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Melchior Stehman Brenneman, Jr.

Also Known As: "The Pioneer"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: New Danville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 19, 1794 (75)
New Danville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: New Danville, Lancaster County, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Melchior "The Pioneer" Brenneman, Sr. and Elizabeth Jane Brenneman
Husband of Anna Geetha Brenneman
Father of Peter Brenneman; Melchior Brenneman, III; Abraham Brenneman, Sr; Isaac Brenneman; Margaret Stauffer and 8 others
Brother of Christopher Stephen Brenneman; Christian Brenneman, Sr; John Brenneman; Adam Brenneman; Catharine Anna Steiner and 1 other

Occupation: Prosperous Farmer And Weaver, Farmer, landholder
Managed by: Private User
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About Melchior Brenneman Jr.

DAR A 208867, PA Patriotic service, paid supply tax.

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"I have often seen the little Brennemans, children of a Mennonist emigrant, playing in the most sportive and innocent manner with the little red faces, and I never knew or heard of one little white face receiving an injury from their red brethren: that is. no intentional injury." From http://archive.org/stream/historicbackgrou01eshl/historicbackgrou01eshl_djvu.txt

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I am James, son of Orlo, son of Noah, descendant of Abraham and the three successive Melchiors.

I write here about the nicknames of the three Melchiors.

My understanding is that the first was Melchior the EXILE, exiled from Switzerland during a persecution of Anabaptists. Then his son Melchior was the Pilgrim, wandering in Eastern Europe, then His son was Melchior the Pilgrim who came to America.


Taken from The Brenneman History

Melchior Brenneman, Jr. was born on the old homestead farm of his father near New Danville, Lancaster Co., PA in August, 1718, and died at the same place, April 19, 1794. He long survived his elder brothers, all of whom died thirty years or more before him. He married Ann Good, b. in 1722, d. in 1800, aged 78 years 3 mos. and 10 days. She was a drt. of Jacob Good of Consetoga, who was a son of Peter Good, an immigrant to Lancaster Co. in 1715. Melchior Jr. and wife had 13 childre, of whom eleven survived them.


According to The Brenneman History (1938), page 399, Melchior was "...a prosperous landholder and left his children at his decease well established in life. The old Brenneman homestead...went to his youngest son Henry."

The following is the transcription of the will of Melchior Brenneman, Jr., written in 1786 and probated 13 September 1794 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania:

?In the Name of God Amen. This twenty-first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six Melchior Brenneman the elder of Conestoga Township Lancaster County and state of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being at present sick and weak in body nevertheless of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding ? thanks be to God ? calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, Principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God, who gave it me, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner; and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same as follows, in the following manner and form.

Imprimis, it is my will and I do order in the first place that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid off and satisfied as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Brenneman, his heirs and assigns, all my plantation and tract of land situated in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, aforesaid, adjoining to the lands of Jacob Brenneman, Adam Brenneman, deceased, Jacob Stone and John Borgholder, containing about 125 acres and the allowance of roads, be the same more or less. To be holden by him the said Henry Brenneman his heirs and assigns forever.

Item, it is my will and I do hereby order and direct that my said son Henry Brenneman shall pay for the aforesaid plantation and tract of land the sum of 925 pounds bold or silver money that is to say in the first place, that the said Henry shall retain in his hands out of the aforesaid sum of money the sum of 200 pounds and the remainder he shall pay in yearly payments as follows to wit: One year after my decease the sum of 40 pounds and then yearly and every year the sum of 40 pounds till the said sum is paid.

Item, I give unto each of my children the sum of 200 pounds. For that reason I allow my said son Henry 200 pounds out of the aforesaid land.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Ann my bed and bedding, spinning wheel, chest, table, and all my household goods and furniture and also my putter (sic) and iron pots and kettles, bags, barrels and dresser together with all my linen cloth and books. I give and bequeath unto my said wife Ann the choice of all my cows, a horse or mare. I do hereby order and direct that my said wife Ann shall have one third part of all my house and buildings and garden and water, bake oven and cellar during her life. It is my will that my son Henry shall deliver unto my said wife Ann, over and above that what he is to pay for the said land yearly and every year during her life as many apples as she stands in need, two barrels of good cider, five gallons of good liquor and keep her a horse or mare and a cow sufficient summer and winter and deliver unto my said wife yearly three wagon-loads of good day and second crop and in the barn for to feed said creatures and shall also feed them at all times when she shall order and direct.

Item, it is my further will that my son Henry shall deliver unto my said wife yearly and every year during her life, twelve bushels of good and merchantable wheat, five bushels of rye and two bushels of Indian corn and deliver the same to the mill and the meal and bran back to her again and to give her firewood sufficient when she shall think proper and cut the same for her as she shall order or direct and deliver unto her fifteen pounds of heckled flax and ten pounds yearly as aforesaid.

Item, it is my will and I do hereby order and direct that my said son Henry shall deliver unto my said wife yearly during her life one hundred and fifty pounds of good hog meat and one hundred pounds of good beef.

Item, I do further give and bequeath unto my said wife Ann the sum of 100 pounds of gold or silver money of Pennsylvania to be paid within one year after my decease and a stove in my house.

Item, I give and bequeath unto all my children all the money arising out of my lands and personal estate what is not heretofore given and bequeathed unto my said wife and son Henry. That is to say, Melchior Brenneman, Isaac, David, Jacob, John, Henry Brenneman, Margaret the wife of Peter Stouffer, Ann the wife of John Horst, Elizabeth the wife of Henry Road, Eve the wife of John Bowman, and my grandchildren, the children of my eldest son Peter Brenneman, deceased, that is to say Melchior, John and Barbara to be equally divided between them share and share alike.

Item, it is my will that my said grandchildren the heirs of my said son Peter Brenneman deceased, that is to say Melchior, John and Barbara share have no more of my estate than together one equal share with one of the rest of my children.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Peter Brenneman's children, that is to say, Melchior, John and Barbara, the sum of five shillings over and above their equal share together with one of the rest of my children, for their father's or their first birth right.

Item, it is my further will that provided that either of my children have received money or goods more than the other, said child or children shall refund the same to my estate.

Item, it is my further will that the money arising out of all my lands shall be paid to all my children as they succeed each other in age.

And lastly I do hereby nominate, appoint and constitute my son Jacob Brenneman and my son in law Peter Stouffer executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking, disannulling and making void all former and other will or wills and executors by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I the said Melchior Brenneman the elder have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

MELCHIOR BRENNEMAN

Witnesses:

John Borgholder Jacob Stoner"

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3 4. Melchior Brenneman was born AUG 1718 in New Danville, Lancaster, PA, and died 19 APR 1794 in Edom, Rockingham, VA. He was the son of 8. Melchior Brenneman and 9. Elizabeth ?. 5. Ann Good was born 1722 in Lancaster, PA, and died 1800 in Edom, Rockingham, VA. She was the daughter of 10. Jacob Good.

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http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/putt/254/


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Melchior Brenneman Jr.'s Timeline

1718
August 18, 1718
New Danville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1739
1739
Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1741
1741
Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1744
December 3, 1744
New Danville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1746
1746
Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1747
1747
Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1749
1749
Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1753
March 16, 1753
Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1754
1754
Conestoga, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States