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Descendants of John Brandt

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 BRANDT was born 1721 in Amsterdam, Holland, and died 11 Jul 1802 in Ligonier Twp., Westmoreland Co., Pa. He married ANNA MARIA. She was born 1721 in Amsterdam, Holland, and died 25 Dec 1804 in Ligonier Twp., Westmoreland Co., Pa.

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The Brant Genealogy of Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Author: Alvin A. Cober
Published: 1932

John and Ann Maria Brandt of wose lives and the lives of their descendants the following pages contain a brief chronological account, were born in Amsterdam, Holland in the year 1731. The date of their emigration from Holland is not known. The first that we know of them we find them living on a fertile farm on the western base of the Laurel Ridge, about a mile or two south of Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The farm of 300 acres on which he lived came to him by warrant May 14, 1773. This record may be found in the Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Vol. 26, page 393.
Bible records state that the family was living in Donegal township. That the reader may not be confused by this reference or similar references herafter it should be said that Donegal township was later divided into three townships so that the Brandt family's residence fell into the newly formed township named Ligonier.

From this family sprang a very large relationship which gave very perceptible coloring to the community life. To this day there is a schoolhouse known as "The Brant Schoolhouse" and a burying ground known as "The Brant Cemetary." The burying ground is not used much now and shows evidences of neglect. Several genearations of Brants and Wellers from whom the Brants of Somerset County are descended are buried there.

At the time when the Brandt family settled in westmoreland county the country was still quite new and heavily timbered. A few indians still lingered here and there causingt anxiety to the settlers. Tradition has it that one day while Mr. Brandt was about the home he spied an indian in his bakeoven. in those early days before stoves were invented and when houses contained fireplaces instead, ovens were constructed outside of the houses. such an oven consisted of a solid base of stone about eight or ten feet square and about two feet high. on this base a hollow, half sphere of bricks or other material was built. at one side an iron door about fifteen inches square was placed making an opening into the oven. Intothat door the indian crawled concealing himself until such a time as he might conveniently carry out his purpose. Before that time came, however, Mr. Brandt spied the Indian. Frightened by his presence in such an unexpectred place he suspected that there might be trouble and felt it his duty to make the first move. being without a weapon of defence Mr. Brandt seized a rail that lay near at hand and with that clumsy instrument he began to punish the intruder. THis he kept up until he had killed the indian. Thus the hands of our forefathers were stained with human blood. no doubt he had justified himself as acting in self defence for the preservation of his family and himself. in those days of constant irritation between the whites and the indians, the indian was not thought of as much more than an animal so that the slaying of an indian was not regarded as the crime it would be considered in the sober perspective of history. After finding his home in the new world Mr. Brandt settled for life. judging from the traditions that have reached us and from the character of his descendants he must have lived an honorable and influencial life in spite of the unfortunate episode with the indian. the name was everywhere respected. coming from Holland where the Dutch Reformed church is the prevailing church he no doubt was a member of that church. when he came to america it was not difficult for him and his descendants to affiliate with the German Reformed church as it was then called and to which most of the Brants earlier belonged.

After a long and useful life this early family came to a peaceful end. Mr. Brandt died July 11, 1802 at the age of 81 years and his wife died December 25, 1804 aged 83 years. They were both buried in "The Brant Cemetary" south of Ligonier. Before his death he made a will in which each child received 20 pounds (money) except John whom he deeded the farm and who was to care for his mother. To her was willed 12 bushels of wheat, the same amount of rye and 200 pounds of "good" pork. John, Jr., was to care for her in his own house and if she was not satisfied he was to build her a small house near by in which she might live to her satisfaction. she was to be cared for out of the proceeds of the farm. for more detail the reader is referred to the records at the court house of Greensburg, Pa where the will and deed are recorded.

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

Volume V, Abstracts of Wills of Westmoreland County. Registered at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Page 344

John Brant, Sr., of Donegal Township, dated September 30, 1793, recorded January 29, 1801; wife 3 Mary; Children: Barbara Harganett; Conrad; Abraham; Henry and his daughter Mary Brant; Mary Benfort or Beaufort wife of James Benford; Magadalene Barron, and John; son John Brant and Christian Kerr, both of Westmoreland County, executors; witnesses, James Pollock and Phillip Freeman 1, p. 116

The Oath of Allegeance

List of foreigners imported in the ship Harles, from london, ralph harle, master, from rotterdam, qualified sept. 1, 1736.

Johannis Brant, age 16

State: Pennsylvania
County: Philadelphia
Township: Philadelphia
Year: 1736
Database: PA Early Census Index
Persons Naturalized in Pennsylvania, 1740-73, List of Persons, Page 14      

Johannes Brandt of Philad'a Co.

source: history of westmoreland county. vol. I page 416

the progenitor of the brant family, from which the school takes its name, was john brant, who died in 1802 and is buried in the graveyard nearby. he came to america from amsterdam. it was he who killed an indian with a rail. the indian had concealed himself there until the proper time, where he would pounce upon the defenseless family. when brant accidentally discovered him he had no weapon at hand, nor could he procure any without affording the indian an opportunity to come out and either shoot him or escape. nearby lay a strong fence-rail, and with this the sturdy old pioneer punched the indian to death. john brant was a soldier of the revolution. near his grave is that of his son john, who died in 1844, and who had fought in the war of 1812.

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Children of J
  i.   BARBARA2 BRANDT, d. 19 Jan 1827; m. JACOB HARGANETT; b. 23 Dec 1736; d. 1826.
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3. iii.   HENRY BRANT, d. 1788.
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4. vi.   JOHN BRANT JR, b. 19 Oct 1752, Holland; d. 20 Nov 1844, Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., Pa.
5. vii.   CONRAD BRANT, b. 14 Sep 1763, Amsterdam, Holland; d. 22 Jul 1845, Somerset Co., Pa.

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