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Brions from Germany

Brions from Germany

Posted: 1248670774000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brion, Bender
Just to let you know that I have Brions in my family tree from Contwig in the Pfalz region of Germany. Specifically, a Michael or Michel BRION born 1827 in Contwig. He married Susanna Catharina BENDER in that town in 1851. They had two children in Contwig, then emigrated to the U.S. Three more children were born in New York (location unknown) and one in Pennsylvania (location not certain). Susan Brion (nee Bender) died in Meadville, Crawford County, PA, in 1903. I'm just wondering if anyone else has a connection to this Brion family, which is apparently related to the Brions from the Alsace (Elsass) region.

Re: Brions from Germany

Posted: 1266713420000
Classification: Query
My wife's GGgrandfather, Karl Bender, was born 1840 in Contwig, Sudwestpfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. He married Rosa Lehr and had 3 children in Contwig, Fred B (Fritz) Bender born 1871 and 2 daughters.

Karl Bender's parents are Johann Jacob Bender and Maria Katharina Sefrin.

Re: Brions from Germany

Posted: 1266721280000
Classification: Query
Thanks for your note! We definitely have an (old) family connection there. I would have to look in my Bender book to see who is whom, exactly. But it's the same family.

There are still Benders and Sefrins living in Contiwg today. Have you looked in the current phone book online to find them? Just type in the name and place and you'll find some listings. Here's the English language version:

Google works well too. Try Sefrin and Contwig as search terms, for example.

Some of my Bender relatives emigrated to Meadville, PA. Most dispersed (from there) to other parts of the country.
Thanks for your response!

Re: Brions from Germany

Posted: 1311704291000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brion/Bender
Are you still working the Brions from Germany. I believe I'm connected with these Brions. My great grandmother Elisabeth married a Jacob Fisher/Fischer in May of 1870 in Crawford Cty, Pa. They show up on the 1870 census living with Jacob's brother Frederick. They had a son named Henry 1873 and a daughter Anna K. 1877. Family oral history indicates that Elisabeth died at childbirth. I find Anna living with Susan Brion 1880 in Meadville, Crawford Cty, PA. I feel certain I have the correct Elisabeth here and am trying to substantiate that. Her son Henry's DC indicates her name as Elisabeth Brion. Her daughter's DC indicates Elisabeth Beron. It was her second husband who probably didn't know the correct spelling of the last name.

Re: Brions from Germany

Posted: 1311822289000
Classification: Query
I have not been actively researching the BRION family recently. I have in my family tree a Susanna Catharina BENDER, born January 8, 1829 in Contwig, Germany who married a Michael BRION in that same location on March 13, 1851. They emigrated to the USA between 1852 and 1856 and resided in somewhere in New York state, possibly in New York City. They moved later to Pennsylvania.

A son, Charles, was born in 1862 in PA. The father, Michael BRION, died before 1880. The 1880 Federal Census shows Susanna (Bender) BRION, the wife, living in Meadville, Crawford County, PA as a widow with four American born children

A granddaughter, Anna FISCHER, was living with her at this time.

Susanna (Bender) BRION died in Meadville in 1902.

Children of Michael BRION and Susanna (Bender) BRION included:

Katharina b. Contwig, Germany 1851
Elisabetha b. Contwig, Germany 1852
Mary b. circa 1856 in New York, later lived in Meadville
Catharina "Katie" b. circa 1858 in New York
Johanna "Hanna" b. 1860 in New York
Charles b. 1862 in Pennsylvania, later employed as a printer in Meadville. Other BRIONs living in NYC were also associated with printing or lithography.

An H. F. BRION of Brooklyn, NY, attended a christening in Meadville, PA, circa 1890. He was born in "Bavaria" which most likely means the former Bavarian Pfalz region or Palatinate (not Bavaria proper) which included Contwig.

The 1900 Federal Census has a Susan BRIEN living in Sugar Grove Twp., PA., residing with her daughter and a son-in-law, Nels Christenson. I was wondering if this might have been a misspelling, but have no further information. It might be nothing relevant.

A Henry (Heinrich) FISCHER, born in Contwig, Germany, lived with my BENDER relatives in Meadville, briefly, in the late 19th century. He later moved to Louisville, KY, where he founded the Fischer Meat Packing business (in recent years, taken over by a larger firm). There were quite a few BENDER-FISCHER connections from the Contwig group.

Re: Brions from Germany

Posted: 1316470548000
Classification: Query
Thanks for your note. I had also noted Anna FISCHER living with Susan BRION (born Susanna Catharina BENDER in Contwig, Germany, 8 January 1829) in Meadville. Anna FISCHER, age 5 at that time (1880), was listed as the "granddaughter" of Susan BRION. I did not make any additional connections to the FISCHER family. Although your information makes it clear there were many more family members involved.

On a more general note, I was informed that Carl Fischer, Sr., son of Henry Fischer of Fischer Packing Plant fame, used to drive from Louisville up to Meadville, PA, to visit the BENDER and CRAIG families. Henry Fischer, born 1875 in Contwig to Maria Catharina BENDER and Heinrich Fischer, apparently resided for some time with his uncle Friedrich "Fritz" BENDER, who was my 2nd Grt-Grandfather.

I also found an H. F. BRION of Brooklyn, NY, attending a christening at the old German Zion's Church in Meadville, PA, circa 1900. He was listed as being a "printer". I noted tht Charles BRION (born 1862 in PA) was also listed as a "printer", in Meadville.

One more item, I noted a Susan BRIEN in the 1900 Fed. Census residing in Sugar Grove Twp. I don't know if this might have been a misspelling of BRION and have not looked into this.

Re: Brions from Germany

Posted: 1316472891000
Classification: Query
Thanks for the update. Gives me some fresh inspiration to ponder and then research.
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