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We are researching the father of Michael Brenizer, married to Mary Wise. The 1810 orphans court records report that this John Brenizer had 6 children, including David, William, and Michael (whom we suspect to be the husband of Mary Wise), under age 14 in 1810; and Samuel over age at the time. We suspect that George was another son, as we assume here. We suspect that Peter Brenizer was the sixth child, although we have not shown him as such in this database. Notes for Peter are shown in the Research Notes below.

1780 John Brenizer [Branizer] was taxed 8 pounds, in Allen Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania as a freeman, indicating he was unmarried. John Branizer senior was taxed in the same township. [1]

c1783 Magdalena Mellinger, daughter of John Jacob and Susanna Mellinger, married John Brenizer [Breneisen] about this time, perhaps in Lancaster County.

1784 Son George Brenizer was born.

1785 John Prenizer [sic, Brenizer] was taxed for 4 horses, and 2 cattle in East Pennsbro Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. [2]

1787 Jacob Keller, of Cocalico Twp, guardian appointed by the Orphans' Court of Lancaster County for several minor heirs of Jacob Mellinger, deceased, received payment for real estate of the deceased from John Brenneisen of Allen Twp, Cumberland County, married to Magdalena, oldest daughter of Jacob Mellinger, deceased. [3]

1790 John Brenizer [Branizer] lived in Eastern Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The household had 1 male over age 16, 2 males under age 16 and 1 female [4]. John Brenizer [likely John Brenizer, senior] also lived in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania [5].

1798 John Brenizer [Brinizer] was taxed for a two story sq log house, dimension 24 by 20 feet, with 6 windows and 57 lights, and a stable on 150 acres in Allen Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. John Philips owned the adjacent home, also a neighbor in the 1790-1810 census. [6]

1800 John Branizer [Brenizer] lived in East Pennsboro Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania with male age 26-45 (John), male 16-26 (son George), and 4 males 0-10 (sons Michael, David, Samuel, William), 2 females age 10-16 (?), and 1 female age 16-45 (wife Magdalena). [7] John Phillips was listed next, listed adjacent in the 1798 direct tax and the same residence where son George lived in 1810.

1806 John Brenizer died. The census entries below suggest that their oldest son George then lived in the house where John had lived in East Pennsboro Twp, Cumberland County.

1810 An announcement was posted of the estate accounts of John Brenizer, late of East Pennsborough Twp [Cumberland County], administered by Andrew Eminger and Jacob Wise, by order of the Orphans' Court. [8][9]

1810 On 15 May, at the Orphans' Court of Cumberland County "Came into court Andrew Emsinger and Jacob Weise Administrators of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits which were of John Brenizer late of East Pennsborough township deceased and produced an account of their administration. The court having adjusted and passed the same find a balance of one hundred dollars and fifty nine cents in the hands of the administrators subject to distribution according to law." [10]

1810 On 18 September, at the Orphans' Court of Cumberland County, Andrew Emsinger and Jacob Weise reported that the personal estate of John Brenizer was insufficient to pay all of the debts. The administrators prayed the court to direct sale of 150 acres of land that John Brenizer owned in East Pennsborough adjoining land of the heirs of George Myers, John Phillips, Nicholas Pupp, and George Forney. John P Helfenstein and Jacob Hendel posted bond. [11]

1810 On 18 September, at the Orphans' Court of Cumberland County, Magdela [Magdalena] Brenizer widow and relict of John Brenizer late of East Pennsborough township deceased, said husband left issue six children, three of whom, to wit David, William, and Michael, are minors under age of fourteen years and have no guardian appointed, praying appointment of a suitable guardian. The court appointed John Sailor. Samuel Brenizer, minor over the age of fourteen prayed that John Sailor be appointed his guardian, so appointed. [12]

1810 On 7 November, land from John Brenizer's estate in East Pennsborough was sold at public auction to George Brenizer, of East Pennsborough Twp. The land was bounded by lands of John Phillips, Nicholas Pup, George Forney, and the heirs of George Myers. Administrators Andrew Emminger and Jacob Wise. [13]

1810 George Braniser [Brenizer] age 16-26 lived in East Pennsboro Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania with 2 males age 10-15 (brothers David and William) and one age 0-10 (brother Michael), one female age 0-10 (newly born daughter?), 1 female age 26-45 (George's wife), and one female age 45+ (widow Magdalena). Several neighbors; John Sepas, Gross, Conrad Emminger, George Forney, and John Phillips; common to the 1800-1820 censuses suggest that George was living near the same house where father John lived in 1800. [14]

1811 On 19 February, at the Orphans' Court of Cumberland County, Andrew Emminger and Jacob Wise, administrators, presented results of the sale of land from the estate of John Brenizer. The 149 acres of land was in East Pennsboro, bounded by lands of the heirs of George Myers, John Philips, George Forney, and Nicholas Pupp, as shown on a map. The land was sold to George Brenizer of East Pennsboro, for $49. [15]

1811 On 17 September, at the Orphans' Court of Cumberland County, Andrew Emminger and Jacob Wise produced an account for the estate with balance $5083.63. [16]

1811 An announcement of the estate accounts of John Brenizer, late of East Pennsborough township, administered by Andrew Eminger and Jacob Wise was published. [17]

1820 George Brenizer [Braniser] (age 26-45) lived in East Pennsboro Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania with 1 male age 26-45 (David), 2 males age 16-26 (Michael and William), four younger sons, three young daughters, and one female age 45+ (widow Magdalena) [18]. The household of Samuel Braniser age 16-26 was nearby. Aunt Sarah (Coover) Brenizer age 26-46 lived nearby, as did several Coover households.

1821 On 13 September, son William Brenizer married Susan Kreitzer. [19]

1822 Their son William died.

1824 Magdalena was the sponsor when grand-daughter Susana was born on 4 Nov to son Samuel and Elisabeth Brenizer, (witnessed by Maria Mag. Brenizer). Susana was baptized 24 April 1825. [20]

1825 Silver Spring Twp was formed from Pennsboro Twp. It is plausible that George did not move between the 1820 and 1830 censuses, despite the change in names of Townships.

1830 George Barizer [Brenizer] age 40-50 lived in Silver Spring Twp, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania with 2 males age 15-20, 3 younger females, 1 female age 40-50, and 1 female age 70-80 (widow Magdalena)[21]. Nearby was Susanna Phillips (likely widow of John), Henry and John Gross, Henry Coover, and Spidle, all likely neighbors from the 1820 census, suggesting this was the same household where George lived in 1820. John Beelman lived nearby, a likely relative (son) of John's sister Christina Brenizer Beelman. Samuel Brenizer (age 20-30) also lived in Silver Spring. David Brenizer (age 30-40) lived in East Pennsboro Twp with his family. Michael Brenizer had moved to South Middleton Twp in Cumberland County.

1840 We have not found Magdalena in the census, so she may have died by this date. Son George lived in Silver Spring; and son Michael had died but his widow Mary still lived in South Middleton. [22]

Research Notes:

1823 Peter Brenizer of Allen Twp bought the land from the estate of John's brother, Michael Brenizer (see the notes of Michael Brenizer).

1833 On 22 January, letters of administration were issued to Peter Brenizer on the estate of Susanna Brenizer (perhaps the wife of son William), late of Allen Twp, Cumberland County. Bail by Jacob Cocklin and George Brenizer. [23]

1836 On 10 May, Peter Eberly, administrator, presented the account of the estate of Peter Brenizer, late of Silver Spring, Cumberland County. [24]

1835 On 25 March, letters of administration were issued to Peter Eberly on the estate of Peter Brenizer, late of Eastpennborough Twp, Cumberland County. Bail by David Eberly and Daniel Markley. [25]

1780 John Brenizer [Brenisen] and Valentin Brenizen, relationship unknown, were Privates in the bounds of the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, York County, Pennsylvania on 14 October. [26]

Footnotes:

[1] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 20 (Cumberland Taxables) (1897), 261, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[2] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 20 (Cumberland Taxables) (1897), 709, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].

[3] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed GG-1. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[4] US census, 1790, Reel 0008, Image 550, middle column, line 22 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[5] US census, 1790, Reel 0008, Image 554, left column, line 13 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[6] United States Direct Tax of 1798: Pennsylvania. Film M372. IRS, Record Group 58. NARA, ancestry.com.

[7] US census, 1800, Reel 0038, Image 65, page 121, line 2, [Internet Archive].

[8] Newspaper, Carlisle Gazette newspaper Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

[9] Newspaper, Kline's Carlisle Weekly Gazette; 04-13-1810; Volume: XXV; Issue: 1326; p. 4.

[10] citing Cumberland County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court 5-73, [FamilySearch_Image].

[11] citing Cumberland County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court 5-96, [FamilySearch_Image].

[12] citing Cumberland County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court 5-105, [FamilySearch_Image].

[13] Newspaper, Carlisle Gazette, 11-02-1810; Volume XXVI; Issue 1355; Page 4.

[14] US census, 1810, Reel 0048, Image 41, line 13, [Internet Archive].

[15] citing Cumberland County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court 5-137, [FamilySearch_Image].

[16] citing Cumberland County Pennsylvania Orphans' Court 5-189, [FamilySearch_Image].

[17] Newspaper, Kline's Carlisle Weekly Gazette, August 09, 1811.

[18] US census, 1820, Reel 0102, Image 29, page 72, line 11, [Internet Archive].

[19] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 823844 of Pennsylvania Marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[20] FamilySearch.org, Saint Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kingstown, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania [Daughters of the American Revolution. Cumberland County Church Records, Vol 5 (1955)], [FamilySearch_Record].

[21] US census, 1830, Reel 0150, Image 206, line 3, Geo Barizer, [Internet Archive].

[22] US census, 1840

[23] Cumberland County Pennsylvania Administration Records D-134, [FamilySearch_Image].

[24] Cumberland County Pennsylvania Orphans Court docket 10-64, [FamilySearch_Image].

[25] Cumberland County Pennsylvania Administration Records D-179, [FamilySearch_Image].

[26] Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 2 (Muster Rolls Washington) (1906), 435, left column, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].


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