Johann Jacob Berlin (aka Jacob Berlin) is my 6th great-grandfather and is one of my Immigrant Ancestors. Born December 17, 1716 in what is now Niederbronn, France Jacob arrived in Philadelphia on November 9, 1738 on-board the Charming Nancy with two younger brothers, Frederick and Abraham. Jacob died April 7, 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. He was the father of five children, one of which was John Frederick Berlin (1742-1836). Frederick and his wife (reportedly Susan Wagner) were the parents of four children. Their son, John Frederick (1771-1843) and his wife (reportedly Juliana Dietzler) were the parents of nine children, the eldest being John D. Berlin.
- There were three brothers who immigrated... Yeah, Right! - June 11, 2012 - Yes, there really were three brothers who came together in 1738 on the Charming Nancy.
- Jacob Berlin :: The Voyage Across the Ocean - June 13, 2012 - The year 1738 became known as "The Year of the Destroying Angels" with an extraordinary number of deaths and illness among the German immigrants and the 'Charming Nancy' was not exempt.
- Tombstone Tuesday :: Jacob Berlien (1716-1790) - June 12, 2012 - Jacob is buried in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Abbottstown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. A photo of his tombstone was obtained from an online "genealogy angel" who gave permission for its use.
John D. Berlin (my 3rd great-grandfather) was the eldest of nine children of John Frederick Berlin whose wife was reportedly Juliana Dietzler. He was born on December 8th, 1792 near Abbottstown in York (now Adams) County, Pennsylvania. He was married to Susannah Hoffman on February 16th, 1826. She was born March 9, 1804 in Columbiana County, Ohio and was the second of eleven children of John and Catherine (Coy) Hoffman.
John D. and Susan would become the parents of ten children. They would move to Portage County, Ohio in 1846 and 18 years later to Elkhart County, Indiana where they would live for the remainder of their lives.
- John D. and Susannah Berlin - January 22, 2011 - Biography and photo of the family.
- Bible Records - January 23, 2011 - Transcription and images of pages from the family bible giving dates of births, marriages, and deaths.
- Introduction to The Letters – January 24, 2011 - Information on a group of 35 family letters discovered at the Nappanee Public Library. Photograph of John and Susan Berlin.
- The Cast of Characters – January 25, 2011 - A list of the people mentioned in the letters as well as information regarding the people who wrote the letters and those who received them.
- List of The Letters – January 26, 2011 - Includes the date of the letter, the location where it was written, who wrote the letter and to whom it was sent as well as a link to the individual blog post for each letter.
Post date adjusted December 29, 2012 so that when a search for the surname is done on the blog the post will appear first the search list.