When he was 25, he married his first wife, Eliza Adams, on June 23, 1850 in Clark County. Eliza was born in Ohio on August 25, 1827.
Henry and Eliza's children included:
Adam Wesley Branstiter (1851-1869), John R. Branstiter (1853-1888, married Emily Horn),
Daniel Mario Branstiter (1858-1915),
Sarah Ellen Branstiter Burger (1863-1925), and
Mary Etti C. Branstiter Turk (1866).
Henry and Eliza were still in Clark County in 1850. Henry was working as a laborer. They moved to Morgan County, Illinois before 1853 when their son John was born.
He was left a widower when Eliza died in 1870. The family (Henry Bronstiler) had moved to Glen Rock, Nemaha County, Nebraska by 1870. The household in 1870 consisted of Henry age 45, John age 17, Daniel age 12, Sarah age 6, and Maryetta age 3. He was a farmer. Sarah and Mary were also listed in the 1870 census in their aunt, Luticha Mallory's, household.
Henry married his second wife, Mariam Howland, in Johnson County, Nebraska. Mariam was born on June 7, 1845. Her parents were Jeremiah Howland and Hepsaba Howard.
Henry and Mariam's children included:
Anna Branstiter Lockwood (1872-1950),
Olive Euretta Branstiter Powell Bower (1876-1939, her first husband was Alvin R. Powell-1865),
Arthur A. Branstiter (1878-1929),
William H. Branstiter (1882-1883),
James Henry Branstiter (1884-1936),
Roy B. Branstiter (1887-1887), and
John Earl Branstiter (1888).
The family was still in Glen Rock in 1880. Henry was 54 and a farmer. His wife “M" (Mariam) was 35 and keeping house. The children were “D" (Daniel) age 22, Elen (Sarah Ellen) age 17, “M.E." (Mary Etti) age 14, Annie age 7, Olia (Olive) age 5, and “A" (Arthur) age 3. Francis Fanning an 18 year old laborer was also a member of the household.
He died when he was 62 years old on February 24, 1888 in Nemaha County, Nebraska and is buried at Camp Creek Cemetery in Otoe County, Nebraska with his father Daniel Branstiter, Jr. and some of his children.
After his death Mariam married Marion Reeves on November 10, 1908. Marion was born in 1845 in New York.
Mariam died on August 8, 1929 Douglas, Otoe County, Nebraska, and was buried in Douglas Cemetery.
Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.
Nebraska was not settled by many European-Americans until 1848. In the 1860s, the government took Native American land and opened it for homesteaders. Nebraska became the 37th state on March 1, 1867,
The first U.S. railroad opened in the 1830s. In 1869 the first transcontinental railway was completed.
In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.
Henry Branstiter, (age 61, Feb 1888)
Henry Branstiter, a prominent resident and leading farmer of Glen Rock precinct, died Friday last at his home of general congestion and was buried Saturday in the Camp Creek burying ground [Otoe County, Nebraska]. Mr. Branstiter was 61 years old at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and a large family of children. He was the father of John Branstiter, who died Feb. 5th. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their double affliction.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, March 2, 1888.
American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.
John R. Branstiter, (age 34y 11m 10d, 5 Feb 1888)
John R. Branstiter, of Glen Rock precinct, died at his home Saturday afternoon last of Bright's disease of the kidneys and was buried Tuesday [7 Feb 1888] at Camp Creek burying ground, [Otoe county Nebraska]. Deceased was a young and influential man in the precinct and was generally respected by all and his death cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his early death.
Source: Nemaha County Herald, Auburn, Nebraska, February 10, 1888.
Emily Ann (Horn) Branstiter Green (15 Sept 1857-17 Mar 1935)
PIONEER WOMAN PASSED BEYOND
Mrs. F. M. Green Died At Julian.
Was Native of Nemaha County and Among First White Children Born in Territory of Nebraska -- Her Entire Life Was spent Here.
Mrs. F. M. Green, a true pioneer of Nemaha county passed away at her home in Julian Sunday evening after an illness of four days. She suffered a paralytic stroke Wednesday night from which she never recovered. She was among the first white children born in the territory of Nebraska and therefore knew and experienced all the hardship of the pioneer and lived to see the crude country of her birth develop year after year and had her part in bringing about the present stage of development. And in this environment she fulfilled at all times the duty that became the lot of women reared under such conditions. She possessed all strong traits of character necessary to the pioneer woman and leaves behind the record of a long and useful life the memories of which will live long in the hearts of those who knew her.
Ann Horn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chase Horn was born in Nemaha county September 15, 1857 and had attained the age of 77 years, 6 months and 2 days. She was married in 1879 to John Branstiter and to this union seven children were born, four of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Chloe Mignery, Julian; Wesley Branstiter, Evanston, Wyo., Mrs. Myrtle Lockwood, Loesch, Mont., and Mrs. Hattie Morton, Spokane, Wash. Mr. Branstiter passed away in 1888. On October 20, 1890 she was married to Frank M. Green who survives with their two children, O. U. Green of Julian and Lay Green of Loesch, Mont.
Mrs. Green was a kin and affectionate wife and mother, always thinking of the welfare of her family and she was also a good and considerate neighbor and friend. The funeral was held at the United Brethren church in Julian Wednesday afternoon with services conducted by Rev. T. M. Langberg, Adventist pastor from Omaha assisted by Rev. L. O. Webb, pastor of the United Brethren church. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. V. Robb, Mrs. Nellie Wilberger and J. E. Epler with piano accompaniments by Mrs. Klinger, Pall bearers were J. W. Lyon, Lucien Bernard, E. Mignery, T. L. Young, J. E. Epler and C. W. Epler. Interment was made in the Camp Creek cemetery.
Nephritis is an inflammation of the kidneys. It can be caused by an infection, but is most commonly caused by autoimmune disorders that affect major organs. It was called Bright's Disease.