (Hofkirche) [comment: court church] from 1597-1599 and the wainscot of the bigger chamber of the townhall in 1604.- SKL. –[P.X.W.] - HANS WERNER, from Oberkirch, glass painter, is traceable from works for Beromünster since 1600. -compare SKL

Canton Neuenburg. François, from Kirchberg (Toggenburg), born 22.VIII. 1790 in Le Locle, engraver, (eingebürgerter) [comment: becoming a citizen] inhabitant of Neuenbrug 1818 and later Frech, first he engraved for watch-manufacturing and moved to Paris 1805. In 1809 he achieved in a compitition of engraving art the second and in 1814 the first grade; but for Neuenburg was no longer under the government of prince [comment: or souvereign] F. was regarded as a foreigner and lost the privileges of the (Prix de Rome). His compatriot Leopold Robert had achieved the second price. King Friedrich Wilhelm III. of Prussia awarded F. a gold medal and a pension for two years as substitute which enabled him to visit Italy. F. was one of the best-known engravers of his time and left numerous engravings, amongst others reproductions of Raphael's paintings, of Albrecht Dürer etc. as well as the pictures of Wellington, Oudinot and of Queen Victoria. Officer of the legion of honor. Member of the (Académie des Beaux-Arts) of Paris 1844, died 25.VI. 1872 in Paris. - SKL.

Canton Schaffhausen. Family of the city of Schaffhausen.- two of the name JOHANN HEINRICH have been members of the (Großen Rat) [comment: big council] in 1753 and 1786..- LLH. [L.S.]

Canton Thurgau. FRANZ Vorster from Diessenhofen, son of the chancellor of Muri, the abbey of the Benedictines, clerk of the district's court at Muri at the time of the (Helvetik), then (Obereinnehmer) of the canton Baden, clerk of the court of the district Muri 1803-1820, of the (Kleinen Rates) [comment: small council] in 1820; died (.I.1829.- Schweiz. Monatschronik 14, 60.

Canton Zijrich. I. Old family of the village Thalwill, already living there in 1327. In 1343 JOHANNES F. was (Ammann) of the lords of Hallwil, who owned the (Vogtei) [comment: district] of Hallwil at that time. - ZU no.4083. -[J. Frick] - ULRICH was a judge in Wädenswil 1489.- Züricher Stadtbücher I.-Il. FORSTER also FOSTER, in the tax books mentioned family of the city of Zürich since 1357.- ANTON, the innkeeper, represented guild (zur???) (Meise) in the (???) council in April and May 1489.- Dok. Waldmann II. -ABRAHAM, parson in Rifferswil, from Waldkirch (St. Gallen), citizen 1630. - The family provided several clerics and became extinct with captain HANS HEINRICH. New (Einbürgerung) [comment: meaning: again settled coming] from Wipkingen 1813, WelsikonDinhard 1838, Seebach 1846 and other.- (Gefl.) communication with Dr. H. Hess.- [H.Br.] -GEORG from Ermatingen, citizen of Zürich 1918, born I.Vll.1881 in Bern, teacher in different municipilaties [comment: or communities] of Zürich; social-democratic politician, (Kantonsrat) [comment: councillor of the canton] 1914