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ROSENBERGER FAMILY 



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HISTORICAL 



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GENEALOGICAL SKETCHES 



By EDVVI«iRD 1A«iT»EVVIS 



IIAULEYSVILLE, PA.: 
Isaiah R. Haldeman, Publisher, 

1892 



State Historical SoGieti"^ 

OF WISCONSIN 
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MAR 8 1 1896 
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INDEX. 



THE ROSENBERGER FAMILY OF MONTGOMERY COnSTY. 

Henry Rosenberger of Franconia 2 

The Mennonites 3 

The Franconia Meetinghouse * . 4 

John Swartley 5 

Benjamin RosENafiRGER of Haxfieldj and Gwynedd 7 

Yellis Rosenberger and His Descendants 9 

Benjamin Rosenberger of Rockhill 10 

Henry Rosenberger ot- " 11 

Children of Benjamin Rosenberger 11 

Christian Rosenberger of Gwynedd and Lower Providence. .. 12 

THE ROSENBERGERS OF HATFIELD. 

Daniel Rosenberger 14 

David " 18 

Isaac ** , 19 

John (No i ) " 21 

The Old Mill 22 

The Homestead . . » 22 

Childrkn of John* Rosenberger 25 

The Indians 30 



THE ROSENBERRY FAMILY.- 

Henry Rosenberry of Skippack and Worcester 31 

John H. Rosenberry , .32 

GENEALOGICAL LISTS. 

The Descendants of Benjamin Rosenberger of Hatfield 35 

Descendants of Daniel Rosenberger of Hatfield 36 

Posterity of Isaac Rosenberger 36 

Children of Jacob ** 37 

PosTE^iiTY OF Henry — Son of Isaac and Grandson 

OF Daniel 38 

Posterity of Isaac Rosenberger (No. 2) of Hatfield. ..39 

Children of Elizabeth Wierman 40 

Descendants of David Rosenberger, of Hatfield 41 

Descendants of Daniel Rosenberger, Son of John (No. i)of 

Hatfield 42 

Henry, Son op John (No. i ) op HATPfELD 42 

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Philip B(»senbebger and Some of His Descendants 43 

David Rosenberger 44 

An Account op the Rosenberger Family, Br Enos L. Rosen- 
berger, op Kansas 46 

An Old Time Sale Bill 49 

A Rosenberger Chart 50 

Descendants op John Rosenberger 53 

Will op David Rosenberger, op Hatfield 54 

BIOGRAPHICAL. 

Isaac R. Rosenberger, op Colmar, Pa 57 

Dr. a. S. Rosenberger, op Covington, O *. 58 

Dr. Henry D. Rosenberger, op Hatfield, Pa 60 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 



Edward Mathews Frontispiece 

Enos H. Rosenbebobr 12 

Isaiah R. Ualdeman 36 

Isaiah S. Rosfnberger 38 

Levi C. Rosenberger 54 

IsAAO R. Rosenberger • • *-56 

Dr. a. S. Rosenberger 58 



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A SHORTER account of the Rosenberger familj, prepared by 
the writer of this book, was published in a local newspaper at 
the beginning of 1888. This pertained only to two branches in 
Hatfield. The more extended account in this volume was 
written at the instigation of the publisher, Isaiah R. Haldeman, 
himself related to the family both by birth and marriage. To 
obtain the facts herein recorded required much labor and re- 
search in proportion to the size of the book. The official re- 
cords and registery ot deeds and wills at Norristown, Doyles- 
town and Philadelphia have been searched, and various persons 
connected with the family by ties of relationship have been 
consulted. A number of short journeys have been necessary 
to localities identified with the early settlement of the pioneers 
of the family. Persons living in distant places have been more 
free in giving information than some nearer at home. Certain 
portions will be of interest to the public generally, whilst other 
chapters will interest only those descended from those bearing 
the name of Rosenberger. It would have been desirable to 
have had the genealogy more full and complete, but this was 



found impracticable. The family of Rosenberger has been 
much exten^led in Montgomery and adjacent countiea, and also 
in distant portions of the United States and Canada. The 
writer has endeavored ta present something of family and local 
history that might otherwise have been lost, and hoping that it 
will incite an increased interest in the past annals of this region 
of cjuuiry this litt.e volume is presented to the public. 

North Waleb, Pa., October 30, 1898. 

E. M. 



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THE ROSENBERGER FAMILY OF 
MONTGOMERY COUNTY. 



The name of Rosenberger is of ancient origin in Germany, 
signifying Rosemount, or Rose Castle. The first settlers of the 
name of Rosenberger in Montgomery county came to the town- 
i?hips of Francohia and Hatfield. The earliest of these was 
Henry Rosenberger, who came to the Indian Creek Valley in 
Franconia in 1729. He was followed in 1739 by the coming of 
Benjamin Rosenberger to Hatfield. In that year he bought 125 
acres, bodering the county line at Line Lexington, which he 
held for five years. John Rosenberger came also to Hatfield 
and first bought land where is now the village around Hatfield 
station about 1749-50. Daniel Rosenberger purchased another 
tract in Hatfield lying along the county line near the hamlet 
called Hockertown in 1740. It is supposed that these families 
were all related and it is certain that Daniel and John were 
brothers. The descendants of Benjamin are now largely settled 
in Bucks county. All the earlier members of these families 
belonged to the religious sect called Mennonites. 



2 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FJtMlLY. 

HENRY ROSENBERGER OF FRANCONIA^ 
The first of the name who came to Montgomery county is 
believed to have been Henry Rosenberger, an emigrant from 
Germany, and a Mennonite. He purchased land in Franconia 
on November 14, 1729, of James Steele^ of Philadelphia. For 
jBSO he obtained 159 acres. This was situated about two and 
one-half miles west of Souderton. It covered an area through 
which flows the Indian Creek. The greater part was thoyslope 
towards the northwest from the present Souderton and Harleys- 
ville turnpike to that stream, and including the site of the Men- 
nonite burying ground. Within these boundaries are now the 
farm of Jacob S. Alderfer, ShuceyV mill, and the farm of Michael 
Swartley. The latter is the fifth in descent from Henry Rosen- 
berger, and owns the homestead Here, down in the valley of 
the Indian Creek and on its southeast side, is a stone farm house 
of unusual size. It bears the date of 1809 and the name of John 
Swartley in German, who was the grandfather of the pres nt 
owner. To the north is a modern barn> and close to hand an 
older one. The latter is the oldest building about the premises. 
On the wooden beam over the door is inscribed the name of 
Henry Rosenberger and Barbara, his wife, with the date 175&. 
The first barn of all, in existence between 1730 and 1755, stood 
more closely adjacent to the banks of the stream, which was 
thought handy to wash away the manure, at a time this was 
thought of little value. A stone spring house stands seventy 
yards west of the house, near the creek, and bears the date of 
1793. For this distance the water for houi^ehold purposes was 
carried for three or four generations. In the present garden, just 
west of the house, stood the humble log dwelling which sheltertd 



THE MEJfJfOmTES. 3 

the old Mennonite preacher and his family. It wa» only one 
and one-half stories. It existed for eighty years. 

The boundaries of the wilderness tract purchased of Steele in 
1T29 were : " Be2inning at corner in line of Christian Haldeman ; 
thence by same northeast 100 perches to line of Francis Daniel 
Pastorias; thence by same northwest 254 perches ; thence south- 
west 100 perches by marked trees; thence by marked trees 
southeast 254 perches to beginning." This was part of 1000 
acres which Penn's commissioners of property, Isaac Norris, 
James Logan and Thomas Griffith had sold to Steele in 1728. 
The deed was witnessed by James Robinson and Abraham Reiff. 
The Christian Haldeman here mentioned held a tract on the 
south side of the tu npike, where is now the Jonas Moyer 
estate In the list of taxables of Franconia in 1734 is found the 
name of Henry Rosenberger. In the old records, Franconia is 
styled, " The Dutch Township,'' and to the present day its popu- 
lation is almost wholly of German or Dutch origin. 

We know nothing of the pers nality of Henry Rosenberger. 
He built a house and barn and cleaned some land, enduring the 
hardships of a first settler. By the date of 1745 he had a son 
old enough to own the plantation, and to whom it was then con- 
veyed. It is not known what became of the father thereafter, 
but probably he staid with his son. The boundaries of the deed 
of 1745 are copied from the first deed and Henry Funk and 
Christian Moyer, two M^nnonites, were the witnesses. The son 
Henry paid his father je200. 

THE MENNONITES. 
There were few records kept of the aflairs of the old Menno- 
nite churches. In many cases we have no accounts of the early 



4 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^TBERGER FAMILY. 

preachers and elders. Tradition says that Henry Rosenberger 
became n preacher among them, and served as such at the Fran- 
conia Meeting. It is known that he was the preacher during 
the time of the Revolution. He is repeatedly mentioned in the 
Funkite controversy, in the pamphlet written by Christian Funk, 
'^ The Mirror for all Mankind." This pamphlet, written in Ger- 
man, says that Rosenberger sided with the majority, and opposed 
Funk. The dispute ended with Funk being disfellowshipped, 
and caused a breach in the. church, as Funk and his friends 
started a separate branch. Funk was an ardent patriot, and 
charged liis brethren with being too slow in recognizing the 
justice of the American struggle for liberty, and the necepsity for 
separation from Great Britain. Tn the end, Rosenberger was 
among those who advocated the read mission of Funk to the fel- 
lowship of the church. Funk died in 1811 and lies buried in 
the neighboring Herri te cemej:ery. 



THE FRANCONIA MEETING HOUSE. 

Th's is one of the typical places of worship found in many 
localites of eastern Pennsylvania. A church was organized and 
a house of worship built here as early as 1730. The recent 
structure was succeeded by another in 1892. Like all others 
of this people it is plain to austerity. Many horse sheds encom- 
pass it round about. It is built upon an elevation, from whicH 
a splendid view may be obtained of hill and valley to the north 
and west. This overlooks a densely populated farming country, 
extending to the distant hills of Berks and the highlands beyond 
the Schuylkill. In the nearer view are the pleasant va^es of the 
Indian Creek and the North Branch of the Perkiomen. 



JOHJ^ SWARTLEY. 5 

On the northwest side of the church lies the extensive 
burying ground, where repose the dead of many generations, 
and thickly dotted, with marble tombstones. This meeting is 
one of the strongest in numbers, having over seven hundred 
members. A communion service in the Spring brings out a very 
large attendance, and the services have a quaint interest for the 
stranger. The services, beginning at. eight in the morning, last 
over three hours. The women are seated within the two aisles, 
while the men occupy the t*ide pews, their hats being hung on 
long rows of pegs over the aisles. In the rear vestibule, entered 
by a side door, is the women's room, where are hung their bon- 
nets and extra clothing. The Scriptures are read in German, 
and several preachers in turn exhort the congregation. The 
elements of the communion are handed to each member by the 
bishop, who has an assistant, meanwhile constantly exhorting. 
In time of prayer is seen a kneeling throng. The preacher 
from a hymn book reads one verse at a tim*^ in a sing-song tone. 
This is sung to an old-fashioned tune, sounding sweetly to the 
ear as it comes from the white capped throng. Thus is con- 
ducted the worship of the followers of Menno Simon. 



JOHN SWARTLEY. 

Henry Rosenberger had a daughter Mary, and it is said one 
named Sarah. Mary was wed by John Swartley. This John 
Swartley, like many other German immigrants of Colonial 
times, was a'Redemptioner, He had not the money to pay his 
passage to America. Upon his arrival in Philadelphia he was 
Hold for a t^rm of years by the master of the vessel. Henry 
Rosenberger paid for the expense of his coming and thus acquired 



6 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY, 

the right to his services for the term ot three years, as provided 
by the laws of that period. This was about the year 1772, or 
three years before the beginning of the Revolutionary war. 
Swartley was then a youth of about eighteen. He came to 
Franconia, worked faithfully upon the Indian Creek farm, and 
found favor in his master's eyes as a worthy young man. What 
is more, he found favor with his daughter Mary, his future wife, 
and after obtaining his freedom, he married her, It was a good 
stroke of business, tor he obtained a good wife, and inherited a 
fine farm, which he transmitted to his descendants, who hold a 
large portion to the present day. Tradition says that Philip, 
brother of John, married Sarah Rosenberger and removed to 
New Britain. He was born in 1764 and died in 1840. 

The plantation had been enlarged in 1763 by the purchase 
of twenty acres, contained in a long narrow strip on the south- 
west side. This was bought of Jacob Oberholtzer and was thus 
bounded : " Beginning in line of Christian Moyer ; thence by 
same northeast 20 perches ; thence by other land of Henry 
Rosenberger northwest 160 perches ; then of other laud of Jacob 
Oberholtzer southwest 20 perches; then by same southeast 160 
perches to beginning." For this jBlOO were paid. 

It is not certainly known when Henry Rosenberger died, 
but this is supposed to have been in 1809. If so, he must have 
reached the age ot eighty-five or ninety. He was buried in the 
neighboring graveyard, but has no tombstone. 

Mary, the wife of John Swartley, died in 1809, and her 
husband obtained a second wife, of the name ot Hagey. In the 
graveyard his remains lie between these two wives. His own 
death occurred in 1817, at the age of sixty-three, he having been 
born in 1754. His second wife survived him one year. He had 



BEJVJJlMIJ^ ROSEJSTBERGER. 7 

brothers whose descendants now live in New Britain, Bucks 
county, and elsewhere. 

The children of Jacob Swartley were six sons and two 
daughters. The sons were John, Samuel, Henry, Abraham, 
Joseph and Philip. In the will of John Swartley mention is 
made that Abraham got eighteen acres, Joseph eighty acres, ad- 
joining Joseph Freed and Ralph Moyer (now the Jacob Alderfer 
farm), whilst the homestead, and 109 acres was devised to Philip. 
The latter was born January 2, 1795, and died July 30, 1880. 
He built the mill further down the creek, which was owned by 
his son Samuel. It is now the property of Jacob Schuey. 

BENJAMIN ROSENBERGER OF HATFIELD AND GWYNEDD. 

Benjamin Rosenberger was contemporary with Daniel and 
John in Hatfield during Colonial times. As early as 1739 he 
purchased 125 acres on the county line, comprising the present 
ifarm of Oliver G. Morris and the Frick farm at Line Lexing- 
ton, of Ebenezer Kinnersley, This he held till 1744, and it is 
probable that he made the first improvements there. He sold 
to his son John, but who only retained posseswion one year. 

Benjamin Rosenberger was of a dealing, trading, speculative 
disposition, and we find him buying and selling various proper- 
ties in different townships all his life. His next purchase was a 
tract of land of 112 acres in Hatfield, lying further southwest. 
This was 86 perches by 210 in dimensions. The neighboring 
landholders were James Dunn on the southeast, Jacob Wireman 
[ on the southwest, John Shooter on the northeast, and Edward 

Warner on the northwest. This place was bought of David 
Thomas for jel20. It had belonged to a grant of 1210 acres 
made to Jonathan Hayes in 1705, who made the first improve- 



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8 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJfBERGER FAMILY, 

ments. Jlis only son Jonathan had two sisters, Elizabeth, wife 

♦of Richard Maris, and Mary, wife of Evan Lewis. The daughters 

were the heirs after the death of their brother. They "sold to 

John Williams in 1723, who conveyed to David Thomas in 1731. 

We next find him the owner of the late Server farm, just 
north of Lansdale, a large part of which is now included within 
that borough. This he had bought at a date now unknown, but 
which Rosenberger sold to Solomon Sell in 1760. It comprised 
106 acres, and in later times belonged to Edward Jenkins and 
his son Philip. A little later, before 1766, he came into poses- 
sion of a farm in Gwynedd, near Friends Corner, in later times 
owned by Jonathan Lukens. This he sold in 1776 to Cadwalla- 
der Foulke. In 1772 he bought a lot in Upper Gwynedd, com- 
prising fifty acres, of Jonathan Clayton, near the present Kneedler 
hotel. Probably this had no building on it. It was sold by his 
heirs in 1781 to Jacob Heisler, the tavern keeper for je420. It 
is supposed that he also owned a farm in Franconia, as his widow 
Helena died in that township. In the old deeds Benjamin Rosen- 
berger is mentioned as a carpenter. At one time he also owned 
the present Beaver farm near North Wales. 

The death of Benjamin Rosenberger took place during the 
Revolution, near or in 1777, after an active life of over fitty 
years in this county. His surving children were five in number, 
Elias (or Yellis), John, Gertrude, wife of Jacob Landis of Fran- 
conia ; Elizabeth, wife of John Alderfer, of Lower Salford ; and 
Henry, of New Britain, Bucks county. John was a resident of 
Hatfield, and Elias afterwards removed to Springfield, Bucks 
county, and 1800 was living in Rockhill. John Rosenberger, 
the other son, became the owner of the 112-acre farm in Hat- 
field, bought by his father in 1751. His children were Benjamin, 



YELLIS ROSEJVBERGER ^JVD HIS BESCEJ^ DAJTTS. 9 

Jacob, Anna and Susanna. O^ these, Benjamin, the eldest, and 
grandson of the first Benjamin, became the owner in 1798. 

Helena Rosenberger, widow of Benjamin Rosenbei^er, Sr., 
died in Franconia in the Summer of 1799. In her will mention 
is made of her grandchild Helena, wife of Michael Wireman, 
and great grandchild, Anna Wireman. From her daughter 
Elizabeth, who married John Alderfer, have sprung many descen- 
dants in Lower Salford. 

About the close of the last century a Christian Rosenberger 
held a farm in Upper Gwnedd near the Towamencin line. This 
he bought in 1795 of the Kinsey estate, but which he sold in 
1797. He afterwards bought a farm of 129 acres in Lower Provi- 
dence, and died in that township in 1824. The writer has not 
ascertained tc which family he belonged. 

YELLIS ROSENBERGER AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 
Yellis, the eldest son of the first Benjamin of Hatfield' 
finished his life in Rockhill, Bucks county, near Perkasie and 
Sellersville. His death took place in the early Fall of 1808. 
His will was registered on the 3d of October of that year. In 
this, he bequeathed to his son Benjamin, the *' plantation where 
I now live,*' containing 130 acres, then bounded by lands of 
Andrew Schlicter and Abraham Stroud. He also owned fourteen 
acres of woodland. The other children mentioned were Henry, 
Anna, wife of Joseph Naragary, and Rebecca, wife of Jacob 
BechteL The first daughter received jBlOOO, and the other a 

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farm in Springfield, where John Bissey lived. It is stated that 
the son Henry had already received his portion. 

Yellis, or Julius Rosenberger, as he is often called in the old 
deeds, inherited the trading, money-making disposition of his 



10 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY. 

father, and the records of Bucks show that he bought and sold 
many difierent properties in that county. He was bom before 
1735. In 1760 he bought of Henry Funk a plantation in Hill- 
town of 166 acres for je400, which he sold in 1765. Before 
1773 he lived in Springfield, on the Saucon line, a portion of his 
farm being in Northampton county. In that year he bought a 
farm of 159 acres in Bedminster on the Hilltown border, of 
George Rothroek. In 1774 a farm of 106 acres in Hilltown was 
bought of Valentine Kramer. In 1795 he bought 70 a.cres in 
Rockhill of Christian Dotterer, which just before his death in 1808 
he sold to his son Henry. He had also acquired a farm of 130 
acres in that township. The Springfield farm was inherited by 
his son Benjamin, as well as one in Rockhill. There is a tradition 
concerning a large tract of land in Rockhill. which in those days 
was held by non-resident owners. It comprised, along with 
arable land much of the Rockhills. Several squatters had settled 

on this land, among whom was a Rosenberger. They were 
ordered to vacate, but refused, and were only dispossessed by a 

sheriffs posse. The latter came " with a band of soldiers," as 
the story goes, in the absence of Rosenberger. The women 
folks at home were very belligerent, and prepared to scald the 
intruders. The sheriff finally broke down the door and got pos- 
session. The writer has no dates as to the time of this transac- 
tion, or which family were engaged. 

BENJAMIN ROSENBERGER OF ROCKHILL 

Benjamin, the eldest son of Yellis Rosenberger, was born 
about 1758, probably in Hatfield. Afterwards he lived in Saucon 
in his youth, and before his majority was teamster in the American 
army of the Revolution. The latter part of his life, he lived in 



HEJVRY ROSEJ^BERGER OF ROCKHILL. 11 

Rockhill, Bucks county. He also owned a grist-mill saw and 
oil-mill in Haycock and 27 acres. He married Margaret Nash. 
He reached the age of sixty-six, his will being registered April 
24, 1824. In this document mention is made of his children, 
Abraham, Ellas, William, John, Jacob, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Elizabeth, Rachel and Rebecca. Of the daughters, Elizabeth 
was married to Henry Nunnemaker, Rachel to Isaac Clemmer, 
and Rebecca to Henry Hartel. The homestead of Benjamin 
was half a mile east of Sellersville, and afterwards at a mill 
which subsequently belonged to Rev. J. Y. Strassburger. 

HENRY R0SENBER6ER OF ROCKHILL. 

Henry Rosenberger lived in Rockhill the earlier part of the 
century. His death occurred in the Spring of 1824. In his will 
of the 15th of May of that year mention is made of his wife 
Ann, and children, John, Henry, Elizabeth, wife of Henry 
Stauffer; Margaret, wife of John Freed; Mary, wife of Jacob 
HofFel ; Nancy, wife of Michael Derstrine ; Catharine, wife of 
George Deihl, and Henry, together with grandchildren Henry 
and Samuel. Held a plantation which was ordered sold. 

CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN ROSENBERGER. 

Elias — Had seven children by two wives, Benjamin, Jacob, 
Elias, Henry, Mary, Rebecca and Isaac. 

William— Born in 1800; married Susanna Button. Had 
children, Aaron, Joel, William, Elias, Jacob, John and Isaac. Of 
these, Aaron was Clerk of the Orphan's Court for Bucks courlty 
for three years, from 1861 to 1864, elected on the Republican 
ticket. Now a resident of Philadelphia. 



12 HISTORY OF THE ROS^J^BERGER FAMILY. 

Joel is a farmer, of Hatfield. The father of this family 
died in 1877. Elias lived in Upper Milford, Jacob in Bridge- 
town, and Isaac, John and William in or near Perkasie. 

Jacob had children, Mary, John and Joseph, and lived in 
Bed minster 

John had children, Horace, Emanuel, Abraham, John, 
Elizabeth and Henry. Was twice married into Shutt and Under- 
kofFer families. He lived in Upper Providence. 

Abraham had children, Hannah, Enos, Samuel, Israel, 
Abraham, Joseph, Levi, Mahlon and others, or thriteen in all. 
Enos was a teacher by profession. Had charge of the schools of 
North Wales for five years. Has for many years been a resi- 
dent of Kutztown, Berks county. Hannah married Israel Place, 
whose son A. R. Place, was a teacher and is now a lawyer, 
resident of Lansdale. Mary married John 0. Zimmerman. 
Abraham^ the father of this family lived at Black Rock, in Upper 
Providence. His death took place about 1860. 

Joseph married Moyer. Had children, Salome, 

Henry, John, Isaac. Lived in Ililltown and Bedminster. 

Benjamin remained unmarried. 

Elizabeth Nunnemaker had children Elias, Aaron, Charles, 
Henry, Maria and Elizabeth. Lived in Bedminster. 

Rachel Cleramer had Jacob and Lucy. Lived in Hilltown. 

Rebecca Hartel had Elizabeth and Rebecca. Lived in 
Norristown. 

CHRISTIAN ROSENBERGER OF GWYNEDD AND LOWER PROVIDENCE- 

There was a Christian Rosenberger, living in Montgomery 

county a century ago, whether of a separate family, oi* related 

to the others, the writer has not ascertained. His name first 



CHRISTMJ^ ROSEJ^BERGER 13 

appears la the records in 1795, when he bought for je408, 123 
acres of the Kinsey estate in Upper Gwynedd, but which he sold 
two years later. In 1797 he bought 129 acres in Lower Provi- 
dence, where he remained. His death took place in 1821. He 
was a wealthy man and an extensive landholder. In his will 
mention is made of his wife Elizabeth and eight children. The 
names of those given were, David, Jacob and John. These heirs 
in 1826 sold a farm of 64 acres to John Stinson, also six houses 
and 300 acres in Worcester and Providence to various parties. 
The land was near the Germantown and Perkiomen turnpike. 



THE ROSENBERGERS OF HATFIELD. 



DANIEL, DAVID, ISAAC AND JOIIN-THE OLD MILL AND THE HOME- 
STEAD-CHILDREN OF JOHN ROSENBERGER. 

Investigations concerning the local history of Hatfield and 
the genealogy of its early settlers are beset with many diflBcul- 
ties. The township was not organized in 1734, and therefore 
we have no list of taxables, made elsewhere in the county at 
that time. The time of organization was about 1741-43. In 
many cajj^es titles were not recorded, and in consequence cannot 
be lound anywhere at this time. Whilst the eastern and south- 
ern portions were settled by Welsh people, the central, western, 
and northern parts were first occupied by German Mennonites, 
whose descendants form a large proportion of the population 
to-day. 

A large section of the northern part of Hatfield was first 
cleared and improved by two brothers of the name of Rosen- 
berger — David and John. 

DANIEL ROSENBERGER. 
We will first give the result of some investigations concern- 
ing Daniel Rosenberger, the lands he bought, and the record of 
his descendants. His lands composed 359 acres, bought in two 
parcels and at different times. This large plantation bordered 



DAmEL ROSEJSTBERGER. 15 

on the county line for a mile, and extended over half a mile 
southwest. Within this tract are now the properties of David, 
Samuel and Henry Rosenberger, Milton Jenkins, John Landis, 
and Kile's tavern property Across this nearly level area, two 
branches of the Neshaminy pursue theift way, one coming from 
Hilltown, the other having its rise in the northern corner of 
Hatfield. The extensive and pleasant meadows that border their 
banks were highly prized by the early settlers. Probably at 
first much of the low ground was marshy and too wet for cultiva- 
tion, but which has now been reclaimed and become productive. 

In 1734, the three Morris brothers, James, Richard and 
John, granted 1000 acres to Ebenezer Kinnersly, a weaver of 
Lower Dublin (now Philadelphia). The latter never settled 
here, but soon began to divide and sell his purchase. Kinnersly *s 
tract was a narrow parallelogram, over half a mile in width and 
about three miles in length. It extended along the County Line 
from the east corner of the township to nearly the northern end. 
It was of Kinnersly that Daniel Rosenberger made his first pur- 
chase of land, and the date was 1740. This comprised 159 acres, 
and was the upper or northwest side of his subsequent plantation. 
This deed is not on record, but the facts above are stated in the 
recitals of a later deed now in possession of Henry Jlosenberger, 
one of the descendants. 

Then there were 200 acres more, purchased at a much later 
date — twenty-nine years afterwards. The latter purchase took 
plHce only two years before his death, so that during nearly the 
whole of his life, Daniel Rosenberger only possessed the smaller 
portion of the tract afterwards held by his posterity. 

These two hundred acres were purchased of George Krieble 
in 1769. Fortunately for the purposes of history, the previous 



16 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY. 

conveyances of this land are given in a brief of title of another 
deed of the date of 1772. It is as follows : 1702, William Penn 
to John Morris, 1000 acres; 1732, John Morris to his nephew- 
John Morris 300 acres, and to the cousins of the latter, James 
and Richard Morris, 7ft0 acres; 1734, the three . Morris' to 
Ebenezer Kinnersly, 1000 acres; 1738, Kinnersly to Henry 
Funk, a miller of Franconia, 200 acres. Funk continued the 
owner till his death. In pursuance of his will, his sons John 
and Christian conveyed the same to Jacob Bear, his son-in-law, 
in 1761. So Funk may be regarded as the first one who im- 
proved the land, and he held it for twenty-three years. In 1763 
Jacob Bear sold it to John Yellis, of Towamencin — in this deed 
the name of the township is spelled " Towamencin.*' Now 
arose some trouble about the title. Yellis became informed that 
the conveyance of Henry Funk might prove insuflficient, because 
Funk, who was a German, had never taken out naturalization 
papers, and had always remained an alien. Jacob Bear had 
also refused to be naturalized. So, to remedy this defect, Yellis 
procured a patent from the Penns, or the Proprietary govern- 
ment, at the hands of James Hamilton. This he done in 1763, 
and in the same year he sold the whole to George Krieble, of 
Upper Milford. Finally in 1769, Krieble sold the 200 acres to 
Daniel Rosenberger. 

The larger portion of this latter purchase was conveyed by 
will to Isaac, youngest son of Daniel Rosenberger. In this 
document, written in 1771, the father says: **I bequeath the 
remainder of my lands which I bought of George Krieble, yet 
159 acres, which I give to my son Isaac." It was on November 
6, 1772, that the other heirs, David and Fronica (Anny) released 
the same to Isaac. The boundaries then given were, " Beginning 



DAJSriEL ROSEJSTBERGER. 17 

at a stone in line of Samuel Musselman ; then by same and by 
lands of Isaac Wisler and Abraham Allebach northwest 117 
perches to corner of David Rosenberger ; thence by same north- 
east 151 perches and southeast 25 perches and northeast 89 
perches to a road leading to Philadelphia and also the County 

Line ; thence by part of the halt acre bought for said road and by 

« 

Tounty line southeast 104 perches to corner of John Funk ; then 
by same southwest 240 perches to beginning." As a considera- 
tion je20 and 18 shillings were paid. The deed was witnessed 
before Archibald McLean by Mary Loller. 

No information has come down to us concerning the person- 
ality of Daniel Rosenberger. He was a Mennonite, and attended 
the worship of his people at the church near Line Lexington, 
where his remains lie buried. After his purchase in 1740, his 
lifetime extended thirty-one years. Tradition says he first set- 
tled for a brief period near the County line, where Samuel Rosen- 
berger now lives. Then he soon removed a short distance west- 
ward to where is now the residence of Henry Rosenberger. Here 
he built a stone house, in a low place, close by an extensive 
meadow. It was at this place that he died. This upper part 
of his plantation was devised to his son David, who built a new 
house m 1780, the date stone of which was preserved, and may 
yet be seen in the cellar way of the present building. It bears 
the initials, **D. R. B," standing for *^ David Rosen Berger.** 
He made his will on the 15th of August, 1771, and died shortly 
afterwards, as it was registered on the 23d of September. His 
wife who survived him, had the singular name of Fronica. His 
children mentioned were David, Isaac, Ann and Mary. The 
will was witnessed by Valentine Ulrich, John Rosenberger, and 
Christian Funk, Mennonites all. The two hundred acres were 



18 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FJIMILY, 

conveyed to his son David, and 159 acres to Isaac. Isaac was 
then not quite twenty years of age. The widow was to receive 
jeTOO from her son David, showing that old Daniel had become 
a comparatively wealthy man for those days. 

DAVID ROSENBERGER. 
This two hundred acres bequeathed to David Rosenberger 

was bounded on the northwest by the cross road, now a turnpike, 
running from the County line to Hatfi'ld station. It comprised 
the Landis farm, those of Henry and Samuel Ropenberger, the 
lot of David Rosenberger and the tavern property. At the pre- 
mises of Henry Rosenberger, his great grandson, he continued 
to reside during his life At about the east corner of his land a 
branch of the Neishaminy (anciently called Beaver Creek) comes 
flowing down from Hilltown. Between him and his brother 
Isaac a mutual water right was agreed upon to water their respec- 
tive meadows. That agreement was made November 26, 1772, 
by which David Rosenberger granted to his brother Isaac " the 
right to half part of the us^ of said dam and water, water courses 
and right to ditch from said dam leading to his meadow." At a 
later period there arose considerable dispute concerning this 
right among their descendants. 

David Rosenberger lived to be quite an old man^—probably 
over eighty years of age. His death did not take place till 1829, 
or fifty-five years after he had received his patrimony from his 
father in 1771. He also acquired a farm of 78 acres in Hilltown, 
which he had willed to his daughter Froniea. The homestead 
of 109 acres was conveyed to his son Henrj^ in 1821. Another 
farm of 78 acres, at present that of Simuel Rosenberger, was 
conveyed to his s« n John by this will of September 19, 1829. 
The name of his wife was Barbara Detwiler. His children were 



ISAAC ROSEJ^BERGER. 19 

Christian, David, Philip, Henry, Abraham, John, Valentine, 
Mary, wife of Joseph Kulp ; Susanna, wife of John Richart ; 
Fronica, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Shutt. Henry, born in 1799, 
who then got the homestead, died in 1865. He had sons — 
George, David, Aaron, Josiah, Simon and Enos. In 1866 Aaron 
bought the farm of the heirs. His son Henry now owns the 
same. To David, one of the three sons of Henry R. Rosen- 
berger, the writer is under great obligations for many facts 
contained in this narrative. The latter built the house now 
occupied by the Kile tavern in 1852, and kept a store there for 
a dozen years. A tavern license was first granted in 1862. 
Simon became a physician, and is now a resident of California. 
Enos removed to Kansas. 

ISAAC ROSENBERGER. 

Isaac was probably the youngest son of Daniel, the pioneer, 
and received the lower portion of his plantation, comprising 159 
acres. Among his contemporaries his first name was generally 
given the German pronunciation. This tract is now mostly 
occupied by the fine farm of Milton Jenkins, comprising 135 
acres. Here, surrounded by shade trees, are excellent farm 
buildings of modern construction, situated at some distance from 
the County line. The farm is watered by a creek, flowing south- 
ward, which joins the other branches of the Neshaminy south of 
Line Lexington. Near the present dwelling are two old houses 
relics of the past, one of stone, the other of logs. The latter 
was built before the Revolution, at a date unknown, but perhaps 
about 1772. It was the residence of the first Isaac Rosenberger. 
The latter afterwards erected a stone house and a bam adjoin- 
ing. In 1810 he purchased twenty- two acres adjoining on the 



20 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJVBERGER FAMILY. 

southern side, so that he possessed 170 acres. He was born 
November 30, 1751, and bis death took place July 30, 1830, in 
his seventy-ninth year. • His children were Martin, Joseph, 
Isaac, William, John, Betsey, wife of John Aker, and Sarah* 
wife of Jacob Ruth. 

After the death of the elder Isaac Rosenberger, the farm 
was sold to Martin Rosenberger, and by him conveyed in 1831 
to Isaac Rosenberger, Jr. The latter, born in 1782, died in 
1853 His second wife, Elizabeth, died in North Wales, December 
19, 1886, at the remarkable age of nearly ninety-eight. Isaac D. 
Rosenberger, of North Wales, is one of his sons. He was formerly 
a Justice of the Peace in Hatfield. Another son was Joseph 
Rosenberger, of Hilltown. The latter was well known as a busi- 
ness man. Kept a store, and was one of the directors of the Doyles- 
town Bank. His sons, Isaac and Charles, are dealers in feed, coal, 
hay, etc., at Colmar. Susanna, wife of Michael Snyder, was a 
daughter of Isaac Rosenberger. The latter kept the Line Lexing- 
ton hotel, and was the father-in-law of Oliver G. Morris, of that 
place. The old homestead was bought in 1855 by Milton Jen- 
kins, the present owner. 

The first Rosenbergers in America probably came from the 
Palatinate, once a province of western Germany, bordering on 
the Rhine. On the 20th of September, 1738, Hans Peter Rosen- 
berger arrived in Philadelphia on a ship from Rotterdam, con- 
taining a number of emigrants from that country. John F. 
Rauchenberger arrived a week latter. Among some families in 
Montgomery county, the name is now spelled ^* Rosenberry,'* 
as is the case with Christian Rosenberrj', of Lansdale, who is 
descended from ancestors living in Skippack and Worcester 
townships, but earlier in Hatfield. 



JOHJ^ ROSEJ^BERGER, Mo. 1. 21 



JOHN ROSENBERGER, NO. 1. 

Concerning John, probably the youngest of the Rosen- 
berger brothers, we have considerable knowledge concerning the 
lands he bought, the location in which he settled, and of his 
descendants. Nevertheless, this knowledge is rather fragmentary 
and imperfect. In " Frick*s *' graveyard, Hatfield, lies the body 
of Johannes Rosenberger, born, 1724 ; died, 1808, at the age 
of eighty-four. As the date of death on the tombstone corres- 
ponds exactly with the time given in the county records, it is 
concluded that this is the John Rosenberger under consideration. 
He doubtless came along with the others from Germany, but as 
he was not of age before 1745, he could not become a landowner, 
before that time. He is said to have been a youth of eighteen 
at the time of coming. During his lifetime he purchased many 
hundred acres, now divided into many farms. His ambition was 
to give a farm to each of his children. The site of Hatfield 
village and station was owned by him, and thus might, not in- 
appropriately have been called by his name. His lands extended 
from thence to the Franconia line, and even beyond. They 
covered an extremely level territory, with extensive meadows, 
and were of a stronger soil than is found in the lower part of the 
township. A branch of the Neshaminy arises there and flows 
southward through meadow and woodland to join other tribu- 
taries. These farms are now owned by Jacob Kulp, William 
Delp, Enos Krieble, John Rosenberger, John Kindig, Jacoby 
Ott, J. Wireman, Abraham Gehman and J. D. Gehman, besides 
the smaller lots of the village of Hatfield. 



22 HISTORY OF THE ROSEMBERGER FAMILY. 

ft 

THE OLD MILL. 

At the upper road crossing of the brook, and on the western 
side thereof, may be seen a depression or hole in the bank, about 
which trees of considerable size are now growing. This was the 
site of a grist-mill, once in existence, which was built by John 
Rosenberger before the Revolution. The exact time is not 
known, but the mill was on land purchased by him in 1769, and 
the mill was built then or soon after. It was a great accommo- 
dation to the neighborhood, as it was the first mill erected in this 
region of country. 

The mill was demolished about 1820 by Peter Conver, then 
the owner, or so long ago that few now remember it The 
waters of the little stream probably then flowed in a consider- 
ably larger volume than now. The old mill had a race course, 
extending up the western bank of the brook. 'Evidences of it 
may yet be plainly seen in the forest land above. The mill was 
propelled by water drawn from three dams. The site of the 
lower or main one can now be perceived half a mile above, while 
the upper dam was a mile distant. The place where stood the 
old mill is now on the premises of William Delp. 

THE HOMESTEAD. 

In the northern end of Hatfield village and close to the 
eastern side of the railroad are the modern farm buildings formerly 
owned by Enos Krieble. Here was the site of the old homestead 
of John Rosenberger. Until 1884, ihe old log house stood there, 
but which was then torn down, and later the old barn was 
destroyed by fire. Its site may yet be seen at a little distance 
westward of the present new building. Here were the springs 



THE HOMESTEAD. 23 

of water which caused that selection of a site for a resi- 
dence. Owing to the failure to record the old deeds the writer 
has been unable to ascertain the exact time when John Rosen- 
berger purchased the land where he built a dwelling and made 
his home. Probability points to about 1749-50. A strip of terri- 
tory covering the site of the present upper village of Hatfield, 
was possessed by Edward Warner, a Philadelphian, previous to 
1743. In that year Warner sold the same to Alexander Fore- 
man, who already held lands in New Britain. Among the curi^ 
ous clauses of this deed is one providing that fidty bushels of 
wheat be annually paid by Foreman to the Warners ; to be 
delivered at any mill within fourteen miles of the land. The 
stipulation about the " fourteen miles " indicates that then there 
was no mill nearby. On November 3, 1754, Edward Warner 
made his will, and Anna Warner, Joshua Howell, and Francis 
Rawle were appointed his executors. From these executors 
John Rosen berger received a formal release of the wheat rent 
on 95 acres 80i perches in 1759. He had been in possession of 
this land for some years previous however, as in this document 
it is stated that he had bought the same of Alexander Foreman. 
Here are the boundaries as given in 1759, showing that he 
already held another tract on the northwest side : " Beginning 
at a post in corner of John Lapp's land ; thence by Moyer*s 
road northwest 58 perches to corner of other land of John 
Rosenberger ; thence by same northeast 244 perches ; thence 
by Daniel Rosenberger's land southeast. 47 i perches to post in a 
run of water ; thence by John Lapp's land southwest 244 perches 
to beginning.'' 

It will be seen this was a long, narrow tract, five times as 
long as wide — 784 feet in width by 4026 in length, or over three- 



24 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY. 

quarters of a mile. " Moyer's road," above mentioned, was the 
Cowpatb. Tbe plantation extended from the Cowpath to a 
branch of the Neshaminy crossing the turnpike to Hockertown. 
John Lapp, then a large landholder on the southwest side, after- 
wards removed to New Britain, and was the ancestor of the 
family of that name there. 

Ten years after, in 1769, this John Lapp, then of New 
Britain, sold to John Rosenberger 104 acres adjoining, bounded as 
follows : " Beginning at a white oak standing in Moyer^s road, 
and also a corner of Benjamin Rosenberger's land (deceased) ; 
then by same along Moyer's road northwest 53} perches to 
corner of land bought of the Warner estate ; then by same 244 
perches to a post in a run ; then by land late Daniel Rosen- 
berger 's and Jacob Bear's southeast 79 perches to corner of 
Benjamin Rosenberger's ; thence by Isa«c Wisler's land 153 
perches southwest; tlience by same 12 perches northwest ; thence 
by same 92 perches southwest to said Moyer's road ; thence along 
said road 6 perches to beginning," 

It will be perceived that this likewise was a long, narrow 
strip. Altogether the two purchases extended 118 perches along 
the Cowpath, or 1047 feet, while it was 9 perches wider at the 
opposite end. In 1770 another portion of 109 acres was obtained 
by a patent received from the Proprietary Government. This 
comprised land lying on the northwest side of the turnpike, in- 
cluding the farms of Enos Kreible, John Ro.^enberger, and Henry 
Rosenberger. This had been occupied by John Rosenberger for 
perhaps twenty years before. Thus, we have record of at least 
308 acres bought before the Revolution. At a later period 
several hundred more were purchased. 



CHILDREff OF JOHJ^ ROSEMBERGER. 26 

The above patent, bearing the great seal of John^ Penn, is 
now in possession^of Abraham Rosenberger, living on the turn- 
pike running to the County line. It is of date of June 19, 1770, 
and grants to John Bosenberger 109 acres and 31 perches for 
jell5, 15 shillings. Its boundaries were; *' Beginning at a 
stone by a black oak ; a corner of John Kunkle's land ; thence 
by same northwest 165 perches ; thence by Jacobina Leidie's 
land and Jacob Reed's southwest 110 perches; thence by Chris- 
tian Eeenfort's (C onve rts) land southeast, 42 perches and south- 
west 22 perches ; thence by Henry Rosenberger's land northeast 
39 perches and southeast 75 perches ; thence by a line of marked 
trees northeast 110 perches to beginning." This was part of the 
1020 acres held by the Penns in Upper Hatfield up to this date. 
This tract probably extended up to the Franconia line and beyond 
the Cowpath. It is quite certain, however, that a portion of 
these 1000 acres had been cleared and cultivated before this 
time. It will be perceived that the present name of Conver was 
differently spelled in the old documents. In this patent the tract 
conveyed to Rosenberger is called *' Pitchman's Hall." 

The death of John Rosenberger, Sr., took place in October, 
1808. The name of his second wife was Christiana. Barbara 
was the name of his first wife. He was a Mennonite, and was 
one of the four trustees to whom was deeded the lot where now 
stands the Line Lexington Mennonite Meeting House. This lot 
is in New Britain, and was obtained from James McAllister in 
1752. 

CHILDREN OF JOHN ROSENBERGER. 

The children of the first John Resonberger were seven in 
number, viz. : Martin, Abraham, John, Benjamin, Daniel, Henry 
and Catharine, who married Abraham Allebach. The latter 



26 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY. 

received the eastern portion of her father's lands, now the farm 
of Jacob Kulp, one of the deecendants of John Ro^enberger. 
Tilghman Kulp^ his father, having married a daughter of Jacob 
Rosenberger. 

Martin— Became a miller, and to him his father sold 77 
acres in 1776, in three lots of 44, of 27, and 6 acres He was 
probably the oldest son, having been borniat a date no later than 
1753. The name of his wife was Elizabeth, but he died when 
a young man, leaving four minor children^ some of ivhom were 
under six years of age. His death was from some lingering dis- 
ease, perhaps consumption, as he was induced to make bis will 
in February, 1781, but his death did not take place until the 
following July. In this will, the mill and the plantation were 
ordered to be rented until his youngest child was eighteen ; then 
to be sold and the proceeds divided between the widow and her 
four children. In their grandfather's will of 1808, mention is 
made of three of these children — John, Elizabeth, and Mary. 
His real estate was not sold till 1799, when it was bought by Peter 
7 Conyer. The old mill property has been owned since 1874 by 
William Delp. 

Benjamin — To Benjamin was conveyed the homestead, now 
owned by Eaos Kreible, and other lands. This was sold to him 
in 1794 in two lots of 57 and 68 acres, or 125 in all. The fir^t 
lot of the Krieble farm was part of the 109 acres obtained by 
patent in 177b, but occupied many years previous. The 68 
acres was below the line of the turnpike, and was part of the 
95 acres sold by Alexander Foreman to John Rosenberger, and 
confirmed to him by the executors of the Warner estate in 1759, 
and at a later date owned and subdivided by Tobias ShuU. Upon 
this is I uilt the village of Hatfield. The remaining 27 ncres had 



THE eniLDREX OF JOHJ^ ROSEJ^ BERGER. 27 

been sold to Martin Rosenberger. Thirty-seven j'ears after get- 
ting the homestead from his father, Benjamin, in turn, had 
become an old man, and in 1831 conveyed the same to his son 
Benjamin, Jr., for X1400, stipulating that he should have home 
and maintenance the remainder of his life. He died in 1832, 
at the age of seventy-one. In 1833 the farm was sold to John 
Rosenberger, miller, t of Hilltown. The subsequent transfers 
have been: 1856, John Rosenberger to William S. Strunk; 
1861, Strunk to Henry Rosenberger ; 1866, Henry Rosenberger 
to Tobias Hangey, and in 1872 from Hangey to finos Krieble- 

The children of Benjamin Rosenberger were : Abraham, 
Isaac, Jacob, Benjamin, and Nancy, wife of Abraham Wireman. 
Benjamin Rosenberger, now of North Wales, is a grandson of 
Benjamin, son of John the pioneer. Benjamin, Sr., was born in 
1761, and died in 1832. 

Daniel — To Daniel was conveyed in 1790 for je400 two lots, 
one of 51 i acres, and one of 25 acres. The first was the upper 
portion of the 109 acres obtained by patent in 1770. It is now 
the farm of Rev. John Rosenberger, a Mennonite preacher, and 
the fourth John Rosenberger from the first. His large and com- 
modious stone house stands on the bank overlooking the meadow 
below, through which flows the brook the waters of which turned 
the old mill of his ancestors. The other, or smaller tract obtained 
by Daniel from his father, was in Franconia, bought in 1789 
from the Clibborn Wilson estate. Daniel died in 1830 at the 
age of sixty-five. Daniel, Jr., son of the above and grandson of 
the pioneer John, was in 1892 living in Hatfield at an advanced 
age. From his intelligent account of past events the writer was 
under great obligations for many facts related in this hihtory. 
The children of Daniel, Sr., were John, Martin, Jacob, Daniel, 



28 HISTORY OF THE ROSBJfBERGER FAMILY. 

Elizabeth, wife of John Frick ; Lena, wife of Daniel Reeder ; 
Nancj, wife of George Cayman; Barbara, wife of Christian 
Allabach. 

Abraham — ^To Abraham was conveyed in 1794, the amount 
of 144i acres in Franconia, which was another portion of land 
bought of the Clibbom Wilson estate by John Rosenberger in 
1790. It is now the farm of John Loux. The children of 
Abraham were : John, Mary, wife of Andrew Swartz ; Anne, 
wife of Valentine Clymer, of New Britain, and Elizabeth, wife of 
John Hunsicker, of Skippack. 

' John, Jr. — John, Jr. himself bought a farm in Hatfield, 
on the borders of Franconia. This is now owned by Abraham 
Cayman. He was succeeded in ownership by his son Samuel, 
whose daughter Hannah married Jacob Cayman. Their son 
Abraham now holds the farm. This fine farm has a deep depres- 
sion near the Franconia line, which in quite in contrast with the 
plain country of Hatfield. The banks are very steep and high 
and through which fl )ws a rivulet westward to the Skippack. 
John Rosenberger died in 1832, aged seventy- seven years. His 
children were : John, Samuel, Mary, wife of John AUebach ; 
nad Barbara, wife of Samuel Detwiler. John, Jr. was born May 
3, 1755; died, September 18, 1832. 

This farm i» part of a tract obtained by patent by Jacob 
Reed in 1770 from Thomas and Richard Penn, conveying '215 
aores. It was then bounded as follows : << Beginning at stone ; 
thence by Jacob Leidie's land and William Altbouse's^nortbeast 
213 J perches; then by John Schelenberger'sland southeast 136 
perches ; thence by Jacobina Leidie's southwest 40 perches, and 
southeast 21 perches and southeast again 31 perches ; thence by 
John Rof^enberger's land 58 perches southwest ; thenc^e by Chris- 



CHILDREJ^ OF JOHJ^ ROSEJVBERGER. 29 

tian Comfort (or Conver) southwest 110 perches ; then by Hayes 
land northwest 166 J perches northwest to beginning.'* For this 
je228 were paid by Reed. Although owning a pretty good sized 
piece of land, tradition says that Reed could not make a living 
on it, and was forced to sell out. His residence was at the 
present Gehman premises, and his tract also comprised the farm 
of A. L. Moyer, further southwest. Reed livlBd here during the 
Revolution. It is an interesting fact that predatory bands of 
British and Tories penetrated this far north, and committed depre- 
dations upon Reed's property, the loss inflicted being assessed at 
£ib. John Rosenberger, Jr. bought of Reed in 1793. He was 
then living in Franconia. The next day after purchase, John 
conveyed fitty acres to his brother Daniel. 

Henry — To Henry was conveyed the farm now owned by 
Jacoby Ott, formerly A. H. Rosenberger's. . He afterward went 
to Rockhill, Bucks county, to live. The Ott farm was sold to a 
Shellenberger, perhaps as early as the beginning of this century. 
His children were : John, Henry, Annie, wife of Michael Derstine ; 
Elizibeth, wife of Samuel Stover, and three other daughters, who 
married into the Cuffel, Freed and Stover families. 

Catharine — The latter was the only daughter of the first 
Jo*^n Rosenberger. She was one of the oldest children, born 
1750-1, and married Abraham AUebach about 1769. The latter 
obtained from his father-in-law the farm east of Hatfield Station, 
now owned by Jacob Kulp. Here there is an old stone house, 
perhaps built by him. His life was cut short in middle age by 
yellow fever, at a time when the scourge was prevailing as an 
epidemic m Philadelphia — thp early part of October, 1794. He 
ventured to go there to market, took the dread malady, came 
home and died. His widow long survived him, dying in May, 



30 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJTBERGER FAMILY. 

1835, at probably the age of eighty-five. Their children were: 

John, Christiana, Abraham, Benjamin, Mary, wife of Jacob Cope ; 

Susannah, wife of David Ruth ; Lizzie, wife of Benjamin Rosen- 

berger ; Barbara, wife of John Wasser, and Catharine, wife of 

Joshua Detwiler, Abraham was the father of Jesse Allebach, 

of Hatfield. He was born about 1770, and remembered that at 
the day after the battle of Germantown a crowd of American 

soldiers swarmed about his father's premises, five hundred in 
number. In 1796 the farm was sold to Isaac Rosenberger. It 
had been received by Abraham Allebach from his father-in-law, 
John Rosenberger, in 1776. It was a long, narrow strip extend- 
ing from the Cowpath to Beaver Run, comprising 101 acres. 

THE INDIANS. 
A short distance above Hatfield village, and within the lands 
of the homestead of old John Rosenberger, a few Indians lingered 
longer than elsewhere, or down to the time of the Revolution. 
Daniel Rosenberger, now a resident of the village, remembers 
hearing his father Daniel relate of seeing two of these Indians, 
when a boy. He was born in 1765. They had a sort of en- 
campment between the present line of the railroad and the small 
creek, and also a burial place on the higher grounds of the 
present meadow of Enos Krieble. 



THE EOSENBERRY FAMILY. 



Those now spelling the name Rosenberry instead of Rosen- 
berger are descended also from Benjamin Rosenberger, of Hat- 
field. It is said that the present spelling is only a modern 
change or variation. 

HENRY ROSENBERRY OF SKIPPACK AND WORCESTER. 
Having given an account of Benjamin, son of Yellis Rosen- 
berger, of Rockhill, and some of his descendants, we next turn 
to his brother Henry. The latter was bom in 1761, probably 
in Hilltown. He was twice married, first to Mollie Hulshower, 
said to have been from Milford, Lehigh county. His children 
by this wife were five, John, Betsey, Kate, Susan, and Mary. 
His second wife was a widow, Mrs. Katie Kram, whose maiden 
name had been Beam, or Boehm. He was not a landholder in 
this county, but a renter. Previous to his death he lived in a 
tenant house on the farm of Paul Custer, Worcester. This farm 
was purchased from the Custer estate by Benjamin Brunner in 
1864, and comprised 49 acres. The death of Henry Rosen- 
berry toqk place in January, 1834. He left no will, and the 
administrators of his estate were his son John H. Rosenberry, 
Qf Skippack, and John Kratz, same township. His children by 
the second wife were Abraham, Hannah, and Anna or Nancy. 
Of these, the latter, born in 1810, became Nancy Gotwals, now 

of Norristown. Mary married — Lewis. Abraham lived 

in Lower Providence and had children, Anna, Rececca and 
Hannah. His death took place in 1885, aged seventy-three. 



32 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY. 



JOHN a ROSENBERRY. 

Was the son of Henry, by his first wife MoUie Hulshower. 
He was born April 1, 1799. Married Elizabeth Gotwals in 1824. 
He lived in Skippack township. His children were Charles, 
Catharine, Mary, Christian, Abraham, Elizabeth, John, Amo<4^ 
Jesse and Henry. The father of this family died September 10, 

1872. The marriages of the children were : Charles to 

Hummel; Catharine was twice married. Her first marriage 
was to a Hagey, by whom she had two children, Eiizibeth, 
who married Frank Dorn, of Telford, and a daughter who died in 
infancy. Her second husband was Joseph Kindig, by whom she 
also had two children, John R. and Annie ; John married Fannie 
Rosenberger, and Annie married Charles B. Kratz, ot Telford. 
Mary to Sylvester Lewis ; Christian to Susan Hendricks ; John 
to Elizabeth Flores ; Jesse to Elizabeth Kaufiman ; Ann to 

Joseph Rossiter; Elizabeth to Taney. Henry, the 

youngest, born in 1842, was a soldier in the Union army, and 
died in the service. 

John, Jr., is a resident of Skippack ville. Is a veterinary 
surgeon with an extensive practice. Jesse, a farmer, resides 
adjoining. The latter has children, William and Anna, whilst 
the children of John have been Anna Miria, Henry, Emma and 
Katie. Christian has long been a resid-^nt of Lansdale, where 
he has been a stock dealer and hotel keeper. His children are 
Alice, Elmer (deceased), Wellington, Lizzie, wife of Robert A. 
Shepherd, publisher of the Lansdale Republican, Annie, Sallie 
and Minerva. Wellington was chosen Burgess of Lansdale in 
1892, and is already becoming widely known as a dealer in vari- 
ous goods and as a rising young politician. 



PART II. 



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P 



SOME GENEALOGICAL LISTS. 



In the succeeding pages some tables of the Rosenberger 
genealogy are given in addition to what is furnished in the earlier 
portion of this volume. The account is but fragmentary, and 
only pertains to a portion of those families having the family 
n.'im'3. 

THE DESCENDANTS OF BENJAMIN ROSENBERGER, OF HATFIELD. 

Benjamin — Born in 1761, was one of the sons of John No. 1, 
who cauie from Europe and settled. in Hatfield. His sons were : 
Isaac, Abraham, Jacob and Benjamin. 

Isaac — Lived in various places and died in Towamencin. 
His children were: Benjamin, John, Amos, Ann and Catherine. 
Benjamin lived near Ho(ikertown ; Amos at Spring House. 
Catharine married William Reifinger, of Norristown. Ann 
married Joseph Landis. 

. Abraham — Married Fronica, daughter of David Rosen- 
berger. Had children : Tobias, of Hatfield, Jonas and Benjamin, 
of Philadelphia, and Rebecca. Of these, Tobias married Bar- 
bara Detwiler. Had children : Sarah Ann, wife of A. W. Kulp, 
of Hatfield ; Mary Ellen, wife of William B. Fretz, of Hatfield ; 
Jacob and Jonas. Benjamin married Sarah Frick, lived in Hat- 
field, New Britain, Hilltown and Philadelphia. Had children : 



86 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJfBERGER FAMILY. 

Mary, Amanda, John, Lizzie, wife of Oliver Altbouse, of Tel- 
ford; Ida, wife of Lincoln Ealer, of Philadelphia; Emma, and 
Allen of Germantown. John is a grocer of Philadelphia. Jonas 
married Lizzie, daughter of Dillman Godshalk, of Skippack. 
Had children: Frank, Davis, Irwin, and Dillman. Rebecca 
married Jacob Fry. Removed to Sterling, Illinois. Had child- 
ren : Rebecca, John and Ellen. 

Jacob — Lived in Hatfield. Never married. 

Benjamin — Married Susanna Gayman. Had children : 
Abraham, Henry, and Benjamin. Henry died an infant. 
Abraham married Eliza Ann Dance, and died one week after- 
ward. Benjamin G. married Rachel Benner, daughter of Abra- 
ham Benner. Lived formerly in Worcester. Resides in North 
Wales. Had children : Abraham, of Philadelphia ; Susanna, 
decesised ; Sallie, wife of Joseph Bustard, a farmer of Worcester; 
L'zzie, wife of John Weikle, of North Wales, engineer in Freed\s 
flouring mill. 

DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL ROSENBEHGER, OF HATFIELD. 

The children of Daniel Rosenberger, the emigrant, were : 
David, Isaac, John and Mary, as elsewhere stated. 

THE POSTERITY OF ISAAC. 

The children of Isaac were five : Jacob, Henry, Isaac, Annie 
and Elizabeth. 

Jacob — Married Catharine Rickert, and had four children : 
Daniel, Barbara, Christiana and Mary. 

Henry — Married Hannah Detwiler, and had six children : 
Jacob, Samuel, Mary, Hannah, Christiana and Sarah. 



[ R. Hai.demak. 



DESCEJSTDJlJrrS OF JOHJ^ ROSEJV'BERGER. 87 

Annie — Married a Swenk, of Bedminister. Had five child- 
ren: John, Isaac, Abraham, of North 'Bethlehem, Elizabeth' and 

Christiana, 

Isaac — Married Susan Detwiler, Had seven children : 

Martin, John, William, Isaac, Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth. 

Elizabeth — Married Henry Wireman, of New Britain. Had 
eight children : Michael, Martin, Isaac, Sophia, Catharine, Chris- 
tiana, Annie and Elizabeth. 

CHtLBRfiN OF JACOB ROS£KBBRGi:R. 

Daniel Rosenberger — Son of Jacob. Married Elizabeth- 
Stover, of Bedminister, Their children were Joseph, who mar- 
ried a Derstine, of Bridgetown ; Catharine ; Leah, who married' 
Charles D. Haldeman, of Hatfield ; Henry, who married Mi^y 
Beidler, daughter ot Nathan Beidler, of Bedminister ; Amo&and 
Samuel, who died young. Of these six children, the only one 
now living is Leah. Joseph had three children : Amos, Titus, 
and Amanda. Leah had two children : Harvey and Isaiah, the 
publisher of this history. Henry has five children : Ella, Kate, 
Minerva, Henry and Annie. 

Barbara — Daughter of Jacob, and grand daughter of Isaac 
Rosenberger. Married Rev. George Landis, a Mennonite 
preacher, at Richland Centre. Had four children, Jacob, 
Ephraim, George and John. 

ChrisHana — Married Dillman Kulp, of Perkasie. Had five 
children, Jacob, Isaac, Mary Ann, Catharine and Elizabeth. 

Mart/ — Married Abraham Gehman, of Hatfield. Had five 
children, Jacob, Catharine, Annie, Elizabeth and Maria. 



Leah — Daughter of Daniel, as above mentioned, had two 
children, Harvey and If^aiah. Harvey, born Octolier 5, 1857, 
married Sallie Cope Has four children, Charles, Flora, John 



88 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJTBERGER FAMILY. 

and Harvey. He lives in Philadelphia and is engaged in the 
express business for himself. Isaiah, born February 4, 1868, 
married Katie, daughter of Rev. John Rosenberger, of Hatfield. 
Has one child, Ella. He is a printer by trade and editor and 
proprietor of the Harleysville Weekly News. 

THE POSTERITY OF HENRY, SON OF ISAAC AND GRANDSON 

OF DANIEL.* 

Jacob D. Rosenberger — Deceased, of Hilltown, oldest eon of 
Henry Rosenberger and Hannah Detwiler^ was born in the old 
homestead in that township in the year 1819,.and married Eliza 
Swartley, daughter of Jacob Swartley, of Line Lexington. He 
died of paralysis of the heart, January 21, 1892. He was quite 
wealthy. His wife had proceeded him in death about two years. 
He was the father of thirteen children, nine of whom survived 
him. These children were : 

H. Frank — Lives in Allentown. Married Amanda Kline, of 
Center Valley, and has one son, Robert. He has been a Fchool 
teacher since 1863, and is a graduate of the Kutztown Normal 
School. 

William — Lives in Hilltown. Married Wilhelmina Shellen- 
berger, of Hatfield, and had four children, of whom Henry and 
Alvin are living. 

Isaiah — Lives in Harleysville. Married Jemima, daughter 
of David Rosenberger, of Hatfield. Is employed in the creamery 
of his brother-in-law, at Harleysville, since 1884. 

Artemas — Lives in Hilltown, on the old homestead. Married 
Mary Ann Hendricks, of Hilltown, and has children, Wesley, 
Lizzie and Herman. 



Isaiah S. Rosenef.rcek. 



ISJIJJC ROSEJ^BtlRGER, J^O. 2. 39 

. • 

Mary — Was twice marriied, to Jacob Snyder, of Hatfield, 
and Jacob F. Fellman, of Rockhill. Had one son by the first 
marriage and three children by the second, of whom Kate 
married Frank Mintzinger. of Hatfield. 

SaUie — Married John M. Kulp, of Dublin. Had children, 
Leidy and Ellen. Ellen married Henry Moore, of New Britain. 

* 

Hannah — Married Aaron H. Moyer, of Harleysville (his 
third wife). Of his six children four are living. 

JE'/e^a— Married Jacob S. Rosenberger, son of John, of 
Hagersville. Has four sons. Resides in New Britain. 

Susan — Married William Kratz, of Hatfield. Resides in 
Hilltown, and has four children. 

POSTERITY OF ISAAC ROSENBERGER, NO. 2, OF HATFIELD. 

This Isaac Rosenberger was the third in descent from 
Daniel, the emigrnnt, and his father's name was also Isaac. 
He was born in 1782 and died in 1853. He owned the later 
Stong farm, Horsham, west of Prospectville, from 1806 to 1833, 
when he removed to the ancestral property in Hatfield, now 
owned bv Milton Jenkins. His children were Joseph, Isaac, 
M<iry, Elizabeth, Sarah and Martin. 

Joseph — Lived in Hilltown, was a business man widely 
known, a storekeeper, and director of Doylestown Bank. He 
married JVIary, daughter of Henry Ruth, of New Britain. Had 
ten children. Those living (1892) were Isaac and Charles, of 
Colmar; Joel, of Philadelphia; Susan, wife of Reuben Alderfer, 
of Hilltown; Lizzie, wife of Edward Jones, of Richboro, Bucks 
county ; Anna, wife of Mahlon Moyer, of Perkasie ; and Emma, 
wife of William Souder, of Souderton. 



40 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJfBERGER FAMILY. 

Isaac — The third Isaac in succession, was formerly a Justice 
of the Peace in Hatfield, but fur many years has been a resident 
of Nortii Wales. Married twice ; to Eve, daughter of John 
Shellenberger ; second, to Jerusha Lefferts. His children were 
Isaac, John, Levi, Lizzie and Napoleon. Of these Isaac re- 
moved to Punxatawney ; Levi to Philadelphia, and Napoleon 
also ; Lizzie, deceased, was the wife of Charles Diehl. 

Mary — Married Michael Snyder, for many years hotel 
keeper at Line Lexington. Had children Simon R., William R., 
Elizabeth S. Landis, Susanna S. Morris and Wilhelmina S. Yost. 
Susanna, wife of Oliver G. Morris, of Line Lexington, has living 
children, Charles, a clothing merchant of Philadelphia ; Norman, 
a law student ; and Mary, a school teacher. 

Elizabeth — ^Married John Eckert. Had children, Susanna, 
wife of Leidy Sheip, of New Britain ; William ; Elmira, wife of 
Samuel Kerns, of Chdlfont ; Mary ; Catharine, wife of Lee Fiuck, 
ot Souderton, decee^ed ; Elizabeth and Oliver. 

Sarah — Married Jacob Ruth. Had children, Isaac, Eliz i- 
beth, Sarah, Aaron and Susannah. Elizabeth married Samuel 
Hines, and Sarah to Joseph Swartley, of New Britain. 

Martin- — Married Sarah Hartzell. Had children, William, 
Frank, John, Sarah, and Mary Ann, wife of John McClintock. 
John had one son, Elwood. William married a Medary ; had 
one son. 

CHILDREN OF ELIZABETH WIEEMAN. 

Michael — Married Catharine Wisler, and had children, Isaac, 
Martin, Michael, Jacob, Eliza, Sophia, Henry and Abraham. 

Isaac — Was twice married, first to Delp, anS second 

to Barbara Stouifer. Had Sophia and Eh'zabeth by first wife 
and William by second wife. 



D^VW ROSEJ^BERGER, 41 

Catharine — Married Peter Hines, an Englishman, who 
lived on the Neshaminy, two miles west of Chalfont, now the 
farm of Thomas Stevens, where he died in 1844. His chil- 
dren were Samuel, Joseph, Mary, Sophia, Henry and Eliza. 
Of these Samuel resides in Lansdale, and was a soldier in the 
Union army during the Civil War. Henry is the well known 

undertaker, near Chalfont, and Joseph is a farmer in New 
Britain. 

Annie — Married John Apple, land livedo in Hatfield. 

Christiana — Married Francis Davis, and had two daughters. 

Carmine and Angeline. 

Elizabeth — Married John McKinney, a blacksmith, whose 

shop was at the junction of the Bristol and State roads, Bucks 

county. Had children, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Jacob, Mary Ann 

and two others^ Removed to Somerset county, and afterwards 

to Bedford county, Pa. 

Martin and Sophia Wireman were not married. 

DESCENDANTS OF DAVID ROSENBERGER, OF HATFIELD. 
As stated elsewhere, David, son of Daniel Rosen berger, 
the emigrant, had among other children a son John. His wife 
was Barbara Detwiler, Jlis children were David D. ; Martin, 

SOB A 

ofTowamencm; Joseph, of Philadelphia; Samuel; and Barbara, 
wife of Henry Fretz, of Hatfield. Of these, David D. was 
thrice married : to Betsey, daughter of Samuel Ros^nberger, to 
Catharine Clemmer, and to Lydia Bitting. His death occured 
in 1877. His children were John, Mary, wife of Isaac Hagey ; 
Kate, wife of Charles W. Keck, of North Wales; Margaret, 
.wife ot Theodore Hardenfelt, of North Wales ; Samuel, of Pine 

Rum Creamery, Doylestown township ; and Abner Rosenberger, 

of Skippack. 



42 HISTORY OF THE ROSE JTBE RGB R FAMILY. 

Martin — Son of John , lived in To wamencin . Married Esther 
Bergey. Had children, John B., of Lansdale ; Frank ; Benja- 
min ; Lizzie, wife of Benjimm Ruth ; and Sallie, wife of John 
Clemens. John B. was the founder of the Lansdale Republican 
and now conducts a news store and restaurant in Lansdale. 
Married Mary Fetterolf, and has children, Rebecca, Frank, 
George, John i^nd Jerome. 

DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL ROSENBERGER, SON OF JOHN, NO. 1, 

OF HATFIELD. 

As mentioned elsewhere, Daniel had children, John^ Martin, 
Jacob, Daniel, Elizabeth, wife of John Frick ; Lena, wife of 
Daniel Reeder ; Nancy, wife of George Gayman ; Barbara, 
wife of Christian Allebach. 

Martin — One of these sons, married Hannah Rosenberger, 
daughter of Henry Rosenberger. His children were Jacob, 
Henry, Daniel, Martin, Sophia, Hannah and Christianna. 
Sophia married Aaron Heckler; Hannah to Charles Driesbach. 
Of these, Jacob lives half a mile east ot Kulpsville, in Towa- 
mencin township. 

* 

John — Married Beatrice Stover. Had no children. ^ 

Jacob — Married Elizabeth Swartley. His children were 
Abraham, Jacob, Daniel, Mary and Elizabeth. 

Daniel — Married Mary Benner. Had no children. 

Barbara — Married Christian Allebach. Had Susan, wife of 
Abraham Slotterer ; Ann, wife of Enos Derstine ; and David. 

HENRY, SON OF JOHN, NO. 1, OF HATFIELD. 
Henry — One of the sons of the pioneer John, removed from 
Hatfield to Rockhill, where he died in the Spring of 1824. In 
his will, registered on May 15, he ordered his planation fold. 



PHILIP ROSEJ^'BERGER. 43 

He bad sons John and Henry ; daughters, Margaret, wife of 
John Freed; Elizabeth, wife of Henry Stover; Mary, wife of 
Jacob Hoffel, or CofFel; Nancy, wife of Michael Derstine; 
Catharine, wife of George Deihl. Two grandsons are mentioned, 
Henry and Samuel. 

PHILIP ROSENBERGER AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS. 

Philip was one of seven sons of David Rosenberger, of 
Hatfield, and grandson of Daniel, the pioneer, who first bought 
land near the County Line. He removed to Lower Providence, 
where he bought property as early as 1811. He afterwards 
lived near the Perkiomen Bridge, on a farm of ninety-one acres, 
bought of his father in 1815. His wife was Mary Landis, whom 
he married in 1808, and his children were five in number. His 
death occurred in January, 1835. The names of his children 
Here: 

Samuel— Born February 21, 1809. 
ChrisHan— Born March 16, 1827. 
Eliza — Who married a Weikel. 
Maria — Who married a Yocum. 
Pflilip— Born June 20, 1820. 

Samuel — Married !3arah Bertolet and had eleven children, 
viz : Philip, born 1838 ; Jacob in 1839; Mary in 1841 ; Eliza 
in 1843; Sarah, December 19, 1844; Samuel, February 27, 
1846; Hannah in 1847; Alvan, October 2, 1851; Abraham, 
September 12, 1854 ; Harvey, September, 14, 1857. 

Of these, Philip married Carrie Kilhiner and had five 
children. Elmer, born 1861 ; Alice, Ada, Frank, Daisy — the 
later died March 7, 1891. 



44 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJSTBERGER FAMILY. 

MflTjf — Married W. Mapes, of Fulton, Michigan. No 
children. 

Eliza — Married Henry Walton. Has eight children. Lives 
at Kimball, Ontario, Canada. 

Sarah — Married Harrison H. Kindig. Has six children 
Lives at Fulton, Michigan. 

Henry and Hannah died in infancy. 

Samuel — Married Mary Hitchcock. Has eight children, 
whose names are Marvin B , born February 25, 1868 ; Alice, 

born June 10, 1870 ; Bertha, Eva, Ada, Floyd, Walter, David. 

' ^^ . , ' • 

This family lives at Fulton, Michigan. 

Dr, Alvan J. — Married Martha Petty, September 25, 1878. Has 
three children; Edith E., born August 12, 1879; Bertolet P., 
born September 26, 1881 ; Alvan A., born December 25, 1883. 
They live at Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Abraham B. — Married Kate Walton, August 5, 1880, at 
Bloomington, Illinois — no children. Second wife Kate Bach- 
man, married March 20, 1890. Lives at Harrison, Wisconsin. 

Harvey L. — Married Lillie -. . Has two children. Lives 

at Menominee, Michigan. 

DAVID ROSENBERGER. 

(See Pages 18 and 19.) 

David Rosenberger, of HatJSeld, married Mary Ann 
Swartley, daughter of Philip Swartley, of New Britain town- 
ship ; his second wife was Catharine Haldeman. He had five 
children — Josiah, Monroe, Jeannetta, Lyman and Jemima the 
later two being the only children living; the former having 
died young. 



D^VID ROSEJSTBERGER, 45 

Lyman — Born January 14, 1854. Was twice married — 
to Sallie, daughter of Jonathan Barndt ; and Lizzie Ann, only 
child of William Clemens, deceased. With his first wife he had 
one child, Sallie. The children of his second wife are Welling- 
ton born April 18, 1877 ; Harry, born July 3, 1879 ; and Stella, 
born November 17, 1880. 

He has been the successful proprietor of the Harleysville 
creamery since 1884 arid is the owner of the finest residence in 
the village. He is also the inventor of an ingenious novelty, 

Jemima — Born February 28, 1862. Married Isaiah Rosen- 
berger (^®®^*s®). Has no children. 



AN ACCODNTZoFthOOSENBERGER 

FAMILY. 



BY ENOS L. ROSENBERGER, OF KANSAS. 



The following account of a portion of the Rosenberger family 
was sent to the publisher by Enos L Rosenberger, of Hiawatha, 
Kansas, after the bulk of this volume was in type. We give it 
in a separate chapter, as although it contains some facts prje- 
viously narrated, it also furnishps considerable information not 
elsewhere stated. The writer formerly lived in Hatfield and 
had interested himself in the family history while a resident of 
this county. 

" First, it has been an old saying that the first Daniel Rosen- 
berger was one of three brothers that came from Germany, from 
a place called **Zwuibrucken" (two bridges). Daniel's son 
Daniel was my grandfather, who was twice married ; first to 
Anna Funk and second, to Barbara Detwiler. Resulting from 
these marriages were seventeen children, of whom four died 
young. The names of the thirteen others were Christian, 
David, Philip, Abraham, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Daniel, Susan, 
John, Frany, Henry and Valentine. Of these, Abraham re- 



Enos H. Rosenberger. " 



AK Accovjrr of the rosejstberger family. 47 

moved to Providence townBhip, where be left descendants. 
Mary married into the Wismer family, her husband being 
Christian Wismer. Elizabeth married David Shutt, and removed 
to Providence. Susan married John Rickert. Valentine died 
at the age of 15. Christian had a son Christian, who was 
married to a daughter of Henry Leidy, a hatter, of Line 
Lexington, and he had a store at old Hatfield station before 
railroad times. Ann married Samuel Heckler, and settled in 
Hilltown, where their descendants remain. 

** My uncle David Rosenberger settled in Providence ; also 
lived in Hilltown, east of Sellersville. Of jiis children, Elizabeth 
married Peter Roth, who lived and died north of Teltord, and 
his children live there now. Dr. William Roth, who married 
Rev. Isaac Detwiler's daughter, is a grandson. Barbara 
married Christian Shelly. 

" John Rosen berger, one of the named executors in the will 

of his father, settled on part of the old homestead and lived 

• 

and died there. His children were Martin, who lives near 
Kulpsville ; Barbara, who married Henry Fretz and lives south- 
east of Hatfield station ; David D., who lived at one time at 
Gwynedd Square and afterwards at New Galena. He died 
about 1875. Samuel, who married a daughter of John Wile, 
and moved to Indiana and afterwards to Illinois. His wife was 
a sister to Mrs. Tobias Clemmer, of Harleysville, still living. 
Joseph died in Philadelphia about 1882 ; Sarah died single at 

the age of 16. 

" My aunt Fanny was married to Abraham Rosenberger and 

settled on the farm specified in her father's will in Hilltown, but 
they both died in one month's time, leaving three orphan 
children, viz: Benjamin, who lived in Hatfield, New Britian 



48 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJSTBERGER FAMILY, 

and Hilltown, but now in Philadelphia ; Jonas, formerly of 
Providence, but now of Philadelphia, and Tobias, who was a 
prosperous farmer near Hatfield station, where he died a few 
years ago. He had a large family. 

*' My father Henry was the youngest of my grandfather's 
children, and one of the executors ot his will. He lived and 
died on the old homestead till near the close of his life, when 
he bought a ten acre-lot in Hilltown, where he died in 1865. 

" My father's children were George, David, Aaron, Jo^iah, 
Simon and Enos (myself). Ot these, George now lives near 
Quincy, Illinois. David lives on part of the old homestead, at 
Hockertown. His children are Lyman, of Harleysville, and 
Jemima, who married Isaiah Roseberger, now ot Harleysville. 

** Aaron is now a resident of Arizona Territory. His 
children are Henry, now residing on part oi the old homestead 
in Hatfield ; Reuben, now of Arizona; Josiah, now in Kansas ; 
Mary, wife of John Leibrick, now of Burlington, Iowa Lizzie, 
wife of Nekton Seals, now of Moscow, Idaho. 

*• Josiah died in Ohio, 

<< Simon lives in Passadona, California. His children are 
William, Edward and Emma, wife of Edward Paine. 

" Enos L. lives in Hiawatha, Kansas, and is proprietor of the 

Commercial Hoqse, His children were seven daughters. 

Mariette died at the age of 11, in Harleysville; Ellen, wife of 

John Clemmer, of Harleysville ; Sallie, who died in 1882 ; Lillie, 

wife of B. F. Eyer ; Ida, Lizzie and Mamie. My mother, 
Catharine Rosen berger, was born August 4, 1824, and died 
August 4, 1890. Her maiden name was Catharine Delp, who 
was a sister to George Delp, the father of the Delp family near 
Harleysville.** 



AN OLD TIME SALE BILL 



The following is a copy ot the personal property sale bill 
of Isaac Rosenberger, in 1830 : 



§ubltii Ja/f. 



To be Sold at Public Sale, 

On THURSDAY and FRIDAY, the 2d and 3d days of 
September next, at the late residence of Isaac Rosen- 
berger, dec'd. in Hatfield township, Montgomery county, 

* The Following Articles, viz : 

SEVEN work horses, eighteen milch-cows, sheep and 
swine, waggons, ploughs, harow, hay by the hundred, rye 
and oats in the sheaf, wheat by the bushel — also, grass in 
the meadows, Indian corn and buckwheat in the field, in 
lots, and a great variety of farming utensils, too numerous 
to insert — also, household goods and kitehen furniture in 
their variety. Sale to commence at 10 o'clock, A. M. on 
each day. — Attendance and conditions at sale, by 

I 

/ JACOB ROSENBERGER, 

HENRY ROSENBERGER, 
ISAAC ROSENBERGER, 

August 1 6th, 1830. Mminisirdtors, 



•aaa 



NORRISTOW^-POWEL & PATTEESON, PRINTERS. 



A ROSENBERGER CHART. 



Enos L. Rosenberger, of Hiawatha, Kansas, prepared a 
genealogical chart of a portion of the Rosenberger Family, which 
is copied in another form below : 

First. — Daniel, who came from Germany. 

Second, — Children of Daniel-— -Isaac, David and three 
daughters who married into the families of 'Swartz, Kratz and 
Wagoner, and one a second time to»a Derstine. 

Third. — Isaac .had children — Isaac, Jacob, Mary and Annie, 
wife of Henry Wismer. 

Fourth. — David had children — Christian, David, Philip, 
Abraham, Mary Elizabeth, Ann, Daniel, Susan, John, Frany, 
Henry, Valentine. 

The descendants of David, son of Daniel, the emigrant, are 
traced out as follows : 

Christian married Elizabeth Kraut. Children were David, 
John, Jacob, Ann, Hettie, Maria, Christian, and one whose 
name is unknown. Of these, David married a Miss Corner, had 
a family, went West, became a Methodist. John also moved 
West, had a family, and was a Methodist preacher. Ann mar- 
ried Samuel Heckler, lived in Hilltown. Hettie married Jacob 
Wismer, lived in Philadelphia, and had eight children. Maria 
married a Rittenhouse and moved to Ohio. Christian married 



Ji ROSEJfBERGER CHART 61 

a daughter of Henry Leidy and removed West, where she died. 

Philip settled at Evansburg; was married to Mary Landis 
sister to Henry Landis, father of Rev. Henry Landis, a Menno- 
nite preacher. His children were Samuel, Elizabeth, Christian, 
Philip and Maria. Of these, Samuel went to Medina county, 
and died about 1875. Christian died at the age of 15. Maria 
married a Yocum. Philip lives near Perkiomen Bridge, 

Abraham married Margaret Detwiler, sister to his father's 
second wife, whose name was Barbara. His children were 
David, Peggie, Ann, Hannah, Fanny, Joseph, Abraiiam and 
Samuel. Of these David settled at the old homestead in 
Providence. Peggie married a Hunsicker ; had no children. 
Ann married Joseph Kulp ; had no children. Haiitnah married 
a Keppler near Phoenixville ; one of two children was drowned 
in the Schuylkill river. Fanny married Christian Moyer and 
lives in Hilltown. Joseph settled in Providence. Abraham 
lives in Providence ; no children. Samuel lives in Limerick. 

Mary married Christian Wisraer ; had children Barbara, 

Henry, Jacob, David, Nancy, Christian, El izibeth, Mary and 

Abraham, Of these Barbara was twice married — to Cpvner and 

Bean. Her first husband hung himself in Ohio. Henry lives 

in Skippack; was twice married. Jacob lives in Chester county. 

David lived in Skippack and died in 1875. Nancy n»arried a 

Beani and lived in Skippack. Christian lives in Hilltown. 

Elizabeth remained single, as also did Mary. Abraham became 

a Mennonite preacher, lived in Skippack and died in 1878. 

Elizabeth married David Shutt first, and settled in Provi- 
dence on a large farm. Her second husband was Fred Alderfer. 
Her children were five by last husband. Those bearing the 
name of Shutt were Jacob, May, David, Nancy and Deborah. 



52 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJSTBERGER FAMILY. 

Jacob settled in what is now Doylestown township. Samuel, 
one of his sons, was a deacon in the New Britian Baptist church. 
Mary married a Keyser and moved to western Pennsylvania ; 
had family. David lived in Providence, where he died. His 
widow afterwards married his brother Jacob. Nancy married 
John Rosenberger and lived along the Perkiomen. Deborah 
married Abraham Groff and lived in Bridgetown. Her children 
were David, Jacob, Isaac and Elizabeth. 

Susan married John Rickert. Their chikiren were 
Abraham, Tobias, Valentine, Joseph, David, John, Henry, 
Frany and Catharine. Of these Frany married a Mussel man 
and Catharine a Rickert. 

John lived and died on the old farm of his father's. His 
children were Martin, Barbara, wife of Henry Fretz, David, 
Samuel, Joseph, Mary and Sarah. 

Frany married Abraham Rosenberger, and had children 
Benjamin, Jonas, Tobias, Barbara and Maria. Of these Barbara 
married a Fry and moved West. 

David married Catharine Delp. Their children were 

Abraham, Elizabeth, Barbara, Ann, Adam, Daniel, Marj^ 

Catharine and Philip. Of these Elizabeth married Peter Roth, 

and had children Elias, David, Abraham, Nancy, wife of 

Abraham Klein; Cathanne, wife of Isaac Bilger; Daniel and 

Peter. Abraham Roth moved to Ohio. Barbara married 

Christian Shelly, and lives in Mil ford Square. Her children 
were Reuben, Jonas, John, Lewis, Tobias, Moses, Philip and 
Catharine, wife of Charles Moyer. Ann married Christian 
Hunsberger, and lived in Hilltown. Her children were Eliza- 
beth, Sarah, David, Mary, Kate and Ephraim. Adam moved 
West and died in Franconia. His children were Isaac, David, 



DESCEJ^DAJrrS OF JOHJ^ ROSEJ^BERGER, 53 

Jacob, Mary and others. Daniel moved West and died in 
Hancock county, Ohio. His children were Israel, Abraham, 
Isaac, David, Jemima and Jacob. Mary married Peter Stover, 
moved West in 1876. Had fifteen children, of whom all have 
names of Adam, Peter, Joseph, Charles, David, Philip, Peggie, 
Mary and Barbara. Philip, the remaining son of Philip Rosen* 
berger, died a youth of 15. 

Henry had children, George, David, Aaron, Josiah, Simon, 
Henry and £nos, whose children have already been given 
elsewhere. 

DESCENDANTS OF JOHN ROSENBERGER. 
In the history of the Fretz Family is contained a list of 

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descendants of John Rosenberger, who married Mary Hockman. 
He was born in Hatfield April 12, 1790, and died September 12, 
1873. He was a farmer and a Mennonite. His children were 
Elizabeth, Catharine, Mary, John, Henry, Samuel, Abraham, 
Sarah, Nancy and William. 

Of these Elizabeth married John Anders. Had children 
Henry, Josiah, Catharine and Nathaniel. 

Catharine married Ephraim R. Landis, ot Haycock. Had 

children, George, William, Mary, John, Reuben, Katie and 
Emma. 

Mary married David H. Anders, a professor of music. 

Had one child, Horace R. Anders. 

John became a Mennonite preacher. Married Anilie 

Clemmer, of Franconia. Was ordained to the ministry of Line 

Lexington Mennonite church October 28, 1884. Had c)iildren, 

Mary, Lizzie, Sue, Harry, Emma, Katie, Ella, Levi, John and 

Annie. Mary married Henry F. Hendricks ; lives in Kansas. 



54 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJ^BERGER FAMILY, 

Lizzie married William GodBhall and lives at Lansdale. Sue 
married John Meyers, of Lawndale. Harry married Ella Lapp 
and lives near Hilltown. Emma died young. Katie married 
Isaiah R. Haldeman (%!^«^). Ella married Harry M. Heckler, 
of Harleysville. Levi is employed by the Reading Railroad 
Company as freight agent at Lansdale. 

Henry H. also became a preacher. Married Mary Frick, 
Was ordained Bishop in the Brethren Church at Lawndale in 
May, 1866. His children were John, Abraham, Franie, Kate 
Sarah, William and Henry. Of these Franie married John R. 
Kindig, of Hatfield, in 1885. Had children, Harvey, Mary, 
Harry and Emma. Rev. Henry H. Rosenberger, the father of 
this family, died April 10, 1890. 

Samuel married Elizabeth Stover, and belonged to the 
River Brethren. They had children, Mary, Milton, James, 
John, Henry, Rachel and Samuel. 

Abraham married Anna S. Kulp, of Franconia. Had chil- 
dren, John K., Ervin, Sallie, Katie, Ann Mary and Carrie. 

Sarah Ann married Enos Landis, a farmer in Brown county, 
Kansas, Dunkards. Had children, William Henry, Ellen Jane 
and Mary Edna. 

Nancy, born 1842. Died unmarried, 1880. William, 
died an infant. 

WILL OF DAVID ROSENBERGER, OF HATFIELD. 

This will was made September 19, 1822. Its execution 

was left to Barbara, John and Henry Rosenberger. It left to 

his widow Barbara various articles of household furniture, two 

cows, ten bushels of rye, six bushels Of wheat, four bushels of 



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WILL OF DAVID ROSEJVBERGER. 55 

buckwheat, two hundred weight of pork, one hundred pounds of 
beef, and the same amount yearly. She was also to have cer- 
tain portions of the house for her use, firewood, etc. His son 
Henry received "the messuage I now dwell in, and a certain 
tract thereunto belonging" in Hatfield, comprising nearly 109 
acres. Also "to Henry a lot of nine acres m Hilltown, which I 
purchased of Frederick Fluke, subject to the payment of $1,100. 
To my son John a certain new messuage and tract of land in 
Hatfield on the County Lin^, comprising eighty-six acres; also 
a lot, which I purchased of Peter King in Hilltown, containing 
five acres ; also a lot in Hilltown, comprising two acres, being 
one-half portion of lot which I purchased of Samuel Ziegler, 
subject to the payment of $1,100. I give to my daughter Frany 
the plantation I purchased of Henry Detweiler in Hilltown, con- 
taining seventy-eight acres ; also the remaining half part of five- 
acre lot I purchased of Samuel Ziegler, subject to the payment 
of $1,050. I give to my eight grandchildren, by my daughter 
Elizabeth, namely Jacob Shutt, David Shutt, Mary Shutt, Ann 
Shutt, Deborah Shutt, Barbara Alderfer, Frederick Alderfer and 
Henry Alderfer, the sum of $50 each." The sums arising from 
the sale of his real and personal estate was devised to his six 
sons and four daughters. Christian, David, Philip, Abraham, 
John, Henry, Mary, wife of Henry Wismer; Ann, wife of 
Joseph Kulp ; Susanna, wife of John Rickert, and Franey. 

This will was witnessed by Jacob Rosenberger and Samuel 
Tetwiler. 






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BIOGRAPHICAL 



ISAAC t). BOSENBEBGEB, OF GOLHAB, PA. 

Isaac R. spent his early life on his father's farm during the 
Summer months^ and at the district school in the Winter season, 
until he was 15 years of age. From that time until he arrived 
at the age of 21 years he performed such work as was necessary 
upon the farm, in the store and lumber yard. After that he 
worked a farm on his own account for himself, and in 1872 he 
located at Colmar, and engaged in the wholesale and retail flour, 
feed, coal, hay and phosphate business. Here he conducted 
business alone until 1881, when he admitted his brother, Charles 
R., as a partner. In 1885 the Rosenberger Brothers extended 
their business by building a large warehouse at Doylestown, and 
later at Buckingham, Northeast Penn Railroad, where they are 
engaged in the same trade as at Colmar. 

Isaac R. was married December 4, 1866, to Miss Harriet, 
daughter of William Brunner, of Chalfont. His wife was born 
February 16, 1848. They are the parents of six children : 
Mary Alice, born April 12, 1868, died September 29, 1881; 
Harrington, born October 27, 1869 ; Flora Estella, born June 4, 
1871, died June 20^ 1876 ; Ella BUnche, born March 4, 1873 ; 
Charles Grant, born December 4, 1874 ; William, born Septem- 
ber 20, 1878. 



58 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJSTBERGER FAMILY. 

Joseph RoFenberger (^\^^^), the father of Isaac and 
Charles, was a farmer, merchant and lumber dealer at 
Mount Pleasant, Bucks county, where he located after, marriage 
and where he died. He was prommently identified with town- 
ship and county affnirs, yet in no sense of the word a politician. 
Theodore W. Bean, the author of the "History of Montgomery 
County," pays this tribute to the father, one of the most respect- 
ed of the Rosenberger Family : 

"He was one of those well and favorably known popular 
men who always looked upon the bright side of life, beloved and 
respected by all who knew him, and especially by the poor and 
needy, who well remember his acts of kindness, many of whom 
he had, from time to time, in his employ. His demise left a 
void in the community still unfilled." 

• PR. A. S. ROSENBERGER, OF COVINGTON, 0. 

Dr. A. S. Rosenberger, of Covington, 0., was the fourth 
son of Daniel and Elizabeth Rosenberger. Daniel moved to 
Ohio about the year 1835, and settled in Hancock county. 

The subject of this sketch was born in the county and 
State named on May 8, 1848 He assisted his father on the 
farm, helping to clear a portion of it, and attending the dis- 
trict school during the Winter. When 18 years old he entered 
Oberlin (Ohio) College, and in 1868 commenced the study 
of medicme at Findlay, He graduated from the Cleveland 
(Ohio) Homeopathic Hospital College, in 1870, commenced 
the practice of medicine in Carey, Wyandott county, 
0., in April of same year, and remained there until the Fall of 
1872, when he moved to Leipsic, Putnam county, 0. Here 



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DR. A. S ROSEJSTBERGEK 59 

he engaged in an extensive practice, having to do most of his 

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traveling on horseback, the country being new and roads bad. 

In the Fall of 1877 his health failed, and being unable to endure 

the hardships of the practice in that new country, in the Spring 

of 1878 he decided to move to Covington, Miami county, where 

he has since maintained a good business, the facilities tor travel 

being much better than at the former place. 

He was married to Sabrina Workman, of Londonville, 

Ashland county, 0., April 13, 1871. To them were born three 

children — Charles L., born September 11, 1873; Bertha, born 

September 1, 1875; and Clarence, born February 11,1885. 

The latter died June 12 of the same year. Mrs. Rosenberger 

was an invalid for a number of years, and died April 4, 1891, 

leaving a husband, two children and a large circle of friends to 

mourn their loss. 

His parents were members of the German Baptist Church, 

the father being an elder of that denomination. Since 1865 the 

Doctor has been a member of the same church, and was elected 

to the ministry in the Spring of 1880. Since that time he has 

been serving the church as a minister as well as his professional 

work would allow. 

The mother died when he was only 4 years of age, leaving 

the father with a family of seven children in limited circum- 
stances! He wab married again to Hannah Boastater, who truly 
became a wife and a mother. The oldest son, David, enlisted 
in the Union army in 1861, and served a little over two years, 
when he was killed in the battle of Chickamauga. The next 
son, Isaac, now lives in Covington, and is the elder of the 
German Baptist Church at that place. The third son, I^rae', 
noW lives on a farm near Leipsic. The next child, a daut^hter, 
Jemima, lives near Londonville She was married to Joshua 






60 HISTORY OF THE ROSEJTBERGER FAMILY. 

Workman, who died in 1889, leaving her with a family of eight 
children. The next, younger than the subject of this sketch, is 
Edward, who lives near McComb, on a farm. He is a minister 
in the German Baptist Church. The youngest son, Elhanan, 
died when about 8 years of age. Two children were born by 
the second marriage — Jacob, living near Leipsio, and Alice, living 
in Leipsic, with whom the mother is now living, the father 
having died in November, 1876. 

DR. HENRY D. ROSENBERGER, OF HATFIELD, PA. 
Dr. Henry D. Rosenberger was born February 8, 1852, on 
the old homestead in HatQeld township He attended the town- 
ship school in the Winter — only about one half of the sessions, 
as in the Fall he had to work on his father's farm. In the 
Spring of 1872 he attended Washington Collegiate Institute, at 
Trappe, Pa., taking a ten- weeks'^ course ; Prof. A. Rambo was 
principal at the time. In the Winter of 1872-73 he taught 

Hickory Grove school, in Hatfield township. 

In the Spring of 1873 he commenced reading medicine in 

the office ot his uncle Dr. Isaac Detweiler. The following 
November he entered Hahnemann Medical College, of Philadel- 
phia, graduating in March, 1875. The following Summer he 
practiced medicine with his preceptor. Dr. Detweiler, at Lawn- 
dale, Bucks county. On January 1, 1876, he started to practice 
in the village of New Britain, Pa., and in three years had gained 
a good practice. In the Spring of 1879, finding that mental 
labor would no longer agree with him, he abandoned the medical 
profession and went to farming, moving on his father's farm, 
where the Doctor still resides. 

The subject of this sketch was married December 16, 1875, to 
Miss Mary A., oldest daughter of Jacob M. AUebach, of Skippack. 
They have one daughter — Emma Estella, born April 16, 1877. 



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