Niklaus Gerber[1]

Male 1735 - 1807  (71 years)


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  • Name Niklaus Gerber 
    Born 20 Nov 1735  Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • There is some evidence that Niklaus' christening was on 3 Jul 1735. If that is the case, his birth date is obviously incorrect.
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 May 1807  [2, 3
    Person ID I2527  Gerber Family Tree
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2011 

    Father Michael Gerber,   b. 13 Nov 1698, Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1773  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Anna Roethlisberger,   b. 9 Dec 1699, Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1743, Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1724 
    Histories
    Gerber, Michael and Anna Roethlisberger Marriage Record
    Gerber, Michael and Anna Roethlisberger Marriage Record
    Marriage Record of Michael Gerber and Anna Roethlisberger
    Location Photos
    Vorder Giebel, family farm next to Langnau
    Vorder Giebel, family farm next to Langnau
    Vorder Giebel, family farm next to Langnau
    Vorder Giebel Spiecher (Spycher) outside of Giebel
    Vorder Giebel Spiecher (Spycher) outside of Giebel
    This spiecher (storage shed) has an incription on it that indicates Michael Gerber and Anna Roethlisberger built it in 1735.
    Vorder Giebel Spiecher (spycher) inscription
    Vorder Giebel Spiecher (spycher) inscription
    This inscription says, "Michael Gerber and Anna Roethlisberger have built this spiecher in 1735."
    Family ID F0166  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Magdalena Kipfer,   c. 18 Mar 1736, Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1765, Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Married 2 May 1760  [4
    Children 
    +1. Michael Gerber,   b. 13 Feb 1761,   d. 31 Mar 1853  (Age 92 years)
    +2. Christian Gerber,   d. 3 Apr 1849, Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Location Photos
    Vorder Giebel, family farm next to Langnau
    Vorder Giebel, family farm next to Langnau
    Vorder Giebel, family farm next to Langnau
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F0197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Baumgartner 
    Children 
     1. Barbara Gerber
     2. Elisabeth Gerber
     3. Magdalena Gerber
     4. Niklaus Gerber,   b. 1793,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F0812  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Nov 1735 - Langnau (im Emmental), Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Vorder Giebel Photograph
    Vorder Giebel Photograph
    Photograph of Giebel and Stoekli and Spycher (Spiecher).

    Documents
    Gerber, Niklaus Christening Record
    Gerber, Niklaus Christening Record
    Christening Record of Niklaus Gerber
    Gerber, Niklaus Death Record
    Gerber, Niklaus Death Record
    Death Record of Niklaus Gerber

    Histories
    Gerber ab Giebel - Heini und Annemarie Gerber
    Gerber ab Giebel - Heini und Annemarie Gerber
    Letter of Heini Gerber and Annemarie Hungeler of Kussnacht. Outlines his research, which is compiled from various sources.
    Gerber ab Giebel(auf Englisch)
    Gerber ab Giebel(auf Englisch)
    Letter of Heini Gerber and Annemarie Hungeler of Kussnacht. Outlines his research, which is compiled from various sources.
    Gerber, aus der Gohl Stammend (auf Deutsch)
    Gerber, aus der Gohl Stammend (auf Deutsch)
    Gerber History by Heini Gerber of Kussnacht. Outlines his research, which is compiled from various sources.
    Gerber, aus der Gohl stammend - History by Heini Gerber (never completed)auf Englisch
    Gerber, aus der Gohl stammend - History by Heini Gerber (never completed)auf Englisch
    This history of the Gerber family is incomplete as it was work-in-progress when Heini died. It has some slight edits by Tim Gerber but has not been proof-read for accuracy.
    Gerber von Giebel (auf Deutsch)
    Gerber von Giebel (auf Deutsch)
    History of Gerbers by Heini Gerber and/or Annemarie Gerber. Compiled from various sources.
    Gerber von Giebel
    Gerber von Giebel
    History of Gerbers by Heini Gerber and/or Annemarie Gerber. Compiled from various sources.
    Gibel (Giebel) Glass Poem and Photographs
    Gibel (Giebel) Glass Poem and Photographs
    Photographs and Poem of Gerber Glass. The glass dates back to 1736. The poem was written by "uncle" Christian Gerber, born 1855 or 1865.

    Location Photos
    Vorder Giebel Painting
    Vorder Giebel Painting
    Painting of Vorder Giebel "Gibel". It was commissioned by Christian Gerber (I0018). Here are notes from Peter Gerber (with corrections):

    I think I sent you a foto of a painting of the Gibel-farm by Otto Siegentaler (attached again)

    When I fotographed that painting, I thought the painter made the "Spycher" much too big.....see photo of yesterday from about the same place.

    Yesterday I asked John at Gibel about that. We showed him the painting (Marianne brought it with her), he was rather touched and told us, that he remebered the production of the painting. It was a brother of Ruedi Gerber, Christian Gerber from Reinach (I0018) who ordered the painting from a painter living in Reinach. The painter went to Gibel after the second world war (John doesn't remember the year, between 1945 and 1950) and made a first painting. The Spycher then was indeed much larger than now, about 3 meters larger at the right and the left and with another front. The roof was shingled ("Schindeln" in German), but damaged and the tiles to make it anew were stocked nearby. The painter painted also the stocks of tiles.....which didn't please Ruedi. So Ruedi asked the painter to leave away the stocked tiles....the painter then made at home three copies of the painting, one for Fritz, one for Christian and the third for a child of Christian. We don't know, where the other two copies and the first painting are now, certainly not at Gibel.

    John was rather touched looking at the painting and even remembered the trees painted (and what fruit they had, they are now no longer there). The "Spycher" has been made smaller since then, the wood for the enlargement was rather damaged from the "Hausbock" (an insect making holes in the wood).

  • Notes 
    • It was this Niklaus Gerber who sold the portion of Lohngrat but held back a portion of the forest for Giebel since there was not a lot of timber at Giebel.

      Niklaus was a person who looks after the cows and makes cheese. He was farmer at Giebel and owner of the farm Lohngrates. Purchased a farm called "Baeregg" from his uncle.

      From the first marriage with his wife (maiden name "Kipfer"), there were two sons: Michael and Christian.

      From the second marriage in approximately 1770-1771, there was one son, Niklaus, and three daughters, Barbara, Elizabeth, and Magdalena.

      In 1754 he was banned from his land by the State church as many annabaptists (Mennonites) were. Later, he lived in Baeregg when in 1784 he gave Giebel to both of his sons, Michael and Christian. In 1782, he sold Baeregg to his brother, Niklaus. After their mother, Magdalena Kipfer died, Christian paid Michael for his portion of Giebel and became the single owner of Giebel.

      Niklaus purchased another farm called "Unterer Hapbach" for his son, Niklaus, of his second marriage.

      Niklaus' will is dated March 1801. He died 1 Apr 1808.

      Some genealogy sites show that Niklaus' father was Matthys. There is no known mention of a Matthys living in Giebel. This information likely comes from Julius Billeter, who is known to have made many mistakes.

      Other genealogists show Michael Gerber as his father. We do know that Michael Gerber and Anna Rothlisberger were occupants in 1730. We also know from external sources that Michael's youngest son was named Niklaus. We also know that a Niklaus was the subsequent owner of Giebel. Since the farm was always handed down to the youngest male child, it would make sense that Niklaus, the owner of Giebel in the latter half of the 1700's, was the son of Michael and Anna Rothlisberger, the owners of Giebel in the first half of the 1700's.

  • Sources 
    1. [S0025] Marianne Gerber, October 28, 2001 Email (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S0024] LDS.
      Film Number 178083, Reference 16710

    3. [S0025] Marianne Gerber, October 28 email (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S0024] LDS.
      Film Number 178082, Reference Number 16710