Have been researching my Procious ancestry. Got back to Conrad Brosius b. ~1639 Germany.
His son Johann Niclaus Brosius/Brusius b. 1665 Weierback, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, worked as a blacksmith and justice, d. 3/14/1718 or a stroke. He married Maria Martha Zany b. 1662 Weierback, Rhineland-Palantine, Germany...
Her parents Maria Balluff b. 1609 or so and Hans Michael Zany b. 1610 Rhineland, Germany, m. 1642 Rhineland, Germany.
Conrad's grandson Johann/Johannes George/Georg Brosius Johann/Johannes George/Georg Brosius b. 1/31/1694 Weierback, Rhineland, Germany, 9/27/1740 to America w/ wife, 3+ children, 3 stepchildren on Ship from Rotterdam, 1742 naturalized citizen in Lancaster Co., PA, Settled Tulphocken, Berks Co, in Manor of Adulhea, d. 1752-62 Berks Co., PA. He married Anna Elizabeth/Catharine/Catharina Simon b. 9/26/1692 Unter Jeckenbach, Rhineland, Germany, m. 10/21/1724 Weierback, Rhineland, Germany, d. After 1750. Her grandparents were Maria Schon b. 1612 or so Hochstadt, Germany, m. 2/5/1656 Rhineland, Germany, and Sebastian Simon
b. 1604 or so Langweiler, Germany, d. 1661 or so.
Conrad's great grandson John Nicholas Brosius, Sr b. 1729 or soWeierback, Rhineland, Germany, 9/24/1742 boarded the ship "Robert and Alice", d. 1794 Berks Co., buried in Himmel Church cemetery, Rebuck, PA. He married Anna Barbara Schaeffer/Shaffer, b. ~ 1732 Altahala, Rehersersburg, Berks, PA, m. 4/19/1752 Reeds Zion Lutheran Tulpenhocken, Berks, PA, d. ~1810.
Conrad's great great grandson Abraham Brosius b. 1761-5 Tulphocken, Berks, PA, d. 1844 Upper Mahanoy Twp, Northumberland, PA, Will at Sunbury courthouse. He married Maria Catherine Schneider, b. 1751-1777, m. 1788 Christ Lutheran, Stouchburg, Berks Co., PA, d. 1816.
The next generation is the parents of your William Procious: Nicholas Brosius/Nicolas Procious b. 1789 Schwaben Creek, Upper Mahanoy twp, Northumberland Co., PA
Lutheran, farmer Westmoreland/Armstrong Co., d. 1835 Armstrong Co., PA. Married Barbara Paul, b. 10/3/1788 Northumberland Co., PA, m. 1807 Northumberland Co., PA, div. 1828 Northumberland Co., PA, d. 1843. Second marriage to Magdalena Paul, b. 1789-1811, Younger sister of Barbara Paul, m. 1828, 2 children, 1 or 2 out of wedlock before marriage, d. 10/27/1905 Truittsburg, Clarion Co., PA, Ringgold Cemetery, Jefferson Co., PA.
My great grandfather Henry Procious was William and May's son, b. 1850 Mahoning Twp, Armstrong, PA, 1880 RedBank, laborer, 1990 farm laborer Redbank, became sawyer and accidently cut off fingertip(s) Mahoning Twp, Armstrong PA., d. 1844-1939. I have photos of him.