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August Vanden Branden was born in Verrebroeck, Oost Vlaandern, Belgium on November 7, 1854, the 15th of the 16 children of Constantinus Vanden Branden and Marie Clara Daeleman, although two of his siblings Rosalia (1842) and Lazarus (1850) died before their first birthday. When August was 9 years old, his father died, leaving his mother & elder sisters to care for the remaining children.
About May 1888 August emigrated to De Pere, Wisconsin, in the United States. At least two of his brothers, Victor & Joseph, also emigrated to the same area. On August 28, 1888, August marred Joanna Madereel, the 26 year old daughter of Josephus Madereel & Francisca D'Hooghe, in St. Boniface Church in De Pere.
Their first child, Adolph, was born in 1890 followed by five more children, although one, Maria, lived only about a month, from March 17 - April 16, 1893. In 1900 the family was living in a rented house in Allouez. August could read, write, and speak English, his wife, Joanna, however could not. August was a naturalized U.S. citizen and his occupation was listed as farming. By 1910 the family had moved to a farm in De Pere, where August was a farmer, only with a garden however. During World War I, sons Adolph & Joseph were sent overseas to fight. In 1920 August, Joanna & son Adolph were living on their farm on Dickenson Road in De Pere. In 1930 the three were living on August's farm on Chicago Street in De Pere.
On July 12, 1936, at the age of 81, August died in De Pere. He is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, De Pere, Wisconsin.