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Bergey was a family name among the Swiss Anabaptists in the Emmental during the 17th century. It was also present in the Palatinate Mennonite family census lists of 1672, 1738, 1743, 1752, 1753, 1759, and 1768. The 1940 census of Mennonite families in South Germany listed 18 families under four variants of the name.

Peter Bürki 1538 and Christen Bürki 1669 appear in the Bernese Ratsmanual as Anabaptists. Hans Bürky, a preacher, was exiled in 1710.

As early as 1726 John Ulrich Bergey purchased land in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is believed that he emigrated from Switzerland in 1719. The genealogy of his descendants comprises a book of over 1,000 pages in which more than 600 persons carrying the family name were listed in 1925. The family has been most prominent in eastern Pennsylvania (Franconia Conference) and in Ontario.

C. H. Smith lists a Christian Buercki, a member of the Amish faith, among the Pennsylvania immigrants of 1737. Six Birkey brothers of the Amish faith emigrated from Bavaria and settled in Butler County, Ohio around 1840. Their father, Christian Bürkey, had emigrated from France and Christian's father had come to France from Switzerland. The six brothers moved to Tazewell County, Illinois only a few years after they had settled in Ohio. Descendants of these brothers spread to Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and other near-by states. John C. Birky, ordained a bishop in 1890, was for many years a leader in the Western District Amish Mennonite Conference. He served as bishop of the Hopedale, Illinois. congregation from 1896 to 1924. His brother Jacob Birky was bishop of the church at Beemer, Nebraska. for many years but finally moved to Kouts, Indiana.

In 1950 at least 12 ministers with variants of the name were serving in Mennonite Church (MC) congregations. Eight of these were located west of the Mississippi. E. J. Berkey of Oronogo, Missouri, who had earlier engaged extensively in evangelistic meetings, was one of the most widely known members of the family.

[edit] Bibliography

Bender, Harold S., ed. "Palatinate Mennonite Census Lists, 1664-1774." Mennonite Quarterly Review 14:1-15:1 (January 1940 -January 1941).

Bergey, D. H. The Genealogy of the Bergey Family. New York, 1925.

Birkey, Harvey. "A Brief History of the Birky Family." Christian Monitor (July 1930).

Smith, C. Henry Smith. The Mennonite Immigration to Pennsylvania in the Eighteenth Century. Norristown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1929: 228.


Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1953


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Gingerich, Melvin. "Bergey (Bergy, Berke, Berkey, Berki, Berkij, Berky, Birkey, Birki, Birky, Borcki, Borcky, Buerckey, Buercki, Beerie, Buergey, Buergi, Buerki, Burckey, Burcky, Burgey, Burkey, Bürki, Bürky, Burky) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 22 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bergey_(Bergy,_Berke,_Berkey,_Berki,_Berkij,_Berky,_Birkey,_Birki,_Birky,_Borcki,_Borcky,_Buerckey,_Buercki,_Beerie,_Buergey,_Buergi,_Buerki,_Burckey,_Burcky,_Burgey,_Burkey,_B%C3%BCrki,_B%C3%BCrky,_Burky)_family&oldid=119462.

APA style

Gingerich, Melvin. (1953). Bergey (Bergy, Berke, Berkey, Berki, Berkij, Berky, Birkey, Birki, Birky, Borcki, Borcky, Buerckey, Buercki, Beerie, Buergey, Buergi, Buerki, Burckey, Burcky, Burgey, Burkey, Bürki, Bürky, Burky) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bergey_(Bergy,_Berke,_Berkey,_Berki,_Berkij,_Berky,_Birkey,_Birki,_Birky,_Borcki,_Borcky,_Buerckey,_Buercki,_Beerie,_Buergey,_Buergi,_Buerki,_Burckey,_Burcky,_Burgey,_Burkey,_B%C3%BCrki,_B%C3%BCrky,_Burky)_family&oldid=119462.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 278-279. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


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