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Jun 16

Tombstone Tuesday–Clarence S. Brandt

Clarence S. Brandt, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Clarence S. Brandt, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Clarence Samuel Brandt, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BRANDT
Clarence. S.
1883-1920
Text: Ps. 16.6

Clarence Samuel Brandt was born 11 Jun 1883 in Mercer County, Ohio, the son of Lewis and Margaretha (Heffner) Brandt. His father was born in Dietzhausen, Kingdom of Prussia.

Clarence was baptized 22 July 1883 at Zion Chatt, with Sixtus Samuel Wick and wife Katharina (Kugel/Gugel) as sponsors.

Clarence was confirmed 6 June 1897 at Zion Chatt, by Rev. August Affeld.

1897 Confirmation class, Zion Lutheran, Chatt. Seated: Ida Kessler, Maria Regina Miller, Katharina Strabel, Lydia Dellinger. Standing: Otto Christian Kessler, Johann Heinrich Friedrich Becher, Rev. August Affeld, Anna Maria Brandt, Clarence Samuel  Brandt.

1897 Confirmation class, Zion Lutheran, Chatt. Seated: Ida Kessler, Maria Regina Miller, Katharina Strabel, Lydia Dellinger. Standing: Otto Christian Kessler, Johann Heinrich Friedrich Becher, Rev. August Affeld, Anna Maria Brandt, Clarence Samuel Brandt.

Clarence married Lanta Virginia Wolfe on 24 March 1909, married by Zion’s Rev. George Haas. Although they obtained their marriage license in Adams County, Indiana, they were married in Chattanooga, Ohio. Clarence was from Willshire and Lanta was from Monroe Township, Adams County, Indiana. [1]

Lanta was born 28 December 1884 in Monroe Township, Adams County, the daughter of Jacob B. and Emeline (Swift/Sanft) Wolfe. [1]

They set up housekeeping in Blackcreek Township, on “Brandt Pike,” where Clarence farmed. Rudolph Kessler was employed as their farm hand in 1910. [2] I believe Brandt Pike was what is now State Route 49 south of Willshire.

Clarence and Lanta attended church at Zion Chatt and it was there, on 22 May 1910, that Lanta was baptized and confirmed on the same day.

By 1920 the Clarence and Lanta had three children, Paul, 8; Irene, 6; and Waldo, 4. They still lived in Blackcreek Township, probably in the same house south of Willshire, where Clarence still farmed. [3] Their children were all baptized at Zion Chatt.

Clarence died of tuberculosis at their home in Blackcreek Township on 28 July 1920, at the age of 37 years, 1 month, and 17 days. He was buried on 1 August. [4] Zion’s records indicate he was survived by his widow and three children.

His widow Lanta (Wolfe) Brandt married Elmer Davison 22 July 1922 in Mercer County. Elmer was a 40 year-old widower and farmer from Bluffton, Indiana, [5] who was raising two sons from his first marriage.

Elmer was the son of Milferd and Mary Love (Gibson) Davison and had married Maud May Johnson on 16 June 1906 in Wells County, Indiana. Maud was from Mercer County, near Willshire, the daughter of Elihu and Rachel (Allspaugh) Johnson. [6] Her grandfather was Rev. L.T. Johnson, a UB minister who at one time lived in the Hopewell Township area.

Elmer and Maud had sons Lewis Gale and Elihu Malvern, and a third who died at birth. Maud died on 3 December 1918 in Wells County, a few days after the birth of their third son. [7]

After Elmer and Lanta were married they resided in Lanta’s home south of Willshire, very near the home of Otto Brandt. [8] They attended Zion Chatt before moving to Denver, Miami County, Indiana, in 1933.

Elmer and his son Lewis Gale were baptized and confirmed at Zion Chatt on 10 April 1927, both baptized as adults.

Adults confirmed at Zion Chatt on 10 April 1927. Seated: Chloe (Douglas) Bollenbacher, Mrs. Bader, Rev. Albrecht, Margarette May (Lehman) Bender, Edna (Daily) Schaadt. Standing: Elmer Davison, Wavel Jennings Reef, Mary Rebecca (Mariner) Becher, John Eugene Reichard, Lewis Gale Davison.

Adults confirmed at Zion Chatt on 10 April 1927. Seated: Chloe (Douglas) Bollenbacher, Mrs. Bader, Rev. Albrecht, Margarette May (Lehman) Bender, Edna (Daily) Schaadt. Standing: Elmer Davison, Wavel Jennings Reef, Mary Rebecca (Mariner) Becher, John Eugene Reichard, Lewis Gale Davison.

Elihu Davison was also baptized that same day in 1927 and was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 24 March 1929. Elihu was confirmed with many church members that I remember quite well. I have looked at these two confirmation photos many times and have wondered who the Davisons were. Now I know.

1929 Confirmation class at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga. Seated: Morris Huffman, Bernice Becher, Rev. Albrecht, Pauline McGough, Waldo Brandt. Row 2: John Albrecht, Herb Brandt, Vernon Caffee, Elihu Davison, Werner Becher. Row 3: Reginald Fisher, Paul McGough, Charles Strabel, Luther Bollenbacher.

1929 Confirmation class at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga. Seated: Morris Huffman, Bernice Becher, Rev. Albrecht, Pauline McGough, Waldo Brandt. Row 2: John Albrecht, Herb Brandt, Vernon Caffee, Elihu Davison, Werner Becher. Row 3: Reginald Fisher, Paul McGough, Charles Strabel, Luther Bollenbacher.

Lanta Davison died in Miami County on 22 March 1979. She is buried in Westlawn Cemetery in that county. [9] Her second husband Elmer Davison died in 1954. [10]

Clarence and Lanta Brandt had the following children:
Paul Eugene (1911-1982), married Pauline McHenry
Irene Evelyn (1913-1999), married William A. Benedict
Waldo Bernard (1915-1988), married Dorothy Jean Creps

 

[1] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 June 2015), Clarence Brandt and Lanta V. Wolfe, 24 Mar 1909; citing Adams, Indiana, marriages, Vol. 1, p.402, from FHL microfilm.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.8B, dwelling 167, family 168, Clarence S. Brandt; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 June 2015); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 124, p.9A, dwelling 178, family 178, Clarence Brant; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 June 2015); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[4] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 June 2015), Clarence Samuel Brandt, 28 July 1920; citing Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, death certificate, from FHL microfilm 1991439.

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 June 2015), Elmer Davison and Lanta V. Brandt, 22 July 1922; citing Mercer, Ohio, Marriages, Vol. 12, p.146; from FHL microfilm 2366955.

[6] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” index and images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 13 June 2015), Elmer Davison and Maud May Johnson, 16 Jun 1906; citing Wells, Indiana Marriage Registrations, Vol. 10, p.556; from FHL microfilm 2318464; also citing Wells, Indiana Marriage Registrations, Vol. 2, p.119; from FHL microfilm 2318673.

[7] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 June 2015), Maud May Johnson Davison #18510039

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Blackcreek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.5A, dwelling 106, family 106, Elmer Davison; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 June 2015); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[9] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 June 2015), Lanta Virginia Wolfe Davison memorial #95435676.

[10] Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 June 2015), Elmer Davison memorial #18509994.

 

 

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  1. Deb Reichard

    Thanks Karen, funny how an unrelated story can give you another link to your own family. April 10, 1927 Confirmation picture with John Eugene Reichard in it. Added it to the Reichard pictures.

    Deb

    1. Karen

      I noticed that, too! I love seeing how so many people and families overlap in our small community.

  2. Cherie Krause

    I am one of the granddaughters of Clarence Brandt! Thank you for this information; some I knew and some I didn’t! I had never seen the photos, and found those very interesting! My mother was Irene Brandt! Thanks again!

    1. Karen

      You are welcome! It is nice to hear from descendants and to know that I provided some family information. Thanks for writing!

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