Gottfried Berg was born June 15, 1850 in Krebsfelde Kreiss, Prussia( Koenis, Elbing Wathehustzen (Westpreuben), which is today the Gdansk area in Poland). Gottfried’s parents were John Jakob Berg and Christina Mashke Berg. Gottfried’s siblings were Christina, Elizabeth, Anna, Johan, Peter, and Jakob. (His sister Christina had these children: Johann, Eduard, Jakob, Heinrich, Christine and Friedrich)
Johann and Christina were peasants working on a large farm. In this place he attained his education until the age of 14, studying under a teacher named Polmann. Gottfried then began working for others, often total strangers. When he was 22 he was drafted and served 2 years in the Prussian Army.
On October 10, 1875, when he was 25 years old, in Marienau Germany he married Eliesabeth Schritt who was born in Ruekenau Danzig Tiegenhof W. Prussia on July 21, 1851. They made their first home in Karpst, Elbing Prussia until 1877. Then they moved to Russia, however because they had joined in a group, the money ran out and they had to stay in Poland. Two years later, once they had earned enough money, they continued on to Russia. They reached their final destination in 1879. It was here among relatives who were religious baptist brethren, true believers; they accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and became Christians.
“This became our lot because of the wonderful Grace of our Lord”
Below is the handwritten auto biography by Gottfried. In the old Germanic language.
In 1892 Gottfried and Elizabeth boarded a ship named the Gellert, bound for the United States of America seeking religious freedom and a peaceful nation. This ship carried a total of 990 passengers. They arrived at Ellis Island with their sons one month later.
Once in the United States, they lived in Kansas for one year, then settled in Oklahoma where they built their home. According to what my grandma, Leona told me, Gottfried Berg took part in the practice of homesteading and was granted 160 acres by the government. (I don’t have time or resources to research this, so if anyone has proof, either to confirm or deny this, please contact me.)
Gottfried and Elizabeth at the head of the table, Pete and Katie in the center of each side.
Below is a translation I had done of the above obituary from the Old German to English. I see several incorrect things such as the initials of the persons or towns they are supposed to be from, but considering the guy translated it for 5 dollars, I’m not complaining!
How the Burgers, Golbeks and Bergs are related.
Gottfried’s sister Christine was born January 12, 1839 in Krebsfelde, West Prussia. Her children were: Johann, Eduard, Jakob, Heinrich, Christine and Freidrich.
A story written by Christine’s great grandson Peter Golbeck:
The following are pages copied from Gottfried’s Bible. Mr and Mrs Jacob Berg, son of Gottfried and Elizabeth, gave this Bible to Gottfried and Elizabeth on their 60th wedding Anniversary in the year of 1935. Some of the hand written notes were written by Gottfried and translated by Rev. Dan Friesen. When I approached Rev. Friesen to translate this Bible for me, he was a retired pastor from the Reedley church. He was so kind, and he translated it for free, and when he returned the items to me, he told me that when he was a little boy in Corn Oklahoma, he went to the Mennonite Church where Gottfried was the janitor. He remembered one Sunday, he and his friend sat in the back of the church during the service eating peanuts and throwing the shells on the floor. Gottfried got very angry and told them to clean up their mess and to never ever do that again. Rev. Friesen said he never ate peanuts at church again!
Family Search.org shows several entries including a copy of the transcribed autobiography made by Gottfried. Gottfried Berg
Here is a link to a website doc I found that mentions both Berg and Glaesman families in Corn Oklahoma: Mennonite Roots in Corn, Oklahoma