Wayne County Family Biographies

Biography of Simeon Brant

Contributed by William Brackett

Simeon Brant of Berrien County, Michigan, was reportedly born "near Rhode Island" or possibly Massachusetts, about 1776. His mother's name was Phoebe Loetz who was a native of England. Her name may also have been Litz or Lutz? His father's name has yet to be determined. I have seen his father's name printed as Phineas Brant.

Simeon Brant married Sarah Herrington in Genesee County, New York. I have seen this same name as Sarah Herndon also. This could be a matter of semantics. There were reportedly eleven children. Simeon Brant served a year in the military during the War of 1812. In 1836 this Brant family came to Michigan. Simeon was accompanied to Berrien County, Michigan by three sons and a daughter: Nathaniel Brant, John Daniel Brant, Augustus Brant and Malvina Brant. Three other sons, Artaxerxes Brant and Van Rensselaer Brant and Lacey Brant came later.

      Simeon and Sarah (Herrington/Herndon) Brant had children:

                  Artaxerxes Brant b. 1801

                  Van Rensselaer Brant

                  Porter Brant b. 1804

                  Bert Brant

                  Lacey Brant born 1810 in what became Wayne County, New York

                  Malvina Brant

                  Nathaniel Brant b. 1815 Macedon, New York

                  John Brant b. 1817

                  Daniel Brant b. 1820

      Augustus Brant b. 1827

The 1810 census of New York does include Simeon Brant in Ontario County in Canandaigua and also Elias Brant in this same location. In this census Simeon Brant was between 26-44 years. In his household were two other males, one who was less than 10 years of age and one who was 10-15 years of age, one female 26-45 years of age and one female less than 10 years of age. Elias Brant also living in Canandaigua may have been Simeon's younger brother. Elias was 16-25 years of age and in his household was another male under 10 years of age and one female 26-44 years of age.

The 1820 census contains a Simeon Brant in Ontario County living in Palmyra. Palmyra is the name of a township and town in present day Wayne County. Nathaniel Brant said he was born in Macedon, New York. Macedon Township was included in Palmyra until it separated off on its own.

The History of Wayne County New York, by W.H. McIntosh, published in 1877 contains one reference to Simeon Brant. On page 95 under the section about Arcadia you can read" "beginning with this tract, he secured the team of Foster with Simon Brant on one day, and Soverhill and Team with Culver on another, and in two days they had rolled the logs off three acres, and had piled thirty log heaps, numbering ten to fifteen logs in a pile." This entry was in reference to one John Welcher clearing of his farm. It is interesting in reading this history and especially that of Macedon how many references were made to families who "removed to Michigan". This entry is not dated but was after 1798 and probably before 1820.

Ontario County New York land records contains the following Brant records. These records were compiled by Dr. Hans-J. Finke and are posted on his website at the Ontario County Records and Archives Center at http://raims.com/deedmenu.html

Grantee Deed Index for Ontario County, NY, 1789-1845

1810 Brandt Elias Gorham Nathaniel 14 656
1810 Brandt Mason Gorham Nathaniel 15 1
1814 Brandt Mason Phelps Joseph 22 139
1823 Brandt Mason Shuler John Jr 40 437
1836 Brandt Mason Cassort David 59 376
1822 Brant Elias McComber Caleb 40 366
1807 Brant Mason Flemmen Thomas 11 569
1809 Brant Mason Wells Peter 13 630
1815 Brant Mason Gorham Nathaniel 23 243
1841 Brant Mason Herrendeen Lyman 71 148
1813 Brant Simeon Nichols Adam 19 83
1815 Brant Simeon Nichols Adam 22 247

The History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan was published in 1880 in Philadelphia by D. W. Ensign & Co. Under the section for Bainbridge Township of Berrien County you can read on page 217:

"The Penn Yan Settlement. The southwestern portion of Bainbridge is popularly known as Penn Yan, a name given to it by Isaac Youngs after the Brants located there. The first settlement in this part was made by the Brant family, of Wayne Co., N.Y. Simeon Brant with his wife and four children-Nathaniel, John, Daniel, and Augustus-came to Michigan in 1836, and made settlement upon section 31 in Bainbridge township, where the elder Brant had, previous to his coming hither, bought 80 acres of land of Darius Clark. At this time the southern tier of sections in Bainbridge was an unbroken wilderness, into which Brant was the first to venture as a settler. With the aid of his boys, he chopped out a road to his place, put up a cabin, and made a clearing."

On page 224 there is a biographical sketch of Nathaniel Brant. There you can read:

"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 now 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." And also "He came to Michigan with his father when he was twenty-one years of age, and helped to make the first clearing on section 31 of Bainbridge township,".

UPDATED 9/19/09 - Three New Biographical Sketches:

Landmarks of Wayne County was authored by Cowles and was published in 1894. On page 33-34 of the Biographical sketches you can find: "Hamilton Brant, the third of seven children of Joshua and Susannah Brant, was born in Schoharie County, august 3, 1809. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He taught school and took great interest in public questions, and was a good debater. He came to Wayne County about 1840 and bought the farm now owned by the family, where he died in 1868. Formerly a democrat he became a Republican about 1856. He married in 1844 Frances B. White, a native of Saratoga County, who was born March 24, 1824, and daughter of Stephen and Sarah White, and they had ten children. Mr. White and wife came to Penfield, Monroe County, in 1831, and emigrated to Michigan where he died in 1872, and his wife in 1869. Mr. Brant and wife have had four children: Mason, Amasa, Jennie and William. Mason married Jane Church of Ontario by whom he had seven children: Sarah J., Hattie R., Amasa, Amelia J., George, William H., and Edith. Amasa married Florence Sweed of Penfield and has two children: J. Hamilton and Leon. William married Carrie Ott, of Walworth and has one child, Homer Hamilton. Jennie, William and their mother reside on the homestead of 108 acres, and follow general farming, and are members of Ontario Center Grange 122."

[Hamilton Brant's father, Joshua, is believed to be, a brother of my ggg-grandfather Simeon Brant. I would be happy to share my information with others.]

The book, Landmarks of Wayne County, authored by Cowles in 1894 was published in Syracuse NY by D. Mason & Co. and it contains a biographical sketch of George Brandt on page 130 and this sketch reads: "Brandt, George, a native of Walworth, born January 27, 1832, is a son of Joshua and Susan Brandt. He was reared on a farm, educated in the common schools, and has always followed farming. He now owns two farms consisting of 140 acres. Mr. Brandt married in 1855 Louisa L. Aldrich, a native of Henrietta, N.Y., born July 7, 1836, a daughter of Nathan and Oliva (Perry) Aldrich, who spent most of their life in Wayne county. The father of Nathan Aldrich was Brice, a native of Massachusetts and one of the early settlers of Farmington, Ontario county. The father of Oliva was Elnathan Perry, a native of Massachusetts, who was seven years in the Revolutionary war, being captain part of the time. He fought at Bennington, Saratoga, Monmouth, Ontario and was present at the surrender of Cornwallus. He served three years under Lafayette, came to Rush, Monroe county in 1806, and was one of the first to enlist in the war of 1812. He died July 5, 1849, aged ninety-one years. Mr. Brandt and wife have two children, Emma J., wife of Gardner L. Tiffany of Walworth, and they have two children Fred E. and Hattie L.; Nathan G., who married M. Albertie, Allen, of Penfield, and who has two children George A. and Calla B. He is postmaster at Lincola; and Hattie, who died aged twelve. Our subject represented Lyon & Fisk, nurserymen in Rochester, and also traveled in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Michigan."

The book, Landmarks of Wayne County, authored by Cowles in 1894 was published in Syracuse NY by D. Mason & Co. and it contains a biographical sketch on page 29 for J. S. Brandt, M.D. and it reads: "Brandt, J.S., M.D., was born in Ontario, February 15, 1856. He is the youngest child born to J. W. and Sarah J. (Eddy) Brandt, he a native of Schoharie county, born in 1823, and she a native of Williamson, born in 1818. The grandfather of J. S. Brandt was Joshua Brandt, a native of Maine, and among the early settlers of Ontario, where he lived and died. The maternal grandfather was Joseph Eddy, a settler of Williamson, and justice of peace for many years. He died at the age of forty-six. The father of J. S. Brandt was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools; was graduated from the Buffalo Medical College, and practiced four years in Michigan. He afterward came to Ontario, and practiced his profession until he retired, about four years ago. Mrs. Brandt died in 1889. Dr. Brandt is a Democrat in politics, and was a surgeon in the war of the Rebellion. J. S. Brandt was reared on a farm, and received his early education in the common school. In 1873 he was graduated from Rochester Collegiate Institute, and from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York in 1878. Since that he has successfully practiced his profession in his native town, and is a member of the western division of the New York State Medical Society. Dr. Brandt is a Democrat. He is a member of the Walworth Lodge, No. 154, F. & A. M., and Palmyra Eagle Chapter, No. 79, R. A. M. Dr. Brandt was married in 1883 to Kittie G. Maher, a native of Macedon, and daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Maher, both natives of Canada. Four children were born to Dr. Brandt and wife: Eldred S., Arthur W., Willard J., and Harold L. Dr. Brandt is one of the pension examining surgeons of Wayne county, appointed in 1893."

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