John Christopher Bersch
Born: December 30, 1768 Marburg, Germany
Died:June 25, 1817 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mother: Anna Margarethe Bücking
Wife: Elizabeth Mingeln b.c.1777
Henry Bersch b. 1796
-Born In Marburg, Germany, moved to Holland, and then to Philadelphia.
He was born the 11th of 12 children of his parents. His father was a
Dyer, as were his ancestors back another four generations at least. The
first ancestor of his to reside in Marburg was Georg Albrecht Bersch who
was accepted as a young citizen 18th May 1670.
-Original Birth Register in
Lutheran Church in Amsterdam for his son Henry lists Christoph
Bersch and Elizabeth Mingeln.
-Immigrated 9/3/1807 with wife and son on the ship "Mechanic", V.
Bagley the Master, from Amsterdam. His is listed as Jan is instead of
Christopher and is listed as 52 years old on Manifest.
-Was Buried in German Luteran Cemetery. (since probably moved multiple
- The Naturalization Record of Christopher Bersch in Philadelphia states that this is indeed
the ship that Christopher traveled on, and that he traveled with son
-On Manifest listed as "Backer" for occupation. Listed in
1817 Philadelphia Directory as Christopher Busch,
baker 156 Shippen. In 1818 (first year after his death), the Philly
Bersch, Elizabeth, baker, corner Shippen and Passyunk. 1819 same listing.
By 1820, It is Henry Bersch who is listed as this address instead as baker
-Birth Source: Both Declaration for Naturalization in Philadelphia and
birth records of Marburg give birthdate and town. Marbug records have
paents names and occupation of Dyer.
-Marriage Source: Birth Register of son Henry. Passenger Manifest.
-Death Source- Philadelphia Cemetery Returns List "John Christopher
Bersch" age 48 years, 5 months, 25 days. (i.e. born Dec 31, 1768)