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Nicholas Burger, b.1740. Switzerland>PA 1761>OH 1805
Posted by: Nick Sheedy (ID *****5929) Date: March 19, 2003 at 00:08:44
In Reply to: Bergers of Switzerland by Lorraine Kapphahn of 1094

Nicholas Burger was born in Switzerland, 20 OCtober 1740, in what town or Canton, I have not found. He supposedly immigrated to Pennsylvania about 1761 where he married Anna Maria ----, also suposedly a native of Switzerland, say "about 1768" in "Bucks Co." They removed to Northhampton Co., Pennsylvania before 1775 -or shortly thereafter- as Nicholas served in a Northampton Co. Militia as a corporal (see Pensylvania Archives, fifth Series, Vol. 8, p.53). Nicholas Burger is recognized by the DAR for his service during the American War for Independence.

The Burger family removed to Columbiana Co., Ohio by 1805. His daughter, Christina Jane, was married there on Christmas Day 1810. They were Lutheran/Reform in religion and attended St. Jacob's in Salem Twp. which the German Reform and Evangelical Lutheran Churches united to build in 1811. Nicholas' son-in-law, Fredrick Whealen, was installed as a deacon in 1823. (The Lutheran congregation severed connection with St. Jacob's in 1879 and afterward held services in Lisbon.)

Daniel Burger, early settler of Salem Twp., Columbiana Co., OH is the same, son of Nicholas and Anna Maria. Nicholas and Daniel Burger appear in the 1820 census for Salem Twp., page 64. Nicholas Burger died 7 Sept. 1826 and was buried 20 Sept. Anna Maria died 29 January 1828 in Columbiana Co. They are burried at St. Jacob's Church graveyard, Salem Twp. Columbiana Co.

The will of Nicholas Burger (1-176; case #856)), dated 22 August 1823 and proved 1 September 1826, names the following heirs: his wife Mary; son Peter; son-in-law Henry Rummel, husband of daughter Elizabeth, deceased; son Jacob; son Daniel; son-in-law Jacob ("Loop" ?), husband of daughter Mary; son-in-law George Crowl, husband of daughter Magdeline; and son-in-law Fredrick "Whely" (sic Whealen), husband of daughter Christina. Son-in-law, George Crowl, appointed executor. (from copy of original will sent by Walt and Pat Burger of Salem, OH)

NOTE: If Anna Maria was born between 1740 and 1748 and daughter, Christina Jane, was born in 1787, Anna Maria would have been between 39 and 47 years-old. Moreover, if Christina Jane was born in 1787, she would have been nearly 50 when her last child was born.

NOTE: The DAR gives Nicholas Burger's death year as 1828, however the will of Nicholas Burger is on record, was probated in 1826. The DAR record likely confused the death date of anna Maria. DAR supplemental (Nat. No. 684501+656) accepts Nicholas Burger's grave site as St. Jacob's Church. That same supplemental lists Christina as one of his children and her spouse as "Fredrick Whealon".

NOTE: The Burger family is noted as being "Pennsylvania Dutch extraction" and "a very old and prominent family of that state" in "History of Columbiana County and Representative Citizens", p. 667, but Nicholas Burger was a native of Switzerland -though Protestant in religion and german-speaking. Neither Nicholas nor Christina Jane are mentioned in that volume.

NOTE: From Rupp's collection of Immigrants to Pennsylvania 1727-1776, I found only one man named "Nicholas Burger", p. 94: "Oct. 12, 1733. Palentines, ... ship Charming Betsy, John Ball, Master, from London. ... in all sixty [passengers, among them:] Nicholas Burger ..." The 1733 arrival date is too early to make this man our Nicholas Burger. I note him to avoid any confusion or to focus further research.

NOTE***: Four people named "Burger" are recognized by the Ohio Genealogical Society and included on the "First Families of Ohio Roster" (for more information, contact the OGS, 713 S. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44907):
Nicholas Burger (1740-1826). Columbiana Co., OH 1809. ancestor #8956. Member #2181. His spouse is listed as "Anna Maria Carl".
Daniel Burger (1766-1830). Columbiana Co., OH 1816. ancestor #8959. member #2881. His spouse is noted as "Catherine Schlothaurer".
Sarah Burger (1815-1894). Columbiana Co., OH 1816. Columbiana Co., OH 1816. ancestor #8958. member #2881. Her spouse is noted as "David Keck" (#8858).
Nancy Burger (1809-1897). unspecified co., OH 1809. ancestor #7652. member #2514. Her spouse is noted as "Samuel W. Shelton".

NOTE: a Michael Burger of Columbiana Co., OH (relationship unknown) died in 1840; his estate is on record (c.2264 and c.2299) no will.

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