|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1859|
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1942|
Born the second of six children of Thees (sic) & Catherina Margaret 'Ada' Helmer Gerken in Granstedt, Old Kingdom Hanover, Lena immigrated to USA in 1881 to Helmer relatives near Strawn, Livingston Co. IL.
Her family spelled her name GERKIN, although her brother and mother spelled GERKEN. It is spelled GERCKEN or GERKHEN in their Hanover parish.
Lena married John Theodore Brandt, Sr. in Strawn on June 18, 1882. They farmed near Strawn where 11 children were born. In 1905 they bought a farm north of LaHarpe, IL moved there with their family and continued farming.
The names of several of the children are not in the extended Gerken family records. Child Metta Brandt, 1894-1909, buried in this cemetery may be theirs. Information is welcome.
Lena was an avid gardener. She delighted in sending a large bouquet home with each visitor. She was also a committed member of the Evangelical Methodist Church.
The Selsingen parish in Hanover shows her birth date as 1859. That disagrees with the tombstone, I realize. I am showing the official church record.
Catherina Margaret Helmers Gerken (1834 - 1907)
John Theodore Brandt (1854 - 1941)*
John Theodore Brandt (1886 - 1937)*
Catherine Margaret Brandt Helmers (1888 - 1954)*
Christian Harmon Brandt (1890 - 1983)*
Henry Leonard Brandt (1892 - 1987)*
Edward Brandt (1893 - 1964)*
Magdalena "Lena" Brandt Puckett (1896 - 1970)*
Margaretha Gerken Meyer (1858 - 1910)*
Magdalena Gerkin Brandt (1859 - 1942)
Johann Gerken (1868 - 1937)*
La Harpe Cemetery
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Jan 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7113576
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You loved your church nearly as much as your family.|
Added: Jan. 7, 2009
I have never forgotten the doll with the china head you gave me when I was very small. May you rest in honored peace, dear great-aunt.|
Added: Feb. 16, 2007
May your generosity shine on out of the love you spread.|
Added: Mar. 2, 2003