This web site presents a compilation of the history, genealogy, photos, and activities of the descendants of Stefan Aner who was born in Windlach, Switzerland in or about 1569. It is a story of risk taking, hard work, entrepreneurship, service to God and to Country and contributions to the welfare of mankind. We, the descendants, are appreciative of the morals, values and ethics imparted to us by our ancestors. It is our sincere desire to see these important aspects of life continued at full strength and commitment by our progeny. May this compilation support and inspire that effort. ??????????????
THE ARNER HISTORY BOOK A book edited by Judy McElderry, Produced by Diana McGurk and the Arner.org committee covers the history of the expansion of the Arner clan through the centuries and everything that happened to and for us as we evolved. It contains first hand accounts of the early years and a summary of noteworthy Arners of modern history and everything in between. Click on the listing in the index to the left marked "The Arner Book."
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FROM SWITZERLAND TO BENTZELFANIA
The first Aners to leave Switzerland were Johann Hans Ulrich Aner (Great Grandson of Stephan) and his wife Verena (Feronica) Eberhard. They left the Zurich area with their four children on October 4, 1734 and arrived in Philadelphia on May 29, 1735. The story of this long and arduous journey is told in the "The Arner Book" which was published for the 2004 Arner family reunion.
Following their indenture near Germantown, the (now spelled) Arners moved with their religious group to the Jordan Creek area of what is now Lehigh County. The first Arner home was in the Goshenhoppen area that is now Upper Hanover Township around East Greenville, Montgomery County. By 1744, with three more children to feed, they moved to Lehigh County, 3 miles Northwest of the present Allentown near the Trexler Game Farm. There they settled in and farmed, raised their children and supported the Pennsylvania German Reformed churches in the area. Eventually, as the children grew, they purchased their own farms and prospered in that area near what is now Rockdale Creek on the north and Fells Creek on the south (the site of the Rising Sun Felix Arner home in the photo.)
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