History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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ARTEMUS ROSENBERGER. Among the representatives of the sturdy German emigrants who early in the seventeenth century found an asylum from religious persecution in Penn's colony, and a few decades later settled the upper portion of Bucks county, is Artemus ROSENBERGER, of Hilltown, Bucks county. He is a son of Jacob D. and Eliza (SWARTLEY) ROSENBERGER, and was born in Hilltown May 10. 1863.

Henry ROSENBERGER, the emigrant ancestor of the subject of this sketch, was among the earliest of the German immigrants to settle in Franconia township, Montgomery county, having purchased land there in 1729, part of which is stilt in the tenure of a descendant, Michael SWARTLEY. His son, Daniel ROSENBERGER, who accompanied his parents from Germany, purchased land in Hatfield, Montgomery county, near Hockertown in 1740, and here his son Isaac ROSENBERGER was born, November 30, 1751. The latter married Christinia an adopted daughter of Rev. John FUNK, of Hatfield, and their son Henry, born in Hatfield, October 1. 1775, was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch. Isaac ROSENBERGER purchased in 1790 one hundred acres in Hilltown, where the subject of this sketch now lives, and here Henry settled in 1803, purchasing the farm of his father in 1810. He erected the present large stone house in 1812 and the barn in 1816, and lived on the old form until his death, September 10, 1846, He married Hannah DETWEILER, born December 17, 1778, died May 2, 1837.

Jacob D. ROSENBERGER, son of Henry and Hannah was born on the Hilltown homestead, November 28, 1819, and lived there until his death, January 21, 1892. He married, December 23. 1843, Eliza SWARTLEY, daughter of Jacob and Polly (FUNK) SWARTLEY, born March 3, 1824, died January 19, 1890, and they were the parents of the following named children: Henry Franklin, born October 5, 1844, married Amanda KLINE, and has one son, Robert Fulton, at present a student at Muhlenberg College. Albert, died an infant, Mary Matilda, born February 6, 1847, living on a form near Silverdale, married first Jacob SNYDER deceased, married (second) Jacob FELLMAN, also deceased, William F. Johnson, born November 29, 1848, died in Philadelphia, June, 1900. Sarah Jane born November 27, 1851, married John M. KULP, deceased. Hannah Etta, born February 17, 1853, wife of Aaron S. MOYER, of Harleysville, Jacob, born February 27, 1855, died at the age of three years. Ann Eliza born August 4, 1856, wife of Jacob S. ROSENBERGER, of Hagersville. Isaiah S, born April 11, 1858, married Jemima ROSENBERGER, daughter of David, deceased, living in Philadelphia. Artemus, born May 10, 1863, see forward; Susan R. born May 16, 1866, wife of William D. KRATZ.

Artemus ROSENBERGER was the seventh son of Jacob D. and Eliza (SWARTLEY) ROSENBERGER, and was born and reared on the old homestead in Hilltown, purchased by his great-grandfather, Isaac ROSENBERGER, in 1790 and has spent his whole life there. This farm was part of a plantation patented to William THOMAS, and descended to his grandson, William THOMAS who was a tax collector for Hilltown, and, defaulting in the payment of the taxes collected, the farm was seized on a writ issued at the instance of Abraham CHAPMAN; county treasurer, and sold by the sheriff to Isaac ROSENBERGER, and has descended from father to son for four generations to the present owner, Artemus ROSENBERGER, who purchased it of his father, and it is now conducted by his son, J. Wesley of the fifth generation, The family have been Mennonites since their arrival in Pennsylvania; Henry ROSENBERGER, son of the emigrant Henry, was the minister of Franconia Meeting for many years, and nearly every generation since have supplied the sect with ministers and elders in their respective communities. Artemas ROSENBERGER married Mary Ann HENDRICKS, daughter of Joseph G. HENDRICKS, deceased, and this union has been blessed with seven children, four of whom survive, three having died in one week's time in 1848, with dyphtheria. Those who survive are: Joseph Wesley, born November 5, 1885; Fanny Elizabeth, May 1, 1888; Jacob Herman, February 2, 1891; and Amy Eva, November 18, 1901; Mr. ROSENBERGER has retired from the active management of his farm, which is now conducted by his eldest son J. Wesley, and devotes his time to real estate business and in the settlement of estates.

Text taken from page 418 of:

David, Willian W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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