Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Surname Saturday – Brat, Bradt

My husband is descended from the Albany family of Bradts, from 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) 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. Maybe I can find a baptismal record from St. Mark’s Church
in Niagara for his children.

His son, William, married to Elizabeth Austin, born
in Albany, NY is who my husband descends from. Their son, George married
Catherine Hoover and moved to Pelee Island after her death, and he’s buried on the

Charles Bradt was born in Cayuga Twp., Haldimand county in 1881 and moved to Pelee Island with his father and brothers. He was married to Alzina Lee and resided on Pelee Island.

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Wordless Wednesday – Charles Bradt

In an earlier post, I identified this photo as Charles Phipps on Pelee Island, but the correct identity is Charles Bradt on Phipp’s farm on Pelee Island.

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Obituary of Lt. Col.John Butler’s wife, Catharine Bradt Butler, May 29, 1793


“On Wednesday, the 29th of May
last, died Catharine, wife of 

John Butler, Esq., first judge of the Court of
Common Pleas in Niagara, Lieutenant
Colonel of the old Rangers and chief
agent for Indian affairs for Upper
Canada, etc., etc. Few in her station
have been more useful, none more
humble. She lived fifty-eight years
without provoking envy or resentment
and left the world as a weary traveller
leaves an inn to go to the land of his
nativity”A marble tablet to the memory
of Colonel Butler is in St. Mark s church,
Niagara-on-the Lake.

from Toronto Landmarks 1914

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Tombstone Tuesday – Col. John Butler Family Burying Gounds

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Historic Honeymoon Destination

When my husband and I were married in 2oo1, the only place we even thought about going was Niagara Falls. We had no idea why, maybe because it is traditional, or close, but we were drawn to the area.

We went to all the usual historical tourist attractions in the area,

Laura Secord’s monument

General Sir Isaac Brock’s monument,

scene of the Battle of Queenston Heights,

Fort George in Niagara-on-the-lake,

and the locks at the Welland Canal.

I started researching my family history four years later, and to my surprise, both of our families lived at Niagara for generations after the Revolutionary war before coming to Essex County. After I discovered this, we planned an extended camping trip, with a side-trip to the Niagara region on the way home. We looked at things with fresh eyes.
We visited Doan’s Ridge Cemetery in Welland County and found my 3rd great-grandmothers’ gravestone,

most of the family stones were too illegible to read, but I knew from talking with the caretaker that those were thier gravestones.

We looked for Butler’s baracks, stopped at a small church and asked someone for directions, and she lived there all her life and didn’t know where it was. The church was right behind the barracks, it used to be part of the barracks!

We toured the Butler’s Barracks and saw where our ancestors hung their hats. The Lincoln Militia use some of the buildings for storage and restoration of different vehicles.

there is a display area with mememtos from the history of the unit.

We went to the Col. John Butler Family burying ground wich had been restored by the
Niagara Hitorical Society.

No trip to Niagara Falls would be complete without a visit to Drummond Hill Cemetery, the scene of the battle for Lundy’s Lane.

Here is a hand-carved pioneer headstone.

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We Met For The First Time …… Again

My husband in front of Butler’s Barracks,
Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario

I met my husband for the first time in April of 1998, but something about him seemed so familiar, like we’ve known each other all our lives. As I started researching my family history, I researched his family, the Bradts. I discovered that several of his ancestors were Loyalists, and they served in John Butler’s Corp of Rangers. As a matter of fact, John Butler was married to Catherine Bradt.

I soon was reading all about the Butler’s Rangers and even bought a few books so that I could learn more about them, Ontario People 1796-1803 transcribed and annotated by E. Keith Fitzgerald, Butler’s Rangers, The Revolutionary Period by E. Cruikshank, and a few months ago, An Annotated Nominal Roll of the Butler’s Rangers 1777 – 1784 With Documentary Sources compiled and arranged by Lt.-Col. William A. Smy, OMM, CD, UE.

I learned a lot about where his family came from and where they ended up. Before the Revolutionary war, they lived in Tryon County, New York in the Mohawk Valley. They joined Butler’s Rangers and after the war, they were granted land in the Home District (Niagara region).

When I started reading my latest book, I discovered that my loyalist Haines ancestors came from the Mohawk Valley before the war. They came from Germany about 1760, in all likelyhood, at the request of Sir William Johnson, who wanted to create a town by inviting Scottish and German families to immigrate and lease land from him. According to the book, Joseph Haines, Sr. leased 100 acres from Sir Wiliam Johnson, and raised his family of seven there until the revolutionary war broke out. He and his sons served in the Butler’s Rangers, alongside the Bradts. They went to Lachine, Quebec with the Rangers at the end of the war and were granted land in the Home District.

My great-grandfather was born and raised in Niagara Twp., and moved to Elgin County in the 1880’s and to Essex County in the 1890’s. My husband’s family came from the Niagara area to Haldimand County in the 1870’s and then to Essex County in the 1890’s.

So, it seems like our ancestors were neighbours and possibly friends, so I like to think that it was with some help from both fo our ancestors that we met, and now, five generations later, the Bradt and Haines families are reunited.

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January 2021