The 92nd annual Brandenburg family reunion was held Sept. 15 at Providence United Methodist Church in Kemptown. There were 31 in attendance.
After the blessing by Lynwood Browning, a covered dish luncheon was enjoyed by all. This was followed by a performance by the Browningsville Band, the oldest continuous playing band in Maryland, chartered in 1884. Following the band, a number of gifts were presented to those in attendance.
A memorial service was held for those who passed away during the past year: Maxwell Latimer Day, 83; Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Day, 87; Jesse L. Moxley, 92; Catherine Rhoads, 77; Leo “Mac: Brandenburg, 77; Robert P. Day, 78; Nancy Brandenburg Raines, 56; Albert F. Hadermann, 81; and Dorothy Day Beall, 89.
Fred Moxley brought a walking stick that he had obtained in Germany, where they are very popular. If people walk five miles or more with their walking sticks, they receive emblems of their villages to place on their sticks. Most of the walking sticks are full of emblems and very colorful.
Some of the Brandenburg family history was reported at the reunion. The Brandenburg Clan has good family genealogy, generation by generation, back to Solomon Brandenburg, born in Germany in 1696. A number of his sons came to America. In 1752, Mathias sailed with his brothers Wilhelm Heinrich, and probably Solomon, Jr. , aboard the vessel “Two Brothers.” Fourteen years later, in 1766, brothers Jacob and Johannas (John Martin) sailed aboard the vessel “Sally”, landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tom Fleming won the watermelon by guessing its weight to the very ounce. The reunion closed with the singing of the traditional hymn, “Blest Be the Tie that Binds,” led by Karen Watkins. The reunion is always held on the third Sunday of September at Kemptown Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia.