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The Brobst Name

By Bill Brobst

From the Spring 1998 Issue, Brobst Genealogy News

The Brobst name has been used in a wide variety of places and businesses for over two centuries.

The Brobst House, an inn, was operated in Rehrersburg, Berks Cty, PA, by Valentine Brobst and his descendants for nearly a hundred years. There was another Brobst Inn in Kutztown, Berks County.

There is a Brobst Street in Shillington, PA, a suburb of Reading. There is a Brobst Road in Rock Grove, Illinois, and a Brobst Street in both Reading, Pennsylvania, and Knoxville, Iowa. Brobst Hill Road runs between Lynnport and New Tripoli, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, paralleling Ontelaunee/Maiden Creek. In New York, near Rochester, just north of the New York Thruway, there is a Probst Road, perhaps named after Jacob Probst who came to New York with his family in the late 1700s and settled in upstate New York. And there is a Propst's Crossroads in North Carolina, just south of Hickory, and just north of the Lincoln County line.

In Schuylkill Cty, PA, there was a Brobst's Grocery Store. In Nuremburg, and in North Union Township, Henry Brobst opened a grocery store in 1914 which was still operating in 1935. David (1821) and Cicilia Brobst operated the Brobst Store in Marcy, Ohio; it was an early department store and gathering place, as well as the post office; it operated from 1850 to 1930. In 1921, there was a grocery store in Leavittsburg, Ohio, named Brobst and Strong, and a Brobst Tea Company in Hastings, Nebraska. The Brobst Violin Shop in Alexandria, Virginia, is today one of the finest in the country.

In Marcy, Madison Township, Pickaway County, Ohio, there is a Brobst Cemetery at the Old Brick Church, and there's another one just northwest of Trexler Station in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Brobst Gristmill stands today just west of Albany, PA, as a national historic site. The Brobst Company, under Johann Jacob Brobst, forged iron at the Mary Ann (his wife's name) Forge in Allegany County, Maryland.

In Dodge County, in southeastern Wisconsin, there is a Probst Farms Shop and a Probst Road. There is a Probst Home in Pandora, Ohio. The little village of Propstburg thrived for nearly two hundred years in Pendleton County, West Virginia, but now is mostly farmland. Marysville, Iowa, was so named after the five Mary Brobsts who lived there in the 1800s.

Bill Brobst (a distant cousin of the author of this report) ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1997!

And in Germany today, the Schmitt Söhne wine exporters have found a fine Mosel white wine called "Longuicher Probstberg Kabi nett"!!

We're everywhere!!

If you know of more places or businesses, past or present, tell:
Bill Brobst
6072 Currituck Rd
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
252 261-3068

[email protected]

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