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William Brazelton
Born 1821
WILLIAM BRAZELTON, farmer, Monticello Twp., Sec. 14; P.O. Monticello; was born in Sangamon Co., Ill., December 31, 1821; his father, Benjamin Brazelton, was a native of East Tennessee, and was born in 1795; his mother's maiden name was Alice Moore, of Ohio. His parents emigrated to Illinois in 1817; his father was a soldier in the Black Hawk war; was a member of Capt. Jesse Brown's company of Rangers; he died in August, 1832, of cholera, at Rock Island; his mother was born in South Carolina in 1799, and died in Western Iowa in 1856. Mr. Brazelton was married to Miss Ruth Minton; they have eleven children—George, born December 15, 1844; Jane, October 1, 1846; Ella, October 25, 1848; Olive, February 10, 1851; Owen, August 30, 1853; Sarah, July 23, 1855; Jerome, June 3, 1858; Perry, June 20, 1861; Noel, June 30, 1863; Chloe, May 26, 1866; Ruby, June 14, 1871. Mr. Brazelton came to Iowa in 1840, and located in Linn Co., where he was married in 1843. He came to Bowen's Prairie in 1845; in 1850, he removed to Independence; in 1832, he built the first hotel of that place, known as the Brazelton House, which he conducted till the fall of 1853; this hotel was afterward known as the Montour House; he also built the first store and schoolhouse of that town. He returned to Bowen's Prairie in the fall of 1853, where he still resides; he settled on his present farm in March, 1875; this farm contains 380 acres of land; he is engaged in dairying and stock-raising.

Source: The History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Co., Chicago, 1879, p. 641.
Submitted by: Joanne Wilken
Note: William Brazelton 12/31/1821-2/7/1901 and Ruth (Hulda?) Brazelton 2/10/1827-8/17/1906 are buried at Oakwood Cem., Monticello, IA.

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