Christian Whetstone Burger was born in Morrisons Cove, Bedford County, PA on 1 July 1820. He was the son of Samuel Burger born October 24, 1792 and Susanna Whetstone, born January 29, 1798 in Bedford Co. PA. He married Sarah Brown who was born in Libertyville, Jefferson Co., IA on 16 Jun 1821. Sarah Brown married David Daniel Ridenour (born 1850) and the following children were born:
* Susie Ridenour
* Charles Ridenour
* Albert Ridenour
* Christian L Ridenour
* Amos R. Ridenour
At age 40, Christian Whetstone Burger was listed in the Bedford County tax records as a blacksmith. Ten years later, in 1870 he had moved to Des Moines, Iowa and was a farmer. Sam Burger came from Bedford Co. PA with his family and settled in Illinois in the latter part of 1843-44. It is likely that Abram Lewis Burger was born in Pennsylvania. His widow was assessed taxes in Woodbury Township in 1829, 1832, 1835 and apparently died before 1838.
The children of Samuel Burger are as follows:
o Jacob Burger
o Joseph Burger
o Christian Whetstone Burger
o Mary Burger Burger
o Susan Burger Burger
In the last years of Samuel Burger's life, he came to Jefferson Co to live with his son Christian Whetstone Burger. He died in Jefferson Co. on April 19, 1870 age 77 years, and is buried in the cemetery of the Libertyville Church of the Brethren. After he died in Iowa, Christian Whetstone became the administrator of his estate, and made several trips to Illinois settling up and distributing the property. The wife of Samuel Burger died in Raritan, Illinois.
Abraham (Abram) Lewis Burger, the brother of Samuel Burger, later came to Iowa and settled 4-5 miles NE of Eldon. From tax records of Bedford Co., we find Abram, who left Woodbury Township between 1844-1847. From the family we have it that Abram married Elizabeth (Betty) Wetzstein/Whetstone and had one boy named Joseph Burger. The family lived on the property near Eldon until Abram died, and some years after that in 1877, Joseph sold out and moved away to Kansas. (*Notes: Diary Galen Hunt)
Samuel Burger was the son of Abraham Lewis Burger, born 1766 in the American Colonies and Elizabeth Wettstein/Whetstone wife of Abraham Lewis Burger, was also born 1769-1733 in the American Colonies, possibly North Carolina.
Children of Elizabeth Wettstein/WHETSTONE and Abraham Lewis BURGER are: * i. Susanna Hefner BURGER was born 26 Apr 1791 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 27 Feb 1865 in Jefferson Co., IA. She married Abraham RITSCHY BET 1806 AND 1813. He was born 22 Jun 1781 in Loudoun Co., VA, and died BEF 19 Mar 1859 in Bedford Co., PA. She married John Shively Teeter 1807, son of Abraham Teeter, Sr. and Elizabeth Shively. He was born February 1782 in South Woodbury, Bedford County, PA, and died 5 August 1847 in Monroe Twp, Bedford County, PA. * ii. Samuel BURGER was born 24 Oct 1792 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 19 Apr 1870 in Batavia, IA. He married Susannah WHETSTONE BET 1814 AND 1815 in Bedford Co., PA. She was born 29 Jan 1798 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 2 Nov 1867 in Pine Creek Twp, Ogle Co., IL. * iii. Daniel BURGER was born 16 Sept. 1794 in Bedford Co., PA. He married Nancy STULL 1825. * iv. Jacob BURGER was born 1796 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 1880 in Knox Co., OH. He married Susannah RUSH 1830 in Bedford Co., PA. She was born 1798 in Center Co., PA, and died 1848 in Knox Co., OH. * v. Christian Whetstone BURGER was born 28 Jun 1798 in Bedford Co., PA, and died AFT 1842. He married Catherine MENTZER 1825. She was born 1798, and died AFT 1842. * vi. Abraham BURGER, Jr was born 7 Feb 1800 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 7 Jan 1874 in Eldon, Wapello, IA. He married Elizabeth HOLDER. She was born 1798 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 1881 in Eldon, Wapello, IA. * vii. David BURGER was born 28 Oct 1802 in PA, and died 14 Dec 1875 in East Freedom, Blair, PA. He married Catherine Elizabeth SHANEFELT 1823. She was born 25 Dec 1805 in Taylor Twp then Huntington Co., BC, PA, and died 14 May 1857 in East Freedom, Blair, PA. * viii. Elizabeth BURGER was born 17 Mar 1804 in PA. She married Jacob B. SELL. He was born 21 Mar 1800 in Adams Co., PA. * ix. John W. BURGER was born 20 Dec 1806 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 11 Dec 1877 in Bedford Co., PA. He married Elizabeth BROWN 31 Oct 1833 in S. Woodbury Twp, Bedford Co., PA. She was born 18 Apr 1816 in Bedford Co., PA, and died 11 Mar 1887 in Bedford Co., PA. * x. Hannah BURGER was born 1808. * xi. Joseph BURGER was born 1810. * xii. Catherine BURGER was born 1813, and died 1834. She married John BROWN 1833.