Daniel Bernthaler

Daniel Bernthaler (1701 - 1783)

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Daniel Bernthaler aka Barndollar
Born in Altlussheim, Baden-Württemberg, Prussiamap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Baden-Württemberg, Prussiamap
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Died in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Oct 2016
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Categories: German Roots | Palatine Migrants | Baden-Württemberg, Germany | Saint Michaels Lutheran Churchyard Cemetery, Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

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Name Variation

Berndaller, Berndahler, Birgendolor, Barndollar, Bernthaler, Bergendaller, Bergenthaler


Historical Facts before Daniel's immigration:

  • "During the reign of Eberhard Louis (1676–1733), who succeeded as a one-year-old when his father Duke William Louis died in 1677, Württemberg had to face another destructive enemy, Louis XIV of France. In 1688, 1703 and 1707, the French entered the duchy and inflicted brutalities and suffering upon the inhabitants. The sparsely populated country afforded a welcome to fugitive Waldenses, who did something to restore it to prosperity, but the extravagance of the duke, anxious to provide for the expensive tastes of his mistress, Christiana Wilhelmina von Grävenitz, undermined this benefit."
  • Charles Alexander, who became duke in 1733, had become a Roman Catholic while an officer in the Austrian service. His favourite adviser was the Jew Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, and suspicions arose that master and servant were aiming at the suppression of the diet (the local parliament) and the introduction of Roman Catholicism. However, the sudden death of Charles Alexander in March 1737 put an abrupt end to any such plans, and the regent, Duke Carl Rudolf of Württemberg-Neuenstadt, had Oppenheimer hanged.[1]
  • See Articles on "Age of Englightenment." "The philosophic movement was led by Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who argued for a society based upon reason rather than faith and Catholic doctrine, for a new civil order based on natural law, and for science based on experiments and observation."[2]

U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1500-1900

  • Daniel Bergenthaler
  • Arrival year 1734
  • Arrival Place: Philadelphia Co., PA



  • Notes: In a list of German inhabitants of Philadelphia County, who owned land prior to 1734, under Roxburro Twp, is Daniel Bergenthaler, 80 acres. (Rupp, "30,000 Names of Immigrants).
  • Deed dated March 1, 1775, Samuel Guldin of Roxborough, Philadelphia Co, Pa transferred a tract of 275 acres to Daniel Barndollar of Roxberry, yeoman, for 300 punds, beginning at the mouth of run by Wissahickon creek, etc. "with houses and outhouses, gardens, orchards, wood , underwoods, meadows, marches, swamps, etc. Recorded March 15, 1744/45.
  • dated March 15, 1766 by Daniel and Margaret, part of the above tract of 275 acres, namely 136 acres of land was tranferred to Michael Berndollr, "skinner", the sid Michael being one of the sons of the said Daniel.


  • Letter from Dr. Zimek, a German Researcher hired by Burton Barndollar in 1939: In response to your letter of Jan 2, I have continued the search as requested. I found that the ancestors of Daniel Bernthaler came from Austria. I suspected this at once when I saw the name of Bernthaler. Attached I am sending you four more records which will give you more information about the origin of the clan Bernthaler. The village Ottenheim, from which Abraham Bernthaler emigrated to Bavaria appx. in 1650, is situated a few kilometers west of the city of Lins at the Denube. It is very likely he was driven from Catholic Austria during the period of the Counter Reformation.


  • In the name of God, and I recommend my soul unto the hands of the most High-This is my last will and Testament-My dear wife Ann Margaret shall have her bed with all the furniture there to belonging also her free dwelling in the house, the half part of the kitchen garden, six apple trees, her firewood and of the kitchen furniture as much as she has occasion for. The rest shall be sold for payment of the debts and whatever shall then be remaining shall be employed for the maintenance and support of my Dear Wife Ann Margaret. And it is further my will that the two acres of land being my property in Roxborough shall be divided into two parts for the Highway in the middle through the land so that the one half part which joins my son John Barndollar's orchard he shall have the other half part bounded by land of my daughters husband Chistopher Lentz he shall have and the said two Acres of land I give to them as a present and it is my will that my daughters husband David Snyder shall have the cloathes Press as a present, and it is my will that my son Peter Barendollar shall for his share of inheritance have one shilling and no more. The rest of my children shall after my dear wife Ann Margaretha decease takes in equal parts, one as much as the other, and I do appoint my two sons in laws Henry Bockele and Christopher Lentz, Executors. Witness my hand and subscription. Done the 1st of February 1781. Germantown, Philadelphia County. Signed Daniel Barndollar. Will Probated Feb 13, 1781. [4]


St. Michaels Lutheran Church. Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania [5]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Baden-W%C3%BCrttemberg#History_of_W.C3.BCrttemberg
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment
  3. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7486&h=3491101&ssrc=pt&tid=75498571&pid=32327511859&usePUB=true
  4. Book R. Page 389, Register of Wills, Philadelphia Co, PA
  5. Find A Grave: Memorial #21822505 and http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=159121596

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St. Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery transcriptions pg 3
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Map of Baden 1800
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