Genealogy of the Zumbrunnen/Zumbrun Family that First Immigrated to America

Around the early-to-mid 1600s, a number of people named Zumbrunnen lived in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany (at the time, this was the Duchy of Württemberg, a part of the Holy Roman Empire) which was immediately to the north of Switzerland. The Zumbrunnen family appear to have come to this region at the very end of the Thirty Years’ War. The war completely devastated this region, and about 2/3rds of the native population died. When the war ended, migrants flooded the region to rebuild. There’s no evidence the family has early roots in Germany, so the founder was likely a Swiss emigrant who came at the end of the war or the beginning of the rebuilding process.

This family never became large. Many Swiss migrants disliked Germany and found the opportunities lacking. The children or grandchildren of these migrants, disconnected from their homeland, often migrated again. So it was with Heinrich Zumbrun, person #8 in the genealogy below.

 

First Generation

1. Founder of the Zumbrunnen family in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Around the early-to-mid 1600s, two Zumbrunnen men appear to have lived in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany (at the time, this was the Duchy of Württemberg, a part of the Holy Roman Empire) which was immediately to the north of Switzerland. They were likely born near the end of the Thirty Years’ War. The war devastated this region of Germany. When the war ended, many migrants were needed to rebuild. There’s no evidence the family has early roots in Germany, so the unknown founder was likely a Swiss emigrant who came at the end of the war or the beginning of the rebuilding process.

His children were:
  +  2  i.   Johann Zumbrunnen was born about 1645.
  +  3  ii.  Johann Heinrich Zumbrunnen was born about 1648.

 

Second Generation

2. Johann Zumbrunnen(Son of Founder) was born about 1645. His name is attested to on both children’s marriage certificates.

His children were:
  +  4  i.  Johann Peter Zumbrunnen was born about 1678 and died about 1727 naer Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg about age 49.
  +  5  ii. Balthasar Zumbrunnen was born in Walthann.

 
3. Johann Heinrich Zumbrunnen(Son of Founder) was born about 1648. His name is known from the marriage certificates of his children. The ages of his children suggest he was likely a younger brother of Johann Zumbrunnen.

His children were:
  +  6  i.  Johann Jacob Zumbrunn was born about 1690.
      7  ii. Anna Catharina Zumbrunn was born about 1690. Anna married Johann Melchior Eckstein on 11 Jun 1713 in Marbach, Neckarkreis, Württemberg.

 

Third Generation

4. Johann Peter Zumbrunnen(Son of Johann, Founder) was born about 1678 and died about 1727 near Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg about age 49. He married Anna Ursula Schens, daughter of Georg Schens, on 26 Aug 1715 near Crailsheim. Anna Ursula was born about 1683, died in 1756 about age 73, and was buried on 26 Dec 1756 near Crailsheim.

Children from this marriage were:
  +  8  i.   Heinrich Zumbrun or Johann Heinrich Zumbrunnen was born in 1717 near Crailsheim, immigrated to Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 1754, and died before 1799 in Pennsylvania or Maryland.
  +  9  ii.  Johann Georg Zumbrunnen was born about 1720 near Crailsheim.
     10  iii. Anna Maria Magdalena Zumbrunnen or Magdalena Zumbrunn was born on 5 Feb 1724 near Crailsheim. A Magdalena Zumbrunn was the sponsor of a baptism at her brother’s church in Berks County, Pennsylvania, suggesting that she may have immigrated with her oldest brother, or followed him a few years later.

 
5. Balthasar Zumbrunn(Johann, Founder) was born near Crailsheim. Marriage records of his children say that he worked as a tailor. Balthasar married Barbara Enzlöhners on 1 May 1722 near Crailsheim.

Children from this marriage were:
      11  i.  Catharina Barbara Zumbrunnen was born in 1722. Catharina married Johann Georg Schörrler on 16 Jun 1750 in Speyer, Bavaria.
      12  ii. Georg Michael Zumbrunn was born about 1727, died on 18 Aug 1728 about age 1, and was buried on 19 Aug 1728 near Crailsheim.

Balthasar next married Anna Barbara Hofmann on 5 Aug 1734 near Crailsheim.

Children from this marriage were:
      13  i.   Georg Michael Zumbrunn was born in 1736. Georg married Regina Stechhöfer on 4 Dec 1785 in Ansbach St Johannis, Bavaria. No known children.
  +  14  ii.  Johann Georg Zumbrunn was born in 1739 in near Crailsheim, died on 26 Apr 1806 at age 67, and was buried on 28 Apr 1806 in Kirchberg (Oa. Gerabronn), Württemberg. Birth years suggest he was a twin.
      15  iii. Johann Christian Zumbrunn was born in 1739. Johann married Anna Maria Brand on 16 Dec 1768 in Ansbach, Bayern, Deutschland. No known children.
 
 
6. Johann Jacob Zumbrunn (Johann Heinrich, Founder)was born about 1690. Johann married Anna Judith Grampp daughter of Johann Jerg Grampp, on 26 Jul 1711 in Marbach, Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg.

Children from this marriage were:
      16  i.   Margretha Dorothea Zumbrunnen was born in 1712.
      17  ii.  Anna Elisabetha Zumbrunn was born in 1715.
      18  iii. Johann Jacob Zumbrunn was born in 1717.
 
 

Fourth Generation

8. Heinrich Zumbrun(Johann Peter, Johann, Founder)was born in 1717 or 1718 near Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg and died before 1799 in Pennsylvania or Maryland. His full name was Johann Heinrich Zumbrunnen but records suggest he primarily used the name Heinrich Zumbrun.

Heinrich married Maria Eva Lehr, daughter of Sebastian and Anna Lehr, on 22 Apr 1749 in Schwegenheim, Germersheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Records suggest she mostly used the name Eva. Eva was born about 1720 in Schwegenheim. She previously had married Johann David Degen who died in 1748. They had one daughter, Anna Barbara Degen.

Heinrich and Eva had three children in Schwegenheim:
      19  i.   Anna Dorothea Zumbrunn was born on 22 Jan 1750 in Schwegenheim.
      20  ii.  Johann Andreas Zumbrunn was born on 31 Oct 1751 in Schwegenheim, died on 20 Aug 1753 in Schwegenheim, at age 1, and was buried on 21 Aug 1753.
  +  21  iii. Apollonia Zumbrunn was born Nov 1753 in Schwegenheim, died on 18 Oct 1821 at age 67, and was buried in Ladiesburg, Frederick County, Maryland.

In 1754, Heinrich and Eva left Schwegenheim, traveled to Rotterdam, and sailed to Philadelphia aboard the ship “Brothers.” They arrived in Philadelphia on 30 Sep 1754, where ship records list Heinrich as 36-years-old and in good health. Genealogies saying Heinrich died in 1754 are erroneous. Heinrich and Eva had three or four children in America. The last known record of Heinrich comes in 1761 when he receives payment from the estate of Johann Leicht, administered by Balthasar Ream and Anna Catherine Leicht. A Balthasar Ream also traveled to America on the ship “Brothers.”

They had four more children:

  +  22  iv.  Johann Zumbrun was born in the 1750s. A very muddled oral history suggests he could have been born on the ship. He died in 1819 in Taneytown, Carroll, Maryland.
      23  v.   Catharina Zumbrun was born on 1 Dec 1755. She was baptized 19 Dec 1755 at Zions Moselem Lutheran Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Sponsors were Balthasar Ream and Anna Catherine. (This appears to be the same Balthasar Ream, mentioned above, who traveled on the ship Brothers.) It’s unknown what became of her.
      24  vi.  Anna Dorothea Zumbrun was born on 8 Feb 1759. She was baptized 18 Mar 1759 at Zions Moselem Lutheran Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Sponsors were Johann Wolfgang Mohring and Anna Maria. (Johann Wolfgang Mohring also immigrated to America on the ship “Brothers.”) It’s unknown what became of her. She appears named after her older sister who likely died young.
      25  vii. Anna Elizabetha Zumbrun was born on 7 Dec 1760. She was baptized 29 Mar 1761 at Zions Moselem Lutheran Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Sponsor was Andreas Frey. It’s unknown what became of her.
 
 
9. Johann Georg Zumbrunnen(Johann Peter, Johann, Founder) was born about 1720 near Crailsheim. He married Maria Elisabetha Kayser on 23 Mar 1756 in Mariäkappel, Württemberg, Deutschland.

The child from this marriage was:
  +  26  i. Anna Barbara Zumbrun was born on 26 May 1760 and died on 11 Nov 1824 at age 64.
 
 
14. Johann Georg Zumbrunn(Balthasar, Johann, Founder) was born in 1739 near Crailsheim, baptised 10 Jan 1740, and died on 26 Apr 1806 at age 67, and was buried on 28 Apr 1806 in Kirchberg (Oa. Gerabronn), Württemberg, Germany. Johann married Anna Magdalena Balbach on 2 May 1781 near Crailsheim. Anna was born on 7 Jun 1745 in Weikersweiler, died on 13 Nov 1818 at age 73, and was buried on 1 Dec 1818 in Gerabronn, Kirchberg u. Oa, Württemberg.

The child from this marriage was:
      27  i. Johann Michael Zumbrunn was born on 4 Mar 1783 in Kirchberg, died on 28 Feb 1854 at age 70, and was buried on 2 Mar 1854 in Wiesenbach, Württemberg. Johann married Eva Magdalena Weinbrennerin on 27 Apr 1819 in Gerabronn, Kirchberg u. Oa, Württemberg, Deutschland. Eva was born on 2 Oct 1774, died on 20 Jan 1849 at age 74, and was buried on 22 Jan 1849 in Wiesenbach, Württemberg.
 
 

Fifth Generation

21. Apollonia Zumbrunn(Heinrich, Johann Peter, Johann, Founder) was born in Nov 1753 in Schwegenheim, baptized 25 Nov 1753 in Schwegenheim, died on 18 Oct 1821 at age 67, and was buried in Ladiesburg, Frederick County, Maryland.

Apollonia married Christian Schmidt. Christian was born in 1754, died on 15 Sep 1825 at age 71, and was buried in Ladiesburg, Frederick County, Maryland. Their burial place in Ladiesburg is no more than half a mile from the farm of her brother Johann, suggesting they moved to Frederick County together. They gradually anglicized their name from Schmidt to Smith.

Christian and Apollonia appear as sponsors for a number of baptisms at the Rocky Hill Grace Lutheran Church in Frederick: Elisabeth Roesler on 27 Nov 1785, Maria Fuchs on 24 Aug 1788, Abraham Ernst on 8 Sep 1793, Abraham Lock on 24 Sep 1794, and Thomas Eder on 24 Sep 1797.

The names of Christian and Apollonia’s children are established in the probate records of Christian’s estate in 1825.

Children from this marriage were:
      28  i.   Elizabeth Smith was born on 4 Oct 1780, died on 11 Mar 1816 in Ladiesburg, Frederick, Maryland, at age 35, and was buried in Ladiesburg. Elizabeth married John Rheam, son of George and Catherine Ream, on 27 Mar 1812 in Frederick County, Maryland. John was born on 7 Nov 1787 died on 25 Jun 1853 in Carroll County, Maryland, at age 65, and was buried in Union Bridge, Maryland.
      29  ii.  Mary Smith was born on 26 Nov 1792, died on 30 Sep 1863 at age 70, and was buried in Johnsville, Maryland. Mary married Henry Repp. Henry was born on 12 Oct 1792 in Maryland, died on 13 Jul 1874 at age 81, and was buried in Johnsville, Maryland.
      30  iii. William Smith died before 1825. Christian’s will says that William has died and gives his share of the estate to William’s (unidentified) children.
      31  iv.  Solomon Smith was born about 1780 in Maryland. Solomon married Margaret Ream, daughter of George and Catherine Ream. Margaret died on 3 Mar 1824 in Ladiesburg, Maryland.
      32  v.   Phillip Smith was born about 1780 in Frederick, Maryland and moved to Kentucky.
      33  vi.  Susanna Schmidt was born on 4 Dec 1788, died on 10 Apr 1839 at age 50, and was buried in Ladiesburg, Maryland. Susanna married Jacob Repp on 13 May 1811 in Frederick County, Maryland. Jacob was born on 8 Aug 1785.
      34  vii. Samuel Schmidt was born on 6 Dec 1790 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died about 1827 in Frederick County, Maryland, about age 37.
 
 
22. Johann Zumbrun (Heinrich, Johann Peter, Johann, Founder) was born about 1755 and died in 1819 in Taneytown, Carroll, Maryland. His name is said in many genealogies to be Johann Heinrich Zumbrun, although I haven’t yet found a record proving this.

In 1783 Johann purchased a 10-acre farm in Frederick County, Maryland named “Shoemaker’s Lot.” He also acquired farms named “Brotherly Love,” “Brooks Discovery on the Rich Lands,” “Brooks Second Discovery on the Rich Lands,” “Ebon Forest,” “Neglect” and “Watson’s Delight.” At his death, his land holdings totaled about 250 acres. He was a deacon at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown, Maryland. He appears in the 1790, 1800 and 1810 Census.

Johann married Maria Elizabeth Angel daughter of Philip Charles Angel and Juliana Reneker, in 1773. Maria was born on 6 Oct 1754 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died on 21 Jan 1821 in Taneytown, Carroll, Maryland, at age 66. She appears in the 1820 Census as “Widow Zumbrun.”

Johann was the only son of Heinrich who lived to adulthood. He is the ancestor of nearly all Zumbruns and Zumbrums (and some Zumbrunns) living in America today. He had 10 children, with Zumbrun (m, nn) descendants coming from just four: Henry, George, David and Jacob.

Children from this marriage were:
      35  i.    John Zumbrun was born in 1775 and died in 1824 in Frederick, Maryland, United States at age 49. John married Catharine Stimmel. Catharine was born on 25 Jun 1777, died on 25 Jan 1846 in Greenville, Darke, Ohio at age 68, and was buried in Darke County, Ohio. His widow moved the family to Darke County, Ohio in about 1833. He has many living descendants, but none named Zumbrun.
      36  ii.   Charles Zumbrun was born in 1776 and died after 1840. Charles married Rebecca Rheam, daughter of George and Catherine Ream on 12 Mar 1821 in Frederick County, Maryland. Rebecca was born on 13 Aug 1793. He married relatively late in life, and appears to have had no children.
      37  iii.  Henry Zumbrun was born on 25 Jan 1783 in Frederick, Maryland, died on 4 Apr 1857 in Darke County, Ohio, at age 74, and was buried in Montgomery County, Ohio. Henry married Susanna Ream, daughter of George and Catherine Ream. Susanna was born on 28 Mar 1779 in Frederick County, Maryland, died on 6 Apr 1840 in Montgomery County, Ohio, at age 61, and was buried in Montgomery County, Ohio. Henry and Susanna have a very large number of Zumbrun descendants who largely live/lived in Ohio and Indiana. One branch of their descendants adopted the spelling Zumbrum.
      38  iv.   Mary Magdalena Zumbrun was born in 1784 in Maryland, died before 1870, and was buried in Schellsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Mary married Jacob Hiteshew. Jacob was born in 1780 in Frederick County, Maryland, died in 1840 in Napier, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, at age 60, and was buried in Schellsburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. They have a large number of living descendants.
      39  v.    George Zumbrun was born on 24 Aug 1787 in Frederick, Maryland, and died on 30 Oct 1865 in Kuhns Trotwood Cem, Madison, Ohio, United States at age 78. George married Susanna Myers, daughter of John George and Anna Maria Myers, on 6 Jun 1815. Susanna was born about 1792 in Maryland. They have at least some descendants.
      40  vi.   Elizabeth Zumbrun was born on 31 Dec 1790 in Fredrick Co, Maryland, died on 28 Sep 1868 in Clyde, Sandusky, Ohio, at age 77, and was buried in Clyde, Sandusky, Ohio. Elizabeth married Daniel William Rife on 8 May 1811 in Frederick County, Maryland. Daniel was born about 1786, died on 11 Oct 1841 in York Twp, Ohio, about age 55, and was buried in Clyde, Sandusky County, Ohio. For now, I’m not sure if they have any living descendants.
      41  vii.  David Zumbrun was born on 1 Oct 1791 in Taneytown, Frederick Co, Maryland, died on 2 Mar 1863 in York County, Pennsylvania, at age 71, and was buried in Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania. David married Elizabeth Myers, daughter of John George and Anna Maria Myers. Elizabeth was born on 19 Nov 1794 in Carroll County, died on 22 Oct 1872 in York County, at age 77, and was buried in Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania. David and Elizabeth have a very large number of descendants. Many largely lived around the area of York, Pennsylvania.
      42  viii. Jacob Zumbrun was born on 13 Jul 1793 in Taneytown, Frederick, Maryland, died on 13 Sep 1868 in Taneytown, Frederick, Maryland, at age 75, and was buried in Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland. Jacob married Margaret Cornell on 30 Oct 1815 in Frederick County, Maryland. Margaret was born on 16 May 1794 in Maryland, died on 16 Jan 1852 at age 57, and was buried on 18 Jan 1852 in Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland. Their children mostly lived in Maryland and Nebraska. They had many descendants, some of whom use the spelling Zumbrunn.
      43  ix.   Daniel Zumbrun was born on 20 Sep 1795 and died before 1800.
      44  x.    Juliana Zumbrun was born on 7 Oct 1802 in Taneytown, Frederick, Maryland, United States,(122) died on 26 Jun 1879 in Taneytown, Frederick, Maryland, at age 76, and was buried in Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland. Juliana married Gideon Hiteshew on 12 Dec 1820 in Frederick County, Maryland. Gideon was born in 1794 in Maryland, died on 9 Apr 1865 at age 71, and was buried in Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland. They had at least some descendants.
 
 
26. Anna Barbara Zumbrun (Johann Georg, Johann Peter, Johann, Founder) was born on 26 May 1760 and died on 11 Nov 1824 at age 64. Anna married Johann Friederich Munz. Johann was born on 7 Sep 1760 and died on 15 Apr 1826 at age 65. They lived in Honhard, Germany. She was the first cousin of Apollonia (#21 above) and Johann (#22). If they kept in touch with any relatives in Germany, she would have been their closest Zumbrun relative, possibly the only first cousin on the paternal side of their family.

Children from this marriage were:
      45  i.   Johann Michael Hofmann was born on 22 Jul 1787 and died on 30 Aug 1817 at age 30.
      46  ii.  Georg Friedrich Munz was born on 13 Jan 1793.
      47  iii. Katharina Barbara Münz was born on 25 Dec 1802.

Sources
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