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BRASFIELD James William[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Male 1840 - 1908

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  • Birth  16 Jan 1840  Smithville, Clay, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender  Male 
    Name  James S. Brasfield 
    Name  James W Brassfield  [11
    Occupation  1870  Merchant Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1870  Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1870  Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    _MILT  Jul 1878  Modoc War - Umitilla, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1880  Merchant Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1880  Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  1900  Berkely Ward 2, Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Died  25 Sep 1908  Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I27687  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
     
    Father  BRASFIELD Thomas Wiley Roy,   b. 06 Sep 1817, Clark, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Nov 1873, Platte, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  BRECKENRIDGE Elizabeth,   b. 15 Apr 1819, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1883, Clay, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F13821  Group Sheet
     
    Family  OWENS Lydia,   b. 30 Jan 1848, Smithville, Clay, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1930, Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  01 Jan 1865  Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. BRASFIELD Arthur S,   b. 01 Jun 1867, Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1936, Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. BRASFIELD Guy,   b. 17 Jun 1868, Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Oct 1868, Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. BRASFIELD Hiram Smith,   b. 29 Jul 1869, Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1945, Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. BRASFIELD Thomas Wiley Roy,   b. 19 Feb 1872, Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Dec 1944, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. BRASFIELD Sarah Alberta,   b. 24 Dec 1873, Junction City, Lane, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1958, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. BRASFIELD Sanford Owens,   b. 19 Dec 1877, Junction City, Lane, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1944, San Francisco, San Mateo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F8808  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • BRASFIELD

      Posted by Lee Gentemann on Tue, 21 Jul 1998

      Surname:

      BRASFIELD, James W.--was born in Platt county, Missouri, 16 January 1840. His father Thomas W. R. BRASFIELD, was a pioneer of 1821 to Missouri. At the age of 14 our subject entered his father's store where he received his early education in the mercantile business. In 1860 he went to St. Joseph, where he clerked for 2 years; he then joined a
      part of young men to seek their fortune in the Golden State, but on arriving near Fort Hall their route was changed and they came to Oregon. In 1863, Mr BRASFIELD went to Harrisburg and entered the employ of Hon. Hiram SMITH, and one year later was admitted as a partner under the firm name of SMITH & BRASFIELD. This firm continued for 10 years, when Mr. B sold out and started a store in Junction City where he did business until 1881, when he sold out and selected Yaquina Bay as his future home and at that time opened his present general store in Newport. In 1883 he purchased the well known Seal Rock property, one of the most delightful places to be found on the Pacific Coast, a description of which will be found in its proper place in this work. Mr
      BRASFIELD was married in Harrisburg, Linn county, 1 January 1865 to Miss Lydia OWENS, a native of Kansas, and a daughter of Col Henry OWENS of Topeka; by this union they have an interesting family of 5 children, Arthur S., Hiram, Thomas W. R., Sank O., and Sadie.
      Source:
      HISTORY OF BENTON COUNTY, OREGON
      Pub. By: David D. Fagan
      Portland, Oregon, 1885

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      The completion of the Oregon Pacific Railroad opened to capital many profitable investments, but it was speculated that "probably none, considering the outlay required, would prove more remunerative than the erection of a hotel and the improvement of grounds near Seal Rock," a challenge took up 1887 by Lydia Owens and James W. Brassfield who attempted to develop the area.

      Seal Rocks Resort 1887

      South of Highlands and For Far, which were developed in 1888 by William Grant, a Scotsman who was described in a newspaper of the day as a hard working tailor from Corvallis, was Seal Rock Resorts, developed by Lydia Owens and James W. Brassfield in 1887. Brassfield was born in Platt County, Missouri, January 16, 1840. His father, Thomas W. R. Brassfield, was a Missouri pioneer in 1821. At the age of 14, Brassfield entered his father's store where he received his early education in the mercantile business. In 1860, he moved to Saint Joseph, where he clerked for two years. He then joined a party of young men on their way to California, then known as the Golden State. Upon arriving at Fort Hall, their route changed, and they ended up in Oregon.
      In 1863, Brassfield moved to Harrisburg, where he was employed by Judge Hiram Smith, a pioneer of 1853, and one year later he was admitted as a partner under the firm of Smith & Brassfield.
      January 1, 1865, he married Lydia Owens, a native of Kansas and a daughter of Col. Henry Owens, of Topeka, in Harrisburg, Kansas, January 1, 1865. The couple had five children: Arthur S., Hiram, Thomas, W. R., Frank O. and Sadie.
      The firm of Smith & Brassfield continued for ten years, after which the Brassfields sold out and started a store in Junction City where they did business until 1881.
      In 1887, Lydia and James Brassfield sold out again and moved to Yaquina Bay where they opened a general store. They purchased the well known Seal Rock property—one of the most delightful places on the Pacific Coast—and filed a plat map showing their holdings divided into 600 lots.
      In 1885, historian David Fagan wrote that the place, together with a large tract of land adjoining,

      was then the property of James W. Brassfield, a merchant of Newport, who erected a fine residence near the beach and a short distance south of Seal Rock, where his family in the summer months resided and enjoyed the beauties of nature and the ceaseless roar of the surf, which at this place is truly magnificent; and, fortunate indeed is he who is permitted to enjoy the hospitality of the Brassfields. At this point are shell beds, indicating that it had been the home of the Coastal Indians for generations, as the beds are numerous and range in depth of one to six feet.

      Three entire blocks were dedicated for hotel construction. A year later, two additions to Seal Rocks Resort were mapped.
      The couple managed to build a hotel and sell a few lots before getting into financial trouble. Many of their lots were deeded to a Portland creditor. Of the few lots they sold, most were abandoned by their purchasers and sold at auction by the county for as little as $9 a piece.
      The post office was established April 25, 1890, with Brassfield postmaster. Now a community post office out of Waldport, Seal Rock is on US-101, the Oregon Coast Highway. It was named for the several smaller rocks, but is called Seal Rock for the one large rock at the shoreline.
      In the past, a pedestrian-friendly community with well-organized streets, parks, and public gathering places was, for the most part, a sales pitch. The vision of developers is being rekindled in many Lincoln County communities, and people are now actively working to make such improvements a reality.
      Today, the chainsaw sculptures of Ray Kowalski and Brian McEneny are featured prominently at Seal Rock.
     
  • Sources 
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      Record for Hiram Smith Brasfield

    2. [S151] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, ED 77, roll T9_1082, page 445.3000, image 0332..
      Record for James W. Brasfield

    3. [S165] California Death Index, 1940-1997, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2000;), Database online..
      Record for Thomas Wileyroy Brasfield

    4. [S165] California Death Index, 1940-1997, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2000;), Database online..
      Record for Sarah Alberta Davis

    5. [S152] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2003;), Database online. Harrisburg, Linn, Oregon, post office Harrisburg, roll 1286, page 602, image 536..
      Record for James W Brasfield

    6. [S165] California Death Index, 1940-1997, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2000;), Database online..
      Record for Sanford Owens Brasfield

    7. [S149] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Berkeley, Alameda, California, ED , roll , page , image 996..
      Record for Thomas W Brasfield

    8. [S150] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online. Portland Ward 9, Multnomah, Oregon, ED , roll T624_1289, part , page ..
      Record for Arthur S Brasfield

    9. [S149] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Tulare, San Joaquin, California, ED , roll , page , image 473..
      Record for S A Brasfield

    10. [S156] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online. Portland Ward 2, Multnomah, Oregon, ED , roll , page ..
      Record for Arthur S Brasfield

    11. [S156] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online. Alameda, California, ED 396, roll T623 83, page 16B..
      Record for James W Brassfield