Biography of Nathaniel Brant



Berrien County

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The subject of this sketch was born March 12, 1815, in Wayne Co., N. Y.; is the eighth in a family of eleven children, of whom only four are living. His father, Simeon Brant, was a native of Massachusetts, and a farmer by occupation, though sometimes working at the carpenter trade. His mother was of Dutch descent, but was born in America, her maiden name being Herrington. Nathaniel was brought up as boys were in those days to assist his father on the farm, snatching his book-knowledge from brief periods of rustic schooling, but treading more liberally the rugged path of toil. lie came to Michigan with his father when he was twentyone years of age, and helped him to make his first clearing on section 31 of Bainbridge township, which is occupied now by his grandson, Dudley Brant, son of Nathaniel Brant. At the age of twenty-two Nathaniel left the paternal roof and started in life for himself; hiring out by the month to Dr. Enos, where he remained two years, taking for his pay forty acres of land in Pipestone township; there he laid the foundation of the flue property he now enjoys. At the age of twenty-four, on the 29th day of April, 1840, he married Miss Martha, daughter of Crawford and Melinda Hazzard, in Pipestone, this being the first marriage in that town. Mrs. Brantís parents are both natives of the Green Mountain State. They were married in New York in the year 1822, and came to Michigan in 1836, settling in Bainbridge; Mrs. Brant being the second in a family of four, she being now the only one living. This union has been blessed with a family of eleven children, of whom eight only are now living. The names, ages, and deaths are as follows: Wesley C., born Aug. 10, 1841; Warren M., born March 9, 1843; Laura A., born Dec. 3, 1846, died April 23, 1870; Adaline M., born June 3, 1819, died Nov. 13, 1850; Emerett P., born May 11, 1853; Emma P., born May 11, 1853, died July 15, 1853 (twins); Jasper D., born Dee. 20, 1856; Newton E., born April 15, 1859; Oscar D., born Dee. 12, 1863; Orville L., born Sept. 7, 1865; Barney H., born Sept. 1, 1868. After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Brant commenced their pioneer life in Pipestone, where he remained three years. In the spring of 1844 he sold his farm in Pipestone, and purchased his present home, which then only consisted of eighty acres, on section 32, but has since added at different times until the homestead now contains one hundred and ninety-nine acres; bus owned at different times a considerable amount of real estate, which he has divided among his children. Mr. Bractís mother died March 10, 1854, his father making his home with him until hjs death, May 31, 1860. Mrs. Brant's father died Nov. 3, 1868, her mother living with her until her death, May 21, 1875. Their benevolence is unbounded. In politics Mr. Brant is a Democrat, and has held minor offices at different times. Both he and his wife have been members of the United Brethren since 1851. Their parents lived to see them provided with pleasant homes, and instilled principles in them which time cannot erase.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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