'Circa 1912 Photo by Noah Elwood Weaver of Mansfield OH reformatory where his cousin Hans Hansen worked. See article below in Dayton Paper for details.
Here is a photo from the time of their wedding 16 December 1891, Montgomery Co Ohio, Josephine Brandt born 1866 in Ohio daughter of Heinrich August Brandt, who along with his sister, Louisa Amelia "Mary" Brandt emigrated to Montgomery Co OH in 1847. She is my last ancestor to come to Turtle Island, AKA North America. "Copied from German BIble of John Paul, b April 28 1862 “Grandma Mary Paul, Born March 26 1824 Krankenhagen Germany. She came to America in 1847 married George Paul June 5th 1848." Please notice I will be adding a news paper clipping from Rinteln, Lower Saxony, soon from my visit in 1986 with my friend Herbert Kaiser.
Hans Olsen Hansen, born in Ribe Denmark 6 Mar 1866 - with Josephine Brandt born 1866. They both were 25 years of age at the time of their wedding. According to my online research they lived in Dayton in 1910 at the time of the census and according to the article in the April 21 1947 article in the Dayton newspaper here, he began teaching at the Mansfield OH Reformatory in 1911. Sounds like he taught cabinet making to the inmates in a good way. And he became the superintendent of industries there supporting men to become productive members of society. The building FYI, was featured in the film Shawshenk Redemption and check out....
Photo ca 1922 of PHWeaver on porch is labeled Mansfield, with Josephine, Esther Eicher, Noah Elwood W, Lane Eicher Henry Eicher and Hans Hansen.
1910 Census. Age 44, 912 Huffman Ave Dayton with Josephine K age 43 and son Esburn N age 17 - Head of household Forman in a Factory.
1920 Census Age 53 400 West Foundle ? Mansfield OH Ward 2 Madison Twp with Josephine age 53. Cabinet Maker Supt (At Reformatory)
1930 Census Age age 64 2117 Catalpa Drive Dayton OH District 21 with Josephine age 63 Draftman Lumber
Today the Ohio State Reformatory Historic Site receives visitors from all over the world. Every year tourists, movie buffs, thrill seekers and paranormal investigators walk through the halls of this majestic structure.
Hope can set you free."
- Shawshank Redemption
In April of 2015, this author drove to Mansfield and visited the Ohio State Reformatory, and met with Paul Smith, Executive Director of the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society who visited this blog site and mentioned "We don't have much in our archives from this period.." I sense in the early 1900's. I picked up a copy of The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield Ohio 1896-1934 in the bookstore, gift shop, along with a hoodie sweat shirt, and did not see my cousin Hans O Hansen in my first look. However today, on page 19,
My German friend Herbert Kaiser to took me to Rinteln in 1986 to learn more about my Brandt ancestors.
in 1986 I visited Rinteln with my friend Herbert Kaiser of Nordenham. Did not find a church open to see if we could find records or any local relatives. The town where the Brandt family emigrated from Germany to Ohio.