The earliest identified ancestor of this family is Christen SÄGISSMANN of
Wattenwil, Canton Bern, Switzerland. Until Wattenwil had its own church
in 1660, it belonged to the church parish of Thurnen (now Mühlethurnen)
The identity of Christen is uncertain, but he is either:
Christen SÄGISSMANN bap. 25 Mar. 1610, son of Christen9
Christen SÄGISSENMANN bap. 2 Jan. 1614, son of Hans9
Christen SÄGISSMANN bap. 9 Mar. 1617, son of Melchior9

Melcher also had an earlier son named Christen who was baptized on
20 May 1616;9 and died young.  Those are the only men named
Christen SÄGISSMANN who were baptized at Thurnen from 1596 until
1657, when Christen had a son named Christen.

Christen SÄGISSMAN m. 1.Stini WÄBER 20 Jan. 1640;9
m.2 Elsbeth KRÄBS 22 Nov. 16685

Christen SÄGISSENMAN and Stini WÄBER had children:
1. Barbli bap. 13 Dec. 164010
2. Anni bap. 28 May 164210
3. Trini bap. 29 Oct. 164410
4. Elsbeth bap. 15 Aug. 164710
5. Hans bap. 3 Feb. 165010
6. Margareth bap. 4 Apr. 165210
7. Maria bap.15 Oct. 165410
8. Christen bap. 21 Dec. 165710
9. Verena bap. 25 Aug. 16618
10. Melcher bap. 6 Dec. 16638

Christen SÄGISSENMAN and  Elsbeth KRÄBS had child:
1. Bendicht SÄGISSENMAN bap. 24 Sep. 1669;8 m. Anna KAPPELER 6 Nov. 16965

Bendicht SÄGISSEMANN and Anna KAPPELER had children:
1. Hans SÄGISSENMANN bap. 13 Aug. 1697;7 m. Barbara KÜNTZI 18 June 1728;5
   d. 11 Feb. 17673
2. Bendicht SÄGISSENMANN bap. 20 Aug. 1699;7 m. Elsbeth WICHTERMANN ca. 17281
3. Christen SÄGISSENMANN bap. 3 Apr. 1705;7 m. Maria TSCHÄPPELER 4 Sep. 1729;5
   d. 2 Apr. 17713
4. Barbara SÄGISSEMANN bap. 6 May 1708;1

Christen SÄGISSEMANN and Maria TSCHÄPPELER  had children:
1. Christen SÄGESSMANN bap. 15 Oct. 1730;1 m. Susanna MEGERT 5 Dec. 1757;2
   d. 27 Oct. 18083
2. Anna SÄGESSMANN bap. 16 Dec. 1734;1 m. Christen WENGER 6 July 17532
   d. 23 Mar. 18103

Christen SEGESSEMANN, born 1730, at the baptisms of his children Christian
and Elisabeth, was listed as of "im Grund" (a location).  At the marriages
of his first two children, he was the Sekelmeister [treasurer] im Grund.
At the birth of his daughter Susanna's first child in 1786 she was the
daughter of the Sekelmeister im Grund. At the baptism of her next two
children in 1788 and 1790, she was the daughter of the Chorrichter im Grund.
A Chorrichter was a member of a special court concerning family and morals,
the name coming from the usage to hold those courts in the church choir.
For his daughter Anna’s marriage in 1791 he was listed as the Kirchmeÿer
(administrator of church property). At death of his wife Susanna Sägessemann,
born Megert, on 12 Dec. 1797 she was listed as the wife of the current
Ammann [official] im Grund.3

Christen SÄGESSMANN and Susanna MEGERT had children:
1. Susanna SÄGISMANN bap. 19 Nov. 1758;4; m. Christen ZIMMERMANN 30 Mar. 1786;2
   d. 13 Dec. 18163
2. Christian SÄGISMANN bap. 3 Oct. 1762;4 m. Anna JAUSSI 30 Mar. 1786;2
   d. 6 Apr. 18406
3. Elisabeth SÄGISSEMANN bap. 31 Mar. 1765;4d. 27 June 17703
4. Anna SÄGESSEMANN bap. 4 Feb. 1770;4 m. Daniel ZIMMERMANN 8 Apr. 1791;2
   d. 4 Jan. 18173

1. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Wattenwil, Canton Bern, Switzerland, 1707-1752 baptismal register, microfilm 2,005,820. p. 5 Barbara, 1708. Hans Megert, Marie Christ(en) [wife of the mother’s brother Bendicht], Anna Trachsel p. 71 Sägessemann-Wichterman marriage ca. 1728, as a child born 1729. p. 80 Christen, 1730. Sponsors: Daniel Otz, Benedicht Bäler, Barbara Sägessmann [probably sister of the father]. p. 100 Anna, 1734. Sponsors: Benedicht Sägessman [probably brother of the father], Anna Trachsel, Anna Bäler 2. Wattenwil, 1752-1828 marriage register, FHL microfilm 2,005,822. p. 2 Wenger-Sägessemann p. 6 Sägissman-Megert p. 22 Zimmermann, Christian-Sägessemann, Susanna p. 22 Sägessemann-Jaussi p. 28 Zimmermann, Daniel-Sägessemann, Anna 3. Wattenwil, 1752-1833 death register, FHL microfilm 2,005,823. p. 14 Hans Sägessemann, 1767, bur 14th, age 69. p. 19 Elsbeth Sägessemann, Christian’s child, 1770, age 5, bur. 29th. p. 20 Christen Sägessemann, chorrichter, age 66, bur. 4th. p. 55 Susanna Sägessemann, born Megert, 1797. p. 75 Christen Sagessemann, 1808, the Alt-Ammann im Grund, age 78 years, 1 month, bur. 30th. p. 78 Anna Wenger, 1810, born Sagessemann, age 75y, 3m, bur. 25th. p. 106 Susanna Zimmermann, born Segessemann, 1816, age 58y, 1m, bur. 15th. p. 107 Anna Zimmermann, born Sägessenmann, bur. 7th, age 46 yrs., 11 m. 4. Wattenwil, 1752-1802 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2,005,820. p. 33 Susanna, 1758. Sponsors: Christen Megert, Catharina Sägismann [born 1737, cousin of the father, daughter of Bendicht], Anna Kunckler. p. 47 Christian, 1762. Sponsors: Hans Schweingruber [husband of the mother’s aunt Anna Otz], Christen Wenger [husband of the father’s sister Anna], Christina Otz [aunt of the mother]. p. 63 Elisabeth, 1765. Sponsors: Johannes Megert, Barbara Otz from here [aunt of the mother], Barbara Bäler. p. 92 Anna, 1770. Sponsors: Benedicht Megert, Susanna Megert [born 1751, daughter of a Hans and wife Anna Trachsel], Anna Pölen from Riggisberg [born 1747, cousin of the mother, daughter of Christen Bölen.] 5. Wattenwil, 1659-1752 marriage register, FHL microfilm 2,005,820. p. 261 Sägissenman-Kräbs p. 278 Sägisseman-Kappeler p. 296 Sägisseman-Küntzi p. 297 Sägissenman-Tschäpeler 6. Wattenwil, 1834-1875 death register, FHL microfilm 2,005,823. p. 45 Christian Sägessenmann, Christian’s son from here im Grund, a widower, age 78 years, bur. 10th. 7. Wattenwil, 1659-1706 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2,005,820. p. 210 Hans, 1697. Sponsors: Hans Krebs, Hans Keppeler [probably brother of the mother], Babi Sägissemann. p. 219 Bendicht, 1699. Sponsors: Melker Sägissemann, Ulli Wenger, Anni Megert. p. 245 Christen, 1705. Sponsors: Benedicht Berger, Christen Grünig, Elsbeth Berger. 8. Wattenwil, 1659-1706 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2,005,819. p. 5 Verena, 1661. Sponsors: Hans Megerd, Dorothea Juchli, Verena -ruma? p. 21 Melcher, 1663. Sponsors: Maritz Kräbs, Hans Berger, Anna Kunchler. p. 62 Bendicht, 1669. Sponsors: Christen Berger, Hans Gharit, Barbara Sägisseman. 9. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Mühlethurnen, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Register 3, Baptisms 1596-1620 and Marriages 1601-1658, FHL microfilm 2,005,586, item 4. p. 178 Christen, 1610. Sponsors: Jost Boss, Elsbet Sägissman, Barbel Schnider. p. 214 Christen, 1614. Sponsors: Christen Mässerli, Christen von Niderhüseren, Stÿna Perri? p. 236 Christen, 1616. p. 244 Christen, 1617. Sponsors: Melchior Nussboum, Melcher Kreps, Anna Trachsel. p. 297 Sägissman-Riem p. 316 Sägessiman-Wäber 10. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Mühlethurnen, Canton Bern, Switzerland, Register 4, Baptisms 1621-1663 and Marriages 1659-1663, FHL microfilm 2,005,586, item 5 (pages 1-227) and 2,005,587 (pages 228 to 360). p. 163 Barbli, 1640. Sponsors: Melcher Weeler?, Anni Bäler, Barb. Kreps. p. 170 Anni, 1642. Sponsors: Christen Thönen, Dichtli Schnider, Anni Ruffener. p. 187 Trini, 1644. Sponsors: Daniel Krebs, Trini Metler, Stini Trachsel. p. 207 Elsbeth, 1647. Sponsors: Hans Kraffe?, Anni Gilgen, Anni Studer. p. 225 Hans, 1650. Sponsors: Hans Studer, Peter Berger, Elsbeth Meyer. p. 241 Margreth, 1652. Sponsors: Jagi Trachsel, Anni Henni, Margreth Berger. p. 255 Maria, 1654. Sponsors: Hans Trachsel, Barbli Löür, Babi Studer. p. 276 Christen, 1657. Sponsors: Christen Krebs, Rudi Kappeler, Babi Messerli.

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