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John S. Burger is a son of Samuel and Mary (Levon) Burger, natives of Somerset County, Penn.  April 18, 1812, they moved to Ohio, and entered 192 acres of land in that part of Tusacarawas County which is now German Township, Holmes County, where they started in single-handed, and afterward became one of the prominent families of the township, accumulating a large property, and becoming prominent members of the German Baptist Church. Samuel Burger served in the War of 1812 as a private; he died May 12, 1862, his wife July 4, 1860.  Their family consisted of seven children, six of whom are living: Daniel, in Minnesota; Tobias, in German Township; Samuel, supposed to be living in California, where he went in 1852; Sarah, widow of Andrew Baker,  in Baltic; John S., and Catherine, wife of Joseph Rhinehart, in Baltic.

Our subject was born on his present homestead October 5, 1819, and in 1842 he was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Kensler, who died February 6, 1882.  Three children were born to them, only one of whom is now living, Samuel J.  John S. Burger was subsequently married to Mrs. Esther Biestel, by whom he has no children. He has always taken an active part in Democratic politics, and has filled various township offices. He has an excellent farm of 192 acres, and is one of the prominent men of the township.  He is a deacon of the German Baptist Church.

His son, Samuel J., was born March 23, 1844, received a good academic education, and has always remained on the farm with his father.  On  May 21, 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary, daughter of Daniel Fox, of Richland County, Ohio, and they have one child, Nettie Isabella. Samuel J. Burger is a Democrat in politics, and has filled all the township offices.  For several years he has been a minister of the German Baptist Church.


Biographical Record of Holmes County, 1889