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Extracts From Books I and II, Susquehanna Deaths, Susquehanna County Courthouse, Montrose, PA (Brandt Burials – Unmarked Graves)

Harmony Deaths 1893-1905

The entries below, abstracted from Books I & II, Susquehanna Deaths, Recorder’s Office, Susquehanna Co. Court House, Montrose, PA, are either deaths that occurred in Harmony Twp. or deaths that occurred elsewhere with burial in the Brandt Cemetery.

Charles Alexander, married, b Jackson, Farmer, d Brandt 6 Dec 1893, Brights Disease (Kidney failure), 7 wks, Burial: Brandt, age 38 **Has a stone**

Daniel C. Myrick, married, b Mt. Upton, NY, Farmer, d 5 Mar 1893, Old Age, 4 days,

Burial: Brandt, age 77 ** Has a stone **

Mary Lake, single, b Stevens Point, d Stevens Point 18 July 1894, Cholera Infantum, 2 wks, Burial: Brandt, d/o P.K. & Mary Lake, age 1 *No stone*

Percival Lake, b Stevens Point, d Stevens Point 18 Feb 1895, Breach, 2 days, Burial: Brandt, s/o P.K. & Mary Lake, age 5wks *No stone*

Carlton Watkins, b Brandt, d Brandt 1 July 1895, Spasms, 2 days, Burial: Brandt, s/o Wm. & Hattie Watkins, age 3 days *No stone*

Horace E. Ramey, single, b Brandt, d Brandt 24 Feb 1895, Rheumatism of the Heart, Burial: Brandt, s/o Wm & Mary Ramey, age 21 **Has a stone**

Marguerite Clearwater, single, b Brandt, d Brandt ( ) June 1895, Weakness, Burial: Brandt, d/o Wm & Lena Clearwater, age 2 mos *No stone*

Dorcas E. Spears, b Broome Co., NY, d (Place not given ) 30 Nov 1895, Tumor, 2y, Burial: Brandt, age 45 y **Has a stone**

Irene Benedict, single, b Delhi, NY, d Jackson 5 Sept 1895, Burial: Brandt, age 79

Moses Storer, married, b (        ), d Harmony 18 April 1900, Hernia, 1 wk, Burial: Brandt, age 87

**Has a stone**

John Mead, married, b. (   ), Farmer, d. Harmony 12 Nov. 1901, Heart Failure, 7 d. , Burial: Stevens Point, age 73

John Mead, married, b NJ, d Harmony 10 Nov 1900, Heart Failure, Burial: Brandt, age 73

(This John Mead appears to be the same as listed above but with different info? There is no existing gravestone for John Mead in the Stevens Point Cemetery. There are Mead‘s in the Brandt Cemetery but no John .There is no doubt that the John Mead listed here is the one enumerated in Harmony in 1900: John Mead, Farmer, b NJ, Apr 1829, age 72.

Whether he died in 1900 or 1901 and where buried is the question. No stone in Brandt or Stevens Point Cemeteries)

Maria Lange, married, b Germany, d Brandts 11 Nov 1900, Heart Failure, 1 wk, Burial: Brandts, age 63 (See below) **Has a stone**

Hattie Watkins, married, b New Milford, d Brandt 17 April 1900, Bright’s Disease, 4 mos, Burial: Brandt, age 28 **Has a stone**

Mary Lang, married, b (         ), d Harmony 11 Nov 1901, Heart Failure, Burial: Brandt, age (        )  (This is the same person as Maria Lange listed just above but with death date of 1901 instead of 1900. Gravestone says “Mrs. Henry Lange (Mary, d Nov 11, 1900.) **See above, stone says Mary Lange with death Nov. 11, 1900**

Earl French, b Harmony, d Harmony 25 Jan 1901, Congestion, 3 wks, Burial: Brandt, s/o Arthur & Ida French, age 4 mos. *No stone*

Wm. Roe, married, b (    ), Stone Mason, d Harmony 26 Jan 1901, Apoplexy, Burial: Brandt, 28 Jan 1901, age 62 **Has a stone**

Warren Tompkins, married, b Greene Co, NY, Farmer, d Harmony 19 July 1902, Pneumonia, 1 wk, Burial: Brandt, 21 July 1902, age 56 **Has a stone**

Sarah Bailey, married, b. Harmony, House Keeper,  d. Susquehanna, 17 Aug. 1904, Meningitis, 2 mos., age 57, Burial: Brandt

Mrs. E. T. Bailey, married, b England, d Susquehanna 16 Aug 1904, Operation, 4 mos, Burial: Brandt, age 47 **Sarah Bailey and Mrs. E. T. Bailey appear to be the same person *Has a stone**

H. O. Peck, married b Jewett, NY, Merchant, d Brandt 16 Aug 1904, Bright’s  Disease,

1 y, Burial: Brandt, age 52 **Has a stone**

Frank L. Keating, single, b Susquehanna, d E. Main St. (Susquehanna) 2 Sept 1904, Cerebral Meningitis, 1 wk, Burial: Brandt, s/o Fred & Agnes Keating, age 8 mos

*No stone*

Mary E. Raverey, married, b Sherman, (Wayne Co., ), PA, House Keeper, d Brandt 1 Jan 1905, Cancer, 2y, Burial: Brandt, age 68 *No stone*

Extracts From Old Records (Mumford Funeral Home, Starrucca, PA) Susquehanna County Historical Society, Montrose, PA (Unmarked Graves at Brandt)

Bowdish, Miles – Died July 22, 1917, Aged 79
Brooker, Dewitt C. – Died Apr. 21, 1913, Aged 71
Butts, Geraldine – Died Sept. 2, 1930
Butts, Nathan Jr. – Died Aug. 2, 1923 Aged 25
Butts, Nathan – Died July 27, 1947, Aged 54 yrs.
Butts, Rachel – Died Jan. 7, 1923, Aged 100 yrs.
Crissel, Libbie – Died May 23, 1961, Aged 81 yrs. (Wife of George Crissel)
Denny, Elvira – Died Mar. 13, 1913, Aged 67 yrs.
Effner, Frank – Died Mar. 13, 1913, Aged 68 yrs.
Effner, Julia – Died July 13, 1938 (Wife of Frank Effner)
Gilbert, Etta – Died July 14, 1942, Aged 80 yrs. (Wife of Eugene Gilbert)
Lindsley, Lucy – Died June 27, 1965, Aged 84 yrs. (Wife of Andrew Lindsley)
Myrick, Ann – Died Jan. 1, 1917, Aged 89 yrs. (Father:Thomas Scott-England)
Natzle, Wilbur – Died Jan. 21, 1920, Aged 3 yrs. (Son of Jake and Naoma (Morris) Natzle
Natzle, Grace – Died Dec. 15, 1918, Aged 2 yrs. (Dau. of Jake and Naoma (Morris) Natzle
Odell, Ernest – Died Mar. 25, 1925, Aged2 yrs. (Son of Benjamin and Nellie(Sutton)Odell
Ramey, Francis – Died Apr. 6, 1915 (Son of Charles and Nellie (Gluch) Ramey
Smith, Agnes – Died Feb. 10, 1915 (Dau. Of Archibald and Sarah (McCongant) Smith
Smith, Belle – Died Apr. 17, 1941, Aged 76 (Father-Angus Smith, Mother-Margaret McAlpine)
Wayman, Selina – Died Jan. 22, 1941, Aged 67 yrs. (Father-Addison Wheeler, Mother – Hannah Terrell)

Illegible Stones Still Standing at Brandt Cemetery

Bergmuller, William – Died May 2, 1880
Beutelspacher, Elizabeth – Mar. 9, 1878, Aged 13 yrs. (Dau. of Charles and Emma Beutelspacher)
Beutelspacher, William H. – May 5, 1886 Aged 19 yrs. (Son of of Charles and Emma Beutelspacher)
Buckley, Villette I. – 1881-1882
Butts, Norman D., Sr.- 1920-1983
Capp, John – June 20, 1872 Aged 11 yrs. and 5 mos.
Denny, Edson Delos – May 28, 1902-Oct. 5, 1902
Edwards, Lionnie G. – (Wife of E. W. Edwards), Died Aug. 1885
Griswold, Maxine Joyce – 1931-1932 (Dau. Of Edward Griswold and Ruth (Turrell) Griswold
Lake, Arthur – July 30, 1882, Aged 3 mos. (Adopted son of William and Mary Turner)
Lee, Willie G. – Dec. 28, 1884, Aged 6 yrs.
Martin, Earl – May 14, 1886, (Son of J.P. and S. C. Martin)
Mayo, Willis
Simmons, Charles – (Son of William and Caroline E. Simmons), Died Apr. 24, 1866 Aged 1 yr.
Simmons, Harriet – (Dau. of Wm. and Angeline Simmons)
Simmons, William – Died 18– Aged 16 mos.
Spoor, Flora L. – (Dau. Of E. R. and M. J. Spoor)
Stone, Charley
Stone, Harriet M. – (Wife of William Stone), Died Dec. 29, 1870 Aged 27 yrs.
Stone, Joel – Aug. 2, 1850
Terrell, Calvin – 1824-1895
Turner, Infant Child of William and Mary Turner
Turrell, Phobe – 1883 – 1925
Watkins, Albert O. – Sept. 1885
Watkins, Mary – (Wife of R. L. Watkins), Mar. 1, 1891 Aged 54 yrs.
Webb, Florence – 1847-1890
Webb, Susan A. 1843-1928
Woodward, Susan W. – 1854-1882

The Veterans Buried at Brandt Cemetery

The Veterans Buried at Brandt Cemetery

The Veterans Buried at Brandt Cemetery

The Brandt Cemetery

It is a warm summer morning in Brandt and a high-stepping horse draws a battered two wheeled cart up through the dewy grasses to a low meadow. Black plumes bounce with his every step, black garlands drape a wooden casket. The horse tramps nervously, flicking his ears back and forth as if he knows the truth behind the rumors that several large rattlers had been seen lying out just east of the clay banks. A somber group of mourners tread dolefully behind…At the top of the footpath, they approach an overgrown field. Purple loosestrife and columbine can be seen in the distance, bobbing their heads above the timothy and wild oat. Mountain laurels, long past their bloom, dot the borders, keeping the wood at bay. The year is 1861 and it is a first committal to the new burying ground in Brandt….

This could have been the scenario played out with that first burial in the Brandt Cemetery, we will never know exactly who or when this happened because the original records were lost when an acid factory’s explosion in 1908 razed so much of the villages’ industries and businesses. The records – kept in a back portion of the nearby Presbyterian Church were lost while the church was saved. It wasn’t until the early 1960’s that a cemetery association was formed and an attempt was made to reproduce new records. The diligence of this organization and their various correspondences with the family/families of the departed gives us a more accurate account of the stones and the burials – but not all markers can be identified as some bear just a few words or initials. Several letters went unanswered, a number of relatives were never found.

Various stones rest at Brandt with inscriptions intact and legible- just as strong and crisp as the day they were inscribed. Others remain with some of carvings lost to time and weather – others are blank quarry stones that have been tipped with the weights of winters past. Several graves are there without an acknowledgement of any kind. It is the stones that are still legible that I have posted in my gallery, over 250 markers that are still decipherable. While a number of them may be missing parts of a name or a date, my sister, our New York cousin and I, were able to positively identify and map correctly all that I have posted. Using the secretary’s notes of the 1960’s and doing some rubbings, we were able to resurrect a good portion of these stones.

Perhaps one of your relatives lived in this modest little village or once worked at a Brandt factory, they may have been members of one of its churches. Perhaps you will find their stone still resting in this quaint old cemetery.

The Brandt Cemetery - April 2009

The Brandt Cemetery - April 2009

The Brandt Burial Lot

The Brandt Burial Lot

Brandt Cemetery Tombstones
Adare, Edward 1835-1910
Adare, Emma (Myrick) 1855- no dates
Aldrich, P. A. (Phylotos) 1852-1928
Aldrich, Rosa Myrtle Mar. 27, 1876-Aug. 3, 1888 (Dau. Of P. A. Aldrich)
Alexander, Charles A. Died Dec. 6, 1891 Aged 38 yrs. (Son of E. and C. Alexander)
Arneke, Doris 1827-1914
Arneke, Lewis Died Aug. 28, 1878 Aged 53 yrs.
Bailey, Clarence T. 1879-1961
Bailey, E. T. 1845-1918
Bailey, Emma M. 1911-1970
Bailey, Ethel (Monson) 1883-1954 (Wife of Clarence T. Bailey)
Bailey, Gilbert M. Oct. 30, 1875-Oct. 24, 1942
Bailey, Maurice D. 1905-1973
Bailey, Richard P. 1886-1923
Bailey, Robert W. 1880-1971
Bailey, Sarah 1848-1904 (Wife of E. T. Bailey)
Bailey, Warren S. 1886-1923
Benedict, Anise Died Dec. 21, 1876 Aged 86 yrs.
Benedict, Josiah Dec. 30, 1861 Aged 77 yrs. 22 mos.
Bergmuller, Dorothea (Weffering) Aug. 8, 1880 Aged 68 yrs. (Wife to William Bergmuller)
Beutelspacher, Charles W. Apr. 27, 1900 Aged 64 yrs.
Beutelspacher, Charles W. Died Apr. 19, 1863 Aged 4 mos. (Stone lies next to Charles and Emma)
Beutelspacher, Emma (No dates)
Blank Lot
Blank, A. Dorothea 1842-1909
Blank, Alice Cary (Moon) 1872-1942
Blank, Andrew 1833-1920
Blank, Anna C. 1864-1931
Blank, Lena M. 1866-1934
Blank, William Henry 1874-1954
Bleck, Adolf 1844-1896
Brandt Lot
Brandt, Flossie ( Florence Margaret) Dau. of W. S. and Harriet Brandt Died Mar. 12, 1885 Aged 2 yrs.
Brandt, Henry Died May 14, 1862 Aged 18 yrs. (Son of Henry and Ruth C. Brandt)
Brandt, Henry July 8, 1886 Aged 78 yrs.
Brandt, Mary (Dau. Of W. S. and Harriet Brandt) Died Dec. 16, 1879 Aged 8 mos.
Brandt, Putnam P. Died Apr. 3, 1852 Aged 1 yrs. (Son of Henry and Ruth C. Brandt)
Brandt, Ruth (Coe) Sept. 28, 1887 Aged 66 yrs.
Brandt, Winfield Scott (Son of W. S. and H. A. Brandt) Died Mar. 12, 1885 Aged 1 yr. 6 mos.
Brandt, Winfield Scott 1848-1917
Brown, Susan (Mead) July 26, 1891 Aged 18 yrs. “At the home in Stevens Point”
Buckley, Alice A. (Webb) 1845-1883
Buckley, F. Arthur 1866-1950
Buckley, Gertrude E. 1875-1959
Buckley, James 1838-1910
Buckley, Murray R. 1877-1951
Butler, Augustus Jan. 15, 1871 Aged 91 yrs.
Butler, Susan K. June 22, 1877 Aged 87 yrs.
Butts, Abraham F. 1877-1937
Butts, Anna L. 1923-1993
Butts, Arthur Melvin 1892-1898
Butts, Charles A. 1961- no dates
Butts, Ella D. Chapin 1898-1977
Butts, Hattie (Mead) 1872-1947
Butts, Howard Lewis 1936-1974
Butts, Kevin James 1979-1985
Butts, Myrtle 1902-1975
Butts, Nathan 1896-1970
Butts, Phyllis L. 1943-no dates
Butts, Samuel R. 1921-1989
Butts, Samuel R. Pfc. US Army WWII Feb. 20, 1921-Dec. 15, 1989
Butts, Walter J. 1940-1979
Butts, Walter J., Jr. 1964-1980
Carnegie, Samuel Died Oct. 2, 1892 Aged 1 yr. 5 mos. (Son of W. F. and S. E. Carnegie)
Christianson, Inez 1905-1968
Christianson, Tage C. 1901-1969
Coe, Oliver July 5, 1861
Collins, Charles A. 1943-1985
Collins, Laura O. 1918-1988
Collins, Stanford F. 1913-no dates
Collins, Terry L. 1955-no dates
Cook, Lewis Died Aug. 22, 1866
Cornish, Susan C. Died Mar. 20, 1855 38 yrs. old (Daughter of Nathaniel Cornish)
Coss, Harriet A. Jan. 4, 1854 13 yrs. old (Dau. of Peter and Elizabeth Coss)
Delaney, Daniel D. 1961- no dates
Delaney, Marie J. 1938-no dates
Delaney, Patricia dates
Delaney, Thomas E. 1929-1991
Delaney, Thomas E. Cpl. US Army Korean War May 5, 1929-July 27, 1991
Edwards, Horace C. Sept. 26, 1886-Nov. 11, 1886 (Son of Wm. and Frances Edwards)
Elvey, Florence M. Died Feb. 2, 1891 Aged 2 mos. (Dau. of J.M and M. A. Elvey)
Elvey, Herbert 1898-1898
Finch, Myrtie Mar. 23, 1868 Aged 6 yrs.
Freeman, W. Died Dec. 24, 1884 Aged 17 yrs.
Fromer, George Apr. 28, 1885 Aged 65 yrs.
Fromer, George Jr. Dec. 21, 1887 Aged 41 yrs.
Fromer, Henry Feb. 10, 1892 Aged 38 yrs.
Fromer, Mary July 8, 1867 Aged 47 yrs. and 9 mos.
Gardner, Benjamin T. 1829-1912
Gardner, Ella M. 1854-1932
Gardner, Eunice (Root) 1831-1905
Getter, Angus Feb. 15, 1886, Aged 6 yrs. (Son of E. F. and Sarah)
Getter, Archibald Dec. 28, 1879 Aged 3 yrs. 7 mos.
Getter, C. F. 1851-1920
Getter, Mary A. 1830-1908
Getter, Sara (Smith) 1855- no dates
Getter, William H. 1820-1888
Gilbert, Augustus E. 1862-1929
Hall, David Sgt. (no dates)
Hellmer, Lewis (dates illegible)
Helmer, Christiana (Koch) 1826-1909
Helmer, Frances M. 1863-1895
Helmer, Henry 1821-1892
Helmer, Karl S. no dates
Holford, Adaline N. Jan. 21, 1870 (Wife of Charles M.) Aged 17 yrs.
Houghton, Eva J. 1902 – 1943
Houghton, George I. 1901- 19–(no dates)
Houghton, Lillian E. 1924-1943
Houghton, Mother 1860-1941
Houghton, Seth F. 1858-1920
Hunt, William Died Feb. 3, 1888
Ikler, John 1855-1900
Ikler, Menn 1825-1908 (His Wife)
Kelm, Athelia (Winters) 1865-1882
Kelm, August 1862-1882
Kelm, Gottfried 1832-1918
Kelm, Rosina 1837-1906
Kessler Vault
Kessler, Bobbie Aug. 25, 1865 Aged 1 yr. and 3 mos.
Kuhn, Adaline 1856-1918
Lake, Thomas L. , Sr. 1917-1980
Lange, Freelove C. Aug. 13, 1888 Aged 20 yrs. 4 mos. (Son of H. F. and M. Lange)
Lange, Henry F. Apr. 14, 1883 Aged 59 yrs. 7 days
Lange, Mary Nov. 11, 1900 Aged 64 yrs.
Lange, Scuyler B. June 1873 (Son of Henry and Mary Lange)
Lange, William Sept. 8, 1888 Aged 22 yrs. (Son of H. F. and M. Lange)
Martin, Clarinda M. 1846-1920
Martin, J. P. Corpl. No dates
Maynard, Ada N. Mar. 2, 1872 – Sept. 2, 1872 (Twin Dau. of C. M and C. R. Maynard)
Maynard, Caroline(Fancher) 2-7-1831 – Dec. 12, 1898 (Wife of G. M. Maynard
Maynard, Ida C. Mar. 2, 1872 – Nov. 7, 1885 (Twin Dau. of C. M. and C. R. Maynard)
Maynard, Silas J. Oct. 2, 1864 -Feb. 5, 1878 (Son of G. M. and C. R. Maynard)
Maynard, Susan L. Aug. 28, 1862 – Dec. 28, 1872 ( Dau. of G. M. and C. R. Maynard)
Mayo, Ruebin B. Sept. 22, 1878 Aged 26 yrs.
McAlpine, Archibald Aug. 23-1869 Aged 85 yrs.
McLenan, Amanda Dec. 23, 1884 Aged 27 yrs.
Mead, Dora 1855-1918
Mead, George 1839-1911
Mead, Ruth May 9, 1891 Aged 8 yrs.
Metz, Ursula May 5, 1872 Aged 82 yrs.
Monell, Henry J. (dates illegible)
Moon, Charlotte(Brandt) Aug. 5, 1841 – June 28, 1906
Moon, Solomon Horatio 1839-1910
Munte, Frederick Died Sept. 18, 1880
Myrick, Daniel C. Mar. 18, 1894 Aged 77 yrs.
Natzle, Carrie M. 1897-1897
Natzle, F. C. 1849-1917
Natzle, Madelene I. 1895-1963
Natzle, Mary E. 1880-1927
Natzle, Minnie M. 1875-1893
O’Dell, Benjamin F. 1888-1962
O’Dell, Kenneth L. 1917-no dates
O’Dell, Luella E. 1925-1992
O’Dell, Millie E. 1890-1950
Palmer, Erwin Died July 24, 1882 Aged 10 yrs. (Son of G. S. and M. G. Palmer)
Palmer, George Apr. 30, 1869-Dec. 12, 1910
Parker, Charles A. 1880-1968
Parker, Ruth A. 1903-1965
Peck, Emma D. Oct. 3, 1853-Aug. 7, 1924
Peck, Horace O. July 23, 1852-Sept. 14, 1904
Peck, Winfield Scott Nov. 28, 1884 Aged 3 yrs. (Son of H. O. and E. D.)
Putnam, Frankie Died May 4, 1868 (Twin son of Francis and Theodosia Putnam)
Putnam, Freddie Died May 21, 1868 (Twin son of Francis and Theodosia Putnam)
Putnam, Granty Died Oct. 3, 1872
Ramey, Horace E. 1874-1895
Ramey, Lewis M. Died Feb. 2, 1892 Aged 1 yr. (Son of G. L. and L. B. Ramey)
Ramey, Mary E. 1847-1905
Ramey, William H. 1837-1912
Reisig, Emma Died Jan. 12, 1876 Aged 3 yrs.
Ridenbergh, George P. Jan. 30, 1891 Aged 45 yrs.
Roe, Joseph Died Dec. 15, 1884 Aged 14 yrs. (Son of William and Susan Roe)
Roe, Susan J. May 26, 1843-June 29, 1918
Roe, William R. Sept. 1, 1839-Jan. 26, 1901
Root, Ruth (Brandt) 1872-1921
Rose, Alfred H. June 29, 1919 – Aug. 14, 2000
Rose, Charles A. 1915-1937
Rose, Florence M. 1886-1958
Rose, Frieda E. 1921-1994
Rose, Gladys M. 1913-1995
Rose, Goldie V. 1917-1943
Rose, James H. 1911-1976
Rose, Mildred 1922-1977
Rose, Perry C. 1882-1967
Rose, Perry J. 1927- no dates
Sarvey, Macy J. (Wrighter) Died Sept. 11, 1883 Aged 64 yrs. (Wife of Rufus Sarvey )
Schiller?–Our Darling Freddie
Schlager, Elizabeth April 15, 1793-Feb. 11, 1874 81 yrs. old
Schlager, Freelove C. Sept. 7, 1844- May 25, 1871
Schlager, Harriet Leah Mar. 25, 1819-July 22, 1877
Schlager, Jacob July 26, 1816-Dec. 17, 1886
Schlager, Ruth B. May 5, 1848 – May 23, 1871
Shue, George S. Mar. 8, 1862 Aged 8 yrs. 8 mos.
Shue, Oliver H. Aged 4 yrs.
Simmons, Catharine Died Oct. 16, 1866 Aged 64 yrs.
Simmons, William May 3, 1873 Aged 64yrs. 8 mos. 18 days
Slocum, Freda M. 1924- 1997
Slocum, Sattie L. May 2, 1897-Oct. 12, 1938
Slocum, Wilbur M. 1920-1991
Smith, Angus Aug. 19, 1817-Feb. 10, 1915
Smith, Archibald July 23, 1852-Sept. 17, 1868
Smith, Margaret (McAlpine) Nov. 6, 1922 – May 25, 1906
Smith, Margaret 1852-1920
Spears, Dorcas 1850-1904
Spears, Dorcas Died Nov. 30, 1894 Aged 45 yrs. ( Wife of Thomas Spears)
Spears, Nora 1854-1930
Spears, Thomas 1845-1929
Springsteen, Frederick Died Mar. 11, 1888 Aged 15 yrs.
Springsteen, Henry Died Mar. 1, 1884 Aged 49 yrs.
Springsteen, Hiram A. 1875-1957
Springsteen, Lelia (Storer) 1882-1968
Springsteen, Melissa E. 1844-1919 (Wife of Henry Springsteen)
Stewart, Fiora (dates illegible)
Stewart, Florence H. Died Nov. 13, 1874 Aged 8 mos. (Dau. of W. H. and R. J. Stewart)
Stewart, Jessie Died Nov. 10, 1890 Aged 18 yrs. (Dau. of W.H. and R. J. Stewart)
Stewart, Joseph Angus Died Dec. 31, 1892 Aged 8 yrs. (Son of W. H. and R. J. Stewart)
Storer, Etta L. (Getter) 1861-1942
Storer, George W. 1851-1906
Storer, Mary Ann Jan.29, 1887 Aged 77 yrs.
Storer, Moses Died Apr. 18, 1900 Aged 87 yrs.
Storer, Myra (dates illegible)
Terrell, Rachel B. Mar. 24, 1825-Mar. 25, 1886 Aged 61 yrs.
Terrell, Willie Mar. 17, 1869 Aged 1 yr. 3 mos.
Thomas, Elmer J. Died Sept. 23, 1892 Aged 1 or 7 yrs.(Son of N. J. and F. S. Thomas)
Thomas, Francena S. (Wilcox) 1856-no dates
Thomas, Jessie L. June 14, 1887 Aged 7 mos.
Thomas, N. J. 1847-1908
Tickner, Ann S. 1841-1862
Tickner, Emily W. 1814-1879
Tickner, William 1803-1862
Tickner, William S. 1830-1862
Tompkins, James W. Oct. 6, 1869-June 8, 1951
Tompkins, Joseph M. Nov. 7, 1870 – July 8, 1942
Tompkins, Mary J. Jan. 7, 1876-Nov. 17, 1908
Tompkins, Sarah A. Jan. 30, 1830 – Nov. 21, 1909
Tompkins, Warren July 19, 1902 Aged 55 yrs.
Turner, Clarence 1888-1888 (This is inscribed on the front side of Theodore’s stone)
Turner, Esther A. 1847-1916 ( This stone is right next to George Turner and has the words, “his wife”)
Turner, George W. 1842-1916 (This stone is right next to Esther Turner and has “George” written on top)
Turner, Infant of William and Mary(dates illegible)
Turner, Maylon D. Died May 21, 1879 Aged 20 yrs. 6 mos. (Son of Ira and Martha Turner)
Turner, Theodore O. 1853-1888
Wadin, Augusta May 13, 1881 Aged 41 yrs.( Wife of Michael Wadin)
Wadin, Eddie Oct. 15, 1881 Aged 13 yrs. (Son of A. and M. Wadin)
Wadin, Mary Died Feb. 29, 1888 Aged 15 yrs.( Dau. of M. and A. Wadin)
Wadin, William C. Oct. 28, 1889 Aged 21 yrs. (Son of M. and A. Wadin)
Walker, Hannah (Storer) Oct. Died Nov. 4, 1877
Walker, Ianthus W. Sept. 2, 1891 Aged 56 yrs.
Warder, Sarah (Bailey) 1922-2007
Warder, Walter W. 1919-2003
Warder, Walter W. Tech 4 US Army WWII Oct. 17, 1919-Oct. 23, 2003
Watkins, Bessie H. Oct. 22, 1889 Aged 10 mos.
Watkins, Elijah L. 1876-1968
Watkins, Eva C. 1896-1918
Watkins, Florence Died Aug. 23, 1899 Aged 11 mos.
Watkins, Hattie B. (Cone) April 17, 1900 Aged 28 yrs.
Watkins, Mattie J. 1880-1966
Watkins, Orin L. Died Apr. 7, 1898 Aged 61 yrs.
Webb, Amaziah H. Mar. 18, 1874 Aged 65 yrs.
Webb, Emeline (Butler) 1823-1915
Webb, Richard A. Sept. 28, 1871 Aged 73 yrs 11 mos.
Webb, Sarah I. Died Jan. 1, 1853 Aged 1 yr. (Dau. of Richard A. and Emeline )
Wheeler, Clarence M. 1873-1941
Wheeler, Hannah (Terrell) 1854-1925
Wheeler, Olive (Hobart) Died 1961
Whitney, Charles Aged 10 mos. Son of ?
Whitney, Francis J. Dau. of Charles Whitney)
Wing, Dr. Theodore T.
Wing, Theodore T., Pvt. Ist Class Died Nov. 9, 1887 Aged 43 yrs. 5 mos.
Winters, Frederick 1864-1899
Wolf, Ermine G. 1865-1931
Woodward, Clinton 1873-1874

Dr. J. S. Brandt

Dr. J. S. BrandtDental Surgeon, Erie Ave. over Post Office, Susquehanna

The prominent and leading gentleman engaged in the dental profession in this part of the State of Penna. is Dr. J. S. Brandt, whose dental parlors are neatly and tastefully arranged, and provided with every comfort and convenience, and are located in the Birdsall Block over the Post Office. Dr. Brandt is a regular graduate of the Philadelphia Dental College of the class 1880, and is perfectly familiar with all the new appliances and advancements that have been made in the profession which have been endorsed by the dental colleges of the country. He is earnestly devoted to his profession, a close student and observer, and possessing the highest attainments, has since he began active practice met with a marked success, and achieved popularity that has placed him in the leading rank among the dental surgeons of this part of the state. In the mechanical department of the profession he is skilled in its every detail, and produces some of the finest kind of workmanship. Anesthetics are administered when desired, and he guarantees perfect satisfaction to all who have occasion to desire his professional services. Dr. Brandt was born at Brandt’s Station, Susquehanna County, and is a son of H. W. Brandt, who is well known as the proprietor of extensive works in this part of the state. Dr. Brandt is widely known throughout the adjoining counties as a skilled dental practitioner, and enjoys a lucrative patronage derived from a large and influential class of cultivated acquaintances.

Directory – City of Susquehanna, Page 381 – 1904

Emma Seamans

Emma Seamans Biography

Emma Seamans Biography

Emma Seamans

Emma Seamans

Scanned signatures from Emma’s autograph book can be found in the Emma Seamans gallery.

The Stevens Point Church 58th Anniversary

Tucked inside of the Old Home Day Guest book, are three handwritten pages of notes taken during an anniversary service held at the Stevens Point Methodist Episcopal Church on November 10, 1944. The writer refers to this service as the “58th anniversary of the founding of building the Stevens Point church.” When I first read this, I thought that the author was incorrect with the anniversary date as the cornerstone on the church has 1896 as its inscription. Upon re-reading the text, it refers to the “founding of the building” and maybe not the actual completion date. And there definitely would have be a time difference- from the date of land purchase, planning, materials, finding enough men for the labor and finalizing the building to completion-it may have been quite a few years.

If you had a relative that lived in or around Harmony Township during the 1940’s, there is a good chance that they were at this celebration. So, come now, read the notes from that day as our secretary has graciously written everything down, even the names of all of the attendees….

The Stevens Point Methodist Episcopal Church - April 2009

The Stevens Point Methodist Episcopal Church - April 2009

Stevens Point Methodist Church Community Hall - April 2009

Stevens Point Methodist Church Community Hall - April 2009

Stevens Point Methodist Church Community Hall Inside - April 2009

Stevens Point Methodist Church Community Hall Inside - April 2009

Abram Walker

Because Ianthus Walker doesn’t mention anything about his parents or siblings in all of his Civil War Pension Papers, I was intrigued when an Abram Walker gave a deposition on Ianthus’s behalf in an affidavit dated 1891. In the Commemorative Biographical Record by J. H. Beers, an extensive account of Abram Walker and his life is given – that he had lived in Brandt before his enlistments in the Civil War and then in Lanesboro after the war had ended. So, I didn’t know if it was mere coincidence that he and Ianthus shared the same last name or if they were indeed brothers or cousins. It has been something that I have been trying to find out now for the last few years….

Abram Walker was born in Sanford, NY in July of 1833, to William and Debbie (Monroe) Walker. CBR goes on to state that Abram was one of a family of thirteen children, (five of whom died in infancy) and it does list the remaining seven brothers and sisters but– Ianthus is not one of them. Because Abram’s father died when he was just a small boy, he was placed with a family in Deposit, NY (Delaware County). It was there that he learned to be a mason, and later, in 1856, he married Susan Finch. After the marriage, they settled in Brandt until 1861 when the Civil War broke out. Like Ianthus, Abram mustered into the army but served a longer term with two different companies.

In Abram Walker’s Civil War Pension Papers, there isn’t any reference to relatives at all. No children are mentioned in the papers – just one brief account by his wife on a Widow’s Pension Application that states “there aren’t any children under the age of 16 living in the household”. But in Beers’ Commemorative Record, it states that Abram and Susan had five children; three daughters and two sons but both sons drowned.

It seems probable that Abram and Ianthus Walker were related- they were both born in Sanford, NY just a few years apart. Ianthus lived in a household with a Thomas and Debbie Henderson. Both were married in January of 1856 – by the same minister. Familiar signatures appear on affidavits for Abram, giving the same testimonies as for Ianthus. Being that Brandt and Lanesboro were such little towns with only a few miles apart, it seems likely that they certainly knew each other and were possibly well acquainted.

Four years of soldiering took its toll on Abram Walker and his family – after his return from the Civil War, he was plagued with ill health and unable to keep steady work. Through his pension papers that I have posted in the gallery, you can read and appreciate this life story of another small family from Harmony Township…

Abram Walker gravestone in Lanesboro Cemetery

Abram Walker gravestone in Lanesboro Cemetery

Abram Walker Tombstone

Abram Walker Tombstone

I have posted numerous pages of Abram’s pension papers in the Abram Walker gallery.

The Town of Brandt, PA

With just a small paragraph written on the back of an early 1900’s postcard of Brandt, I wonder if the printer, C. D. Burton, had any idea of how prophetic his brief description of this little village really was. With his use of the word “vicissitudes” – the unpredictable changes in life – Brandt and its populace did indeed experience the many ups and downs of life in this small but unique Pennsylvanian town.

Brandt Post Card Text

Brandt Post Card Text

From newspaper articles gathered from the Historical Society in Montrose, PA, I have arranged several events in the order that they occurred to portray the rise, fall and the eventual demise of much of the small businesses and industries that once flourished.

The Town of Brandt, PA – Prosperous Times

“Brandt in a Nutshell”
A Happy New Year!

Charles Kessler, of State College, Pa., has returned to his home in the place for a couple of weeks.

S. C. Brandt, of Clinton, N. Y., paid a flying visit to his many friends here Friday.

Ed. Terrell of Oneonta, N. Y., spent a few days of the present week with his mother.

Engineer John Madden, of Binghamton, visited his parents of this place Sunday.

C. E. Folmsbee, of the firm of Folmsbee & Ives, cigar manufacturers of Binghamton spent Monday, on a hunting trip.

Conductor E. H. Madden and wife of Susquehanna, spent Christmas with his parents.

George Rivenburg, an employee in Soops’ stone quarry, met with a bad accident Saturday afternoon. While taking off top dirt an axe in the hands of a fellow workman flew off the handle, striking Rivenburg a glancing blow in the face, making an ugly wound.

Mrs. Monroe and family, of Philadelphia, are visiting her sister, Mrs. J. S. Perkins.

Did you see the Christmas tree at the Point?

The Transcript, Dec. 31, 1887

The Town of Brandt, PA – Brandt Faces an Uncertain Future

Both the American Chair Company and the Brandt Clay Product Company, both of Brandt, have shut down indefinitely.
Montrose Independent Republican 9-25-1896

The several industries at Brandt are in operation on full time. Prosperity has struck the Jefferson Branch.
Montrose Independent Republican 13 Aug. 1897

The Brandt Clay Product Company’s works have resumed operations after a shut-down of several weeks.
Montrose Independent Republican 8-25-1899

The citizens of Hallstead and the Brandt Chair Manufacturing Company have at last reached an agreement by which the Company will move its factory to Hallstead. It is expected that the new building will be ready for occupancy about July 1st.
Montrose Independent Republican 3-30-1900

The contract between the Brandt Chair Co. and the Hallstead Board of Trade has been signed. It will require about $10,000.00 to erect the buildings, which will be ready for occupancy by July 15. About 65 men will be employed at first.
Montrose Independent Republican 4-13-1900

J. S. Brandt is soon to discontinue the mercantile business at Brandt.
Montrose Democrat 2-14-1901

Several citizens of Brandt will apply for a charter for an intended corporation, it to be known as the Brandt Clay Product Co.
Montrose Independent Republican 11-7-1902

The new works of the Brandt Clay Product Co., are progressing rapidly. They expect to be ready to make brick by April 1st.
Montrose Independent Republican 1-16-1903

Dr. J. S. Brandt, will remove from Brandt to Susquehanna, 4-1
Montrose Independent Republican 3-20-1903

The Brandt Clay Product Co. has gone into bankruptcy.
Montrose Independent Republican 10-30-1903

The Brandt Clay Product Co. has commenced the shipment of large orders of brick. Both yards, under the management of Charles Lee, of Binghamton and C. C. Pratt of New Milford, with a large force of men and teams, under the supervision of M. W. Madden, of Brandt, are doing a hustling business.
Montrose Independent Republican 12-11-1903

At Trustee’s sale, the plant of the Brandt Clay Product Co. was sold to Andrew Blank, Jr. of Brandt, in consideration of about $35,000.00. The works will soon start up again.
Montrose Independent Republican 3-18-1904

It is reported that the Brandt acid factory will be closed for all time in less than a year, owing to the exhaustion of the wood supply.
Montrose Independent Republican 9-2-1904

Brandt Chair Factory

Brandt Chair Factory

The Town of Brandt, PA – Brandt Falls on Hard Times

Fire at Brandt

Sept. 27 – Fire which did damage in the village of Brandt, started as fires in the forests surrounding the village, and those in turn were threatening this evening to destroy the town. The fire started in the Brandt Chemical company’s plant. It was started by an explosion of acids being mixed by an employee of the company. A bucket brigade was soon formed and the villagers did their best to subdue the flames. In spite of their efforts the entire plant of the chemical company, the large warehouse of the company, a nearby blacksmith shop and the residence of Samuel Paugh were consumed. The sheds of the Presbyterian church were on fire, but the villagers succeeded in extinguishing them so as to save the church. Flying sparks set fire to the nearby woods, and the flames spread rapidly there, so as to surround the town and threaten it with destruction. Several other explosions occurred as the flames of the chemical plant reached the stored acids, with the first explosion, Foreman William Watkins, was blown through a window and thrown for some distance.

Montrose Democrat 24 Sept. 1908

The Town of Brandt, PA – Brandt’s Station on the Jefferson Division

A small passenger train slowly wends its way down the Jefferson Branch of the Erie Railroad, the engineer making a leisurely descent as he prepares to stop at Brandt Station. A few men are waiting with a load of quarry stone that has to be loaded; several milk cans are being kept cold on the back of an old wagon. The conductor quickly switches mail bags with the postmaster and two older ladies board the train. A man alights onto the wooden platform, he has the look and feel of “city” and in fact, he is “city”- an editor from Carbondale and he has come to do a piece about Brandt for his newspaper. As he walks down to stand on the wooden bridge that spans the Starrucca Creek, let’s join him there as he gathers his thoughts on how best to compose his story. And because it is his story, we need to let him tell it..

Brandt Station

Brandt Station

“Brandt’s Station on the Jefferson division is one of the places in this hilly country which is not calculated to make a favorable impression upon visitors who take their first view of the place from the depot platform. Directly opposite the station a rather dingy three-story structure looms up with bears upon its weather boards in huge letters, the legend “Brandt Chair Manufacturing Company”. A little to the left a group of smaller buildings may be seen, al bearing upon a smaller scale a similar legend. A few rods above the depot a wooden bridge spans the Starrucca Creek and a dilapidated looking blacksmith shop close by, completes the rather interesting first glimpse of Brandt’s.

The man who makes up his opinion of the village and the people who inhabit the place, from the first glimpse, will be forced to the conclusion later on that the old maxim, “first impressions are safest”, will not apply to Brandt’s. At least that was the conclusion which a party of Carbondale gentlemen arrived at after spending a few hours in the village on Saturday. The residence portion of the village completely hidden by the factory and the store buildings, and is not until on has crossed the stream and ascended the further bank that a view of the homes can be obtained.

The man who visits Brandt’s for the first time is treated to a grand surprise. Instead of a factory village, with its one story tenements that one naturally expects to see, he finds beautiful homes in the most charming homelike place in the world. The residence portion of Brandt’s is simply a beautiful park. The roadways are drives and the walks are free from the objections found by pedestrians in more pretentious places. Many of the dwellings are handsome modern structures and the entire park is filled with attractive homes. Near the entrance stands the church, a brick structure, handsomely finished and furnished, with a seating capacity for two hundred.

A little farther down the principal driveway stands the town hall which does service at all public gatherings. The building is new, of pretty design, and erected at a cost of nearly two thousand dollars. It contains a reading room, dining room and kitchen and on the second floor a commodious hall. This building is leased to the Young Men’s club at a nominal rental and every effort has been made to provide such elegant quarters for their use. Brandt’s industries are numerous and apparently profitable. The manufacture of chairs employs at present seventy-five men and boys. The chairs made at this establishment are among the finest made in this country. People who look with distrust upon factory made furniture, should visit these shops and see for themselves how substantially Brandt’s chairs are put together. The upholstering department is presided over by a gentleman who is master of the profession, and in the wood-making room several skilled carvers are employed who deftly transform the “oak wood” into life-like figures. Less than half a mile from the chair factory, down the stream, is located the brick yards where 25, 000 brick are made daily during the brick-making season. About the same distance up the stream from the village is located the tile and brick works which is the newest industry of the village. Here bricks are made that vie with the best grades f the Philadelphia article for smoothness. Paving brick which has withstood the severest of tests, and all manner of sewer pipe are also made at these works.

The clay deposits on the Brandt lands are the richest to be found anywhere. The mountains are filled with it and the pits at the tile works show that the clay bed is more than thirty feet thick. The supply is virtually inexhaustible and the men at the head of the brick-making enterprise have material for one of the largest plants in the world. The clay is free from sand and is fine enough when taken from the pits for use in the manufacture of all kinds of pottery. The Messrs. Brandt and Kessler, who own these industries, are pushing, enterprising gentlemen, and these industries, now in their infancy, will, we predict, within a few years attract the attention of the world by the superior quality of the ware made at Brandt’ tile and pottery works.”

The Tri-Weekly 9 Oct. 1890

Brandt, PA from the East

Brandt, PA from the East

The Brandt Chair Factory

The Brandt Chair Factory

Stevens Point Ladies Aide Society

As with a lot of small country churches in the past, many people played a huge role in its upkeep-the men had to make sure that there was plenty of wood or coal to heat the building, the ladies did their part with keeping the church clean and supplied. Monies were always needed to upgrade or replace items needed for the worship services, for missionary work or for the maintenance on the property or structure.

Because Stevens Point Methodist Church had an attractive community hall next door, the members had the opportunity to raise monies for the church and other organizations by utilizing the hall with special dinners and functions. This little community had a wealth of “willing workers”, ladies that were very busy, not only with their own lives, but were full of activity for church work as well. I have posted numerous pages of minutes from the Stevens Point Ladies Aide Society-the organization that was this strong support system for the Stevens Point Methodist Church. Enjoy a glimpse into the past and perhaps you will recognize one of your relatives as one of these “willing workers”.

Scanned pages of the The Stevens Point Ladies Aide Society ledger can be found in the gallery.

Newspaper Items (Stevens Point Cemetery Burials) From Research at the Historical Society in Montrose, PA

George Kuhn, aged 55 years, died suddenly at his home on the outskirts of Susquehanna on Tuesday 7-20-1920. He is survived by one son, who resides in Stevens’ Point.
Montrose Independent Republican 8-6-1920

Roland Kuhn, of Stevens Point, aged 18 years, son of George Kuhn of Oakland, lost his life Sunday morning, near the Erie stone bridge at Lanesboro, by being hit by an Erie express train.
Montrose Democrat 11-20-1913

Elwin Kuhn, aged 22, was fatally injured while gunning, near his home at Stevens Point, on Saturday afternoon. In some manner his gun was accidentally discharged and an artery in one of his legs was severed. He died in a few hours. The funeral took place on Tuesday from the Steven’s Point Methodist Church.
Montrose Independent Republican 11-10-1899

At the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Seamans at Steven’s Point, Feb. 22, 1898, occurred the death of George Wilson after an illness of about two months. Son of Frederick Wilson, he was age 13 years 5 months.
Montrose Democrat March 17, 1898

The death of Cora, the daughter of F. L. and Mary E. Wilson, age 17 years 10 months and 27 days formerly of Susquehanna, occurred in Scranton on Wed. May 3, 1899, after a protracted illness resulting from appendicitis. She is survived by a father, mother and two sisters, Mrs. Lillie McHenry of New Milford and Mrs. Nellie Bell of Windsor.
The remains were brought to Stevens Point and interred beside those of her brother; Rev. D. C. Barnes of Lanesboro conducted the services at the grave.
Montrose Democrat May 11, 1899

The remains of Elmer Carnegie, who died in Elmira, were brought to his home at Stevens Point, Wednesday, 10-15.
Montrose Independent Republican 10-24-1902

At his home in Stevens’ Point, PA, May 2, 1901, S. H. Carnegie , aged 74 years. Funeral held last Sunday from the Methodist Church in that place, Rev. D. L. Meeker officiating.
Montrose Independent Republican May 10, 1901

Albert A. Rockwell, 62 years old, died at his home in Stevens Point, Sunday 5-18-1924. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Linn Schenck , Mrs. Ray Keesler, Mrs. Walter Glover, and Mrs. Walter Brady, 3 sons, Ray, Merlin and Harold, 2 sisters, Mrs. James Reed and Mrs. M. H. Connelly. Burial in the Stevens Point Cemetery.
Montrose Democrat 5-22-1924

At the Brandt Brick Works on Saturday morning, Eugene Campbell of Stevens Point, was killed by the caving in of an embankment. Deceased leaves a widow and four children. The funeral took place, Monday, with interment in the Stevens Point Cemetery.
Unidentified Newspaper July 3, 1903

The remains of Mrs. Frank Burchell of Syracuse, N. Y. were brought to Stevens Point for burial Tuesday of last week. H. I. and C. F. Burchell brothers in law, from this place were in attendance.
Forest City News 9-20-1925

Frank Burchell, of Stevens Point, an aged and respected citizen, died 8-21-1913 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Michael Sheffelm, Lanesboro.
Montrose Democrat 9-4-1913

Mrs. Horace Burchell of Stevens Point, died suddenly on Thursday of pneumonia. The funeral was held at the M. E. church in that place.
Forest City News 1-22-1914

The death of Horace Burchell, a veteran of the Civil War, occurred at his home in Endwell, March 12th. The body was brought to the home of his son, Chauncey Burchell, of this place. The funeral was held Monday at Stevens Point. Burial was also made at that place.
Forest City News 3-19-1931

Charles Tewksbury met his death last Saturday afternoon while helping a neighbor, Perry Bushnell, unload hay. Mr. Tewksbury was standing under the hay forks, when they fell striking him in such a manner that it severed the jugular vein and he died in a few minutes. Mr. Tewksbury was about 70 years of age, had lived in this neighborhood for many years and was respected by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Tewksbury, two daughters, Mrs. Agnes Keating of Avoca, and Mrs. Mabel Corby of Waverly, and six grand children, Marjorie, Edith, Ruth, Agnes and Marion Keating, and Mrs. Anna Prentice, who had always made her home with her grandparents, up to the time of her marriage. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock and burial was made in the Stevens Point Cemetery. Rev. Lamb of Lanesboro officiated.
Binghamton Newspaper 9-12-1918