Re: Wm Bridenstein md Frances Samuels, Va
In VA on the 1850 census there was Wm Britenstine, Christian Bridenstine, and George Bridenstine and their families.(Also various Samuels)
10 years later in 1860 census in Meredosia, Morgan County, Ill.there was a Christian Brighton (spelling?), a George Breidenstine, and a Wm Broadstein (spelling?) listed.The family info and the ages and the birth places indicate that these are the same families as in VA.The heads of the households and most of the sons and daughters were born in Germany.I do not know how these men are related.I assume that since they were in Va together and in Illinois together that they were brothers or cousins.I think I am a descendant of George Breidenstine.I think your Henrietta descended from Christian.Your James and Henrietta Samuels are listed in the 1880 census of Meredosia, Morgan County, Ill.
I would appreciate any help in researching the Breidenstines in the US or in Germany.