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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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CHARLES BERKHIMER, son of Jacob and Tacy Weber (Deaves) Berkhimer, was born at Fairview, the old homestead of the Weber family, at Sandy Hill, in Whitpain township, May 3, 1859. He attended school at Sandy Hill until his seventeenth year, besides assisting his father on the farm during the intervals of school study. After the death of his parents he became owner of the farm, which takes its name from the elevated position of the land from which the surrounding country may be seen in every direction for many miles. Few places in Montgomery county offer better facilities in the way of scenery than may be enjoyed from the door of the old stone mansion of Fairview Farm.

Charles Berkhimer is unmarried and the presiding genius in his household is his widowed sister, Mrs. Rex, who with her son, assists in the management of the farm.

Jacob Berkhimer (father), born January 6, 1809, married November 25, 1841, Tacy Weber Deaves, born June 23, 1814. Their children are: Susanna Deaves, born September 27, 1842, married June 3, 1869, Nicholas Rex, born July 25, 1842, son of William and Mary Ann Rex, of Plymouth township, their children being Jacob and Mary Ann (died in infancy); and William Berkhimer, born September 24, 1882, residing at “Fairview Farm,” with his mother and uncle, his father, Nicholas Rex, having died June 25, 1883. George E., second child of Jacob Berkhimer, born January 13, 1845, died July 3, 1845. John, born April 18, 1846, married Susanna Rex (first wife), whose daughters Tacy B., born June 22, 1868, and Mary Ann, born January 2, 1874, reside with their father at the Maples in Whitpain township. Susanna Berkhimer having died December 10, 1877, John Berkhimer married (second wife) Mrs. Josephine (Hallman) Rapine, widow of Jerome Rapine, of Whitemarsh township, by whom she had two children. William Deaves, born May 22, 1848, married Margaret, daughter of Joel Dewees, of Whitpain township, they living on the Township Line road near Blue Bell. Isaac, born in 1848, died in infancy. Mary Elizabeth, born in 1850, and died in infancy. Jesse Deaves, born October 5, 1852, married Sarah, daughter of William Moore, and she having died, married (second wife) Emily, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Fisher, they residing at West Ambler. Jacob Martin, born on Christmas day, 1854, married Sarah J. Thomas, of Harmanville, where they live. Charles is the other member of the family.

Mr. Berkhimer’s grandfather, George Berkhimer, was born in 1773. He was the son of George Berkhimer, born in 1750.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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