Birth: 21 APR 1700 Langnau, Bern, Switzerland
Name Var: John Ulrich Berge
Land Record: 15 MAR 1726
Note: purchased about 250 acres of land between the Skippack and the Perkiomen creeks in Lower Salford Twp, now Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania.
Details: Petitioned the governor for help in protection from the Indians.
Birth of Son: 1728
Name: John Bergey
Place: Lower Salford Twp, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
Birth of Son: ABT 1730
Name: Michael Bergey
Birth of Son: ABT 1734
Name: Isaac Bergey
Birth of Son: ABT 1736
Name: Samuel Bergey
Birth of Daughter: ABT 1738
Name: Mary Bergey
Details: He was one of the founders of the Mennonite Church in Salford, PA.
Birth of Daughter: ABT 1740
Name: Elizabeth Bergey
Birth of Son: 13 JUN 1741
Name: Christian Bergey
Birth of Son: 06 JAN 1743
Name: Abraham Bergey
Naturalized: APR 1743
Details: At a session of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, held in Philadelphia on the 12th and 13th days of April, 1743, John Ulrich Bergey was naturalized. He had conscientious scruples to taking an oath and was affirmed.
Birth of Daughter: 30 JAN 1744
Name: Anna Marie Bergey
Birth of Daughter: ABT 1747
Name: Fronica Bergey
Birth of Daughter: 22 MAY 1753
Name: Salome Bergey
Will: 09 NOV 1762
Details: Probated 11 DEC 1762
Death: 11 DEC 1762 Lower Salford Twp, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
Burial: 11 DEC 1762 Cemetery of Lower Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse, Lower Salford Twp, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
Note: Their graves were marked with field stones until July, 1907, when a granite monument was erected on the spot by the Bergey family association, and unveiled with an appropriate ceremony 27 September, 1907.
parents are Hans Burgi and Maria Longnecker
THE PROGENITORS OF THE BERGEY FAMILY IN AMERICA
The first knowledge we have of John Ulrich Bergey and his wife Mary dates from their purchase of a tract of about 250 acres of land in Lower Salford Township, in what was then Philadelphia County but is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, on the fifteenth of March, 1726. How long they had resided in the province previous to this date can not be stated. Neither is it known from whence they came, but it is believed that they came from Switzerland.
Mr. O. B. Sauder, Chicago, Ill, has an old book in which there is a record of a portion of the family. The statement is made therein that the Bergey family came from Switzerland and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1719.
Whether John Ulrich was married before coming to America has not been learned; neither has it been ascertained what was the surname of his wife Mary. Heckler, in his History of Lower Salford township, states that ‘there is some reason to believe that she was a daughter of Gerhart Clemens,’ but the reason for this belief has not been discovered. The records of the Gerhart Clemens family do not support the belief.
The following is a copy of the deed conveying the tract of land which John Ulrich Bergey and his wife Mary purchased of Hugh Roberts in 1726.
‘This Indenture made the Fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty-six, Between Hugh Roberts of the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania Cooper and Rachel his wife of the one part and John Ulrick near Perkeomy Creek in the county of Philadelphia in the said province, Yoeman of the other part WITNESSETH, That the said Hugh Roberts and Rachel his wife for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings lawful money them in hand paid by the said John Ulrick the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge, have bargained and sold and by these presents Do bargain and sell unto the said John Ulrick A certain Tract of Land on Perkeomy Creek aforesaid in the said county of Philadelphia beginning at a black oak at a corner of Garrett Clemens’ land southwest one hundred and four perches to a post in a line of Reese Williams’ land. Then by the same North West North West thirty eight perches to the said Reese’s corner, then South West by said Reese’s land forty perches to a post. Then North West two hundred and sixty perches to a post. Then North East one hundred and forty perches to a post. Then by said Garrett Clemens’ land South East three hundred perches to the place of beginning containing two hundred and fifty acres with allowance together with all and singular ways, woods, waters, watercourses, fishings, fowlings, huntings, hawkings, rights, liberties, privileges, hereditaments and appurt’s, whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the revisions and remainders rents issues and profits thereof, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract of land hereditaments and premises hereby bargained and sold or mentioned to be bargained and sold with the appurt’s unto the said John Ulrick his executors, administrators or assigns from the day of the date hereof for and during and unto the full end and term of one year from thence next ensuing, and fully to be compleat and ended to the intent and purpose that by virtue hereof and of the statute for transferring of uses unto possession, the said John Ulrick may be in the actual possession of all and singular the premises, hereby bargained and sold or mentioned to be bargained and sold with the appurt’s and may be enabled to take and attest of a release and confirmation thereof to him, his heirs and assigns for ever. In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have interchangeably sett their hands and seals hereunto the day and year above written.
Hugh Roberts (seal) Rachel Roberts (seal)
Sealed and Delivered by the above named Hugh Roberts in the presence of
Nicholas Scull Gabriel Hinton
Sealed and delivered by the above named Rachel Roberts in the presence of
Henry Pennebeker Gabriel Hinton
The name given in the body of the deed is ‘John Ulrick’ followed by a blank space. This indicates that the person writing the deed was uncertain as to the proper spelling of the surname, and the name was not completed when the deed was signed.
On 26 January, 1728, John Ulrich Bergey and wife Mary sold 100 acres of their tract of land to Jacob Enger, but retained the remainder as their homestead. On this land they erected buildings near the northeast branch of the Perkiomen Creek. Here they lived and raised their family, and here they died.
John Ulrich Bergey and his wife Mary were Mennonites as shown by the fact that he was one of the originators of the congregation in Salford in 1738. His name appears among those to whom the meeting-house, and tract of land on which it stood, was transferred by the ministers and deacons of the congregation.
John Ulrich Bergey’s name appears in other records which indicate that he was a man of prominence in his community and was trusted by his associates and neighbors. His name is appended to a Petition to Governor Gordon, dated 10 May, 1728, in which the inhabitants of the frontier petition for protection against possible danger from the Indians.
In 1741, he was one of the witnesses to a deed for land conveyed by Gerhart Clemens to his son, Abraham Clemens. In 1756, he was one of the overseers of the poor in Lower Salford township. In 1760, he was supervisor of the roads of the township, and in the same year his name appears in a list of persons who offered free board to a poor woman of the township.
On July 8th, 1748, John Ulrich Bergey was appointed one of the trustees for the administration of the estate of his neighbor and friend, Rev. Dilman Kolb by the provision of his last will and testament.
At a session of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, held in Philadelphia on the 12th and 13th days of April, 1743, John Ulrich Bergey was naturalized. He had conscientious scruples to taking an oath and was affirmed.
John Ulrich Bergey made his will 9 November, 1762, and it was probated 11 December, 1762, indicating that he died between these two dates. He was a comparatively young man as shown by the fact that only several of the older children were married, while the younger children were still under age.
The following is a copy of the Will.
‘In the name of God, Amen. Whereas I, John Woolery Barkey of Lower Salford, in the county of Philadelphia and Province Of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, do find myself weak in body, but praised be God, of sound memory and understanding therefore I do herewith this ninth day of November, in the year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred and sixtytwo make my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form that is to say I give and devise my immortall soul in to the Hands of the Almighty God through the mercy of his son Jesus Christ and my body unto the earth to be decently Buryed according to the direction of my hereafter named executors and concerning my worldly estate I will the sd disposed according to my direction following; viz.: I will that all my legall debts and funerall charges shall be paid after my decease by my Executors hereafter named. Item I give and devise unto my loving wife Mary the sum of one hundred lawful money of Pennsylvania to be paid to her directly after my decease, besides a compleat new feather bed, Pillows with double cases to the beds and Pillows and bedstead and all the furniture belonging to it. Item all her clothes and one equal share with my eleven children of all sorts of linnens, shects, towels and table cloths and one cow to be kept for her at free fodder and pasture (on the place whereon I now dwell) by my hereafter mentioned son Michael or his assigns during such time as she pleaseth in case she remaineth my widow, besides free lodging and wood on the sd Place during the aforementioned conditions and Term and one Iron Pott, a frying pan, besides two Pewter dishes, all which I give unto her in lieu of her thirds, besides that I give unto her the further sum of one hundred pounds which shall be left on my place and the interest at the rate of five per cent. annually paid to her as long as she remaineth my widow during her natural life, but in case she marrieth again then ysd sum shall be divided directly among all my children by equal shares as well as after her decease, Provided my sd children are then all of age.
Item I give and devise unto my son Michael my Plantation and Tract of Land situate in Lower Salford aforesaid containing about one hundred and sixty acres (be ysd more or less) Together with all and singular ye Buildings, Improvements thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining with the appurtenances thereof, to have and to hold the said one hundred and sixty acres (be ysd more or less) according to meets and bounds conveyed to me by Hugh Roberts and his wife. Together with all and singular the improvements and appurtenances thereof unto the sd my son Michael and to his heirs and assigns forever, for which said my plantation my said son Michael and his heirs or assigns is to pay the full sum of Six Hundred Pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania in manner and forms following; vize, first the sum of One hundred pounds or better say the interest thereof at the rate of five per cent to my wife annually during her life if she remaineth my widow according as above already directed concerncing the said sum of one hundred pounds and the Residue of five hundred pounds he is to pay fifty pounds thereof annually to my heirs without interest. Thus he is to pay one hundred pounds thereof as soon as my wife marries again or dieth (But in ye meantime ysd interest to Her) to my sd children and annually fifty pounds to them without interest until that part of the five hundred pounds of the sum of Six Hundred Pounds is fully paid which will make ten annual payments commencing directly at the time of my decease besides which sd sum my sd Son or his heirs or assigns is to allow unto my wife on the sd Place free and convenient lodging sufficient firewood one Cow in free keeping as above already Provided and reserved for these articles concerning ye sd my Wife Mary. Then I bequeath to my oldest son John the sum of ten Pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania as advance before my other children because of his age and to my son Samuel I give the sum of Eight Pounds of the sd money for each year he has worked for me since he is past his lawful age he being at present still with me and now past his twenty-sixth year of age, and to my daughter Mary I give the sum of Ten Pounds advance in consideration of her working for me after her lawful age all the rest of my real and personal estate I give and devise unto my eleven children; namely, John, Michael, Isaac, Samuel, Mary, Elizabeth, Christian, Abraham, Ana, Fronica and Salome in equall shares to every one of them and to the heirs of their body legally begotten forever. But whereas I gave to my son John after he was married in value ye sum of seventy eight pounds nine shillings and three pence and to my son Isaac in value the sum of thirtysix pounds nineteen shillings, and to my daughter Elizabeth ye amount of Twenty seven pounds fourteen shillings besides what ye have borrowed of me therefore the said sums are to be charged to the estate and deducted of their proper equal share at the time of the first dividend which is to be made between my children one year and one day after my death and to be paid to every one of my children which are at that time of age and to the minors when they arrive to their age. But whereas at the time nine payments of my son Michael (for my real estate) are not elapsed I will that afterwards annually ysd payments of fifty Pounds after the same is paid shall be equally divided among ye sd my eleven children or theirs, and I by virtue of these presents constitute and appoint my two sons John and Michael sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and annihilating herewith all my other Wills and Testaments formerly made by me Ratifying and declaring these presents for my True and Effective last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and year first above said.
John Woolery Barky (seal)
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Andrew Ziegler Henry Ledraugh Abraham Clemens
Philada 11th December, 1762, Then Personally appeared Andrew Ziegler and Abraham Clemens, two of the witnesses to the foregoing Will and on their solemn affirmation according to law did declare they saw and heard John Woolery Barkey the Testator therein named sign seal and Publish and declare the same Will for and as his Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge.
Coram Wm. Plumsted Rgr. Gen.
Be it remembered that on the 11th day of December 1762 the Last Will and Testament of John Woolry Barkey dec’d in due form of law was Proved and Probate and Ltrs. Testamentary were granted to John Barkey and Michael Barkey, Executors, in the Said Will named being solemnly affirmed well and truly to administer the sd dec’d estate and bring an Inventory thereof into the Regr. Genl’s office at Philadelphia on or before the 11th of January next and render a true account when thereunto legally required given under the said Wm. Plumsted, Regr. General.
The will of John Ulrich Bergey is recorded in Book M, p. 448, in the office of the Register of Wills at Philadelphia.
The widow of John Ulrich Bergey died in the year 1789. Letters of Administration on her estate were granted to her son Christian, 11th May, 1789.
John Ulrich Bergey and his wife Mary are buried at the Salford Mennonite Meeting House. Their graves were marked with field stones until July, 1907, when a granite monument was erected on the spot by the Bergey family association, and unveiled with appropriate ceremony 27 September, 1907.
The Family Name
In a deed, given in 1728, in which John Ulrich Bergey conveys 100 acres of his land to Jacob Enger he writes his name Hans Ulrich B?rgy. This is the earliest signature that has been found and it is presumed that this is the original spelling of the family name. John Ulrich’s name as appended to his Will is either written with assistance or it is an attempt to anglicize it so as to make it more readily comprehensible by English speaking persons.
John Ulrich Bergey’s sons used three different renditions, as Bergey, Berge, and Berky. By far the greater number of the descendants of John Ulrich write their name Bergey. Some of the descendants of John write the name Berky. A few of the descendants of Isaac and all the descendants of Abraham write the name Berge. Some of the descendants of Isaac also write the name Bergy.
Anne Mary Clemens
Death: 1789 Lower Salford Twp, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
Burial: 11 DEC 1762 Cemetery of Lower Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse, Lower Salford Twp, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania
Parents are thought to be Gerhart Clemens and Anneli Reiff
Note: Though widely recognized as the daughter of Anna Anneli Reiff and Gerhart Gerhard Clemens, there is no definite proof as to Mary’s surname. The Bergey family history list her as daughter of Gerhard Clemens but there seems to be no indication of this in the Clemens history.