Families Currently in the Database
The goal of the Durrenberger database is to
connect all branches of the Durrenberger
family, or at least the Alsatian part of the family, together in one large
tree. We're not there yet, and probably never will be, but this page should
help monitor progress as well as help you find your way around the database.
Below is a list of the earliest Durrenberger
ancestors of all the unconnected families currently represented in the
database. Hopefully as more information is gathered, these discrete families
will eventually merge, although inevitably new discrete families will appear.
- Durss and Heinrich Dčrrenberger (b. ca 1520) of Lauwil
and Bretzwil (Baselland). These two men are the earliest recorded Dčrrenbergers in the area and are placed at the root
of the tree by the Swiss researcher Werner Hug. Since they were recorded about
1550, it is likely they were born roughly 1520. Their precise relationships to the
five men shown as their children are unknown.
- Johannes Dčrrenberger (b. abt 1560, d. <1612) of RibeauvillÄ
(Haut-Rhin, Alsace). Records of
his children appear in the early RibeauvillÄ
Catholic church book. Johannes and wife Barbara Birckel may have lived in nearby Riquewihr,
where records have not yet been checked.
- Balthasar Dčrrenberger (b. abt 1564,
d. 1632) of RibeauvillÄ (Haut-Rhin, Alsace). Records of Balthasar,
his wife Kunigunda BÜrser,
and children appear in the early RibeauvillÄ
Catholic church book. Whether Balthasar was born there is unclear, and his parents
- Remigius "Romey" Dčrrenberger (1603-1665) of Bretzwil
and Reigoldswil (Baselland)
and hoffmann of Mertzwiller (Alsace). Progenitor of by far the largest family of Alsatian Durrenbergers in the database (along with his
father-in-law, "Bogenthal Hanss" Durrenberger
above). Originally from Bretzwil, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland, he settled in nearby Reigoldswil after marriage. In the early 1660s, he emigrated to Alsace, and became a landed farmer (herrschafflich hoffmann)
in Mertzwiller. His parents' names are unknown.
- Johannes Dčrrenberger (b. abt 1640)
of RibeauvillÄ (Haut-Rhin,
Alsace). Father of senator Johann Georg Daniel Dčrrenberger, whose prominent family has been found in
the Catholic church records of Strasbourg. He is also the ancestor of the Dčrrenbergers of Fortschwihr
through his grandson Matthias.
His wife was Salomea Holtzinger.
- Christoph Dčrrenberger (b. abt 1642)
of RibeauvillÄ (Haut-Rhin,
Alsace). One of the four unconnected Dčrrenbergers of RibeauvillÄ,
he was a possible brother of Johannes (b. 1640). His wife was Elisabetha
Seltz, and his parents are unknown.
Jacob Dčrrenberger (b. abt
1635, d. <1692) of Basel (Switzerland). Married Anna Strub, and father of Johann Jacob Dčrrenberger
(ca. 1670-1707), the ship hand who settled in Strasbourg and married Maria
- Ulrich Dčrrenberg [sic] (d. 1665) Melker of Gundershoffen
(Alsace). A head of household in the early Niederbronn Lutheran church records, which include Gundershoffen. A Calvinist, he was probably born about
1635 in Switzerland. Survived by his wife Veronica and three children;
their whereabouts after his death are unknown.
("Hanss") Dčrrenberger (m. 1689, d. <1736) of Reigoldswil
(Baselland). Husband of Margreth Wirtz and father of
several sons who raised families in Reigoldswil
in the early to mid-18th century. He may be one of the Hanss
Dčrrenbergers already in the database, with Margreth as a second wife, but this is still unknown.
Referred to once as "Hanss der gerth."
Dčrrenberger (b. circa 1664) of Oberbronn
(Alsace). Called "Reebmann"
in Oberbronn, and very likely a Swiss immigrant.
He and his wife Anna Maria had numerous children in Oberbronn
between 1686 and 1705. Later Oberbronn records
have not yet been checked.
Dčrrenberger (b. abt
1650, d. <1711)
of Strasbourg (Alsace). Called "Stadtherchandens" in Strasbourg, also a
soldier, and very likely a Swiss immigrant. Wife Susanna Schwaul, and daughter Susanna (b. 1681) married Peter Waldhardt (of Switzerland) in 1711 in Oberhausbergen.
- Franz Dčrrenberger (b. abt 1680, d. 1738) of Ferrette
(Haut-Rhin, Alsace). Ancestor
of all of the Dčrrenbergers of Ferrette (Pfirt), he
probably migrated there from another town in the region. His wife was Anna Margaretha FrÜhl. His town of origin is unknown.
- Margreth Dčrrenberger (b. abt 1710) of Lupsingen
(Baselland). Second wife of Durss NŐgelin of Reigoldswil. Records from Lupsingen
have not yet been researched.
Dčrrenberger (m. 1713, d. 1741) of Mertzwiller
(Alsace). Probably either born in
Switzerland or a son of Romey "the
younger" of Mertzwiller and Gumbrechtshoffen, he appears in about 1710 in the
employ of Georg Dčrrenberger (1676-1735) the hoffmann of Mertzwiller (and grandson of Romey
Durrenberger the hoffmann
above). Became a Catholic in the early 1720's and had several children in Mertzwiller. Origins unknown.
("Henri") Durrenberger (1696-1770) of Neuleiningen
(Palatinate) and Alsting (Lorraine). Founder of the Durrenberger
family of Alsting, Lorraine and its nearby
towns. Born in the Palatinate, his connection to Durrenberger
families in Alsace and Switzerland has not yet been established.
Georg Dčrrenberger (b. abt
1735) of Strasbourg (Alsace).
married Maria Johanna Lorentz.
Their daughter Maria Theresia died in
Strasbourg in 1767 at age 4, but no further records of this family are
found in the Strasbourg records.
- Franz Anton
Dčrrenberger (b. 1777) of Rhain (Wčrttemberg). Found in the Primisweiler Catholic church records, he is the father
of Gebhart Dčrrenberger,
who immigrated to Minnesota and founded a large family of Dčrrenbergers and Dčrenbergers
in the US (see www.durrenberger.org for more information). His connection
to the Swiss and Alsatian family is unclear.
- Cassie Jane
Derryberry (b. abt
1800) of Dade Co., GA (U.S.A.). Cassie Derryberry found in Dade Co., GA in 1850 was the
mother of four, and may have been either a single mother, or possibly the
widow of a Derryberry man whose name is unknown.
She is presumably also the Kessiah Jane found in earlier records from
Warren Co., TN, suggesting a link with the family of Jacob Derryberry, but
such a connection is currently speculative.
Durenberger (b. abt 1800) of Reigoldswil (Baselland). Married
Margareta Frae. Son Arnold Durenberger emigrated to the US in 1856, settling in Wyandot Co.,
- Jacob T. Dernberger (1801-1856) of Warren Co., NJ and later
Oakland Co., MI (U.S.A.). Found in
Belvedere, Warren Co., NJ in the 1830 US census, then moved to Oakland
Co., MI about 1838 along with several siblings. Parents unknown, but by
proximity he may be a descendant of George Frederick Durrenberger
who moved from Morris Co. to Warren Co., NJ.
- Elizabeth Terryberry (b. 1804) of New Jersey and later
Northampton Co., PA (U.S.A.). Originally from
New Jersey, she married Garrett Pittenger about
1826. They were in New York circa 1828 where their son Peter was born,
then they settled permanently in Easton, PA. She was not the daughter of
Philip Derenberger and Mary Ann Hann (ancestors of the Terriberry
family of New Jersey), so her parents remain unknown.
Durrenberger (b. abt 1815) of Switzerland. His son
Jacob (b. 1837 Switzerland) immigrated to the US ca. 1880,
joined by wife Magdalena nee Bruderlin a year
later, settling in Manhattan, where he worked as a silk weaver.
Frederick Durrenberger (1824-1849) of Alsace
and later Saratoga Springs, NY (U.S.A.). Immigrated to
America and married Mary Ann Plunket in Saratoga
Springs in 1845. He also had ties to New Orleans, where his son was born
the following year. Returned to Saratoga Springs and died there in 1849.
Widow ended up in Storey Co., NV near the family
of Peter G. Durrenberger, suggesting a possible
- David Derrenberger (1826-1882) of Baltimore, MD
(U.S.A.). Like Jacob Derenberger
(originally of Griesbach, Alsace), David Derrenberger was a confectioner in Baltimore, and
seems to be the ancestor of the family in Baltimore that spells its name
"Derrenberger." It has not been
confirmed that David came from Alsace.
- George Durrenberger (b. 1830) of Alsace and later
Rochester, Monroe Co., NY (U.S.A.). Immigrated to
Rochester ca 1850, probably with his wife
Rosalie, and died relatively young. His widow and several children then
moved to Bowling Green, KY. Information from the IGI suggests he was from RibeauvillÄ (Haut-Rhin),
Alsace, but this has not been confirmed.
- George Terryberry (ca 1830-1865)
of Wentworth Co., ON (Canada). Married an Elsie
Ann and lived in the Saltfleet Twp. area. He
died relatively young, and his son Wellington went to Cleveland, Ohio. His
probable brother John (1828-1872) lived in Ancaster
in 1871, then moved to Montcalm Co., Michigan where he died shortly
thereafter. They are probably descendants of the settler George Terryberry (1781-1866), but a connection has not yet
- Jacob Durrenberger (b. 1840) of Switzerland and later
Passaic Co., NJ (U.S.A.). Immigrated to
the US ca. 1885, probably with wife Salome Giesen,
settling in Passaic Co., NJ, where he worked as a silk weaver. His parents
and town of origin are currently unknown.
Durrenberger (b. 1858) of Switzerland and later Passaic Co., NJ (U.S.A.). Immigrated to the US ca. 1890, probably with wife Ida Brogli, settling in Passaic Co., NJ, where he worked
as a silk weaver. His parents and town of origin are currently unknown.
Durenberger (1860-1944) of Switzerland and later San Mateo Co., CA
(U.S.A.). Immigrated to the US ca. 1883, he
may have settled initially in San Francisco before moving to San Mateo
Co., CA, where he worked for a paint company and later a fish
cannery. He married Eva Lohrum in the U.S., and his parents and town of origin
are currently unknown. He and his family typically spelled the surname
with one "r".
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