Name: Christian BERGER
Birth: 1802 in Switzerland
Census: 1870 Pleasant Valley, Fayette, Iowa, USA
Page 125, Dwelling #86, Family #86: Christian BERGER (Farm Laborer) age 68, born in Switzerland is listed in the household of Jacob LEHMANN (Retired Farmer) age 64, born in Switzerland. There is also
Death: 29 JAN 1879 in Winona, Minnesota, USA
Catharine LEHMANN age 32, born in Switzerland. Based on the age disparity, I initially assumed Catharine was Jacob's daughter, however, the 1880 census describes her as his wife. I have no idea if there was a family relationship between these families or Christian simply lived with the Lehmann's. However, "The History of Winona County, Minnesota: pages 659-660 contain the following reference: "...The now Mrs. Kissling, with her father, located in Iowa. There she lived with an uncle, attended school and grew to young womanhood." Is Jacob LEHMAN the uncle referred to and does that imply that Anna's mother's maiden name was LEHMAN or that a sister to Chrisian married Jacob LEHMAN?
1860 Pleasant Valley Twp., Fayette Co., IA - Page 100, Dwelling 772, Family 688: Jacob LEMON(sic) (Farmer) age 56; Mary age 56; John age 18; Joseph age 16; Mary age 14; Frederick age 12, all born in
Switzerland. Living next door is John LEMON (Farmer) age 45; Mary [nee: MILLER - per article below) age 45; Jacob age 25; David age 21; Peter age 19; Frederick age 16; Christopher age 14; Mary age 13;
Nicholas age 11; Rudle(sic) (male) age 10, all born in Switzerland. Next door to them is Benedict LEMON (Farmer) age 28; H.E. (female) age 21, both born in Switzerland; Lewis age 4, born in IA; Emanuel age 3,
born in IA; Lydia age 1, born in IA.
1880 Pleasant Valley Twp., Fayette Co., IA - Enum. Dist.205, Page 167A, Dwelling 130, Family 135: Jacob LEHMAN (Retired Farmer) age 76; Katie (wife) age 39. There is no place of birth listed for either
PAST AND PRESENT OF FAYETTE COUNTY, IOWA. Vol. 1; B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, IN, 1910, Pages 671-672:
"...John Lehmann(sic) was born in Switzerland in 1833, and at the age of eighteen came to America, leaving Bern February 8th, crossing the ocean on a sailing vessel, and arrived at Turkey River, Iowa, on June 29th. He was the son of John and Mary (Miller) Lehmann, who came to America in 1854 with a family of nine boys and three girls, seven of whom are now living, and settled about one mile from Elgin. John Lehmann, Sr., and his brother entered land in Clayton and Fayette counties. He farmed all his life and died highly respected at the age of eighty-seven years."
"John Lehman, Jr., was educated in Switzerland, and there assisted his father on his farm. In America he worked on his father's farm and later hired out. In 1858 he married Elizabeth Kohler, who was born in
Switzerland in 1839, and who came to this country with her father in 1854. He now bought one hundred and forty acres of wild land, put up a house and broke the land. He lived there until 1872, when he established a lumber business in Elgin, and later took his youngest son into the business. In 1901 he sold out and retired. John and Elizabeth Lehmann are the parents of nine children: John W., now a hardware merchant at La Porte City, Iowa; Louise; Lena; Albert, who died September 10, 1868; George; Frederick; Cecelia; Julia; Amelia...."
PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF FAYETTE COUNTY, IOWA published by Lake City Publishing Company, Chicago, IL; 1891 - Pages 369-370:
John Lehman, Jr., a lumber dealer of Elgin, has carried on business in that line for eighteen years. He was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, November 18, 1833, and is a son of John Lehman, who was born in the same canton, November 11, 1806. His grandfather, David Lehman, was a soldier in the Swiss army at the time Napoleon conquered his native land. He lived to be seventy-five years of age and his wife was eighty-two years of age at the time of her death. John Lehman, Sr., was one of their five sons. He operated a large rented farm and in Switzerland wedded Miss Mary Miller, who was born March 25, 1807. In April 1852, with their twelve children they sailed for the United States, reaching New York after a voyage of thirty-nine days. They at once proceeded to Philadelphia, then to Pittsburg and on by way of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to McGregor's Landing in Iowa. On section 24, Pleasant Valley Township, Fayette County, they located, Mr. Lehman entering a quarter section of land, which is still in the possession of the family. Through the agency of a neighbor he afterwards made another claim and had to pay thirthy per cent for the use of the money. His wife died March 25, 1888, but he still resides on the old homestead. By his untiring efforts and industry, he has secured a handsome competence and is spending his old age in quiet and comfort. All of the children are living and have become useful and respected citizens: Magdaline is the wife of Henry Scharlach, a resident of Livingston County, Ill.; Benedict is a farmer of this county, John, whose name heads this sketch, is the third in order of birth; Jacob is a farmer of Fayette County; Anna is the wife of Samuel Rhinehart, a resident of Howard County, Iowa; Davis is liviing with his father; Peter is a blacksmith and machinist of Elgin; Mary is the wife of Nicholas Schori and resides in Elgin; Frederick is engaged in agricultural pursuits in this county; Christian is a hardware merchant and dealer in agricultural implements of Elgin; Nicholas makes his home at the same place; and Rudolph is a blacksmith of Elgin."
"In the usual manner of farmer lads our subject spent the days of his boyhood and youth and in the common schools acquired an education. He was about nineteen years of age when he came to this county, and under the parental roof he remained until his marriage, which was celebrated September 4, 1858. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Kohler, was born in the same neighborhood as our subject on the 12th of April 1839, and is a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Blank) Kohler. In 1854 she came to the United States with her father and four of her brothers, her mother having died in Switzerland when she was a small child. To Mr. and Mrs. Lehman have been born ten children: John W., who is engaged in the hardware business in Elgin with his uncle Christian; Louisa, wife of George Klock, a resident of Fayette; Lena, who resides in Santa Cruz, Cal.; Albert who died at the age of three and a half years; George, Frederick, Celia, Ella, Julia and Amelia...."
Records in the sexton's office for Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona, MN 1
indicate that Christian is buried in the same plot as his daughter,
Anna Elizabeth, and her husband, however there is no evidence that a
gravemarker was ever erected.
Page 659-660, THE HISTORY OF WINONA COUNTY MINNESOTA: "Mrs. Anna (Berger) Kissling, wife of John Kissling, was born in Switzerland, May 10, 1848, daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Berger, both natives of Switzerland. In 1856 Mr. and Mrs. Berger, with their daughter Anna E., set sail for American shores, and the wife and mother died on the voyage and was buried at sea. The now Mrs. Kissling, with her father, located in Iowa. There she lived with an uncle, attended school and grew to young womanhood. In 1864 she with friends came to Winona, and here she was married to John Kissling. Throughout all their married life, she has proved a most efficient helpmate, a true wife and a loving mother. In 1874 her father, Christian Berger, came to Winona and made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Kissling until summoned by death January 1879. All the members of the Kissling family are active workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Elizabeth b: in Switzerland
- Anna Elizabeth BERGER b: 10 MAY 1848 in Switzerland
- Title: Published Cemetery Index
Page: Woodlawn Cemetery Sexton's Records, Winona, MN.