Peter Gerber

3 July 1821–18 March 1892 (Age 70)
Hartzviller, Moselle, Lorraine, France

The Life of Peter

When Peter Gerber was born on 3 July 1821, in Hartzviller, Moselle, Lorraine, France, his father, Christian Gerber, was 56 and his mother, Catherine Springer, was 37. He married Barbara Bechler on 1 December 1852, in Tazewell, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Elm Grove Township, Tazewell, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. He died on 18 March 1892, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Railroad Cemetery, Elm Grove Township, Tazewell, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Peter Gerber
1821–1892
Barbara Bechler
1832–1893
Marriage: 1 December 1852
Magdalena Gerber
1853–1936
Christian Gerber
1854–1927
Elizabeth Gerber
1856–1949
Valentine Gerber
1858–1927
Katherine Gerber
1860–1957
Mary Gerber
1862–1935
Veronica Gerber
1864–1870
Lydia Gerber
1868–1957
Anna Gerber
1870–1955
Josephine Gerber
1872–1953
Aaron Gerber
1876–1946

Spouse and Children

    Male1821–1892Male

    Barbara Bechler

    Female1832–1893Female

MARRIAGE
1 December 1852
Tazewell, Illinois, United States
children

(11)

    Magdalena Gerber

    Female1853–1936Female

    Christian Gerber

    Male1854–1927Male

    Female1856–1949Female

    Valentine Gerber

    Male1858–1927Male

    Female1860–1957Female

+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Christian Gerber

    Male1765–Male

    Catherine Springer

    Female1783–Female

siblings

(7)

+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 11

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1846

Age 25

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

German, Swiss, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tanner, Middle High German gerwer (from Old High German (ledar) garawo ‘leather preparer’), German Gerber.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Peter Garber, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Peter Garber, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Peter Gerber, "United States Census, 1870"

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