Jonathan Berger1

      Paternal Ancestor, Jonathan Berger, emigrated from Germany to Lancaster Co., Pa., about 1740. In the year 1776 his son, Jacob Berger, who was a boy twelve years old when they emigrated to America, had grown to manhood and with his family moved to Pittsylvania Co, Va., and settled near Berger's Store. He purchased a small acreage of land from one Ed. Wade, an Indian scout and hunter, and then proceeded to take up some Crown land from the Commonwealth.

There is a tradition in the family that Jacob Berger, Sr., was a mere lad in Germany and, after the fashion of boys, he killed a rabbit which incensed the keeper and rather than have any trouble about it, his father Jonathan picked up his belongings and came to Pennsylvania.

The name of Jacob's wife was not given, but they reared a large family. Their children are:
1 David Berger; married Annie Sutherland
2 Jacob Berger, Jr; married Catherine Nowlin
3 Elizabeth Berger; married Iron Monger
4 John Berger; married Peggie Hedgick
5 Samuel Berger
6 Peter Berger
7 Abraham Berger
8 Catherine Berger
9 Hannah Berger.1

Child of Jonathan

Last Edited=8 Oct 2020


  1. [S293] James Edmund Nowlin, Nowlin Stone Genealogy (n.p.: Martha Webb Nowlin, 1916), 3-272.