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Surname Saturday - Brat, Bradt

My husband is descended from the Albany Brat family, Albert the Norman" Brat, his brother founded the Schenectady family. I started a new database for my husband's family. I've been gathering Dutch Reformed Church records from Albany before the Rev. War. They spelled the surname Brat in the records. I was looking for John Bradt who was married to Susan Seger, I found him, Jan Brat, married to Zantje Zeger.

I found the baptismal records for their son, Myndert (Minor), a private in Butler's Rangers, in 1760, born in 1758, married to Catherine Van Alstine, but didn't find any marriage records for him there, he must have been married in Upper Canada ( my 2nd great-aunt was Catherine Haines, married Daniel Van Alstine, maybe she widowed young and was the Catherine I'm looking for, wouldn't that be a hoot?). Not much hope of finding the record here, there were no churches here (Ontario) until 1792.

I found baptismal records from St. Mark's Church in Niagara for his children starting in 1793. His son, William Bradt, born in 1808, was marrried to Elizabeth Austin, born in Albany, NY is who my husband descends from.

Their son, George Nelson Bradt, married Catherine Hoover and moved to Pelee Island after her death, he's buried on the island. I haven't found any information on where Catherine was buried, they lived in Cayuga Twp. Haldimand Cty. before they came to Essex County.

George and Catherine's son, Charles, born in 1881 in Cayuga Twp., married Alzina Lee, and lived on Pelee Island, where they had a large family. Their son, Glen was my husband's grandfather. He passed away in 1965.

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