Albert L. Braden
Albert’s grandfather, Joseph Braden of Scotch-Irish descent, was born in New Jersey andmarried May Van Schoyck of Mohawk Dutch descent in Charleston, Montgomery County, New York. Later, in 1800, with their five children, William, Mary, Ann, John, and Lewis, they moved to Junius, New York. William then was only twelve years old andhelped to drive the cattle on foot from Montgomery County to Junius, a distance of about 150 miles.
After clearing away thee wood they constructed a house where the old homestead stands. When the house was being built, my grandfatherdrove to Albany with a load of wheat which he sold and the money was used to buy the whiting and lead to make putty for the windows.
Albert was born in the old home on this farm near Junius, Seneca County, New York, one of nine children born to Lewis and Electa Braden. Our farm of 200 acres was nearly equidistant from fourtowns, Geneva, being ten miles distant, Lyons, seven miles, Waterloo, eight miles, and Clyde, eight miles. My father went on this farm when about eight years old and lived there until his death. His father was born November 18, 1808, and died August 29, 1899.
Of the nine children born to Albert’s parents, there were five boys and four girls, all whom grew to maturity, married, and had families. All but three of the family children have lived to be over 70 years of age.
Albert lived at home with his parents until he was nearly twenty three years of age, when he married Sarah Westfall Barrick, daughter of Henry and Lydia Barrick, October 29, 1867. TheBarrick’s had a farm about three miles from his father’s home. Albert and his wife lived in the tenant house on his father’s farm for the first year of our marriage, and Albert worked the farm on shares with my father.
The next year he went into the grocery business in Elmira, New York, with the husband of his wife’s sister, Charles Vaninwegan, and here his oldest daughter Grace, later wife of Elmer Ball of Albion, was born. They remained there three years when, after dissolving partnership, they went to live on my father-in-laws farm in Wayne County which he worked until he came to Albion to locate. His second daughter, Edith, was born while they lived on Father Barrick’s farm, March 21, 1873, and died in Albion when 23 years old, December 24, 1896.
He came to the vicinity of Albion to reside, in March 1876, although this was not his first trip to this locality, having visited in Michigan on two pervious occasions, the first trip being made with his mother when he was about sixteen years old, just before the War of 1861. They visited relatives in Monterey, staying about a month that trip, the second trip was when he came to Hudson on a visit to his first wife’s sister and her husband. Not caring to locate in Hudson, because he did not like it there, he came to Albion to visit his mother’s cousin’s son, John Watson, who lived on a farm located about three miles southeast of Albion.
Here he spent a week, looking at farm prospects, and found one that suited him, but wanted his father-in-laws advice, before buying, for he was a successful farmer in New York state. Later, he returned with his family and has resided in Albion ever since.
Albert’s first wife was born January 26, 1846 and died January 22, 1901. Later he married Carrie Bentley, June 6, 1903. The first thirteen years of their marriage were spent on the farm, but then they came to Albion to live in 1916, locating at 113 West Walnut St.
Source: Michigan Avenue. Albion’s Milestones and Memories. Albion, MI: Art Craft Press. 1932.