First Families of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina


1. HEINRICH (HENRY) HORGER, SR. was born about 1671 in the commune of Guttannen, District of Oberhasle, Switzerland and died 14 Feb 1760 in Orangeburgh District, SC[1,14]. HEINRICH is thought to be the son of HANS HORGER and ELSABETH NAEGELI of Bern, Switzerland[2]. He married KATHARINA (CATHERAN) FUHRER 14 Aug 1695 in Meiringen, a town in the canton of Bern. KATHARINA was the daughter of MELCHOIR FUHRER and ELSABETH VON WEISSENFLUH. She was born in Switzerland and died in Orangeburgh District, SC. Her birth and death dates are unknown[2,3].

In 1735 Heinrich, with his wife and 5 of his 6 children, traveled from Switzerland to Rotterdam, then to Charleston, and finally to Orangeburgh District[2,3]. On April 24, 1736, he secured a grant for 350 acres in Orangeburgh District and one lot #30 in the village of Orangeburgh, surveyed by George Haig, D.S.[4]. Heinrich's grant lay about 12 miles south of Orangeburgh, near the town of Bowman[2]. He was buried in the Old Pioneer Cemetery, Orangeburg, SC[1,14].

The ship on which Heinrich and his family secured passage from Rotterdam is uncertain. It is thought most likely to have been the Samuel, which arrived Charleston 13 July 1735.[5] He is thought then to have been among the 200 Switzers who departed Charleston about 24 July 1735 and traveled up the Edisto (Pon Pon) River to settle a township in Orangeburgh[6].


a. PETER HORGER was born before 1723 in Zurich, Switzerland and died in Orangeburgh District, SC, date unknown. There is no record of Peter's having married.

b. JACOB HORGER was born about 1723 in Zurich, Switzerland and died in 1794 in Orangeburgh District, SC[8]. He married LOVISIA (LOVEY) SHAUMLOFFEL about 1748[9,10]. She was born about 1724[7] and died in Orangeburgh District, SC after 1767[7]. Lovisia's parents were also German-Swiss immigrants to Orangeburgh[1,7].

The marriage date of Jacob and Lovisia is uncertain. They were married by the Rev. John (formerly Hans Ulrich) Giessendanner, but an entry into his Book of Record was not made or those pages of the Book were lost. However, sometime after 1749, Rev. Giessendanner prepared a list of all marriages which he had performed in Orangeburgh, and the Horger-Shaumloffel union was cited.

In 1749, Jacob joined in successfully petitioning the Governor and Council to send Rev. John Giessendanner to become ordained in the Church of England[11]. Jacob was a farmer and large landowner in Orangeburgh District, purchasing about 3000 acres in Orangeburg and Berkeley Counties between 1759 and 1775[2,12]. He also served as a Private in the Revolutionary War, serving in Captain Jacob Rumph's Company and Captain Henry Giessendanner's Company[1,2,13].

c. CATHARINA HORGER was born about 1725 in Zurich, Switzerland and died in Orangeburgh District, SC. She married HENRY STRAUMAN on 01 Apr 1740 in the Orangeburgh Church[1,14]. He was born about 1721 in Switzerland and died about 1801 in Orangeburgh District, SC.

d. BARBARA HORGER was born about 1727 in Zurich, Switzerland and died in Orangeburg District, SC, date unknown.

When Heinrich immigrated in 1735, Barbara remained in Zurich, Switzerland in service as a maid. She left to join her parents in January/February 1742 (along with her illegitimate child), traveling with Peter Huber and family via Philadelphia. She arrived in Orangeburgh October 7, 1742[3].

Barbara is reported by Salley to have married Henry Giessendanner[1], but a new transcription of Rev. Giessendanner's Book of Record shows that entry in Salley is mostly incorrect as Henry Giessendanner was actually Rev. Hans Ulrich Giessendanner in the original entry and his wife was actually Barbara Hug[2,14].

e. MAGDALENE HORGER was born about 1730 in Zurich, Switzerland and died about 1805 in Orangeburgh District, SC. She married PETER MURER, JR. on 02 Apr 1751 by Rev. Giessendanner in the Orangeburgh Church[1,10,14]. Peter was born about 1720 and died about 1790. His parents also were Swiss immigrants[1,14].

f. HENRY HORGER, JR.. was born in Zurich, Switzerland. His birth year is not known, but he could possibly be the first-born son[2]. He died about 1760 in Orangeburgh District, SC. His wife was ANNA CATHARINA. Her surname is not known[2].


1.Salley, A. S., Jr.: The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, 1898.

2. Horger, Edgar O, III: My Family: A Horger Genealogy, Columbia, SC, 2004.

3. Faust, AB and Brumbaugh, GM: Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies, Vol. II. National Genealogical Society, Washington, DC, 1925.

4. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Plat 17:81, Grant 34:530.

5. Johnson, Pamela K: "A List of Ships Carrying Swiss and German Immigrants into Charleston Harbor During Colonial Times", Orangeburg German-Swiss Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 4, Orangeburg, SC, 2004, p. 51.

6. The South Carolina Gazette, Charleston, SC, July 26, 1735.

7. Orangeburg Immigrants and First Families, Vol. I. Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society, Orangeburg, SC, 1991.

8. Will proved Feb. 5, 1794. Court of Chancery (Orangeburg Court of Appeals in Equity), Vol. IV, p. 267, by DeSaussure.

9. Records of Southern Families. Daughters of American Revolution, Houston, Texas, 1958, in Adams Bible Record, p 85-88, microfilm no. 0889470 from LDS Church Genealogical Library.

10. Clemens, WM: North and South Carolina Marriage Records from the Earliest Colonial Days to the Civil War. EP Dutton & Company, New York, 1927.

11. "Petition of Citizens of Orangeburgh Township in Behalf of Rev. John Giessendanner", 1749. The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. XXIV, 1923, p 48-51.

12. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Memorial Book Series S111001: 12, 1; S213019: 26, 548 and 36, 515; S213184: 9, 234 and 17, 80.

13. Hicks, TM: Saxe Gotha Neighbors. Peppercorn Publications, Inc., Columbia, SC, 2000, p 121.

14. Giesendanner, Joop: "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC".

Other references to this surname in OGSGS Newsletters: Vol. 1 #1 p. 4; Vol. 1 #3 p. 16; Vol. 1 #16-18 p. 79; Vol. 1 #19 p. 89; #20 p. 106; Vol. 2 #1 p. 5; Vol. 2 #12 p. 158; Vol. 5 #1 p. 8,9; Vol. 6 #5 p. 85; Vol. 8 #1 p. 7,8.

Information provided by Edgar O. Horger, III and Cary N. Allen. 08/09/05