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BRINSER, REV. S. H., Middletown, Pa., was born at his present home, February 3, 1846. The first of the Brinser family to settle in Pennsylvania was Christian Brinser, a native of Germany, He came to America and resided in what was then Lancaster county. April 10, 1761, he took out naturalization papers; he was one of the pioneers of that county, where he lived until his death. His son, John Brinser, was born in Lancaster county in 1750, and in 1809 became the owner of the farm now occupied by Rev. S. H. Brinser, in Londonderry, townthen Derry township. He built the first house and improved the farm. He married Miss Anna Mary Gish. They belonged to the River Brethren. He died in 1820, aged seventy years; his wife in May, 1846, aged eighty-eight years. His family consisted of Mathias; John, died at the age of ninetyfour; Jacob, died at the age of sixty-two ; Abraham, died at the age of seventy-five, and two daughters, Annie, who married Johannes Wilhelm Berg, and Catherine, all of whom are deceased. Jacob was for many years a brick maker; John manufactured grain cradles, and was well known; Abraham was a farmer. Rev. Mathias Brinser was born May 10, 1795, on the present homestead of Rev. Solomon H. Brinser, and died in 1889. He had the ordinary education, and taught some of the early schools. He was a self made man. He succeeded to his father's homestead, where he resided until his death. He was an active member of the River Brethren; but in 1854 or 1855, he and his followers formed the United Zion's Children's church, which now numbers many adherents in Dauphin, Lancaster and Franklin counties. He was a minister in that church, and in politics a Republican. He was married, in 1821, to Miss Catherine Heisey, daughter of Peter Heisey, of Londonderry township. She survives her husband and resided with Rev. Solomon Brinser, and is now with Rev. Samuel Kieffer. They reared nine children: Susan, wife of Joseph Martin, of Londonderry township ; Elizabeth, deceased, married Adam Metzger; Catherine, wife of Rev. Samuel Kieffer, of Elizabethtown; Fannie, wife of Isaac Brinser; Lydia, wife of Henry B. Kieffer, of Middletown; Rev. Solomon H.; Mary, deceased, married Christian Wohlgemuth; Nancymarried Samuel Groff; Daniel, who was a school teacher, died at the age twenty-one.

Rev. Solomon H. Brinser received the ordinary education in the schools and at home, and taught school in Lancaster and Dauphin counties. He was married, September 12, 1867, to Elizabeth, daughter of John B. and Catherine (Horst) Shearer. In 1868 he bought the farm where he has since resided. In 1892 the Pennsylvania railroad abandoned the track through his farm. In 1869 he became identified with the United Zion's Children's church, and in 1879 he was ordained to the ministry, and has since been active in church work. He is Republican in politics, and has served in township affairs. He is a stockholder in the Farmers' Bank of Middletown. He has nine children living: Harry, graduate of the Kutztown Normal School, teaching in Lancaster county, Pa.; John, Mathias, Katie, Annie, Martin, Amos, Ira, and Edna Elizabeth, all at home; and two dead, Daniel and Ezra.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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