An American Family History

Jacob Brunstetter, Jr.


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Other spellings--Brandstatter, Brandstetter, Brandsteter, Brandstaetter, Bransletter, Branstatter, Bransteeter, Branstetter, Branstiter, Branstitter, Branstitre, Branstudder, Broadtsteddler, Bronstetter, Brunstetter, Brunsteter, Brunstautton

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.

Jacob Brunstetter, Jr. was born about 1782 in Heidelberg Township, Northhampton County (now Lehigh County), Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Jacob Brandstetter and Maria Margaretha Bloß.

He was the sponsor for his brother Daniel's daughter, Sarah, when she was baptized at Towamensing Union Church in 1806.

He appeared in the 1810 census in Heidelberg Township.

He married Julie Gilbert. Julie was born abut 1783 in Pennsylvania.

Julie and Jacob's children included:
Samuel Brunstetter (1810),
Rebecca Brunstetter Harding (1813, married John Harding),
Jacob Brunstetter
, (1815, married Mary Graver),
Mary Ann Brunstetter Ohl (1819, married Samuel H. Ohl),
Levi Brunstetter (1829, married Julia Kistler) and
Henry Harrison Brunstetter (1837, married Nancy Pennell).

He came with his family to Ohio about 1818 where they were early pioneers.

He appeared in the 1820 and 1830 census in Austintown, Trumbull County, Ohio. They (Jacob Bronstter) were still there in 1850. The household consisted of David Carl who was age 34 and a farmer, Lydia Carl age 22, Elizabeth Carl age 4, Lydia Carl age 2, Jacob Bronstter age 68, Juilia Bronstter age 67 and Levi Bronstter age 21. Jacob and Levi were farmers.

Julie died in Austintown on November 03, 1851 and Jacob died on December 22, 1854.

Children of
John (Johan) Jacob Brandstetter
and Maria Margaretha Bloß
  • Maria Barbara Brandstetter Peter
  • Henry Brandstetter
  • Daniel Brandstetter
  • Margaretha Brandstetter Schneider (Snyder)
  • Solomon Brandstetter
  • Jacob Brunstretter
  • Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania originally included Washington Township and Slatington. It is located on Trout Creek and Jordan Creek.

    The first Europeans settled in the Northwest Territory in 1788. Migrants came from New York and New England. Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803.



    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania was first settled about 1730 and officially constituted in 1812 with the division of Northampton County.

    Mahoning Dispatch, Friday, December 6, 1912 p. 183
    December 4
    Samuel Brunstetter [grandson of Jacob Brunstetter], whose illness was frequently noted in the Dispatch, died last week Thursday morning at the home of David Anderson. Deceased was a son of the late Jacob Brunstetter, who was one of the county commissioners in 1852, and was born in Austintown township Nov. 10, 1842. Here he resided nearly all his life. His wife and son preceded him to the better world. He was in the 100 day service during the civil war. He was a member of the Evangelical church of this place. Many relatives and friends deeply mourn his death. Funeral services, held Saturday from the Evangelical church, were conducted by Rev. W. H. Bucks of Cleveland, assisted by Rev. Harman of the United Evangelical church and Rev. Tovay, and were very largely attended. Interment was made in the Brunstetter cemetery.

    Mahoning Dispatch,
    Friday, August 28, 1928, p. 538
    Mrs. Samuel Brunstetter, whose illness has been frequently mentioned in these columns, died Wednesday morning, aged 69 years. Funeral services will be held in the Evangelical church Friday at 1 o’clock. Rev. S.H. Seager of Cleveland will officiate. Interment in the Brunstetter cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Christian church at Four-Mile-Run. She leaves her husband, two sisters, five brothers and a wide circle of friends to mourn her departure.

    Mahoning Dispatch, Fri, September 4, 1928
    The funeral of Mrs. Samuel Brunstetter was very largely attended. Relatives were present from Massillon, Niles, Girard, Youngstown, New Castle, and Pittsburg. Rev. L. H. Seager being out of the city, Rev. W. H. Bucks, Editor of the Evangelical Messenger, Cleveland, officiated.

    In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.


    Mahoning Dispatch, Friday, June 7, 1918, p. 604
    June 5
    Word has been received that Mrs. Mary Brunstetter, nee Graber [daughter-in-law of Jacob], died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma A. Rush, in Alva, Oklahoma, May 25. Deceased was born in Austintown, Jan. 15 1824. She was married in 1851 to Jacob Brunstetter, who died in Kansas 45 years ago.

    She was the mother of three children, two of whom survive – Mrs. Rush of Alva and Perry C. of Nortonville, Kan. She was also the stepmother of five children – Henry H., Sarah, Julia, Samuel and Laura, all deceased, except H.H. who resides in Alva. She was a sister of the late Daniel Craver [Graver] who formerly resided here and of the mother of W. Ohl. Besides there were seven other sisters and brothers, all of whom are deceased. In early life she became a consistent Christian, always remaining such.


    Mahoning Dispatch, Friday, June 6, 1928, p. 377
    January 4
    Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Nancy Pennell [daughter-in-law of Jacob] Brunstetter, aged 89, widow of the late Henry Brunstetter, of Alva, Okla, whose death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.G. Johnson, near Lamar, Mo., Dec. 21.  Funeral services were held at the home of her son William in Alva, Dec. 23. She was married to Mr. Brunstetter of this township on Mar 1, 1869, and 60 years ago moved from here to Nebraska and later to Kansas and Oklahoma. She was a sister to the late Sylvanus Pennell of Girard. Three sons and one daughter survive.


    Mahoning Dispatch, Friday, April 5, 1895
    West Austintown - Samuel H. Ohl, born in Austintown township, Jan. 30, 1817, died March 27, 1895. Interment at Smith's Corners cemetery last Sunday. Services conducted by Rev. Elder of Delightful, were largely attended. Among the relatives of the deceased in attendance were; John Ohl of Niles aged about 80, and Chas. Ohl of Lordstown, who is 88 years old, the oldest member of the Ohl family now living. Ezra Ohl of Geauga county also attended.


    from History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Ohio by Joseph Green Butler

    . . . Joseph and Lucy (Brunstetter) [granddaughter of Jacob] McCaughtry. Joseph McCaughtry was distinguished by a long life and by many unusual attributes of character and service. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1819 and died in 1913, in his ninety-fifth year. He maintained much of his vigor of physique and spirit to the end.

    His father died in Pennsylvania, and in 1835, when he was sixteen years of age, he crossed the mountains to Ohio with his widowed mother and two sisters. Considering the poverty of his boyhood and the time in which he lived he had practically no opportunities for education. A thirst for knowledge burned within him, and he taught himself to read and eventually commanded a fluent use of both the English and German languages. Joseph McCaughtry from boyhood was extremely handy with tools, and as a young man is Eastern Ohio he learned to make ladles, dippers and skimmers from copper. Later he acquired all the technique of the coppersmith's trade by practical experience and association with other workmen.

    Moving to Austintown, he conducted a tavern known as the Indian Queen, also opened a store, and conducted a very prosperous business. He also owned two farms. The tavern was on the old Plank Road, a noted thoroughfare traveled in the early days by the stages. Joseph McCaughtry, whose father came from the north of Ireland, was a member of the German Reformed Church and as a young man it was his desire to be a minister. He was a strict prohibitionist in his later life and a democrat.

    His first wife was Lydia Miller, who came from Four Mile Run, Ohio. Joseph McCaughtry married for his second wife Lucy Brunstetter, who died in 1918, at the age of seventy-eight. They had half a century of married life. Her father, Henry Brunstetter, was a Pennsylvanian German. By the first marriage there were three sons and two daughters. The only living son is Caldwell Porter, who was named in honor of Caldwell Porter, one of the first mill men in Northeast Ohio. The only living daughter is Barbara, wife of Austin Crum, of Girard. By his marriage to Lucy Brunstetter, Joseph McCaughtry had two sons and two daughters, Charles A. being the oldest; Lydia, wife of John Peck, of Warren; Miranda, unmarried, who made her home with her parents as long as they lived and is now a resident of California; and Raymond, a machinist with the Peerless Electric Company at Warren.

    Joseph McCaughtry after his second marriage moved to Niles, where he owned the old Sanford Hotel and a store, and about 1869 moved to Lords-town, where the family home remained thereafter though Joseph McCaughtry again did merchandising at Niles, selling goods to the employes of the Ward plant.

    An early American tavern (or ordinary) was an important meeting place and they were strictly supervised. Innkeepers were respectable members of the community. Taverns offered food and drink. An inn also offered accommodation.
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