Friday, December 18, 2009

Joseph Brazel, Orangeburgh Dist., SC 1785

1783 Orangeburgh WILLIAM ROBERTSON vs WILLIAM DUNBAR Admor of BRAZEL. Filed 25th March 1783 April 5th 1785 Recd for Jud. COLHOUN, Pltf. Atty The price for the Plantuiff one hundred & Eighteen pound With Caust of ____ DANIEL KELLY for man

The State of South Carolina to all and singular the Sheriffs of the said State, Greeting: You, and each of you, are hereby commanded, without Delay to Summon WILLIAM DUNBAR Admor of all and singular the goods & Chattels, Rights & Credits which were of JOSEPH BRAZEL deceased, wheresoever he may be found within your and each of your respective Districts, so that you compel him to be and appear before the Justices of the said State, at the Court of Common Pleas, to be holden at Charleston on the first Tuesday in January next, to answer to WILLIAM ROBERTSON in a Plea of Tresspass on the Case and so forth, for that the said JOSEPH BRAZIL in his lifetime converted & disposed of the Goods & Chattels of the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON to his Damage Two Hundred Pounds sterling Money. And have you then and there this Writ. WITNESS The Honourable Adams Burke Esqr appointed Justice at Charleston the fourteenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty four and in the ninth Year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America. Colhoun Pltfs Atty Exd. by Wm. Mason, (A printed form with blanks filled in)

The State of South Carolina to the Sheriff of Orangeburgh District, in the State aforesaid, Greeting: WHEREAS at a Court of Common-Please, holden at Orangeburgh the fif teenth day of April ____ Instant WILLIAM ROBERTSON did implead WILLIAM DUNBAR, Administrator of JOSEPH BRAZEL in an Action of Trespass in the case to which said Action the Defendant made Default, and thereupon the Court gave Judgment for the said WILLIAM But because it is unknown what Damages the said WILLIAM hath sustained in the said Cause, by Reason of the Premises: Therefore, it is commanded, that you immediately summon Thirty Men, drawn by Ballot pursuant to the Act of General Assembly, in that Case made and provided, then and there forthwith to enqire what Damages the said WILLIAM hath sustained; and that you forthwith make due and true Return thereof, at the said Court now sitting; And have you then there this Writ. WITNESS The Honorable HENRY PENDLETON Esqr one of the Judges of the said Court Orangeburgh the twenty sixth Day of April in the Year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty five and in the ninth Year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America. Colhoun

(A printed form with blanks filled in)

I have by ROBERT SMITH my lawful Deputy Servd the within Deft. With a true copy of the within writ with a notice thereon indorsd. DANIEL TATEMAN Sheriff

Fees 1.10 pounds Sworn to before me this 3d day of January 1785 JAMES CARMICHAEL

And now at this day to wit the fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty five to which day the said WILLIAM DUNBAR had leave to answer to the Declaration aforesaid of the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON before the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas of the State aforesaid comes the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON by his Attorney aforesaid and prays that the said WILLIAM DUNBAR may answer to the Declaration aforesaid and the said WILLIAM although solemnly required doth not come nor say anything in Baror preclusion of the Action aforesaid of the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON but hath made Default by which He remains against him undefended wherefore he ought to Recover his Damages sustained by reason of the premises but because it is unknown what they are Therefore it is Commanded that the Sheriff of Orangeburgh District do summon Thirty good and lawful Men to be drawn by ballot pursuant to the Direction of the Act of the General Assembly of the State aforesaid to be and appear before the Justices or Justice assigned to take asizes in the said District on this Day at Orangeburgh aforesaid to make a Jury according to the Act aforesaid to inquire what Damages the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON hath sustained by reason of premises and soforth.

___ which say before the Honourable (blank space) Esquire one of the Justices of the State aforesaid assigned to take asizes in the District aforesaid comes the aforesaid WILLIAM ROBERTSON by his Attorney aforesaid and the Sheriff aforesaid having made due return of the Writ of Inquiry aforesaid and the jurors thereby legally summoned impannelled and sworn pursuant to the Act of the General Assembly having found that the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON hath sustained Damages on account of the premisses over and above his Costs and Charges in His behalf to one hundred and Eighteen pounds. Therefore it is considered that the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON do recover against the said WILLIAM DUNBAR as administrator aforesaid his Damages so found by the Jurors aforesaid And also ten pounds sixteen shillings and six pence Sterling for his Costs and Charges by him expended about prosecuting his Suit in His behalf to the said WILLIAM ROBERTSON by the Court here adjudged at his Request which Damages amount in the whole to one hundred and twenty Eight pounds thirteen Shillings and six pence and be the said WILLIAM DUNBAR in mercy and soforth Judgment Signed 8th June 1785

Contributed by an anonymous researcher.

This Joseph Braswell is believed to be the son of James Braswell of Edgecombe Co., NC with a will dated September 20, 1760.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Marion Co., SC Deeds

- March 2, Indenture. Stephen Gibson of Georgetown District SC to Henry Brasswell of same place for L30 sterling 100 acres being part of 204 acre tract NEs Little Pee Dee River binding on Hase Swamp being the N part of the 204 acre tract ... plat annexed ... granted 1789 to Stephen Gibson Grant Book A, No. 5, P. 174. Signed: Stephen Gibson. Wit: William Hooks, Danl McDearmid. Proved before Valontine Rowell, JP, 8 February 1789. Rec & Ex 3 April 1811. Thos Harllee, RMC (E 314-316)

- April 15, Indenture. Sampson Powell of Georgetown District to Henry Brasswell of same place for L30 sterling 150 acres NEs Little Pee Dee River binding on Hayses Swamp ... SW, SE, NE to state line ... granted in 1789 to Sampson Powell. Signed: Sampson (his mark) Powell. Wit: James McWilliams, Elias (his mark) Powell. Proved before Lewis Harrelson, JP, 25 August 1798. Rec. 13 April 1811. Thos Harllee RMC. (Marion Co., SC DB E Pg 317-318)

- January 20, Samuel Peacock to James Brasswell in consideration of 5 pounds sterling paid by Jas. Brasswell sold unto James Brasswell a piece of land of 20 acres on Jumping Gully in the fork of Jesse Winslows Mill Swamp. Samuel Peacock. Witnesses: Holloway Abbott, Jesse Winslow. Probated by Jesse Winslow 10 February 1798 before Valentine Rowell, J.P. (Abstracts of Marion County SC Deed Books "O" and "P" Pg 133-134)

1798 - January 29, Holloway Abbott to James Braswell in consideration of 25 pounds sterling paid by James Brasswell sold unto James Brasswell a certain piece of land containing 157 acres beginning at a gum in branch etc being part of two tracts of land granted to Holly Abbott 19 February 1791 lying on both sides of Jumping Gully. Signed: Holloway Abbott. Witnesses: Jesse Winslow, John Abbott. Probated by Jesse Winslow 10 February 1798 before Valentine Rowell. (Abstracts of Marion County SC Deed Books "O" and "P" Pg 132)

1814 - June 17, Stephen Gibson of Glen County Georgia, planter to Archibald McCormage of Marion District planter for $60 tract adjacent North Carolina line, Henry Braswell & Wm Hooks on contrary swamp 100 acres granted to Stephen Gibson. Signed: Thomas Harllee attorney for Stephen Gibson. Wit: Charity (her mark) Coward, Riley Kersey. Proved before Hector McNeill, JP, 27 July 1814. Rec. & Ex. by Thos Harllee, RMC, 1 August 1814. (Marion Co., SC DB F 212-213)

1816 - October 1, Edward Campbell of Marion District to Neill McCormage of Robeson Co., NC, for $600 367 acres where I live, waters of Hasy swamp line running SE, NW, N, Braswells line NW, SW, NW, SW, NW, NW, SW to Mill branch SE, NW to Mill branch up Branch to a gum, NW, being 1 tract granted to Stephen Gibson for 200 acres part of 1 tract granted to Edward Campbell for 100 acres & part of tract granted to Duncan Campbell the whole joining each other containing 367 acres. Signed: Edward (his mark) Campbell. Wit: Daniel Campbell, Thos. Harllee, CCP. (Not probated) Rec. & Ex. 22 October 1816 by Thos. Harllee, RMC. (Marion Co., SC DB F Pg 367) KBD

1816 - October 11, Indenture. Colen Edwards to William Powell for $50 150 (acres?) on NEs little Pee Dee being part of a grant to Stephen Gibson transferred to Richard Edwards & from Edwards to his father Samuel Edwards & then left to his son Colin in his last will & testament the land being on the Widow Hooks line S to Stephen Butler line E to Jordan Powell N to beginning. Signed: Colin (his mark) Edwards. Wit: Tobias Brasswell, John McCormaig. Pr before Daniel Campbell, JP, 29 March 1817. Rec 14 October 1823. (Marion Co., SC DB K Pg 196)

1817 - November 3, Jethro Deans to Henry Blanchet indenture made between Jethro Deans of Georgia and Henry Blanchet of South Carolina Jethro in consideration of $170.00 paid by Henry Blanchet sold unto Henry that tract of land containing 177 acres more or less conveyed by two deeds both are dated 29 January 1798 one for 20 acres and the other for 157 First conveyed from Holloway Abbott to Jas. Brasswell Second from Samuel Peacock to said Brasswell (above date) signed Jethro Deans. Witnesses: Ebenezer Thompson, D. Carmichael, J.P. Probated by Duncan Carmichael before J.B. Hays, J.P. 15 October 1831. (Abstracts of Marion County SC Deed Books "O" and "P" Pg 134-135)

1819 - June 10, Nathan Butler of Marion District to Peter MacCormick of same place for $130 137 acres adjacent William Braswell on Ns runs SE through long Bay corners in a flat, S adjacent William Butlers line W near Huckleberry Bay 137 acres granted to William Butler. Signed: Nathan (his mark) Butler, Elizabeth (her mark) Butler, William (his mark) Butler, Stephen (his mark) Butler. Wit: Greenwood (his mark) Watson, Archibald McCormaig. Pr before Herod Stackhouse, J.P. 5 February 1820. No Rec. date (Marion Co., SC DB I Pg 244-246)

1820 - August 16, Peter MacCormick in consideration of $75 paid by William Winslow of Marion District SC sold unto William Winslow all that tract of land in Marion District adjoining land belonging to William Braswell on the north side beginning at an ould pine and runs thence a SE course through the long Bay and corners on a pine in a flat and runs thence SW course to a pine joining William Butlers line and runs thence north west course to a stake near the Huckleberry Bay containing 76 1/2 acres of land granted to William Butler Sr. Signed: Peter MacCormick Witnesses: Jesse Ford, Isom (his mark) Butler. Probated by Isham (his mark) Butler 18 October 1825 before Neil MacCormick Recorded 14 March 1827 (Marion Co., SC Deed Books L,M,N 1824-1831 Pg 33-34)

1822 - December 18, Henry Brasswell of Marion District & Richard Brasswell of North Carolina to Gideon Yelventon 200 acres on Hayses Swamp beginning on the State on a ash thence along sd line SE to a corner in sd Swamp NW, NW, NE, NE, NW, E. Signed: Henry Brasswell, Richard Brasswell. Wit: James Brasswell, John Miller. Proved before Thos. Harllee, Queo, 18 December 1822. Rec 29 September 1823. (Marion Co., SC DB K Pg 182-183)

1823 - May 2, Gedion Yelverton of Robeson County, NC to Elizabeth Brasswell of Robeson County NC for $100 200 acres Es little Pee dee on Hayes Swamp beginning on the state line NW, NE, NW, NE, NE, NW, E to State line along sd line to beginning, it being part of two tracts, one surveyed for Richard Brasswell, the other part of tract surveyed for Stephen Gibson. Signed: Gideon Yelventon. Wit: Henry Brasswell, Milley Brasswell. Pr before Tho Harllee, Queo, 20 May 1823. Rec 24 September 1823. (Marion Co., SC DB K Pg 168)

To be continued

A History of Marion County, South Carolia

A History of Marion County, South Carolina, from its earliest times to the present, 1901 By W. W. SELLERS, Esq.

Pg 299

James McArthur was one of the original settlers on the north side of Hays Swamp and on the North Carolina State line; he married a Miss Campbell and raised a family of three sons and four daughters. The eldest daughter, Effie, married GADI BRASWELL, and her only son, RICHARD H. BRASWELL, now owns and lives upon a part of the old McArthur lands or homestead, just across the State line.

Pg 328-329

...Nathan Butler, son of old Isham, was another of the first settlers ; he had four sons. Dempsy, the eldest, married his cousin, Laney; Solomon married POLLY BRASSWELL and had no children; Samuel married MILLY BRASSWELL, and went to Georgia; James, the youngest, married the Widow Jane Davis — all of them are dead. Laney, the wife of Dempsy, according to the census return of her son, Alfred, in 1890, was 110 years old ; she, too, is now dead. As to the age of Laney, as above, the writer has something to say. Dempsy Butler, her husband, was killed by a man by the name of McCormick, in 1859. I was a Magistrate at the time, and was sent for to hold an inquest; I went and held it ; it was right on the North Carolina State line, and as the line was shown to me by those present, the killing was about five feet in South Carolina; he was killed by a stab with a knife, in the abdomen...

Pg 377

William B. Gasque married, a second time, a Miss Clark, daughter of Kenneth Clark, and by her had George K., Robert, James and Sallie, now the wife of W. B. R. Gasque ; also, MRS. JEFFERSON BRASWELL and Mrs. Mitchel Lane.

Pg 486

Neill McEachern emigrated from Scotland with his then family to Marion County, S. C, in the first part of the nineteenth century...he married, in Scotland, Miss Effa McKellar; they had four sons, Duncan, Daniel, Gilbert and John, and two daughters, Sallie and Elizabeth...Effa, the second daughter of old Daniel, married RICHARD BRASWELL, of North Carolina, just across the State line ; they have two daughters only, Mary and Isla. Mary is married to Thompson Williams, of North Carolina. Isla is yet single. RICHARD BRASWELL is doing well.

Pg 610

BRASWELL, J. R., Fifth Sergeant. Prom

Pg 622

BRASWELL, JACK G., Marion. Died North Carolina hospital,


Monday, December 7, 2009

Jeremiah Looper, Pickens Dist., SC 1856

Last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Looper

The State of South Carolina

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I, Jeremiah Looper, Senior, of Pickens District in the said State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make publish and ordain thi my last will and testament.

First, I commit my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth from whence it came to be decently buried by my Executors hereinafter named.

And as to all my worldly estate real, personal and mixed, I give, bequeath and devise the same as follows, viz -

1. - After the payment of my just debts, I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Looper, the one-third part of all my estate, to have and to hold the same to her and her heirs forever.

2. - If my said wife Mary Looper desires it so, I direct and devise that she may take any portion of my land surrounding and including my dwelling house that she may wish, in her said one-third of my estate, at its value to be ascertained and fixed by the appraisers of my personal estate.

3. The rest residue and remainder of my estate I will devise and direct shall be divided and disposed of as follows, viz: One tenth part to the children or their surviving issue of my daughter Eleanor Skelton, deceased, to be equally divided amongst the said children of Eleanor Skelton, and if any of her children be dead leaving children at my death, the said children to take amongst them respectively the share of their deceased parent.

One-tenth part to my daughter Matilda Cantrell the wife of Wiley Cantrell.

One-tenth part to my daughter Rutha Braswell, to her and her heirs forever.

One-tenth part to my son Joseph Looper, to his and his heirs forever.

One-tenth part to my son Samuel Looper, to him and his heirs forever.

One-tenth part to my son Thomas Looper, to him and his heirs forever.

One-tenth part to my daughter Polly Robinson and her husband John Robinson, to them and their heirs foorever.

One-tenth part to my daughter Betsy Rackley, the wife of Reddin Rackley.

One-tenth part to my daughter Sarah Julin, the wife of Washington Julin.

One-tenth part to my son Jeremiah Looper, Junior, to him and his heirs forever.

The portions of my estate thus bequeathed and devised to the children of Eleanor Skelton, to Matilda Cantrell, to Betsy Rackley and to Sarah Julin, I will and direct shall be held by my Executors hereinafter named in trust for the sole separate and exclusive use of the said legatees respectively for and during the term of their respective natural lives, free from any control contract debt or liability of any present or future husband of any and all of the said female legatees, and at the death of the said legatees respectively to deliver the same to their children to have and to hold to them and their heirs forever.

3. If either of my sons who have been living on my lands so desire, they may have and take the lands so occupied by them innpart of their respective shares. The said land to be laid off and valued by the appraisers of my personal estate.

4. I hold a judgement debt as well as other debts against the estate of Arthur Braswell, deceased. Any portion of the same remaining unpaid at my death must be deducted from the share of Rutha Braswell aforesaid.

5. Except what I have above setforth I will and direct that no charges shall be made against my children for any help I have given them or any advancements I have made them.

6. My Executors are hereby authorized and instructed to sell and convey all my real and personal estate as soon as practicable after my death, except such lands as may be taken by my wife or sons as aforesaid. The same to be sold at such time and on such terms as the Ordinary may direct for the purpose of paying my debts and the legacies created by this my will.

7. I hereby appoint my sons Joseph Looper and Thomas Looper to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament. February 22'd, 1856.

Jeremiah (his X mark) Looper, Senior {SEAL}

Signed sealed published and declared by Jeremiah Looper, Senior, to be his last Will and Testament, in our presence, who at his request and and in his presence of each other have signed our names as witnesses hereto.

R.B. Duncan
James Robinson
Stephen Powell

South Carolina}
Pickens District}

Personally appeared before me Stephen Powell who being duly sworn saith that he was present and did see Jeremiah Looper sign the foregoing by making his mark as and for his last Will and Testament and that R.B. Duncan & James Robinson were present and signed their names with himself as witnesses to the same in presence of each other and the testator.

Sworn to before me April 15th 1861. W.E. Holcombe, O.P.D. Stephen Powell, Sen.

Recorded in Pickens District Will Book No. 2, pages 36-37.

South Carolina Archives

NOTE: Arthur Braswell appears to be the son of William & Susan Braswell of Newberry County, South Carolina which would make him a grandson of David Braswell & Nancy Rutherford and a descendant of the Reverend Robert Bracewell through Richard Braswell the 1st and his wife Sarah.

* William & Susan Braswell

- September 14, marriage of David Braswell & Nancy Ratterford (sic) (Edge. Co., NC County Court Records - FHL # 0296815-0296817)

1763 - Approximate birth of David & Nancy's son William.

1782 - David Braswell executed for being a Tory.

1784 - Approximate earliest marriage date of David & Nancy's son William.

1789 - William Braswell of Newberry County, planter, to Samuel Waites of same for 10 pounds SC money, 200 acres in Newberry County on north side Saludy River adj. Andrew Lee, David McLaran, tract granted to John Wilson and conveyed to David Braswell 13 & 14 October 1765 and from him to his son William Braswell being his Heir in Law. William Braswell (seal) Wit: Jacob Harrell, John Waits, Jonathan Wates. Proved in Newberry County by the oath of John Waites 1 June 1789 before Philemon Waters, J.P. Recorded 18 August 1789. Newberry Co., SC, Deed Abstracts, A, 765-769. Lease and Release 29 & 30 May 1789.

1792 - January 20, Isaac Folly (Georgetown District, South Carolina) to William Braswell, 20 pounds, 200 acres in Robeson County on S side of Drowning Creek & S side of Ashpole Swamp, N. of the two open meadows called the two Sisters, conveyed from Meedy Lamb to Isaac Bird & from Isaac Bird to Isaac Folly. Wit: Neill McArthur, James Braswell & William Phillips. (Robeson Co., NC Book F, pp. 85‑86)

1796 - April 2, William Phillips to William Braswell, 20 pounds, 100 acres on W side of Ashpole Swamp on N side of the two Sisters, adj. Joshua Cliborn & his own line, pat. by William Phillips 26 November 1789. Wit: Josiah Barnes. (Robeson Co., NC Book F, p. 84)

1796 - April 2, William Braswell to Sons, Rutherford Braswell & Allen Braswell, Deed of Gift; for “natural love and affection”, 150 acres to each being two tracts: (1) 200 acres on S side of Ashpole Swamp, near the two open meadows called the two Sisters; & (2) 100 acres on W side of Ashpole & N side of the two sisters, adj. Joshua Clibourn. First tract pat. by Meedy Lamb on 11 November 1779 & second tract pat. by William Phillips on 26 November 1789. Wit: Josiah Barnes. (Robeson Co., NC Book F, pp. 82‑83)

1797 - February 21, Rutherford & Allen Braswell born before this date; David, Arthur, Polly, Betsey, James, William, Aaron & Nancy born after this date and before February 21, 1818. Based on the 1818 entry in this time line to help determine children's ages in an effort to find them.

1814 - May 16, orator sold to Thos. Riddlespurger for $1480.62 1/2 a tract of land in Newberry Dsit., called Stoney Battery containing 31 acres adj. orator, Francis Hatton, Jacob Hawkins & Wm. Braswell, dec'd. Thomas, after paying only a small part of the money, sold it to Wm. Braswell, now dec'd. Thomas Riddlespurger, in 1817, before his note came due left the state and resides in parts unknown to orator. Wm. Braswell died in 1816 intestate, left widow Susan and the following children: Rutherford & Allen of full age, David, Arthur, Polly, Betsey, James, William, Aaron & Nancy infants under 21. (Posted @ rootsweb by Gayle Braswell Ellison)

1818 - February 21, Bill for Discovery and Relief. filed 21 Feb. 1818. William Hawkins vs. George D. Lester, administrator of William Braswell, dec'd, Susan Braswell, Rutherford Braswell, Allen Braswell; and minors David, Arthur, Polly, Betsey, James, Williams, Aaron, Nancy Braswell by their guardian, Rutherford Braswell. (Newberry SC Equity Records, from Some South Carolina County Records, Vol. 2, by the Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., Editor. Box #1, pk. #25: 1818. Posted @ rootsweb by Gayle Braswell Ellison)

1820 - Susana Brazel on Newberry Co., SC census. 0 1 0 1 0 0 - 1 1 1 0 1. Susana born before 1775, 1 male 10-16 = 1804-1810, 1 male 16-26 = 1794-1804, 1 female under 10 = 1810-1820, 1 female 10-16 = 1804-1810, 1 female 16-26 = 1794-1804.

NOTE: At this point it is believed that William Braswell who married Mary Looper & Arthur Braswell who married Ruth Looper are sons of William & Susan Braswell as well as the Allen Brazil on the 1830 Pickens County, South Carolina census.

William's lineage:

1. Reverend Robert Bracewell & Unknown
2. Richard Braswell & Sarah
3. William Braswell & Mary
4. William Braswell & Margaret
5. David Braswell & Nancy Rutherford
6. William Braswell & Susan

Solomon Looper, Pickens Co., SC 1866

1866 - January 6, I Solomon Looper being of sound mind and memory do publish this my last will and testament, etc. I give my beloved wife Judath W all that she got from or may get from her own people, as her property to do as she thinks best. I give my dtr Margaret my large bureau, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs. I give to my grand dtr Evaline (Margeret's daughter) my small bureau and what is on it viz three images. I also want my land divided into five equal lots of eighty acres each. My personal property, household and kitchen furniture, farm tools, to be divided between my children and my wife to take a child part. I appoint John A Robinson and Joseph Looper as executors.

Wit: J F Smith, W C Jones, J W Brown
Signed Solomon X Looper seal
20 Dec 1871 Elizabeth Crane $344.86
D M Keith $344.86
Martha Robinson $344.86
Judia Ann Keith $344.86
Harriett A Freeman $344.86
Lurania Smith $344.86
Judeth W Looper $344.86
Margaret Looper $344.86
Mary Braswell and hbd Wm Braswell $344.86
22 Jan 1873 Elisha and Nancy Robinson $344.86
Sarah and Margaret Hood $344.86


NOTE: It appears that William Braswell named above is the son of William Braswell & wife Susan of Newberry Co., SC and Robeson Co., NC. This would make him the grandson of David Braswell & Nancy Rutherford and a descendant of the Reverend Robert Bracewell through Richard Braswell the 1st and his wife Sarah.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Muster Roll: Illinois Territory, 1813

A muster roll of a company of volunteer infantry,
commanded by Captain William Jones, ordered
into the service by his Excellency, Ninian
, Governor of the Illinois Territory,
May 9, 1813, to June 9th, 1813.

Robert Brazel

Valentine Brazel
Richard Brazel
William Brazel

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Byrd Brazel, Wilkes Co., GA 1791

Wilkes County}
Pursuant To a warrant signed by Thomas Wooten David Cresswell and Henry Mounger Esquires, dated the 7th day of November 1791, I have admeasured and laid out to Byrd Brazel who Resides in this State 245 Acres of Land on the waters of Brier Creek having such form marks and Shapes as the above Platt Represents Certified the 9th of November 1791
By Robert Cresswell DS

NOTE: Elisha Fairliss & Isaias Hamblin CC. Plat shows adjacent land owners Burson, Widow Davis, Peter Hodo & illegible name.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Alabama Marriages 1819-1870

Adaline T Brazeal & John B Burns 11 Jun 1856 Tuscaloosa
Allen Brassell & Elizabeth Sanford 1 Jan 1829 Montgomery
Allen Brassel & Martha Sanford 27 Jun 1837 Macon
Allen Braxell & Mary Ann Morgan 21 Dec 1845 Lowndes
Andrew J Brasell & Martha C Dean 25 Oct 1855 Butler
Ann M Brasell & Benjamin S Meadows 28 Jan 1847 Montgomery
Araminta E Braswell & William Hill 28 Feb 1845 Marengo

Byrd Brazel & Martha Ott 12 Sep 1867 Clarke

Cynthia A Brazile & John W Adcock 3 Mar 1836 Greene

Daniel M Breazeale & Lucy Ann Avey 20 Dec 1859 Baldwin
David Brasseale & Hanna L Ratliff 5 Jan 1868 Blount

E J Brazell & Watson Mizell 4 Feb 1844 Calhoun
Elias Brasseal & Zion Miller 14 Nov 1866 Blount
Elijah Brazeal & Mary Ann Rogers 3 Jun 1834 Tuscaloosa
Elijah B Brazeale & Sarah Collins 19 Feb 1828 Greene
Eliza Brasseale & Nathaniel Graves 18 Aug 1853 Blount
Eliza Brassell & Hugh Scott 10 Oct 1838 Montgomery
Eliza L Brasill & James H Pratt 21 Dec 1854 Bibb
Elizabeth Brasseale & James Miller 2 Aug 1842 Blount
Elizabeth Brassell & Henry P Johnson 1 Jan 1839 Perry
Elizabeth Brazell & P A Kindrick 12 Mar 1859 Bibb
Elizabeth Brazile & Thomas J Walker 9 Jan 1836 Greene
Elizabeth C Brazeal & Robt McVay 30 Jul 1868 Lawrence
Elza B Braswell & Mahala Shows 25 Oct 1854 Butler
Emeline Brassell & Columbus D Pace 21 Oct 1851 Montgomery

Fanny J Brassill & Robert C Clark 25 Oct 1852 Montgomery
Fereba Brasseale & Jane Mayberry 24 Nov 1865 Blount
Frances Brassell & D P Coleman 13 Jan 1859 Montgomery
Frances Brazeal & Lewis Gilmore 11 May 1826 Greene

George Brasell & Elizabeth I Bayzer 9 Aug 1843 Montgomery
George Brazil & Catherine Rineau 23 Jan 1820 Lawrence

Hanna Brazeale & Samuel Adcock 23 Sep 1830 Greene
Harriet Brazeale & Hardy Nordin 6 Oct 1831 Greene
Henry Braxell & Amanda Kelley 29 Oct 1848 Lowndes
Hosea B Brazeal & Sarah Eliza Mayfield 10 Feb 1836 Tuscaloosa

J D Bragell & M J Mizell 20 Jan 1870 Etowah
J F Brazell & S R Fitts 2 Jul 1860 Bibb
J L Brasseale & Ruthia Fowler 30 Sep 1860 Blount
Jabez Brassell & Eleanor Perry 21 Dec 1835 Perry
Jabez Brazell & Angeline Bearden 19 Apr 1858 Perry
Jacob Brassell & Arretta Brassell 22 Mar 1827 Montgomery
Jacob Braswell & Juda Nowlen 13 Apr 1837 Marengo
James Braswell & Mary Ann Jolly 7 Sep 1845 Macon
James Brazile & Elizabeth Cooper 20 Feb 1824 Greene
James Brazile & Elizabeth Harris 6 Nov 1834 Blount
James E D Braswell & Mary H Holloway 11 Nov 1858 Macon
James K Breaziale & Sarah Ann Soles 20 Dec 1855 Lowndes
Jane Brazeel & Garrison Jones 11 Jun 1869 Blount
Joel M Brazeal & Permelia Pumphrey 12 Apr 1831 Tuscaloosa
John Brazel & Melinda Jane Ireland 9 Apr 1848 Lawrence
John A Bragil & Sarah Godby 12 Nov 1854 Lawrence
John E Brasell & Lavinia M Browning 4 Oct 1866 Lowndes
John H Braziel & Martha A Pitts 14 Dec 1858 Chambers
John M Brassle & Rhoda Ann Witt 20 Apr 1854 DeKalb
Joseph Brassell & Mary Taylor 3 Dec 1852 Barbour
Josephine Braswell & Wm H Hinson 18 Apr 1867 Butler
July Ann Brazelle Braswell & Berry Briscoe 24 Dec 1868 Jackson

K Brazell & Nancy Jancan 14 Oct 1836 Henry
K S Braziel & Jane Brothers 21 Jun 1868 Etowah
Kendrick Brassell & Amanda Lovett 9 Dec 1869 Butler

Laura Brassell & J W Henderson 16 Aug 1860 Montgomery
Laurina Brazell & Asa H Edwards 7 Apr 1857 Chambers
Lavisa Brazil & Daniel L. Williams 16 Nov 1819 Montgomery
Leannah Brazile & Richard Yarborough 6 Apr 1824 Greene
Lieuteriza Brasille & James M Townsend 2 Nov 1840 Montgomery
Licutinza Brasille & James M Townsend 4 Nov 1840 Montgomery
Lucinda Braziel & Sam Shettlesworth 3 Jan 1848 Tuscaloosa
Lucinda Brazzell & Ludwell F Taylor 14 Jul 1832 Montgomery
Lucy R Breazeal & John Johnson 22 Jun 1826 Greene
Lydia A Brassell & Uriah G W Powell 6 Oct 1853 Montgomery
Lynthia Brazell & E W Lewley 11 Aug 1867 Etowah

M B Brazells & Almira S Mizell 3 Apr 1842 Calhoun
Malachi Brazell & Nancy Patterson 25 Nov 1847 Calhoun
Malinda Brasell & John Herring 18 Nov 1841 Montgomery
Malinda J Brassell & Greenbury Whatley 3 Oct 1852 Talladega
Malissa Brazeel & William Roberts 9 Jul 1870 Jackson
Martha Brasseale & William Burgess 15 Feb 1868 Blount
Martha Braswell & Francis M Etheridge 22 Jan 1846 Marengo
Martha E Braswell & Miles B Smith 22 Mar 1855 Talladga
Martha J Brazelle & Ely Hulsey 2 Sep 1869 Etowah
Mary Brassell & David F Melton 24 Oct 1848 Montgomery
Mary Brazel & Joseph Snead 23 Jan 1856 Barbour
Mary Brazile & John B Meadors 3 Apr 1824 Greene
Mary A Braswell & William F Tucker 25 Feb 1850 Marengo
Mary Ann Breazealle & Oliver J Hall 1 Mar 1838 Tuscaloosa
Mary Ann Brazell & John Brown 4 Aug 1868 Clarke
Mrs. Mary Ann Brazell & John Brown 4 Aug 1868 Clarke
Mary E Braswell & William E Winn 3 May 1857 Macon

Nancy Brazeal & Benjamin E. Reynolds 8 Oct 1836 Tuscaloosa
Newton Brasswell & Sarah Henry 19 Feb 1863 Blount

Olive Brassell & Thomas Dean 14 Mar 1828 Montgomery
Oliver H Brazell & Martha Fitts 7 Dec 1855 Bibb

Perniana Brazzeal & Coleman Allen 26 Mar 1849 Jefferson
Perniana Brazzel & Colman Allen 20 Mar 1849 Jefferson
Perniana Brazzell & Colman Allen 20 Mar 1827 Jefferson
Polly Brassell & William Lathem 31 Mar 1831 Blount
Polly Brassil & Thomas Taylor 19 Jan 1829 Montgomery

Rachel Emeline Brazeal & Asa Guin 28 Feb 1842 Tuscaloosa
Rebecca Braswell & David I Shannon 29 Dec 1846 Marengo
Robert C Brassell & Hannah McNeil 29 May 1845 Montgomery

S E Brazil & Robert Pickle 23 Sep 1866 Fayette
Sallie Brasswell & Isaac Ferguson 17 Jan 1870 Butler
Sarah Brasill & John Gilleland 30 Dec 1819 Madison
Sarah C Brassell & William C Todd 9 Dec 1848 Montgomery
Sarah G Brassell & William C Todd 12 Dec 1848 Montgomery
Semilda E Braswell & James Ethridge 14 Oct 1844 Marengo
Serepta E Brazeal & Jacob McElroy 4 Jul 1857 Tuscaloosa

Temperance Brassil & W W Bell 3 Mar 1853 Barbour

Vardamond J Brazeale & Margaret West 28 May 1836 Tuscaloosa

W B Braswell & Mary Glass 22 Jan 1850 Marengo
W H Brasseal & Sena Debtor 2 Oct 1866 Blount
Wm J Brazeal & Margaret A Aldred 26 Aug 1868 DeKalb
Wm N Brazell & Sarah J Cunningham 17 Jan 1869 Etowah
William Bracewell & Nancy Trawick 16 Dec 1869 Henry
William Brasseal & Wilberth Jones 20 May 1858 Blount
William Brasseale & Mary Waggoner 25 Sep 1859 Blount
William Braswell & Martha Brown 15 Aug 1824 Marengo
William Braswell & Martha Brown 25 Aug 1824 Marengo
William Brazel & Frances Coker 6 Dec 1846 Autauga

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Byrd Brazil Rev War Info


The data which follow are found in the papers on file in pension claim, S. 31571, based upon service of Byrd Brasil in the Revolutionary War.

Byrd Brazil (as he signed his name) was born in North Carolina; the date and exact place of his birth, and the names of his parents are not shown. He enlisted May 5, 1775, at which time he resided in Chatham County, North Carolina, served in Captain William Brinkley's company, 3r North Carolina regiment, marched to Charleston, South Carolina, where he remained about three months, thence to Savannah, thence to Osabow Island, thence to Halifax, North Carolina, thence to Belle Haven on the Potomac, thence to General Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge, at which place the army was reduced and Captain Brinkley returned to North Carolina and Byrd Brazil was placed in Captain Phil Taylor's company, from which company, still at Valley Forge, he was transferred to Captain Benjamin Williams' company, marched to Monmouth under Colonel Morgan, reached there after the battle, was discharged in October 1778, near New York, from Captain Benjamin Williams' company, Colonel John Patten's 2d North Carolina Battalion, and marched south under Major Colonel Davidson. Byrd Brazil was allowed pension on his application executed January 7, 1833, at which time he resided in Hancock County, Georgia. He was aged then sixty-nine years. Grave not found. Revolutionary War Pension Files, Series: M805 Roll: 116


Monday, October 12, 2009

William & Elizabeth Bracewell 1772

1772 - April 22, Citation granted to Elizabeth Beaswall to administer on the Estate and Effects of William Beaswall her husband as nearest of kin To be read in St. Matthews Parish & returned Certified Granted 22d Apr. 1772.

1772 - May 29, Dedimus To William Thompson or William Tucker to qualify Elizabeth Beaswell admor of the Estate & Effects of William Beaswell late St. Matthews parish Berkley County 29 May 1772.

1772 - July 21, July 21 day 1772 A Return of the Appraisment of the Goods & Chattels of William Bracewell decd William Kelly, Gersham Kelly, John Grossett

Contributed by KBD

Saturday, October 10, 2009

William, Dinah & Betsey Braswell, Edgefield Co., SC

1811 - November 26, James Mathews and Dinah Mathews to Edmond Lamar, Deed, $850, 187.5 acres being part of 300 acres originally granted to William Breazeal on 12 December 1768 who died intestate and his only legal surviving heirs were Betsey Breazeal wife of Willis Breazeal and Dinah Mathews wife of above named James Mathews who after their fathers decease divised said land by agreement without administering on his estate. The tract now transfered is the dividend of Dinah Mathews, on Loyds Creek of Stephens Creek of Savannah River adjacent Charles Hammond, Samuel Dagnal. Wit: James Hunter, A. Hunter. Signed: James Mathews, Dinah (X) Mathews. Justice Charles Hammond certifies release of dower rights by Dinah Mathews wife of James Mathews, March 19, 1812. Signed: Dinah (X) Mathews. Rec: January 15 1817. (Edgefield Co., SC DB 33 Pg 268)

NOTE: At this point James Mathews & William Braswell are believed to be from Chatham Co., NC and Betsey's husband is believed to be from the Breazeale family.

Thomas Lamar, Granville Dist. SC 1775

Thomas Lamar
Will: Wife: Eleanor executrix Son: Thomas, land called Bell Mount next lands "Run" by Thomas Smith
Daus: Mary Roberts, Sarah Brezel, Martha Rodger Gemimah (probably daughter Jemima), Ruth, Eleanor, Ann and Elizabeth - Land purchased of Benjamin Tutt
Wit: Thomas LAMAR, Basil LAMAR

Died: 21 July 1775
Proved: nd
Recorded: nd

Source: Abstracts of Wills of State of SC 1760-1784, Vol. III, Caroline T. Moore, 1969
Will Book VV, 1776-1784, page 196

NOTE: Sarah Lamar married William Braswell, who is believed to be from Chatham Co., NC.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Jacob Braswells: Sr & Jr.

- March 26, Jacob Braswell, 528 acres on the north side of Morattock River, joining the Gum swamp, George Stevens, Jeffries, Richard Braswell, Hogpen Meadow and John Cotten. Bk. 3, pg. 138

1726 - Jacob Brasswell (Bracewell) to John Smith, blacksmith, 10 pds. for 250 a. NS Morrattock River and Urssarah Meadow. "...Where John now lives..." being "pt. and p'cill of a patent of 528 a." granted to Bracewell April 1, 1723. On Holly Bush Meadow. May Court 1726. (pg. 110)

1727 - August 8, Jacob Brasswell & wife Elisabeth to William Ruffin, Aug. 8, 1727. 11 pds. for 278 a. On SS Morattock River in Uasary Meadow and Hog Pen Meadow. Adj. John Cotten, Richard Braswell. Part of tract formerly granted Jacob Brasswell for 528 a. on April 1, 1723. Wit: Thomas Hart, John Hart. pg. 360


1728 - April 20, 284 acres surveyed then granted to Jacob Braswell. (See deeds below)

1740 - October 27, Jacob Bracewell to Robert Bracewell 45 Pd. 284 ac north side Tar River adj Swift Creek. Wit. Richard Bracewell, Richard Sessums. (Edg Deed 1-391)

1748 - October 24, Robert Bracewell, Edge. Co to William Davis, county aforesaid for 100 pds money of England, a tract on the north side of Tar River beginning at a Spanish Oak on the bank of Tar River then south 45 east 160 poles to a pine then north 10 west 320 poles to a red oak then north 65 west 300 poles to a red oak then south 30 west 320 poles to a red oak on the east side of Swift Creek on Tar River then to the first station, containing 284 acres which was granted to Jacob Bracewell by patent for 284 acres which was surveyed 20 Apr 1728, signed Robert Bracewell, Mary Bracewell, wit J. Howell, George Fort, (Thos Deuigen). Recorded Nov Ct 1748 (Edge. Co (Halifax) Db 3, page 286) NOTE: This Robert
Bracewell is the son of Richard Bracewell II & Ann Carver.


1729 - March 6, Jacob Braswell 598 acre grant.

1732 - A deed of Sale from Jacob Braswell to Thomas Kerby ackd. &c. (pg. 50)

1741 - May 23, Jacob Bracewell of Edg to Jeremiah Hilliard 50 pds 298 ac northwest side Tar River adj Thomas Kerby & the river part of 598 ac grant to sd Jacob 6 Mar 1729. Wit. Benjamin Sellers, Isaac Dickerson, Robert Hilliard. (1-409)

1746 - October 22, Samuel Murray, Edge. Co to John Jones, said county, from all manner of bonds & writings, obligations whatsoever, the said John Jones is & standith ( ) for me in any sum or sums of money to Captain Samuel Williams late sheriff of Edgecombe County as also for divers other good causes & considerations me hereunto moving, one bay mare branded on the near buttock "H", two bay mares & colts, one three year old bay horse, one three year old light gray horse, four two year old horses, one gray mare colt, one gray four year old mare, two, two year old mares, three old horse colts, one bay year old mare, one black two year old mare, all the aforesaid creatures branded "M," one black mare & colt branded (EX), one year old horse colt branded "M" & Likewise one tract of land on the south side of the mouth of Swift Creek upon Tar River in Edge. Co being laid off and surveyed for Jacob Braswell, Sr and containing 300 acres, in trust, signed Samuel Murray, wit William Jones (mark)(proved), Sarah Jones. Recorded May Ct 1747 (Edge. Co (Halifax) Db 3, page 85)


1742 - March 6, Jacob Braswell granted 275 acres on the north side of the Tar River.

1751 - November 16, Jacob Braswell, Edge. Co to John Sikes, county aforesaid for 15 pds VA, a tract and plantation on the north of Tar River and east side of Swift Creek containing 275 acres being the whole of a tract granted to the said Jacob Braswell by patent dated 6 Mar 1742, signed Jacob Braswell (J), wit John Moore (proved), Elias Fort, Joshua Sikes (X). Recorded Nov Ct 1751 (Edge. Co (Halifax) Db 4, page 160) CTC


1745 - April 11, Jacob Braswell 270 acres in Edgecombe County on the N. side of Tarr river where the sd. Braswell now lives, joining a branch, a Small Meadow, the river bank above his plantation, and the river below the Mouth of a Gut (3384 pg. 341)

1754 - February 26, Jacob Braswell, Edge. Co to Benjamin Bunn, same county, for 40 pds VA, a tract containing 270 acres on the north side of Tar River where the said Braswell now lives beginning at a live oak on the river bank above the Plantation then north 5 east 219 poles to a poplar in a branch then south 85 east 219 poles to a pine in a small meadow then south 5 west 126 poles to a hickory on the river bank then up the various courses of the river to the first station, signed Jacob Braswell, Jr, Wit Edwd Moore, James Ricks, John Ricks (proved). Recorded Feb Ct 1755 (Edge. Co (Halifax) Db 2, page 177)


1743 - March 16, Jacob Braswell 160 acres in Edgecombe County on the s. side of Tarr river, joining above Greens path and on the river side (3447 pg. 353)

1745 - February 26, Jacob Braswell of Edge. Co. to Joseph John Clinch of Surry Co., Va. 10 pounds current money of Va. acres (not given) on the south side of Tarr river above Green’s path Wit: Samuel Williams, Arthur Taylor, John Lawhon, Jr. Reg. Edge. Co. Aug. Ct. 1746 R. Forster C. Ct. (Pg. 523)


1760 - December 6, 650 acre Granville Grant to Jacob Braswell.

1761 - June 24, Jacob Braswell of Johnston County sold 650 acres in Edgecombe County to Samuel Delke, "being a Granville grant to Jacob Braswell dated December 6, 1760" (Edgecombe DB 1 Pg 280 & Edgecombe DB C Pg 61) From Carey Bracewell.

1761 - June 24, Jacob Braswell, Planter, Johnston Co to (Samuel Delke) for 10 pds, a tract of land on the north side of Tar River beginning at a pine in an old line made for Arthur Taylor just above the Long Branch then north 200 poles to a pine then east 400 poles to pine near the Poplar Branch then south 242 poles to a pine then south 242 poles to a pine Jacob Braswell's corner then by this said line west 220 poles to a poplar in Jacob Swamp then south by west 140 poles to a pine then to the first station, containing 650 acres, signed Jacob Braswell, wit Dun Lamon, (John ). Recorded Jun Ct 1762 (Edgecombe DB 1, Pg 280)

NOTE: These deeds appear to be Jacob & Elizabeth Braswell and their son Jacob Jr. Elizabeth's surname is not proved. Documentation of Elizabeth's surname solicited.

Related Link: Jacob Braswell: Edgecombe to Johnston to Cumberland

Thursday, October 1, 2009

* Jeptha Freeman, Habersham Co., GA 1839

1839 - January 3, Jeptha Freeman - Wife: Edith, Extrx. Son: John. Daughters: Lydia Hunt, Thena Adams, Elizabeth Catlett. To: Edith Adams, daughter of James W. and Thena Adams. Exrs: Ezekiel Catlett, Ezekiel McCravey. Wit: William Nix, Jr., Wadsworth Cloudy, J. J. Nix, J. B. Cloudy, Robert Hood. July 13, 1840 (Habersham Co. Ordinary Minutes and Wills, Book 4A p. 175, 1820 1850)

1840 - July 13, proved in Habersham Co., GA. Jeptha's will gave wife Edith 2 lots, son John, equal with Edith; 2 daughters, Lydia Hunt, Thena (married to James W. Adams), and Elizabeth Catlett. Witnesses swore to his signature of "Jeptha W. Freeman". (Minutes of the Court of the Ordinary, (1820-1850) Bk. 4A, D; pg. 175-176;)

Jeptha's wife Edith is the daughter of Valentine Braswell Jr & Elizabeth Pitts of Chatham County North Carolina.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

* Siddey Braswell & Andrew Hartsfield Jr.

Siddey Braswell is often misreported to be Siddey Pitts. But it was Siddey's mother Elizabeth who was actually the Pitts, and named in the will of of John Pitts Senior. Elizabeth Pitts married Valentine Braswell Jr., who was the son of Valentine "V".

- November 29, JOHN PITTS, Senr., of Chatham County wrote his will in which he named daughters ELIZABETH BRASSEL, MARY LEAN(?), PEGEY MIMES, sons JOHN, Junr., JOSEPH. Son JOHN PITTS and “trusty friend ELISHA CAIN executors (copy on USGenWeb by Melinda Pitts Pennington)

1781 – August 24, ELIZABETH BRASSELL, widow of VALENTINE BRASWELL, Jr., married WILLIAM LYNN. Wake Co. Marriage Bond #02312. Bondsman: JAMES LYNN. Witness: THOMAS RICE.

1782 - February 12, Chatham County WILLIAM LINN to be Administrator of the estate of VOLENTINE BRASWELL, JUNR., DECEASED. 1,000 pound bond by WILLIAM LINN and JOHN PITTS. (copy of original from North Carolina Archives)

1782 – November – WILLIAM LYN, on motion is permitted to come in and defend his ward, VOLENTINE BRAZWELL, at the suit of JAMES WILLIAMS, Esqr. On entry on caveat, 640 acres of land on Haw River (pg. 20B, November 1782. Posted by Angela Meadows on Braswell List November 9, 2004) NOTE: See May 1778 record.

1784 - May Court VALENTINE BRASWELL, Jr., died intestate leaving EDY and SEDY BRASWELL. NOTE: Edith Braswell married Jeptha Freeman and Sedy Braswell married Andrew Hartsfield Jr.

1787 - EDY and SEDY BRASWELL heirs of VALENTINE BRASWELL, Junr., deceased granted 640 acres on east side of Haw River beginning above mouth of Duck Creek. Appears to be land Valentine Braswell purchased from Hector McNeal on July 23, 1778. (page 288, Deed Book D, Chatham Co. Register of Deeds and Copy of Grant #795 from Carey Bracewell)

1790 - August 8, Inventory of personal property of VOLLENTINE BRASWELL, Decd. and accounting of money paid from the estate which included “To money pd VOLINTINE BRASSWELL, Sinr a witness in the Suit of WILLIAMS vs the Orphans 40 pounds” and “To traviling twice from Chatham County to the State of Gorgia & all expenses, 26 pounds” NOTE: See 1794 listing of lands to be divided into thirds to give VALENTINE’s widow ELIZABETH her third. (Copy of original received from NC Archives)

1793 – October 18, ANDREW HARTSFIELD, Junior & SEDY, his wife of Wake Co., NC to THOMAS STOKES of Chatham County, 300 pounds current money, our undivided part of four parcels E of Haw River, mouth of Duck Creek, Shaddocks Creek, Cabbins Creek, RUTHERFORD’s line, ISHAM DANIEL’s line, ANDREW HARTFIELD, JEPTHA FREEMAN, DAVID CAVENAH. Signed ANDREW HARTSFIELD, SIDEY + HARTSFIELD Witness: W. Sane, Nilam Short (pages 188 & 189, Deed Book G, Chatham County Register of Deeds)

1793 – December 27, JEPTHA FREEMAN and EDY, his wife, of Chatham County, to THOMAS STOKES of same county, 500 pounds current money, interest in and to five several parcels of land in Chatham County on waters of Haw River, etc., it being the one half of the lands which were formerly the property of VALENTINE BRAZEL, Decd. and the tract
whereon the said FREEMAN now lives containing by estimation 620 acres. Signed JEPTHA + FREEMAN, EDY + FREEMAN. Wit: EDMUND BRANCH, JOSEPH JOHNSON, WM. MINTER. Chatham County February Sessions 1794. (pages 213 & 214, Deed Book G, Chatham County Register of Deeds)

1794 – February 14, To the Justices of Chatham County, the answer of STEPHEN FREEMAN and EDY his wife, ANDREW HARTSFIELD and SEDY his wife,
heir of VALENTINE BRASWELL, dec’d. and the answer of THOMAS STOKES, Esqr. To petition of JOSEPH HARMAN of Chatham Co., planter, & ELIZABETH his wife late ELIZ. LINN and formerly ELIZ. BRASWELL widow – (copy of original received from NC State Archives)

1794 – February – Chatham Co., NC - Land to be divided in thirds to give VALENTINE BRASWELL, Jr.’s widow ELIZABETH her dowry.

100 acres on Cabin Branch a prong of Shaddoxes Creek. (grant #257, 1780)

640 acres on east side of Haw River above mouth of Duck Creek. (bought
from Hector McNeil on July 23, 1778)

300 acres on Shadocks Creek (grant 11/1/1784)

23 acres on eastside of Haw River (grant 3/30/1780)

200 acres on south prong of the Great Branch, the waters of Shaddox Creek. (See Grant #395, Mar 31, 1780)

(copy of original from North Carolina Archives)

NOTE: Valentine’s widow, Elizabeth, married William Lynn on August 24, 1781. He died before August 8, 1790. She then married Joseph Harman

1801 –November 10, EDITH FREEMAN, formerly EDITH BRASWELL, SIDEY HARTSFIELD, formerly SIDEY BRASWELL, co-heirs of VALENTINE BRASWELL, dec’d. to THOMAS STOKES, for $1200, 640 acres on the east side of the Haw River, bounded by the lands granted DAVID CAVENAH, JOHN RAMSEY, decd. Signed EDITH + FREEMAN, SEDY + HARTSFIELD, relinquished, signed & delivered in presence of Open Court, November Session 1801. (pages 317 & 318, Deed Book L, Chatham County Register of Deeds)

Thank you to the dear cousins who researched for decades the old fashioned way and generously provided this information.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

* Nathan Brazill, Wilkes Co., GA 1828

. Plantation where I live, stock etc., to wife Patsy for life, at her death land to son Richard Lucy Barrett. To dau Polly H. Barrett, bed etc. To son John P., Volly Callaway, Nancy Reynolds, Robt., and Erasmus Barrett, $1.00 each. Wife Patsy and Josiah Tuck, Excrs. Signed Oct. 18, 1828. Luke Turner, Wm. O. Rutledge, Nathan Brazill, Chas. Smith, J. P., Test. Codicil. Having given in two draws in the Lottery of the Gold region and two in the Land Lottery of the Cherokee Country, I bequeath the same to wife Patsy and dau Volly H. Barrett. Signed Jan. 26, 1832. Probated Mar. 2, 1835. Luke Turner, Lewis B. Callaway, Jas. D. Willis, J. P., Test. (WILKES CO., GA WB H H 1819-1836 Pg 379)

* Jesse Brazell, Wilkes Co., GA 1806

dec'd Inv. Sept. 13, 1806. Malachi Reeves, excr. Isaac Eason, Pitt Milner, Geo. Willis, apprs. Final returns 1820, receipt of Ichabod, John, James, Jonathan and Jeremiah Reeves, Jos. Adams, Wyatt T. Heard atty for Avery Reeves, John Hood, Wm. S. Lenty atty for Mrs. Millicent Rowden, Jesse Brazell, and Burwell Hood for Rhoda Reeves insane dau of said dec'd for her maintenance for life, all legatees. Receipt of Lewis Barrett for medical attendance on said dec'd, 1807. (WILKES CO., GA ORIGINAL PAPERS part 3)

* Jacob S. & Jesse Brazell, Wilkes Co, GA. 1848


Wilkes County}

KNOW all men by these presents, that we Jacob S. Brazell and William R. Peiteet are held and firmly bound to their Honors the Justices of the Inferior Court for said county, sitting for ordinary purposes, and their successors in office, in the just and full sum of fifteen Hundred dollars, for the payment of which sum, to the said Justices, and their successors in office, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, in the whole and for the whole sum, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this fourth day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

THE CONDITION of the above obligation is such, That if the above bound Jacob S. Brazell admr of the goods, chattels and credits of Jesse Brazell late of this county, deceased, do make a true and perfect inventory of all and singular, the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said Jacob S. Brazell or in the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him and the same, so made, do exhibit in the said Court of Ordinary, when he shall be thereunto required: and such goods, chattels and credits, do well and truly administer according to law, and do make a just and true account of his actings and doings therein, when he shall be thereunto requiredby the Court of Ordinary for said county, and all the rest of the goods, chattels and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the account of the said administration, the same being first allowed by the court, shall deliver and pay to such person or persons, respectively, as are entitled to the same by law; and if it shall hereafter appear, that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the same shall be proved before the court, and the executors obtain a certificate of the probate thereof, and the said Jacob S. Brazell do, in such case, if required, render and deliver up the said letters of administration, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in force.
Signed, Sealed, and acknowledged} Jacob S. Brazell
in open Court.} (crossed out) Wm R. Perteet
before Me (written in)
GG Norman} Recorded Sept 4th 1848

Contributed by KBD

* Edgefield Co., SC Misc. Deeds

- June 3, Deposition: Edward Couch said that he was present when Rachel Brazel & her son John McKenney had a conversation respecting a negro boy named Prince, who was the property of Valentine Brazel, husband of said Rachel Brazel. That said Rachel told the desponent that she was unwilling Valentine Brazel should ever have the boy & since her son had no money she would lend him a dollar which might be returned to be imprescences of the deponent as evidence of a contract..that the deponant is well convinced from the conversation that she intended to defraud her husband who was absent in Georgia of his right to said boy as she was provided with other property of less value which might have been sold in case of distress but to his knowledge said Valentine Brazel had furnished her with such necessities... S/ Edward Couch. Sworn by oath 3 Jun 1793 before Joseph Hightower, J.P. Rcd. 3 Jun 1794. (Pp. 456-457) Posted to the Braswell List by M.B. Watson.

1793 - November 31, Elisha Palmer & Mildred his wife to John Huffman, both of Edgefield County, South Carolina for 50 pounds sold 100 acres being part of a grant to Thomas Key adjacent Mrs. Logan, George Bussey, Junr, said Palmer, & Mrs. Braziel. S/ Alisha (X) Palmer, Mildred (X) Palmer. Wit: Demcy Bussey, Demcy (X) Hughs, George Bussey, Junr. In open Court 6 July 1795 Elisha Palmer acknowledges deed before R. Tutt, J.E.C. Plat: p. 235. (DB 12 1794-1796 Pg 235-236)

1794 - February 15, Edward Holmes, planter, to Phillip Ikner (Eikner], blacksmith. ?20, 20 acres on Mine Creek of Little Saluda, part of 100 acres originally granted to Drury Fort by Gov Wm Bull 1765, conveyed by Fort to Henry Bolton, from Bolton to Brittain Brasswell, and Braswell to sd Edward Holmes, 20 acres bounded by Mine Cr, sd Homes, heirs of Frederick Sisson, sd Eikenr. Wit. Solomon Eikner, Jonah Howell. /s/ Edward Homes. Suzion 15 Feb 1794. Proven 17 May 1794 by Solomon eikner; Henry King, J.P. Recorded 11th February 1797" (P 473-475) Posted to the Braswell List by M.B. Watson.

1794 – August 19, Valentine Brazeel, South Carolina, 96th District, Edgefield County, to James Herring of same state and county, 126 acres on “head of Edisto River south of Saluda below the Anchent Boundary near the Jester Pond beginning on the lands held by Thomas Adams and including the improvements that Briton Braziel now lives on at this present date” adj. Benjamin McKenney, part of 226 acres granted Valentine Braziel by Governor Charles Pinckney 4 April 1791. Signed Valentine (V) Brazeel. Witness: Edward Couch, Elisha Baronton, Biddy Bush. Proved 4 July 1796 by Biddy Bush; John Blocker, J.P. Recorded 4 July 1796. (DB 13 Pg 136-139)

1794 -
September, James Mathews & Dinah his wife to Sarah Braziel all of Edgefield Co., SC for ---sold 100 acres being part of a grant 25 December 1768 to William Braziel on Loyd's Creek of Savannah River. Signed: James Mathews, Dinah Mathews. Wit: Phil Capehart, Elizabeth Braziel, Henry Capehart, who swore by oath 7 May 1795 before Hugh Middleton J.P. Rec. 4 July 1795.

1794 - December 21, Valentine Brazel to Joseph McKinney, both of Edgefield Co. SC for 30 pounds, sold 100 acres originally granted 4 Apr 1791 at Colombia SC being on the south side of the Saluda River below the ancient boundary line on the Edisto River at the Sisters Pond adj. Manoah Hubert, Benjamin McKinney, & James Herring. S/ Valentine (V) Brazel. Wit. Benjamin McKinney, William Pardue, John McKinney, who swore by oath 6 Feb 1795 before Van Swearingen, J.P. Rcd. 8 Feb 1796. (P 542-545) Posted to the Braswell List by M.B. Watson.

1795 - December 17, Deed of Gift: William Braswell unto my children (viz) My sons, Jacob, William, Richard, John & Allen. To dau. Nancy, one cow, calf, feather bed /S/ William (X) Braswell Wit: Brittain Braswell, James Braswell who swore by oath 22 Dec 1795 before Wm. Daniel, J.P. Rcd. 23 Deec 1795 (P 470-471) Posted to the Braswell List by M.B. Watson.

1798 - September 14, Britain Brassell to His children. Deed of Gift, love & affection: to son William land whereon I now reside with my crop and tools; my son Isom blacksmith tools & colt name of Deller; daughter Polley & Barshaba two creatures known by name of Pullen and Sall and household furniture, to my daughters Elizabeth & Sarah the cattle, hoggs and geese with their increase. Wit John Wells, John Rogers /s/ Britain Brassell. Proven 27 Sept 1798 by John Roberts; Richard Tutt J.P. Rec 27 Sept 1798. (P 479-480) Posted to the Braswell List by M.B. Watson.

1801 - April 20, Zion Davis to John Rogers. $100, sixty acres adj. John Rogers corner, down Dry Creek to Josiah Davis's land. Wit: Wm. Braswell, Josiah Davis, William "X" Rogers. /s/ Zion Davis /s/ Margaret Davis. Proven 27 February 1802 by William Brassell who saw Zion Davis and Margret Davis his wife sign. /s/ William Braswell, Wm. Davis J.P. Recorded (obliterated) March 1805. (DB 26 P 43) Google Books

1801 - July 7, Zion Davis to Josiah Davis $45, twenty acres at Little Dry Creek adj. land of John Rogers. Wit: William Brassell, John Rogers, William "X" Rogers. /s/ Zion Davis (his mark =), Marget "M" Davis. Proved 3 November 1804 by John Rogers. (DB 25 P 107) Google Books

1803 - November 5, Brittain Brassell and William Brassell to John Pope, $209.94, three hundred sixty acres on Mine Creek and Dry Creek of Little Saluda River, being part of 922 acres originally granted to William Humphreys decd. by Gov. Charles Pinckney 7 May 1792, adj. Wm. Hardage, Sissom's land, Brittain Brassell, P. Eikner, Charleston road. Wit: Lewis Mobley, John Rainey, Park Ardagh. /s/ Brittain Brassell /s/ William Brassell. Proven 1 January 1804 by Patrick Ardagh, Russell Willson J.P. Recorded 3 January 1805. (DB 25 P146) Google Books

1805 - September 12, James Henderson of Abbeville District to Allen Glover, Deed of conveyance, Three hundred Dollars, one hundred acres on waters of Beaver Dam Creek adj land now belonging to Thomas Ramsay, Jesse Harris and Braseel. Wit: William Stalworth, Allen Burton. Signed James Henderson. Proved March 17, 1809 by Allen Burton. Creswell Moore J.P. Recorded June 13, 1809. (DB 29 Pg 444)

1806 - September 26, Allen Glover to Daniel English, Deed of conveyance, Five hundred Dollars, one hundred acres on waters of Beverdam Creek adj land now belonging to Thos Ramsey, Jesse Harris and Braseel. Wit: William Holladay, Eli Henderson. Signed: Allen Glover. Proved March 10, 1809 by Eli Henderson. Recorded June 13, 1809. (DB 29 Pg 443)

1808 - February 23, Henry Ray to John Lark, Deed of conveyance, Two hundred seventy five Dollars, one hundred fifty acres known by name of Bedford, it being a part of nine hundred twenty two acres originally granted to Wm Humphries 7 May 1792, conveyed by him to Britain Braswell, by him to John Pope, by John Pope to Henry Ray 2 January 1805, siuate on waters of Mine and Dry Creeks of Little Saluda. The 150 acres adjacent lands of Philip Ikener. Witness: Rowland Humphries, Samuel DeLoach, John Abney. Signed: H Ray. Justice John Pope certifies the relinquishment of dower rights by Elizabeth Marble Ray wife of Henry Ray, 10 July 1808. Signed: Elizabeth M B Ray. Proven 13 January 1809 by Rowland Humphries, Philip Raiford J P. Recorded 8 April 1809. (DB 29 Pg 413)

1809 - September 23, Richard Odum of Jones County, Georgia, to William Cates, $100 for 100 acres on Moors Creek of Little Saluda River, being part of land run for John Watson Senr and given by sd Watson to Mary Odom and Richard Odom her lawful heir. Wit: William Brassell, Green Wynn. Signed: Richard (R) Odom. Proven Jones County, Georgia, 1 August 1818 by William Brassell. Wm S Middlebrooks JP. (DB 35 Pg 440)

1811 - November 26, James Mathews and Dinah Mathews to Edmond Lamar, Deed, $850, 187.5 acres being part of 300 acres originally granted to William Breazeal on 12 December 1768 who died intestate and his only legal surviving heirs were Betsey Breazeal wife of Willis Breazeal and Dinah Mathews wife of above named James Mathews who after their fathers decease divised said land by agreement without administering on his estate. The tract now transfered is the dividend of Dinah Mathews, on Loyds Creek of Stephens Creek of Savannah River adjacent Charles Hammond, Samuel Dagnal. Wit: James Hunter, A. Hunter. Signed: James Mathews, Dinah (X) Mathews. Justice Charles Hammond certifies release of dower rights by Dinah Mathews wife of James Mathews, March 19, 1812. Signed: Dinah (X) Mathews. Rec: January 15 1817. (DB 33 Pg 268)

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NOTE: Valentine and his son Britain are from Chatham County North Carolina and are next found in Hancock County Georgia in 1795. This Britain married Latitia and named a son Valentine and is not to be confused with the Britton who married LaDicey Davis.

Updated September 19, 2009