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Martha J. Carpenter Brant
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1849
Saint-Marys
Ontario, Canada
Death: Nov. 7, 1928
Benton Harbor
Berrien County
Michigan, USA

Wife of Edward. Death record gives place of birth as Canada and her parents as Joseph and Marie (Allen) Carpenter of Canada. The 1920 census gives her birth place as Canada, her father's as Vermont and her mother's as New York. Some published records give her death year as 1951, which is incorrect.

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." 
 
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 Spouse:
  Edward J. Brant (1845 - 1916)*
 
 Children:
  Mason W. Brant (1867 - 1944)*
  Carrie Hannah Brant Becht (1869 - 1956)*
  Ida May Brant Collins (1872 - 1951)*
  Myrtle Brant Withoft (1879 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Joseph City Cemetery
Saint Joseph
Berrien County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Mausoleum Wall B Sec 303
 
Created by: William Brackett
Record added: Oct 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43403597
Martha J. <i>Carpenter</i> Brant
Added by: William Brackett
 
Martha J. <i>Carpenter</i> Brant
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