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Iva Jane (Van Horn)
Brantner Nixon Jones


Ivona "Iva" Jane (Van Horn) Brantner Nixon Jones was born on Nov. 12, 1866 near Monroeville, Allen County, IN, the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Mary Ann (Dealy) Van Horn.

On Oct. 10, 1885 in or near Lima, Allen County, OH, Iva married George Lewis Brandtner (1866-1921), also spelled "Brantner." He was the son of Samuel and Margaret (Caldwell) Brantner, and is believed to have been raised by an uncle and aunt, Joseph and Nancy Brantner, in Lockbourne near Columbus, Franklin County, OH. 

Iva and George moved to Columbus shortly after marriage. There, they raised their four children, born between 1887 and 1905 -- Frederick M. Brantner, Roy Charles Brantner, Margaret Jane "Madge" Maish, Robert Richard Brantner and Bertha Brantner.

They resided at 602 River Street in Columbus, and are listed in various city directories over the years. Later, they lived at 179 Schultz Avenue. George worked as a blacksmith, and later in life as a carpenter.

Seen at right is a rare postcard view of Columbus, looking toward the western outskirts, circa 1909.

George passed away of heart disease in Lockbourne, Franklin County, on July 18, 1921. He was laid to rest at Fernwood Cemetery in Lockbourne.

Widowed, Iva resided at 23 East Fourth Avenue in Columbus. She was a member of the Chicago Avenue Church of Christ, and a member of the Iola Council of the Order of Pocahontas.

After nearly three years of being alone, she married Alonzo Nixon on Jan. 12, 1924. She was age 57 at the time, and he was 65.

By 1941, when she was age 70, she was living at her old home at 179 Schultz Avenue in Columbus. That year, on Oct. 20, she married 69-year-old neighbor Dayton L. "Ben" Jones, a painter. Ben was the son of Austin P. and Angeline (Dunbar) Jones of Ross County, OH.

As she aged, Iva suffered from hardening of the arteries. She went to live with son Roy in rural Creola, near McArthur, Vinton County, OH. Sadly, she passed away of a stroke on Feb. 9, 1949, at the age of 83. She was buried beside her first husband in Fernwood Cemetery in Lockbourne. At the time of her death, she had 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Ben outlived her by four years, and passed away in 1953. He is buried in Iva's plot in Lockbourne. 

~ Son Frederick Brantner ~

Son Frederick Brantner (1886- ? ) married Blanch (?). They had a son, William G. Brantner. 

He was an electrical contractor in Columbus. Later, by 1949, they had moved to Pennsylvania. Their fates are unknown.

~ Son Roy Brantner ~

Roy with his mother, circa 1947

Son Roy Brantner (1889-1977) was a veteran of World War I. In peacetime, he worked as a box maker in a factory in Columbus, and later as a foreman for a railroad in Columbus. 

By 1949, he was in Creola, Vinton County, OH. 

He was married three times -- to Catharine Hutchison (1910-1998), Florence O. (1889- ? ) and Mary Toole (1896- ? ). He had two children, Harold Brantner and Alice Barnhart. 

Roy died in McArthur, Vinton County, OH, on Sept. 18, 1977, and is buried in nearby Elk Cemetery.

~ Daughter Madge (Brantner) Maish ~

Daughter Madge Brantner (1892-1964) married Roy F. Maish (1885-1962) in about 1907. They lived in Columbus, where she worked as a practical nurse at Ohio State University Hospital. Their children were Louis Brantner Maish and Margaret E. Way. 

Roy died on Oct. 2, 1962, and was laid to rest in Columbus' famed Green Lawn Cemetery. 

Madge passed away on Aug. 31, 1964.

Grandson Louis Brantner Maish (1912-1966) married Frances Louise Seeger. He was President of Contract Sweepers Company in Columbus.

Granddaughter Margaret Maish married Robert Charles Way, a veteran of World War II.

~ Son Robert Brantner ~

Son Robert Brantner (1904-1945) was a truck driver and lived in Columbus. He married Bertha Marie Klein (1898-1986). They had three children -- Charles Lewis Brantner (later renamed Bernard Harold Brantner), Clara Jane Orris Maddy and Anna Louise Schumacher. Sadly, Robert died at age 41 in a vehicle accident in Circleville on Feb. 26, 1945, and also is buried at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.

Granddaughter Clara Jean Brantner married Daniel Frederick Orris (1923-1974). Daniel died on Jan. 2, 1974, and was buried in Wesley Chapel in Hilliard, OH. (Note -- the chapel was built in 1847 in part by distant cousin Francis Miner, whose brother Daniel Minor Jr. was a trustee of the chapel.) She later wed (?) Maddy.

For more information, contact great-granddaughter Judith (Orris) Solomon.

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