First Families of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina

Tanner (Danner)

HANS DANNER, was baptized 20 Jan 1684 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland[1] and died bef. 16 Apr 1734[2] in Switzerland. He married ANNA KUHN 19 Oct 1708 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland[1].

"1734, April 29, R. M. 214.9' Anna Kuhn, the widow of Hans Tanner, receives permission to emigrate to Carolina with her three children, Hans, Maria, and Anna. Hans Tanner, the son is married and takes his family with him also. ..."[2] Note: All of these did not emigrate. See the information for 1. Hans Danner below.

Children of Hans Danner and Anna Kuhn are:

1. a. HANS DANNER, b. abt. 1709 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland.

b. (ANNA) MAGDALENA DANNER, bapt. 6 Mar 1711 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland[1], died 12 Aug 1735 in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina[3].

c. MARIA DANNER, bapt. 6 Mar 1711 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland[1].

Magdalena and Maria were twins. The Boltingen Church Book shows no other children for Hans Danner and Anna Kuhn thus the assumption that Magdalena was actually Anna Magdalena.

1. HANS DANNER, was born abt. 1709 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland (the baptism records between 1652 and 1710 have been lost). He married (1)ELSBETH BÜHLER 18 Jan 1732 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland[1]. He married (2)BARBARA RUMPH bef. 1742[4] in Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina.

On 18 Sep 1735, Hans Danner sent a letter to a Mr. Rudolff from Bergen, pastor at Biglen. Mr. Rudolff had previously been pastor at Boltingen and was the pastor who married Hans Danner and Elsbeth Buhler. Although addressed to Mr. Rudolff, the letter was obviously written to his sister Maria who had remained behind in Switzerland. He also sent greetings to his wife and children indicating that they had also stayed behind. In the letter, Hans tells of the death of his sister Anna on August 12. Based on this letter, the only Danner emigrants were Hans Danner, his sister Anna Danner and their mother Anna Kuhn.[3]

Hans Tanner platted 150 acres of land and an Orangeburgh town lot on 30 Apr 1736[6], and received the grant for this land on 17 Sep 1736[7]. This amount of land is consistent with a family of three immigrants.

Hans Danner platted 50 acres of land near his original grant in Apr 1738[8]. We do not know the basis for this claim.

In his letter of 1735 Hans Danner indicates that he intends to return to Switzerland if possible but he seems to have changed his mind for he later married Barbara Rumph and they had a child in 1742 [4,5]

Child of Hans Danner and Elsbeth Buhler is:

a. HANS DANNER, bapt. 4 Jan 1733 in Boltingen, BE, Switzerland[1].

The Boltingen Church Book shows no other children for Hans Danner and Elsbeth Buhler through 1736 although the translation of his letter of 1735 says "Greetings to my wife and children ..."[3]

Child of Hans Danner and Barbara Rumph is:

a. HANS JACOB DANNER, bapt. 5 Sep 1742[4,5].

The baptism date in Salley, p. 101 is incorrect and the mother's maiden name is not given per Joop[4].


1. Evangelische-Reformierte Kirch Boltingen (Berne), "Kirchenbuch, 1556-1875", FHL INTL Films 2005300 and 2005302.

2. A. B. Faust and G. M. Brumbaugh, Lists of Swiss immigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies, Vol. II, p. 74

3. Leo Schelbert, America Experienced; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Accounts of Swiss Immigrants to the United States, Account of Hans Danner, pp. 32,33.

4. Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC".

5. A. S. Salley, The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, pp 96, 164, 207, 215.

6. SC Archives, Colonial Plats (Hans Tanner, 1736/04/30, 150 acres in Berkley county and one town lot.), Ser. S213184, Vol. 0020, Pg. 00267, Itm. 013

7. SC Archives, Colonial Grants (Hans Tanner, 1736/09/17, land grant for 1 town lot and 150 acres in Berkley county.), Ser. S213019, Vol. 0034, Pg. 00467, Itm. 003.

8. SC Archives, Colonial Plats (Hans Danner, 1738/04/, 50 acres in Berkley county), Ser. S213184, Vol. 0004, Pg. 00149, Itm. 013.

Other references to this surname in OGSGS Newsletters:Vol 1 #5 p. 28, #18 p.76-78, Vol 2 #10 p. 141, Vol 5 #4 p. 70.

Information provided by Jim Rickenbacker. 09/15/05