Re: Where did the Bernritter family come from?
I have an ancestor named Henry Bernreuter, whose family (Prof. Herman and Wilhelmina von Bernreuter) came to the USA from Germany in the mid-1800s.Ours are the "Florida" Bernreuters.
I also have been given a copy of a family history of an apparently un-related Bernreuter family (Jacob and Elizabeth) who immigrated from Mistelagau, Bavaria, in 1841.Their children were Georg Paulus, Magdalena, and Conrad.Their decendants are the "Illinois" Bernreuters.
There is also a mention in the book of "Michigan" Bernreuters, decended from John George Bernreuter.
Hope this helps.