Christina "Dina" or "Diana" (Fegely) Pilgert was born on Oct. 23, 1806, the daughter of Heinrich and Catharine (Gaumer) Fögle, also spelled "Fegely."
Their children were Willoughby Pilgert, Henry Edwin Pilgert, Isabella Wetzel, George M. Pilgert, Judith Pilgert, Reuben F. Pilgert, Rebecca Jacobs, James Pilgert, Anna C. Pilgert and Charles D. Pilgert.
The 1850 and 1860 federal censuses show George and Christiana residing in Longswamp. They owned a 15-acre tract, which included a "Mansion House."
~ Son Willoughby Pilgert ~
He was united in holy wedlock with Mary Ann "Annie" Eck (Oct. 14, 1833-1916), daughter of John and Marie Eck. They lived in Henningsville, Berks County.
During the Civil War, with his name spelled "Bilgard," Willoughby joined the Union Army and was placed in the 167th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H.
The couple produced these known children -- Mary Amanda Brensinger, Sarah Elizabeth Long, John James Pilgert, Ida Jane Fisher, Annie Maria Miller, Emma C. Yoder and Ella Schroding.
In 1889, Willoughby was awarded a Civil War soldier's pension. [Invalid App. #706.400 - Cert. #866.126]
He died from the effects of congestive heart failure at the age of 72 on June 26, 1901. A newspaper reported that burial would be in Mertztown "if arrangements can be made with the pastor."
Mary Anna then began receiving his monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #744.449 - Cert. #542.499] She survived her husband by 15 years, becoming senile toward the end. She suffered from a building in her bile duct ("bilary calculi") which led to gangrene. She died at home south of Longsdale at the age of 82 on June 9, 1916. Interment was in Mertztown. She was survived by a brother, Manoah Eck of Lebanon, PA.
Daughter Sarah Elizabeth Pilgert (1853-1931) was born in 1853. She wedded Stephen Long ( ? - ? ). Their three children were Jacob Long, Amandus Long and Clara Boyer. The Longs' residence in 1901-1931 was in Longsdale near Mertztown. Sarah died at home at the age of 77 in March 1931. Burial was in Longswamp Cemetery, with Rev. William L. Meckstroth officiating. An obituary printed in the Allentown Morning Call said that her survivors included four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Daughter Mary "Amanda" Pilgert (1857-1936) was born on Jan. 7, 1857. She married John Brensinger (June 12, 1848-1921), son of Harry and Hettie (Oswald) Brensinger. Their only known children were Jennie H. Derr and Willoughby H. Brensinger. John earned income over the years as a carpenter. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Brensingers resided in Longswamp Township, Berks County, and their 12-year-old nephew Harris Hammel (or "Hummel") lived under their roof. Circa 1901, their home was in Palm, PA and in 1916-1931 in Bally/Huff's Church. Sadly, suffering from heart valve disease, John died at age 72 on April 21, 1921. His remains were placed into rest in Huff's Church Cemetery. As a widow in 1936, she dwelled in Huff's Church. She became senile in her final years and died at age 79 on Feb. 21, 1936. Burial was in Huff's Church Cemetery, and daughter Jennie Derr of Barto was the informant for the death certificate.
Son John James Pilgert (1860-1936) was born in 1860. He lived in Henningsville, Berks County in 1901 and at Pilger School House in Mertztown in 1916. By 1931, he had moved to a new home in Allentown and in 1935 was in Henningsville.
Daughter Ida Jane Pilgert (1861-1901) was born on Valentine's Day 1861 in Longswamp Township. At the age of less than two months, she was baptized by Rev. William Barly, with Francis and Mary Reeser serving as sponsors. On Sept. 25, 1879, when she was age 18, she was united in matrimony with David G. Fisher (Nov. 4, 1859-1947), a native of Hancock, Berks County and one of eight children of Amos and Eva (Ginginger) Fisher. Their wedding ceremony was presided over by Rev. B.E. Kramlich. The couple bore eight children, of whom two sadly died in infancy. The surviving six offspring were Morris Sylvester Fischer, Annie Collins, Silas L. Fisher, William H. Fisher, Mary Esther Schweyer and Ralph Emerson Fisher. Circa 1900, they lived in South Bethlehem at 724 East Fourth Street, and David earned a living as a day laborer. On the first of February 1901, as she approached her 40th birthday, Ida Jane contracted a deadly case of pneumonia. Said the Allentown Morning Call, "she grew gradually worse, although under the best medical care, until she sank to her last sleep." Death swept her away on Feb. 4, 1901. An obituary in the Morning Call referred to her as "esteemed." David outlived his bride by almost half a century and apparently never remarried. He belonged to the Mertztown Church, and moved to Allentown in about 1927. He worked for Bethlehem Steel as an ingot foreman. His final address was at 225½ North 14th Street in Allentown. At his 71st birthday in 1930, his daughter held a roast turkey dinner for the family, and the following year the birthday meal was a rabbit dinner. Burdened with acute heart disease and senility, he passed away at age 86 on March 10, 1947. Burial was in Mertztown Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Allentown Morning Call. He was survived by 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Daughter Annie Maria Pilgert (1866-1935) was born on July 26, 1866. She was joined in wedlock with Peter Miller (Dec. 20, 1856-1923), son of William and Catherine (Hilbert) Miller of Longswamp. The couple produced three offspring, Ella Miller, Ida Miller and Harvey Miller. They dwelled in Longsdale in 1901, Topton in 1916 and Mertztown in 1923, where Peter earned a living as a laborer. From about 1917 to his death six years later, Peter worked as a sexton for the Mertztown Church. The Millers were members of the Lutheran wing of St. Paul's Church in Mertztown. Grief swept over the family when Peter, already stricken with influenza, was felled by a stroke of apoplexy at the age of 66 and passed away on March 16, 1923. Funeral services were held in the family home, led by Rev. W.S. Dry, with interment in the Mertztown Cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said he was survived by two brothers, four step-brothers, one sister and one step-sister. The widowed Annie outlived her husband by a dozen years. She spent her final time in Mertztown. Having contracted chronic heart disease, she suffered a heart attack and died at age 69 on Sept. 25, 1935. Interment was in Mertztown, following funeral services again preached by Rev. W.S. Dry. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call. Daughter Ida Miller of Mertztown was the informant for the official certificate of death.
Daughter Emma C. Pilgert (1868-1945) was born in 1868. She married Horace R. "Harry" Yoder ( ? - ? ). Their known children were Henry W. Yoder, Mahlon Yoder, Paul W. Yoder, Eva Croll, Helen Warmkessel, Jennie Sell, Evelyn Heiter and Neida Reppert. Their home in 1901 was in Wellerstown and in 1916-1935 in Mertztown. The couple were members of the Lutheran congregation of the Longswamp Church, where Horace served as an officer. The Yoders are known to have attended the third annual reunion of the Yoder family at Mertztown on Aug. 31, 1912. After his death, Emma went to live with her married daughter Mrs. Floyd Warmkessel in Alburtis. She died in the daughter's residence at the age of 77 on Nov. 10, 1945. Rev. Wilson Hartzel led the funeral service and burial at the Longswamp Church Cemetery. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call said she was survived by 15 grandchildren and 18 grandchildren.
Daughter Ella Pilgert ( ? - ? ) wedded Morgan Sheridan (or "Schroeder") ( ? - ? ). She resided in Orwigsburg, PA in 1901 and in Allentown in 1916-1931.
~ Son Henry Edwin Pilgert ~
Son Henry Edwin Pilgert (1830-1917) was born on June 6, 1830.
He married Maria Schmidt (1838-1891), Americanized to "Smith."
They dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County and were the parents of Sarah A. Pilgert, Helena Ketterer, Henry Payne Pilgert, Kate A. Ketterer, George S. Pilgert and Maria Isabella Fritch.
Sadly, Maria passed away in 1891.
Henry survived her as a widower for more than a quarter of a century. He went to live with his married daughter Maria Isabella Fritch in Mertztown. He became bedfast in the early months of 1917 and remained so for the last 14 weeks of his life. Already burdened with kidney disease, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was swept away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 86 on May 27, 1917. Daughter Isabella of Mertztown was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in Mertztown Cemetery, with Rev. Bernd and Brensinger co-officiating. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
Daughter Sarah A. Pilgert (1858-1873)
Daughter Helena Pilgert (1862-1906) was born in 1862. She married (?) Ketterer.
Son Henry Payne Pilgert (1864-1947) was born in 1864. He made a home in Mertztown in 1917.
Daughter Kate A. Pilgert (1868-1961) was born in 1868. She wedded (?) Ketterer (or "Kettinger"). She dwelled in Reading in 1917.
Son George S. Pilgert (1874-1947) was born in 1874. His home in 1917 was in Allentown.
Daughter Maria Isabella Pilgert (1876-1970) was born in 1876 in Longswamp Township. On Nov. 8, 1902, she was united in marital union with Luther Fritch ( ? - ? ), son of Tilghman Fritch. The news was reported in the Allentown Leader. The couple raised a foster son, Arthur B. Miller. They were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Mertztown. Luther passed away in 1950. Isabella survived him by two decades. Toward the end of her life, she went to reside in Berks Heim near Reading. She died at age 94 on Aug. 30, 1970.
~ Daughter Isabella (Pilgert) Wetzel ~
Daughter Isabella Pilgert (1833-1921) was born on Oct. 4, 1833.
She was united in marriage with farmer Washington Wetzel (1836-1910), believed to have been the son of John and Hetty Wetzel of Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.
They were the parents of a son, George Washington Wetzel.
Evidence suggests that the couple divorced soon after the birth of their son, between 1864 and 1867. Isabella book back her maiden name, and in 1870, with her six-year-old son, lived in the household of 72-year-old farmer Daniel DeLong (or "Dolong") in Longswamp Township, Berks County. The census-taker spelled her name "Pilliard."
Ex-husband Washington married in 1867 to Catharine A. "Kate" Fegley (Sept. 20, 1844-1900), daughter of George F. and Anna (Lichtenwalner) Fegely. The Wetzels lived in Maple Grove in Longswamp in 1870-1900, with Washington laboring in a local coal mine and farming. They had more children of their own, James A. Wetzel, Henry Wetzel, Martha A. Miller and Mrs. Benjamin Roth.
Isabella was diagnosed with a tumor and in June 20 underwent surgery. The gossip columns of the Allentown Leader reported that the operation had been conducted by Dr. J.A. Brobst and Dr. D.D. Fritch.
Isabella lived in Longswamp in 1917 and in Boyertown in the early 1920s, using the surname "Pilgert." In 1920, federal census records show her at the age of 86, boarding in the household of Luther and Maria Fritch.
Suffering from heart disease and rheumatism, she died at age 88 on Nov. 8, 1921. David Moyer of Boyertown signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Interment was in St. Paul's Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
Son George Washington Wetzel (1864-1954) was born on April 23, 1864 in Longswamp Township. In about 1886, when he would have been age 21 or 22, he married Emeline Trexler (April 23, 1862-1936), daughter of John and Marie (Geist) Trexler of Longswamp. They were the parents of John Oscar Wetzel and Frank Erwin Wetzel. The family belonged to the Lutheran wing of the St. Paul's Union Church of Mertztown. George was employed by D.D. Fritch Milling Company for 39 years, retiring at the age of 70 in 1934. He was a charter member of the Washington Camp of the Patriotic Order of America lodge in Macungie. Emeline was considered "a highly respected resident of Macungie." Sadly, Emelinewas burdend with arthritis and heart disease. She was felled by a heart attack and passed away at the age of 74 on Nov. 1, 1936. An obituary said that "Although in failing health for six years, Mrs. Wetzel had been able to be around and attended to some of her household duties. At 10:30 yesterday morning she complained of feeling ill and collapsed soon afterward." Rev. William Dry preached her funeral sermon. George outlived her by 18 years and resided with his son John at 44 Locust Street in Macungie. When he celebrated his 90th birthday, he was pictured in a local newspaper article, which reported that he "is a great reader, enjoying his daily newspaper, and is a television fan." At the age of 90, George died in Macungie on Nov. 10, 1954. His remains were lowered into repose in St. Paul's Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
~ Son George M. Pilgert ~
Son George M. Pilgert (1835-1881) was born on Sept. 28, 1835.
He was joined in holy matrimony with Maria Hohe (1834-1906), daughter of William and Magdalena (Miller) Hohe.
The couple is not known to have reproduced.
He may have served as an elected supervisor of Longswamp Township, Berks County, and to have been arrested in December 1878. The cause of his arrest was failure to comply with a judge's ruling in a case involving "trover and conversion" (where George unlawfully took possession of his brother Willoughby's personal property and sold it for gain, and the brother sued to recover the money but not the item).
Sadly, George passed away at the age of 45 on April 8, 1881. He rests under a broken stone in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
Maria outlived her spouse by a quarter of a century. She joined him in death in 1906.
Daughter Judith Pilgert (1838- ? ) was born in about 1838.
~ Son Reuben F. Pilgert ~
Son Reuben F. Pilgert (1842-1912) was born on Aug. 4, 1842. In infancy, he was baptized in the Lutheran Church.
He married Sarah A. "Sallie" Schoedler (1845-1904). The couple made a home in Shamrock near Longswamp Township, Berks County and were members of St. Paul's Church in Mertztown.
Their four known offspring were Ida R. Romig, S. Elizabeth "Lizzie" McCollum, Ellen "Ellie" Pilgert and George Pilgert. Sadness blanketed the family when their on ly son George died at the age of seven.
Reuben was once referred to by the Reading Times as "a well known citizen of Shamrock."
At the age of 70, having been burdened earlier with an attack of acute articular rheumatism (strep throat), which led to heart valve failure, he died on Sept. 8, 1912. Daughter Ella Pilgert of Allentown signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were laid to rest in Mertztown's St. Pauls Union Cemetery, following funeral services in the church led by Rev. F.K. Bernd of Kutztown. An obituary appeared in the Times.
Daughter Ida R. Pilgert (1869-1954) was born in 1869. She was united in wedlock with Milton Romig ( ? - ? ). They lived in Shamrock in 1912.
Daughter S. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pilgert (1871-1948) was born in 1871. She married George McCollum ( ? - ? ). They resided in 1912 in Allentown.
Daughter Ellen "Ellie" Pilgert (1874-1944) was born in 1874. She was unmarried and made a home in Allentown in 1910. With her father's health failing, she lived with her parents in Shamrock in 1912.
~ Daughter Rebecca (Pilgert) Jacobs ~
Daughter Rebecca Pilgert (1844-1905) was born in Sept. 1844.
She married widower William H. Jacobs (1834-1898). He had been married previously to (?) Heisinger ( ? -1870?), daughter of Peter Hensinger. Thus he brought these offspring to the second marriage -- Henry Jacobs, John Jacobs, James Jacobs, Frank Jacobs and Oswin Jacobs.
Rebecca and William produced these additional children of their own -- Mrs. George Smith, Mrs. William Reinert, Clara Jacobs and Victoria Jacobs.
Their home was between Maple Grove and Alburtis, Lehigh County.
Sadly, William suffered a stroke, lingered for seven weeks and died at the age of 65 in Oct. 1898. Funeral services were held in the Jacobs home, with Rev. Dr. Horne officiating. Interment was at Lehigh Church. Obituaries were printed in the Allentown Leader and the Allentown Democrat, the latter of which referred to him as "a well known citizen of Lower Macungie."
Rebecca lived for another seven years. She was swept away by the Grim Reaper of Death in 1905. She rests in Lehigh Zion Cemetery in Alburtis, Lehigh County.
Stepson Henry Jacobs migrated to Oelwein, IA by 1898.
Stepson John Jacobs relocated by 1898 to Oelwein, IA.
Stepson James Jacobs lived in Wilmington, DE.
Stepson Frank Jacobs moved to Wilmington, DE.
Stepson Oswin Jacobs dwelled in Boyertown, PA.
Daughter (?) Jacobs married George Smith. They lived in Rittenhouse Gap, PA in 1898.
Daughter (?) Jacobs wedded William Reinert. They dwelled in Maple Grove, PA.
Daughter Clara Jacobs ( ? - ? )
Daughter Victoria Jacobs ( ? - ? ). On Dec. 16, 1899, she is believed to have married William C. Erb ( ? - ? ) of Pennsburg, PA, with Rev. A.R. Horne officiating, and news published in the Allentown Democrat.
~ Son James Pilgert ~
Son James Pilgert (1847- ? ) was born in about 1847.
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