Per family history...
Some time before his death, Matthias revealed to his family that he was a member of the Royal Family of Brandenburg, Prussia (The House of Hohenzollern). He told them that he and his brothers had left a vast estate in Prussia, the reason being, "a Catholic procession was passing through the streets of the city of Berlin, this procession headed by a distinguished Loyalist who stood in high favor with the reigning Prince of Brandenburg, who was himself a Catholic. (During the reign of Frederick I (1701-1740) and his son, Frederick II The Great (1740-1763)). It was expected and commanded that every man whom this procession passed should take off his hat in token of honor to the great personage, who in glittering regalia rode at the head of the procession. Two of his brothers (one being Solomon) stood watching the procession. Even though the brothers were near relatives of the reigning Prince Catholic Elector of Brandenburg (Frederick the Great) they were Protestants and they not only refused to take off their hats to a Catholic dignitary, but they even spoke contemptuously of him. This was reported to their relatives. The King and Elector of Brandenburg (Prussia) was angered by their action and sent forth an edict confiscating their estate. This act was followed by persecution and fear of loosing their heads, and the brothers fled to Holland and then sailed to America, never regaining their possessions or estate in the Province of Brandenburg.
May have been murdered by a William Hardin.
Per Contributor: b. bradford (46797613)
B.A. Deatrick published in the Corydon Democrat on 30 January 1957 in Corydon, Indiana:
“METHIAS BRANDENBURG, a half brother of FREDERICK II (“The Great”), was born in the Brandenburg Castle near Berlin, Germany. To escape compulsory military training in Germany, and fearful of being thrown into prison on account of his ‘free speech,’ he abandoned his possessions and inheritances and came to America presumably around 1755, or at least quite some years before the American Revolutionary War. He is listed in the First United States Cnesus of 1790 as being a resident of Hampshire, Virginia, with 12 white members of his household. DEED BOOK 8, PAGE 208: Per of attorney signed by METHIAS “