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By EDVVI«iRD 1A«iT»EVVIS
Isaiah R. Haldeman, Publisher,
State Historical SoGieti"^
ADISON - WIS.
MAR 8 1 1896
WIS. HISTi SGeiRTYi
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
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
Henry, Son op John (No. i ) op HATPfELD 42
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
Isaac R. Rosenberger, op Colmar, Pa 57
Dr. a. S. Rosenberger, op Covington, O *. 58
Dr. Henry D. Rosenberger, op Hatfield, Pa 60
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
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.
THE ROSENBERGER FAMILY OF
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.
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.
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-
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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,
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,
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-
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
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
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.
(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
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.
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
" 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
AN OLD TIME SALE BILL
The following is a copy ot the personal property sale bill
of Isaac Rosenberger, in 1830 :
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
/ JACOB ROSENBERGER,
August 1 6th, 1830. Mminisirdtors,
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,
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
DESCENDANTS OF JOHN ROSENBERGER.
In the history of the Fretz Family is contained a list of
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
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
Levi C. Rosknbi
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
: R. Rosen BERG F.R.
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
Df. a. S. Rosenhi
DR. A. S ROSEJSTBERGEK 59
he engaged in an extensive practice, having to do most of his
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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