The Brauns family originated in western Germany's Nordrhein-Westphalen province. The family was Roman Catholic.
The family lived in the city of Norvenich, which has a present-day population of about 12,000. The administrative region (Regierungsbezirk) of Norvenich is Cologne. The sub-district (kreis) is Duren, which is in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and is surrounded by the districts Heinsberg, Neuss, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Euskirchen and Aachen. The tiny village of Hochkirchen is located directly south; Irresheim is to the south and west.
Before the Napoleonic Wars all of the area belonged to the duchy of Julich. The main river in the district is the Rur. A castle called Schloss Norvenich has been present in the outskirts of the city since around 1400.
The surname Braun was also spelled Brungs, Brauns, Braur, Braurs, Breuer, and Brauers. Braun is a nickname from German braun or "brown" referring to the color of the hair, complexion, or clothing. The surname Braurs is a variation of "Brauer", an occupational name for a brewer of beer or ale from Middle Low German bruwer or Middle High German briuwer (brewer).
Heinens is a north German or Dutch form the Germanic personal name Heinrich.
Surnames of those in my direct ancestral line appear in BOLD.
1 Alberti Brauns / Braurs b: Abt. 1700 in Norvenich d: 1772 in Norvenich, Germany
.. + Anna Heinens b: Abt. 1710 in Norvenich d: 1772 in Norvenich, Germany
........ 2 Elizabetha Braurs b: 1738 in Norvenich d: Feb. 17, 1779 in Norvenich, Germany
............+ Theis Reimer b: Abt. 1734 in Eggersheim, Germany m: Aug. 4, 1761 in Norvenich d: Oct. 2, 1792 in Eggersheim
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........ 2 Fredericus Brun b: Feb., 1733 in Norvenich, Germany d: unknown
........ 2 Anna Barbara Brun b: Jan., 1735 in Norvenich, Germany d: unknown
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