Tombstone Tuesday–Wilbur Clarence Brandt

Wilbur Clarence Brandt, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Wilbur Clarence Brandt, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Wilbur C, Son Of
O.A. & E.R Brandt
Died Nov. 8, 1914
Aged 5 Y.
1 M.  25 D.

Wilbur Clarence Brandt was born 14 September 1909 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.  He was the son of Otto (1874-1952) and Eva (Wise) (1879-1958) Brandt. Wilbur was baptized at Zion Chatt on 3 October 1909 with his uncle Clarence Brandt serving as his sponsor.

Wilbur was enumerated in only one census, the 1910 census, when he was less than a year old. In the Brandt household in 1910: Otto A, 36; Eva R, 34; Ester M, 5; Carl L, 3; Wilbur C, 0; and William Riches, 20. The family lived on what was called Brandt Pike, south of Willshire in Blackcreek Township, and Otto was a farmer. [1]

Wilbur Brandt died of an epileptic convulsion in Blackcreek Township on 8 November 1914 at the age of 5 years, 1 month, and 24 days. He was buried on the 10th. Rev. Gahre in charge of the service and S.S. Buchanan, Willshire, was in charge of the arrangements. [2] According to Zion Chatt’s records Wilbur was survived by his parents, brothers, sisters, and relatives of the Otto Brandt.

Wilbur Brandt had the following siblings:
Esther Laura Maria (1905-2000), married Omer M. Havens
Carl Louis (1906-2000), married Mabel Emely Morrison [3]
Bernice May (1912-2008), married Charles W. Shell
Herbert Wilson (1914-2014), married Anna Fahncke
Miriam Louisa (1918-2003), married Dean V. Baughman


[1] 1910 U.S. census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 107, p.8B, dwelling 178, family 179, Otta A Brandt;; FHL microfilm 1375227, NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch, Wilber C Brandt, 8 Nov 1914; Mercer County; file no. 62078; FHL microfilm 1983285.

[3] Carl’s name is shown as Carl Arthur in his baptism record at Zion Chatt, but as Carl Louis on his tombstone.


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