Monday, February 17, 2014

Henry Brouse 1805-1889

Henry Brouse is 3rd from left. Left to Right: Phares Herman, Sol Kline, Henry Brouse, Issac Smith, Noah Brouse, _____________ keatner, Peter Heiser, Jacob Fener, Sam Brouse, Jonas Fetter, Cloyd Brouse, Clarence Herman, John _______, Jonas Kratzer, Bill Brouse, Jacob Fetter, William Kline & Harrison Baily

Henry Brouse
Born Dec 16 1805
Died Dec 31 1889
Sarah Fertig
daughter of Adam Fertig
Born Nov 20 1807
Died May 5 1878

Unknown Female b. bef 1830
Susanna Brouse 1831 – 1885 m. Henry Geise
Sarah Brouse 1833 – 1906 m. Jacob Kline
Harrison Brouse 1835 – 1918 M. Rebecca Gridley
Lydia Brouse 1839 – 1910 M. George Row
Joshua Brouse 1841 – 1859 Died Age 18
Henry F. Brouse 1843 –   M. Barbara Kratzer
Mary Ann Brouse 1846 – 1903 M. Samuel Knouse
Emmanual Brouse 1848 – 1874 M. Lydia Row

Sarah Brouse born 1833
Harrison Brouse born June 1835 married first Sara Kreider second Rebecca Artley
Mary Magdaelene (Polly) Brouse born Jan 1 1838 married George B. Benfer
Joshua Brouse born February 28 1841 died April 1859
Lydia Brouse born 1839 married George Row
Mary Brouse born 1845

Emmanual Brouse born November 5 1848 marries Lydia

1805 - Henry Born
Birth: Dec. 16, 1805   Death: Dec. 31, 1889
Dates are from Find A Grave, but I do not have a photo of the stone

1807- Sarah Fertig Born
Nov. 20, 1807 - source:Tombstone

Floyd's mistakenly gives her name as Franklin (See 1831 - Daughter Susanna Brouse) - it was Fertig.  This is confirmed by her and Henry receiving money from her fathers estate. Or so other historians have written - I have not yet found any probate records for Adam Fertig.

Find A Grave lists her parents as Father: Adam Fertig, Mother: Elizabeth Klein Fertig, but that Adam Fertig did not die until 1839, and she is not listed in the history books as one of his children:
 Adam Fertig, father of Elias Fertig, and his brother Peter, were drafted and served in the war of 1812. He died in November 1839, aged sixty-three years. His wife was born in 1800, and died aged eighty years. They had eight children, two of whom Jacob and a sister, died in infancy. Their other children were: Michael; Anna Maria, wife of Daniel Snyder; Samuel, Elias; Clarissa, wife of John Garman, and Solomon. - Commemorative biographical encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania: containing sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early Scotch-Irish and German settlers.

Bef. 1829 Henry Brouse Married Sara
Name: Henry Brouse
Gender: Male
Birth Place: PA
Birth Year: 1805
Spouse Name: Sarah Fertig
Spouse Birth Place: PA
Spouse Birth Year: 1807
Marriage State: of PA
Number Pages: 1
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Index Only)

Abt 1829- Unknown Daughter Born
Between 1825 & 1830
In the 1830 Census, there is one female under age 5.

1830 - Residence
Name: Henry Brouse Junior
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Penn, Union, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 3

1831 - Daughter Susanna Brouse Born
At the bottom of this page,under research, is a scan from the Brouse Genealogy Book I found at the public library in Selinsgrove PA.  At first glance it does not list Susanna, but if you look it specifies that she is included "in the back of the book".

"Henry Geise, son of Samuel, was born Jan. 15, 1818, in Ohio, whither his father had emigrated from Mahanoy township, making the trip by wagon. 
The family remained in that State only one year, however, returning to Pennsylvania and settling in Snyder county.
 Mr. Geise passed his earlier years in Snyder and Union counties, operating gristmills, and about 1850 came to Point township, Northumberland county, where he engaged in farming and passed the remainder of his long life, dying July 9, 1900. 
He is buried at Northumberland. 
He owned his own farm of eighty-one acre, which he cultivated until his retirement, being succeeded there by his son Samuel, who is now deceased. 
In religion Mr. Geise was a Lutheran. 
His wife, Susanna, was a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Frederick) Brouse, of Kratzerville, Snyder county, and they were the parents of two children, Samuel and Henry F. 

The former was a farmer in Point township; his children were William. Dora. Harvey, Amnion, and Anna (deceased )."  - Floyd's History Of Northumberland County

1840 Residence
 Name: Henry Brause
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Union, Union, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 5
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8

1850 Residence
Name: Henry Browse
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1804
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Union, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 748
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Browse 46
Sarah Browse 43
Sarah Browse 17
Harrison Browse 15
Mary Browse 13
Joshua Browse 10
Lydia Browse 11
Henry Browse 7
Mary Browse 5
Emanuel Browse 2

1860 Residence
Name: Henry Brouse
Age in 1860: 56
Birth Year: abt 1804
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Jackson, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: New Berlin
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Brouse 56
Sarah Brouse 52
Henry Brouse 16
Mary Brouse 14
Emanuel Brouse 11
George Row 2
Lydia Row 20
Sarah Row 4/12

Living on family farm in Jackson, Snyder, Pennsylvania. real estate valued @ $5000. personal estate valued @ $1400.

Living with the family is George Row 20yr (a mason) Lydia Row 20yr and Sarah Row 4 months. they have no personal or real estate value.  At first I thought this was Henry's daughter Lydia, but she is already married to Solomon Kline, and has a 1 year old daughter named May.  Emmanual, son of Henry, later marries a Lydia Row - but it's not this Lydia.  It is maybe a sister of George Row here?  I'm unsure what the connection is between these families, at this time.

1870 United States Federal Census about Henry Brouse
Name: Henry Brouse
Age in 1870: 64
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Jackson, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Krotzerville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Brouse 64
Sarah Brouse 62

1878 - Sarah Died

Birth: Nov. 20, 1807
Death: May 5, 1878

Father: Adam Fertig
Mother: Elizabeth Klein Fertig

Wife of Henry
aged 70 y 5 m 13 d

Zion Lutheran Cemetery , Kratzerville

Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Kratzerville, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA

1880 Residence
Name: Henry Brouse
Age: 74
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Kratzerville, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widower
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Brouse 74

1889 - Henry Died
31 Dec
Age: 84
Kratzerville, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 84

Kratzerville, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA


"In 1879, my greatgreat grandmother's cousin (2nd cousin I think) killed himself. As his widow was unable to care for their young boys...Joel Percival Leitzel 6 and Enos Adam Leitzel 4 , the orphan court appointed Noah Brouse as their guardian. Noah's brother Samuel is also in the photo. (see photo at the top of the page)
The Brouse family, Row family, Leitzel family were all close, married into each other's families over many years. In fact Mary Row married one of those little boys (Joel Percival Leitzel)."

From the Find A Grave Entry for Henry's brother Adam - 

Son of Henry BROUSE 1776 - 1854 and Margaret Elizabeth PONTIUS 1780 - 1860; grandson of Revolutionary Soldier JOHAN PETER "John" (Pvt.) PONTIUS 1747 - 1835 and ANNA CATHERINE BERGER 1753 - 1835, in addition both great grandfathers were recognized for their service to the Revolution 

Family links: 
  Henry Brouse (1776 - 1854)
  Margaret Pontius Brouse (1780 - 1860)

  Elizabeth Derk Brouse (1825 - 1907)*

  Henry Brouse (1805 - 1889)*
  Andrew Brouse (1807 - 1868)
  George Brouse (1816 - 1883)*


Kratzerville Zion Lutheran Church

Architectural splendor is abundant throughout the Susquehanna Valley landscape in the many houses of worship. Each week in this space, The Daily Item will feature a grandiose structure with information about its origin. Additional photos and historical information will be published about each structure featured as well as many others located in Northumberland, Snyder, Union and Montour counties. The full collection of beautiful treasures in the Valley will be published in a book titled "Domes & Spires." Look for it in September.

KRATZERVILLE -- The present Gothic-style building of brick construction known as Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was completed in 1902. This congregation, however, began in 1790 and shared the pre-existing Hessler's Church building with a Reformed congregation, which dates back to 1783.

As early as 1810, the possibility was discussed that the two congregations formally unite in the construction of a new and larger house of worship to replace the present log structure.

On Sept. 27, 1815, a parcel of land was deeded from Jacob Herman and Abraham Brouse, trustees of the United Congregation of German Lutheran and Calvinists worshiping at Hessler's Church, to Michael Wagner for the consideration of $620.

At this time, the country was engaged in the war of 1812, and members of Hessler's congregation were serving in the military. This may be the reason why the second log structure was not begun until 1817. The new building was completed in 1818. The exact date of the consecration is not known.

The old log church was torn down in 1847. The new church was consecrated on Oct. 24, 1847. This building was of brick construction, rectangular in shape with high galleries on three sides and a raised pulpit, enabling the minister to preach to two floors. (** See photo at top of this page)

The 1847 building, referred to as Zion's Church, was used by both the Lutheran and Reformed congregations until 1901.

Amid much controversy, on May 8, 1901, ground was broken for a new Lutheran church. The land was purchased for $250. John F. Stettler, of Middleburg, was the chief architect and foreman of the project. Much of the help was volunteered by members of the congregation. The new building is a Gothic structure of brick construction with a nave of 44 by 88 feet. The building was dedicated, debt free, on Nov. 1 - 2, 1902.

Renovations over the years have included the basement being excavated for a social room in 1958. In 1989, the stained glass windows were all removed, cleaned and restored to their original beauty. On June 2, 1997, dedication services were held for the new 34- by 36-foot addition. In 2006, it was decided to restore the exterior brick and stone and treat it with a water repellent. Also in 2006, air conditioning was installed in the church. These projects were both completed on July 24, 2006.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church now has a membership of about 880.

n If you would like to share information about your house of worship's architectural splendor, please contact Lynn Bickel at or Karen Renninger at, or call them at 286-5671.


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