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John Jefferson Clark Breazeale b. 12/4/1833 England!
Posted by: Joel Breazeale (ID *****1414) Date: December 16, 2004 at 15:17:36
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My wife came across a story about fellow by the name of John Jefferson
Clarke Breazeale who was born in England. The web page containing the
story also contains a picture. Here's the URL:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jopet/breazeale.htm

Here's the story:

The photo above was sent to Sharon (Cave) Rogers by the wife of a
Breazeale descendant. According to information obtained by Sharon,
John Jefferson Clarke Breazeale was born December 4, 1833, and fought in
the Civil War for the north, mainly as a spy, spent a lot of time hiding
out in Smallin Cave, near Ozark and in a hole in his back yard (or so
the story goes). He was born in England. He and his family may have
been run out of Ireland by the English & Scotch during a war. He
came to America as a bound servant and was liberated-------???[Copy of
Forbes.FBK.FBK]

John Jefferson Clark Breazeale formed the Bank of Ozark and served two
terms as a sheriff of Christian County. He refused a third term to
accept a position in the Missouri State Legislature in 1872. A
Republican, he was a member the Committee on Immigration. He is said
to have become one of the wealthiest men of the county. When his
eight children married, he gave them each a 40-acre farm and a horse and
a cow. He and his three wives were buried together at Mt. Zion
Cemetery in Christian County.

He built the three-story building on the north side of the Ozark square.
The first floor was the Bank of Ozark, the second was the Bronson Light
Company and the Christian County Telephone. The third was for Friend
Lodge and Eastern Star. His last son, George T. was a banker,
businessman and politician in Ozark. He purchased the Finley Light
Company from S. E. Bronson and served as mayor when the city water
system was installed.

Anyone know more about this fellow and/or have contact with this Breazeale
branch?

--Joel


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