THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE RECORD OF EVERYTHING BUT SOMETHING OF INTEREST TO THE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN BRASELTON OF GIBSON CO. INDIANA. THE NAME BRASELTON IS SPELLED IN SEVERAL WAYS-THE ORIGINAL SPELLING OF THE FIRST BRASELTON IN THE UNITED STATES WAS BRAZELTON. OUR EARIEST KNOWN ANCESTOR IN AMERICA JOHN BRAZELTON MARRIED AROUND 1833 MATILDA CRAWFORD b. d.1788 FredrickCo.Md. We now have a genealogist in Salt Lake City, Utah workinf on more information on this John Brazelton and his wife. The Mormans[The Church of Latter Day Saints] have the Genealogical set-up which is the biggest in the world. They have copied genealogical records in every state of the USA and also in England and Wales. We have not yet been able to verify it but the story which appears to be most correct is that Brazelton was originally French Hugenots with the name of Braseltoin. They are said to have fled to Wales to escape religious persecution. John Brazelton is said to have come to Baltimore around 1830. He was thought to have been a carpenter. A lady in east Tennessee said that Braselton's there for many years had John Brazelton's carpenter's chest and that an escutcheon on the chest or copy of it was sent to a Mr. Samuel Braselton. This may have been the Samuel Braselton who lived in Gibson Co. Indiana years ago. This John Brazelton moved to Frederick County, Maryland in 1746 and bought land there on Hans? branch of little Pipe Creek near the small town of Union Bridge, Maryland. It appears also he was probably a Welsh Baptist.
John Brazelton and Matilda Crawford had seven children: 1. William Brazelton married Sarah Shepherd b.1734 b. d. d. 1830 This William became a Quaker. He is said to have gone to school in Philadelphia and became a Quaker in Pennsylvania. The family moved from Maryland to Guilford County,NC and from there to East Tennessee mainly Jefferson County.. From there most of them migrated to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and the West. 2. Elizabeth Brazelton married Williams and moved to Kentucky 3. John Brazelton married Sarah Baker b. d. Killed by Indians on Bear Grass Creek in Kentucky near Harrodsburg They had children 4. Anne Brazelton married Isaac Brown Moved to Kentucky 5. Esther Brazelton married William Metcalfe b.July 24,1748 [who came from England] They first went to NC and finally settled in Shelby Co. Kentucky. They had ten children. 6. Isaac Brazelton married Mary b. 1735 They had children. Isaac inherited land from his father and lived in Maryland until around 1879. Isaac and his brother John lived in Mercer County, Madison County, and Washington County Kentucky. 7. Jacob Brazelton Sr. married 1772 Hannah Greene b. 1749 Frederick Co.Md. b. April 8,1757 Md. d.July 6,1835 Jackson Co.Ga. d.November11,1832 Jackson Co.Ga. Jacob lived in Frederick Co. Md. until about the time of the death of his father in 1788. Jacob then moved to Granville Co.NC where he lived for several years. From Granville, Co. he moved to the Pendleton District of SC in what is now Anderson Co. From Anderson Co. he moved to Jackson Co. Ga. He seemed to have lived for many years in Anderson Co. The marriage records for the five years around 1772 for Frederick Co. Md. have been lost or destroyed and we are still trying to find out more about Hannah Greene and her parents. Children of Jacob and Hannah are: A. John Braselton married 1st Elizabeth Brown b.Frederick Co.Md. [daughter of Rev.David Brown] December 27th,1774 [of Pennsyvania] d. Gibson Co. Ind. 2nd Margaret [Pegy] Evans July 30th,1850 b.1781 d.1852 B. Elizabeth Braselton married James Brown b.November 5th,1775 Pendleton District,SC Frederick Co.Md. d.June 23rd,1805 in SC C. Henry Braselton married Lydia Ledbetter b. April 4th,1777 MD. b.1780 in Caswell Co.NC d. 1851 Madison Co.Ala. d. June 22nd,1847 in Madison Co.Ala. D. William Brazelton married Esther Porter Keith b. March 26th,1779 NC b.1757 Pendleton Dist.SC d.Dec.13th,1858 Franklin Co.Tn. d.Sept.20,1840 Franklin Co. Tn. E. Hannah Braselton married Ezekial Putnam b.June 24th,1781 d.Oct.11th,1832 F. Mary Braselton married Mr.Wilson b. Feb.21st,1783 G. Jacob Braselton Jr. married Mary Brice b. March 17,1785 b. 1787 d. Nov.17,1849 d. March 23, 1856 H. Green Braselton never married b. Dec. 5,1796 d. Oct. 15,1820 It is said he died from a fall down the stairs where a new house was being built. I. Reuben Braselton married Elizabeth Stovall b. Dec. 30,1798 b. abt.1796 Hall Co.Ga. d. Jan.1844 Pendergrass, Ga. d. May 21,1888 Reuben was the ancestor of Mr. Hubert T. Braselton of Corsicana,Tx.- who is interested in publishing the Braselton genealogy book. Most of Reubens children went to Texas.Particularly to Parker County of which Weatherford is the county seat. It is near Fort Worth where other Braseltons lived. I had an uncle, Dr. Walter Wood-a denist-who spent his mature life in Parker Co. It seems some of Hubert's relatives persuaded him to move there. J. Daniel Braselton married abt.1821 Mary Van Zant b. Nov.1790 b. NC 1801 d. after 1870 K. Jobe Green Braselton married Sally or Sarah Doughty[Dowdy] b. Dec.30,1792 Pendleton Dist.SC b.SC Oct.15,1808 d. June 16,1852 Hall Co.Ga. d.July 26,1852 Jackson Co. Ga.
Their only son 1.William Harrison Braselton married Dec.11,1867 Susan Frances Hosch b.Jackson Co. Ga. b.July 11,1747 d.Nov.26,1896 [must mean 1847]Jackson Co.Ga. d.Jan.3,1929 in Braselton, Ga. "Harrison" and his wife had 3 sons and a daughter. His sons were Henry, Green, and John-the founders of the Braselton Bros. Store at Braselton Ga. The Hosch Brothers at Gainsville who had a wholesale drygoods business were double first cousins with the 3 Braselton brothers. Their mother, Angeline Braselton, a sister of Harrison Braselton, married William H. Hosch-a brother of Susan Frances Hosch. My mother's grandfather was Jobe Braselton. She was a first cousin of both the Braselton brothers and the Hosch brothers. John Braselton and his first cousin John Hosch both attended the Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, NY and were excellent business men. L. Rebecca Braselton married Morris Brazil b. Oct.29,1799 in Pendleton District SC M. Amos Braselton married Elizabeth McMillan b. May 17,1797 b. May 30,1803 d.March 9,1875 d. July 16,1867 N. Sarah Braselton married April 25,1830 Hugh L. Bell b. Oct.29.1799 b.Jackson Co.Ga. Pendleton Dist.SC d. Feb.27,1832 d. Feb.22,1832 All the Braselton brothers who started their own store are now dead, all the Hosch brothers in Gainesville are ow dead except Lester who must be going on toward 90 years old. LINE OF JOHN BRASELTON-THE OLDEST SON OF JACOB & HANNAH GREENE BRASELTON This John born in 1774 moved first to Elizabethtown, Kentucky [Hardin Co.] where he stopped and made a crop. In the fall of 1808 he and his wife moved to Gibson Co.Indiana and located in the Pigeon Grove settlement. He was a farmer and was one of the early Justice of the Peace. His grandson said that most of his descendants lived in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Gibson Co. Census-1850 John Braselton-age 76-farmer-born in Maryland Wife-Margaret[Peggy]-age 69 John died the year this census was taken Children of John Brazelton and his first wife Elizabeth Brown 1. David Braselton-born 1797-died 1819-married Elizabeth Prince Apr.4,1816 2. Jacob Braselton-born 1800-married Mary H. Hogue Sept.22,1825 3. Jane Braselton-born 1806-married Amesa D. Foster May 3.1821 4. William Braselton-born 1803-died 1828-married Priscilla Hollis Sept.16,1827 5. Hannah Braselton-born 1806-married Samuel Tribble Oct.6,1825 6. John Braselton-born March 8.1808 [father of Samuel F. Braselton] 7. James E. Braselton-born 1820-died 1871[from Ruth Ann Braselton: I wonder if this date of birth should be 1810, since the belw dates are from 2nd wife] From a letter written around 1808 a son of the above James Braselton: "My Uncle John has 4 boys and lives in Princeton, Indiana. My Uncle David has 2 grandsons living in Evansville, Ind. My Uncle Jacob has 3 sons living in Monmouth, Indiana." Children Of John Braselton who married 2nd Margaret [Peggy] Evans May 8,1811. b. 1774 b. 1781 d.July 30,1850 d. 1852 1. Elizabeth Braselton-born 1812-died 1838 2. Mary-born 1814 3. Margaret-born 1816-died 1859-married Felix Milburn Oct. 30,1833 4. Eleanor-married Preston Sellers Oct.8,1836 5. George-born 1821-died 1825 6. Charles-born 1824-died 1861-married Nancy Sellers Line of John Braselton-born 1808-married Jan.1,1821 Nancy Colvin b. March 8,1808 b. Feb.17,1814[book says Elizabethtown, Kentucky June 17]New Harmony, Indiana d. Gibson Co.Indiana d. Aug.2,1887 Gibson Co. This John was said to be a wagon Maker in his earlier life, but later followed farming.[John Braselton, kept a tavern or half-way house, as they were known then. He died Sept.3,1887, and Nancy died Feb.3,1887 according to the book. Politically, John was first a Whig and then a republican. He was also a school director and took a great inteest in public affairs.] Their Son: Samuel F. Braselton married Oct.10,1878 Clara Kurtz b.Oct.12.1844 [I have Oct.22] dau.of William and Wayne Co. Ill. Indiana Kurtz Samuel served in the 20th Regiment, Indiana Voluntary Infantry, in the Civil War.[I have photocopy of write up and picture of him from book on Gibson Co.Indiana.] In 1875 he engaged in the tin and stove business. Later he was in the monument manufacturing business for 27 years. Their children were: 1. Edgar K. Braselton-a graduate of Purdue University 2. Edith-a teacher in the public schools of Princeton, Indiana 3. Daisy Dean-a teacher in the public schools of Indianapolis,Ind. 4. Paul Braselton-still living in Owensville[This is wrong Samuel only had three children and Paul is the son of Jacob and Louella] Other Braseltons living in Gibson County, Indiana in 1975 were: 1. Charles Jacob Braselton-RR#3 Owensville[This is my father-in-law] 2. Chester Braselton-Hillcrest Addn.Owensville[1st cousin of father- in-law] 3. Fred Braselton-216 W. Prince St.Princeton[????]
BRASELTON MARRIAGES 1813-1920
SOME BRASELTON MARRIAGES BETWEEN 1813 AND 1920 IN GIBSON CO.IND. As copied by Miss Margaret A. Troutman, Princeton, Indiana. David Brazelton to Elizabeth Prince April 4, 1816 John Brazelton to Nancy Colvin January 1, 1821 Jane Brazelton to Amasa D. Foster May 3, 1821 Jacob Brazelton to Mary H. Hogue Sept. 22, 1825 Hannah Brazelton to Samuel Tribble Oct. 6, 1825 William Brazelton to Priscilla Hollis Sept. 16, 1827 David B. Brazelton to Catherine Ferguson Jan. 15, 1829 Pricilla Brazelton to Samuel A. Hogue June 14, 1831 Elizabeth Brazelton to Casey Milburn Aug. 25, 1831 Peggy Brazelton to Felix Milburn Oct. 30, 1833 Eleanor Brazelton to Preston Sellers Oct. 8, 1836 Polly Brazelton to Thomas Burket Feb. 20, 1839 Louisa Brazelton to Samuel F. Wilson Dec. 26. 1843 Margaret Brazelton to John Holbrooks Sept. 16, 1849 Fargason Brazelton to Martha Jane Sanders March 30, 1855 Sevilla Braselton to Albert McClure March 6, 1856 Elizabeth Braselton to David S. Martin Feb. 22, 1859 James W. Brazelton to Lettia Ann Hall March 6, 1856 John W. Braselton to Susanna Woods June 6, 1863 Mary E. Braselton to Thomas J. Hall April 9, 1864 John R. Brazelton to Cordelia Milburn Aug. 19, 1868 Margery E. Braselton to Samuel A. Muir May 27, 1868 T. C. Brazelton to Catherine P. Weight Oct. 25, 1868 Thomas C. Braselton to Mariah L. Adams Feb. 14, 1867 Mary E. Brazelton to George W. Pinney Sept. 16, 1868 Elizabeth Braselton to Samuel H. Woods Sept. 30, 1874 Samuel F. Braselton to Clara Kurtz Oct. 10, 1878 Jacob H. Braselton to Luella E. Woods May 2, 1880 Rachel J. Braselton to Thomas J. Anderson Sept. 5, 1880 George M. Braselton to Annie Whitaker Sept. 18, 1884 Rosa Braselton to Daniel Spore March 22, 1890 Ettie J. Braselton to Thomas F. Bryant Feb. 5, 1891 John O. Braselton to Laura B. Kendle July 19, 1891 Estella Braselton to Henry B Neville May 3, 1895 Florence Braselton to Wm. E. Hawkins Jan. 16, 1905 Arville Brazelton to Lillis Slinker Sept. 6, 1911 Lester Braselton to Zena Ethel Turpen Sept. 21, 1912 Clifford M. Braselton to Nellie Wheeler Dec. 8, 1917 John C. Brazelton to Lathena E. Wallace Oct. 31, 1918 Jacob Braselton, born June 27,1749 in Frederick County, Maryland, changed the spelling of his name from Brazelton to Braselton. Yet descendants of some of his brothers use the spelling Brazelton.
THE BRASELTON BROTHERS ARE STILL BUILDING an article in the Atlanta,Ga.Journal of Wed.Dec.10,1958. Seventy-one years ago John Braselton, a sickly sad-eyed boy of eight came out of the cotton fields to open a nickel and dime store. Field hands from his father's farm, he had noticed were walking to Hoschton for snuff, cheese and soda crackers. Young John cut a doorway in a six by eight foot piano box, but in stock valued at $3.50 and began selling for a profit. This year (1958) Braselton Brothers will do business totaling more than a million and one-half dollars. Things other than snuff, cheese, and crackers will have been sold. Things like: HOMES Fully financed homes of the Braselton Improvement Company. Groceries from the Braselton Commission Company Dry Goods from a corporation simply termed Braselton Brothers General Merchandise. Under one roof there is a department store, a super market, a hardware store, and a bank.(Braseton Banking Company of course) Seven Braselton boys masterminded the big trading company operation in this Jackson County farming section. All are sons of the founders. At the age of 9 and 13, John and Green Braselton, the original founders walked to Gainesville, 20 miles away, and into a bank presided over by a Col. Sanders. "Colonel" said young John, "I want to borrow some money." He told the story of his small store, how his brother had come in to help, and his plans for expansion. The old banker was taken in by the Braselton brass and ordered a cashier to bundle up the money. "You'll never see it again." a cashier told his boss. In a year the Braseltons were back, carrying a gunny sack loaded with nickels, dimes, quarters, and half-dollars. "Count it" Col. Sanders said to the cashier, watching as $2,0000.00 went into the till. To draw shoppers, the sons of the original founders decided on a modern supermarket. They opened such a store in 1955, asking the Georgia highway patrol to help with the traffic. The troopers laughed, thinking of small town Braselton, but the grins faded when they had to direct more than 4,000 cars in and out of a parking lot onto the highway.