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    A visit to the grave of Great Great Grandma & Grandpa

    Week before last me and my sister had to clean out our 93 yr mothers apartment in Iowa as she is now in need of more full time care. My mother had kept all kinds of stuff like her dads military discharge papers from 1918 to just about every birthday, Christmas and valentines card going back to her childhood to the 1930s. It took most the week and several trips to the thrift store to clean the place out. As I went through all the photos of our family and other documents I came across my dads birth certificate and notice his dad and my grandpa, who I do remember some was born a farmer in Fairfield, Nebraska. So on my way home from Iowa across Nebraska I thought I'd just go visit my my grandpa's parents grave. Their names were Henry Jackson and Lydia [Templeton] Brandenburg and they came to Nebraska from Liberty, Union County, Indiana in around the mid 19th century?

    This little trip to the cemetery took me around 50 miles off my trip home and the grave-site is close to the little almost deserted town of Fairfield, Nebraska about 3 miles on a dirt road from there. The cemetery is very well kept and as I left I saw 2 Bald eagles in a cornfield. To me it said we Germans and along with others, who came to country long ago have been and will be nothing, but true red blooded free Americans now and for evermore. Hopefully the future people of this country will never loose this idea of a free America... God help them if they do.

    Looking online at various grave and ancestry website I believe I've taken my father to sons lineage to the first Brandenburg to arrive in America from Germany back in the 1st half of the 18th century. It seems as soon as the first Brandenburg's got settled in the area of Frederick, County Maryland and had a lot of children they struck out from there on the Cumberland road and headed as far west as they could looking for more land to farm.

    This is the lineage I believe I came from by father to son:

    1) Wilhelm Heinrich Brandenburg b. 1722 Germany d. 1796 Frederick Co, MD

    2) Aaron ? Brandenburg b. 1761 Middletown, MD d. 1825 Liberty, Union Co, IN

    3) Henry Harrison Brandenburg b. 1786 Somerset Co. PA d. 1874 Liberty, Union Co, IN

    4) Henry Jackson Brandenburg b. 1827 Liberty, Union Co. IN d. 1902 Deweese, Clay Co. NE

    5) Rufus King Brandenburg b. 1854 Liberty, Union Co. IN d. 1919 Stuart, Guthrie Co. IA

    6) Ira ? Brandenburg b. 1892 Deweese, Clay Co. NE d. 1963 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA (I remember grandpa some & his funeral I do recall)

    7) Bill Charles Brandenburg My Dad b. 1926 Stuart, Guthrie Co. IA d. 1994 after a day of fishing with his buddy Loyd at Lake Rathbun, Iowa, buried in Ankeny, IA

    8) Then Me Grant Charles Brandenburg b. 1956 Minneapolis Minnesota. I had a dream once that I was at a motel and was to stay in room 2038. In the dream I thought this ain't no Super 8 with that many rooms. Once I traveled all the elevators and stairways to the room I was given, I put the key in the door and opened the room. The first thought I had was wow it's a luxury room and I don't get these kind of expensive rooms on the road. At that point a thought came to my mind and it was, this isn't my room number, but this is the year I die. I'll be 80 years old then and really only God knows when for sure when he's done with me on earth, so we'll see?. Hopefully I can talk to all these fathers of mine when I get to where they are, as I'd love to hear their stories. I doubt I'll get to post any of those stories with all of you though.
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    Scotland, Aye !!

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    Kudos to you, GCB for that story and your research. If your dad had brothers or sisters, I have no doubt that either they or their kin would appreciate having this same information.
    Annually, my clan gets together in Canada for friendship and updating The Clan MacKay Book to reflect-new births and deaths. The annjual get together has been going on for about 90 years.
    Don......
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    Awesome post, great story!
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    What a cool post! Not sure if they are related or not, but there is a Brandenburg family in my home town of Poynette, WI.
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    That is so special to be able to go back and look at that. I, on the other hand, can't go past my grandpa. He was left in a catholic orphanage in Washington state and we can't crack it from there. Congrats for a brilliant family history.
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    While I enjoy reading about all the treasures, my main interest is digging up the history of my farm
    I was wondering what you were up to when you gave me a "like" over in the genealogy forum.


    Sooooo....
    I guess this is my opportunity for confession. When I first started hanging out in the MDS forum, your name caught my eye. I've been trying to research my ancestors for years. Here is a partial name of one line. Warning it may be a little shocking (it was for me)

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    That's pretty cool. I don't know if you noticed, but there are a lot of Brandenburgs who settled in Ohio, also. I have not made any connections between us, though. Count your blessings, lol.
    I have learned that German names stem from the region they came from. So we are from different regions. Here is a link that is for the Brandenburg name.

    https://www.houseofnames.com/brandenburg-family-crest


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    Grant Brandenburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackaydon View Post
    Kudos to you, GCB for that story and your research. If your dad had brothers or sisters, I have no doubt that either they or their kin would appreciate having this same information.
    Annually, my clan gets together in Canada for friendship and updating The Clan MacKay Book to reflect-new births and deaths. The annjual get together has been going on for about 90 years.
    Don......
    I did find a Brandenburg family reunion that takes place at a Methodist Church in Kemptown, MD every 3rd Sunday in September. They just has their 90th reunion in 2017.
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    Grant Brandenburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrightdigger View Post
    I was wondering what you were up to when you gave me a "like" over in the genealogy forum. Yes I was finding some of my ancestors of mine with roots in Ohio. Some just kept going west. One fella I found buried in Oregon in the 19th century. His roots tied back to the same ancestors to which I believe I came from. For all I know he ventured out on the Oregon Trail and ended up there.


    Sooooo....
    I guess this is my opportunity for confession. When I first started hanging out in the MDS forum, your name caught my eye. I've been trying to research my ancestors for years. Here is a partial name of one line. Warning it may be a little shocking (it was for me)

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    That's pretty cool. I don't know if you noticed, but there are a lot of Brandenburgs who settled in Ohio, also. I have not made any connections between us, though. Count your blessings, lol.
    I have learned that German names stem from the region they came from. So we are from different regions. Here is a link that is for the Brandenburg name.

    https://www.houseofnames.com/brandenburg-family-crest
    It is interesting. I can only imagine how many people out there that share the same common ancestors that you do.
    Last edited by tamrock; Mar 06, 2018 at 06:24 AM.
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    Tamrock, this was a great post. Congrat's on doing the research on the genealogy on your family. It means a lot to know about the origins of your family and where they came from and who family members were. That was some dream you had some time back. One day all our questions and pondering will all be answered. We will one day be joined together for that Great Family Reunion. You sound like you have close ties to your family too. We are both about the same age. I was born in 1956 also.
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    Nice research! I did some family genealogy, but the third and fourth generations are so scattered it is difficult to get any information. By the way, Parents and mom's side of the family are buried just northeast of Ankney in the Elkhart cemetery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    Nice research! I did some family genealogy, but the third and fourth generations are so scattered it is difficult to get any information. By the way, Parents and mom's side of the family are buried just northeast of Ankney in the Elkhart cemetery.
    My dad and brother are buried north of Ankeny, Iowa
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    Grant Brandenburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by devldog View Post
    Tamrock, this was a great post. Congrat's on doing the research on the genealogy on your family. It means a lot to know about the origins of your family and where they came from and who family members were. That was some dream you had some time back. One day all our questions and pondering will all be answered. We will one day be joined together for that Great Family Reunion. You sound like you have close ties to your family too. We are both about the same age. I was born in 1956 also.
    According to the Bible, none of us have or will be given the knowledge of when it's our time to go, but instead live ever day as if it is your last day. In doing that you'll be guaranteed not to screw up your odds of getting to the promise Land. I took that dream with a grain of salt. Not sure what it was all about other then I kept reciting the number 2038 as I was on my way to find that room number. I do that in like 3 story motels. They'll hand me the key and say your in room 215. I'll be going over in my head 215, 215, 215 as I'm lugging my luggage to the place I'm in for the night. I have my hands full and if I don't do that and forget the room number, I'll need to but my luggage down, get the key out of my pocket and see again what they said at the front desk.
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    Grant, I don't think you'll have to worry about which room number or also have to worry about any of your luggage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    Grant, I don't think you'll have to worry about which room number or also have to worry about any of your luggage.
    that's what I like about naked you come in and naked you go out.

 

 

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