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Brazzle Family Obituaries


Editor's note: Due to copyright laws most of these are abstracts of the original obituaries.


The Chetopa Advance, Chetopa Kansas, April 3, 1891

Mary Jane Lamar Ratlief Obituary -- "A Sudden Death"

Mrs. Hugh Ratcliff, living in the frame building on Mr. A. Adams' place was found dead in her bed yesterday about half past four o'clock. After dinner she complained of a pain in her side. Her husband was at work in the garden and came in to get seed, spoke to her but supposed she was asleep, and did not disturb her. About an hour afterward he came in again. She was still apparently asleep with her four weeks old child nuring. He tried to arouse her, but discovered that she was dead. She leaves six children. Mr. Ratcliff has lived here only a short time.

(Ed. note: this obit is a complete transcription. Note the incorrect spelling of the surname- Ratlief.)


The Fairbury Journal, Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska; February 19, 1931

Joshua Brazzle (Jr) Obituary

He Claimed to Be 104- Records Incomplete But Family Tradition Shows Joshua Brazzle Over 100.

Died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry B. Fielder in Fairbury on February 15, 1931. She states he is the father of 20 children. He suffered a paralytic stroke in 1914, then in 1929 was finally confined to a wheelchair. Born at Bloomfield, Indiana on January 1, 1827. Married to Sarah Jane Gano at age 22 years and they had 4 children. Sarah Jane died in Missouri. About the time of the Civil War, the family moved to Kansas to a homestead at Barnes, Ks. He married Rachel Gano, sister of his first wife and fifteen children born to them however, 10 died in infancy. Rachel's health began to fail and they traveled to try to help her but she died in 1891. In 1896, Joshua married Rachel Dodson and they had one child who died. Rachel Dodson preceeded Joshua in death. While married to Rachel Dodson they lived on a farm near Hollenberg. He continued to farm until his stroke. His children who are still alive are: Robert Brazzle of California and Mrs. Marian Graves, Topeka, from his first marriage. Mrs. Margaret Dodson of Hanover, Ks; Mrs. Ettie Fielder and Mrs. Bell Singleton of Fairbury, Phillip of Wichita, Ks are from his 2nd marriage. Mrs Phoebe Cook died about a year ago. 43 grandchildren, 117 great grandchildren and a number of great-great-grandchildren. Interment at cemetery at Barnes, Kansas


Hanover Herald, Hanover, Kansas; February 20, 1931

"Died Aged 104 Years"

Joshua Brazzle died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Fielder in Fairbury. Was married 3 times. Six children living: Mrs. Margaret Dodsen, of Hanover; Mrs. Ettie Fielder and Mrs. Bell Singleton of Fairbury, Ne; Philip of Wichita, Ks; Robert of Manhattan, Ks; and Mrs. Jacob Grover, of Topeka, Ks. Interrment at Maplewood Cemetery, near Barnes, Ks.


The Harper Advocate, Harper, Kansas; January 18, 1934

"Two Deaths Occurred During the Past Week

John Brazell, age 85 years, 5 months, seven days died Monday, January 15th. He was born August 8, 1848. He was in the Civil War - Co. G. 23rd Indiana Infantry. Funeral services to be held at Church of Christ.


The Harper Advocate, Harper, Kansas; January 25, 1934

John Brazzell was born August 8, 1848 in Green County, Indiana and died January 15, 1934. At the age of 8 years he moved to Missouri with his parents. Lived in Missouri for 51 years. Married Eliza Jane Fancher at Eagleville, Mo on December 23, 1869. Eight children were born to them. Four of them have preceeded him in death; two in infancy, Mrs. Frank Quillen and Mrs. Jesse Elmore about 4 years ago. He moved to Harper about 1907. Surviving him are: his aged wife; George Brazzell of Belevue, Idaho; Mrs Mary Smith of Colorado Springs, Co; Mrs Ella Mathes and Mrs. Ara Timmons, of Harper. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ on January 19th. Interment was in Harper Cemetery.


Hanover Herald, Hanover, Kansas, June 8, 1934

"Mrs. J.A. Singleton Passes Away"

Mrs. J.A. Singleton passed away at home in Fairbury, Nebraska, Sunday, June 3. Funeral services were held June 5th. Interment in Fairbury Cemetery. Rhoda Bell Brazzle was born October 4, 1879 at Barnes, Kansas. She married J.A. Singleton on November 4, 1895. 5 children were born to them: Mrs. A.O. Boettcher, Mr Philip Singleton, Mrs. George Singleton, Mrs Wm Huss and Mrs. Ralph Vinsonhaler. Mrs Singleton has lived in for the past 12 years. Suffered with anemia for 2 years.


Wamego Times, February 7, 1935

Mary Ann Brazzel

Mary Ann Brazzel was born in Harrison County, Missouri, Febr. 26th, 1864 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orrin Buell Febr. 4, 1935 at the age of 70 years, 11 months 9 days. She was united in marriage to Jacob groves on Sept 6, 1880, who passed away Dec 1, 1909. To this union was born twelve children, three dying in infancy and two later in life. She is survived by seven children, Mrs. Sarah Fosdick, Mrs. Tillie Harper and Arthur Groves of Topeka, Sam Groves of Allen, Kans., Roy Groves of Hutchinson, Mrs. Ida Montgomery of Compton, California and Mrs. Florence Buell of Zeandale and twenty -seven grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Etta Fielder and Phillip Brazzel of Fairbury, Nebr. Mrs. Margaret Dodson of Hanover, Kansas., and Robert Brazzel of Los Angeles, California. Funeral services were held from the home of Mrs. Orrin Buell Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was made in the Wamego cemetery.


Fairbury Journal, Fairbury, Nebraska; May 27, 1948

"Death of James A. Singleton"

James A. Singleton of Fairbury, Nebraska died Monday, May 24, 1948 at the age of 71 years, 9 months and 7 days. He was born August 17, 1876 at Santa Gustin, Illinois. His parents moved to Kansas when James was a young child. In December 1895 he married Rhoda Bell Brazzle in Holton, Kansas. Six children born to them but one died in infancy. Rhodabell died on June 3, 1934. The five children are: Rachel Boettcher, Phillip Singleton, George Singleton, Mildred Huss, and Gertrude Vinsonhaler. James remarried on November 28, 1936 to Mrs. Ann Singleton who survives him. Burial in Fairbury cemetery.


The Harper Advocate, Harper, Kansas;

"Mrs. Brazzell Passes At Age of 97 Years"

Mrs. Eliza Jane Brazzell, 97, the oldest woman in Harper, died Sunday, April 17. She was the daughter of William and Christina Fancher and was born in Harrison Co, Missouri on April 8, 1852. Married John Brazzell on December 23, 1869 at Eagleville, Missouri. Eight children were born to them. In 1907 they moved to Harper, Ks. Ida Quillen and Anna Elmore died in 1929. Survived by Mrs. Ara Timmons, Mrs. Ella Mathes of Harper, Mrs. Mary Smith of Colorado Springs, Co., George Brazzell of Maywood, California. Funeral services held at East side Church of Christ on April 20. Burial in Harper cemetery.


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