The earliest identified ancestor of this family is Christen SÄGISSMANN of
Wattenwil, Canton Bern, Switzerland. Until Wattenwil had its own church
in 1660, it belonged to the church parish of Thurnen (now Mühlethurnen)
The identity of Christen is uncertain, but he is either:
Christen SÄGISSMANN bap. 25 Mar. 1610, son of Christen9
Christen SÄGISSENMANN bap. 2 Jan. 1614, son of Hans9
Christen SÄGISSMANN bap. 9 Mar. 1617, son of Melchior9

Melcher also had an earlier son named Christen who was baptized on
20 May 1616;9 and died young.  Those are the only men named
Christen SÄGISSMANN who were baptized at Thurnen from 1596 until
1657, when Christen had a son named Christen.

Christen SÄGISSMAN m. 1. Christina WÄBER 20 Jan. 1640;9
m.2 Elsbeth KRÄBS 22 Nov. 16685

Christen SÄGISSENMAN and Christina WÄBER had children:
1. Barbli bap. 13 Dec. 164010
2. Anni bap. 28 May 164210
3. Trini bap. 29 Oct. 164410
4. Elsbeth bap. 15 Aug. 164710
5. Hans bap. 3 Feb. 165010
6. Margareth bap. 4 Apr. 165210
7. Maria bap.15 Oct. 165410
8. Christen bap. 21 Dec. 165710
9. Verena bap. 25 Aug. 16618
10. Melcher bap. 6 Dec. 16638

Christen SÄGISSENMAN and  Elsbeth KRÄBS had child:
1. Bendicht SÄGISSENMAN bap. 24 Sep. 1669;8 m. Anna KAPPELER 6 Nov. 16965

Bendicht SÄGISSEMANN and Anna KAPPELER had children:
1. Hans SÄGISSENMANN bap. 13 Aug. 1697;7 m. Barbara KÜNTZI 18 June 1728;5
   d. 11 Feb. 17673
2. Bendicht SÄGISSENMANN bap. 20 Aug. 1699;7 m. Elsbeth WICHTERMANN ca. 17281
3. Christen SÄGISSENMANN bap. 3 Apr. 1705;7 m. Maria TSCHÄPPELER 4 Sep. 1729;5
   d. 2 Apr. 17713
4. Barbara SÄGISSEMANN bap. 6 May 1708;1

Christen SÄGISSEMANN and Maria TSCHÄPPELER  had children:
1. Christen SÄGESSMANN bap. 15 Oct. 1730;1 m. Susanna MEGERT 5 Dec. 1757;2
   d. 27 Oct. 1808;3
2. Anna SÄGESSMANN bap. 16 Dec. 1734;1 m. Christen WENGER 6 July 1753;2
   d. 23 Mar. 1810;3

Christen SEGESSEMANN, born 1730, at the baptisms of his children Christian
and Elisabeth, was listed as of "im Grund" (a location).  At the marriages
of his first two children, he was the Sekelmeister [treasurer] im Grund.
At the birth of his daughter Susanna's first child in 1786 she was the
daughter of the Sekelmeister im Grund. At the baptism of her next two
children in 1788 and 1790, she was the daughter of the Chorrichter im Grund.
A Chorrichter was a member of a special court concerning family and morals,
the name coming from the usage to hold those courts in the church choir.
For his daughter Anna’s marriage in 1791 he was listed as the Kirchmeÿer
(administrator of church property). At death of his wife Susanna Sägessemann,
born Megert, on 12 Dec. 1797 she was listed as the wife of the current
Ammann [official] im Grund.3

Christen SÄGESSMANN and Susanna MEGERT had children:
1. Susanna SÄGISMANN bap. 19 Nov. 1758;4; m. Christen ZIMMERMANN 30 Mar. 1786;2
   d. 13 Dec. 1816;3
2. Christian SÄGISMANN bap. 3 Oct. 1762;4 m. Anna JAUSSI 30 Mar. 1786;2
   d. 6 Apr. 18406
3. Elisabeth SÄGISSEMANN bap. 31 Mar. 1765;4d. 27 June 1770;3
4. Anna SÄGESSEMANN bap. 4 Feb. 1770;4 m. Daniel ZIMMERMANN 8 Apr. 1791;2
   d. 4 Jan. 1817;3

1. Evangelische-Reformierte Kirche, Wattenwil, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Wattenwil Book 2 1707-1752 baptismal register. p. 5 Barbara Sägissemann, 1708. Father: Bendicht Sägissemann Mother: Anna Kappler Sponsors: Hans Megert, Marie Christ(en) [wife of the mother’s brother Bendicht Kappeler], Anna Trachsel p. 71 Bendicht Sägissemann-Elsbeth Wichtermann marriage ca. 1728, as a child baptizedin 1729. Sponsors: Bendicht Kappeler [probably brother to his mother Anna Kappeler], Madle Wenger, Elsbeth Wichtermann p. 80 Christen Sägessmann, 1730. Father: Christen Sägessmann Mother: Marisa Tschäppeler Sponsors: Daniel Otz, Benedicht Bäler, Barbara Sägessmann [probably sister of the father] p. 100 Anna Sägessman, 1734. Father: Christen Sägessman Mother: Maria Tschäppeler Sponsors: Benedicht Sägessman [probably brother of the father], Anna Trachsel, Anna Bäler 2. Wattenwil Book 9 1752-1828 marriage register. p. 2 Christen Wenger-Anna Sägesseman } both of Wattenwil p. 6 Christen Sägissman-Susanna Megert } of Wattenwil p. 22 Christen Zimmermann the Amman's son of here- Susanna Sägessemann the Sekelmeister's daughter im grund p. 22 Christen Sägessemann the Sekelmeister's son im grund-Anna Jaussi, Bendicht's daughter of here on the Mühle p. 28 Daniel Zimmermann the Amman's son of here- Anna Sägessemann the kirchmeyer's daughter im grund 3. Wattenwil Book 11, 1752-1833 death register. p. 14 Hans Sägessemann, 1767, bur 14th, age 69. p. 19 Elsbeth Sägessemann, Christian’s child, 1770, age 5, bur. 29th. p. 20 Christen Sägessemann, chorrichter, age 66, bur. 4th. p. 55 Susanna Sägessemann, born Megert, the present Amman's beloved wife bur. 15th, age 60 less two months p. 75 Christen Sagessemann, 1808, the Alt-Ammann im Grund, age 78 years, 1 month, bur. 30th. p. 78 Anna Wenger, 1810, born Sagessemann, the deceased Christen Wenger's widow in the Dorneren age 75y, 3m, bur. 25th. p. 106 Susanna Zimmermann, born Segessemann, wife of Christen Zimmermann of Schwarzmoos, baptized 19 Nov. 1758, age 58y, 1m, bur. 15th. p. 107 Anna Zimmermann, born Sägessenmann, wife of Daniel Zimmermann, baptized 4 Feb. 1770; bur. 7th, age 46 yrs., 11 m. 4. Wattenwil Book 3 1752-1802 baptismal register. p. 33 Susanna Sägissnman, 1758. Father: Christen Sägissnman Mother: Zusanna Megert Sponsors: Christen Megert, Catharina Sägissman [born 1737, cousin of the father, daughter of Bendicht], Anna Kunckler. p. 47 Christen Sägissnman, 1762. Father: Christen Sägissnman Mother: Susanna Megert Sponsors: Hans Schweingruber [husband of the mother’s aunt Anna Otz], Christen Wenger [husband of the father’s sister Anna], Christina Otz [aunt of the mother]. p. 63 Elisabeth Sägissnman, 1765. Father: Christen Sägissnman Mother: Zusanna Megert Sponsors: Johannes Megert, Barbara Otz from here [aunt of the mother], Barbara Bäler. p. 92 Anna Sägessnmann, 1770. Father: Christen Sägessnmann Mother: Zusanna Megert Sponsors: Benedicht Megert, Susanna Megert [born 1751, daughter of a Hans Megert and wife Anna Trachsel], Anna Pölen from Riggisberg [born 1747, cousin of the mother, daughter of Christen Bölen.] 5. Wattenwil Book 1, 1659-1752, marriage section. p. 261 #50 Christen Sägissenman-Elsbehdt Kräbs p. 278 Bendicht Sägisseman-Anna Kappeler p. 296 Hans Sägesseman-Barbara Küntzi p. 297 Christen Sägissenman-Maria Tschäpeler of Church Thurnen 6. Wattenwil Book 12 1834-1875 death register. p. 35 Christian Sägessenmann, Christian’s son from here im Grund, a widower, age 78 years, bur. 10th. 7. Wattenwil Book 1, 1659-1752, baptismal section. p. 210 Hans Sägissemann, 1697. Father: Bendicht Sägissemann Mother: Anni Kappeler Sponsors: Hans Krebs, Hans Keppeler [probably brother of the mother], Babi Sägissemann p. 219 Bendicht Sägissemann, 1699. Father: Bendicht Sägissemann Mother: Anni Kappeler Sponsors: Melker Sägissemann, Ulli Wenger, Anni Megert p. 245 Christen Sägissemann, 1705. Father: Bendicht Sägissemann Mother: Anni Kappeler Sponsors: Benedicht Berger, Christen Grünig, Elsbeth Berger. 8. Wattenwil Book 1, 1659-1752, baptismal section. p. 5 Verena Sägisseman, 1661. Father: Christen Sägisseman Mother: Christina Wäber Sponsors: Hans Megerd, Dorothea Juchli, Verena Grunig p. 21 Melcher Sägisseman, 1663. Father: Christen Sägisseman Mother: Christina Wäber Sponsors: Maritz Kräbs, Hans Berger, Anna Kunchler. p. 62 Bendicht Sägissenman, 1669. Father: Christen Sägissenman Mother Elisbehdt Kräbs Sponsors: Christen Berger, Hans Gotsharit, Barbara Sägissenman 9. Mühlethurnen Book 3, Baptisms 1596-1620 and marriages 1601-1658. p. 178 Christen Sägissman, 1610. Father: Christen Sägissman Sponsors: Jost Boss, Elsbet Sägissman, Barbel Schnider. p. 214 Christen Sägisseman, 1614. Father: Hans Sägisseman Sponsors: Christen Mässerli, Peter von Niderhüseren, Stÿna Perri p. 236 Christen Sägissmann, 1616. Father: Melchior Sägissmann Sponsors: Hanns Sägissmann, Christen Megert, Jacob ---- p. 244 Christen Sägissman, 1617. Father: Melchior Sägissman Sponsors: Melchior Nussboum, Melcher Kreps [Krebs], Anna Drachsel [Trachsel] p. 291 Hans Sägissenman- Elsbeth Grünig, 4 Aug. 1606 p. 297 Melchior Sägissman-Christina Riem, 6 July 1612 p. 316 #3 Christen Sägessiman-Wäber 10. Mühlethurnen Book 4, Baptisms 1621-1663 and marriages 1659-1663. p. 163 Barbli Sägessemann, 1640. Father: Christen Sägessemann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Melcher Meeler?, Anni Bäler, Barb. Kreps. p. 170 Anni Sägessemann, 1642. Father: Christen Sägessemann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Christen Thönen, Dichtli Schnider, Anni Ruffener. p. 187 Trini Sägessemann, 1644. Father: Christen Sägessemann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Daniel Krebs, Trini Metler, Stini Trachsel. p. 207 Elsbeth Sägessemann, 1647. Father: Christen Sägessemann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Hans Kraffe?, Anni Gilgen, Anni Studer. p. 225 Hans Sägessimann, 1650. Father: Christen Sägessimann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Hans Studer, Peter Berger, Elsbeth Meyer. p. 241 Margreth Sägessimann, 1652. Father: Christen Sägessimann Mother; Christina Wäber Sponsors: Jagi Trachsel, Anni Henni, Margreth Berger. p. 255 Maria Sägissimann, 1654. Father: Christen Sägissimann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Hans Trachsel, Barbli Löür?, Babi Studer. p. 276 Christen Sägessimann, 1657. Father: Christen Sägessimann Mother: Stini Wäber Sponsors: Christen Krebs, Rudi Kappeler, Babi Messerli.


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