Keith is a 4th great-grandson of Johann Heinrich Plumer and Maria Plumer. One of Johann and Maria's granddaughters was Julia Anna Elizabeth Bauer (about 1843-1926). Julia's father, Christian Bauer, and her younger brother John, died of cholera during an epidemic in St. Louis in the 1840's. Her mother, Margaretha Caroline (Plumer) Bauer, remarried to a Mr. William Appenheimer, but she also died of cholera in about 1850. Following Margaretha Caroline's death, Johann went to St. Louis on horseback and brought Julia back to Moniteau County, Missouri, and then on to Plumer Settlement. Julia lived with her grandparents in their log cabin, and with other Plumer's, until 1860, when she married Keith's great-great grandfather, Carl “Charles” Jürgen Green (1834-1925).
Another set of Keith's great-great grandparents, Jürgen Brandt (1817-1906) and Anna (Möller) Brandt (1822-1903) came to Plumer Settlement from Germany in 1868.
“Click” or “tap” on a thumbnail below to see photos of Charles Green and Julia Bauer Green, or Jürgen Brandt and Anna Möller Brandt, both circa 1880's:
Keith is married to Susanna “Susie” Beck. Susie's great-great grandparents were Asmus Beck (1798-1875) and Elsabe Lucia (Kiekbusch) Beck (1808-1872), who came from Germany in 1854 and were also early pioneers in the Plumer Settlement.
Johann Heinrich Plumer, Carl “Charles” Jürgen Green, Jürgen Brandt, and Asmus Beck were among the original signers of the Salem Lutheran Church Constitution in about 1873. A transcription of the German-language constitution, its English translation, and an image of their signatures, can be viewed by clicking here.
Keith and Susie Brandt are enjoying retirement in Seymour, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains.