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From: "Nona Williams" <>
Subject: Re: [BRASWELL] Braswells DeKalb Co. TN
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 13:18:19 -0700
Here are some more details from "History of DeKalb County Tennessee" by Will
T. Hale, published in 1969. Although it isn't identified as a reprint, I
have also seen an earlier version of the same book by the same author many
years ago. I obtained it through interlibrary loan from the Sutro Library in
San Francisco. That original version contained extracts or transcripts from
Dr. Wright's day book, but this 1969 edition that I've purchased omits that
and maybe other items. Unfortunately neither book is indexed so they are
difficult to use for research.
I explain this because if you find an earlier edition, the information I'm
citing may appear on other pages in the earlier edition.
pg. 165 Eight Confederate companies were made up in DeKalb County, while
about half of Capt. P.C. Shield's company (G) of Col. John H. Savage's
regiment were from the county. ...
pp. 168-169 Capt. R.D. Allison's company (F), 24th Tennessee Infantry, was
raised at Alexandria in 1861 and was organized with the regiment mentioned.
[I can't find what regiment he had previously mentioned.] He was elected
Colonel and H.P. Dowell captain. Allison resigned in 1862 and organized a
cavalry battalion at Alexandria, with J.S. Reece, who had been discharged
from the 24th because of his age.
Officers: Colonel, R.D. Allison, captain H.P. Dowell; first lieutenant
J.F.Luckey; second, W.S. Patey; third W.D. Fielding; sergeants, James A.
Barnett; M.D. BRASWELL, Lewis E. Simpson, J.W. Jaques; corporals C. Scott,
G.W. Gordon, J.A. Clark, A. Rollands.
Privates: James Allison, Robert Allison, D.L. Allen, J.L. Askew, T.B. Brown,
E.A. Barbee, S. Briggs, A. J. Bradford, Robert Barbee, W.P. Bennett, James
Barr, Tobe Briggs, J.R. Betty, T.F. Bradley, Giles Bowers, SAMPSON BRASWELL,
T. Brown, L.B. Baker, G. W. Bowers, Abe Britton, Isaac Cooper and many more.
pg. 170 Died: James Allison, Dec. 24, 1861; SAMPSON BRASWELL Jan. 4, 1862;
W.B. Carter, Jan. 10, 1862; W.H. Mott, Alexandria after being wounded at
Company A. Capt. L.N. Savage was raised around Smithville in May 1861 and
mustered into the 16th Reg't June 9. There were no BRASWELLs in his company.
pg. 175. Capt. Perry Adcock's company was also raised in the Smithville
section. No Braswells were mentioned.
pp. 179-180 Allison's squadron when it surrendered with General Shaw in NC
in 1865, numbered only about 30 men. This list includes D.L. BRASWELL
pp. 189-190 In the memoranda of the volume by Adjutant General J.B. Brownlow
giving the rolls of Tennessee Federals for 1861-65, it is said of Stokes
Regiment that it was the routing of Cols. Bennett and Ward on the Dickerson
Pike in Sept. 1861, in the defeat of Col. Dibrill, driving him out of
Neely's Bend ... and under Col. Blackburn, a part was in the battle of
Milton and in numerous engagements around Liberty and Snow's Hill. The
muster rolls of his three DeKalb County companies are given below: [note I'm
not clear if he's speaking of Col. Blackburn or Gen. Brownlow here and am
unsure if he's saying these troops were federal soldiers or confederate
Here J.B. Allison is a sergeant. W.G. Allison is a private and other
privates mentioned are P. Bozarth, PETE BRAZWELL, J.M. BRAZWELL, S.M.
WILLIAMS and G.P.W. WILLIAMS.
[If these are my WILLIAMS, they were NOT Federal soldiers. After the war, a
couple of my WILLIAMS who'd stayed behind in Tennessee tried to claim for
war losses and their claims were denied because they were known confederate
I admit to being confused by these records. For one, Will Hale's writing
style can be hard to follow. It isn't always clear to whom or what he's
referring, I haven't studied Civil War records of Tennessee and can't
distinguish the names of Federal leaders and Confederate leaders in that
area. My families were in Missouri during the Civil War and I'm more
familiar with activities in that area.
I hope something here has been helpful. -Nona
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From: "Lucy A Barron" <>
To: "Nona Williams" <>; "Braswell Mailing List"
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2007 6:10 AM
Subject: Re: [BRASWELL] Braswells DeKalb Co. TN
This is who I think M.D. BRASWELL is. However, note that it says in your
source "veteran of the Civil War." According to my information (a typed
transcription of an old letter written 1898 by Mathew's brother John to
John's eldest son John Simeon "Sim" BRASWELL), Mathew died 1864 presumably
while off fighting. In 1860, he lived on the same page as Samuel ALLISON in
District 17 of Smith Co., TN.
Mathew BRASWELL was born 7 Jan 1836; he died 27 Mar 1864 in Troupe Co., GA,
at age 28; I suspect he died in the Civil War. Living in same household
under name M. D. BRASEL, age 23, a carpenter, with head Geo SATTERFIELD in
1860 and on same page with Samuel ALLISON. Also in Geo SATTERFIELD's
household is Simeon JONES (married a dau. of James G. PARIS) and John
PATTERSON, all carpenters.
A Matthew BRASWELL married a Sarah TURNER on 6 Feb 1856 in Dekalb Co., TN.
It is thought that this may be the Matthew, who was the son of Leroy and
Mary BRASWELL, living in Dekalb Co., TN, age 18 in 1850.
My Mathew BRASWELL was the son of Robert BRASWELL and Amelia STEVENS.
Grandson of Dempsey BRASWELL and Elizabeth GRIFFEN / John STEVENS and Mary
Your M.D. BRASWELL could be Mathew, son of Leroy, however, the names living
in the household of Geo SATTERFIELD in 1860 are associated with my BRASWELLs
and BAIRDs, as is Samuel ALLISON. Thus, I have identified him as same as my
>>> "Nona Williams" <> 8/23/2007 7:24 PM >>>
The following records are all found in "History of DeKalb County, Tennessee"
by Will T. Hale.
I'm wondering which BRASWELL owned the business DERICKSON & BRASWELL in
early DeKalb Co., Tennessee? It is mentioned in Dr. Wright's daybook as an
early firm. Any ideas?
The history continues to mention early residents in the Liberty neighborhood
during the time period of 1832-1833:
HENRY HART (husband of LUCRETIA WILLIAMS, daughter LUCREASY BRASWELL
WILLIAMS of Nash Co., NC)
WILLIAM BRAZWELL (LEROY's brother?)
GILBERT WILLIAMS (son of SAMUEL WILLIAMS and SARAH BRASWELL
SAMUEL WILLIAMS (his wife was SARAH BRASWELL WILLIAMS, daughter of SAMUEL
BRASWELL of Nash Co., NC and his mother was LUCREASY BRASWELL WILLIAMS,
daughter of WILLIAM BRASWELL and MARTHA of Nash Co., NC)
LEE BRAZWELL (son of SAMPSON BRASWELL, son of SAMUEL BRASWELL of Nash Co.,
SAMSON BRASWELL was mentioned as a distiller. His father-in-law, SAMUEL
WILLIAMS, was also a distiller, so perhaps SAMPSON took over the family
Among slave owners of the county were:
SAMPSON WILLIAMS and the BRAZWELLs
The county adjacent to Dowelltown "was settled by as high-class men as any
mentioned in other sections of the county". Among them were WILLIAM and
SAMSON WILLIAMS, MATTHEW SELLARS, the HARTs ..." and others.
A veteran of the Civil War was M.D. BRASWELL who served as a second
lieutenant in the 24th Tennessee Infantry under Col. R.D. ALLISON. Does
anyone know who he was? SAMPSON BRASWELL was a private in the same company.
SAMPSON died January 4, 1862. Who was he? The SAMPSON BRASWELL who married
PRISCILLA WILLIAMS was too old to serve in that war.
The 24th took part in battles at Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro,
Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Franklin and Nashville and eventually
surrendered at Greensboro, NC.
D.L. BRASWELL was mentioned as a private as were PETE BRAZWELL and J.M.
PETE BRASWELL might be PETER SAMPSON BRASWELL, son of WILLIAM BRASWELL and
CLARISSA CHLOE SELLERS, but I'm not sure about this. My BRASWELLs and
Williams families left Tennessee ca 1853 and I haven't researched the
families who stayed behind in Tennessee.
There are some really good interviews of Civil War veterans in Tennessee
archives. Does anyone have access them? Those records would help to identify
the families of these men.
I've been contacted by several people who need help identifying their
BRASWELL families in Smith and DeKalb Counties.
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