Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

John Berger 1813-1888

(Our Berger Line can be found  here -

John Berger 
Born: 11 Jan 1813
Died: 13 May 1888 
Elizabeth Poust 
Born 1816
Died 1893
daughter of Jacob & Elizabeth ( Houseknecht) Poust

Sarah Elizabeth Berger 1841 – 1902
Daniel Berger 1842 – 
Lavina H. Berger 1844 – 1921
Mary Catherine Berger 1845 – 1921
Charles H Berger 1849 – 
Hannah C. Berger 1850 – 1901 m. Thomas Gordner
                           Matilda S (Lydia M) Berger 1853 –  (census gives 2 dif names?)

Amos Timothy Berger 1854 – 1930
Alice Sophrona Berger 1857 – 

1850 Census
Name: John Berger
Age: 40
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 1523
Household Members:
Name Age
John Berger 40
Elizabeth Berger 40
Elizabeth Berger 10
Daniel Berger 8
Mary C Berger 7
Lavina Berger 5
Charles Berger 3

1860 Census

Name: John Basinger
[John Berger] 
Age in 1860: 47
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Moreland
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
John Basinger 47
Elizabeth Basinger 43
Sarah E Basinger 19
Mary C Basinger 15
Vina H Basinger 14
Charles H Basinger 12
Hannah C Basinger 10
Lydia M Basinger 8
Amos S Basinger 6
Saphrona A Basinger 3

1870 Census

Name: John Berger
Age in 1870: 57
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Lardsville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
John Berger 57
Elizabeth Berger 53
Charles Berger 20
Hannah C Berger 18
Matilda S Berger 17
Amos F Berger 15
Allice S Berger 12
Thomas R Berger 5

1880 Census

Name: John Berger
Age: 68
Birth Year: abt 1812
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Franklin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Berger
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members:
Name Age
John Berger 68
Elizabeth Berger 64
Alice S. Berger 22
Thomas R. Berger 16

From Meginness' History of Lycoming County, page 976:
"...Jacob, the youngest son, was born in Berks county and came with his parents to Lycoming, where he was reared and learned the carpenter's trade. After reaching manhood he settled in Penn township and cleared a farm of 250 acres, whereon he resided until his death in 1836. In religious connection he was a Lutheran. He married Elizabeth Houseknecht, and to them were born eleven children: Catharine, who married David Vandine; Charles, deceased, who married Margaret Shipman; Elizabeth, who is the widow of John Berger; Hannah, deceased wife of Philip Frantz; John, who married Elizabeth Frantz; Jacob, who married Jane Derr; Levina, who married Daniel S. Smith; Mary, decased wife of Jacob Gray; George H. who married Phoebe Miller; Philip, deceased, and Daniel."

From Columbia County Bios:
THOMAS B. GORDNER, farmer, P. O. Unityville, was born March 6, 1848, on the homestead adjoining his own farm. He was the fourth son and seventh child born to John and Catharine (STACKHOUSE) GORDNER. Our subject remained on the home farm until he became of age, then worked for his brothers about two years. His father then gave him ninety acres of land, all of which was covered with timber, which he began clearing. When he was twenty-four years of age he married hannah C., daughter of John and Elizabeth (POUST) BERGER; they lived one year with his father; in the meantime he built his house, and September 11, 1873, he occupied it, and has since resided there. He now owns 322 acres, having added 232 by his owns exertions. Mr. and Mrs. GORDNER have four children: John Oliver, Harriet Elizabeth, Charles Henry and Daniel Ezra. They are members of the Lutheran Church, he having been deacon of the same for several years; he is also a member of the P. of H.(History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg. 529)

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