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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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SAMUEL STETTLE BRANT, the son of Washington R. and Sarah (Stettle) Brant, was born September 3, 1866, in Limerick township, Montgomery county.

Washington R. Brant (father) was a miller for many years, also engaged in the produce business. He now resides on a farm in Limerick township, his farm adjoining that of his son, Samuel S. Brant, which is in Lower Pottsgrove township. He is a Democrat, and has been a school director for many years.

Samuel Brant (grandfather) resided on the farm now occupied by his son Washington in Limerick township, which, however, Washington Brant has rebuilt, putting a handsome home on the place. Samuel Brant died many years ago, and is buried in Limerick township. His wife was Salome (Rahn) Brant and died several years later than her husband. She is also buried in Limerick township.

Washington R. Brant (father) had eight children, two of whom, Mary and Rebecca, died very young. The living are: Frank, married Helen Longacre of Pottstown, and they reside in Philadelphia, where he is superintendent of circulation of the “North American” newspaper; Samuel S.; Annie, unmarried and resides with her parents; Erwin, married Lizzie Geist, of Pottstown, and resides in Reading, Pennsylvania, he is engaged in the produce business, and is president of the Pasturized Milk Company of Reading; Emma Catharine, unmarried and resides at home; Newton Cleveland, assists his father on the farm.

Samuel S. Brant attended school until he was eighteen years of age. He worked on his father’s farm until he was twenty-five years of age, except one year spent in work on other farms. He married Miss Ella Rahn, daughter of H. G, and Sarah Rahn, of Lower Pottsgrove. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stettle Brant have two children: Louis Bickel and Sarah Rahn Brant.

Mr. Brant is a Democrat in politics. He started to farm for himself seven years ago, and now enjoys the reputation of being one of the most prosperous farmers in the neighborhood. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum, and of the P. O. S. of A. of Pottstown.

H. G. Rahn, father of Mrs. Brant, is a farmer in Lower Pottsgrove township, and has been a lifelong resident of the township.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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