The father of Peter Petenbrink was Christian, a Civil War veteran; this photograph shows Christian Petenbrink holding a musket and posing with the Peter Petenbrink family. Christian was born October 12, 1818 and died in March of 1894. I have seen his name spelled various ways, including Peepenbrink, Pepenbrink and Pettenbrink. Christian and his wife Anna are buried at the Getz cemetery in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, which is on a farm back a long lane not far from the Cook cemetery. Anna was born Oct. 18, 1818 and died March 21, 1893.
Christian Petenbrink's estate settlement is #38-1894 in Register of Wills office, Somerset County, Pa., Courthouse.
The following immigration records were obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Allegany County, MD:
"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 formally a Subject. Test Henry Bruce(?) Clerk"
"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 Maryland 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 whom he was formerly subject The court here thereupon admits the said Papenbrink to become a citizen of the US of America. Test Henry Bruce(?) Clerk"
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