Robert Thomas Bertha
Robert Thomas Bertha, born 16 Dec 1889, Hungary, died 20 Mar 1977, Ormond Beach, Volusia CO, FL, married Mary Harvoth, born 17 Jul 1884, Hungary, died Dec 1948, Flagler CO, FL. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Palatka, Putnam CO, FL and Mary is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Palatka, Putnam CO, FL.
He came to the United States at an early age and settled in West Virginia where he was assistant manager of the Sandy Creek Coal Company. He came to Flagler County in 1925 and bought land in the Bimini section and farmed, with his family joining him in 1927. Their son, grandsons and great grandsons have continued to operate the Bertha Farm. They were the parents of one son;
1. Robert Thomas Bertha, Jr., born 06 Jun 1918, Cabin Creek, Kanawha CO, WV, died 04 Jan 1998, Flagler CO, FL, married 22 Jan 1938, Macclenny, Baker CO, FL by Judge Frank Dowling to Theda Jeannette Bankston, dau of Samuel Collins Bankston and Katherine Delores Johnston, born 16 April 1920, Hastings, St Johns CO, FL, died 23 Mar 2001, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL. Jeannette is buried in Espanola Cemetery, Espanola, Flagler CO, FL.
She was charter member of the General Joseph Eggleston Johnston Chapter #2317, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL joining on 14 May 1962 with eligibility based on the service record of Joseph M Johnston, Company I, 25th Reg GA Inf. She served as 1st Vice President (1962-1964) and recorder of crosses (1964-1968, two terms). Issue;
(1) Robert Thomas (Tommy) Bertha III, born 30 Oct 1938, Flagler Hospital, St Augustine, St Johns CO, FL, married 10 Dec 1959, First Methodist Church, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, Phyllis Rea Hazen, dau of Frank Meyer Hazen, Jr., and Eva R (LNU), born 01 Feb 1941. Issue;
A. Mary Katherine Bertha, born 03 May 1960, Flagler Clinic and Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, married 03 Nov 1990, Flagler CO, FL (Unknown)
B. Robert Thomas (Robbie) Bertha IV, born 26 Jun 1961, Flagler Clinic and Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, married 13 Dec 1980, Jennifer Yvonne McMullian, dau of James DuPont McMullian and Jeanette B (LNU). Issue;
a. Thomas James Bertha, born 25 Feb 1981
b. Troy Allen Bertha, born 15 Jan 1986
c. Candace Bertha
C. Allen Travis Bertha, born 11 Jun 1962, Flagler Clinic and Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, married 25 Jun 1988, Flagler CO, FL, April (LNU) (Div-10Jan1994)
Allen Travis Bertha, married 17 Apr 1999 (Unknown)
(2) Samuel Johnston Bertha, born 10 Mar 1941, Flagler Hospital, St Augustine, St Johns CO, FL married 07 July 1961, First Methodist Church, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, Joyce Marlene (Molly) Ricks, dau of John T Ricks, born 19 Oct 1943, DeLeon Springs, Volusia CO, FL. Issue;
A. Samuel Johnston Bertha II, born 18 Jul 1962, Flagler Clinic & Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, married 18 Jun 1983, Flagler CO, FL, Debra Ann (Debbie) Ribaudo (Div-01Jul1991). Issue;
a. Erica Kristen Bertha, born 05 Jul 1988, Daytona Beach, Volusia CO, FL
Samuel Johnston Bertha II, married 2nd 29 Jul 1995, Flagler CO, FL, Cynthia Lynn (Cissy) Burgess born 05 Sep 1970. Issue;
b. Morgan Elizabeth Bertha, born 30 Mar 1996, Daytona Beach, Volusia CO, FL
c. Garrett Johnston Bertha, born 17 Jul 1998, Daytona Beach, Volusia CO, FL
B. Montgomery Bert (Monty) Bertha, born 03 Sep 1964, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, married 30 Apr 1988 (Unknown)
(3) John Howard Bertha, born 09 Jan 1951, Flagler Hospital, St Augustine, St Johns CO, FL, married Oct 1968, Methodist Church, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, Karen Ann Price. Issue;
A. John Howard Bertha Jr., born 31 Jan 1969, Bunnell General Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL
B. Melissa Ann Bertha, born 30 Aug 1971, Bunnell General Hospital, Bunnell, Flagler CO, FL, married 08 Dec 1995, Flagler CO, FL (Unknown)
Robert Thomas Bertha, Jr., married 2nd Edith Aurelia Whitton, dau of Terrel Owen Whitton and Lucille Virginia Blount, born 14 Jun 1928, Espanola, Flagler CO, FL. Issue;
(4) Robert Terrell Bertha, born 09 Oct 1954, FL married 02 Sep 1978, Concord-St Andrews United Methodist Church, Bethesda, Motgomery CO, MD, Daryl Claire Spangler, dau of Miller Brant Spangler and Claire Kussart, born 15 May 1955. Issue;
A. Jamie Claire Bertha, born 12 Jun 1982, Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Montgomery CO, MD
B. Michael Patrick Bertha, born 08 Dec 1985, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Gaithersburg, Montgomery CO, MD
Aurelia was first married to Charles Stone Thompson. They had two sons John Owen Thompson who married Claudia Jo Buckles, dau of Howard Randolph (Buck) Buckles and Parthenia Norman; and Anthony Charles (Tony) Thompson who married Susan Michelle McKinley.
Source: The First Families of Flagler by Mary Ketus Deen Holland who cited as her sources: Published Articles and Jeannette Bankston Bertha.
Additional sources used by the compiler were: 1930 United States Federal Census, Shell Bluff, Flagler CO, FL; 1945 Florida State Census, Flagler CO, FL; Florida Marriage Collection, 1927-2001; Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001; Social Security Death Index; Florida Death Index, 1877-1998
Unto This Land, A History of St Johns Park, edited by Mary Ketus Deen Holland who cited as her source, Jeannette Bankston Bertha; The Flagler Tribune, Bunnell, Florida, 27 Jan 1938, 13 Mar 1941, 23 Dec 1948, 11 Jan 1951, 24 Oct 1957, 17 Dec 1959, 12 May 1960, 22 Jun 1961, 06 Jul 1961, 19 Jul 1962, 13 Jun 1963, 06 Feb 1969, 01 Jun 1972, and Robert Terell Bertha family information provided via email by Daryl Sangler Bertha (02 Jan 2009).
Please send questions, corrections or additions to Sisco Deen, P.O. Box 637, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 or email him at Sisco_Deen@hotmail.com
Sketch Updated: 07 Jan 2009