I'm trying to determine if the Hirschey's of Lewis County, NY, who descended from Christian Hirschey, who arrived in June 1834 in NYC aboard the ship Groton along with six other Annabaptist Mennonite families from Alsace,France, who then formed French Settlement in Lewis County, have Hirschey relatives elsewhere in North America that may have come from common ancesters in Switzerland. Christian Hirschey's ancesters had apparently moved from Switzerland to Alsace to escape perscution for their religous beliefs. David Habegger, who has written "The Hirschy Genealogy- The Descendents of Phillip Hirschy" from the village of Schangnau, Switzerland, stated in an email to me "In the records of Trub and Schangnau where the Hirschy families lived, the name is found in the early records of the 1500s. From what I can learn, there are three Hirschy lines. The earliest name in each line is Christian Hirschy - not the same person. One is my line that went to Canton Neuchatel and then to Ohio and Indiana, etc. Another went to Germany and then came to Pennsylvania and New York early in the 1700s. The third family settled in France and still lives there today. I do not think we will be able to ever connect these three families. Anabaptist families are generally not recorded in the Reformed Church records, and it is these records that are most available to work on family trees."
Has your research into the Hirschey's of Long Prairie shown any links to Hirschey's elsewhere in North America?