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James Coke Brasfield

(1863 - ?)

J. C. BRASFIELD, grocer, liveryman and farmer, was born in Dresden, Tenn., on the 12th of October, 1863.   His father, A. Coke Brasfield, was born in North Carolina in 1820, and was a farmer and trader by occupation.    He came to Tennessee in his youth, with his father, Caleb Brasfield, and after his marriage with Ruth A. Bondurant, he located in Dresden.   He was constable of the Seventh District for six or seven years, and made an efficient officer.    His wife was of German descent, born in Dresden in 1839, and died in 1874.    Our subject is the youngest and the only living one of their five children. He attended school at Dresden, and at the age of sixteen, hired out as a clerk in a dry goods and grocery store of J. W. Moran, and remained with him about two years.    He then clerked for A. P. White eight or nine months, and afterward worked for R. N. Irvine two months.   In 1882 he and Mr. Irvine established a livery and feed stable, and for one year the firm was known as Irvine & Brasfield.    In 1883 Mr.V. G. Brasfield bought Mr. Irvine's interest and the most of the time until nearly up to 1885, the firm was Brasfield & Brasfield.   Our subject then purchased his grocery store and has been successfully engaged in that business.   In August, 1885, he and Dr. B. D. Blakemore established a livery and feed stable and are doing well financially.   He owns 685 acres of land and some town property.   August 19, 1882, he and Valeria C. Brazelton were united in marriage.  They have one child - Allen H.   Mrs. Brasfield was born in Dresden, in May, 1866, and is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.    Mr. Brasfield is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland.   He belongs to the 1. 0. 0. F.

George R. Brasfield (deceased), was born in Granville County, N. C., February 19, 1823; son of Caleb and Kate (Jeter) Brasfield.   About 1833 Caleb Brasfield came to Weakley County, Tenn., and located in the southern part of the county.   He also followed merchandising, in Dresden, a few years.    George R. was educated in the common schools  of Weakley County, and in October, 1868, married Miss Sallie E. Moore, who was born in  Obion County, Tenn., and daughter of James and Jane Moore.  Her father died when she vas quite small, and after his death her mother moved to Rutherford County, where she died soon after.    To Mr. and Mrs. Brasfield were born four children: George M., Maggie, Jodie and John C.   In 1869 Mr. Brasfield bought 217 acres of land near Dresden, and in 1870 erected a fine brick dwelling-house, but was not permitted to enjoy his home long.    He died in 1881.   He commenced life without fortune or family influence, but secured and maintained a high social position and a comfortable competency.   His whole career has been worthy the admiration of all, and his memory will be held in affectionate remembrance. He was a Mason.

B - Goodspeed
Weakley County, TN

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