William (Procunier) Bragunier 1812-1904
A Thumbnail Biography by David C. Procuniar
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William Bragunier, The son of Daniel & Barbara (Rohrer) Brockunier Sr., born February 19, 1812 Washington County, Maryland. Died on 19 Dec 1904 while living with one of his sons in Emporia, Kansas. Married 1st Caroline Grumbine 1834, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, & eight children from this marriage: Daniel J; William H.; Thomas D.; Jeremiah; Clarence M.; Axean; George W. & Charles W. Married 2nd Lucinda 1852, three children from this marriage: Isaac M.; Samuel A. & Joseph M. William Attended The First Reform Church while living in Maryland.

Right after his marriage to Caroline, William said goodbye to his family & moved to Dayton, Ohio about 1834 & joined his older brother's Samuel Prockunier & David Prockunier who had moved to Dayton just the year before.  Samuel later (1854) decided to spell his last name Procuniar which most of his descendents did also. While living in Ohio William spelled his name Procunier on one land deed and Bragunier on another land deed record.  Actually William (could not write his name) & singed his name with an "X" .  However his wife Caroline could read and write & signed her name both Procunier & Bragunier on other land deed records in Ohio. Caroline kept Williams ledgers as he worked his way across the country.  Becoming restless in Dayton or just the urge to live with other family, William took his wife & two children & relocated to Lawrence County Illinois along the Wabash River around 1839.

REF: Lawrence County Illinois Census 1840 Vol. 5, page 174. This census listed William as head of a family of seven consisting of three young boys under five years, one young girl of 10 to 15 years, & an elderly female of 50 to 60 & William & his wife. According to county records, William went security for a man in Lawrence County that resulted in William losing everything which they managed to accumulate over the years, except for a team, their horses and their bed clothing. Ten years later (1850) William & his family are recorded in the 1850 Census of Marion County, Indiana, Franklin Township, page 690, showing two boys, born in Ohio, four boys born in Illinois, & one son born in Indiana. Reported to have bought a home in Bethel on Bethel Pike, five miles from Indianapolis, Indiana. His wife Caroline died in 1851 during childbirth of Charles. 

The1860 Marion County Center Township, Indiana Vol. 21, page 66 lists William Bagonier as a farmer with $3000.00 real estate & $700.00 in personal property. Source: "The Bragonier Family" by Georgiana H. Randall 1969 (page 65) "The Bragunier Family in America" by Brittian Bragunier Robinson 1969 (Page 25).

During the Civil War William was a Pvt. in Company "B" 2nd Cavalry Reg. of Indiana            along with some of his sons. William's military records list his occupation as a carpenter.

Daniel J  Bragunier  August 13, 1835 Dayton, Ohio. Civil War Private Company K, Regiment 1st Indiana, Vol. Cavalry. 

William H Bragunier June 18, 1837 Dayton, Ohio. Killed in action Civil War 1864, at Varnell's Station GA. Served as a Pvt. in Company B, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Indiana

Thomas D  Bragunier 1839 Lawrence County, Illinois. Civil War Veteran. Married after divorce circa 1882 Jenetta Strong with 3 children. 

Jeremiah  Bragunier February 26, 1841, Lawrence County, Illinois. Civil War Veteran 2nd Cavalry Co. B Indiana.
His daughter, Nettie Maude Bragunier's son was Brittian Bragunier Robinson.

Clarence Meeria  Bragunier 1843 Lawrence County, Illinois.
Axean   Bragunier 1845 ... Near Bethel, Indiana
George W Bragunier  November 23, 1848, Bethel, Indiana.
Charles William  Bragunier February 26, 1851, Bethel, Indiana.

Children from 2nd wife Lucinda:(3)
Isaac M Bragunier 1854 Indianapolis, Indiana. 
Samuel Alexander Bragunier 1857 Indianapolis, Indiana.
        married Julian 
Joseph M Bragunier 1859 Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Other Sources
The Bragonier Family by Georgiana H. Randall 1969. 
The Bragunier Family in America by Brittian Bragunier Robinson 1969 
First Reformed Church of Hagerstown Maryland church records on LDS micro-film 
David Charles Procuniar 3598 Harry Truman Drive, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432-2272

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