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John Christian Brining family home in Boonsboro, MD
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Original Publications - 1906

A biographical record of our Brining family as excerpted from pages 886 and 887.

History of Washington County, Maryland :
from the Earliest Settlements to the Present Time [1906]
Including a History of Hagerstown Volume I
by Thomas J. C. Williams.
Includes indexes.
"To this is added a biographical record of representative families prepared from data obtained from original sources of information."
In two volumes
Each vol. is in two parts.
Originally published: Hagerstown, 1906

JOHN C. BRINING, dealer in furniture and undertaker, Boonsboro, was born April 26, 1851, the son of John C. and Catherine (Spielman) Brining.

John C. Brining, Sr., was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, August 10, 1810, and emigrated to America in 1817, settling in Hagerstown. His parents started with him on the trip across the ocean, but the vessel was wrecked off the coast of Norway, and while there, waiting for opportunity to continue their voyage, his mother died. Two of his sisters died during the trip, and were buried at sea. His father, with the surviving members of his family, settled at Baltimore in 1818, and subsequently in Hagerstown.

On April 23, 1835, Capt. John Christian Brining was married to Catharine Spielman, and in 1837 they settled in Boonsboro where they lived until his death, September 21, 1881.

From 1851 to 1854 Captain Brining was burgess of Boonsboro; in 1861 he was elected a member of the Maryland Legislature, and was serving in that body when the Civil War broke out.

Although in sympathy with that portion of the legislature which would have taken Maryland out of the Union, had it not been for the prompt and energetic action of General Butler, yet he was not present when the members were arrested, being at home on leave of absence.

For fourteen consecutive years he served as register of voters in his district, No. 6, and served faithfully in that capacity. In this office he was succeeded by his son, Frank P. Brining.

In 1879 he became a member of the Reformed Church by confirmation, and died in full communion with the church in Boonsboro.

Captain Brining was a leading member of the Odd Fellows, having been initiated into La Grange Lodge, No. 36, at Boonsboro, January 8, 1848. He passed through all the offices filling them with honor. His funeral was attended by the lodge. He was a genial, generous, kind-hearted man and a good citizen, who was missed in the community where he had lived so long.

Catharine Spielman, who became the wife of Captain John Christian Brining, died March 30, 1899. She was the mother of fifteen children, fourteen of whom grew to maturity: 1. An infant, deceased; 2. Edward L., who died in New Orleans, was a cabinet maker; 3. Amelia G., who married George Orrick, since deceased, lives in Hagerstown; 4. Albertus, who married Miss A. Eavey, resides in Smithfield, Va., a cabinet maker; 5. Laura V., who married Moses Bomberger; 6. Ella, unmarried; 7. Clara J., who married John Murphy, since deceased, she lives in Boonsboro; 8. George W., who married Alice Irwin, since deceased, lives in West Grove, Pa., a cabinet maker; 9. Frisby, who served in the regular army in 1865; 10. John C.; 11. Frank P., who married Mary Flook, is a cabinet maker and superintendent of a coffin factory in West Grove, Pa.; 12. Emma C., who married Daniel Heisey, lives in Harrisburg; 13. Benton D., who married Abbie McKillip, is a druggist in Taneytown, Md.; 14. Kate M., who married John C. Hagan, lives in Baltimore; and Annie E., who married 0. M. Snyder, resides in Hagerstown.

The father of the foregoing children was a cabinet-maker, which trade he learned in Hagerstown; in 1837 he established a business in Boonsboro which has since been carried on by the Brining family.

John C. Brining, the son of Capt. John Christian Brining, was educated in the Boonsboro schools. In 1868 he became clerk for Moses Bornberger in a general store in Boonsboro, in which he continued for seven years, or about that length of time. In 1874 he went to Illinois, where he became a clerk in a store in Oregon, Ogle Co., for George W. Hormell. Here he remained until 1881, when he returned to his home in Boonsboro, and purchased from the estate his fatherís undertaking and furniture business in that place, which he has continued ever since. He has the only establishment of this kind in Boonsboro, and has built up a large trade. John C. Brining was married June 10, 1897, to Fanny Nyman, a native of Boonsboro, and a daughter of Robert V. and Vienna (Weekler) Nyman. Mr. Nyman was a carpenter of Hagerstown. Mr. and Mrs. Brining have one child, Mary C. Mrs. Brining is a member of the Reformed Church. Mr. Brining has been burgess of Boonsboro and a member of the borough council. He is vice president of the Boonsboro Bank, and a director of the Boonsboro Free Library. In politics he is a Democrat.

These books were republished in 2015 and are available from numerous sources.

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