Fayette County Genealogy Project
BERG, p 132-133
Contributed by Keely Deuschle
The family originally from Germany settled in Lancaster county,
Pennsylvania, and was founded in Fayette county by David Berg, who came
from Lancaster county and settled in Salt Lick township, Fayette county,
about the year 1880. He was a prosperous farmer, and had a large family
of stalwart sons who were actively identified of the township, where
decedents yet reside. His sons: John, Frederick, Benjamin, David,
Joseph, Samuel, Jacob, George, and Emanuel, of whom further. (Order of
birth not known).
(II) Emanuel, son of David Berg, was born in Lancaster county,
Pennsylvania, and with his father and brothers was an early settler of
Fayette county. He was a man of some means, owned land, gave his
children the benefit of good education, and was held in good repute in
his town. He married, and left issue, including a son, Benjamin F., of
(III) Benjamin F., son of Emanuel Berg, was born in Salt Lick township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He was well educated, and taught school
several winters; later was a farmer and miller, operating a mill built
in 1796 by Henry While, who sold it to the Berg family. This mill still
remains in their possession in good preservation, but useless for modern
milling. The mill was located on Back Run, not far from its mouth, and
was known as "Berg's Mill." The family were members of the Baptist
church. He married Mary Robinson. Children: 1. David, now living retired
in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. 2. Joseph, a farmer of Westmoreland
county. 3. Anna, deceased; married Adam Snyder, of Mount Pleasant,
Pennsylvania. 4. Barbara, married Austin Bungard, of Mount Pleasant. 5.
Benjamin L. 6. Jacob, of whom further.
(IV) Jacob, son of Benjamin F. Berg, was born in Salt Lick township,
Fayette county, Pennsylvania, 1842, died March 25, 1876. He was educated
in the public school, and grew up a farmer. He later purchased and
cultivated a small farm in Salt Lick, but his principal business was
dealing in horses and cattle. He was a large dealer in Virginia, bred
horses, purchasing in carload lots, frequently being associated in such
dealings with Cyrus Echard. He served in the Union army for a time near
the close of the war, his brothers David and Joseph serving during the
entire four years. He was a Democrat, and served as constable of Salt
Lick township two terms. He was a member of the Evangelical church, and
faithful to his obligations. He married Sarah Beal, born in Somerset
county, Pennsylvania, near Petersburg, April 31, 1841, who survives him.
She is the daughter of Daniel Beal, a stone mason, and Elizabeth Lichty,
married in Somerset county, where both were born, and both of German
ancestry. Children of Jacob Berg: William, now living in Uniontown,
Pennsylvania; Charles, now living in Uniontown; Ida, married Thomas
Goodwin; Benjamin L., of whom further. Mrs.. Sarah (Beal) Berg married
(second) in 1880, Peter Martin, a grocer of Connellsville, who died in
1899; child, Lulu, married Carroll Snader, of Connellsville.
(V) Benjamin L., son of Jacob and Sarah (Beal) Berg, was born in Salt
Lick township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, October 3, 1866. He
attended the public school in Salt Lick until his mother's second
marriage. The family then moved to Connellsville, where he continued his
studies in the public school for a few years, also assisting Mr.. Martin
in the grocery store out of school hours. He acquired knowledge of
machinery, and took a position as stationary engineer at Leisenring,
Pennsylvania, remaining there until 1890. He then spent two years with
the construction department of the Bell Telephone Company; then for six
years was manager of the Connellsville district for the Tri-State
Telephone Company. In March, 1909, he resigned his position to become
superintendent of the Second National Bank Building in Connellsville, a
position he now holds. He is a Democrat, and the present councilman from
the Third Ward, holding until 1913. He is a member of the Methodist
Protestant church; his family also belonging to that church.
He married, December 25, 1889, Margaret Stillwagon, born in
Connellsville, December 28, 1867, daughter of Rev. George Stillwagon, a
minister of "The Brethren Sect," and granddaughter of Peter Stillwagon,
an early settler. Rev. George Stillwagon, born in Connellsville, married
Jane French, born at Wharton Furnace, Fayette county. Children of
Benjamin L. and Margaret Berg: Margaret, born March 28, 1894; Dorothy
Catherine, January 1, 1907.
Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County by John W.
Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.
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