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1880 US Census record for Joseph Brutsché.

In Denison, Grayson, Texas. Both of Joseph's parents are recorded as having been born in France, instead of Germany and Switzerland. This could have been driven by antipathy towards Germans in Texas following the Civil War, during which many Germans refused to fight on behalf of the Confederacy, because they had emigrated from Germany to escape conscription and were opposed to slavery on religious grounds. And, according to his obituary, Joseph arrived in Texas in 1872, when Civil War memories were still fresh.

This desire to be non-German could also explain the pronunciation change from 'BROOT-shee' to 'bru-SHAY,' as bru-SHAY might more easily have been seen as a French surname. Our grandmother, Jeanette Brutsché, led us to believe she was of French ancestry, perhaps she did not even know of her German heritage. This is not as strange as it might seem, we have found others in our tree who have misidentified their origins.

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