Sunday, October 28, 2007

William B. Braswell 1863 - 1944

Gary Cooper writes:

Hello everyone who is researching a surname that starts with "B-R-A" or
maybe even "B-R-E" and rhymes with "dazzle".

I realize the person I'm researching is probably not a BRACEWELL or a
BRASWELL, and per sketchy DNA testing, he might be a BRAZEAL or a BREAZEALE.

I'm hoping some of you may have found some other lines while researching
your own that may help me, though proved useless for you.

I have been up against the most exasperating brickwall, and it is so recent
in history that it is baffling. I'm trying to find the parents of one
William B. BRAZEL, born 1863 or 1864 (maybe in Georgia), and died 1944 in
Calhoun County, GA, but lived in Randolph and Terrell Counties in GA. He
also had ties with Coffee Co., Alabama, and some of his children lived in
and around Holmes County, FL for a while. I simply cannot connect him with
his parents. His death certificate lists Mark BRAZEL as his father, but I
can't seem to find a public record that confirms that, or lists his mothers
name. He was married date unknown to Ida JONES (b. June 1867 and d. between 1910
and 1930.) They were estranged as shown in the 1930 census record I
mentioned below.

Below are some Census Records I HAVE found:

1880, Calhoun County, Ga., District 1123
BRAZIL, William H. (?) age 17, living in Wilkinson household as laborer
(This may or may not be our William.)

1900, Calhoun County, Ga., District 1123
BRAZWELL, Will, age 34, b. Aug, 1865, married 15 yrs., Farmer
Ida, age 31, b. June 1867
Susie,age 14, b. Sept 1885, In School
Guss, age 12, b. Nov. 1888, In School
Benn, age 8, b. Aug 1891 (?), In School
Allen, age 6, b. May 1894 (?)

1910, Calhoun County, GA., District 1123
BRAZZEL, Will,age 50 (?), married 27 yrs., Farmer
Ida, age 41
Benn, age 15
Als (?), age 14

In the 1930 Randolph Co., GA Census, he appears as a widower, and a boarder
in the home of Mrs. Willie Hooks and family. He is listed as having been born
in GA. His death certificate lists his father's name as something that looks
like Mark (? nearly illegible) but could be Mack, etc, ... Brazel.

William and Ida's children:
Susie Brazel, b. 1885, m. unknown, d. unknown
Gus Brazel, b. 1888 d. date unknown, married to Willie Bascome Perkins
Aubary Gus Brazel is their eldest child.
Ben B. Brazel, b. 1896, d. 1963, married date unknown to Sarah Elizabeth
"Lizzie" Yelverton.
Allen Brazel, b. May 1897. d. (murdered) December 1925, married Pearlie Mae

I'm pretty sure they were all born in Georgia, but Coffee County , AL keeps
coming up in their life too.

Ben stayed in Georgia
Gus went to Sante Fe, New Mexico after WWI
Allen moved to Holmes Couinty FL and the Largo, FL area, and died in 1925.

Ben B. and Lizzie Yelverton Brazel's children:
Kenneth, b. 1915, d. 1999, married Mildred _______
Walter James, b. 1920, d. 198?, married Eugenia ________
W. B. (that was his name, just initials!), never married
Benjamin, Jr., b. 1918, d. 1987, married Eunice Shattles
Raz Warren, b. 1923, d. 1979, married Janet Alcyon Nichols
(these are my wife, Christie's parents)
Charles Lee, b. ? d. 2001, married Rebecca (Beck, Becky) Conley
Geraldine, b. ?, living, married Eugene Kierce
There may have been another son that died an infant, b. ?, Evon James (?)

Nothing I have found so far ties this family into other Brazels.

Other Brazels found in 1850 Randolph Co., GA census is Precilla and Alsey
(2)different households).

Valentine Brazel is found in Stewart Co., GA History (a neighboring county).
I believe he has turned out to be a Bracewell or Braswell.

Any little tidbit no matter how insignificant it may seem will be




Gary W. Cooper said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on the Brazel's. I am a Shattles researcher. Eunice Shattles who married Benjamin B. Brazel, Jr. was the daughter of Sam W. Shattles and Mattie Lucille Wilson. I have 3 more generations on her if you would like.
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