from Birger Langkjer - Thursday, January 13, 2005
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Moses David was of Scandinavian descent
David Berg's father was a Swede called Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg. He was born near Kalmar in "Småland" and arrived in America at the end of the 1800s with his parents and siblings.
David Berg's mother was a famous American Pentecostal preacher, Virginia Lee Brandt, daughter of Rev. John Lincoln Brandt. She decended from German immigrants who settled in America in 1745. She was born May 27th 1886 in West Virginia. She was related to Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general.
As a beautiful young woman she was engaged to be married to Bruce Bogart, a relation of actor Humphry Bogart. At the engagement party she meet a young Swedish immigrant, Hjalmer Emmanuel Berg, who was hired to entertain the crowd. It was love at first sight and they soon married.
Hjalmar was "saved" by his father-in-law and started studying theology in Des Moines, Iowa. His wife was apparently not happy, but remained loyal.
In 1913 she gave birth to their first child, Hjalmar Jr. Shortly after she slipped and fell and broke her back in 2 places. While recovering she had a religious experience and claimed that she had been divinely healed.
Their newfound pentacostalism caused them to be thrown out of their church. They instead became freelance preachers outside of the system.
(From the book "Kærlighedsfamilien - fokus på Guds Børn" af Kaj Moos)
This is all I have vis-a-vis Mo's genealogy. There is also a bit on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Berg
Does anyone have anymore?