Biography of Hon. Matthias Brant
Greene County, PA Biographies

HON. MATTHIAS BRANT, Spragg's, Penn., is one the most successful farmers and stock raisers of Greene County, and owns 300 acres of laud. He was born in Wayne Township, December 29, 1828, a son of Christopher and Susan Brant (nee Meighen). His father was a native of Maryland, and his mother of Greene County, Pennsylvania, where they were married and lived until 1863, whell Mrs. Brant died. Mr. Brant then moved to Fillmore County, Minnesota, where he died in November, 1857. They were the parents of thirteen children, of whom Matthias was the oldest, and was united in marriage, June 28, 1868, with Mary Shaw, who was a native of Greene County, where she remained through life. By this marriage Mr. Brant is the father of six children, of whom four are living; Susan M., Gertrude M., William H. and Fanny; Emma being deceased. Mrs. Brant departed this life in August, 1880. Mr. Brant married for his second wife, October 25, 1883, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary (Varlow) Fitzgerald, natives of County Carey, Ireland, where they were married. They soon after emigrated to America, settling in West Virginia where they now reside. Mr. Brant taught school for sixteen years, beginning when sixteen years of age. He was elected member of the State Legislature in 1878 and re-elected in 1880. He has been a member of the school board for about thirteen years. In politics he is a Democrat. He and his wife are honored members of the Catholic Church at Waynesburg.

History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
By: Samuel P. Bates
Nelson Rushforth & Company.
Chicago, 1888.

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