Designated a Historic Texas Cemetery
Located on Brandt River Bottom Lane
HOLMAN, FAYETTE COUNTY, TEXAS
The following is taken from A Visit to the Holman Valley, copyrighted 1996, with the permission of the author, Norman C. Krischke. The full text can be viewed at the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives.
Eilert Gerhard Brandt was born 4 December 1838 to Dietrich and Anna (Cornelius) Brandt near Langwarden, Staat Oldenburg, Germany. Langwarden is on the shore of the North Sea. He married Sophie Friedrich Wilhelme Westing 2 May 1865. Sophie Wilhelmine was born 15 September 1844 in the German State of Oldenburg. She was a daughter of William and Margarether (Bruennig) Westing. . . .
Eilert and Wilhelmine had twelve children, six of whom were stillborn or died young and are buried in Germany. The children were: 1. Daughter, born about February 1866, buried in Germany. 2. Son, born about June 1867, buried Germany. 3. Son, born about October 1869, buried Germany. 4. Heinrich Emil, born in 1871. 5. Geroge Frederich, born in 1872. 6. Son, born about November 1873, buried Germany. 7. Minna Johanna, born in 1876. 8. Son, born about November 1877, buried in Germany. 9. Frederich Wilhelm, born in 1879. 10. Theodore Henry, born in 1880. 11. Son, born about March 1882, buried in Germany. 12. George Hugo, born in 1886. The information on the six children buried in Germany was obtained from a Church Book in Germany by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Brandt.
Eilert planned to go to America because of the high taxes and because of the conscription laws. Heinrich Emil Brandt was the first to go to America arriving at Galveston 3 October 1885 perhaps with the Henry Laturnus, Henry Breithaupt of John Ehlers family. The Laturnus and Breithaupt families lived on John Ehler's land south of the Holman Store. Henry Breithaupt is buried on this land; Henry Laturnus is buried at Breslau, Lavaca County. Also Frida, child of Henry and Mary (Breithaupt) Laturnus is buried on the land. H. Emil lived with the host family two years. George Frederich Brandt, second oldest, arrived at Galveston 1 October 1886, age 14 1/2 years. He, too, stayed with the host family. Later, when Eilert and the rest of the family arrived, the two boys joined them.
Eilert sold his land, house, crops and farm equipment in early 1888 and he and Wilhelmine, along with four children, Minna, Frederich, Theodore and George Hugo, emigrated from Germany aboard the Steamship Zeiler and arrived in Galveston 1 October 1888.
Eilert purchased 380 acres of land, according to Fayette County Deed Book 34, Page 344, in the Spencer A. Pugh League from Mrs. C. A. Burford for $5500.00 28 December 1888 and the land is in the Brandt family to this day. It was on this land that Eilert established the Brandt Family Cemetery.
The tombstone inscriptions in the cemetery show that it was started 28 June 1888 upon burial of Meta Wienken. The first burial of a Brandt was that of George Hugo who died 5 June 1889; he had been in Texas only 1 year, 2 months and 5 days.
There is a special small stone between Eilert's and Wilhelmine's headstones which reads: "Begrabnis Statte Fur Familie" - Burial Place for the Family. It is said that when Eilert was erecting this stone to mark the beginning of the cemetery, it fell and severed on of his fingers. He remarked that we was putting up a monument to a finger and the story prevails to this day.
Eilert was naturalized 5 June 1893 which included his entire family.
Text from the Historic Texas Cemetery marker:
BRANDT FAMILY CEMETERYEilert Gerhard Brandt and his wife, Sophie Friedrich Wilhelmine Westing Brandt, immigrated from Oldenburg, Germany to this area in April 1888. They purchased nearly 400 acres of land near the community of Pecan [Holman]. Just months later, in June 1888, they established this cemetery with the burial of Meta Wienken, who had cared for their sons H. Emil and George F. before the couple had arrived with four more of their children. Six others had been stillborn or died young and were buried in Germany.
After her husband's death in 1919, Wilhelmine (d. 1924) sold the land to George and his wife, Julia, who built a home nearby. In the 1920s, George and Julia sold the property to their children.
In 1952, family members formed the Brandt Cemetery Association, which holds annual decoration days for the burial ground. The cemetery features curbed burial plots and slab grave covers. It remains a link to the Brandt Family and the many German immigrants who helped settled Fayette County.
Name Birth Death Notes Brandt, (Infant) 2 Sep 1929 2 Sep 1929 Infant daughter of Oscar & Tillie (Trefny) Brandt Brandt, A. Friedrich 8 Sep 1905 5 Mar 1906 Twin of Frederich & Eva (Kahlden) Brandt Brandt, Edgar 14 Dec 1914 14 Dec 1914 Son of Theodore H. & Selma (Benedict) Brandt Brandt, Eilert Gerhand 4 Dec 1838 5 Jan 1919 Son of Dietrich & Anna (Cornelius) Brandt. Picture. Brandt, Elsa W. G. 25 Jul 1908 22 Sep 1915 Daughter of Emil & Helene (Schmidt) Brandt Brandt, Emil 29 Jan 1871 9 Jun 1931 Son of Eilert & Wiilhelmine (Westing) Brandt Brandt, Emilie 2 Aug 1896 8 Jan 1901 Daughter of George & Julia ((Hickel) Brandt Brandt, F. Wilhelm 8 Sep 1905 19 Apr 1906 Twin of Frederich & Eva (Kahlden) Brandt Brandt, Geo. Hugo 10 Apr 1886 5 Jun 1889 Son of Eilert & Wiilhelmine (Westing) Brandt Brandt, George F. 15 Feb 1872 2 Sep 1960 Son of Eilert & Wiilhelmine (Westing) Brandt Brandt, Helene 2 Dec 1877 21 May 1953 Wife of Emil Brandt, daughter of John & Gesina (Bruns) Schmidt Brandt, Herbert E. 22 Jan 1912 15 Aug 1915 Son of Emil & Helene (Schmidt) Brandt Brandt, Hugo V. 12 Aug 1906 29 Apr 1979 Son of George and Julia (Hickel) Brandt Brandt, Julia 13 Feb 1875 1 Sep 1955 Daughter of Kasper & Julia (Zimmer) Hickel Brandt, Julia B. 12 Jan 1911 11 Jul 1911 Daughter of George & Julia ((Hickel) Brandt Brandt, Otto E. 9 Jan 1903 9 Dec 1968 Son of Emil & Helene (Schmidt) Brandt Brandt, Theo J. 13 May 1912 21 Jan 1936 Son of George & Julia ((Hickel) Brandt Brandt, Wilhelmine 15 Sep 1844 10 Jul 1924 Daughter of William & Margarethe (Bruennig) Westing. Married Eilert Brandt 2 May 1865. Picture. Breithaupt, Fritz 10 Dec 1910 26 Dec 1910 Son of William & Frieda (Wienken) Breithaupt. Both parents are buried in the Weimar City Cemetery. Freis, Joseph Jr. 18 Jan 1908 15 Nov 1981 Freis, Lillie M. 27 Jun 1918 Frers, Eilert 1 Feb 1841 17 Nov 1894 Husband of Helene (Wilken) Frers Frers, Helene 1 Feb 1843 12 Feb 1917 Nee Wilken, wife of Eilert Frers Genzer, Ernest 12 Nov 1923 18 Nov 1923 Genzer, Joe 27 Sep 1922 2 Oct 1922 Probably son of Willie & Mathilda Genzer Genzer, Mathilda B. 29 Oct 1898 11 Jan 1951 Daughter of George & Julia ((Hickel) Brandt Genzer, William 1 Jul 1896 16 Dec 1972 Son of Joe & Agnes (Knapick) Genzer Hartman, Anton 7 Mar 1852 29 May 1905 Father of Frida Vornsand Hatterman, Otto 19 Jan 1889 31 Jan 1889 Hattermann, Frieda W. H. 30 Oct 1890 22 Aug 1900 Herbrich, Infant 16 Jun 1936 16 Jun 1936 Infant son of Charles & Ella (Selzer) Herbrich. Strangulation by cord around throat, FC death record 6/416 Herbrich, Infant 15 Dec 1937 15 Dec 1937 Infant son of Charles & Ella (Selzer) Herbrich. Stillborn, FC death record 7/35 Huepers, Edna 5 Jul 1932 5 Jul 1932 Daughter of Edward & Annie (Goodman) Huepers. Stillborn, FC death record 5/325 Huepers, Henry No dates, son of William & Clara Huepers Huepers, Leon Leroy 13 Jan 1934 22 Jan 1934 Son of Peter & Louise (Schneider) Huepers. Died of tetanus, FC death reord 6/66 Huepers, Marie 13 Oct 1890 11 Oct 1901 Daughter of William & Clara Huepers Huepers, Martha Marie 1 Nov 1932 6 Nov 1932 Daughter of Peter & Louise (Schneider) Huepers. Cramp in stomach and baby was dead in a half hour. Huepers, Rosie 14 Jan 1925 12 Mar 1932 Daughter of Edward & Annie Huepers. Died of toxemia following severe burns, FC death record 5/275 Huepers, William 23 Apr 1850 26 Jun 1928 Son of Peter & Sophie Huepers. Died of nephritis, FC death record 4A/291 Huepers, Wm. C. G. 28 Nov 1920 9 May 1922 Hueppers, Emma No dates, daughter of William & Clara Huepers Hupers, Clara 16 Jul 1854 21 Dec 1932 Died of Hodgkins disease, FC Death Record 5/332 Kahlden, Albert A. 22 Mar 19112 24 Mar 1912 Son of Charles & Minna (Brandt) Kahlden Kahlden, Charlie 30 Sep 1876 17 Feb 1964 Son of Hans & Christina (Heine) Kahlden Kahlden, Minna 18 Feb 1876 5 Apr 1974 Daughter of Eilert & Wilhelmine (Westing) Brandt, wife of Charles Kahlden Kahlden, Robert W. 20 Jul 1908 13 Sep 1983 Son of Charles & Minna (Brandt) Kahlden Kahlden, Wilma A. 27 Jun 1918 30 Oct 1918 Daughter of Charles & Minna (Brandt) Kahlden, twin to Lillie Freis [marker may give death year as 1919, but death certficate states 1918 and lists middle name as Wilhelmine] Klimple, Gusta 1875 1924 Loving parents. Wife of Herman Klimple Klimple, Herman 1858 1919 FC death record: Harmon Klimpel, born 6 Oct 1858, died 15 August 1919. Son of Earnest & Bettie Klimpel. Died of dysentery Kunschick, Henry 17 Oct 1896 2 Aug 1967 Military stone: Henry Kunschick, Sr., Texas, Pvt, US ARMY, WWI Kunschick, Sophie 13 Apr 1903 24 Jan 1973 Mehrens, Henry 8 Oct 1888 5 Dec 1888 Mehrens, Johanna 5 Feb 1856 24 Jun 1936 Nee Biasher, wife of William Mehrens. Died of pneumonia. Mehrens, Lena 11 Dec 1899 8 Feb 1940 Daughter of Phillip & Josephine (Meissner) Drymalla, died in childbirth Mehrens, Louise 7 Jul 1885 9 Oct 1888 Mehrens, Theodore 23 Dec 1889 24 May 1970 Military stone: US ARMY, WWI Mehrens, Wilhelm 25 May 1857 23 Mar 1932 Mehrens, Willie 15 Dec 1930 8 Aug 1933 Meyer, Gesine 27 Dec 1929 2 Jun 1891 Nee Munstermann Mueller, Willie 7 Apr 1892 9 Nov 1893 Oeltjendiers, Johanna 30 Jun 1873 13 Nov 1936 Wife of John Dietrich Oeltjendiers, daughter of John Warnken. Died of cerebral hemorrhage, FC death record 6/475 Oeltjendiers, John D. 19 Dec 1857 31 May 1937 Son of John O. & Johana Oeltjendiers. Died of pneumonia, FC death record 6/560 Oeltjendiers, Walter 1 Aug 1909 4 Feb 1937 Son of J. Diedrich & Johanna (Warnken) Oeltjendiers. Died of fracture of base of skull; tree fell on him, FC death record 6/513 Ripper, (Infant) 1 Oct 1942 1 Oct 1942 Infant duaghter of George & Leonora (Hoegemeyer) Ripper Ripper, George F. 18 Jan 1918 3 Apr 1993 Son of Gus F. & Martha (Brandt) Ripper, Jr. Ripper, Gus F. Jr. 10 Oct 1896 2 Feb 1970 Son of Gus & Anna (Witte) Ripper, Sr., husband of Martha Ripper Ripper, Leonora E. 16 Nov 1922 1 Oct 1942 Nee Hoegemeyer, wife of George F. Ripper Ripper, Martha 23 Jul 1900 7 Feb 1979 Daughter of George & Julia ((Hickel) Brandt Rogge, J. Helene 15 Apr 1823 14 Aug 1889 Selzer, Annie 24 Jan 1914 6 Apr 1992 Selzer, Evealyn A. 2 May 1919 1 Apr 1919 [One of the dates was copied incorrectly from the marker.] Selzer, Joe 8 Jan 1906 9 Jul 1993 Probably son of Joe & Anna (Blaschke) Selzer, Sr. Selzer, Johnnie A. 1937 1993 Last burial in cemetery to date  Springer, Helene S. M. 28 Apr 1874 1 Oct 1910 Nee Vornsand Springer, Johanne 15 Mar 1898 27 Mar 1898 Tengler, Hilda Helen 15 Jan 1914 20 Sep 2001 Daughter of Heinrich Emil and Helene Gerhardine (Schmidt) Brandt; married Howard Marcus Tengler 25 Sep 1932 [from obituary] Tengler, Howard M. 1911 1970 Tengler, Howard Wayne 30 Nov 1933 1970 Tengler, Kenneth Duane 9 May 1962 28 Jun 1992 Beloved son of Carlton & Lanora Tengler Trefny, Ignac 31 Jul 1867 28 Nov 1956 Died of heart attack. Trefny, Louise 11 Jul 1872 19 Jun 1951 Wife of Ignac Trefny, daughter of Joe Klos, died of anemia Vornsand [Genzer?], Alvin 17 Nov 1919 17 Nov 1919 Son of Willie & Mathilda Genzer, stillborn. Vornsand, Emil 16 Aug 1888 28 May 1889 Son of W. G. & J. Vornsand Vornsand, Erna A. J. 21 Apr 1904 16 Aug 1904 Daughter of William & Frida (Hartman) Vornsand. Vornsand, Johann W. F. 11 Jun 1906 19 Sep 1906 Son of Ferd. & Frieda Vornsand Vornsand, Johanna A.C.M. 12 Sep 1851 15 Dec 1930 Daughter of Henry Rooge. Died of endocarditis, FC death record 4A/378 Vornsand, Lillie B.W. 20 Aug 1907 1 Sep 1907 Daughter of William & Frida (Hartman) Vornsand. Frida was a daughter of Anton & Mollie (Racer) Hartman. Vornsand, Lina H. 5 May 1893 16 Jun 1911 Nee Laturnus, daughter of Henry & Mary (Breithaupt) Laternus Vornsand, Olga E. A. 11 Feb 1906 17 Jun 1906 Daughter of William & Frida (Hartman) Vornsand. Vornsand, W. G. 20 Jul 1845 29 Oct 1889 Vornsand, Wilbert H. F. 27 Jun 1922 6 Apr 1924 Son of Willie & Frieda (Hartman) Vornsand. Died of pneumonia, FC death record 4/205 Westing, Margarethe 26 Nov 1821 2 Apr 1906 Nee Bruennig, mother of Wilhelmine Brandt. Died at Osage, Colorado County of water on the heart. Wieland, Robert 1846 1902 Wienken, Ernest 1893 1893 Twin to Gustav Wienken Wienken, Gustav 1893 1893 Wienken, Meta 7 Jul 1853 28 Jun 1888 Nee Dah, Mother of Frieda (Wienken) Breithaupt and grandmother of Fritz Breithaupt, her husband's first name was Herman Wilks, Christine 7 Sep 1828 31 May 1916 Witt, Elo 23 Feb 1908 12 Jun 1983 Son of Fritz & Friedchen (Erdman) Witt