States: Rhode Island: Kent
I have been working on the Simeon Brant name. It appears to me that there were two of them. One served in the Revolutionary War and married Prudence Phelps and the other married Phebe Loetz. There are land records in West Greenwich, Rhode Island that show Simeon and Phebe selling land in 1789 to Samuel Albro. This is three years after Simeon of the Rev. War married Prudence Phelps in 1786. How could that be if they are one in the same? Also there is a land sale in 1778 from Simeon and Phebe to his "father" Robert Brand. I beleive this clearly indicates the Simeon who married Phebe was the son of Robert Brand (Sr.). The father of the other Simeon of the Rev. War may have been the son of a Simeon Brand/Brend who is found in the 1782 tax records along with Robert (Sr.). They were both over 50 years of age, which would make their births before1732. For Simeon and Phebe to have had a son by 1776 he would probably have been born about 1750. I believe Simeon of the Rev. War may have been a son of this Simeon and was born in 1758 as his Rev. War records indicate. The Simeon Brand/Brant of the Rev. War would have been too young to have owned land in 1778 and too young to be the married by 1776. I do not see how these could be one in the same. It appears these two Simeon Brand/Brant persons were cousins. I believe somone has combined these two individuals into one person. Also in the town records of West Greenwich you can find references to Robert Brand keeping the children of Simeon Brand and also people of the town were paid for doing the same. These two children are named Mason and Elias. They appear later as the brothers of Simeon Brant (b.1776) who came to Michigan in 1836 from NY. This Simeon was the son of Simeon and Phebe (Loetz) Brand/Brant. Please let me know what you think of this? I know the early records of the Brand family are sparse. Does anyone have a record of a Simeon Brand being a brother of Robert Brand Sr.?
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