Petenbrink Genealogy Notes

These are some rough typed notes on my Petenbrink ancestors. I haven't updated them much in a long time, but I am putting them on the internet for what they may be worth to other Petenbrink researchers. A list of references is at the end of the document. I am trying to manually whip the text into html code that is easier to update, and will include links to the referenced documents, and related documents.
L. Dietle
July 16, 2006

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PETER FREDERICK PETENBRINK born September 30 , 1854 died October 19, 1940
FLORA KENNEL or KENNELL or BOYER born April 7, 1859 died August 25 , 1938

According to Grammy's notebook, Flora Kennell's parents were Andy Kennell and Lydia Boyer, and her mother Lydia married Frederick Hosselroth. [9]

According to [11] Flora is buried at White Oaks.

According to [12] "Peter F. Petenbrink was married to Flora Kennel, who was the grand-daughter of Jonathan Boyer."

In Sept. 1993 Calvin & Ida Ada (Petenbrink) Bittner's daughter Mildred wrote the following to me about Peter and Flora Petenbrink [76]:"My grandparents on my Mother's side and a few of her sisters are buried in the cemetery at White Oak close to the Lutheran & Reformed Church."

In July 1993 Calvin & Ida Ada (Petenbrink) Bittner's daughter Mildred wrote the following to me about Peter and Flora Petenbrink [77]:"Peter Petenbrink, my grandfather, was born Sept. 30, 1854 and died Oct. 19, 1940...According to my records, my grandfather had the following brothers and sisters: Henry, Margaret, Kate, Annie, and Caroline. Peter's father's name was Christian Petenbrink and his mother's name was Annie."

In July 1993 Ida Ada (Petenbrink) Bittner's daughter Mildred wrote the following to me[77]:"Peter F. Petenbrink purchased 103 acres 106 perches in October 4, 1893. Volume 81, page 261."

Ref. [108] correctly indicates that Flora Kennel was the daughter of Andrew Kennel, but incorrectly asserts that Flora's mother was Mary Baughman. I informed the author of [108] of her mistake so that she can correct it in future editions, and I gave her the names of several other people she could contact to verify Flora's true mother, which is Lydia Boyer.

Ref. [108] indicates that Flora Kennel was born in 1859 and died in 1938, and married Peter Petenbrink.

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CHRISTIAN PEEPENBRINK OR PEPENBRINK OR PETTENBRINK BORN OCT. 12, 1818 DIED MARCH 16 OR 18, 1894
ANNIE ELIZABETH COLEMAN BORN OCT. 18, 1818 DIED MARCH 14 OR 21, 1893

The death dates given in [10] appear to be taken from tombstones because with both is listed age in years, months, and days.

According to a list of burials at the Getz Cemetery, Southampton Township, Christian Petenbrink born Oct. 12, 1818 died March 16, 1864 and his wife Anna born Oct. 18, 1818 died March 21, 1893 are buried at the Getz Cemetery. [14]

In 1849, C. Petenbrink, Anna E, Margaret and Mary Petenbrink were listed as members of Fink's Church [10]

According to [10], "Christian Petenbrink's estate settlement is #38-1894 in Register of Wills office, Somerset County, Pa., Courthouse."

According to [10] Mr. Cecil Petenbrink stated that Christian Petenbrink came from Germany, and served in the Civil War.

According to Keith Petenbrink of Meyersdale, PA, the name given on Christian and Annie's tombstones is spelled "Pepenbrink". [3]

According to Grammy's notebook, Christian and Annie are buried in the Getz Cemetery [9].

According to Grammy's notebook, Christian "was in War in Cumberland, Md". [9]

According to [9], the children of Christian and Anne were:

  • Peter Frederick, born in Germany Sept. 30, 1854, came to America as a boy,
  • A son who lived in Baltimore, never married, and had a shoe store,
  • Henry Petenbrink who married Mary Everline
  • Margaret
  • Caroline who married Sam Shoemaker
  • Annie

    According to [29] the children of Christian and Anne are:

  • William Henry b 16 Nov 1856 Southampton Twp. d 30 May 1936 Corriganville, MD I had married 4 Feb 1878 Som. Co. to Ann Marie Everline b 3 Feb 1857 Alleg. Co., MD d 27 Mar 1927 Also have their 9 children.
  • Margaret b Feb 1848 d 31 Oct 1922 Married Henry Hosselrode b 27 May 1844 Germany d 22 Dec 1912 Somerset Co. Also have 6 children.
  • Annie Wilhelmina b Apr 1852 d 16 July 1927 Mar. Henry John Getson b Sept 1848 d 19 Jun 1907 Married on 28 May 1871 Wellersburg, PA
  • Also have Mary Elizabeth b 1839
  • Mary b 1847
  • Catherine b 15 May 1851 d 4 Nov 1913 Mar. on 23 Nov 1873 Wellersburg to Wm. Shaffer b 12 July 1832 d 24 Mar 1900 They have 3 children.
  • Eliza b Dec 1849 d 10 Sept 1850

    According to Grammy's notebook, the Somerset deed records show Christian Pepenbrink bought property from Jonathan Bittner on Feb. 12, 1853 and there was some kind of transaction involving Christian and Anna Peepenbrink on June 30, 1862 involving 61 acres which is recorded in deed book volume 32 page 466.

    According to [10] the 1850 census shows Christian and Ann E. Pedenbrink as both being born in Germany, Christian being a laborer along with Mary E. age 11 born in Germany, Mary age 3 born in MD, Margaret age 2 born in MD, and Eliza age 9 months born in MD.

    According to [12] "Christian Petenbrink came to the United States with his wife Anna Elizabeth XXXXX and daughter Elizabeth. Christian's brother was also travelling with them. They entered the United States through the Port of Baltimore." From more recent records provided by Andy Petenbrink, I believe that Christian's wife was not Winters, but Coleman, that's why I crossed out the last name of Christian's wife above.

    According to [12] "Christian lived somewhere in Maryland until about 1850 to 1851. He then moved to Southampton township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It appears that he stayed in that general area until he died in 1894."

    According to [12] Christian jointed the Union Army on Dec. 4, 1862. He was an infantry private in company 'K'. Company 'K' was in the 2nd Maryland Regiment. He was in the army from December 4, 1862 to June 6, 1865." "He was part of Maryland home guard responsible for guarding the B&C railroad. Christian was forty-four years old when he joined the Civil War." "Christian was a cook."

    According to [12] Christian is in the 1890 census, page 1, Supervisor's District No. 11, Enumeration District No. 27, Southampton Township.

    According to [12] Christian is in the 1860 census as Beifenbrink.

    According to [12], Christian, Annie and Elizabeth were born in Hesse, Germany.

    According to [12] there is a will for Christian.

    According to [16] Christian Petenbrink was born Oct. 12, 1818 in Hesse-Kassel, Ermshausen, Germany.

    According to [16], Christian Petenbrink was 5'8" tall, had a fair complexion, light hair, and blue eyes.

    According to [16], Christian Petenbrink's father's name was Peter, and his mother's name was Barbera.

    According to [16], the name of Christian Petenbrink's wife was Anna Elizabeth Coleman, and they were married on Jan. 7, 1846 in Cumberland, MD.

    According to [16] Christian sailed from Bremen, Germany and his port of entry was Baltimore Maryland, and the ship's name was "Marianne".

    According to [16] his traveling companions were his father Peter and mother Barbara, his brother Conrad, and his sister Anna.

    According to [16], Christian Petenbrink first settled at Cumberland, MD.

    According to [16], Christian's declaration for naturalization was on Oct. 7, 1846, and he was addmitted on Oct. 14, 1848 at the Allegany County Court House. According to [16] the page reference for the declaration is 82, and the page reference for being admitted is 304.

    According to [16] Christian Petenbrink permanantly settled in Southampton Township, Somerset Co. PA 1849-1894.

    According to [16], Christian Petenbrink's occupations were that of laborer and farmer.

    In July 1993 Calvin & Ida Ada (Petenbrink) Bittner's daughter Mildred wrote the following to me [77]:

    "In the records at Somerset, there is a deed recorded as follows" ANNA G. PEEPENBRINK to CHRISTIAN PEEPENBRINK, dted June 30, 1862, Volume 32, page 466 and was for 61 acres of land.

    There were two other deeds recorded to Christiam Peepenbrink one from Charles Raupack, Volume 41, page 236, and one from Alfred Wilmouth in Volume 52, page 383"

    In July 1993 Calvin & Ida Ada (Petenbrink) Bittner's daughter Mildred wrote the following to me[77]: "Christian Pepenbrink bought land from Jonathan J. Bittner on Feb. 12, 1853, and I have a note check the following Deed Book Volumes:

  • 35- page 236
  • 32 466
  • 57 544
  • 81 261

    According to [10] the death dates of Christian and Anna Pettenbrink were "recorded by Rev. Benjamin Knepper, Pastor of Fink's Reformed Church" Ref. [10] incorrectly states that they are buried in the Fink Cemetery, Southampton Township.

    In a listing of Fink Congregation which reads "Deaths recorded by Rev. Ben. Knepper in the Fink Congregation. Many of these persons are buried in the Fink Cemetery, some having no makers.", the following are listed [80]:

  • "Petenbrink, Anna d 3-14-1893 ag 74-5-9
  • " Christian d 3-18-1894 ag 75-4-24"

    As I interpret this, it means that they were associated with the Fink Congregation, but it does not necessarily mean that they are buried at the Fink Cemetery.

    This immigration record is from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Allegany County, MD [81]: "Be it remembered that on this 7th day of October in the year 1846 Christen Pepenbrink a Native of Germany appears in the Clerks office and makes the following Report to the Clerk of Allegany County towitt" That he arrived in the United States of America from Germany in the year 1841 the place of his nativity that he is about 28 years of age and that he intends to settle in Allegany County Maryland. At the same time said Peter Pepenbrink makes oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that it is bona fide his intention to become a Citizen of the United States of America and that he doth renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentiate or State sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to the Duke of Hassen to whom he was formaly a Subject.
    Test Henry Bruce(?) Clerk"

    This immigration record is from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Allegany County, MD [81]: "Be it remembered that on this 14rd day of October 1848 Christian Pepinbrink a native of Germany appeared in open court and prays to be admitted to become a citizen of the US of America & it appearing to the Satisfaction of the court here that the said Christian Papenbrink did on the 7th day of October 1846 before the clerk of Allegany County Court in the State of Maryland declare his intention to become a citizen of the US and it also appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the said Petenbrink has continued to reside within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the US and one year immediately preceeding his application in the State of Mryland that during said time he has conducted himself as a man of good moral Character attached to the principles of the constitution of the US and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same and the said Papenbrink having declared on oath in open court here that he will support the constitution of the US & that he doth absolutely and entirely recounce and and ad...e forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince potentiate or state sovereignty whatsoever & particularly to the Duke of Hassen to whon he was formerly subject The court here thereuopn admits the said Papenbrink to become a citizen of the US of America. Test Henry Bruce(?) Clerk"

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    PETER PEPENBRINK [3,16] BORN 1792 [3]
    BARBARA ________ [3,16] BORN 1798 [3]

    This immigration record is from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Allegany County, MD [81]: "Be it remembered that on this 30th day of December in the year eighteen hundred and forty five Peter Pepenbrink a Native of Germany appears in the Clerks office and makes the following Report to the Clerk of Allegany County towitt" That he arrived in the United States of America from Germany in the year 1841 the place of his nativity that he is about 55 years of age and that he intends to settle in Allegany County Maryland. At the same time said Peter Pepenbrink makes oath on the Holy Evangely of Almighty God that it is bona fide his intention to become a Citizen of the United States of America and that he doth renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to every prince, potentiate or State Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly to the Duke of Hasseon to whom he was formaly a Subject.
    Test Henry Bruce(?) Clerk"

    This immigration record is from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Allegany County, MD [81]: "Be it remembered that on this 23rd day of October 1848 Peter Pepinbrink a native of Germany appeared in open court and prays to be admitted to become a citizen of the United States of America & it appearing to the satisfaction of the court here that the said Peter did on the 30th day of December 1845 before the clerk of Allegany County Court in the State of Maryland declare his intention to become a citizen of the US and it also appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the said Peter has continued to reside within the limits & under the jurisdiction of the US for the last five years & one year immediately preceeding his application in the State of Mryland that during said time he has conducted himself as a man of good moral Character attached to the principles of the constitution of the US and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same and the said Peter having declared on oath in open court here that he will support the constitution of the United States and that he doth absolutely and entirely recounce and and ad...e forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince potentiate or state sovereignty whatsoever & particularly to the Duke of Hasseon to whon he was formerly subject the court here thereuopn admits the said Peter to become a citizen of the US of America. Test Henry Bruce(?) Clerk"

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    INFORMATION SOURCES

    [3] Correspondence from Keith Petenbrink of Meyersdale PA to LLD, summer 1993, which describes the ancestry of Ida Ada Petenbrink. (Dietle Ref. 37)

    [9] An extensive unpublished genealogy notebook by Gladys (Bittner) Korns entitled "Family Tree". The original is in the possession of Estalene (Korns) Dietle; a copy is in the possession of LLD.

    [10] Petenbrink Notes by Marguerite L. Cockley, 1987. Available in the Petenbrink File, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co..

    [11] "D.A.R. Data", a two page history of the children of Joseph and Sara Kennel, anonymous: possibly by Mr. H. Kennell. Available in the Kennel File at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co..

    [12] Correspondence from Andrew C. Petenbrink to Mrs. Cockley regarding Petenbrink family history, Dec. 5, 1987. Available in the Petenbrink File, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co..

    [14] Inscriptions from the Getz Cemetery, Southampton Twp., as recorded in an unknown book. Available in the Kennell File, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co..

    [16] "Profile of Christian Petenbrink", anonymous. Available in the Petenbrink File, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset Co.. (Dietle Ref. 330)

    [29] E-mail Correspondence, Pattysue Murphy to LLD, May 28, 1997 conveying genealogical information which is "mostly from a book Grandma Bittner kept and passed on to Uncle Leroy".

    [76] Correspondence, Mildred (Bittner) Sass to LLD, Sept. 8, 1993.

    [77] Correspondence, Mildred (Bittner) Sass to LLD, July 22, 1993.

    [80] Listing of Fink Congregation "Deaths recorded by Rev. Ben. Knepper in the Fink Congregation. Many of these persons are buried in the Fink Cemetery, some having no makers." which I got somewhere in Somerset County.

    [81] Naturalization Records, available from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Allegany County, Cumberland, MD.

    [108] Carol Hepburn, "Descendants: Joseph Klingaman", text file on the Somerset county USGENWEB site which Carol Hepburn manages.