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Response to Gayle
Posted by: Charles Brashear Date: March 10, 1999 at 07:18:18
In Reply to: William Brazier of Surry County, NC by Gayle Braswell Ellison of 119

Here are a few snippits from a work in progress: "James Brazier, of Cumberland Co, NC". I have not documented ancestry for James, but circumstances suggest that he may stem from the family of John Brasseur, of Nansemond Co, VA, s/o Robert Brasseur, the Huguenot Immigrant, and bro/o Benois Brasseur.

Family of James and Sarah Brazier: from wills, estate papers, Bibles:
b1. *William Brazier, b. before 1740 (21+ on Granville Co, Taxlist in 1761); witnessed a James Brazier deed in 1765; he bought 200 acres on McNeill Creek from Neil McNeill in 1769; sold same to Samuel Hard in 1774 (no wife signed); part of this land was among the 250 acres James Sr gave to grandson James "Jr" in 1789. William Brazier d. 1814, Surry Co, NC, leaving a will; m.1. ______ ; m.2. 1 May 1803, Sarah Horne,

b2. John Brazier, b. before 1740 (21+ on Granville Co, Taxlist in 1761), deceased bef 1789; probably m. Christiana _____,
c1. Leah Brazier,

b3. *Elijah Brazier, b. 15 Jul 1756, d. Aug 1814 (data from Eva Mae Davis Martin, g.g.gdau); transferred land intervivos to sons, William and Elijah; m.1. Sarah _______, m.2. Rebekah _______

b1. William Brazier, son of James Brazier of Cumberland Co, NC, was listed as a taxable (21 or over) on the 1761 tax list of Granville Co, NC; so he had to be born before 1740. He was old enough to witness a land transaction in 1765. In June 1777, he bought land in Wake Co, from John Motley (Wake Co, Deeds). He m. 21 May 1803, Sarah Horne, in Wake Co, (also listed Surry Co) NC, which is rather too late for her to have been the mother of his children. He lived in Granville, Bute, and Wake Counties, then moved c1795 to western North Carolina, to the boundary area of Surry/Rowan counties; Rowan Co, Deed Book 14, p.187, 30 May 1795, William Brazier bought 200 acres in the Forks of the Yadkin River, on "Grate" branch.

William Brazier died in Surry Co, NC in 1814, willing the 200 acres of land in Surry Co to sons, James and Elijah; witness: Laban Brazier. William's will, Surry Co, NC, dated 20 Sep 1813, names wife Sarah (Horne), sons Laban, James, Elijah, John, daughters Cretia Brazier and Polly Kerr, and grandson, Wiley, to whom he gave a rifle or the "worth of it." Executors are sons Elijah and James. On 11 Mar 1816, Elijah and wife, Nancy, sold his part of the land (Rowan Co, Deed Book 23, p.772; he moved to Franklin Co, TN in 1818).
Family of William Brazier: (Order of birth not certain, except that a few have dates.)

c1. *Rev. Laban Brazier, b. 24 Jul 1769, NC, d. 16 Dec 1841, Clermont Co, OH; m.1. 4 Sep 1804 in Rowan Co, NC, Deborah Dial, b. 23 or 28 Feb 1785, Delaware, d. 12 Mar 1822, Clermont Co, OH; m.2. Olive "Olley" (née Warren; widow Ayers), b. 14 Dec 1792, Maine, d. 2 Oct 1854, Decatur Co, IN, bur Ridlen Cem, St. Paul, IN.

c2. *John Brazier moved to Clermont Co, OH, where he d. 1838; see below.

c3. William Brazier, d. bef. 1813

c4. *James Brazier, b. 17 Jan 1772, according to his own Bible; moved to Lincoln Co, TN; m. Mary "Polly" Smith, in Wake Co, NC, 1801.

c5. *Rev. Elijah Brazier, b. c1774; m. Nancy ________, moved 1818 to Franklin Co, TN

c6. Cretia Brazier

c7. Mary "Polly" Brazier, b. c1787 (if 16 when marrying); m. 21 May 1803, Surry Co, NC, Samson Keer or Kerr,

Of these children, Laban and John moved to Clermont Co, Ohio, about 1810; James and Elijah moved about 1818 to Franklin Co, TN. Wiley, s/o William, joined his uncles in TN about 1830.

As always, if anyone has better data, I'd appreciate having it. Send additions, corrections, or just comments to:
Charles Brashear
5025 Old Cliffs Road
San Diego, CA 92120-1151
619/265-7674; 582-5513

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