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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ANTHONY BRATT, an aged and venerable gentleman, now leading a quiet and retired life, was born to Christopher and Elizabeth (Lee) Bratt, in the town of Stillwater, Saratoga county, New York, February 3, 1821. His grandfather, Daniel Bratt, was a native of Holland, but came to America and settled on the bank of the Hudson river, between Albany and Schenectady and established a hotel, but later, about the year 1834, emigrated to Chautauqua county, and shortly afterwards died. His principal occupation, besides keeping hotel, was farming. He was a democrat politically, like most of the early settlers of his nationality. His wife was a Dutch woman and they reared a family of five sons and two daughters. Christopher Bratt (father) was born near the Hudson river above Albany, in 1793, and later moved to Stillwater, which is located on the same stream a number of miles above. About 1834 he moved to Jamestown and farmed in connection with his other business until 1871, when he died on October 12th. Mr. Bratt married Elizabeth Lee, and she bore him three children: Elzada, married George Nelson and moved to Minnesota; Erastus (dead); and Anthony.

Anthony Bratt received his education at the schools of the localities in which his early life was passed, and after coming to Chautauqua county, in 1834, he pursued farming until ten or twelve years since when advancing years caused him to relinquish this heavy work.

Anthony Bratt has been married three times. His first wife was Eliza Lee, whom he married in 1844, and who bore him two children: Charles, now living at Bradford, is in a paper store; and Jeanette, wife of Harvey Davis, a carpenter of Jamestown. For his second wife he married Mary Lee, and had two children: Orsimus, who married Maria Juden. Mr. Bratt married for his third wife Elvira Bailey, and by her has two children: Bailey, married and resides in Jamestown; and Mary, wedded Fred. Moon and died.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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