An American Family History

Solomon Brandstetter


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


A blacksmith forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil.

Early American Colonists and pioneers had to make everything necessary for daily life and skilled craftsmen were essential.

Solomon Brandstetter was born about 1790 in Heidelberg Township Northhampton County (now Lehigh County), Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Jacob Brandstetter and Maria Margaretha BloƟ.

Soloman appeared in the 1812 Heidelberg, Pennsylvania Tax List

He married Maria (Mary) Kitchen. Mary was born about 1789 in Pennsylvania. Her parents were Wheeler Kitchen and Sarah Hixon. Wheeler and Sarah were from Amwell, New Jersey, but settled in Greenwood, Columbia County, Pennsyvania where Solomon and Mary also settled.

Solomon and Mary's children included:
Charles Brunstetter (1813, married Harriet and Tamar Eves),
Elizabeth Brunstetter (abt 1815),
Mary Ann Brumstetter,
Jesse Brunstetter (March 8, 1818, married Emily Parker),
and Catherine Brunstetter (1821).

In 1816 the records of an itinerant preacher show that he buried Solomon Brandstaedtler's child at Penntown on June 16th.

In 1820 Soloman Bronsteller was in Bloom Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of a man and a woman between 26 and 44, two boys under ten and two girls under ten.

In 1840 they (Brumsteller) were in Greenwood Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of a man between 40 and 49 and a woman between 50 and 59.

Soloman and Mary (Solomon Brumstetter) appeared in the 1850 census in Greenwood Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. Soloman was 60 and a blacksmith and Mary was 61. A Mary E. Smith age 8 was also part of the household.

At the time of the 1860 census they were still living in Greenwood and Mary Elizabeth was still part of the household.

Solomon died on May 20, 1862 in Greenwood and is buried in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.

Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania originally included Washington Township and Slatington. It is located on Trout Creek and Jordan Creek.

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

    In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.




    Columbia County, Pennsylvania Biographies

    The grandparents were Wheeler and Sarah (Hickson) Kitchen, the former a native of New Jersey. Wheeler and his wife had nine children: Daniel, Henry, Samuel, Joseph, Sarah, Mary, Jane, Rachel and Anna.

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