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Joannas Peter Braun Family
Mary (Wieser), Hubert & Mary (Delsman), Anna & Ignatz Zach, Eva (Scheidemantel)
John, Anna Maria (Schroder) & John Peter, Joseph

Except for Joannas Peter and Anna Maria, each woman has her hand on the shoulder of her husband.

My GG Grandfather, Johannas Peter BRAUN came to the United States around 1848 from Simmerath, Germany (Prussia). Johannas and his wife, Anna Marie SCHROEDER first settled in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. They later moved to Dane County, Wisconsin. In October 1871 Johannas and his family came to the St. Mary's community southeast of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska where they spent the rest of their lives. Joannas died on 24 January 1893 near Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. Anna Marie died 15 February 1898 near Humphrey, Nebraska. They are both buried in the St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery, located about three miles southeast of Humphrey, Nebraska.

I was able to find Joannas and Anna Marie in each of the United States censuses from the time they immigrated. Following are the extracts of each from 1850 thru 1880.

1850 Wisconsin U.S. Census, County of Milwaukee, Town of Lake 15th day of July 1850
Page 123 (printed number), 843 (handwritten number)
Dwelling 183 / Family 195
John P. Brown, age 27, male, , Farmer, value of real estate 400, born Germany
Anna M. Brown, age 26, female, born Germany
John Brown, age 1, male, born Wisconsin
Joseph Brown, age 3/12, male, born Wisconsin
Katrina Strachn, age 14, female, born Germany

1860 Wisconsin Federal Census
Free Inhabitants in the Town of Lake in the County of Milwaukee, State of Wisconsin enumerated by me, on the 20th day of June 1860. William Lawler Ass't Marshal.
Post Office, New Coeln
Page 71, Line 40, Dwelling 551, Family 551
John P. Brown, (age and sex columns are blank), Farmer, value of real estate 1000, value of personal estate 195, born Prussia
Next page - page 72, line 1
Anna M. Brown, age 36, female, born Prussia
John Brown, age 11, male, born Wisconsin, attended school within the year
Joseph Brown, age 10, male, born Wisconsin, attended school within the year
Anna Brown, age 4, female, born Wisconsin
John H. Brown, age 2, male, born Wisconsin (Hubert)
Mary R. Brown, age 9/12, female, born Wisconsin (Rosa)

1870 Wisconsin Federal Census
Inhabitants in the Town of Cross Plains in the County of Dane, State of Wisconsin, enumerated by me on the 16th day of July, 1870.
Post Office: Pine Bluff
Page 28, line 17, Dwelling 188, Family 194
Brown, John P., age 47, male, white, Merchant (Ret), Value of real estate 2800, value of personal estate 2000, born Prussia, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth
Brown, Anna M., age 47, female, white, born Prussia, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth
Brown, Johan, age 21, male, white, born Wisconsin, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth
Brown, Joseph, age 20, male, white, born Wisconsin, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth
Brown, Hubert, age 10, male, white, born Wisconsin, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, attended school within the year
Brown, Anna M. age 14, female, white, born Wisconsin, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, attended school within the year
Brown, Maria R., age 12, female, white, born Wisconsin, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, attended school within the year

1880 Nebraska Census, Stearns Precinct, Platte County
Dwelling 75 / Family 75
Braun, J. P., w, m, 58, married Farmer, Prussia, parents same
Braun, Mrs. Anna, w, f, 56, wife, married, keeping house, Prussia, parents same
Braun, John, w, m, 20, son, single, at home, Wisconsin [this must be Hubert John]
Braun, Mary, w, f, 23, daughter, single, at home, Wisconsin [this must be Rosa?]

Johannas and Anna SCHROEDER BRAUN were the parents of five children: John; Joseph; my great grandmother Anna Mary; Rosa and Hubert.

John, Joseph, Anna Mary, and Hubert BRAUN
Back row: Hubert BRAUN & John BRAUN
Front row: Joseph BRAUN and Anna BRAUN ZACH
So far no photograph of Rosa BRAUN has been found

John BRAUN and Mary nee WIESER
John was born 27 Feb 1849 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On 30 Jun 1874 John married Mary WIESER in Platte County, Nebraska. Mary (b. 21 Jun 1850 in Kurzschwarza, Austria) was a daughter of August and Mary KOHLER WIESER. Mary is my second cousin 3 removed through my PFEIFER line. John and Mary had four children: John Paul, Anna Marie, William Peter and Francis Clemens. John died 3 Dec 1929, Mary died 11 Apr 1920; both are buried in the St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

Children of John and Mary WIESER BRAUN:
John Paul was born 9 May 1875 at St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska. John married Margaret BACH on 5 February 1901 at St. Mary's Church in rural Platte County. Margaret was a daughter of John Jacob and Anna Maria BACH, born 1 August 1878 in Prussia. They were the parents of nine children:
Joseph John, born 15 March 1902, died 1950 in the Korean War
Mary Clara, born 15 August 1903, died 27 July 1933
Cyril Ignatius, born 28 November 1905, died 22 August 1992, married Ann LUETKENHAUS 4 June 1935
Regina Victoria, born 2 June 1907, died 5 January 1991, married Martin DIRKS 16 October 1928, married Edmund CHOHON 22 May 1944
Margaret Mary, born 7 May 1910, married Lloyd BERTALOMAY
Theodore Jacob, born 2 June 1912, died February 1987
Remy Francis, born 1 October 1914, died November 1980, married Alice A. DOHMEN 26 October 1937
Anna Teresa, born 1 August 1914, married Christian DOMEN, 26 October 1937 at Lindsay, Platte County, Nebraska
Mathilda Bertha, born 3 September 1921, died 21 July 1997, married Lyle HEIDLEY 30 June 1947.
John died 20 June 1939, Margaret died 12 July 1966; both are buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery near Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

Anna Marie was born 24 November 1879. She died 30 July 1880 and is buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Platte County, Nebraska.

William Peter was born in Grand Prairie Township Platte County, Nebraska, on 9 November 1881. William married Barbara J. GERMAN on 18 February 1903 at St. Mary of the Angels Church, St. Mary's, rural Platte County, Nebraska. Barbara was a daughter of Frank S. GERMAN and Elizabeth nee MESSING. William and Barbara were the parents of eleven children:
Christina, born 14 November 1904, died 19 May 1994, married Leo Zuerlein 8 September 1925
Raymond George, born 7 November 1906, died 16 September 1987
Leona
Lucille, born 23 May 1910, died 6 Mar 1927
Stella, born 10 November 1911, died 25 July 1998, married ________ WILSON
Laverna
William Francis
Dick
Flora Mae
Dorothy
Eugene
William died 23 August 1948, Barbara died in 1959; both are buried at Holy Sepulchre cemetery in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Frank \ Francis Clemens was born 24 May 1887 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. He died 11 November 1971 and is buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Platte County, Nebraska.

Joseph BRAUN and Eva Josephine nee SCHEIDEMANTEL
Joseph was born 1 Apr 1850 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Joseph married Eva Josephine SCHEIDEMANTEL on (or about) 25 Feb 1878. Eva was a daughter of Henry SCHEIDEMANTEL and Cunnigunda nee MEYER, who immigrated from Bavaria to Wisconsin, and later settled in Winneshiek County in Iowa. Joseph and Eva were the parents of 10 children: Cunnigunda, Peter Joseph, Henry John, Mary Walburga, Catherine Wilhelmina, Leo Joseph, Anna Gertrude, Josephine Caroline, Joseph F. E. and Anna Rosa. Joseph died on 7 Sep 1929, Eva died on 15 Apr 1939; both Joseph and Eva Josephine are buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

Children of Joseph and Eva Josephine SCHEIDEMANTEL BRAUN:
Cunnigunda was born 8 December 1878 in Nebraska. She married Bernard Frederick LOHAUS on 5 May 1903 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. Bernard, born 1 January 1878 in Humphrey, Nebraska, was a son of John Henry LOHAUS and Anna Marie ELPERS.

Peter Joseph was born 2 April 1880 in Nebraska. According the St. Francis Assisi Centennial book (Humphrey, Nebraska), Peter moved to Montana.

Henry John was born 26 December 1881 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. He married Margaret E. CARROLL, on 22 September 1909 in Brimfield, Illinois. Margaret was a daughter of Hugh CARROLL and Mary nee GRANT.

Mary Walburga was born 25 February 1884 in Nebraska. On 16 August 1905 Mary married Henry Joseph HAFERLAND in St. Francis Church, Humphrey, Nebraska. According the St. Francis Assisi Centennial book (Humphrey, Nebraska), Mary moved to Sterling, Colorado.

Catherine Wilhelmina (Minnie) was born 7 January 1886 in Nebraska. She was a nurse and served in World War I. Minnie died 24 September 1928.

Leo Joseph was born 3 January 1888 in Nebraska. He married Regina HURLEY on 24 November 1909 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Anna Gertrude was born 6 December 1889 in Nebraska. She married John EGGERS on 12 February 1912 in St. Francis Church, Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. According to the Centennial book for St. Francis Parish, Anna moved to Oregon.

Josephine Caroline was born 21 February 1892 in Nebraska. She married Eugene WALKER. Josephine was a nurse and served in World War I. She lived in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. According the Social Security Death Index, Josephine died August 1986; her last residence was Omaha.

Joseph F. E. was born 6 October 1896. He married Mary ZUERLIN, a daughter of Joseph ZUERLIN and Agnes GROEMING. Joseph died 23 October 1976, Mary died 13 October 1972; both are buried at St. Francis Cemetery in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

Anna Rosa was born 2 May 1894 and died 23 August 1894. Anna is buried in the St. Francis Cemetery in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

Anna Mary BRAUN and Ignatz ZACH
My Great Grandmother Anna Mary BRAUN was born August 18, 1855 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She married Ignatz ZACH November 26, 1878 in St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska; they were the parents of 15 children: Rosa Maria, Maria Anna, Joseph, Katharina Emma, John Peter, Ignatz John, Josepha Balbina (Sister Lucella), Martin Michael, Francis, Julia Mary (my grandmother), Johanna Bertha, August Joseph, Henry Joseph, Leonard August, and Angela Maria. Anna died 28 July 1922 in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska. Ignatz died 25 January 1941 in St. Mary's, rural Platte County, Nebraska. Both Ignatz and Anna are buried in the St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

Rosa BRAUN
The story "The Home in the Cedars," told by Hubert BRAUN, and published in the Nebraska History magazine names Rosa as one of the children of Johannas and Anna. According to this story, Rosa joined the Sisters of Precious Blood convent in Missouri and had passed away by the time the article was written in August 1938. On 27 Oct 2002 I did a search on the web for "Sisters of Precious Blood" in Missouri. I found a site for a convent in O'Fallon, St. Charles County, Missouri. I wrote to the Sister who maintains the archives and received the following reply to my query:

"Rosa Braun was indeed a member of our community. In 1999 there was an inquiry about her by Stephen Braun. Sister birth year was 1856, her death 1879. We have no picture of her. She is buried on our cemetery."
Subsequent correspondence revealed that Rosa was born 21 Dec 1856 in New Coeln (Milwaukee County), Wisconsin. Rosa entered the convent on 18 Jan 1877; her religious name was Rosalia. According to the archive records, Rosa took her first vows on 12 Apr 1879 and died a few days later on 21 Apr 1879. The records indicate she received her habit on 28 Aug 1879, but that means she received her habit four months after her death. The Sister who keeps the archive records believes the dates were recorded in the wrong columns. She speculates that Rosa received her habit on 12 Apr 1879, took her first vows on 21 Apr 1879, and died four months later on 28 Aug 1879. Rosa's grave is in the convent cemetery in the 6th row, 3rd from north wall.

After posting the census listings for the BRAUN family, I noticed another anomaly in the information about Rosa. Here is the 1880 Nebraska Platte county census listing:

1880 Nebraska Census, Stearns Precinct, Platte County
Dwelling 75 / Family 75
Braun, J. P., w, m, 58, married Farmer, Prussia, parents same
Braun, Mrs. Anna, w, f, 56, wife, married, keeping house, Prussia, parents same
Braun, John, w, m, 20, son, single, at home, Wisconsin [this must be Hubert John]
Braun, Mary, w, f, 23, daughter, single, at home, Wisconsin [this must be Rosa?]
Based on the age given in the census, I believe the entry for Mary Braun is Rosa. She is listed after her brother John, who is younger than she is. The usual sequence is oldest to youngest child. If Rosa died in August 1879 that would be within the census year. I believe there is a Mortality Schedule for the 1880 census, that I will check at a future date.

Cemetery Monument
Rosa Braun Tombstone
So far no pictures of Rosa BRAUN have been found. Here is a photo of the Sisters of Precious Blood Cemetery and one of Rosa's (Sister Rosalia) grave marker. The Sister who maintains the convent archives had these pictures take for me. I am very grateful to Sister Virginia for this act of kindness.

The history of the Sisters of Precious Blood is on page http://www.cpps-ofallon.org/history.html.

Hubert John BRAUN and Mary nee DELSMANN, and Mary nee LOHAUS
Hubert John was born 10 Sep 1859 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hubert married Mary DELSMANN on 30 Sep 1879 at St. Mary of the Angels Church, Platte County, Nebraska. Mary, a daughter of Joseph Bernard and Bernadine EIMERS DELSMANN, was born 6 Jan 1856 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin; she died on 29 Dec 1892. Hubert and Mary had eight children: Hubert Peter, Mary Elizabeth, Albert John, Katherine Klara, Anna Josephine, Bernard Joseph, Louis John and Gertrude Mary (Sr. M. Romana). After his first wife's death, Hubert married Mary LOHAUS on 7 May 1894 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. Mary, a daughter of John Henry and Anna Maria ELPERS LOHAUS, was born 22 Jan 1867 in Ossian, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Hubert and Mary had eight children: Henry Anton, Joseph Ferdinand, Mary Anna, Elizabeth Bernadina, Ignatius Henry, Victoria Martha, John, Alphons Henry. Hubert died 5 May 1948 and Mary died 10 Aug 1912. Hubert and both his wives are buried in the St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

I do not have any information on my GG Grandmother Anna Marie SCHROEDER's line at this time.

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