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Daniel Romberger
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1810
Death: Jun. 16, 1833

My great great great grandpa Daniel was a son of Balthasar Romberger and his wife Elizabeth Sierer/Seacrer. He was a husband of Eva Romberger Romberger who later remarried to Jacob Hoffman. Daniel's father Balthasar and Eva's father Adam were brothers, so this was a cousin marriage, common for its time.

I found records saying young Daniel was baptised April 6, 1810 by Rev. Pastor Daniel Ulrich. I have been to the church where Daniel Romberger is buried, and there is a display there of past clergymen. Daniel Ulrich was at Saint John's Lutheran in 1810 so now we know where Daniel Romberger was christened. Additionally, Romberger Family Association records show him as being baptised (and later buried) at St. John's Lutheran near Berrysburg, Pennsylvania so that is further confirmed.

Daniel Romberger lived only 23 years, but together he and wife Eva had three children: Gilbert Romberger, the saddler of Berrysburg, PA, Susan Romberger, and Luther Romberger, who pioneered in Illinois.

Daniel died while all his kids were very young, and his wife remarried, so the children grew up in a blended family and sadly probably had little memory of him. Still, those three kids had more kids, so Daniel managed to keep the line going despite passing away so young. My line continued through his son Gilbert, my great great grandpa, then to Daniel, Gilbert and Gilbert, my father.

We do not know why this Daniel died so young. One of my Romberger relatives has recently been diagnosed with Factor V Leiden (the "V" being a five), a hereditary clotting disorder which allows clots to form more freely, increasing risk of heart attack or stroke, while also causing additional pregnancy and delivery risks for females who have it. aniel's father's obituary says he died suddenly of "apoplexy" - stroke. I look at Daniel dying at 23, at his son Gilbert who had an unexpected sudden death, and at Gilbert's son Daniel who had strokes and Gilbert's son George who died of one, and Gilbert's daughter Annie Gertrude who died while probably in childbirth... I look at my grandpa who died of a heart attack or stroke, and at my aunt whose death was the same, at my father who had strokes. It's true that people have strokes and heart attacks and tragic pregnancies for a number of reasons, but it makes you wonder if Factor V Leiden was in the family from way back and caused many a loss we could not have guessed.

Another possibility: He may have died in a way so sensational at the time that his passing made headlines. In August of 2012, I found that in 1833, a terrible tale swept newspapers across the country, many citing the Liverpool (PA) Mercury newspaper as their source (which was 12 miles from Berrysburg). The stories gave the account of the death of a man from Lykens (or Lynkin's) Valley which is indeed the general area this Daniel lived. His name is given only as "Mr. Rumberger" or "Rumbarger" and those are among the common spellings of the last name; sadly without a first name or more corroboration, the account cannot be confirmed to be about this very Daniel Romberger, but it could be him so is included in the hopes more may be found. The "Mr. Rumberger" in these accounts was bitten on the heel by a snake. It is said that he ran and ran a considerable distance, and finally with his crossing a creek, the beast let go, but Mr. Rumberger swelled and died within hours said to be of "intense agony".

So far, the earliest version found was from the August 30, 1833 Daily National Intelligencer of Washington DC, followed the next day by the Norfolk Advertiser of Dedham, MA.

August 29th the Philadelphia Pennsylvania National Gazette and the the NYC Spectator covered it, followed September 3rd by the Boston Traveler and the Charleston Courier of South Carolina, the 4th by the Springfield, Massachusetts Hampden Whig and the Worcester, Massachusetts Massachusetts Spy, the 5th by the Hagerstown Maryland Torch Light, September 7th by the Haverhill Gazette of Massachusetts and the New Haven, Connecticut Columbian Register, and then September 10, 1833, by Gettysburg's Republican Banner newspaper as well as the Huron Reflector of Norwalk, Ohio. (11)

September 14th the Providence Patriot of Rhode Island published it, followed by the NYC paper, the Evening Post, who published it September 20. It was picked up September 26 by the NY American and the Southern Patriot of Charleston, SC. The Eastern Argus of Portland Maine and Brattleboro Messenger of Vermont saw fit to share it on September 27, the Boston Trumpet and Universalist Magazine ran it September 28th, and October 1, the Albany Argus of NY followed. On October 2 the Connecticut Gazette of New London and on October 8 the Connecticut Journal of New Haven released it. October 10th the Macon Weekly Telegraph of Georgia and October 23 the Middlesex Gazette of Middletown, CT shared the snake story. (12)

So the hideous tale, often captioned as "Painful Death" ran in papers around the country from at least August to October, all stating the event had happened "a few days since". 1833 was almost 200 years ago, so the newspapers from that year still available today represent only a small cross section of what was published at the time of this grisly event. Clearly, for it to be found in no less than 23 newspapers today, this was a sensational story in its time to have merited such widespread coverage.

No matter the cause, we lost this young Daniel at age 23. His father would die six years later to the day.

Family links: 
  Balthasar Romberger (1778 - 1839)
  Elizabeth Seacrer or Sierer Romberger (1782 - 1858)
  Eva Romberger Hoffman (1810 - 1876)
  Gilbert Romberger (1829 - 1894)*
  Luther D Romberger (1831 - 1908)*
  Susan Romberger Bowman (1832 - 1900)*
  Emma Catharine Romberger Matter (1805 - 1856)*
  George John Romberger (1807 - 1873)*
  Daniel Romberger (1810 - 1833)
  Elizabeth Romberger Hoy (1812 - 1854)*
  Susanna Romberger Bordner (1814 - 1845)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Mar 17, 2008
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Daniel Romberger
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