Origins of the Brimberry Family in the United States

A Lifelong Work Still in Progress By Jerry Brimberry & Marion Brimberry
Updated June 30, 2007
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In the early 1960s, Jerry Brimberry traced the "origins" of the Brimberry family in the United States to the union of Matthias Branberry (sic) and Mary Anderson, who wed on March 11, 1766 in historic Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Of pure Swedish stock, Matthias and Mary had a number of sons, and from them arose the seven branches of our Brimberry family in the United States, as described in this article. Matthias' and Mary's colonial Swedish roots, however, extend further back in time to the very beginning of New Sweden, the Swedish colony established by the Swedish crown on the Delaware River in 1638. Matthias' great-great-grandparents were Måns Andersson and his first wife, Brita. Måns and Brita arrived on the Kalmar Nyckel in 1640, the ship bearing the very first permanent settlers to New Sweden. There are said to be over 250,000 descendants of Måns and Brita living today. Those descendants include, among others, George H. W. and George W. Bush, the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States.
GenealogyNew Sweden
Editors' NotesA Brief History of New Sweden
The Brimberry SurnameHoly Trinity (Old Swedes) Church
The Brimberry DNA ProjectSwedish Naming Practices
Ancestry of Mathias Brimberry17th Century Sweden
Ancestry of Mary AndersonGeography of New Sweden
Lineages of Mathias & Mary Brimberry's 7 Sons
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