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Matthias Brandenburg

Also Known As: "Tice"
Birthplace: Berlin, Markgrafschaft Brandenburg, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Death: Died in Crabtree Corners, Clark County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Heidelberg, Owsley County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Solomon or Thomas Brandenburg and Wife Solomon Thomas Brandenburg
Husband of Hester Brandenburg
Father of Joseph Brandenburg; Henry Emerson Brandenburg, Sr.; Elizabeth Fitzgerald; David Brandenburg; Samuel Brandenburg and 9 others
Brother of Alexander Heinrich Brandenburg; Wilhelm Heinrich Brandenburg; Johann Andonges Brandenburg; Johann Mathias Brandenburg; Eva Catherine Brandenburg and 4 others

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About Matthias Brandenburg

Murdered by William Hardin, Matthias claimed to be a member of the royal family of Brandenburg, Prussia


Some time before his death, Matthias revealed to his family that he was a member of the Royal Family of Brandenburg, Prussia (The House of Hohenzollern). He told them that he and his brothers had left a vast estate in Prussia, the reason being, "a Catholic procession was passing through the streets of the city of Berlin, this procession headed by a distinguished Loyalist who stood in high favor with the reigning Prince of Brandenburg, who was himself a Catholic. (During the reign of Frederick I (1701-1740) and his son, Frederick II The Great (1740-1763)). It was expected and commanded that every man whom this procession passed should take off his hat in token of honor to the great personage, who in glittering regalia rode at the head of the procession. Two of his brothers (one being Solomon) stood watching the procession. Even though the brothers were near relatives of the reigning Prince Catholic Elector of Brandenburg (Frederick the Great) they were Protestants and they not only refused to take off their hats to a Catholic dignitary, but they even spoke contemptuously of him. This was reported to their relatives. The King and Elector of Brandenburg (Prussia) was angered by their action and sent forth an edict confiscating their estate. This act was followed by persecution and fear of loosing their heads, and the brothers fled to Holland and then sailed to America, never regaining their possessions or estate in the Province of Brandenburg.

Then, there is this:

First, it is to mention, that indeed there are some American "researchers" who - only by using the identity of a surname which is spelled like a noble family and its territory, respectively - state their family were of this noble origin, founded by some mysterious princes, "black sheeps" of a noble house. Respectable objections to this "history" commonly are ignored or fought fiercely. One can imagine how unrespectable such a "genealogical research" must be ...

Second, the ruling house of the country of Brandenburg since 1414 was the Hohenzollern family. They *never* bore the name "of Brandenburg". But there were many families BRANDENBURG which had no connections to the rulers of the country, as well as in all other German areas exist many families of the same name as the country who were not of any noble origin either, e.g. BAYER in Bayern (Bavaria), HESSE in Hessen (Hesse), WUERTTEMBERGER in Wuerttemberg or SACHS in Sachsen (Saxony). The are surnames which only indicate the geographical origin of a person, not more! Unrespectable to fabricate a family history with noble origin out of a surname!

Third, the famous Hohenzollern who ruled Brandenburg early became Reformed Protestants. Also the second major line, the Margraves of Ansbach-Bayreuth, who also belonged to the house Hohenzollern, were Protestants and integrated about 3200 Hugenots in their city of Erlangen. Only one minor line of the Hohenzollern family, living at the origin of this house in south-western Germany, the Hohenzollern in Hohenzollern-Hechingen and H.-Sigmaringen, which only in 1849 came to Prussia, remained Catholic. They never had anything to do with Brandenburg.

Fourth, the Brandenburg Elector and later "King in Prussia", Friedrich Wilhelm (Frederick William) of Hohenzollern (not: "reigning Prince of Brandenburg"), never was catholic (I think this was mixed up with the history of the Electorate of Saxony, the elector of which Friedrich August renounced the Evangelic Protestant faith and became Catholic to become elected king of Poland by the nobility of the (Catholic) Kingdom of Poland). But: The Brandenburg electors were very tolerant rulers - especially Friedrich der Grosse (Frederick the Great) who ruled when this "story" is said to have happened - and though they were of Reformed confession, they also tolerated Catholics in their countries. This was a great exception in these centuries ("Cuius regio, eius religio" - "Whose country, whose religion")!

Also the rest of this story (the said procession and the consequences) is that adventurous, bizarre and unrespectable (sorry to have to say this), that there is no need to discuss it, because it really has *nothing* to do with the actual history of Brandenburg (the country, not one of many families with the surname BRANDENBURG) and its rulers, the House of Hohenzollern ...


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Matthias Brandenburg's Timeline

Berlin, Markgrafschaft Brandenburg, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Age 26
Frederick, Maryland, United States
Age 29
Frederick Co., Maryland
Age 30
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
Age 31
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
July 2, 1772
Age 34
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
Age 35
Frederick County, Province of Maryland
Age 36
Hampshire County, Province of Virginia
Age 37
Hampshire, Virginia
April 12, 1777
Age 39
Hampshire, Virginia