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The Family of

Joshua Brazzle, Sr.

and Nancy Quillen

During my years of research of the Brazzle family I have found it a necessity to designate this Joshua with the 'Sr.' label. His son, Joshua, will be labeled as 'Jr'. I have never seen any records with the 'Jr. and Sr.' label, but do so here in order to identify the correct individual.


Joshua Brazzle, Sr. was born on January 11, 1805 in Ohio and died September 13, 1858 in Harrison Co, Missouri; buried Allen Cemetery in Eagleville, Mo. He married Nancy Quillen on May 20, 1824 in Lawrence Co, Indiana. Various spellings of her surname have also been found: Quillin, Quillane, etc. She was born on July 25, 1807 in Clinch River, Scott Co, Virginia and died on July 25, 1858 in Eagleville, Harrison Co, Mo. She also is buried in Allen Cemetery.

In his Last Will and Testament, Joshua states that he has "seven living children (viz) Rhoda Rily, Elizabeth Brazzell, Unity Lemar, Samson Brazzell, Joshua Brazzell, Riley Brazzell and John Brazzell."

Joshua also states in the Will that three other persons are to receive one dollar--- "and I will to William Brazzell or heirs one dollar, to Daniel Brazzell or heirs one dollar and to Sarah Lemar or heirs one dollar after which the remainder of the value of the appraisement is to be equally divided among my seven living children (viz) Rhoda Rily, Elizabeth Brazzell, Unity Lemar, Samson Brazzell, Joshua Brazzell, Riley Brazzell and John Brazzell." William, Daniel and Sarah/Sally are the older children of Joshua and Nancy and had already died by the time Joshua wrote his will.

Joshua purchased land from U.S. Govt-- October 15, 1835-- Joshua Brazzell of Green Co, Indiana the SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of S2 in T6N of R5W in Vincennes Land. 40 acres. Joshua's father purchased land at the same time.

Another land purchase from U.S. Govt- August 1, 1839 by Joshua Brazzell of Greene Co Indiana-- the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of S11 in T6N of R5W containing 40a.

About the year, 1855, many of the Brazzles and the related families made an exodus from Indiana and moved to Harrison County, Missouri. Joshua and Nancy sold their land in Greene Co. Indiana on January 23rd of 1855. On August 25, 1856 Joshua and James L. Lemar together bought land in Harrison Co, Missouri. I do not know who this James L. Lemar is, but he could be a brother-in-law or son-in-law of Joshua

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Grave stone of Joshua Brazzle Sr. and Nancy Quillen Brazzle at Allen Cemetery, Union Twp, Harrison Co. Missouri.


The children of Joshua and Nancy are:

Sarah Brazzell born about 1825 in Indiana She married James M Lamar Feb 1 1849.

William Brazzell born about 1826 in Indiana. He married Eliza Street May 25, 1848 in Greene Co Indiana.

Daniel Brazzell born about 1829 in Indiana. He married Rebecca Street on May 25, 1848 in a double wedding ceremony with his brother and Rebecca's sister.

Rhoda Brazzle-- She was born about 1830 (per census records) in Green Co, Indiana. She married William Riley on August 12, 1854 (Book F- 26, Greene Co, Indiana marriages). Census records show that in 1860 they were living in Ringgold, Lotts Creek, Iowa and William was 25 years old, Rhoda age 24, Elizabeth J age 5, Sampson age 3 and William age 1. In 1870 they are living in Smith, Worth Co, Missouri with William age 45, Roda age 42, Elisabeth age 15, Sampson age 12, John age 10, William age 5, Melinda age 5, William age 3, Joseph age 1. By 1880 they had moved with other Brazzell families and friends to north central Kansas-- Blue Rapids, Marshall Co, Kansas. William was 56, Rhoda age 57, Sampson 23, John 19, William 15, Geo 13, Joshua 12, Melinda 15, Nancy 8, Mary 8, Cuy 4, R.B. age 1. In 1885 they were living in Haddam, Washington Co KS.--Wm,Sr age 52, Rhoda age 53, Wm Jr age 19, nancy A 13, Geo. W 17, Joshua R 15, Mary A 12. The Kansas State Census of March 1, 1895 shows Rhoda Riley age 69, living with son John Riley age 27 and mary Riley age 17 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co, Kansas. William Riley was in the Civil War and filed for a pension from the State of Kansas, app # 1066420-- G4 Iowa Infantry-- Oct 22, 1901 filed. Rhoda filed the widow's app obout 1896 (App # 629432)

Sampson Brazzell-- born September 20, 1833 in Greene Co, Indiana.

Elizabeth Brazzle-- born about 1836 probably in Greene Co. Indiana. Proof has not been found but it is believed that she married a man by the name of Gilliam.

Unity Brazzle-- born about 1837 probably in Greene Co, Indiana. She married James M. Lemar on August 21, 1856 in Harrison Co. MO. (source: Marriage Book of Harrison Co) James Lamar had married Unity's sister, Sarah Brazzell Lamar. See Sarah's webpage for more information on them. James Lamar probably married 2 more times after Unity died --- Roxann about 1860 and Elvira Long in 1864. Per information in the book Harrison County Missouri Cemetery Records, James M. Lemar was born Dec 27, 1823 and died June 8, 1910; buried in Allen Cemetery. Buried next to him is Elvira Lemar (Jan. 25, 1833- Jan.21, 1907) and Edwin S. Lemar, son, died Oct. 9, 1895; 30years, 5 months.

Unity Brazzle and James M Lamar had one child, Unity Ann Lemar born about 1859. She is listed in the family of James and Elvira Lemar in the 1870 census of Harrison Co Missouri with the spelling of Amity Lemar age 11. Unity A. Lamar married John Q Fitzgeralds and she died approx Aug 6, 1895. Unity and John are buried in Logsdon Cemetery, Harrison Co Missouri.

Joshua Brazzle (Jr.)-- born about 1842 in Greene Co, Indiana.

Riley Brazzle-- born about 1846. I have found little information on him but he is listed with his brother, Sampson, in the 1870 census of Harrison Co Mo at age 24. His other brother John Brazzle is living next door. There is a Riley Brazzill listed as a PVT in Company A, Unit 102 of the Illinois US Infantry of North Henderson in an online database but NARA was unable to locate any file on this Riley Brazzill.

John Brazzle-- born August 8, 1848 in Greene Co., Indiana


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