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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOSEPH L. BERGER, farmer, P. O. Fayetteville, son of Lucien Berger, was born March 19, 1818, in Germany. In 1835 or 1836, he came to this country and settled in this township, two miles south of Fayetteville. Several years later, he bought a farm of 160 acres in the northwest part of the township. He was married in this township, at the age of twenty-seven years, to Lugard Berger, by whom he had eleven children, nine now living — Martin, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, Frances, Annie, Christina, Ellen and Peter. His wife died in 1864, and he again married in this township, in 1865, to Margaret Heitzelman. They have three children — Louis, Margaret and Matilda. Mr. Berger received through his wife, who was an only daughter, 100 acres of land. He afterward bought 53 acres adjoining. In 1867, he bought 117 ½ acres of land where he now lives, on which he moved in February, 1882. He now owns 432 acres of fine land, about two hundred of which are under cultivation. Mr. Berger has held numerous township offices. He is at present serving his third term as Supervisor; was Township Trustee about nine years and County Commissioner three years. The family are all members of the Catholic Church of Fayetteville.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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