The Bruns family name originated in northern Germany and Holland and the different surname spellings derived from Bruin, Bruhn and Bruns, meaning brown. In the 1840s, the Bruns families moved to Scotland, Canada and the United States, with the Seguin Bruns family arriving in 1846 to Texas. Frederick and Christian Bruns were among the first settlers to immigrate to New Braunfels in 1845 from Hanover, Germany. Christian’s name is on the original historical marker in New Braunfels. Frederick was listed in the 1850 census as a wagon maker and wagoner. (In 1889, he became the Comal County Judge.)
Frederick married Anna Maria Spelser from Wattenberg, Germany, and they had a son, Charles Bruns, who was born in March 1857. Charles married first to Bina Schneider in 1888, and they had three sons, Charles Jr., Henry and Arthur. Henry and Arthur were very close and when Harry died, Arthur said he didn’t want to live any longer and immediately died. There was a joint funeral held for them in 1942 at the Bruns home at 404 N. Camp St.