Kit # 4451. Anna Maria Boll + Johannes Jacob, III, Birkenau, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany > Eva Elisabetha Jacob b. 1820 Birkenau + George Michael Eberle >Anna Barbara Eberly b. 1844 Birkenau + Christopher A. Bergman(n) > Anna Elizabeth Bergman b. 1868, WI + William Henry Souder HVR1 Haplogroup H5  
HVR1 Mutations 16213A
HVR2 Mutations 152C

Copyright © December 2003
Mary Fern Souder

Generation 1: Anna Maria Boll married Johannes Jacob, III, and their family's births, marriages, and deaths are recorded in Evangelical Church records in Birkenau, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany.

Generation 2: Eva "Elisabetha" Jacob, daughter of Anna Maria Boll and Johannes Jacob, III, was born 24 January 1820, in Birkenau, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. Church records state that she married her first husband, George Michael Eberle, on 5 December 1841, in Birkenau. They were the parents of four children before his death in less than a decade. At least one son died in Germany.

Mrs. Eva Elisabetha (Jacob) Eberle married 2nd Nicholas Miller in about 1850 and they immigrated about 1852, with her Eberle children, including Anna "Barbara" Eberly. In 1860, they made their home in Franklin County, PA. She and Nicholas Miller moved to Ogle County, IL, by 1862, where several of Nicholas' siblings resided. They came to Adair County, MO, in 1866. Elizabeth died 28 February 1908 in Brashear, Adair County, MO.

Two obituaries for her were published in unidentified newspapers. These obits contain several errors.

Mrs. Nicholas Miller:

Elizabeth Jacobs was born in Germany, April 24, 1820. She was married about the year 1839 (sic) to George Eberly. To this union four children were born, two sons and two daughters. The sons preceded their mother to the better land, the daughters, Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Miller of this city and Mrs. Barbara Berghmann (sic) of Columbia (sic), Kansas, survive her. After the death of her first husband she was married to Nicholas Miller whose death preceded hers but eight days. To the second union were born eight children, six of whom survive their parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller removed to this country from Germany in 1852, settling first at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, thence they removed to Illinois and in the fall of 1866 they settled in Adair county, north of Brashear, where they lived for many years, respected by all who knew them.

Mrs. Miller was brought up in the Lutheran Church but not having opportunity of uniting with that church became a regular attendant at the M.E. Church.

She died at her home in Brashear, Friday, February 28 and was buried on the following Sabbath, Rev. Youngman conducting the funeral service. Thus hath ended a long and useful life.


Elizabeth Jacobs was born in Berkanan, (sic) Germany, June (sic) 24, 1820, died in Brashear, MO Feb. 28, 1908, aged 87 years, 8 months, and 4 days. She was married to Adam Everly (sic) in Germany Dec. 25, 1845. To this union were born three children one of whom died in infancy; there remain of them Mrs. Elizabeth Miller of Edina, MO., and Mrs. Barbara Bergman of Columbus, Kans. Adam Everly (sic) died June 30, 1848. After the death of her husband she came to America and on Dec. 25, 1850 was united in marriage with the late Nicholas Miller who preceded her to the better land by nine days. (Note: Elizabeth and Nicholas Miller married in Germany in 1850, and immigrated about 1852).

Sister Miller united with the German Lutheran church when 15 years of age and was faithful to that church until 1896 when she united with the M. E. Church of Brashear where she lived the rest of her life for Christ. She was a devout earnest Christian, always at her place in all the services of the church when it was at all possible. We shall miss her from the house of God, miss her presence and miss her testimony but without doubt she is forever with the Lord.

Those who are left to mourn their loss are not sorrowing as those who have no hope but through their loss may see the blessed rest into which mother has entered.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church on Sunday at 10 o'clock after which the remains were laid beside those of husband and son in Paultown cemetery there to await the day when the dead in Christ shall come forth.

Generation 3: Anna "Barbara" Eberly, born between 3 March 1844 and 8 March 1846 in Birkenau, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, and immigrated at about age eight. She married Christopher Bergman on 3 October 1862, in Haldain, Ogle County, IL. He was baptized in 1834 as Johann Christoph Bergmann in Asch, Austria-Hungary, but upon immigration changed his name to Christopher Albert Bergman. He was known by his nickname, Christ Bergman. Barbara and Christ moved to Alma, Buffalo County, WI, staying there for about eight years. The Bergman family moved to Cherokee County, County, KS, between 1874-1877, floating down the Mississippi River on a flatboat until they reached St. Louis. Then they traveled by covered wagon from St. Louis to Cherokee County, KS, where they had bought a farm. Barbara's yard in Cherokee County was filled with profusely blooming flowers, and in later life, a professional photograph was taken of her amidst her flowers. Barbara and Christopher were the parents of 12 children, including Anna Elizabeth Bergman. Barbara died on 3 October 1924.

Obituary-Mrs. Barbara Bergman

Mrs. Barbara Bergeman (sic), who died Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will Souders (sic), came from Wisconsin to Salamanca township in 1871, settling in Jenness district. Here she and her husband reared their family, Mr. Bergman farming and following his profession as veterinary, their children making homes of their own. Mr. and Mrs. Bergman sold their farm to buy a small place west of Columbus, where Mr. Bergman died a few years ago. Since his death Mrs. Bergman made her home with her daughter, Anna Souder. Mr. and Mrs. Bergman were numbered with Salamanca's highly respected citizens. They left to mourn them four daughters, Mrs. Mayme Whitfield, Mrs. Cora Tanquary, and Mrs. Emma Laizure, three sons, Louis, Will, and Sam Bergman. The funeral was at the home by Reverend Satterlee. Pallbearers were her grandsons. Interment was in Dove cemetery. This obituary appeared in the "Columbus (KS) Daily Advocate" October 10, 1924 page 4 column 5.

Generation 4: Anna Elizabeth "Annie" Bergman was born 4 February 1868 in Alma, Buffalo County, WI. She married William Henry Souder in 1886 in Cherokee County, KS, and they were the parents of ten children.

Records for the maternal line of this family were located in Germany in 2003, and I am indebted to Darlene Frodsham for the research she did concerning the original parish records in Birkenau, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany.

Although Anna Maria Boll's descendent falls within the H Haplogroup, as do up to 48% of all women in western Europe, there have been relatively few matches with her DNA. There have been five transmission events between Anna Maria Boll and Participant 4451.


Last Updated on 10/17/2007
By Wallace W. Souder