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PETER M. BRANER is one of the enterprising young farmers of Morgan County, and owns a good farm of 150 acres on section 13, township 16, range 11. Here he has spent most of his life excepting seven years in another part of the county. Mr. Braner is a native of Morgan County, and was born on the old homestead where he now lives, and which he owns. His birth occurred Feb. 24, 1856.

Peter M. Braner is the son of Peter Braner, a native of Montgomery County, Ohio, who was born and reared there. The elder Braner traces his ancestry to Germany. He came to Morgan County when its original state of nature was almost uninvaded. He began here as a farmer in the fall of 1831, and here he married Miss Hannah Henderson, who was born in Ohio, and whose parents had come from that State to Greene County, Ill., when that section was almost uninhabited. The Hendersons later came to Morgan County and located north of Arcadia, where the parents both died. They were people who enjoyed the confidence of all with whom the came in contact. When the old Militia Law was in force, the citizens of the country who were of proper age were obliged to meet and drill, once during the year. Mr. Henderson held the office of Captain, and acted as mustering officer. The early pioneers delight to tell of the old training days, and of the sport that was connected there with, and they never tire in relating these stories.

Peter Braner, the father of Peter M., began life as a farmer, and continued in this occupation until his death, which occurred in Morgan County, Aug. 4, 1888, at the age of seventy-six years. Politically, he was a Republican, and was always foremost to do anything for the public welfare. His wife preceded him to the grave, she dying on Jan. 2, 1877, at the age of sixty years. Peter M., of whom we write, received his education in Morgan County at the public schools. He was married to Hannah Farmer, who was born in the year 1851. She was daughter of James Farmer, who had lived a great many years in Morgan County, and who died at a great age. He was married twice, and both of his wives are also deceased. Mrs. Braner is the mother of four children - Gracie J., Katie L., Walter E. and Cora - all of whom are at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Braner are earnest, hard-working people, and are succeeding well. Mr. Braner is a Republican in politics, and, as all good citizens should, takes an interest in his party.

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