|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1901|
Born in Wrechen, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany, my great grandfather, Johann Friederich Christian Dörnbrack, was the son of Caroline Bengelsdorf and Georg Dörnbrack. Johann married Sophia Spietz on November 4, 1870 in Lichtenberg, where she was born, the daughter of Christine Burmeister and Joachim Spietz. They produced five children. After losing the first at birth and the second dying at age 5, the Dörnbracks immigrated to the United States in late 1884 with their three remaining sons on the ship Chester out of Hamburg. Johann's occupation listed as a landmann. They then boarded the ship British Prince for the remainder of the journey from Liverpool to Philadelphia.
They settled in Orrville, Ohio and he changed his name to John Denbrock. There, according to his son's obituary, John worked as a labourer on the farm of Joel Markley, located about a mile and a half southwest of Orrville. Joel Markley owned 90 acres and nearby was another 20 acres owned by his son Josiah. By the 1900 U.S. Census, John was listed as a widower and worked as a section hand on the railroad. Orrville was a major exchange for the C. A. & C. Railroad and the Pennsylvania Lines at the end of the 19th century.
In a terrible discovery made on the morning of March 15, 1901, John's remains were found along the train tracks near the Main Street crossing. Just how he met his end and by what train he was killed is not known. John was last seen alive about 8 p.m. and it is supposed that he was on the track going toward his home when he met his demise.
Caroline Friederike Bengelsdorf Dornbrack (1814 - 1905)
August Henry Denbrock (1874 - 1947)*
William John Denbrock (1880 - 1913)*
Charles William Denbrock (1882 - 1939)*
Crown Hill Cemetery
Created by: Dabparis
Record added: Oct 31, 2011
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