This document from the Protokolle des Kleinen Rats of 18 Apr 1736 was believed to be the key to the question but alas, not so. This is the document cited by Faust to assert that Balthasar Strauman the butcher from Waldenburg was the 1735 emigrant Balthasar (see below and Page RP389). While the document does concern prospective emigrants who want to go to Pennsylvania or Carolina, the parts concerning Balthasar appear to be a different matter. There is nothing in this document that says that Balthasar Strauman, butcher from Waldenburg, was or was not the 1735 emigrant Balthasar. The question remains, "Who was Balthasar Strauman?"
Many thanks to Ulrich Stroux who provided the transcription and translation of this document.
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Pensylvania und Carolina ûnd dahin reisen wollende betr[effend].
Schreiben von Waldenburg übersteicht die lasthaftenheit
Die Herrn Deputierten, welche die eingesannte Ver,,
1. Hans Heggendorn der Leinenweber von Langenbruck, der
2. Hans Schitthaber (?) von Bennwil, samt Frauw und funf
3. Hans Joggi Bidert (?) von Bärenwil, frau und Vier
4. Christen Schäublin von Oberdorf der Schmidt mit
5. Urs (?) Thommen von Niederdorf samt frauw, fünf kin,,
Überdies habe sich angemeldet Jacob Handschi von
Concerning Pennsylvania and Carolina and wanting to travel there.
A letter from Waldenburg states the debts caused by
The Deputies, who went through the attached?
1. Hans Heggendorn the linen weaver from Langenbruck, who
2. Hans Schitthaber (?) from Bennwil, along with wife and five
3. Hans Joggi Bidert (?) from Bärenwil, wife and four
4. Christen Schäublin from Oberdorf the Smith with
5. Urs (?) Thommen of Niederdorf his wife, five child-
Besides they have announced Jacob Handschi of
Notes for Page 409a:
The Baltzer Strohman situation may or may not have anything to do with emigrants. It is a separate issue and could apply to an emigrant or to a subject still in Waldenburg. One could make a reasoned argument for either case.
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Den 18 Aprilis 1736.
Riggenbach, der mit seiner frauw, vier kindern und
Urs Thommen von Niederdorf für sich
//Sollen den abzug von semtlichen mitlen und
18 April 1736.
Riggenbach who wanted to travel with his wife, four
Urs Thommen from Niederdorf ask for himself and his
// The heads of families, father and mother, to collect
Notes for Page 409b:
A "Bannbruder" was a local official charged with enforcing local customs and practices.
A. B. Faust and G. M. Brumbaugh, Lists of Swiss immigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies, Vol. II, pp 92:
"Balthasar Strauman, butcher.
[The Waldenburg church book was apparently found sometime between 1925 (Faust) and 1955 (Zwickey).]
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