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The 2016 Romberger All-Family Reunion was held June 18, 2016 at St. John's Lutheran Church near Berrysburg, Dauphin Co., PA. The church where many of our forebears worshipped and now rest is set in a charming rural area with awesome hilltop views. This reunion focused on the life of Dr. John Romberger, our association founder who led the successful search for our immigrant ancestor's town and home in Germany. Family attendees enjoyed the usual excellent food, fun, friends and genealogy.

The family immigrant ancestor's descendants' last names have morphed a few ways over time - Ramberger, Rumberger, Rombarger, Rambarger, Rumbarger - yet we share the same roots.

Long time Romberger family historian and author has passed away

ELIZABETHVILLE- John Albert Romberger, 88 , of Tennessee Ave, passed away January 2nd, 2014 at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.
He was born December 25, 1925 in Klingerstown RD, son of the late Ralph T. and Carrie E. (Bahner) Romberger . He was a WWII veteran with the US Army Air Corps.
His schooling included: Dalmatia High School, Dalmatia; Hershey Junior College, Hershey; Swarthmore, Philadelphia; Penn State University, State College. John attained his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He continued his studies at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

He was a retired biological research scientist and had worked for the Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church , Berrysburg, and was a church archivist. He was a member of the Elizabethville and Gratz Historical Societies, Joesph Priestly Chapel Associates, Mahanoy Mahantongo Historical and Preservation Society, Inc.; and the Romberger Reunion Association.
Survivors include his wife of almost 63 years, Margery (Davis) Romberger at home; Son, Daniel D. Romberger, Silver Spring, MD; Daughter, Ann Fontaine, Richland, MI; Sister, Marie Enders, Millersburg; 3 Grandchildren, R. Cameron Nicholson, Santa Clara, CA, Carrie I. Meyer, Kalamazoo, MI and John F. Meyer, Richland, MI.

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The Early Family-3 Generations

Descendants of J. Caspar Rauchenberger

Generation 1
1. J. CASPAR1 RAUCHENBERGER . He married (1) CATHARINA ??? about 1710. She was born between Apr 15, 1683-Apr 14, 1684. She died on Apr 14, 1730. He married (2) URSULA KORBER on Jul 08, 1730.
Catharina ??? was buried after Apr 14, 1730 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.
J. Caspar Rauchenberger and Catharina ??? had the following children:
i. MARIA ELIZABETH2 RAUCHENBERGER was born on May 27, 1712 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.
ii. BALTHASER RAUCHENBERGER was born on Dec 03, 1713 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.
iii. J. GEORG RAUCHENBERGER was born on Mar 17, 1715 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.
2. iv. BARTHOLOMAUS RAUMBERGER was born on May 04, 1716 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany. He died on Sep 25, 1800 in Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (1) ANNA MARIA BRUCKNER about 1742 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany. He married (2) ANNA SABRINA HASS on Mar 30, 1761 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). She was born in Albertshausen,
Waldeck-Frankenberg, Hessen, Germany. She died about 1776 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
v. J. ANTONIUS NICHOLAS RAUCHENBERGER was born on Aug 01, 1720 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.
vi. CATHARINA RAUCHENBERGER was born on Mar 17, 1724 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.
vii. MARIA BARBARA RAUCHENBERGER was born on May 01, 1728 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany.

Generation 2
2. BARTHOLOMAUS2 RAUMBERGER (J. Caspar1 Rauchenberger) was born on May 04, 1716 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany. He died on Sep 25, 1800 in Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (1) ANNA MARIA BRUCKNER about 1742 in Theilheim, Schweinfurt, Bayern, Germany. He married (2) ANNA SABRINA HASS on Mar 30, 1761 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). She was born in Albertshausen, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Hessen, Germany. She died about 1776 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Bartholomaus Raumberger was buried after Sep 25, 1800 in Cleona, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA (Hill Church Cemetery).

Notes for Bartholomaus Raumberger:
Bartholomaus Raumberger was the ancestor of most of the Rombergers, Rambergers, Rumbergers, and Rumbargers in the United States. We know nothing of his early life except that he was a miller by trade.

When he was about 36 years old, he, and at least three of his children, joined a group of emigrants, including many from the vicinity of Wertheim (on the Main River), and travelled down the Main and Rhine Rivers to Rotterdam. During the summer of 1753 they made a voyage from Rotterdam via Cowes (on the Isle of Wight) on the English ship Neptune. The ship's master was John Mason of England.

The Neptune arrived on a Sunday. After medical inspections, the immigrant passengers were allowed to disembark on Monday, September 24. As required by the laws of that time, all immigrant men of age 16 or older were required to go to the Court House and sign certain documents or "lists". One of these was an oath of allegiance to the British crown and of an intention to obey the laws of the local government. The other was an oath of "abjuration" (pertaining to nonparticipation in imagined political plots to overthrow the Hanoverian Royal
House).

Bartholomaus Raumberger was 37 years old when he arrived in Philadelphia with his family of at least three minor children (Baltzer, Anna Eva, and Adam). The family travelled, but perhaps not immediately or directly, to Lancaster County, and settled in the vicinity of "Earltown" which later became the borough of New Holland. It is likely, however, that they lived a few miles south of the village and hence in Leacock Township rather than Earl Township.

It seems likely that Bartel Raumberger took employment as a miller soon after he arrived in Lancaster County. The tax records for 1758 list him as owner or operator "on the half" of "Acors Mill" in Leacock Township, which is just south of New Holland. This suggests, but does not prove, that he arrived with minimal debt and perhaps a small amount of capital. The "Acors" mill mentioned in the tax records probably was the mill earlier owned by Philip Aker (Acor, Acker, Ackers, etc.) who may have died in about 1757. This mill was probably one of two along Mill Creek in Leacock Township.

While working as a miller and bringing up his children, Bartel met Anna Sabina Hass, a daughter of Michale Hass of Alberthausen in Franconia.

Bartel's son Adam took care of him for the last twenty-one years of his life. During this time, Adam lived on a farm near the present town of Annville. Baptized as a Roman Catholic. According to family lore, burial was in the cemetery of the "Die Alt Berg Kirche" or the "Old Hill Church" (Lutheran) north of Annville. There is no surviving grave marker. This deficiency is possibly related to the fact that Adam, who was his father's sole heir and was in his father's will charged to pay all burial and funeral expenses, became ill and died soon after his father's death.

John A. Romberger, Manuscript published July 15, 1997

Bartholomaus/Bartholomaeus/Barthel/Bartel Rauchenberger/Rauenberger/Raumberger was the fourth child and third son of J. Caspar Rauchenberger and his wife, Catharina, who lived in Theilheim, Bavaria, from about 1711 through 1730. Catharina Rauchenberger, mother of Bartel and his siblings, died 14 April, 1730 at the age of 46, and thus had been born in about 1684. We have no dates for J. Caspar, but we know that he was a Roman Catholic and a miller at the Neumuhle just outside of Theilheim.

The misinformation about an English woman, Elizabeth Mather, being the wife of our Barthel has no foundation in fact. I traced that persistent lore back to some mimeographed and handwritten material distributed to some Romberger genealogists during the '60s by a Floyd Romberger of Missouri (not Dr. Floyd Romberger of Indiana). When I met that Missouri Floyd in about 1970 and asked him about the source of that misinformation, he didn't remember where he found it or heard about it. He is now long since dead and gone. I acquired copies of some of his notes, but have learned nothing more. His widow had no interest in Romberger family history and asked to be taken off the mailing list. There is, of course, a well known Mather family of English (Puritin) origin which included the Cleric, Cotton Mather, in early Massachusetts. Their genealogy has been worked out and published. You are advised to strike out whatever you have about an English Elizabeth Mather in our lines. There were numerous German-speaking Matter or Motter people in our lines later, some named Elizabeth, but not in the early generations. Note that the English "Mather" would sound like the German "Matter" or "Motter" if pronounced by a German who couldn't manage the English "th" sound.

The first wife of Barthel Rauenberger/Raumberger was Anna Maria Brückner (which name was corrupted to Bricker in Pennsylvania). They were married, probably in 1742 in, or near, the village of Theilheim south of Würzburg in Bavaria. We have not yet located documentation of the marriage as it is not obvious where to look for it. Barthel was a Roman Catholic who was confirmed in the Catholic church in Theilheim on 27 May of 1725, which record gives the names of his parents. Anna Maria Brückner, though, was from a Protestant family (in the minority is Bavaria then as now). Their three children were baptized in the Catholic church in Ingolstadt in 1743, 1745, and 1747. We have copies of those records. We have no information on the time or place of Anna Maria Brückner Raumberger's death.

Barthel's second wife was Anna Sabina Häss/Haas/Hess of Albertshausen in Bavaria. This village is only a few miles from Theilheim. I visited there in 1981. Barthel and Anna Sabina were married in the Lutheran Church in New Holland, PA, on March 30, 1761. They had four more children, all born near New Holland and baptized in the Lutheran church there.

Our common ancestor, Balthaser/Baltser/Baltzer Raumberger/Ramberger/Romberger can be called an immigrant, but he arrived with his family in 1753 when he was only six years old. His first wife was Anna Maria Traut (not related to the English Trout family). The marriage was probably performed in the Lutheran church in New Holland (Earltown) in about 1770. Baltzer's second wife was Susannah Lehman (b. 19 Feb. 1771 in Trappe, PA). They were married on 15 June, 1798 by the pastor of the Lutheran church in Harrisburg.

Please note that I have given all this information in "Historian's Reports" to the family over a 20-year period, and also in my 2003 booklet "Finding Our Roots in Bavaria", which is currently out of print. All the information therein was painstakingly derived through more than 20 years of scholarly research. Much of what you find in old county histories and on today's internet is not reliably correct.

Sincerely,

John A. Romberger e-mail


Bartholomaus Raumberger and Anna Maria Bruckner had the following children:
3. i. JOHANN ADAM3 RAMBERGER was born about Apr 22, 1743 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. He died in Nov 1800 in Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Esther Krey on Jul 04, 1765 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Oct 10, 1744 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Sep 09, 1794.
4. ii. MARIA EVA ROMBERGER was born on Jul 09, 1745 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. She married Peter Krey on Sep 29, 1765 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).
5. iii. BALTHASER ROMBERGER was born on Jul 05, 1747 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. He died on Sep 12, 1833 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (1) ANNA MARIA TRAUT about 1770 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born about 1753 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died before 1798 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (2) SUSANNAH LEHMAN on Jun 15, 1798 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Feb 19, 1771 in Trappe, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bartholomaus Raumberger and Anna Sabrina Hass had the following children:
iv. MARIA CATHERINA ROMBERGER was born on Feb 19, 1763 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Maria Catherina Romberger was baptized on Mar 20, 1763 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

Notes for Maria Catherina Romberger:

v. MARIA MAGDELENA ROMBERGER was born on Dec 04, 1764 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Maria Magdelena Romberger was baptized on Feb 05, 1765 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).
6. vi. JOHANNES RAMBERGER was born on Feb 27, 1767 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Susanna Hildebrand on Nov 27, 1800 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Apr 02, 1772 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on May 23, 1867.
vii. GEORGE BARTHOLOMEW ROMBERGER was born on Aug 02, 1768 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

George Bartholomew Romberger was baptized on Sep 25, 1768 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

Generation 3
3. JOHANN ADAM3 RAMBERGER (Bartholomaus2 Raumberger, J. Caspar1 Rauchenberger) was born about Apr 22, 1743 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. He died in Nov 1800 in Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Esther Krey on Jul 04, 1765 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Oct 10, 1744 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Sep 09, 1794.

Johann Adam Ramberger was baptized on Apr 23, 1743 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany.
Johann Adam Ramberger and Esther Krey had the following children:
i. ANNA MARIA4 RAMBERGER was born on May 15, 1768 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Anna Maria Ramberger was baptized on Jun 05, 1768 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).
ii. ADAM RUMBERGER was born on Jun 24, 1770 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Mar 19, 1832 in Franklin Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Mary Ann Koffroth on Sep 09, 1794 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). She was born on Apr 07, 1774 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Mar 09, 1859 in Worthington, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Adam Rumberger was baptized on Aug 05, 1770 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

Notes for Adam Rumberger:

Mary Ann Koffroth was buried after Mar 09, 1859 in Worthington, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA (Worthington Lutheran Church Cemetery). She was also known as Polly Kaforth.

Notes for Mary Ann Koffroth:
Anna Maria was known as Mary Ann, and went by the nickname of "Polly". Ruth Heasley. a cousin from Franklin, PA, writes that "Her marriage to Adam Raumberger (so spelled), son of Adam Raumberger, in Carnarvon Township, appeared in the records of the New Holland Church. It stated that Adam and Polly Kafroth, daughter of Heinrich Kafroth of Honeybrook Township, Chester County were married on 9 September 1794". Ruth went on to say that she couldn't find anything about their lives from then until1808 when they appeared in the tax records of Franklin Township, Huntingdon County. The marriage is confirmed by Cocalico Hist Soc records.

When Adam died in 1832 the records show that he had no assets. In fact the court records in Huntingdon County, PA show that he was listed with the insolvent debtors, which resulted in a forfeiture of any assets the couple might have had in order to satisfy their debts. This must have left Polly destitute, and Ruth discovered that she moved to Venango County, PA in 1835 and lived with her oldest son, Levi Adam Rumberger.

It would appear that Polly remarried, as Ruth discovered an old church record showing the marriage on April 30, 1835, of William Davidson and Mrs. Rumberger, both of Rockland Township. She is further listed on the 1850 Federal Census as Mary Davidson, age 76 years.

Her second husband died soon after this, as the court records show the probate of his estate filed January 26, 1852. Administratrix was "Mary A. Davidson", but a writing shows that she renounced by making her mark with an "X". In 1857 and 1858 William's estate was divided up between his thirteen children by a previous marriage.

Mary Ann (Polly) died March 9, 1859, and she is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Armstrong County, PA. Her tombstone reads: "Mary Ann Rumbarger (1773-1859) Consort of Adam". Why she was not buried under her second marriage name of Davidson is a mystery. Maybe the Davidson children didn't give her any assistance in the final seven years of her life. In her later years she was probably taken care of by her son, William Findley Rumbarger, who had become quite prosperous as the owner of a woolen mill.

Willis A. Koffroth, Descendants of Gerhart Koffroth of Kaffroth, Germany, (1721 2nd Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, March 5, 2005), "Electronic."
iii. MARGARETHA RAMBERGER was born on Jun 04, 1772 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married John Rau in ???.

Margaretha Ramberger was baptized on Jul 26, 1772 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).
iv. JOHANNES RAMBERGER was born on Dec 27, 1774 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Feb 21, 1847 in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Elizabeth Ellenberger before 1800. She was born on Jan 09, 1781 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Dec 12, 1854 in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Johannes Ramberger was baptized on Apr 02, 1775 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). He was buried after Feb 20, 1847 in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA (Rumberger Cemetery).

Elizabeth Ellenberger was buried after Dec 12, 1854 in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA (Rumberger Cemetery).
v. GEORGE BARTHOLOMEW RAMBERGER was born on Nov 10, 1776 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on May 24, 1845. He married Catherine Rider before 1805. She was born on Mar 17, 1780 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Sep 17, 1850.

George Bartholomew Ramberger was buried after May 24, 1845 in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA (Rumberger Cemetery).

Catherine Rider was buried after Sep 17, 1850 in Warriors Mark Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA (Rumberger Cemetery).
vi. EVA RAMBERGER was born on Feb 17, 1779 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died in 1870. She married Joseph Kreider before 1803. He was born on Dec 25, 1773. He died in 1820 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Eva Ramberger was baptized on Apr 11, 1779 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

vii. ELIZABETH RAMBERGER was born on Sep 16, 1781 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Feb 25, 1841 in Gatesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married William Rider on Aug 27, 1805 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born on Aug 14, 1783 in Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Dec 07, 1863 in Gatesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Elizabeth Ramberger was baptized on Dec 22, 1781 in Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was buried after Feb 25, 1841 in Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA (Gatesburg Lutheran Cemetery).

William Rider was buried after Dec 07, 1863 in Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA (Gatesburg Lutheran Cemetery).
viii. JACOB RAMBERGER was born on Jan 28, 1784 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on May 04, 1852 in Gatesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Elizabeth Funk before 1807. She was born on Apr 18, 1789 in Maryland, USA. She died on Nov 20, 1884 in Gatesburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jacob Ramberger was baptized on Apr 12, 1784 in Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He was buried after May 04, 1852 in Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA (Gatesburg Lutheran Cemetery).

Elizabeth Funk was buried after Nov 20, 1884 in Ferguson Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA (Gatesburg Lutheran Cemetery).
4. MARIA EVA3 ROMBERGER (Bartholomaus2 Raumberger, J. Caspar1 Rauchenberger) was born on Jul 09, 1745 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. She married Peter Krey on Sep 29, 1765 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

Maria Eva Romberger was baptized on Jul 09, 1745 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany.
Peter Krey and Maria Eva Romberger had the following children:
i. CATHARINA4 KREY was born on Aug 13, 1766 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
ii. JOHN PETER KREY was born on Feb 26, 1771 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
5. BALTHASER3 ROMBERGER (Bartholomaus2 Raumberger, J. Caspar1 Rauchenberger) was born on Jul 05, 1747 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. He died on Sep 12, 1833 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (1) ANNA MARIA TRAUT about 1770 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born about 1753 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died before 1798 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (2) SUSANNAH LEHMAN on Jun 15, 1798 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Feb 19, 1771 in Trappe, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Balthaser Romberger was baptized on Jul 05, 1747 in Ingolstadt, Bayern, Germany. He was buried after Sep 12, 1833 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).

Notes for Balthaser Romberger:
(1) "Baltzer Rumberger" and his family lived on a 90 acre farm. The house was described as a 'poor cabin' and assessed at only $20. The 'poor barn' was also assessed at $20. The land was valued at $540. In 1798 Baltzer (the elder) was probably about 55 years old. His first wife, Anna Maria (nee Traut), had been dead for some years and on 15 Jun 1798 he had married Susanna Lehman, a daughter of Jacob Lehman. We have birth and baptismal dates for four children born to this couple between 1799 and 1811. From other sources we expect that at the time of the 1798 Direct Tax, Baltzer's immediate family would have consisted of his (second) wife, Susanna, and five children by his first wife: Heinrich/Henry (25), Adam (23), Catherine (21), Baltzer, Jr. (19), and Johannes (13). However, Henry and Adam were already married and had their own farms and families (see below). Catherine may already have been married to George Matter and only Baltzer,

Jr. and Johannes may have been living at home. The tax records show that Henry's farm was adjacent to that of his father, Baltzer, Sr.

April 1995 Romberger All Family Reunion Newsletter. Research by John Albert Romberger

Anna Maria Traut was buried in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).
Balthaser Romberger and Anna Maria Traut had the following children:
i. ANNA MARIA4 ROMBERGER was born on Jan 12, 1770 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Feb 26, 1838 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married John Michael Matter about 1787 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born on Oct 03, 1763 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Feb 11, 1852 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Anna Maria Romberger was buried after Feb 26, 1838 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).

Notes for Anna Maria Romberger:
January 12, 1770 comes from a gravestone reading recorded by Cornelius Koppenhaver in 1975 and published in Oscar Stroh's "Dauphin Co. Tombstone Inscriptions", Vol. III. It says she was born "Jan. 12, 1770 and died Feb. 26, 1838 at age 68/1/14" which comes out accurate

John Michael Matter was baptized on Nov 21, 1763 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). He was buried after Feb 11, 1852 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).
ii. HEINRICH ROMBERGER was born on Jul 12, 1773 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died before Jan 31, 1822 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Elizabeth Hoffman about 1794 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Heinrich Romberger was baptized on Aug 08, 1773 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

Notes for Heinrich Romberger:
Our Family in 1798 - Before the Internal Revenue Service was set up, attempts were made by the Federal Government to raise revenue by taxing property owners. One such attempt was the United States Direct Tax of 1798, the so-called "Window Tax." Assessments for this tax were based on inspections and interviews done in the fall of 1798. Assessors actually visited homes and farmstead, looked at the building, and sometimes measured them and counted their windows. The records for this tax in Pennsylvania (717 volumes) survived and are available on microfilm in the National Archives and also in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Records for most other states have been lost. Recently I located the microfilms of the 1798 Direct Tax records for Dauphin County (which then included what is now Lebanon County.) In some hours of scanning I found the assessments of all the Ramberger/Rumberger farmsteads in Wiconisco Valley (now Lykens Valley) and also the Ramberger lands in "Lebanon Borough and Township of Dauphin County" (which has since been divided in Lebanon Borough, Annville Borough, North and South Annville Townships and parts of other townships of Lebanon County.) I have not yet searched the records for all the town ships of Lancaster County. That should be done. The records for Dauphin County reveal that in 1798 four Ramberger/Rumberger farms existed in Wiconisco Valley:

Henry Ramberger's farm was only 50 acres. The land was assessed at $300. It's dwelling house was a 16x18 'cabbin" assessed at $40. There was no barn, only a 'poor stable' valued at $10. Henry's farm adjoined a farm owned by Samuel Boyer. In October Henry and his wife Elizabeth (nee Hoffman) had two small children: Peter (almost 3) and Johann Christian (1). Their third child, Elizabeth was born on 14 Dec 1798.

This is from the April 1995 Romberger All Family Reunion Newsletter.

iii. ADAM ROMBERGER was born on Jun 03, 1775 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Aug 07, 1867 in Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (1) ANNA MARIA WERNER before 1795. She was born about 1775. She died about 1807. He married (2) ANNA CATHARINA PAUL about 1808. She was born on Apr 10, 1788 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on May 09, 1862 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Adam Romberger was baptized on Jul 09, 1775 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). He was buried after Aug 07, 1867 in Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Grandview Cemetery).

Notes for Adam Romberger:
Our Family in 1798 - Before the Internal Revenue Service was set up, attempts were made by the Federal Government to raise revenue by taxing property owners. One such attempt was the United States Direct Tax of 1798, the so-called "Window Tax." Assessments for this tax were based on inspections and interviews done in the fall of 1798. Assessors actually visited homes and farmstead, looked at the building, and sometimes measured them and counted their windows. The records for this tax in Pennsylvania (717 volumes) survived and are available on microfilm in the National Archives and also in the Pennsylvania State Archives. Records for most other states have been lost. Recently I located the microfilms of the 1798 Direct Tax records for Dauphin County (which then included what is now Lebanon County.) In some hours of scanning I found the assessments of all the Ramberger/Rumberger farmsteads in Wiconisco Valley (now Lykens Valley) and also the Ramberger lands in "Lebanon Borough and Township of Dauphin County" (which has since been divided in Lebanon Borough, Annville Borough, North and South Annville Townships and parts of other townships of Lebanon County.) I have not yet searched the records for all the town ships of Lancaster County. That should be done. The records for Dauphin County reveal that in 1798 four Ramberger/Rumberger farms existed in Wiconisco Valley:

Adam Ramberger's farm also is listed as 50 acres. The land was assessed at $300. It was adjacent to a farm owned by Jacob Snyder. Adam's house, described as a 'cabbin', was 20x16 and was assessed at $30. His 'poor stable' was valued at $10. In October of 1798 Adam and his wife Anna Maria (nee Werner) probably had three children: Eva (3), Anna Maria (2), and Susanna (1).

This is from the April 1995 Romberger All Family Reunion Newsletter. Research by John Albert Romberger

Anna Catharina Paul was baptized on May 01, 1788 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church). She was buried after May 09, 1862 in Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Grandview Cemetery).
iv. ANNA CATHARINA ROMBERGER was born on Mar 19, 1777 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Jul 03, 1851 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married John George Matter on Sep 10, 1792. He was born on Jan 16, 1771 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Oct

11, 1855 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Anna Catharina Romberger was baptized on Apr 13, 1777 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). She was buried after Jul 03, 1851 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).

John George Matter was buried after Oct 11, 1855 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).

Notes for John George Matter:
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHANNES GEORG MATTER
In the Name of God, Amen, I, George Matter of Washington Township, in the County of Dauphin, and State of Pennsylvania, Farmer, Being at present in a Good State of Health,and Sound Mind, and Memory,and Understanding,and Thanks be to God,do ordain and Establish this My Last Will and Testament. Viz.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Catherine,the following property, goods, and Articles, to be enjoyed by her during her natural life.

1. She shall select out of my household furnitures such articles as she thinks proper for housekeeping.

2. And also my Eight Day Clock and case, and she shall keep my mare and Deirborn [?] and sleigh for her use if she thinks proper. And shall keep as many cows, sheep, and hogs as she thinks proper.

3. And my said wife Catherine shall keep the Manshin House, where I now live, and privilege in the Spring House, and spring, as much as she has need for and in the barn so much stable room as she has need for her creatures, And room to put the [?] for her creature, and pasture for her creatures.

4. It is my will after my decease that my personal property shall be sold at Public Vendue, by my executor, hereafter named, excluding the articles that I left to my widow, and also my outstanding money shall be Collected by my Executor it is my will after said money is collected my just debts shall be paid by my Executor, if my just debts are finally discharged and paid if it is an overplush of my personal estate after my just debts are paid, said overplush shall be divided among all my Children in equal shares share and share alike, [?] the children of my son JOSEPH, shall receive the sum of Ten Dollars if said sum comes to each of my heirs of the said overplush, if not they shall have in proportion.

5. It is further my Will and direction after my decease my Plantation shall be [?] yearly, during the life of my wife, CATHERINE by my Executor, ,at the [?] Vendue. And after the decease of my Wife CATHERINE, the
Plantation shall be sold, by my executor to the Best Advantage to all my heirs, the produce deriving therefore shall be divided among all my Children in equal shares and share alike, excepting my daughter, SARAH, intermarried with SAMUEL WITMER, and the children of my son, JOSEPH, shall have the Ten Dollars for their Fathers [?] [?] it is to be remembered that I gave to my Daughter, ELIZABETH, intermarried with JOHN WEISS the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, it is my will after my decease and my estate to come to a settlement among my heirs said one hundred and fifty dollars which she has in advance of my other children. It shall be divided for their portion.
And lastly, I Constitute and Ordain my trusty Friend, George Ramberger as my Executor, of the my Last Will and Testament and revoke all former wills by me made, on this twenty-eight day of January, One Thousand, Eight
Hundred and Forty Seven.

Signed, sealed, and delivered by the Testator as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of John Enterline, and Levi Matter. Signed, GEORGE MATTER and his stamped seal [copied as spelled and written] Dauphin County:

On the 25th day of October, 1855 personally appeared in the Registers office in and for said county, Before me [?] Hummel Jr., Registrar, Levi Matter, one of the several witnesses to the within instrument of the [?] purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of George Matter, deceased, and after hearing, been duly qualified according to law do depose and say that he was present and saw and heard the Testator sign, seal, and declare the same to be his Last Will and testament and at the time of so doing he was of a sound mind, memory, and understanding to best of his knowledge and belief and [?]
[?] signed, Levi Matter

There is another statement made by John Cooper that he was well acquainted with John Enterline, deceased, one of the witnesses to George Matter's will. He states that it is indeed John Enterline's handwriting in his [Enterline's] signature.

In the Account of Administration of George Romberger, executor for George Matter is the following information: all of his debtors are listed, and the settlement of these debts, the private sales of his belongings, and the price they brought.[these belongings I have not enumerated]

County of Dauphin State of Pennsylvania
Miscellaneous Deed Book Volume I, page 408

BALTHASER MATTER, of Rubletown [should be Ruggles], Ashland County, Ohio, son and legal heir of GEORGE MATTER SR. of Washington Township, in consideration of $220.00., paid by George Ramberger, Mifflin Township, and Jacob Row, Washington Township, releases all his rights in his share of the estate coming to him from his father, George Matter Sr. Also appoints them his attorneys, November 20, 1850. Signed, BALSER MATTER. Acknowledged in Ashland County, Ohio, November 20, 1854

GEORGE MATTER, of Tristan Township, Henry County, Ohio, son of GEORGE MATTER SR.appoints George Ramberger and Jacob Row as his attorneys in the estate of his father, GEORGE MATTER SR, January 29, 1855. Acknowledged in Henry County, Ohio.

ELIZABETH MILLER, wife of Henry Miller, of Ashland County, Ohio, widow of John Weiss, deceased, and daughter of GEORGE MATTER SR., of Dauphin County, deceased, acknowledges the receipt of $583.00. January 17, 1857.
Acknowledged in Dauphin County.

JONAS MATTER, of Ruble Township [should be Ruggles], Ashland County, Ohio son of GEORGE MATTER SR., deceased, releases on the estate of his father.

MICHAEL MATTER, of Dauphin County,
HENRY MARTIN of Dauphin County, and his wife, formerly HANNAH MATTER; JACOB ROWE and SUSANNAH, his wife late SUSANNAH MATTER;
GEORGE MATTER Jr., of Henry County, Ohio; BALTZER MATTER, of Ashland County, Ohio; JONAS MATTER, of Ashland County, Ohio;
The above are the living sons and daughters of GEORGE MATTER SR., deceased; JOHN STEIN, and SUSANNAH STEIN, daughter of JOSEPH BLYSTEIN, and CATHARINA,
his wife, who died before her father, GEORGE MATTER SR., deceased; GEORGE

HEMY, and ELIZABETH, his wife, daughter of JOSEPH and CATHARINA BLYSTEIN;
DAVID DUTENDORF, and SARAH, his wife, a daughter of ABRAHAM MILLER, and ANN
MARY, his wife, who died before her father, GEORGE MATTER SR., deceased; SIMON MILLER, son of ABRAHAM MILLER, and ANN MARY MILLER, his wife; ELI
WARNER, and ANN, his wife, daughter of ABRAHAM MILLER, and ANN MARY, his
wife; JOSIAH MILLER, son of ABRAHAM MILLER, and ANN MARY, his wife; MOSES BETZ, and CATHERINE, his wife, daughter of SAMUEL WITMER, and SARAH,
his wife, who died before her father, GEORGE MATTER SR.; JOSIAH WITMER, son of SAMUEL and SARAH WITMER, JONAS and SARAH WITMER, minor children of
SAMUEL and SARAH WITMER, whose guardian is JACOB ROW.
[The above are grandchildren of deceased Matter children of George Sr.] All release in the estate of GEORGE MATTER, January 17, 1857.
v. BALTHASER ROMBERGER was born on Dec 28, 1778 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Jun 16, 1839 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Elizabeth Sierer on Dec 25, 1802 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Nov 15, 1782 in Lebanon Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Feb 02, 1858 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Balthaser Romberger was baptized on Apr 04, 1779 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). He was buried on Jun 17, 1839 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).

Notes for Balthaser Romberger:
Mr. Balthasar Ramberger unexpectedly died on stroke on June 16th, 1839 at his residence in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, in the 88th year of his life. He is widely mourned. The family looses with him a faithful father, the Lutheran church an eager and active member, his neighbors a helpful and kind neighbor and the community an honorable man. The following day his mortal remains got buried in God's acre at St. John's Cemetery, where an uncommon amount of people attended the burial. The honorable J. P. Schindel preached emotionally about Tobit 4, 1 - 6.
His ash may rest softly.

Translation from German language Harrisburg, PA newspaper dated June 27, 1839, page 3.

Elizabeth Sierer was buried after Feb 02, 1858 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery).
vi. SARAH ROMBERGER was born about 1780 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died in 1860. She married JACOB MILLER. He was born between Jun 1766-May 1767 in Pennsylvania, USA. He died after 1850.
vii. JOHANNES ROMBERGER was born on Nov 29, 1784 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died in 1840 in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Eva Hand before 1821. She was born on Dec 07, 1794. She died on Aug 03, 1848 in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Johannes Romberger was baptized in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. Peter's (Hoffman's) Union Church).

Balthaser Romberger and Susannah Lehman had the following children:
viii. SUSANNAH ROMBERGER was born on Apr 16, 1799 in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Feb 23, 1856. She married Joseph Workman before 1819. He was born on Dec 23, 1795 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on May 23, 1857.

Susannah Romberger was baptized on Jul 07, 1799 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church). She was buried after Feb 23, 1856 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery).

Joseph Workman was buried after May 23, 1857 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery).

Notes for Joseph Workman:
Joseph Sr. , also Wortman/Wood, was a farmer who resided in Dauphin County.
He was one of the directors of the public school. In 1840, he was living with his wife and seven children. In 1850, he was living with his wife and three children in Dauphin County. He is buried in row 4 at the Wiconisco Calvary Cemetery. He served as a private in the Pennsylvania militia during the War of 1812. He owned land in Dauphin County.

ix. ELIZABETH ROMBERGER was born on Dec 27, 1800 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Feb 09, 1894 in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Peter Zimmerman before 1820. He was born on Nov 04, 1799 in Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Feb 24, 1877 in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Elizabeth Romberger was buried on Feb 11, 1894 in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery).

Notes for Elizabeth Romberger: Notes from the files of Tom Angelo

Williamstown Emmanuel Lutheran Church Records show a Burial "Elizabeth Zimmerman, Feb 11, 1894, age 93 years, 1 month, 13 days.
One paper in Tower City has a Williamstown notice which reads.

"Last Friday old mother Zimmerman died and was buried last Sunday in Tower City cemetery. She was taken first to the Lutheran church where Rev. Dale delivered an able sermon. She was 93 years of age." Friday was Feb 9th and Sunday was Feb 11th. This puts her birthday as Dec 27 1800. Elizabeth was one year younger than her husband Peter in the census records. The church and census record agree.

Elizabeth was a widow and lived with her son Jacob in 1880. The sponsor at Maria Anna's baptism was Samuel and Elisabeth Romberger. The death certificate of William H. Zimmerman states his father is Peter Zimmerman and mother is Elizabeth Romberger and wife Pheoby.

Peter Zimmerman and Elizabeth Romberger Research

I found on FamilySearch.org two ancestral files that show Elizabeth Romberger married to Peter Zimmerman:
Ancestral File 4VX9-F8X, Submission ID MM9R-LJD Ancestral File 339P-ZT9

File 4VX9-F8X shows the following family:
Balzer Romberger (b. Dec 28, 1778, d. Jun 16, 1839) and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer (b. Nov 15, 1782, d. Feb 2, 1858). They have the following children:

1. Susanna Romberger (b. Apr 16, 1799, d. Feb 27, 1856) married to Joseph Weertman
2. Jacob Romberger (b. Jun 19, 1806, d. Nov 20, 1864) married to Margaret Rebecca Conrad (b. Jan 6, 1810, d. Jun 3, 1878)
3. Joseph Romberger
4. Samuel Romberger
5. Elizabeth Romberger married to Peter Zimmerman

Only the descendants of Jacob Romberger and Margaret Rebecca Conrad are listed.

File 339P-ZT9 shows the following family:
Balzer Romberger (b. Dec 28, 1778, d. Jun 16, 1839) and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer (b. Nov 15, 1782, d. Feb 2, 1858). They have the following children:
1. Susanna Romberger (b. Apr 16, 1799, d. Feb 27, 1856) married to Joseph Weertman
2. Ann Marie Romberger (b. Oct 12, 1803, d. Nov 29, 1871) married to Daniel Matter
3. Jacob Romberger (b. Jun 19, 1806, d. Nov 20, 1864) married to Margaret Rebecca Conrad (b. Jan 6, 1810, d. Jun 3, 1878)
4. George Romberger (b. Nov 12, 1807, d. Jun 16, 1833)
5. Daniel Romberger (b. Mar 13, 1810, d. Jun 16, 1833)
6. Benjamin Romberger (b. Jan 17, 1821, d. Feb 7, 1904)
7. Baltzer Romberger III (b. Dec 7, 1825, d. Jun 2, 1905)
8. Joseph Romberger
9. Samuel Romberger
10. Sarah Romberger married to Peter Bellis
11. Elizabeth Romberger married to Peter Zimmerman

Only the descendants of Jacob Romberger and Margaret Rebecca Conrad are listed.

Clicking through the names sometimes both ancestral files are combined.

It appears that the author of these files obtained sources that may have been in partial error, especially because there were numerous Balthasar Romberger or Bal(t)zar Romberger as they were commonly known.

The actual known children of Baltzar Romberger (b. Jul 5, 1747, d. Sep 12, 1833) and Susanna Lehman (b. Feb 19, 1771, d. 1849) are:
1. Susannah Romberger (b. Apr 16, 1799, d. Feb 23, 1856) married to Joseph Workman (b. Dec 1795, d. May 23, 1857)
2. Samuel Romberger (b. May 19, 1803) married to Mary Elizabeth Brown
3. Jacob Romberger (b. Jun 19, 1806, d. Nov 20, 1964)
4. Salome Sarah Romberger (b. Nov 22, 1808, d. Sep 3, 1890) married to Peter Bellis (b. Jul 13, 1799, d. May 10, 1874)
5. Joseph Romberger (b. Nov 7, 1811, d. Jan 20, 1890)

One cause of the problem seems to be that Baltzar (b. 1747) and Baltzar (b. 1778) is they are both married to a "Susan". Also Baltzar (b. 1778) is actually the son of Baltzar (b. 1747) and his first wife Anna Maria Traut. Both Baltzar (b. 1747) and second wife, Susanna Lehman and Baltzar (b. 1778) and Susan Seacrer had children at the same time.

The Ancestral File 4VX9-F8X differs from the family of Baltzar and Susanna Lehman with a different Baltzar Romberger (b. 1778) and wife Susan Elizabeth Seacrer. However, the children match up except Elizabeth Romberger is not now a known child of Baltzar and Susannah Lehman and the Ancestral File does not list Salome Sarah Romberger.

The Ancestral File 339P-ZT9 differs from the family of Baltzar and Susanna Lehman with a different Baltzar Romberger (b. 1778) and wife Susan Elizsabeth Seacrer. In addition it has the families of Baltzar and Susanna mixed in with the family of Baltzar and Susan Elizabeth.

In Ancestral File 339P-ZT9 the first 6 children (if you include Elizabeth) are the children of Baltzar and Susanna Lehman and the last 5 children are the children of Baltzar and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer (differences noted to my records);

7. Ann Marie Romberger (b. Oct 12, 1803, d. Nov 29, 1871) married to Daniel Matter, my records show he was b. Sep 25, 1800, d. Jun 3, 1881)
8. George Romberger (b. Nov 12, 1807, d. Jun 16, 1833), my records show him as George John Romberger (b. Nov 12, 1807, d. Jan 5, 1873) married to Mary Hopple (b. Apr 29, 1807, d. Mar 15, 1873)
9. Daniel Romberger (b. Mar 13, 1810, d. Jun 16, 1833), my records show he was married to Eva Romberger (b. Jun 28, 1810, d. Sep 1876) she was the daughter of Adam Romberger and Anna Catherine Paul
10. Benjamin Romberger (b. Jan 17, 1821, d. Feb 7, 1904), my records show him as Bengohan (Benjamin) Romberger (same dates) married to Amalia Fisher (b. Aug 20, 1822, d. Jun 20, 1868)
11. Baltzer Romberger III (b. Dec 7, 1825, d. Jun 2, 1905), my records show (b. b. Dec 7, 1825, d. Nov 3, 1909) married to Sarah Orendorff (b. Nov 1, 1826, d. Jan 27, 1852)

The other problem is that Baltzar and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer had 11 children. The six children that should go with the last 5 above are:

1. Anna Catherine Romberger (b. Oct 1, 1805, d. Aug 11, 1856) married to John Philip Matter (b. Apr 27, 1796, d. Jan 20, 1873)
2. Elizabeth Romberger (b. May 4, 1812, d. Aug 16, 1854) married to Jacob Hoy (b. May 26, 1808, d. Jun 19, 1889)
3. Susanna Romberger (b. Nov 30, 1814, d. Dec 9, 1845) married to John Bordner (b. Aug 3, 1814, d. mar 27, 1869)
4. Rebecca Romberger (b. Sep 17, 1816, d. Feb 8, 1887) married to Jeremiah Harner (b. Dec 19, 1813, d. mar 4, 1868)
5. Hannah Romberger (b. Nov 11, 1818, d. Apr 29. 1904) married to Jacob Woodside (b. Jun 13, 1813, d. Nov 2, 1852)
6. David Romberger (b. Sep 12, 1823, d. May 13, 1887) married to Anna Maria Schwab (b. Nov 21, 1828, d. Oct 6, 1903)

Elizabeth Romberger (b. Dec 12, 1800, d. Feb 9, 1894) the wife of Peter Zimmerman could have been given the middle name of Susan Elizabeth Seacrer. However there was a child of Baltzar and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer named Elizabeth (b. May 4, 1812) who married and lived to 1854. It is hardly likely that Baltzar and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer would have named two daughters Elizabeth if both continued to live. So I believe that Elizabeth Romberger b. 1800 is not a daughter of Baltzar and Susan Elizabeth Seacrer.

Both Ancestral Files were submitted by Thomas A. Wolfgang Jr. a descendant of Jacob Romberger (b. Jun 19, 1806, d. Nov 20, 1864) and Margaret Rebecca
Conrad (b. Jan 6, 1810, d. Jun 3, 1878) and Michael Kersetter (b. Jan 1, 1813) married to Elizabeth Martz (b. Mar 29, 1814, d. Mar 20, 1898). Thomas Wolfgang listed the following sources:

The Kerstetter Family - The Early Years 1727 to 1850 Third Edition 1996 Author: Steve Kerstetter
Repository: Northumberland County Historical Society Library

Record of John Castetter, Treverton Road, Coal Township, Northumberland

County, Pennsylvania
Repository: John Castetter's home

However, I am convinced that Peter Zimmerman's wife Elizabeth Rumberger is another daughter of Baltzar Romberger (b. Jul 5, 1747, d. Sep 12, 1833) and Susanna Lehman (b. Feb 19, 1771, d. 1849). Even though we do not have a baptismal record of Elizabeth, we also do not have a baptismal record of their daughter Salome Sarah Romberger (b. Nov 22, 1808, d. Sep 3, 1890). Both of their baptismal records could have been lost or not recorded.

Also and most importantly, Thomas A. Wolfgang Jr. seems to have oral tradition at least independently posted onto the Family Search website on Dec 28, 2002. This was well before I found the death certificate of William Henry Zimmerman with the name of his mother as Elizabeth Rumberger, which would corroborate his records. There is no reason for him to add Elizabeth Rumberger to the family of Baltzar Romberger and Susanna Lehman other than it was family oral tradition.

Peter Zimmerman was buried after Feb 24, 1877 in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery).
x. SAMUEL RUMBERGER was born on May 19, 1803 in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died in Feb 1886. He married (1) MARY ELIZABETH BROWN about 1829. She was born about 1812. She died between Mar 1847-Feb 1848 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married (2) CHARLOTTE SPRING.

Samuel Rumberger was baptized on Jun 19, 1803 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church).
xi. JACOB ROMBERGER was born on Jun 19, 1806 in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Nov 20, 1864 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Margaretha Rebecca Conrad about 1830. She was born on Jan 16, 1810 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Jun 03, 1878 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jacob Romberger was baptized on Aug 10, 1806 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church). He was buried after Nov 20, 1864 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery).

Margaretha Rebecca Conrad was baptized on Sep 10, 1810 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Zion German Lutheran Church). She was buried after Jun 03, 1878 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery).
xii. SALOME ROMBERGER was born on Nov 22, 1808 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Sep 03, 1890. She married Peter Bellis on Feb 25, 1825. He was born on Jul 13, 1799 in Pennsylvania, USA. He died on May 10, 1874.

Salome Romberger was baptized on Dec 09, 1808.

Peter Bellis was baptized on Sep 07, 1799 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church). He was buried after May 10, 1874 in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.
xiii. JOSEPH B. ROMBERGER was born on Nov 07, 1811 in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Jan 20, 1890 in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Rosina Coleman before 1832. She was born on May 20, 1810 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Dec 19, 1884.

Joseph B. Romberger was baptized on Apr 10, 1812 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (St. John's Lutheran Church). He was buried after Jan 20, 1890 in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Simeon Union Cemetery).

Rosina Coleman was buried after Dec 19, 1884 in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA (Simeon Union Cemetery).
6. JOHANNES3 RAMBERGER (Bartholomaus2 Raumberger, J. Caspar1 Rauchenberger) was born on Feb 27, 1767 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He married Susanna Hildebrand on Nov 27, 1800 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born on Apr 02, 1772 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on May 23, 1867.

Johannes Ramberger was baptized on Apr 26, 1767 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).

Notes for Johannes Ramberger:
Tax Records for Leacock Twp. - John appears as a taxable inhabitant from 1801 to 1808 with one cow. 1808-1810 he does not appear. 1811-1813 he again appears with one cow. 1814-1818 he has 4 cows. 1819-1822 he appears but has no cows. He does not appear in the 1825 tax records for Leacock twp.

New Holland church records -
Johann Ramberger was a baptismal sponsor for a child born to David Bender and Elizabeth Hildebrand - Child was named Ruben b. Aug 19, 1802, bapt. June 19, 1803, the same day as Johann and Susanna's daughter, Barbara, was bapt.

Joh. Ramberger was confirmed in the New Holland church on the Epiphany 1793.

Judith Rumberger Walburn, "Descendants of Johannes Ramberger"; report to Robert Averell, January 3, 2012; original held by Judith Rumberger Walborn, North East, Pennsylvania.

Susanna Hildebrand was buried after May 23, 1867 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Lancaster Cemetery).

Notes for Susanna Hildebrand:
Lancaster Cemetery has a listing for Susan Romberger d. May 23, 1867, bur. May 25, 1867. Age is listed as 15y, 1m, 20d. However, if stone was misread, and years were 95y 1m 20 days, birth date would be April 2, 1772, which was Susanna's birthdate

Judith Rumberger Walburn, "Descendants of Johannes Ramberger"; report to Robert Averell, January 3, 2012; original held by Judith Rumberger Walborn, North East, Pennsylvania.

Johannes Ramberger and Susanna Hildebrand had the following children:
i. BARBARA4 RAMBERGER was born on Jan 24, 1801.

Barbara Ramberger was baptized on Jun 19, 1803 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
ii. LOUISE RAMBERGER was born about 1806. She died on Jan 05, 1809 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
iii. ELIZABETH RAMBERGER was born on Nov 07, 1806.

Elizabeth Ramberger was baptized on May 31, 1907 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.
iv. MAGDALENA RAMBERGER was born on Jun 27, 1809.

Magdalena Ramberger was baptized on Dec 26, 1810 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church).
v. MARTHA RAMBERGER was born on Jun 27, 1810 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She died on Apr 17, 1875 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. She married Henry Keller on Aug 23, 1838 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He was born between Jun 1811-May 1812 in Pennsylvania,

USA. He died on Apr 07, 1863 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Martha Ramberger was buried on Apr 20, 1875 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Lancaster Cemetery).

Notes for Martha Ramberger:
From the Lancaster Intelligencer: Deaths - Keller - April 17, 1875, in this city, Mrs. Martha Keller, in the 65th year of her age. The relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral from her late residence No. 129 Church street, on tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Trinity Lutheran Church Records - Lancaster, PA Burials
20 April 1875 - Martha Keller born June 27, 1810 died April 17, 1875 aged 64y, 9m, 21d. Lanc. Cem.

Judith Rumberger Walburn, "Descendants of Johannes Ramberger"; report to Robert Averell, January 3, 2012; original held by Judith Rumberger Walborn, North East, Pennsylvania.

Henry Keller was buried on Apr 09, 1863 in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Lancaster Cemetery).

Notes for Henry Keller:
9 From the Lancaster Examiner & Herald - 30 Aug. 1838:
Married - On the Thursday evening the 23 inst. by the Rev. Mr. Baker, Mr. Henry Keller to Miss Martha Remberger, both of this city.

Enlisted in 77th Regt. Co. D. of the PA Volunteers 13 Sep. 1861, discharged 3 Feb. 1862 at Camp Wood, KY.

From the Lancaster Intelligencer Tues. April 14, 1863:
Deaths - On the 7th inst. in this city, Henry Keller, late a member of the 77th Regt.
P. V., aged 51 years.

Judith Rumberger Walburn, "Descendants of Johannes Ramberger"; report to Robert Averell, January 3, 2012; original held by Judith Rumberger Walborn, North East, Pennsylvania.

vi. PHARES HILDEBRAND RUMBERGER was born on Mar 27, 1815 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. He died on Nov 07, 1895 in Funkstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA. He married (1) SARAH SHANEBERGER on Nov 20, 1838 in Washington County, Maryland, USA. She was born on Jan 30, 1810. She died on Apr 02, 1845. He married (2) MARY ANN MONROE on Jun 04, 1846 in Washington County, Maryland, USA. She was born on Aug 07, 1825 in Virginia, USA. She died on Aug 15, 1871 in Funkstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA. He married (3) MARY ANN ??? on Sep 11, 1873 in Washington County, Maryland, USA. She was born on May 01, 1829 in Germany. She died on Aug 05, 1884 in Funkstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA.

Phares Hildebrand Rumberger was baptized on May 30, 1818 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church). He was buried on Nov 10, 1895 in Funkstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA (Funkstown Cemetery). He was also known as Ferus H. Ramberger.

Sarah Shaneberger was buried after Apr 02, 1845 in Funkstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA (Funkstown Cemetery).

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