Johannes {John} Brenner

Born:Nov 10 1808 In:  Alsace-Lorraine, France
Died:Aug 12 1895 (at age 86)In:  St. Clements, Ontario
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Magdalena Veronica Brenner (born Meyer)
His wife
Jacob ( James ) Brenner
His son
Henry Brenner
His son
George M. Brenner
His son
Magdalena Affholder (born Brenner)
His daughter
Peter Brenner
His son
Peter (2) Brenner
His son
Margaretha Brenner
His daughter
Joseph Christianus Brenner
His son
Mary Louise ( Lou ) Weber (born Brenner)
His daughter
Clemens Brenner
His son
Samuel Brenner
His son
John Brenner
His son
Jacques Brenner
His father
Marie Anne Brenner (born Mader)
His mother
Marie Anne Brenner
His sister
Ignace Brenner
His brother
Marie Anne Brenner
His sister
Fabian Brenner
His brother
Jacob Brenner
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Retired Farmer

Biography

Johannes Brenner so desperately wanted to escape from Alsace-Lorraine, that he stowed away on a sailing ship out of Germany, in late 1830's, to emigrate tothe New World. His father had gambled away all the family's money and the situation at home was unbearable. When he arrived in New York, he kissed the ground and said,"Now I have an English God".

Johannes trudged stoically to Buffalo which he called 'Piffalo'. There, he was fortunate enough to meet a friend from home, and stayed for awhile. But hearing of the free land waiting for settlers in the Queen's Bush, he walked all the way to Sandhill --Kitchener's first settlement and finally found his way to St. Clements.

Tired , cold and lonely, without money, Johannes vowed that,as long as he lived, he would never refuse a night's lodging to anyone who asked for it. This promise he kept. He always had an extra straw mattress available for any tramp or itinerant who came to his door, needing help. His family said that travellers always seemed to know where to stop, and many a time, they called upon to offer a place.

Johannes was a most devout Catholic. He donated the little bell placed in the village's first church tower and, in honor, was named 'Godfather' of the bell. In his later years, the family would say, There goes ' Grandvati ', knowing him by the sound of his voice, reciting the rosary, in Germany, as he passed on his way to early morning mass. {Notes from " The Maple Leaf Journal "}

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