Brant, New York

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Brant is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 U.S. census, the town had a population of 1,906. The town was named after the Mohawk leader Joseph Brant.

The Town of Brant is located in the southwestern part of the county and is known as one of the "Southtowns." It is south of Buffalo.

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History

The first white settler, Moses Tucker, arrived around 1816. The town was originally in the Town of Willink and was organized March 25, 1839 from parts of the Towns of Evans and Concord.

An Early History

J.H. French's, Gazetteer of the State of New York, Syracuse, New York: R. Pearsall Smith, 1860, contains the following entry for the Town of Brant:

This early source is incorrect in its information about the meaning of Brant's name. His Mohawk name meant "he places two bets". His Christian name came from his stepfather. When natives were baptized, they were given Christian names, often based on the name of the white missionary or priest who converted them. Brant's stepfather was given the Christian name "Barent" which was later shortened to Brant in common use. When Joseph was young, he was known in his village as "Brant's Joseph" and his sister as "Brant's Mary." They later became Joseph Brant and Mary "Molly" Brant.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.8 square miles (64.1 km²), of which, 24.3 square miles (63.0 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (1.78%) is water.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), US 20 and NY 5, pass through the town.

Adjacent areas

The west border of Brant is Lake Erie and the south border is the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. The Town of North Collins borders on the east, the Town of Evans on the north.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,906 people, 710 households, and 528 families residing in the town. The population density was 78.4 people per square mile (30.3/km²). There were 812 housing units at an average density of 33.4/sq mi (12.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.60% White, 1.26% African American, 3.78% Native American, 0.31% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

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