Charles Braasch (1887-1958) and Ermina Bryant (1889-1963)  

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b. 7 Jan 1887 in Sheffield, Bureau Co., IL, the son of Gust and Lena (ZANG) BRAASCH
m. 1906 in Bureau Co.
d. 24 Nov 1958 in Wyanet, Bureau Co.; bur. in Forest Hills Cemetery, Wyanet

b. 24 Jun 1889 in Wyanet, the daughter of Willard and Charlotte (HAMRICK) BRYANT
d. 25 Feb 1963 in Wyanet; bur. in Forest Hills Cemetery

Charles was raised in Sheffield, a farming community in south-west Bureau Co., IL. He was the son of German immigrants, the seventh of ten children.

Ermina, the eighth of nine children, was raised in Wyanet, another small community in Bureau Co., located about six miles west of Princeton, the county seat. The Bryant name is well-known in Bureau County, as the brothers of William Cullen Bryant, the famous American poet and journalist, were the most prominent early settlers of Princeton. Family legend has that the Wyanet Bryants are related to the Princeton Bryants, and while that may yet prove to be true, the facts are a bit more complicated. The two families have been geographically together for almost 300 years, first in Plymouth County, MA, then in Hampshire County, MA, and finally in Bureau County. Despite this, the families are descendants of different colonial immigrants, and there is no direct linkage between the families. It has been speculated that they have may have a common origin in 16th-century England, but that has not been proven.

Charles and Ermina married in 1906. They settled in Sheffield, where they farmed and raised their family of four boys. In their later years, they moved to Wyanet, where they resided until their deaths.

Children of Charles and Ermina Braasch:

  1. Edward C. Braasch, b. 1908. He m. Darlene BEATTY. They had son Edward..
  2. Lester Wayne Braasch, b. 1910. He m. Darlene MASON. They had son Douglas.
  3. Burton Eugene Braasch, b. 28 May 1912.
  4. Melvin Lyle Braasch, b. 1919. He m. Mabel MERCER. They had son Melvin.
Pictures and Stuff

Charles and Ermina wedding portrait, 1912
Charles, Ermina, and the four boys, 1942

Five-Generation Pedigree Chart

Offspring This Family Parents Grandparents Great-grandparents
Eugene Braasch Charles Braasch Gust Braasch
Lena Zang
Ermina Bryant Willard Bryant Eli Bryant Eli Bryant
Susan Warren
Mary Simmons
Charlotte Hamrick James Hamrick
Rachel Markley

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