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Rev. Isaac Roeller


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Born 4/25/1807

Died 11/10/1897

Burial Date 11/16/1897

Rev. Isaac Roeller

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“The aged Divine Passes Away Peacefully Ten Miles This Side of His Century”
(He is The Second Prominent Divine This Week to Depart For the Bourne Whence No Traveler Returns
Dr. Dubbs, of Allentown is The Other
Death’s Rich Harvest)

The oldest clergyman of the Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and perhaps the United States, closed his eyes in death. Rev. Isaac Roeller died as he lived, calmly and peacefully at his pleasant suburban home near the borough limits Wednesday night, aged 90 years. His death did not come unexpected. For several years past his physical powers had been steadily declining, not caused by any disease, but from old age. Life simply ebbed away. Rev. Mr. Roeller was ordained a clergyman in 1829 and entered the synod of the church the same year. His death removes a land mark from the realm of Pennsylvania and makes Dr. Seiss of Philadelphia, who was ordained in 1842, the oldest living clergyman in the State. The deceased clergyman was one of the best known clergyman of the church, the greater number of the elder and middle-aged Lutherans of Lehigh, Montgomery, Berks and Bucks counties were intimately acquainted with the deceased, and often it had been their pleasure to listen to the words of Holy Writ expressed and expounded by him.

He was descended from a family remarkable for their religion and perseverance in its teachings. His father was Rev. John George Roeller, who was a son of Rev. Conrad Roeller, who was one of the pioneer Lutheran clergyman in the country and was a co-worker with Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg, the patriarch of the Lutheran Faith in America. Conrad and George Roeller figure conspicuously in the Halle reports sent from America to the seat of the church in the Fatherland. The former came to America’s shores in 1770. He had graduated from the University of Erlangen and in the country of his adoption he settled in Philadelphia, where he assisted Rev H. M. Muhlenberg. He oftentimes labored with Fred Muhlenberg, than located near Lebanon. From the year 1772 to the year 1792 he was given charge of the parishes comprising Goschenhoppen, Indian Field and Tobicken, Bucks county, John George the son of Conrad served the same congregations from 1798 to 1840. The Christian nature of his ancestors, and strength of their beliefs found fruit in the mind of Isaac, who was born in the parsonage of the parish of upper Salford township, Montgomery County on April 25, 1807. His early training for the ministry was received at the well known Germantown Academy. While pursuing his studies for the Holy ministry, he resided with his grandmother, the widow of Rev. Conrad Roeller. As was custom then, Isaac chose as his preceptor the Rev. Miller, successor to Rev Muhlenberg and under his care raised himself in those qualities that speedily brought for him his ordination. After accepting the divine office of minister he occupied the pulpit for 40 years and served congregations in Bucks, Berks and Lehigh counties.
On June 26, 1832 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Miss Judith Trexler who with him took up residence in Kutztown, where both answered the call of the Master, Mrs. Roeller expiring on March 9, 1885. No children were born to the couple. Mr Roeller was the foster father and the great Uncle of Rev E. L. Miller, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran church of South Bethlehem. The strength born by divine wish in the elder Roeller was licenced June 17, 1829 by the German Ministerium of Pennsylvania. His first charge consisted of the congregation at Moselem, Huff’s and Longswamp. At different times he officiated at Jerusalem, Maxatawny, Mertz’s Friedensburg and Oley in this county and at Fogelsville in Lehigh. From the time of his licence he lived in Berks. In 1832 he moved to Kutztown and resided in the borough four years. He afterwards located to Maxatawny, just beyond the borough limits, where he built an elegant home in 1834. In this dwellinll/div>ll/div>

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