Guardianship is when a court gives an adult custody of a child and/or the responsibility of managing the child's property. Before women could own property, guardians were appointed for their minor children if their husband died.
Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.
His father died in 1828 and in 1831 his brother, John Branstetter, was appointed his guardian.
He married Elizabeth White on January 15, 1846 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Elizabeth White was born about 1822 in Indiana.
Nathaniel and Elizabeth's children included:
John H. Branstetter (1846),
Charles E. Branstetter (1848),
Mary Ann Branstetter Williamson (1851),
Sarah E. (Sally) Branstetter Adams (1854, married Robert Todd Adams),
William Branstetter (1858), and
Edward Branstetter (1860).
Sarah E. Branstetter Adams
In 1850 they were living in Carroll County, Indiana. The family consisted of Nathan age 26, Elizabeth age 28, and Charles E. age 2. The household also included Alexander white age 29, John J. White age 14, and Moses White age 12.
At the time of the 1860 census they were living in Randolph Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The household consisted of Nathan age 37, Elizabeth age 38, Charles age 11, Maryann age 8, Sarah age 6, William age 3, and Edward age 3. Nathan was a farmer.
They remained in Tippecanoe County during the Civil War. In 1870 they were in Sheffield Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. This census record is very difficult to read. The name was transcribed as Bameletter. The household consisted of Nathan age 47, Elizabeth age 58 (sic), Charles age 21, Mary age 19, Sarah age 15, William age 13, and Edgar (sic) age 11. Thirty-seven year old Louisa White was still living with the family. The census indicated that she could not write.
On May 19, 1874, according to the Congressional Serial Set
Mr. Pratt presented the petition of Nathan Branstetter, guardian of Louisa White, praying that she may be granted a pension on account of services rendered by her brother, Jesse J. White, late of Company F, in the One hundred and twenty-fifth Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry; which was referred to the Committee on Pensions.
The family appeared in the 1880 census of Wabash, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. At that time the family consisted of Nathan age 56 who was a farmer, Elizabeth age 57, Mary age 27, Sallie age 25, and Edward age 20.
Nathaniel died on November 19, 1882. He is buried in Burton Cemetery, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana with his wife Elizabeth who died on September 6, 1895.
Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.
In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.
Indiana became a state in 1819. The north was settled by people from New England and New York, the center by people from the Mid-Atlantic states and Ohio, and the south by people from Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.