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Magdalena Gerken Brandt
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1859
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death: Feb. 20, 1942
Hancock County
Illinois, USA

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.

She sometimes spelled her name GERKIN, although it is never spelled that way 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. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Catherina Margaret Helmers Gerken (1834 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  John Theodore Brandt (1854 - 1941)*
 
 Children:
  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)*
 
 Siblings:
  Margaretha Gerken Meyer (1858 - 1910)*
  Magdalena Gerken Brandt (1859 - 1942)
  Johann Gerken (1868 - 1937)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
La Harpe Cemetery
La Harpe
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Jan 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7113576
Magdalena <i>Gerken</i> Brandt
Added by: Shawdau
 
Magdalena <i>Gerken</i> Brandt
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Added by: Marcia
 
 
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You loved your church nearly as much as your family.
-Anonymous
 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.
- Rosetta
 Added: Feb. 16, 2007
May your generosity shine on out of the love you spread.
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 2, 2003
 
 
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