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Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

Irmi (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brunkhorst
Hello -

there is the family name BRUNKHORST among my ancestors. It is said that they came from the Netherlands long time ago - Oldenburg (Northern Germany) is not far away. All I know is that JOHANN BRUNKHORST and GESINE ALINE KREYE had a son named AUGUST HINRICH BRUNKHORST who was born in Oldenburg 20.4.1876.

Irmi

Brunkhorst

Posted: 6 May 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Jul 2006 9:20PM GMT
Surnames: Brunkhorst, Bronkhorst, Brinkhorst
Irmi,

Brunkhorst is (to the best of my knowledge) NOT a dutch name. Could it be that the name was changed because it was difficult to pronounce for Germans? Bronkhorst and Brinkhorst are dutch names, I'd look for those too if you start searching in the Netherlands.

Good luck,

Lars Roobol

Re: Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

Posted: 9 Mar 2004 3:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Apr 2004 1:26AM GMT
Surnames: Bellman(n), Boesch, Brinkhorst, Bronkhorst, Brunkhorst, Heitmann, Luedeman(n), Rathjen, Van Bronck, Versemann,
According to written "histories" of another BRUNCKHORST family, the original name was "VAN BRONCK" -- said to be a titled family back in Holland. Because of their title, family members who moved to Germany were barred from establishing any commercial venture, and thus chose to alter their surname, selecting the name of a thoroughfare in their native Holland (or so states the "histories").

Upon arriving in the U.S.A. from Germany ca 1864, young Johann H BRUNCKHORST (1852-1932) dropped the "C" from his name, but that did not end the spelling alterations. As his sons grew to adulthood, and began seeking employment, they discovered some firms frowned on close relatives working in the same business or plant, so two altered their names further: one taking BRONKHORST, the other BRINKHORST. The remaining sons continued using BRUNKHORST, and descendants of each branch followed their particular ancestor's choice in surname spelling.

Johann H BRUN[C]KHORST (15 AUG 1852)-(30 DEC 1932) was reportedly one of at least three children of Johann & Anna (nee BOESCH) BRUNCKHORST. The father died in Europe, but the younger Johann, accompanied by an aunt, travelled to the U.S.A., and on settling in Southern Illinois, quickly established himself as a post-master, stockyard manager, mercantile trader, and other roles. His older sister, Maria (b.c.1847) had married Jochen HEITMANN and remained with him in Germany. A younger brother, Heinrich BRUN[C]KHORST, would later arrive in the U.S.A. with their mother, who, having remarried by that time, was known as Mrs. Anna RATHJEN.

Johann md#1 Maria BELLMAN (1861-1881), and by her fathered 3 children. After her death, he md Maria Margarethia LUEDEMAN[N] (1863-1884), who bore 2 more children for him. Johann's third wife, Maria VERSEMANN (1865-1939) has been identified as the mother of 13 children, plus the step-mother of the only survivor of Johann's first five children, as well as the foster mother of a teenage girl.

Johann and Maria (VERSEMANN) BRUNKHORST were buried at the New Bethlehem Cemetery, St Louis, MO. His first 2 wives and young children were buried at the Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery near Gorham, Jackson Co, IL, which land had been donated by him for that purpose. His brother and s-i-l, Heinrich and Catharina, were also buried at the Gorham location, as were many other relatives.

My two brothers-in-law descend from one of Johann's daughters, and I am assisting my sisters in compiling information on the family.

Re: Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

Posted: 10 Mar 2005 10:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
To find out more about the name Bronckhorst it might be interesting for you to check the website www.graafschap-middeleeuwen.nl (dutch).
Bronckhorst is an old Dutch (Gelderland-Netherlands) name.

Re: Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

Posted: 26 Jul 2005 12:40AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Mar 2006 2:51PM GMT
Surnames: Prigge, Luttmer, Brunckhorst, Meyer
Hi - I have recently learned that my great great uncle, Peter Prigge, married Margarethe Brunckhorst. They probably would have lived near Hamburg, in the Buxtehude/Apensen area, and had at least 3 daughters.

I have no birth dates, but Peter was probably born in the 1880s/1890s range.

Please let me know if this connects with your family!

Thanks!

Barb

Re: Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

jack (View posts)
Posted: 26 Jul 2005 4:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm sorry, but I lack sufficient information on the European connections to establish any link to your family. My knowledge of family members related to my brothers-in-law is limited to individuals identified in my previous post, then descendants of the immigrant Johann, and a few descendants of his brother, Heinrich.

Re: Brunkhorst to Oldenburg (Northern Germany)

Posted: 8 Mar 2013 12:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
I believe they changed their spelling to Brunkhurst.William was my granfather and Henry was my uncle.Atlanta ga 1st then Augusta Ga later
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