Bio: Braman, Amos (History - 1840)

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----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin, Family Photos of Karen Quackenbush.


                                                     Amos Braman & Family

AMOS BRAMAN, a prosperous stock farmer and dairyman of Section 17, Levis Township, was born in the state of New York, Oct. 11, 1840, son of Seth and Dorcas (Green) Braman. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, was reared and married in that state, He and his wife reared eight children: Hannah, Assel, Mary, Ann, Jim, Olive, Sabrey and Amos. Amos Braman remained at home until the death of his mother, which occurred when he was 2 years and 6 months old. He then went to live with his married sister, and they moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., when he was about 5 years old and there he attended school. At the age of 18 he began work at the carpenter's trade, at which he worked subsequently as a journeyman. Three years after he entered upon this occupation he married Nancy Fish, whose father, Lyman Fish, was a farmer in Michigan. He then went to live on a farm near town, but continued to work at his trade for seven years in that locality. He then moved to Crawford County, where he and his family resided from 1868 to 1892, a period of twenty-four, years. At the end of that time Mr. Braman came to Clark County and bought eighty acres of land in Section 17, Levis Township. There was a small log shack on the place and he had a team of horses and two cows. Thus equipped he began the work of improvement, two years later building an eight-room frame house, and in 1910 a barn, 34 by 48 feet in size. He has now fifty acres cleared and has an orchard of 130 trees, seventy of which-apple, pear, cherry and plum-are bearing. Mr. Braman also raises graded Jersey cattle and Jersey Red hogs.


He aided in starting the creamery at Dell's Dam and has taken a prominent part in various local affairs. He was school director nine years and justice of the peace twelve years, and for fifty years he has been an elder of the Presbyterian Church and superintendent of Sunday schools, of which he has organized twelve.


The following children have been born to him and his wife: Loretta, now Mrs. Steven Marten, of Crawford County, Wis., who has four children, Herbert, Dollie, William and Frederick Mary, wife of Joseph Bacan (Bacon?), of Crawford County, Wis., and the mother of six children, Amos, Harry, Gladys, Marie, Pearl and Floyd George, a resident of Idaho, who married Jennie Johnson, and has one child, Elva Carl, who is now deceased Perle, residing at home, and who married Esther Larson and Addie, now Mrs. Victor Horton, who lives in Levis Township, and has two children, Vivian and Clyde. Mrs. Braman died Oct. 26, 1913.


The Amos & Nancy Braman Farm in Clark County, Wisconsin


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Nancy & Amos Braman


Braman Siblings (Close-up)

The photo above was labeled "Grandpa Braman with his brothers and sisters." If you've seen photos of Amos, it's pretty obvious which one he is (front row, left).  Some of the others resemble older versions of people I have pictures of, but I can't identify them. Since most of his siblings remained in Michigan and New York, I don't know how they could have all gotten together.  Also, if you look on the left side of the photo, there's a faucet (when did they install outdoor faucets??), so I'm wondering about the year. It looks like a very nice home.  Would you or anyone in your organization recognize either the home or anyone in the photo?  It would be fabulous if it had been taken in Neillsville and someone recognized the house! Karen Quackenbush (contributor)



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