Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
This gentleman is the son of Mason and Almira (Tobias) Brant, and one of a family of six children. He was born
in Ionia Co., Mich., May 7, 1845. His father was a native of New York, and his mother of Ohio. The elder Brant
was a farmer by occupation, and removed to Ionia Co., Mich., in 1838. He went to California in 1849 and died there,
leaving his wife and children to struggle for their own maintenance. Mrs. Brant again married, sold her home in
Ionia, and came to Berrien County, accompanied by four of her children.
Edward Brant remained with his mother until he had reached the age of thirteen years, when his services were hired
by a man named Andrews, and for six months' work he received a shirt and a pair of overalls! His stipulated wages
were five dollars a month, but were never paid. His subsequent experience was more encouraging, Messrs. Cassidy
and Pearl paying him in full for his labor. For six years he was in the employ of Pierce & Co., extensive lumber
dealers, who furnished work for sixty men, Mr. Brant being their foreman. At the age of twenty-one he married Miss
Martha Carpenter, of Covert township, Van Buren Co. Her parents, who were natives of Canada, had a family of eight
children, and settled early in Michigan. Her mother died when the child was but three years old, and her father's
death occurred in 1869. About the time of his marriage Mr. Brant purchased twenty acres of land, which is included
in his present farm of three hundred and sixty:three acres. This place has an excellent grain producing soil, and
is well adapted also to the raising of stock. Its owner has at present a fine flock of sheep, and besides his farming
operations is extensively engaged in lumbering. His possessions in timber-land aggregate about eight hundred acres,
in Berrien and Montcalm Counties, and he gives employment during the entire year to about forty men. Mr. and Mrs.
Brant are the parents of four children, viz.: Mason, born Jan. 7, 1867; Carrie, born Nov. 11, 1869; Ida, born Aug.
7, 1871 ; Mertie, born May 15, 1879. The meaning of the appellation " self wade man" is often perverted,
but in the case of Mr. Brant the title is deservedly appropriate, and the result of his labors is an excellent
example of what may, through industry, perseverance, and shrewd business tact, grow from a small beginning.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.