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As near as I can read it, Johann Wilhelm's last name was Graun? And his father, Johann Georg Graun[?] was a "Bürger und Schwein[dnenifter?]" - citizen and something to do with pigs, and married to Christina Maria Salzmann.

Can anyone read the surname and profession?

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The last name is Braun (compare the first letter with that of Bürgers), the profession is Schmiedemeister, i.e. (master) blacksmith. The mother's name by the way is given as Christine Maria, not Christina Maria.

  • Not asked for, but the son's profession is more specific than his father's: Huf- u. Waffenschmidt, maker of animal shoes and weapons.
    – bgwiehle
    Commented Sep 25, 2021 at 12:15

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