BRANTLEY, THOMAS KIRVIN, merchant, was born in 1833, in Montgomery County; son of James A. and Elizabeth (Kirvin) Brantley, natives of South Carolina, who came in childhood to Alabama, and after their marriage farmed there; grandson of Jesse Brantley who came to Alabama at an early day from South Carolina, and afterwards settled in Mississippi, and of Thomas Kirvin, a farmer of Montgomery County who came there from South Carolina, and was a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church. The Brantley family is of Scotch Irish origin. Mr. Brantley was reared on a farm, attended the public schools of the county, and a military school in northern Alabama. He remained on the farm with his mother until her death in 1854, then began life for himself by teaching school and farming for three years, in Randolph County. During the War of Secession, he joined Hilliard's legion, but was soon afterward accidentally wounded and disabled for further service. Just before the close of the war, he moved to Troy and engaged in merchandising under the firm name of Brantley & Copeland, and later under the name of T. K. Brantley & Son. When the Central railroad of Georgia built Us extension, a station was established on a site purchased by Mr. Brantley in Crenshaw, and the station and post office were named for him. He engaged in business there with his son-in-law, Frank Johnson, under the firm name of T. K. Brantley & Co. In addition to his two large merchandising interests, Mr. Brantley also is interested in planting. Soon after he settled at Troy, he was elected justice of the peace, and from 1868 to 1874, served as clerk of the circuit court . He was elected as city councilman for several years, and mayor for two years. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist church, and is a Mason. Married: In Chambers County, 1855, Sarah A., daughter of Abner and Minerva Hill, natives of Virginia and Georgia, respectively. Children:
1. James, attended the State Normal School at Troy, and the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, member of the firm of Brantley & Edmondson, general merchants, Troy;
2. Thomas, attended the State Normal School at Troy, and Howard College, member of the firm of T. K. Brantley & Son, Troy;
3. Ella, attended Judson College, Marlon, m. A. C. Edmondson;
4. Ada, attended school at Columbus, Ga., deceased, m. Henry Folmar;
5. Lester, attended Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga., m. John F. Swift;
6. Rosa, m. Edward M. Shackelford, a president of the State Normal School at Troy;
7. Florrie, attended the State Normal School, and is a teacher in the public schools of Troy;
8. William, bookkeeper for the firm of T.K. Brantley & Son;
9. Minnie, attended the State Normal School at Troy;
10. Hillary, died December 9, 1886;
11. Herbert, residence: Troy.
Source: Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume III, by Thomas McAdory Owen, L.L.D., Marie Bankhead Owen, published by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1921; Pgs. 208 & 211
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