Discrete 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.


  1. Durss Dürrenberger ("der alt mayer") (d. 1611) of Reigoldswil (Baselland). His death record is found in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. He is probably the father of Jacob Dürrenberger "Dursen sohn" who married Margreth Probsten in 1627; however, this is uncertain, and it is possible that Durss was too old to have been Jacob's father. They are listed as father and son in the database.
  2. Johannes Dürrenberger (b. abt 1560, d. <1612) of Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin, Alsace).  Records of his children appear in the early Ribeauvillé Catholic church book.  Johannes and wife Barbara Birckel may have lived in nearby Riquewihr, where records have not yet been checked.
  3. Balthasar Dürrenberger (b. abt 1564, d. 1632) of Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin, Alsace).  Records of Balthasar, his wife Kunigunda Börser, and children appear in the early Ribeauvillé Catholic church book.  Whether Balthasar was born there is unclear, and his parents are unknown.
  4. Pentelius Dürrenberger (1564-1636) of Reigoldswil (Baselland). A head of household in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. First name also written "Panteleon."
  5. Joss Dürrenberger of Lauwil (Baselland). Father of Jacob Dürrenberger of Lauwil, found in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. He is known only because Jacob was referred to as "Joss' sohn." Probably the ancestor of most of the Dürrenbergers of Lauwil.
  6. Johannes Dürrenberger ("Bogenthal Hanss") (d. 1638) of Reigoldswil (Baselland). Father-in-law of Romey Durrenberger the hoffmann of Mertzwiller. Lived in "Bogenthal", which may have been a farm, estate, or some natural feature in or near the town of Reigoldswil in Baselland, Switzerland. His wife was Elsbeth Tschudi.
  7. Heinrich "Heini" Dürrenberger (d. 1636) of Reigoldswil (Baselland). A head of household in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. His wife was Madlen Guntzinger.
  8. Joss Dürrenberger (d. 1624) of St. Romey and Reigoldswil (Baselland). A head of household in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. His wife was Verena Baschung.
  9. Remigius "Romey" Dürrenberger of St. Romey and Bretzwil (Baselland). A head of household in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. His wife was Anna Kettinger.
  10. Remigius "Romey" Dürrenberger (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.
  11. Ulrich Dürrenberger of St. Romey and Bretzwil (Baselland). A head of household in the early Bretzwil Reformed church records. He is the grandfather of Romey Durrenberger (1649-1721), formerly called Romey "the younger" of Mertzwiller and the apparent founder of the Dürrenberger family of 18th century Gumbrechtshoffen. Romey evidently moved to Gumbrechtshoffen sometime between 1669 and 1705, and his son Georg became stabhalter in Gumbrechtshoffen, and grandson Georg moved to Weitbruch.
  12. Johannes Dürrenberger (b. abt 1640) of Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin, Alsace).  Father of senator Johann Georg Daniel Dürrenberger, whose prominent family has been found in the Catholic church records of Strasbourg.  He is also the ancestor of the Dürrenbergers of Fortschwihr through his grandson Matthias.  His wife was Salomea Holtzinger.
  13. Christoph Dürrenberger (b. abt 1642) of Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin, Alsace).  One of the four unconnected Dürrenbergers of Ribeauvillé, he was a possible brother of Johannes (b. 1640).  His wife was Elisabetha Seltz, and his parents are unknown.
  14. Johann Jacob Dürrenberger (b. abt 1635, d. <1692) of Basel (Switzerland).  Married Anna Strub, and father of Johann Jacob Dürrenberger (ca. 1670-1707), the ship hand who settled in Strasbourg and married Maria Salome Bischoff.
  15. Ulrich Dürrenberg [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.
  16. Appollonia Dürrenberger of Reigoldswil (Baselland). Wife of Martin Plattner. This couple appears in the Bretzwil records with the birth of their daughter in 1664. She cannot be connected with either of the Appollonia Dürrenbergers whose baptismal records are found in Bretzwil, therefore her parents are currently unknown.
  17. Johannes ("Hanss") Dürrenberger (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 Dürrenbergers already in the database, with Margreth as a second wife, but this is still unknown. Referred to once as "Hanss der gerth."
  18. Johannes ("Hanss") Dürrenberger (d. <1701) of Reigoldswil (Baselland). Father of Hanss Durrenberger who moved to Gundershoffen (Alsace) and married Anna Eichkern there in 1701, and grandfather of Christoph Durrenberger who emigrated to America in 1750.
  19. Georg Dürrenberger (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.
  20. Johannes Dürrenberger (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.
  21. Franz Dürrenberger (b. abt 1680, d. 1738) of Ferrette (Haut-Rhin, Alsace).  Ancestor of all of the Dürrenbergers of Ferrette (Pfirt), he probably migrated there from another town in the region.  His wife was Anna Margaretha Fröhl.  His town of origin is unknown.
  22. Margreth Dürrenberger (b. abt 1710) of Lupsingen (Baselland). Second wife of Durss Nägelin of Reigoldswil. Records from Lupsingen have not yet been researched.
  23. Johannes Dürrenberger (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 Dürrenberger (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.
  24. Heinrich ("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.
  25. Johann Georg Dürrenberger (b. abt 1735), of Strasbourg (Alsace).  Roman Catholic, 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.
  26. Joseph Berry (ca. 1740-1812), of Prince Edward Co., VA (U.S.A.).  Married Elizabeth Hastie, and had about 10 children.  The Y-chromosome DNA profile of a single male descendant indicates he was originally a Durrenberger, but his immigrant ancestor is unknown.  Descendants in Sullivan and Washington Cos., TN, and Putnam Co., MO.
  27. Jacob D. Barker (1761-1824), probably of Lupsingen (Baselland), later of Delaware Co., PA (U.S.A.). Known in early American records as Jacob Deribarker, and later Jacob D. Barker, he is known to have come to America from the Basel area in 1772. His family perished on the ship voyage to America, leaving Jacob to be sold as an indentured servant to Richard Dutton of Delaware Co. Jacob was in all likelihood the son of Jacob Dürrenberger and Verena Burgin of Lupsingen, who are known to have emigrated to America in 1772, and Jacob is shown here as their son; however, further research is necessary to solidify this connection.
  28. Franz Anton Dürrenberger (b. 1777), of Rhain (Württemberg). Found in the Primisweiler Catholic church records, he is the father of Gebhart Dürrenberger, who immigrated to Minnesota and founded a large family of Dürrenbergers and Dürenbergers in the US (see www.durrenberger.org for more information). His connection to the Swiss and Alsatian family is unclear.
  29. [unknown] Derryberry (b. abt 1800), of North Carolina, widow Cassie later of Dade Co., GA (U.S.A.). It is assumed that the Cassie Derryberry found living in Dade Co., GA by 1850 was the widow of a Derryberry man whose name and parents are unknown. She is presumably 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.
  30. Jacob Durenberger (b. abt 1800), of Reigoldswil (Baselland).  Married Margareta Frae.  Son Arnold Durenberger emigrated to the US in 1856, settling in Wyandot Co., OH.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. John Derryberry (ca 1806-1868), of Monroe and Itawamba Cos., MS (U.S.A.).  Born in North Carolina, John does not fit well with any of the known Derryberry lines still in NC in 1806.  His first wife is unknown, and his second wife was Mrs. Sarah Vandever.
  34. Jacob 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.
  35. Charles 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 connection.
  36. 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.
  37. 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 Ribeauvillé (Haut-Rhin), Alsace, but this has not been confirmed.
  38. 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 been made.
  39. Wilhelm Durrenberger (b. 1840, d. ca 1902), of Switzerland and later Kane Co., IL (U.S.A.). Wilhelm and wife Rosina immigrated to the US ca. 1887, settling in Elgin Twp., Kane Co., IL. Has descendants through sons Willliam and Robert. His parents and town of origin are currently unknown.
  40. 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.
  41. John Berry (b. ca 1845), of Pennsylvania (U.S.A.)  Married Jane Riggs, based on the death record of their son Edward Martin Berry, who seems to have been orphaned at a young age, and moved to West Virginia.
  42. Jacob Durrenberger (b. 1852), of Switzerland and later Passaic Co., NJ (U.S.A.). Immigrated to the US ca. 1888, probably with wife Rosa, settling in Passaic Co., NJ, where he worked as a silk weaver. His parents and town of origin are currently unknown.
  43. Frederick 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.
  44. Jacob 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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