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Ulrich Owen Bruner, Sr.

Also Known As: "Brunner"
Birthplace: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
Death: February 19, 1821 (90)
Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Jacob Bruner and Magdalena Bruner
Husband of Fronica Bruner
Father of Isaac Bruner; Maria Bruner; John Owen Bruner; Ulrich Owen Bruner, Jr.; William Bruner and 2 others

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About Ulrich Owen Bruner, Sr.

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Source: Biographical Annals of Lancaster Co., Pa., 1903 by J. H. Beers & Co., page 1188-1189. ALFRED COOKMAN BRUNER, attorney-at-law and real estate dealer at Columbia, is a native of the borough, and was born May 18, 1858, a son of Abraham and Sarah J. (Breneman) Bruner, and of ante-Revolutionary ancestors.

Ulrich (or Owen) Bruner, a native of Switzerland, was born on Whitsunday, June 4, 1730. He sailed from Rotterdam to America, via Cowes, England, on board the ship "Mercury," May 29, 1735, in company with a number from the Palatinate, among them Henry Brunner (the name being variously spelled). In 1775 Ulrich was married to Fronica Gross (or Bross), a native of Pauls, Germany, who had settled in Bucks county, Pa., in 1744, and they had born to them six sons and five daughters, of whom nine names are on record, namely: Maria, John, Isaac, Fronica, Ulrich (or Owen), Barbara, Isaac, Jacob and Magdalena. The mother of this family died Feb. 27, 1796, and the father Feb. 19, 1821, at the alvanced age of ninety-one years.

Owen Bruner, one of the above named children, was born July 5, 1762, and on March 2, 1787, married Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of John and Barbara Weaver, prominent and wealthy Mennonites of Earl township. He died Nov. 29, 1843. Mrs. Elizabeth Bruner died March 12, 1853, at the age of eighty-five years, having borne her husband ten children: John, born Jan. 7, 1788, died Jan. 15, 1788; Barbara, born Dec. 4, 1789, was married to John Good; Abraham, born Sept. 24, 1791, married Dec. 15, 1814, Rebecca Evans, and died March 3, 1870; Owen (or Ulrich), born Oct. 24, 1794, died April 1, 1845, the husband of Ann Martin; Jacob, born June 20, 1796, married Ruth A. Talbot; John, born Dec. 29, 1799, married Maria Jones; Isaac, born April 2, 1802, was a physician, and died Dec. 29, 1828; Elizabeth, born Sept. 30, 1804, was married to Dr. William Happersett; Daniel I., born June 22, 1807, was also a physician, and died in 1888, the husband of Elizabeth Davies; and Fronica (or Frances), born June 23, 1810, was married to John Kenega.

Abraham Bruner, of the firm of A. Bruner & Bro., wholesale lumber merchants of Columbia, was born in the borough Oct. 12, 1831, a son of the Abraham mentioned in the foregoing paragraph. His wife was Sarah Jane Breneman, to whom he was married by Rev. J. W. McCaskey Oct. 9, 1855. Abraham Bruner was the first president of the borough council of Columbia, under its present charter, in 1866 and 1867, also served in 1877-78-79, and was president three terms in all. His wife, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died Aug. 2, 1892, and her remains were interred in Mount Bethel cemetery, Columbia. The five children born to Abraham and Sarah J. Bruner are as follows Mary E., born July 27, 1856, who married William B. Given, Esq.; Alfred C., whose name opens this article; Henry B., born Aug. 3, 1862, still at home; William Evans, born Jan. 8, 1866, now practicing medicine in Cleveland, Ohio; and James G., who was born Feb. 16, 1869, and who died Oct. 27th, of the same year.

In reference to the maternal ancestors of Alfred C. Bruner, it may be stated that Melchoir Breneman, a pioneer settler in Lancaster county, Pa., was born in the Upper Palatinate, and fled with other Mennonites to America, in the fall of 1717, he being a preacher. In Rupp's Record of Emigrants to the United States from 1709 to 1730, are the names of Christian Breneman, son of Melchoir (1), who purchased land in 1712, and of Melchoir.

Melchoir Breneman (2) was born May 10, 1726, son of Christian Breneman, a son of Melchoir (1). He was a Mennonite preacher and died Dec. 6, 1809. Melchoir (2) was the father of Christian Breneman, born May 3, 1776, and was, in 1814, elected the first chief burgess of the borough of Columbia, and in 1824, on the organization of the Columbia Bank he was elected its president.

The maternal grandparents of Alfred C. Bruner, were Henry Breneman, son of Christian and Mary E. (Strickler) Breneman. The former was born May 15, 1810, and was married March 18,1834. His wife died April 28, 1851, and on Nov. 6, 1855, he married Mary Ann Bogle, who was born Nov. 17, 1813, and died Dec. 23, 1891; he died July 14, 1878. Christian, father of Henry, was born May 3, 1776; he was married, first to a Miss Hoffman, and after her death to Barbara Stehman, on March 3, 1803. He died March 2, 1834. 
Alfred C. Bruner passed his entire life in Columbia, with the exception of the time spent in Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., from which he graduated when twenty-one years of age. He then embarked in the real estate business, and at the same time entered the law office of William B. Given, in Columbia, and was associate editor of The Columbia Herald for five years. Meanwhile he studied law and was admitted to the Lancaster Bar in 1884, and later for two years served as borough solicitor. 

On Oct. 27, 1887, at Columbia, Mr. Bruner was united in marriage with Miss Annie M. Bruner, and this marriage has been graced with three children: Henry M. and Abram B., twins, and Alfred E. Mrs. Annie M. Bruner is a native of Columbia, and a daughter of Henry F. and Caroline (Mullison) Bruner, the former of whom is an extensive coal merchant in Philadelphia and Columbia, his residence being in Columbia.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Bruner are members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Columbia, in which he has been on the official board for many years. In politics Mr. Bruner is a Republican, and professionally, as well as socially, is held in very high esteem by all the residents of the borough. He is the recognized authority on titles to property in Columbia and vicinity.

He sailed from Rotterdam to America, via Cowes, England, on board the ship "Mercury," May 29, 1735, in a company with a number from the Palatinate, among them Henry Brunner. May 29 1735

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Citation: Ulrich Owen Bruner Birth: June 4 1730 - Basserstorff, Zurich, Switzerland Death: Feb 19 1821 - Berks, Pennsylvania, USA Parents: Hans Jacob Bruner, Magdalena Bruner (born Stulsatz) Wife: Fronica Bruner (born Gross) Children: Isaac Bruner, Maria Bruner, John Bruner, Ulrich Owen Bruner, Fronica Bruner, William Bruner, Barbara Christine Bruner, Magdalena Bruner

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Ulrich Owen Bruner, Sr.'s Timeline

June 4, 1730
Basel, Basel-Stadt, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
February 11, 1758
Pennsylvania, United States
July 2, 1762
East Earl, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 13, 1765
April 13, 1779
Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 19, 1821
Age 90
Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States