“The Goetchius Family Re-discovers the Götschi Family”


The Goetchius family and its various spellings (Goetschius, Goetschy, Götschi, etc.) originated in the 16th century in Switzerland and included the following family members:

Lazurus Goetschi m. Barbara ab Dorf

Stephen Goetschi b. 1/4/1574 m. 10/2/1589 to Barbra Obrist
  Became citizen of Zurich 11/4/1592

Hans Jakob Goetschi b. 10/1/1593 m. Regula Jucker

Stephen Goetschi. b. 1/28/1627, d. 8/24/1679, m. Barbara Bolleter b.1l/6/1629, d. 3/8/1679

Rudolf Goetschi b. 8/28/1652(53), d. 6/10/1727, m. 2/2/1681 to Magdalena Kolliker, b. 9/7/1648, d. 3/2/1699

Mauritius Goetschi b. 9/26/1686, Zurich, Switzerland, d. 5/29/1735 in Philadelphia, Pa 1st Gen
 m. 2/24/1710 to Esther Werndll, b. , d. 9 children,

The travels of Mauritius and his family from Switzerland and arrival in America are well documented in a number of pamphlets and publications including The Limping Messenger by Ludwig Weber - 1735, A History of the Goshenhoppen (PA) Reformed Charge by Rev. William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D. -1920 and The Goetschius Family in America by William Heidgerd - 1984 published by the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Elting Memorial Library, New Paltz, NY.


Gregory Goetchius Visits Salez, Switzerland - 1999

In March, 1999 Gregory Goetchius, of Oakland Michigan and a direct descendant of Mauritius Goetschi, traveled from Stuttgart, Germany to Salez Switzerland to visit the Swiss Reformed church where Mauritius Goetschi was pastor from 1720 to 1731. The following are the pictures taken on his trip to Salez.


July 28, 2002

 Pictures of my trip from Stuttgart, Germany to Salez, Switzerland.

By Gregory M. Goetchius March 14, 1999

This is the view from my hotel in the Stuttgart Suburb of Vaihingen. I was on the sixth floor and was looking approximately East-Northeast. In the distance you can see the hills of the Schwäbische Alb. People from Stuttgart consider themselves to be “Swabian” (or “Schwäbische” in German). The Swabian Alb is the description of a high plateau with rolling hills. On top of many of these hills (away from the cities) are often old castles. salez.gif
salez1.gif This is a typical street in a rural village outside of Stuttgart.


The same rural village as above, with a view of the central square at the heart of the village.


salez3.gif The same rural village as above, now from the belfry of the local village church. This particular church is known in the area for having a large selection of bells that still function. I know this to be true since the bells went off while we were up in the bell room. It was so loud you had to plug your ears!
On the way to Salez. The drive from Stuttgart to Salez is about 3 1/2 hours. The route that I took carried me along the southern shore of the BodenSee (a large lake). This is a picture of a typical town along the BodenSee in Switzerland. salez4.gif
salez5.gif On the way to Salez. The route along the BodenSee carried me to the southeast. At the eastern tip of the BodenSee, I turned due south and traveled along the Rhine River. As I passed the rolling hills, I came around the corner of one hill and was faced with a spectacular view of the snow covered Swiss Alps. It was so impressive, I had to snap a picture. It was also exciting to know that Salez lay somewhere ahead in those mountains.

Approaching Salez from the north. The church is on the left another 1 Km down the road.



Approaching Salez from the south. I drove all the way through Salez (only about 2 Km), turned around at the next village (called Haag) and re-entered Salez from the south. The church is on the right side, about 1 Km up the road.


The view from the church parking lot. I am standing in the church parking lot looking approximately northwest. To my right and out of the picture is the church itself.



The Church. It is still a “Reform” church. The church was built in roughly 1582. The original steeple was shorter and was rebuilt in the 1800s. The rest of the structure is original. On the left, just barely in the picture is the house for the pastor and his family (see next picture). On the right, just out of the picture is a new building (1980s) for general purpose activity. The mountains in the background are across the Rhine River valley and are actually in Liechtenstein.

The house for the Pastor and his family. The structure was rebuilt in the 1800s, but the cellar is original from the 1600s. salez10.gif
salez11.gif Actual church records from the 1700s. This page from one of several original church record books shows the handwriting of Moritz Götschi. The first eight lines are the entries made by Moritz which describe all of the pastors who came before him. You can just barely read it, bit the eighth entry begins with “?? Moritz Götschi................”
Inside the church, looking from the back of the church. Salez has only about 600 people living there, so the church is quite small. Although, it is the only church in the area, so people from adjoining villages often worship there. salez12.gif
salez13.gif Inside the church at the vestibule. The stained glass windows are not original and were added in the 1800s, probably along with the new and taller steeple. Notice the round baptismal table in the foreground.
Inside the church, at the baptismal table. This table is original and dates back to the building of the church in the 1580s. The inscription on the marble base is Latin. The table top is wood and is also original. The church historian (Michael Berger) assured me that Moritz certainly performed many baptisms at this very spot! salez14.gif
salez15.gif Salez government building. This is now a private home, but at the time of Moritz, served as the government center for Salez. To the left of the building are the ruins of a castle built in the 1200s. At the time of Moritz, the castle was still intact.
The castle ruins. Notice that the castle was built on top of a huge rock. Because Salez is at the base of the mountains, there can be found numerous rocks and boulders which have fallen down from the mountain side. salez16.gif

The name of the “church historian” is:

Michael Berger
Cl-I 9469 Haag, Switzerland

Telefon: 081 771 / 01 7254794

E-mail: berger-von-salez@bluewin.ch


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