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Rosenberger, a Mennonite family found largely in southeastern Pennsylvania, especially in the Franconia Conference (Mennonite Church), and also in the Brethren in Christ Church in Bucks and Montgomery counties, Pennsylvania. According to tradition the family came from Zweibrücken, Germany. The first immigrant by this name was Henry Rosenberger Sr. Henry Jr., Benjamin, Daniel, and John Rosenberger are thought to have been his sons; his daughters were Mary and Sarah. John Rosenberger (1724-1818) was a Mennonite trustee in the Lexington congregation of the Franconia Conference. Henrich Rosenberger (1725-1809) was a deacon in the Franconia congregation (MC). John Rosenberger (1790-1883), a son or grandson of the above John, was a Mennonite farmer in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvana. One of his sons was John H. Rosenberger (1832-1910), preacher in the Lexington congregation; another son was Henry H. Rosenberger (ordained bishop at the Silverdale, Pennsylvania, Brethren in Christ Church in 1886); and a third son was Samuel H. Rosenberger (1836-1918), who helped build the Silverdale Brethren in Christ house of worship in 1883, where he was ordained a deacon in 1886, and a preacher in 1891. Samuel H. Rosenberger had a son Edwin C. Rosenberger (born 1886), who is also serving as a Brethren in Christ minister in Silverdale and Souderton. Henry B. Rosenberger (1844-1921) was an unusually influential man in the Blooming Glen Mennonite congregation and community; he was ordained preacher in 1885, and bishop in 1895. One of the leaders of the Eastern District Conference (General Conference Mennonite Church ) is Arthur S. Rosenberger, minister in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and sometime president of Bluffton College. The family is also represented in Canada, Virginia, and other areas to which migrations took place from eastern Pennsylvania.


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Matthews, Edward. The Rosenberger Family of Montgomery County. Harleysville, 1892.

Rosenberger, Francis C. Some Notes on the Rosenberger Family. Richmond, 1950.

Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1959

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Wenger, John C. "Rosenberger family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 14 Apr 2024.

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Wenger, John C. (1959). Rosenberger family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 April 2024, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 359. All rights reserved.

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