What happened to their children?
Dorothea Sidler 1769-1844 married Hans Kaspar Bär 4 December 1792, had 8 children, died 17 June 1844, lived to be 74 years 6 months 14 days
Caspar Sidler 1772-1811 married Elisabetha Hegetschweiler in 1799, Elisabetha gave birth to a still born child on 24 September 1800, two days later Elisabetha Hegetschweiler died at age 23, Caspar and his second wife, Margaretha Berli, had four children, lived 39 years, 5 months 9 days
Johannes Sidler 1774 infant death
Hans Jakob Sidler 1776-1777 lived 1 year 9 months 10 days
Johannes Sidler 1777-1834 child out of wedlock with brother Caspar's widow, married Susanna Jenta, tailor, had three girls, large posterity, lived 56 years 6 months 7 days
Elisabetha Sidler 1779-1828 second wife of Heinrich Berli who had 3 wives, no children, lived 49 years 10 days according to her death record
Jakob Sidler 1783-1862 married Elisabeth Gut, no children (Billeter made a mistake on this person) lived about 61 years
Hans Caspar Sidler 1786-1841 married Anna Häberling, 2 children, the boy married the girl didn't lived 54 years 2 months 2 days
Melchior Sidler 1788-1843 "since 1812 carpenter in Vienna", died in Ottenbach 54 years 5 months 18 days
The task of the night watchman was to go through the streets and alleys of the city at night and to ensure peace and order. He warned the sleeping citizens of fires , enemies and thieves . He monitored the proper locking of the front doors and city gates . Often one of the tasks of the night watchman was to announce the hours - less as information than more to indicate that he was doing his duty properly. This announcement could also take the form of a night watchman song.  The night watchman had the right to stop, question and, if necessary, arrest suspicious people who were out and about at night.
Typical equipment of a night watchman included a halberd or similar polearm , lantern, and horn . The night watchman, although he carried out an important job in the city, such as the skinner or the hangman , was mostly one of the dishonest professions and therefore lived in very modest circumstances. There are several exceptions to this rule. In Bavaria Friedberg , , for example, the night watchmen were taken in turn by the guild boys. In Speyer , the city council set up a well-endowed "night council" with city council powers, which was capable of reading and writing and which must have previously achieved the rank of sergeant. In Mainz , the military kept the night watch, for which the Walpode was responsible.
At the beginning of the 19th century the task of the night watchman changed insofar as there were increasingly "silent" night watchmen, which was made possible by the invention of the watchman's noctuaries and laborer's regulators by the Englishman Samuel Day (1803). These are mechanical watches in which the night watchman had to put a slip of paper into a previously covered hole at certain hours as evidence of his regular tour. In the morning, a police officer checked that all the holes were filled.
in his features section published in 1843 Berlins Moral Neglect writes , Karl Gutzkow :
“The theft in easier by Berlin is made the lack of supervision and the furnishing of the houses. The number of night watchmen is far too small. These 'purrs' are old, retired military personnel or other prospects who, out of desperation, take up a service that they almost only do pro forma. The night watchmen in Berlin are often decrepit old people. With a meager salary, they are on the sports of dependent their service. [...] The Berlin night watchman has a bunch of a hundred house keys hanging on his body and unlocks anyone who wishes to enter the first best house after ten o'clock in the evening. The are his tips earnings . You can see that there is no place in the world where thieves are as comfortable as in Berlin.
The night watchman's area is too spacious. He has more streets under him than he can supervise. Busy with his tips, he cares very little about street life. He only listens to someone calling him to be let into a house. [...] The tours through the streets are made without paying any attention. [...] If he makes his tour, his pipe announces him and the thieves have time to disperse while he is passing.
Berlin must triple the number of guards and place them under a military discipline like Hamburg . The Hamburg Guardians are a real protective guard against the enemies of order and property. "
Robert Seal: Here is an article about the "Nachtwächter" as a profession from the German Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nachtw%C3%A4chter This may provide additional information to what you already have. Robert
Documents related to Rudolf Sidler:
Rudolf Sidler birth 1 April 1742 online FamilySearch Film 8014328 page 418
Pastor Balthasar Zwingli did a great job on this entry.
|Hans Kaspar Sidler b 1705 in the 1749 Church Census film 8014124
page 91 the last entry is Rudolf as a 7 year old.
Rudolf and Elisabetha Sidler marriage January 26, 1768
online FamilySearch film 8014328 page 600
Sidler and Hegetschweiler Temple Record by Julius Billeter, page 49 - 50
1795 Ottenbach Haushaltungsrodel, image 197 film 8126955)
Rudolf Sidler family record, See notes next to Johannes's name
Zurich Archives Ottenbach Family record, E III 88.19, S. 72
Rudolf Sidler death 17 January 1801 FS online film 8126955 page 822
|Rudolf Sidler death 17 January 1801 FS online film 8126955 page 822
The cause of death on right namely Abschlaachung
1742 Rudolf Sidler birth with death date noted by parish priest.
Rudolf Sidler birth 1 April 1742, Film 8014328 page 418
|Rudolf Siedler, Wachtmeister, computer version of German script