|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1847, Denmark|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 1927|
Andrea Yesenia Schmechel was born in Reba, Denmark on October 23, 1847. On February 28, 1867, When she was 19 years old, she left her home to come to America with some friends. Her own family had all passed away and she was alone in the world. According to her journal, she left for America on March 2, 1867 aboard the ship the Hammonia and arrived in New York Harbor on March 16, 1867. It was snowing when she arrived.
Andrea settled in Clinton, Iowa and worked as a servant for a family. On the 28th of October, 1863 she married Henry Kirk Brainard in Marengo, Iowa. Sometime between 1863 and 1874) they moved to Hopkins, Missouri (1880 census shows them in Hopkins, MO and Charles their son was born and died in Hopkins) and settled on the outside edge of town where she lived until her death.
Nine children would come from their union. Seven would die in infancy and two daughters, Eva and Hennreyette would live into adulthood. We believe her children were...Henreyette who was called Etta, two children died whose names are unknown, child four was Charles who was born and died in 1874. Child five was Roxylena who was born and died in 1875, child six was James who was born and died in 1877, child 7 was Eva who lived into adulthood, child eight was Adam who was born in 1880 and died in 1881, and the ninth child was Bertha who was born and died in 1884.
Andrea was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Denmark when she was fourteen years old and remained a Lutheran all through her life. She had seven grand children and eight great grandchildren.
Before her death, Andrea became quite feeble according to her obituary, but her mental faculties were well preserved and she was always interested in her friends and appreciative of their fellowship. She was held in high esteem by all who knew her and her going is regarded with tender solicitation.
Information for this biography was taken from her personal journal that she kept on her trip to America, from census documents and from her obituary that was published in the Hopkins Journal p1, c1 February 10, 1927.
Henry Kirk Brainard (1845 - 1910)*
Charles Brainard (____ - 1874)*
Heneryette Margratia Brainard Trimble (1869 - 1958)*
Roxylena Brainard (1875 - 1875)*
James Brainard (1877 - 1877)*
Eve Mae Brainard Gray (1879 - 1944)*
Adam Brainard (1880 - 1881)*
Bertha F Brainard (1884 - 1884)*
Created by: Family History Detective
Record added: Jan 13, 2013
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Rest in Peace my dear Great Great Grandmother! I am proud of you for the courage you had to travel to America and leave your homeland and for how respected you were during your time on earth!|
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