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Elijah Brazeal of 1770 - father of 1790s Turner Braswell?
Posted by: Dale E. Reddick (ID *****9440) Date: October 14, 2002 at 07:24:29
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Hello All,

There are presently several Reddick descendants working together in search of the origins of the four Reddick brothers who appeared in Burke County in the 1780s (part of which became Screven Co. in 1793). These four brothers - Francis, Jacob Lewis, Nicholas, & Peter - first appear in Burke Co. records circa 1785. There is no good, solid evidence of who or where these Reddick brothers descend from.

However, there are several possibilities in regards to individuals who might have been the father of these four brothers. One such person was Colin Reddock (or - Collin Reddoch), who served as a representative in the General Assembly of the Colonial Province of Georgia. Colin Reddock served as representative for the Halifax District of St. George Parish. St. George Parish became Burke County in the 1777 / 1778 reorganization of the Province into the State of Georgia. Halifax District appears to have been the area of present-day northern Screven Co. and southern Burke Co. Within this colonial district are the areas where the four Reddick brothers settled - around Paris Mill on Brier Creek (now, Millhaven Plantation).

Below are seven items that help describe the career of Colin Reddock in colonial Georgia.

Item # 6 shows that Colin Reddock (Collin Raddosh) purchased 300 acres in 1770 at some location in St. George Parish. This property was bordered on the West by that of Elijah Brazeal (possibly Braswell?). During the 1790s the Reddick brothers living near Paris Mill had as a neighbor Turner Braswell. And, when Jacob Lewis Reddick died circa 1807 or '08 - leaving behind a widow and seven children under the age of 10 - the administrator for the estate of Jacob was that Turner Braswell. And, thereafter the widow of Jacob - Nancy Wiggins Reddick - remarried to Turner Braswell. They had at least two children together before the death of Nancy (Turner then remarried and once he died his widow Mary then married James Mobley).

Anyhow, the question that I have is this - does anyone have any additional information on the ancestry of Turner Braswell. Could he be related to Elijah Brazeal? The two surnames appear to be quite similar. And, if Turner Braswell is a son (nephew?) of Elijah Brazeal, then his close association with the Reddicks might point to those four Reddick brothers being descended from Elijah Brazeal's neighbor Colin Reddock. Perhaps those brothers inherited land from Colin that was adjacent to the land of Elijah Brazeal, which then passed on to Turner Braswell. This is speculation, but it is an idea that needs checking. Does anyone have any information that could help in clarifying this question?

Dale E. Reddick

1) 1761--Colin Reddock, Esq. for Halifax & St. Geo Parish..."Proved themselves duly Qualified to serve as representatives to the Terms prescribed in and by an Act of the General Assembly of this Province passed the 29th day of June 1761....

2) 10-29-1768---Will of Francis McCartan of Silver Bluff. Collin Roddick witnesses. from Abstracts of Wills of the State of SC

3) 12-6-1769--Admin. of Savannah Deaths, GA. Book D. p. 366. for James Hamilton, deceased. Also recorded in the newspaper as Colin Redoch (11-1-1769)

4) 1769--Article from Savannah paper, announcing Colin Reddock as rep for Halifax in the parish of St. George

5) 1770- newspaper account of Colin Reddoch serving on committee

6) 6-15-1770--William Connell, planter of St. George Parish, to Collin RADDOSH of Savannah, conveying the above two tracts of land. Wit: Isaac Baillow and Peter Shand. 300 acres, St. George Parish, bounded NE by Daniel Lott & John Lott. W. by Elijah Brazeal, S. land by John Goode. 250 acres also to a total of 550 acres from the Georgia Genealogy Magazine. 1973/July 1968 edition located in Deed book V. p. 268.

7) 12-31-1770--Admin of deaths, of GA. Book D. p. 489. for Robert Hunter, deceased

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