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Brandenburg FAMILY HISTORY: 1999 Meade Co., KY.


Date: Wed, Mar 24 1999 

From: "Virginia M. Finley" 


Submitted by: Brooks Hubler 

Article mentions Meade (Estill), Madison, Owsley & Lee Counties



Dictated by 

John H. Brandenburgh, II (Jr.) 
Madison County, Kentucky
June 04, 1845 - December 30, 1924
(before his death)

Writer unknown

    The most remote ancestor that I know anything of, was a German subject,
bearing the name of Brandenburgh,  who resided in  luxury and ease upon
a large and magnificent landed estate, "Brandenburg" in Germany until
the time he refused and did not salute his sovereign in passing, which
was an offense regarded as hostile to his reign, the punishment the loss
of the head, and not being inclined to suffer the penalty, Brandenburgh
made his escape and took refuge in crossing the great ocean, the
Atlantic, to America, out of range of the emperor and to where his
authority did not extend, whose word in his own realm was law, and so
Brandenburgh made his permanent abode after this in this country and
became a staunch supporter of the government of the United States of
America and scorned that of the land of his nativity and this
Brandenburgh became the founder of my branch of the Brandenburgh family
in this country.  The name of the wife or her pedigree is unknown to me,
but I suppose this branch of the family would never have existed as it
has if it had been different, but so it was, and couldn’t have been
otherwise, for a kind Providence so ruled.

    The large and magnificent estate of the Refugee, "Brandenburgh", was
confiscated and taken over and appropriated to and by the Crown, and
from it not a mite has been received by the Refugee or any of his
descendants and no effort made to recover same for such an effort would
have been unavailing.

    A son and Solomon Brandenburgh (if a son, I do not know) accompanied
the Refugee Immigrant to this land of freedom and liberty.

    Solomon Brandenburgh, after coming to this country, was raised to the
rank of Colonel and he settled in Meade County, Kentucky, which is on
the western border of the state, below Louisville, on the Ohio River,
the river separating it from Indiana; the county seat, Brandenburgh, was
named in honor of this Colonel Solomon Brandenburgh.

    The son who accompanied the Refugee to America, was named Matthias
Brandenburgh.  I do not know who Matthias married, but he was killed on
Stoner Creek in Clark county, Kentucky, whilst running his horse and was
thrown - his head striking a tree - knocking the life out of him.

    There was very little intercourse or communication, so far as I have
been told, between Colonel Solomon Brandenburgh and the Matthias
Brandenburgh branch who had settled in the middle eastern region of the
state, and the history of the families was not very well kept up with
and consequently lost to the posterity.

    Samuel Brandenburgh, a grandson of the German Immigrant and Refugee,
married Miss Sarah Hanson, related to General Roger Hanson, the exact
degree of kinship to me I do not know.  He settled, probably, in Owsley
County, Kentucky, or in the region that later was embraced within the
bounds thereof.

    John H. Brandenburgh, (great grandson of the Immigrant Refugee, and a
son of Samuel Brandenburgh and wife, Miss Sarah Hanson), married Deborah
Bowman, daughter of Elijah Bowman, son of Mr. Cornealous Bowman and wife
Miss Elizabeth Gentry, the latter who was an inhabitant of the Fort at
Boonesborough, Kentucky.  They settled in Owsley County, Kentucky, their
old home being cut off into the bounds of Lee County when established. 

    Miss Elizabeth Gentry who married Mr. Cornealous Bowman, the mother of
Elijah Bowman (whose wife's name was also "Elizabeth") and the
grandmother of Miss Deborah Bowman, and my great grandmother, was an
inhabitant of the Fort at Boonesborough, Kentucky, during the stormy
period of the fort's existence, and was intimately acquainted with the
way they lived and all about the fort life, knew the old pioneers,
Daniel Boone, Squire Boone, Simon Kenton, Flanders Calloway, Thomas
Brooks, Jesse Copher, their wives and children, and many others who were
inhabitants and defenders of the fort, hunters and scouts, some of the
sojourners and visitors, and could relate many thrilling incidents that
occurred.  She remembered the commotion that was created when Jemima
Boone and Betty & Fannie Calloway were captured whilst canoeing in the
river near the fort, and taken away by the Indians, and the rapid
movement of Daniel Boone, Flanders Calloway and others getting ready to
pursue the Indians, which they did with success and when they returned
from the pursuit with the girls, she heard them tell how, when
approaching near the vagabonds, they crept up close and took a view of
the situation and formed their branches and then made a double quick
rush -- with their flintlocks and hunting knives in trim -- and
dispatched the savages, and safely secured the girls and returned with
them to Boonesborough, and of the great rejoicing in the fort on their
return with them and she heard the girls tell their experiences whilst
in captivity; how they tore strips from their aprons and broke twigs
from the bushes and scattered them along the way and made impressions
with the ground with the heels of their shoes, that the pursuers might
more easily follow the trail, they having faith that pursuit would soon
follow, and when the guns fired, Jemima Boone, recognizing Daniel
Boone's gun, remarked, "That's father's gun!"  She could tell many
occurrences around about and in the fort that were thrilling in the
extreme, that I cannot remember.  She told that once Daniel Boone was
absent on a scout and every morning early was heard gobbling, thought to
be that of a turkey gobbler, and when Daniel Boone returned, he was told
of it and he remarked, "I'll get him in the morning, he'll help make a
good dinner tomorrow".  And bright and early the next morning Daniel
Boone took his gun and hunting knife and went down near the sycamore
tree where it was thought the gobbling came from and hid under the bank
of the river not far from the tree, and soon he heard the gobbling and
directly discovered that it was an Indian imitating a gobbler, and he
fired, the gobbling ceased, and that Indian never gobbled again.  She
knew of the marriage of Flanders Calloway to Miss Jemima Boone, and of
Betty Calloway to Sam Henderson, and she related that Reverend Joe
Procter, the noted scout, would never say that he had killed an Indian,
had a younger brother in the fort name Page Procter, and once when Joe
was about to start on a scouting, young Procter then only about 16 years
old, begged to go along, and he let him, and whilst out, and Indian got
after Page -- with tomahawk drawn in an attitude to strike -- and was
uncomfortably close to Page, who quickly skedaddled, when Joe fired
nothing more was known of that Indian.  Page returned to his brother
rather nervous and somewhat excited, and thought he had a narrow escape
with his life, and sometimes would tell the younger set of this

    She also said she molded bullets for the defenders of the fort -- more
especially when besieged by Indians, often with whites aiding them --
Simon Girty, the renegade, was there with them once, and Elizabeth told
of biting off the necks of the bullets with her teeth till her lips
would get too sore to do so.  


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