Bernerts are from French-Alsace Lorraine region. Some Bernerts moved to
Austria-Hungary when the French annexed the region.
In Austria-Hungary the Bernerts of our family attended the
MARTIN BERNERT married (1)
ELIZABETH MANTON, likely in Yugoslavia. He married (2)
Elizabeth and Joseph had
Christian Bernert born in Yugoslavia on August
10th 1881; Peter Bernert, born 31 May 1878;
and a Jacob Bernert (who remained in
On August 10, 1881
Crist (Christian) Bernert was born in Yugoslavia to Joe and Elizabeth Manton Bernert..
Elizabeth Manton Bernert, mother of
died when Christian
was about a 1-2 years old. His father,
Joseph Martin Bernert, remarried.
Christian had 8 or 9 half brothers.
26 Sep 1884:HUNGARY
Julia Roff (Crist Bernert's future
was born in Hertphalne Hungary.
Crist Bernert, at age 8, was "sold" as a blacksmith's
apprentice to work. He lived with the blacksmith family for a couple of
years...when he ran away. From then on he was on his own.
Crist taught himself how to read and write and did very well.
CRIST BERNERT married (1)
MARIA ROFF, daughter of
CONRAD ROFF and
ROSEALEE KEENER. He married (2)
YUGOSLAVIA or HUNGARY
Crist Bernert married Julia Roff.
January 02, 1906
CHILD #1: ELIZABETH BERNERT
was born January 02, 1906 in Kestalendefalbo, Banat, Hungary
to Christian and Maria Roff Bernert.
HUNGARY to OHIO --
Julia, Baby Elizabeth and Crist's brother Peter Bernert
came to U.S. (Bucyrus, Ohio).
Per Barbara Bernert Keyser, daughter of Crist and Maria Roff Bernert:
Her parents, Crist and Maria came over to America one time to Ohio and her
father worked in a roundhouse with brother Peter Bernert.
CHILD #2: PETER BERNERT
born to Christian and Maria in Ohio.
OHIO to Atatavalva AUSTRIA-HUNGARY --
Julia, Elizabeth, Peter, and Crist's brother Peter Bernert.
Traveled back to Hungary around 1909. Barbara
believed that they returned to Atatavalva Austria- Hungary.
July 26, 1909
CHILD #3: BARBARA ROSE BERNERT
born to Christian and Maria in Panscova, Austria-Hungary, where Maria Roff was
born also). Maria Roff Bernert was pregnant on the trip to Hungary from
USA. Barbara Rose was born in Austria-Hungary (Yugoslavia).
AUSTRIA-HUNGARY to AMERICA
AUSTRIA-HUNGARY to AMERICA - Ship
Elizabeth, Peter, and Barbara Rose PLUS Crist's brother Peter's family...Julia,
Maria and son Peter.
Passengers arriving on
Ivernia July 6, 1913:
Bernert (not found in 1913 Ivernia Ellis Island Records)
See Ellis Island Webpage for full record
Maria Bernert, age 28 (born about 1885...26 Sep 1884)
Wife of Christian Bernert
Bernert, age 7 (born about 1906...02 Jan 1906)
Daughter Elizabeth Bernert of Christian and Maria
Bernert, age 3 (born about 1910...26 Jul 1909)
Daughter Barbara Bernert of Christian and Maria
Peter Bernert (not found in 1913 Ivernia
Ellis Island Records)
Julia Bernert, age 27
(born about 1886)
Wife of Peter Bernert
Bernert, age 4 (born about 1909) Daughter of Peter and Julia
Peter Bernert, age 1 yr 3 mo (born about 1911)
Son of Peter and Julia
WAYNE COUNTY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN taken on January 13th.
ED 223, 318 Rapolle Street?
CRIST BERNERT, Head, Age 40 (born 1881),
emigrated to America in "1913". Still listed as "Alien" versus
"Naturalized" in 1920. CRIST, his
wife Mary [Maria] (age 38, born about
1882 (actually on
26 Sep 1884) in Panscova, Austria-Hungary, his daughter Lizzie (age 14), his son Peter (age 12) and his daughter
Barbara (age 10) all were born in "Hungary" per this Census instead of Ohio
and Hungary as stated above, to Hungarian-born parents. It is
listed that Mary [Maria] could not read
nor write [English], but the others could. Chris was a factory
laborer, and Mary did day work.
Likely in DETROIT, MICHIGAN
WHOSE???? Certificate of Naturalization #2834735
Petition 141, Number 34076, 11/19/1928: Brother Peter was 20 years; Barbara Rose
19 years and both resided at Detroit, Michigan. Address for all: 2166
Holcomb Avenue, Detroit Michigan. Birth citizenship: "Jugoslavia"
Note: Page 507 Polk's Detroit City Directory, MI (year unknown) states
that Barbara Bernert was a stenographer for The Bradstreet Company and she lived
at 2166 Holcomb Ave. On the same page "Christ" Bernert is listed at that
address and working as a "diemkr" and son Peter Bernert is also listed at the
same address and as a "diemkr".
1930...likely around 1929 in
wife MARIA BERNERT dies
Likely in DETROIT, MICHIGAN
CRIST BERNERT marries his second wife,
April 2, 1930 CENSUS:
WAYNE COUNTY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN, District 663 Residence
is 2166 Holcomb Avenue:
owns their home valued at $10,000; he is 48 years old and was married the first
time at the age of "24". His wife is his second wife,
Catherine LeFleur Bernert, who married when she was 20 (to LeFleur?
to Kyri?); she is now 41.
Peter Bernert is 21 and appears to have
been born during their first year of marriage or soon thereafter. Barbara,
Crist's daughter is 20. Both Peter and
Barbara Rose are single. Susie Kyri is
listed as the 18 years old single daughter of Crist and
Catherine. Kyri was born in
Michigan to Yugoslavian-born parents. Kyri
is working as a clerk for an insurance agency. Susie
Kyri is previously unknown to me ... is Susie
Kyri the daughter of Catherine
LeFleur and was Catherine married to a Kyri at one time??).
Crist was born in Yugoslavia to Yugoslavian
born parents; he is working in an automobile factory. He immigrated in
1906 and is naturalized. Crist and
Catherine each spoke Magyar (Hungarian) before coming to the United
Wife, Catherine was born in
Yugoslavia to Yugoslavian-born parents. She immigrated in 1905 (a year before
Crist) and is naturalized.
was born in Ohio to Yugoslavian-born parents.
Daughter Barbara Rose was born in
Austria-Hungary to Yugoslavian-born parents. She immigrated
in 1913 at about age 3 and is became a USA citizen.
Barbara is listed as having spoken
Magyar before coming back to the United States.
Barbara Rose's sister
lives next door: Bruno Kellner
and his wife Elizabeth Bernert Kellner
(Barbara Rose's sister, and daughter of Crist and Maria) and their children
Conrad and Barbara
Kellner. Barbara Kellner is a newborn.
Conrad is 2.
(They will have a
third child, Bernard Kellner)
Bruno was born in
Germany in on June 3, 1902. Bruno
is working for an adding machine company. He immigrated in 1920 and is
naturalized. He spoke German before coming to the United States.
Bruno died February 3, 1995, in Royal
Conrad and baby
Barbara were born in Michigan to a German father (Bruno Kellner)
and a Yugoslavian mother (Elizabeth Bernert).
5/27/1939: Barbara Rose Bernert
John Earl "Jack" Keyser
John Earl, nicknamed “Jack”, was born in 1907 in Ohio.
He was married twice, the second time to Barbara
Bernert. Barbara, a warm
and loving woman, is the one who helped me originally with my research of the
Keyser and Bernert lines. Barbara passed away in late
2003; I miss her.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN Elizabeth
Bernert Kellner. Barbara's sister:
Alien Registration #5382046 Detroit MI dated 2/25/1942.
Distinctive marks: Mole on right side of face. 5' 6.5" 150 lbs. Lt Brown Hair.
Resided in USA 28 years and 7 months prior to citizenship in USA. (From 1913
03 Sep 1960
East Side General Hospital, Detroit, MI
Christian Bernert (Barbara Rose's father) dies.
08 Dec 1980
Gross Point Woods, Wayne County, MI
Catherine LeFluer Bernert dies.
26 Jan 1993 Jack Keyser,
Barbara Rose Bernert Keyser, dies
in Melbourne, FL
15 May 1994
Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan
Elizabeth (Mrs. Bruno) Kellner dies at
her residence in Mansfield Heights in Oakland.
3 February 1995
Royal Oak, Oakland, Michigan
Bruno Kellner dies.
Barbara Rose Bernert Keyser
dies in Melbourne, FL
brother Peter Bernert and his family:
Bernert (Sr.) married a
They had a daughter, Maria Bernert.
Peter and his wife Julia Ann and his daughter Maria immigrated to the United States
(see above on ships). All are now deceased. At one time lived in
Mansfield, OH. where Peter was a well known home builder in the Mansfield OH
area. Peter and Julia also had a son,
named after his father, Peter (Jr.).
Peter Sr. was of medium height and small build with light blue eyes and dark
brown hair per his WWI Draft Registration Card.
Peter Bernert (Sr.) was born 31 May 1878 in Hudusitze, Hungary, and died 18 Jan
1933 after an illness of 10 days; in Mansfield, OH at home.
Julia was born 27 Sep 1885
in Austria/Hungary; she died 15 Nov 1966 following a 6-month illness, at the age
of 81, in Mansfield, Richland County, OH
Crist Bernert's cousins are Matt and Carl Bernert
who moved to Chicago. In the 1930 Federal Census a "Math"
Bernert is listed as born about 1907 (he is 23 in 1930) and the son of Carl and