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Congressional Medal of Honor - Reverse Side
Congressional Medal of Honor - Reverse Side
Although this medal was awarded on December 31, 1864, it never found its way to Henry Brutsché. In 1957, the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Personnel deemed it an unclaimed medal and transferred it to the Curator Branch of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).
 
  14 Aug 2018
Congressional Medal of Honor - Front Side
Congressional Medal of Honor - Front Side
Although this medal was awarded on December 31, 1864, it never found its way to Henry Brutsché. In 1957, the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Personnel deemed it an unclaimed medal and transferred it to the Curator Branch of Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC). 
  14 Aug 2018
Headstone for Joseph and Jeanette Lehman Brutsché, and their son Henry, a Congressional Medal of Honor designee.
Headstone for Joseph and Jeanette Lehman Brutsché, and their son Henry, a Congressional Medal of Honor designee.
Located in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Lawn, Section 64, Grave 51
Photo courtesy BARB 
  7 Aug 2018
Birth Record for Maria Salome Roth
Birth Record for Maria Salome Roth
In the Bischwiller Lutheran Church Records (Kirchenbucher)
Born Maria Salome baptized 18 Mar 1712 born 16 Mar 1712
Parents - Jacob Roth citizen (Bürgher) and metal fitter (Schlosser) and Catharina born Walther
Sponsors - Nicholas Lang citizen and shoemaker (Schuhmacher) Isaac Unsrbohon citizen and (still in translation) 
  7 Aug 2018
Görg Birth Record
Görg Birth Record
From White Oaks Church records,
Penryn, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania

Written in German script:
"(to) Bernhard Zentme˙er
was born the 20th September 1754
named Jo.Görg (Jo. short for Johann -Ed)
Baptized 13 October 1754
Barbara Meyerin and Elias Memminger, sponsors"
Image by Gary Zentmyer
 
  1 Aug 2018
Corner detail on early log houses
Corner detail on early log houses
This detail shows how the log corners were interlocked for structual integrity.
Photo by Gary Zentmyer 
  1 Aug 2018
Pennsylvania Log House similar to Bernhards's
Pennsylvania Log House similar to Bernhards's
From what we can tell, this is what Bernhard's original house would look like under the siding.
Photo by Gary Zentmyer  
  1 Aug 2018
Floor beam in Bernhard's log house
Floor beam in Bernhard's log house
In June of 2015 I went into the basement of Bernhard's house and verified that it was in fact original log construction.
Photo by Gary Zentmyer 
  1 Aug 2018
Bernhard's farm in present-day Penryn
Bernhard's farm in present-day Penryn
Bernhard's original farm is mostly intact, and currently produces wheat, corn, and beef. The current owners, J. Marlin Myer and his brother Gerald, tell me the farm has been in the Myer family since 1940. They say the original farm house is made of square logs, and is contained within the left-hand portion of the farm house in the middle of the view.

According to Cousin Ron, having two front doors was common for the period. Once a family had the ability to expand the house, the original door was used by the family, and the new door was for guests and opened into a parlor, where the family's best things were on display.

The two ponds are fed by a perennial spring, which has flowed since the earliest written records. Native American artifacts have been found at the site, suggesting it was likely a pre-colonial settlement as well.
Photo by Gary Zentmyer 
  1 Aug 2018
Aerial View of Bernhard's Farm on what is now called Airy Hill Rd.
Aerial View of Bernhard's Farm on what is now called Airy Hill Rd.
Bernhard and Salome's farm on Airy Hill Rd., about one mile northeast of the cemetery in Penryn where they are buried. The farm has been owned by Ralph Myer & Sons since 1940. (no relation)
Image by Gary Zentmyer 
  1 Aug 2018
Deed to Bernhard's Farm (first page)
Deed to Bernhard's Farm (first page)
This Deed, also called a Patent, conveyed the land from Daniel Snider (Schneider) to Bernhard Zentmeyer. Interestingly, the farm was called "Bishwiler," which is the German spelling for "Bischwiller." Bischwiller is the town in Bas-Rhin, Alsace where Bernhard and Salome were married and where most of their children were born. But the fact that the farm was called Bishwiler prior to Bernhard's arrival in America points to the likelihood that Bernhard was following the path of earlier emigrants from Bischwiller who had settled near Penryn, including perhaps Snider.
Photo by Gary Zentmyer  
  1 Aug 2018
Plat Map of Bernhard's Farm
Plat Map of Bernhard's Farm
The farm was 'Patented' from Daniel Snider on 20 August 1766, which means that was when Bernhard came into title. It is likely however, that he worked the farm as early as 1754, when the birth of Görg was recorded at the White Oak Church there.
Photo by Gary Zentmyer 
  31 Jul 2018
Notarial Register from Bischwiller for Centmeyer
Notarial Register from Bischwiller for Centmeyer
A recently discovered genealogical record from Bischwiller. The line under Jakob Centmeyer reads, 'Ackerer (farmer) in Roigheim, Württemberg.' The entry for his son Johann Bernhard reads, 'Lutheran, day laborer at the Keibelmühle (a mill) married on 16 Feb 1739 Maria Salome Roth.' The listings of their children reveal for the first time the death dates for Johann Jakob and Maria Salome. 
  31 Jul 2018
Bernhard and Salome's Marriage Record from the Bischwiller Kirchenbücher (Churchbooks)
Bernhard and Salome's Marriage Record from the Bischwiller Kirchenbücher (Churchbooks)
"16 Feb recorded in a public setting per priestly ordinances Joh. Bernhard Zentmeӱers, remaining marriage-eligible son of Jacob Zentmeӱers, citizen and resident and farmer at Roigheim, in the jurisdiction of Württemberg, and Maria Salomina, remaining marriage-eligible daughter of Jacob Roth, citizen and resident and metal worker/fitter here" This marriage record was the clue which led us the family's origins in Roigheim and then earlier in Franconia and southern Bavaria.
Image by Gary Zentmyer  
  31 Jul 2018
Bischwiller Street Scene, Cafe and Bar.
Bischwiller Street Scene, Cafe and Bar.
The Cafe Au Lion d'Or operates to this day in the same location in Bischwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace (Bishweiler, Elsaß in German)
Image by Gary Zentmyer 
  31 Jul 2018

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Last Modified 
I24 
BRUTSCHÉ, Henry 
b. 1846  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  14 Aug 2018
I87190 
BRUTSCHÉ, Joseph 
b. 17 Jun 1801  Dogern, Baden, Germany  7 Aug 2018
I1625 
ROTH, Maria Salome 
b. 16 Mar 1712  Bischwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France  7 Aug 2018
I3372 
WALTHER, Catharina 
   7 Aug 2018
I3371 
ROTH, Jacob 
   6 Aug 2018
I1627 
ZENTMEYER, Maria Salome 
b. 7 Nov 1744  Bischwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France  27 Jul 2018
I87135 
ZENTMEYER, Johann Jacob 
b. 12 Sep 1742  Bischwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France  27 Jul 2018

Families

 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Married   Last Modified 
 F1268  I3371  Jacob ROTH  I3372    6 Aug 2018
 F014  I1624  Johann Bernhard ZENTMEYER  I1625  16 Feb 1739  31 Jul 2018