Updated June 17,  2012

Becht, Carrie (Brant) - The News Palladium carried an obituary for Carrie Becht on 01 Mar 1956 and it reads: “Mrs. Cary H. Becht Coloma, March 1-Mrs. Cary Hannah Becht, 86, a daughter of a pioneer Coloma family, died Wednesday night at her home on Center street after an illness of one month. She was the daughter of Edward and Martha Brant who were early day settlers of Coloma township. They cleared the land for a farm now owned by Mrs. Becht’s son, Lincoln. Her parents also built and operated the Benton Hotel in Benton Harbor. Mrs. Becht was born Nov. 11, 1869 in Coloma and lived in the vicinity her entire life. She occupied her Center street home for the past 38 years. She was a member of the Coloma chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Self-Culture cub, and Needlecraft guild. Mrs. Becht is survived by her son, Lincoln, and one grandson. Her husband William died March 6, 1942. The body is at the Davidson funeral home, but arrangements are incomplete” The following day this notice was carried in the same newspaper, “Mrs. Becht Rite Set Coloma, March 2-Funeral services for Carrie (Kate) Becht, 86, who passed away Wednesday evening at her home in Coloma, will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Davidson funeral home in Coloma. The Rev. William Goltz of Hartford will officiate. Following the service the body will be placed in the mausoleum in City cemetery in St. Joseph. Funeral rituals will be conducted by the Past Matrons of the chapter. Mrs. Becht was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star for many years.” - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Becht, William - The News Palladium carried an obituary for William Becht on 06 Mar 1942 and it reads: “William Becht, 82 Of Coloma, Dies Coloma, March 6-William Becht, 82 died this morning at 4 o’clock at his home on Center street, following an illness of a month. Immediate cause of death was pneumonia. He was born in Hagar township Jan. 28, 1860, the son of Mrs. And Mrs. Christian Becht. All his life he had resided in the Coloma vicinity. Surviving is his wife, Carrie, a son, Lincoln, of Coloma, and a grandson, Jack. There are two brothers, Frank, of Elkhart, and George, of Coloma. Two sisters are Mrs. Sarah Bridges, of Watervliet, and Mrs. Julia Arent, of Coloma. There are also nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 o’clock at the home on Center street. Rev. William Goetz, of Hartford, will officiate. Burial will be in the family mausoleum at City cemetery in St. Joseph. The body is at the Becht home where friends may call.” - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Benhard, Edgar E. - Monday; May 1, 1950 - Edgar E. Benhard, 85 of rural route six, died at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, in the Cass county hospital near Cassopolis.   Surviving
are two daughters. Mrs. Paul McManus, of Niles, and Mrs. arthur Sayles, of Alliance, O., and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Blood of Passaic, N. J. and Mrs. Albert Kuppernuss, of Elkhart, Ind.
  Friends may call at the Pifer funeral home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pifer funeral home with the Rev T. H. Greenhoe officiating. Burial will be in Silverbrook cemetery.

Berwick, Nellie M. - Obit appeared Jan 3, 1950 - Three Oaks, Mrs. Nellie M. Berwick 77, of Three Oaks Michigan, died in her home at 205 Ceadar at 9:30 p. m. Monday evening after an illness of five months.
  She was born in Berrien Co., March 1, 1872. - portion of obituary obiterated from copy machine.. End of obit reads.. Friends may call at the connelly funeral home where services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Thrusday. Rev. Lawrence Jackson, pastor of the Congratational church will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery.

Brackett, Cora nee Upson
The Niles Daily Star carried the obituary of Cora Brackett on 20 Dec 1968: “Mrs. Cora Brackett Buchanan-Mrs. Cora Brackett, 70, of Route Two, died at 9 a.m. in the St. Joseph Memorial Hospital of St. Joseph, Mich. where she had been a patient since Mrs. Brackett was born April 2, 1898 in St. Joseph and had been a lifetime resident of Berrien County. She married the late Walter Brackett in St. Joseph Aug 4, 1915. Mr. Brackett died Sept. 6, 1966. She is survived by four sons: Robert and Jack both of Buchanan, Earl of New Troy, and Edward at home; a foster son, Leroy Finch of Edmore, Mich.; four daughters; Mrs. Adelia Mensinger and Mrs. Donna Walley both of Sawyer, Mich., Mrs. Marforie Shepardson of Galien and Caroll at home; a brother John Upson of Berrien Springs and 21 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sawyer Highland Baptist Church of Sawyer. Rev. Roy Williamson, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in the New Troy Cemetery.”
Brackett obituaries - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Brackett, Edgar L.
The News Palladium carried the obituary of Edgar Brackett on 09 Dec 1952: “Edgar L. Brackett Buchanan, Dec 9-Edgar L. Brackett, 83, died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Adelia Ferry of route 2. He was born in Pipestone township, July 11, 1869, son of John and Sarah Jane Brackett. He married Sarah Jane Woolbridge who preceded him in death, Nov. 3, 1890 in St. Joseph. Besides his daughter, Mr. Brackett is survived by a son, Walter Brackett, of route 2, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Eva Hall, Berrien Springs, and Mrs. August Singbell, of Galien. He also leaves nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Brackett was a member of the Brethern church of New Troy and funeral services will be held there Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the New Troy Cemetery. Friends may call at the Swem funeral home until 12:30 Thursday.” Note: His wife was Sarah Jane Wooldridge not Woolbridge.

Brackett, Sarah nee Wooldridge
The Benton Harbor News Palladium carried the obituary for Sarah Brackett on 23 Dec 1926 and reads: “New Troy. Dec. 23-Mrs. Sarah Brackett, wife of Edward Brackett, who with her husband, has been a resident of New Troy for 25 or 30 years, passed away Wednesday evening at 9 o’clock. She had been ill and confined to her bed for some time with erysipelas and heart trouble. She was 52 years old. The deceased leaves a son, Walter and a daughter, Mrs. Peter Ferry, both of New Troy, two brothers in Muskegon, and two sisters, one in South Haven and the other in Illinois. The Bracketts have been known here where they have resided on the same farm three miles southeast of New Troy for many years. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Brethren church, of which the deceased was a member. Rev. John English, will officiate. Burial is to be in the New Troy cemetery.”

Brackett, Walter
The Niles Daily Star carried the obituary of Walter Brackett on 07 Sep 1966: “Walter Brackett Buchanan-Walter Brackett, 72, of route two, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph, where he had been a patient 10 days. Mr. Brackett was born March 10, 1894, in LaCota, Ill. He married Cora Upson Aug. 4, 1916, in St. Joseph, in St. Joseph. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Earl, New Troy, Ed and Jack, both at home, and Robert, Buchanan; four daughters, Mrs. Delia Mensinger and Mrs. Donna Walley, both of Sawyer, and Caroll Brackett, at home; a foster son, Leroy Finch, Edmore and 20 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday in the New Troy Brethren Church. The Rev. Gerald Kelly, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in New Troy Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Swem Funeral Home here from noon Thursday until noon Friday, when the body will be moved to the church to lie in state until time of services.” Notes: Walter was born in Dakota, Illinois not LaCota and the name of Mrs. Marjorie Shepardson, of Galien was omitted as a daughter. Also they were married in 1915 not 1916.

Brandt, Alice - The Herald Palladium carried a brief obituary for Alice Brant on 12 Jun 1939 and it reads: "GED Eau Claire Woman Is Dead Eau Claire, June 12-The death of Mrs. Alice Brandt, 84, occurred at ...:30 p.m. Sunday at the home of her son Homer Brant, in Eau Claire. She was a native of Bangor township, Van Buren county. Besides her son Homer, she leaves two other sons, Clyde and David Brandt, and several children by a former marriage. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Bowerman mortuary here, with the Rev. Irene Allington officiating."  - contributed by: William Brackett

Brant, Barney H - May 10 1952 obituary -
B. H. Brant:   Bainbridge, Dead at 83 Barney H. Brant, 83, who served as justice of the peace of Bainbridge township for 36 continuous years from 1910 to 1946, died at 1; 45 p.m. Friday at Memorial hospital in St. Joseph. Having been ill since Easter, he had been hospitalized since April 13. His home was on South Park avenue, Spinks Corners. Mr. Brant was born September 1, 1868 in Balnbridge township. His father, Nathaniel Brant, came to Michigan in 1836 in a covered wagon and he and his wife were the first couple married in Bainbridge township. Mr. Brant was the last of eight children in his family. A resident of that area his entire life. Mr. Brant was active in community affairs and served as a memeber of the township board, was a member of the Brainbridge township school board for 18 years and for many years was a trustee of the Moore=s Corners Evangelical United Brethren church. Mr. Brant=s first wife, Stella Garrison Brant, daughter of the late Ellme and Helen Garrison, died April 3, 1917. Later Mr. Brant married Elsa Richards. They had two children, Mrs. Donald Dettman of St. Joseph and Barney Brant, Jr., of Kalamazoo, Mrs. L. M. Jones of Sodus, is a daughter by his first marriage. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. There are numerous other relatives. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Moore=s Corners Evangelical United Brethren church. Burial will be in Shanghal cemetery. The body will be at the Florin funeral home, where friends may call until 11 a.m. Monday, at that time it will be taken to the church. - obit sent on to me, Deanna West, from Bev Edwards. Contributor unknown to me.

Brandt, Charles - The Herald Palladium carried a brief obitaury for Charles Brant on 12 Dec 1936 and it reads: "Charles Brant, 85, Life Resident of Pipestone, Expires Eau Claire, Dec. 12-Charles A. Brant, 85, lifelong resident of Pipestone township, died at 2:40 o'clock this morning at the home of a son, Homer, in Eau Claire. Surviving are the wife, Alice; four sons, Homer and David, Eau Calire, Clyde of Matteson, Ill. and Frank of Boyton, Fla.; four sons by a former marriage, Tom and William of Florida and James of Benton harbor; a sister, Mrs. Melissa McElhemy, Keller, and a brother, James of Florida. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Bowerman funeral home, unless Florida relatives plan to attend. The Rev. Irene Allington will officiate. Burial will be in Shanghai cemetery." Note: Marker give middle initial as G. - contributed by: William Brackett

Brant, Claud
The Niles Daily Star carried the death notice for Claude Brant on 14 Nov 1960 and it reads: “Claud Brant Galien-A former Galien resident, Claud Brant, 91, died at 6:45 p.m., Sunday at the Mapleside Manor Rest Home in Decatur. He had been a patient there for six months. He had lived the past two years with his daughter, Mrs. Rachael Drudy, route two, Dowagiac. He was a carpenter by trade. He was born Oct. 10, 1869 in Berrien County, the son of William and Rebecca Brant. He married Ella May Dodd on Aug. 4, 1898 in Bridgman. She died in February, 1958. Survivors include his daughter, a step-son, Austin Dodd of Galien, a half-sister, Mrs. Grace Mast of Bridgman, two grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Kenney-Connelly Funeral Home after noon on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.” The following day the same newspaper carried the following notice: “Brant Rites Set Galien-Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Kenney-Connelly Funeral Home here for Claud Brant, 91, well known Galien farmer and carpenter who died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in Mapleside Manor Rest Home, Decatur. The Rev. James Timmons, pastor of the Olive Branch Evangelical United Brethren Church, will officiate and burial will be in Galien Cemetery. Mr. Brant, a longtime resident of this community, was preceded in death by his wife, Ella May Dodd Brant, whom he had married on Aug. 4, 1888, in Bridgman. The couple had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary prior to her death in November, 1958.”
Brant and Brandt obituaries - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Brant, Clyde
Clyde Brant’s obituary was carried by the News Palladium on 01 Oct 1962 and reads: “Clyde Brant, 81, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at Fuller’s Rest Home in Eau Claire, where he was a patient. He had been ill since last May. Mr. Brant, a carpenter until his retirement in 1946, was born July 7, 1881, in Pipestone township. His first wife, Rachel, died Sept. 15, 1941. Mr. Brant is survived by his wife, the former Florence Hale of Missouri, who now resides at 1002 Second street in Benton Harbor. Also surviving are two sons, Arthur, of St. Joseph, and LaVerne, of Benton harbor; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Kelly, of Berrien Springs; a brother, Arthur, of Grand Rapids; and a sister, Mrs. Sylvia Haigginson, also of Grand Rapids, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the church of the Nazarene, at McCord and McGuigan streets in Benton Harbor, on Tuesday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Russell Spary officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Run cemetery in Scottdale. Friends may call at the Kerlikowske, Starks and Beatty funeral home until 9 a.m. Tuesday, and at the church from 10 until 11 a.m.”

Brant, Edward J - The News Palladium carried a lengthy obituary for Edward J. Brant on 02 Feb 1916 it partially reads: “Edward J. Brant, One Benton Harbor’s First Executives, Dies At Home This morning Man With Vision Of Greater City, Identified With Manifold Interests Cleared Hundreds Acres Timber; Was Unique Figure By the passing today of Edward Brant into that inner room over which the curtain of mystery is forever drawn, Benton Harbor loses one of its most unique personalities. Mr. Brant has been … for … days past at the home, Sunnyside Morton avenue, but Tuesday evening appeared bright and cheerful. About 10 o’clock this morning he was seized with a sudden collapse and passed quickly into his last long sleep.
    Linked With Pioneer Days. Perhaps no man in the twin cities or Berrien county was so intimately linked with the real pioneer days of this section as was this man whose association with the early phase of its growth. Deceased was a native of Ohio where his birth occurred in 1845. He is survived by a widow, Martha J. Carpenter Brant, to whom he was married in Watervliet township, two daughters Mrs. Fred B. Collins, wife of ex-Sheriff F. B. Collins, of this city, Mrs. Wm. Beck of Coloma, and one son Mason Brant of Coloma, and two grandchildren, Miss Hallie Collins of this city and Lincoln Beck of Coloma. Another daughter, Mrs. Alfred Withoff, died several years ago in Toledo, Ohio Saw Greater Benton Harbor. It was Mr. Brant, who saw the Greater Benton Harbor with the vision that was denied some of his associates of that early day. He built with the clear preception that the twin cities were one day to become linked as one; that Benton Harbor was to become the city towards which it is now rapidly striding, a metropolis of southwestern Michigan. With this end in view he gave to Benton Harbor the cities first fine modern hotel, the Benton, with the block surrounding. This hostelry was erected when the town numbered some 2,500 people, before paved streets, waterworks, a street railway, or any of the improvements which some years later graces the city, had even been born in the minds of its leading citizens. For some years he was the hotels successful manager, becoming widely known after the state of his hospitality. Mr. Brant was a Democrat. He served as mayor with a nice perception that characterized the business of his life. His administration was characterized by his efforts for the citys betterment and advancement, characterized also by his endorsement of all forces that would work for the benefit of the whole people, working indefatigably against those forces that were …imical. Some twelve years ago Mr. Brant’s life was saved by the late Dr. George Bell, by the use of salt treatment. For days the city’s ex-mayor lingered between life and death, finally triumphing with the prompt and efficient action of one of Benton harbor’s most beloved physicians.” This obituary goes on to include statements from his peers and was continued from page one to page three. The following day there was a brief notice carried that reads: “Edw J. Brant Funeral Sunday Funeral services for the late Edward J. Brant will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the home, Sunnyside, Morton Avenue. Although Mr. Brant was one of the first and one of the prominent members of the Masonic order, it has not been decided whether the services will be under the auspices of that body.”

Brant, Ella
The Niles Daily Star carried the death notice for Ella Brant on 12 Nov 1958 and it reads: “Mrs. Ella Brant Galien-Mrs. Ella Brant, 90, a lifelong Galien area resident, died at 6:30a.m. today in Berrien County Hospital, Berrien Center. Mrs. Brant had been a patient at the hospital intermittently since she suffered a broken hip in a fall in her home several weeks ago. … to be removed to the Connelly Funeral Home where arrangements are incomplete.” The following day this notice was carried in the same newspaper: “Brant Rites Set Galien-Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Brant, 90, who died early Wednesday at the Berrien Center Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Galien Methodist Church with the Rev. Philip Brown, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Galien Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kenney-Connelly Funeral Home in Galien.”

Brant, Elias
Elias A. Brant’s obituary was carried in the New Palladium on 18 Jan 1946 and reads: “E.A. Brant, Sawyer Resident, Is Dead Sawyer, Jan 18-Elias A. Brant, 79, prominent resident of Sawyer, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at his home after an illness of seven months. Born Oct. 15, 1866 in Pipestone township where he lived most of his life in Sawyer and was a carpenter by trade. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Jane Brant, who died six years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Grace Doyle of New Carlisle, Ind.; Mrs. Pearl E. Zeigler of Sawyer; and one granddaughter, Mrs. Burdette Sexton of Sawyer. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Tine Myers of Bridgman, Mrs. Cora Blakeman and Mrs. Maude Manudsyln of Bridgman. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hall funeral home of Bridgman where friends may call until the hour of the service. The Rev. Frederick Williams, pastor of the Olivet Congregational church of Bridgman will officiate and burial will be made in New Troy cemetery in New Troy.

Brant, Eliza nee Critzer
Eliza Brant’s obituary was carried by the News Palladium on 27 May 1957 and reads: “Mrs. Eliza Brant Bridgman, May 27-Mrs. Eliza Brant, 91, died at her home on route 1, Bridgman, at 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Although she had been in poor health about two weeks her death was unexpected. She was born Aug. 11, 1865, in Oronoko township and spent her entire lifetime in Berrien county. Her husband Jeff Brant died in 1930. Mrs. Brant is survived by four children, Mrs. Eather O’Barton of Sawyer, Mrs. Harry Spaulding of Bridgman, Lloyd Brant of Sawyer and Mrs. Elmer Myers of Bridgman; three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Calderwood of Benton Harbor, and Mrs. Clara Huff and Mrs. Mary Swartz, both of Buchanan; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Boyd funeral chapel. The Rev. Frederick Williams, pastor of Olivet Congregational church will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Boyd funeral chapel.”

Brandt, Homer - The Niles Daily Star carried an obituary for Homer Brant on 03 Jul 1948 and it reads: "Homer Brant, 58 Sumnerville, July 3-Last rites for Homer Bison Brant, 58, Dowagiac, the father of Kenneth Brant, Sumnerville, will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Eau Claire Bowerman funeral home. The Rev. Seth Clay will officiate, and burial will be in the Shanghai cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Brant died Thursday in the university hospital, Ann Arbor, where he was taken Tuesday. He was born Dec. 13, 1889 in Berrien county. Surviving are his widow and nine other children: Mrs. Martha Walters, Mrs. Claude Keller, Mrs. Arnold Doberstein and Charles, all of Eau Claire; Elmer and Frank, of Dowagiac; Henry of Memphis, Tenn.; David of Lapeer; and Frances at home."
     The Herald Palladium carried an obituary on 03 Jul 1948 and it reads: "Homer B. Brant Eau Claire, July 2-Homer B. Brant, 58, a former resident of Eau Claire and recently of Dowagiac, died at the University hospital, Ann Arbor, Thursday. Mr. Brant was born in Berrien county on Dec 13, 1889, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brant. He leaves his wife, Stella; six sons, Henry of Memphis, Tenn., Kenneth of Sommerville, Mich., Charles of Eau Claire, David of Lapeer, and Elmer and Frank of Dowagiac; four daughters, Mrs. Claude Keller and Mrs. Rinold Daberstein and Miss Frances Brant, Dowagiac, and Mrs. Martha Walters, Eau Claire; seven brothers, T. C. Brant of Platka, Fla., W. C. Brant of Sulphur Springs, Fla., Frank Brant and John Matthews of Boynton, Fla., James Brant of Benton Harbor, Dave Brant of Muskegon, and Clyde Brant of Madison, Ill., and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Bowerman funeral home here, with the Rev. Seth Clay, pastor of the Eau Claire Community Congregational church, officiating. Burial will be in the Shanghai cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Bowerman funeral home until 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon." 

Brandt, Fannie - The Herald Palladium carried an obituary on 14 Sep 1985 for Fannie Brant and it reads: "Mrs. Fannie Brant, 87, formerly of Benton Harbor, died Friday at Berrien General Hospital, Berrien Center. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service, Benton Harbor, where friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Berrien Springs. Mrs. Brant was born Dec. 23, 1897, in Colburn, Ind. She retired in 1968 from the former V-M Corporation, Benton Harbor, where she was employed for 20 years. Survivors include: one daughter, Mrs. James (Irene) Dew of Benton Harbor; one brother, Harold Burns of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Opal Eggert of Deltona, Fla.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert, and one son, Fred Loughmiller in 1974." 

Brant, Hiram - The News Palladium carried an obituary for Hiram Brant on 06 Aug 1914 and it reads: “Hiram Brant, Pioneer, Passed Away Today Hiram Brant, county pioneer, residing at Coloma, passed away in that village early this morning. Since March of this year, Mr. Brant had undergone three separate operations, one in Chicago, one in Mercy hospital of this city and then the last effort to save his life, third in Coloma last Saturday, and all were unsuccessful. The deceased was a life long resident of this county. Sixty year ago he was born in Sodus township and he had never left the county of his birth. Beside the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Arabelle Kemp of this city, and three sons, E. C. Brant of this city, Jason of Coloma and Martin of Los Angeles, Cal., survive. For over half a year Mr. Brant …sudered with his incurable malady and the end was long expected. Funeral plans have not been completed, and will be announced later.” No follow-up was found.

Brant, Jefferson
Jefferson W. Brant’s obituary was carried in the New Palladium on 29 Mar 1930 and reads: “Hold Services For J.W. Brant Sawyer, March 29-Funeral services were held this afternoon for Jeff W. Brant, 72, whose home for more than 30 years had been in Browntown, near Sawyer. Mr. Brant, a lifelong resident of Berrien county, died last Wednesday morning after an illness that began two years ago. Until that time he had been active and in good health. Because of the storm and snow blocked roads arrangements for the funeral were not made until yesterday by Undertaker W.F. Hall of Bridgman. The services today were conducted by Rev. John English of New Troy, and were held at 1 o’clock at the Brant home in Browntown and 2 o’clock at the Bridgman Congregational church. Nephews were bearers. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery at Bridgman.”

Brant, Jerusha nee Wright
A death notice was carried in Jerusha Brant the South Bend Tribune on Friday August 6, 1915. It reads: “The Mortuary Record. Mrs. Phillip Brant Mrs. Phillip Brant, a former resident of South Bend, died this morning at her home in Bridgman, Mich. She is the mother of Mrs. Albert Norton, 1120 Allen street, who will leave to-night for Bridgman. Funeral arrangements have not been made.”

Brant, Joseph
An obituary for Joseph Brant was carried in the Ludington Daily News on 03 Nov 1952 and it reads: “Joseph Brant Dies Saturday Joseph Brant, 79, died at his farm home in Sherman township Saturday evening following a lingering illness. He was born Dec. 24, 1872, at Berrien Springs and had lived in Sherman township for 48 years. Those who survive are his widow, Emma; one son, Walter of Muskegon; and three nephews. Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from fountain Methodist church with the Rev. Mr. Andrew E. Johnson, pastor of the Trinity Evangelical Free church of Ludington, Officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery. The body will remain at Stephens chapel in Scottville until time of services.” Joseph was the son of Norman and Amanda (Brant) Brant of Berrien County. DOD 01 Nov 1952

Brant, Lacey
Lacey Brant’s death notice was carried in the The Daily Palladium printed in Benton Harbor, Michigan on 18 Sep 1891, under a segment about news from Hollywood. Hollywood was a small village in Royalton Township, Berrien County, Michigan. This death notice reads: “Lacey Brant was born in Maradon, Genesee county, N. Y., Nov. 18, 1810. Moved from there to Pennsylvania and was married to Angeline Brown Nov. 29, 1830. Moved from Pennsylvania to Michigan in 1839, where he lived until his death, which occurred Sept. 11, 1891. He was 81 years 9 months and 8 days old. The funeral services were preached at 12 o’clock Sunday, Rev A. W. Willis officiating. The deceased was a soldier in the war of ’61 and the G. A. R. of St. Joseph was largely represented.” Maradon should read Macedon. Some believe that his burial site is in the Spring Run Cemetery where there is a Civil War Marker for Wm. L. Brant and this marker does bear his unit for his Civil War service. I, however, have never seen any documents that show his first name as Wm.

Brant, Lloyd
Lloyd Brant’s obituary was carried in the New Palladium on 28 Oct 1957 and reads: “Lloyd Brant Sawyer, Oct. 28-Lloyd Brant, 68, Sawyer, died at his home at 8:10 a.m. today after an illness covering the past year. Mr. Brant was born Nov. 18, 1888, in Sawyer, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Brant. He spent his entire life in Sawyer and was a general building contractor. Survived by his wife, Katherine; and three daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Lehmann of Sawyer, Mrs. Steven Sperry of Sawyer and Mrs. Doris Bradley of South Haven; one son, Donald of Sawyer. Six grandchildren and one great grandson. Three sisters, Mrs. Eather O’Barton of Sawyer, Mrs. Harry Spaulding and Mrs. Elmer Myers, both of Bridgman, also survive. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the H.B. Connelly funeral home in Three Oaks. Burial will follow in Riverside cemetery in Riverside. Friends may call at the H.B. Connelly funeral home until the service.”

Brant, Martha (Carpenter) - The News Palladium carried an obituary for Martha Brant on 08 Nov 1928 and it reads: “Mrs. Ed. Brant Dies; Widow Of Former Mayor Old Resident Of City Expires Wednesday Afternoon At Age of 79 Mrs. Edward Brant, widow of the late Edward Brant, died Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at her home, Sunnside, corner Morton and Greene, Morton Hill. Mrs. Brant was one of the oldtime residents of the city, the mother of Mrs. Fred Collins. She was 79. Mr. Brant was prominent in Benton Harbor for many years as the proprietor of the Hotel Benton. He served as a Democratic mayor of Benton Harbor and for many years was linked prominently with the business and civic interests of the town. After his death Mrs. Brant left the Hotel Benton and made her home at ‘Sunnyside’. Arrangements for the funeral were being completed by the son and two daughters today. Death Shock To Friends While Mrs. Brant has been unable, due to illness, to be out much of the time in the last few years, and has been confined to the house with a broken hip since October 14, news of her passing, nevertheless, was a shock to scores of twin city friends. The surviving son and daughters are as follows: Mason Brant, of Coloma; Mrs. William Becht, of Coloma, and Mrs. Fred B. Collins, Benton Harbor; one grandson, Lincoln Becht, Coloma; one granddaughter, Mrs. Stanley Patrick, of Battle Creek; three great grandchildren, Kathryn Jean and Gordon C. Patrick of Battle Creek, and Jack Edward Becht, son of Lincoln Becht, Coloma. Mrs. Stanley Patrick is the well known radio ‘Mother Goose’ entertainer whose delightful stories have been broadcasted for several years. Born In Canada Mrs. Brant was born in St. Marys, Canada, April 14, 1849. Her family came over on the Mayflower and settled in the east. She drew friends to her like a magnet, and was highly esteemed by many not only in the twin cities but in Coloma and Watervliet, in which she and the late Edward Brant passed many of the happiest years of their married life. The two great grandchildren are the daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Patrick, both former well known residents of this city. Mrs. Patrick was formerly Miss Hallie Collins, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Collins. Organized Street Railway The late former Mayor Edward Brant, husband of deceased, died at the age of 71 on February 2, 1916. He dropped dead in his home after a short illness. Mar. Brant was a widely known and prominent pioneer financier of Benton Harbor. At one time the former city executive was a village trustee and also acted in that capacity in the village of St. Joseph at one time. Mr. Brant played a large part in the industrial growth of the twin cities. He was one of the organizers of the original Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Street Railway & Light company, recently sold to other interests. He was one of the organizers of the present Farmers & Merchants National Bank & Trust Co. of which he had always been a director. He also engaged heavily in real estate. Built Hotel Benton One of Mr. Brant’s largest real estate ventures was the building of the Hotel Benton, still standing on the northeast corner of Main and Pipestone streets. He built what has been known for many years as the Hotel Benton block, the corner on which the American National Bank & Trust Co. Now stands. Engaged In Lumber Industry When a young man Mr. Brant became interested in the lumber industry. In his operations he had a sawmill at Covert and bought a large tract of land at Watervliet. It was in the height of his business career that he came to the twin cities. He first located in St. Joseph. That was about 47 years ago. Then he and Mrs. Brant moved to Benton Harbor. During his lifetime Mr. Brant saw Benton Harbor and St. Joseph grow from villages to thriving cities. Benton Harbor had a population of only 2,000 when he came here to reside. He became a business authority in the city’s industrial, civic, political and banking interests. Well Know Mason Mr. Brant was well known in Masonic circles and his deceased widow was a prominent member of the Order of Eastern Star.” - Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Brant, Mason - The News Palladium carried an obituary for Mason Brant on 10 Mar 1944 and it reads: “Mason W. Brant Dies; Lifelong Coloma Resident Mason W. Brant, 77, Coloma dies at 11 P.m. last evening at mercy hospital. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brant, early pioneers of Berrien county, and was born at the old Brant homestead in Coloma, where he resided until his death. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clohe Brant; two sisters, Mrs. Fred B. Collins, of Benton harbor, and Mrs. Carried Becht, of Coloma; one niece, Mrs. Hallie Patrick, of St. Joseph; and one nephew, Lincoln Becht, of Coloma. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Dean chapel with Dr. H. A. Blanning, pastor of the First Congregational church officiating. Interment will be in the family mausoleum at the city cemetery in St. Joseph. Frinds may call at the Dean mortuary.”
Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Brant, William
The News Palladium carried the obituary of William Brant on 11 Apr 1931 and it reads: “William Brant, 84, Of Livingston Dies; Rites Sunday Bridgman, April 11-Funeral services will be held here Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the First Congregational church for the late William Brant, 84, who died Friday at his home in Livingston. The Rev. Ferderic Williams will officiate and burial will follow in the Greenwood cemetery. The casket bearers will be Bert Brant, Aney Brant, Claude Brant, John Mast, William Mead and Roscoe Decker. The late Mr. Brant had been ill 10 years. He suffered a stroke several years ago and the effects of the stroke and the weakness of his advanced age kept him confined to his bed for a long interval. The deceased is survived by his wife, two sons, Claude of Galien and Anzey of Benton Harbor; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Richardson of Benton Harbor and Mrs. Grace Mast of Livingston, and two step daughters, Mrs. Frank Decker and Mrs. William Mead. Five grandchildren also survive. One son, Robert died fourteen years ago.”

Breland, Thad
The Niles Daily star carried the obituary of Thad Breland on 23 Jul 1971: “Thad G. Breland Buchanan-Thad G. Breland, 55, Galien, died Friday at Benton Harbor Mercy Hospital from injuries he suffered Monday … machine overturned on him. He was employed by the Berrien County Road Commission. Mr. Breland was born March 1, 1916, in Vicksburg, Miss., and married Margaret Henspeter on July 29, 1937. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Thad Jr., a sister, Mrs. Lyle Smith of South Bend, three daughters, Mrs. Jack Phillippi, Mrs. Ronald Hein and Mary, all of Galien and his mother, Mrs. Phenie Pease of Buchanan. Other survivors are four half-sisters, Mrs. Audry Diamond of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Orville Sprick of Lake City, Minn., Mrs. Helen Tucker of Brayton, Fla. And Mrs. James Will of Niles and six half-brothers, Clarence Pease of Kendalville, Ind., Delorn Pease of Keystone, Ind., Leonard and Clayton Pease, both of Buchanan, and Denver and Burl Pease of Roanoke, Ind. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Swem-Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joseph Polmounter officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Saturday. Burial will be in Galien Cemetery.”
Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Bryant, John L. - The Niles Republican carried an obituary for John L. Bryant on 18, Jan, 1851 and it reads:  "Death of John L. Briant Scarce had the news of the death of young Compton reached us, ere we are called upon to the list of the dead from this village in California.  John L. Briant, son of Lewis Briant, than whom no more noble or enterprising spirit ever crossed the plains, fell a victim to the dysentary or cholres, on or about the 13th on November, aged 21 years last June.  He had been in California near two years, and father and mother, brothers and sisters were daily expecting him home when the sad tidings of his death reached St. Joseph in a letter from Jas. B. Larue.  Mr Larue writes that John L. Briant had watched over him during a severe illness and saved his life.  In turn, Mr. Larue watched over and administered to John, but to no avail.  Thus another family and numberous friends are called to mourn one of the brightest youths in the country. Truly California may be called the grave yard of America." Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

 Bryant, Lewis - Berrien County record carried an obituary for Lewis Bryant on 12 Dec 1878 and it reads: "Died December 1, 1878, in Dallas, Texas, after a brief illness, LEWIS BRYANT, aged 78 years. Father Bryant was born in New Jersey. Went with his father to Cincinnati, O., when he was 10 years of age, where he lived until 1836, when he came to Berrien Co., Mich., living on Terre Coupee prairie until 1866, when he removed to Buchanan. He went to Iowa, Oct, 1877, and six weeks before his death, to Texas. He became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Buchanan at its organization, and was for many years an officer in the Church. He was an active living Christian and looked up to as a father by all who knew him, and in his death the Church to which he belonged and the whole community feel that they have lost a good man and a good citizen."
Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Bryant, Nathaniel - Berrien County record carried the following obituary on 17 Sep 1891 and it reads: " There was a double funeral at Olive Branch Church in Galien township, Tuesday, being that of Nathaniel Bryant, age 57 years, and one of the oldest settlers of Galien township, and of William Swank, aged 26 years, son of William and Bethial Swank, who died in his infancy, since which time he had been a member of the family of his uncle, Richard Swank. a long sickness of Consumption was the cause of his death. The two persons mentioned above were nearly related, and while the two deaths were in differnt homes they were from one family, and the remains of both buried on the same lot. The funeral services of Mr. Swank were conducted by Rev. J. F. Bartmess, of this place, and that of Mr. Bryant by Rev. Mr. Cloud, of Olive Branch church, and the burial ritual jointly by the two" Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Bryant, Susan - Berrien County Record carried an obituary for Susan Bryant on 03 Sep 1874 and it reads: "Died, August 27th, 1874, in Buchanan, Mrs. SUSAN F. BRYANT, wife of Lewis Bryant, in the 70th year of her age. The deceased was born in Nantucket, Mass. When quite young she removed with her parents to Cincinnati, Ohio. She was married to Mr. Lewis Bryant in 1825. In 1835 they came to Michigan, making their home a few miles from Buchanan, and more recently in Buchanan. Mrs. Bryant, during her last sickness, which was of but five days continuance, spoke of death with the utmost calmness and hopefulness. To her "dying was but going home." She rested sweetly and confidingly on the merits and promise of Jesus, without a doubt or fear respecting the future. The entire community will miss her. The Church of which she was a member has lost one of its most devoted exeplary members. Her family has been bereft of one whose teachings, example and influence as a christian wife and mother were most lovely and estimable. She lived and died a christian. In her life and eath she has taught us all how to live and how to died. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" ( Susan's maiden name was Hatch. )
Contributed by: William Brackett at brackettwilliam@yahoo.com

Bryarly, Harold D. Jr.
MOTTVILLE--Harold D. "Bud" Bryarly Jr., 58, of 69639 Thomas Rd., died at his home after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 22, 1938, in Elkhart, IN, a son of Harold Dale and Evelyn (Drudge) Bryarly Sr. On April 18, 1959, he married Nancy L. Green in Niles. They moved to Mottville Twp., White Pigeon, MI in 1968. He was employed at Interstate Manufacturing in Mottville for six years as a trimmer in the wood department. He also owned the Mottville Black Powder Shop and was a trader of black powder items and muzzle loaders. He was a member of the St. Joseph County Conversation Club of Sturgis, director of the Black Powder Range, and was affiliated with the Pokagon Long Rifles, Brothers of the Wind of Indiana and other groups of the Pre-1840's Rendezvous reinactments of the old days. Surviviing are his wife: two daughters, Mrs. Kim (Pamela) Bigelow of Mottville, and Paula Wilson-Case of Scottville; one son, Harold D. Bryarly III of Mottville; five grandchildren, Nicholas and Matthew Bigelow, Kelly and Zebulon Wilson, and Joseph Case; his mother, Evelyn Artley of Elkhart, IN; four sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Sharon) Neely, Janice Alwine, Mrs. Danny (Mary) Dull, and Mrs. Doug (Nancy) Albaugh, all of Elkhart, IN; one brother, Richard C. Artley of Elkhart, IN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; his stepfather, Eugene D. Artley, and his grandparents. There will bo no visitaion. Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mottville Bible Church with the Rev. Dennis Snyder officating. Memorials may be directed to the Hospice pf Sturgis or thew Mottville Bible CHurch. Envelopes are available at the Farrand Funeral Home, which handled the arrangements. Taken From the Sturgis Journal October 1996

Contributed By Paula Wilson-Case


Bryarly, Nancy L.

Feb. 7, 1939 - April 22, 2006
WHITE PIGEON - Nancy Lou Bryarly, 67, died at 7:18 p.m. Saturday in Sturgis Hospital after an illness. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Bigelow of White Pigeon and Paula Wilson-Case of LaGrange; a son, Harold D. III of White Pigeon; and a sister, Mary A. Burdue of Niles. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Mottville Bible Church. There will be no visitation. Farrand Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Taken From the South Bend Tribune, 25 April 2006

White Pigeon--Nancy Lou Bryarly, 67, of 69639 Thomas Rd., Mottville Twp., Mich., died Saturday, April 22, 2006 at Sturgis Hospital after a one week illness. She was born Feburary 7, 1939 in Battle Creek, Mich., a daughter of Willard S. and Neva (Mayo) Green. She has lived in the Mottville area since 1968, coming from Niles, Mich. On April 18, 1959, she married Harold D. Bryarly Jr. in Niles. He died October 27, 1996. She was a homemaker and had worked at Syndicate Store Fixtures in Middlebury, Ind. and Kenco. She was a self-employed housekeeper. She was an honorary member of the Pokagon Long Rifles, the Medicine Bear Clan, and Brothers of the Wind. Her greatest joy was helping raise her grandchildren and great-grandchild; and helping them to obtain their goals. Surviving are: two daughters, Pamela Bigelow of White Pigeon and Paula Wilson- Case (Mike Schneider)of LaGrange, Ind.; one son Harold D. Bryarly III of White Pigeon. Five grandchildren: Nicholas and Matthew Bigelow, Mrs.Larry(Kelly) Cowels, Zebulon Wilson, and Joseph Case; a great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Bigelow; Three step great-grandchildren; Larry Jr.,Nathan and Jesse Cowels; a sister, Mary Ann Burdue of Niles. She was proceeded in death by her parents and her husband. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at 2p.m. Thursday at the Mottville Bible church with Rev.Micheal Bender and Rev.Ted Jones officiating. Arrangements are being handled by the Farrand Funeral Home of White Pigeon. Memorials may be made to the White Pigeon Township library or the Mottville Bible Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Taken From The Sturgis Journal, April 25, 2006

Contributed By Paula Wilson-Case

Bunnel - Mrs. Hazel Bunnel – (Niles Daily Star – December 7, 1972) NILES – Mrs. Hazel Bunnel, 81, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday in her home at Oak Park, Ill. Born May 25, 1891, in Berrien Center,
Mrs. Bunnel had lived in this area until 1913, when she moved to Chicago. Her husband, Frank, survives. In addition to her husband, survivors include three daughters, Miss Ceverena Bunnel at home; Mrs. Virginia Bradtke of Chicago, and Mrs. Kathleen Kafora of San Antonio, Tex., and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Pifer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ray Cunningham of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Berrien Center. Friends may call at the funeral home.


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