Brownback Reformed Church Cemetery, Chester Co., Pennsylvania

Brownback's Reformed Church
and Cemetery

East Coventry, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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Following are photos of selected stones in Brownback's Cemetery. Bruce and I have visited Brownback's several times. As we find more information on the family, we find other relatives who are buried at Brownback's. We have not found a connection to all of the following. Some have common surnames to Bruce's ancestors.

John BROWNBACK, son of Henry and Mary Magdalin PAUL BRUMBAUGH
Margaret DeFRAIN, daughter of Peter and Eve DeFRAIN
(John & Margaret are Bruce's GGG Grandparents)

John and Margaret had the following children:
  • Elizabeth, married George CHRISTMAN
  • John, married Hannah KEELEY
  • Henry, married Catherine SHULER
  • Rebecca, married Samuel STAUFFER
  • William, married (1) Eliza WILSON,
    (2) Frances BURGOYNE/BURGOIN
  • Jesse, married Sarah KEELEY
  • Mary/Polly, married Wayne EMERY
  • Hannah, married George RALSTON
  • Sarah, married Henry EMERY
  • Catherine, married Samuel KIMES
John Brownback

In memory of
born August 8th AD 1761
and died December 16th AD 1838
aged 77 yrs 4 months 8 days

Revolutionary War Marker
Margaret Brownback

In memory of
Wife of John BROWNBACK
who was born November
26th 1763 and departed
this life March 12th 1828
Aged 64 years 3 months
and 10 days
Inscription on Margaret's stone:
Remember me as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I;
As I am now so must you be,
Prepare for death and follow me.

Henry BROWNBACK, son of John and Margaret DeFRAIN BROWNBACK
Catherine SHULER, daughter of William and Sarah CROLL SHULER
(Henry is Bruce's GG Granduncle; Catherine's sister Sophia married Jacob KEELEY. Jacob and Sophia's daughter Sarah married Henry's brother Jesse BROWNBACK.)

Henry and Catherine were the parents of the following children:
  • Lydia, married Nathan PENNYPACKER
  • Margaret, married Arnold YARNAL
  • William (22 Jul 1822-18 May 1910), married Rebecca RIDGE
  • Sophia (1824-20 Dec 1910), married David BUCKWALTER
According to the Brownback Genealogy by Gaius M. Brumbaugh, all of the children of Henry and Catherine went to Lincoln, Placer County, California.
Henry Brownback

January 21, 1791
September 6, 1827
Aged 36 years 7 months 15 days
Catherine Brownback

October 19, 1795
April 29, 1826
Aged 30 years 6 months 10 days
We found a newpaper clipping in the Chester County Historical Society Library about the children of John and Margaret BROWNBACK. The article from The Daily Local News dated March 6, 1880, mentioned "Henry Brownback died Sep. 6th, 1827; aged 36 yrs., 7 mos. and 15 days, and his remains are resting beside his father's and mother's at Brownback's church."
[Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Pennsylvania]

Jesse BROWNBACK, son of John and Margaret DeFRAIN BROWNBACK
Married 27 Feb 1840 East Coventry Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Sarah KEELEY, daughter of Jacob and Sophia SHULER KEELEY
(Jesse & Sarah are Bruce's GG Grandparents)

Jesse and Sarah were the parents of the following children:
  • Martha, married Jacob Funk SHOWALTER
    Buried Morris Cemetery, Phoenixville, PA
  • Sophia, married Daniel MARCH
  • Morris/Maris, married Clara E. BENNER
    See BENNER monument below
  • Hannah R., remained single
  • George
  • Davis, married Deborah MOYER
    Buried East Vincent Reformed Cem, Chester Co., PA
  • Clara, married Amos HIESTAND
Jesse Brownback

November 27, 1808
November 28, 1887
Sarah Brownback

November 13, 1816
June 28, 1898
Sophia Brownback March

Wife of Daniel MARCH
March 2, 1843
March 17, 1867
Hannah Brownback

January 27, 1848
February 16, 1921
Amos and Clara Hiestand

1855 - 1917
His wife
1858 - 1946

Benner monument

BENNER Monument
Clara Brownback

Clara E. Brownback
Jan. 28, 1855 - Dec. 3, 1923
Maris Brownback
Aug. 5, 1845 - Nov. 18, 1924
Maris BROWNBACK was Bruce's G Granduncle;
a brother of Martha BROWNBACK SHOWALTER
Clara and Maris' information is on one of the four faces of the BENNER Monument
Following are pictures of the other three faces on the BENNER Monument.
Daniel Benner

Died Sep. 23, 1884
Aged 73 yrs 11 mos 1 da
Sarah Benner

Wife of
Born Feb. 26, 1825
Died Nov. 24, 1878
Aged 53 yrs 8 mos 28 da

Francis A. Carmelia, M.D.
June 2, ?1889?
Dec. 15, 1947

Daniel and Sarah BENNER are Clara BROWNBACK's parents. Sarah's maiden name was ELLIS.

Bruce and I found a newspaper clipping for the marriage of Sarah E. BROWNBACK, daughter of Maris and Clara BROWNBACK. The clipping names Sarah's husband as "Dr. Charles Albion Carmelia, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carmelia." However, in Clara BENNER BROWNBACK's obituary, it lists one of the survivors as "Sarah, wife of Dr. F. A. Carmelia, of Marcus Hook...." We don't know yet if the Francis A. Carmelia, M.D. listed on this monument is the husband of Sarah BROWNBACK CARMELIA. Still trying to sort out the discrepancies.

John Benner

John E.
Son of
Daniel & Sarah BENNER
Born April 16, 1849
Died Aug. 10, 1850

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