Tombstone Tuesday – October 22, 2019 – Mariah Catherine Wert Bratton


Mariah Catherine was the daughter of William Homer and Lydia (Miller) Wert, born in Markle, Indiana on February 23, 1851. William Homer and his wife Lydia had six children; Emmanuel(1840), William (1849), Mariah (1851), Cyrus (1853), Isaac S. (1854), Lydia.

Mariah married Franklin Ashbury Bratton on April 3, 1870 in Wells County, Indiana. Mariah and Franklin Bratton had five children; Lydia L.(1871), Sarah L. (1874), Cyrus F (1878), Mary E. (1879), Charles (1892). Some researcher believe that John Wm Bratton (1900) may have been their son but I do not find any evidence of  it.


Franklin Ashbury and Mariah Catherine Bratton – this photo was shared on by a researcher.

In the 1880 Federal Census, Mariah and Franklin are living in Celina, Ohio. Franklin is a Foreman in Stone Mill. They have four children; Lydia (1871), Sarah (1874), Franklin (1878), Mary E. (1879).  In the 1900 federal Census, Franklin and Mariah are living in Salamonie, Indiana.  They have three children living with them; Franklin (1878), Mary (1879), Charles (1892). The two oldest daughter have married.  By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Mariah and her husband are living in Van Buren, Grant County, Indiana. Franklin is a merchant who is running a grocery store. They have one seventeen year old son, Charles, who remains at home.  In the 1920 Federal Census, Franklin and Mariah remain in Van Buren, Grant County, Indiana. They are now seventy three and sixty eight years old.  In the 1930 Census, Mariah and Franklin still live in Van Buren, Indiana. Franklin is eighty years old and Mariah is seventy-nine.


Franklin and Mariah Bratton seated in the front.  Mary, Charles, Sarah and Lydia – this photo was shared by a researcher on


Eighty two years ago today, Mariah Catherine died in Van Buren, Indiana at the age of eighty six years old.  She is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Warren Indiana.


Notice the reference on the death certificate to Lydia Wilson as her mother.  Lydia’s father was John Miller.  I am not sure why it says Wilson.  If I ever clear this up. I’ll reference it here. All my research indicates that she is Lydia Miller.


Rest in peace, Mariah!

Love, Jan

Mariah is the aunt, Homer Wert, who was the husband of my Great Grand Aunt Etta Clare Smith Wert.

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