Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jacob Berger 1760-1828

Jacob Berger
Born June 4 1760
Died Nov 28 1828
Married April 25 1786
Catherine Cooper
Died Jan 10 1840 Lehigh County, Pa

Jacob Berger
Samuel Berger
Johannes Berger  1792 – 1853
Peter Berger  1797 – 1871
Abraham Berger
Daniel Berger 1786-1814
Elizabeth Berger M. Abraham Dietz
Catherine Berger 1804 –  m. Thomas Ott
Hannah Berger

Look for childrens baptismal records here:
Tohickon Union Church in Bedminster Twp.
& Trinity Church in Springfield Twp

Jacob Berger was most likely born in Upper Bucks Co., PA, probably in Springfield or Bedminster Township. Jacob married Catharina Cooper, daughter of  Wilhelm and Gertrude Koepfer, on 25 Apr 1786. Around 1800 they left the Upper Bucks Co. area and settled near Coopersburg in Upper Saucon Twp, Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., PA, where they were members of St. Paul's (aka. Blue) Church. Jacob and Catharina had seven sons and three daughters. They are  buried in the old graveyard at St. Paul's Church. Nine of their ten children lived in the Upper Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton Co. areas of PA. The tenth child, son Peter Berger (7 Jul 1797-24 Aug 1871), married Maria Kauffman (26 Apr 1800-2 Apr 1867), and settled nearMontgomery in Lycoming Co., PA.


1790 Census
Name: Jacob Berger
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females: 1
Number of Household Members: 2

1820 Census
Name: Jacob Berger
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Upper Saucon, Lehigh, Pennsylvania
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Manufactures: 1
Free White Persons - Under 16: 2
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:

1828 - Died
Jacob died intestate. His  sons, Samuel Berger of Bucks County and John Berger were the executors. On 23 December 1828, "Cathrina Berger, widow and relict of Jacob Berger late of Upper Saucon Township Lehigh County yeoman deceased" made her mark on a renunciation and quit claim to turn over her rights and title of administration to Jacob's estate to her sons, Samuel Berger and John Berger. The inventory list shows farm implements, animals, and crops in addition to household furnishings. The final account filed by Samuel and John Berger on 22 March 1830 showed a balance due the heirs of $888.53. (Estate file #869, Lehigh County courthouse, Allentown, PA)

On 8 May 1829 John Berger filed a petition in Lehigh County court requesting an inquest of Jacob's tract of land in Upper Saucon twp.. The petition states that Jacob left a widow named Catharine and eight children: sons Jacob Berger, Samuel Berger, John Berger, Peter Berger, and Abraham Berger; daughters Elizabeth intermarried with Abraham Dietz, Catharine intermarried with Thomas Ott, and Hannah who is unmarried; and two grandchildren to wit, Charles Berger, a minor whose guardian is John Berger, and Maria, a minor whose guardian is Abraham Smith, both being children of Daniel Berger, a son of Jacob who died before him.

The petition also stated that, at his death, Jacob owned ar piece of land situated in Upper Saucon Township containing 56 acres surrounded by lands of John Berger, John Stephen, & Abraham Smith.  orphans court file #1300 in Lehigh County, Pa

The petition was approved and, on July 30 1829, a group of twelve men found that the land could not be divided to accommodate the widow and the heirs "without prejudice to and spoiling the whole". They evaluated the tract at $47.50 per acre for a total value of $2,660.

Buried in St Paul's "Blue Church", Coopersburg, Lehigh County PA


Jacob Berger born June 4 1760 married Catherine Cooper April 25 1786 and died Nov 28 1828.  Catherine born Jan 28 1765, died Jan 10 1840.  Buried in St Paul's "Blue Church"
in Upper Saucon Twp, Lehigh Co PA. Letters of Administration for Jacob issued Dec 23 1828, Peter is mentioned, awarded $11.00

DAR Record:

Two applications were filed, by Anna K. Weinberger and Ida V. Berger Endey  for membership in the DAR, based on "Jacob Bourgher" who served as a Private in the Company of Nicholas Kern commanded by Col. Hart being our Jacob Berger.  Both applications were accepted. Other researchers do not believe this is Jacob BergeBourger spelling, and lived in Northampton County, where this company was from.  Our Jacob was from Berks County - a distance away, making it less likely that this was him.

 Below is the service record listed on the applications:

No pension file found for Peter Bourger, or Berger:

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