52 Ancestors/52 Weeks #19 ~ Moses Brazil, Sr




Moses Brazil Sr. 
  • Born: 1803 in Anderson County Tennessee
  • Parents: Richard & Jemima White Brazil
  • Siblings: Jemima, Elizabeth, George, David, Polly, Richard, Robert & Valentine
  • Resided: Anderson County Tennessee, Johnson County Illinois, Fulton County Illinois, Saline County Arkansas, Bastrop County Texas
  • Married: Matilda Jane Allen (daughter of Squire and Martha Matilda Snow Allen) in 1820 (he 17, she 15) in Johnson County, Illinois Territory
  • Children: Jane, Martha, Jesse, Jemima, James, Elizabeth, Squire, Mary and Moses Jr. 
  • Occupation: Operated general store in Brazil, Arkansas and on August 20, 1853 was appointed Brazil's first postmaster
  • Civil War: Moses' store was looted by Union troops during the war, but his claim to the Southern Commission was barred. Moses and Matilda lost two sons during the war- James & Squire and a third (Jesse) suffered malaria and arthritis and was shot by the union army.  
  • Final Residence: Because of all of the personal loss they had endured Moses and Matilda decided about 1869 to move from their Arkansas home to a drier climate in Texas to try and help improve Jesse's health.  
  • Death: Both passed in Smithville, Bastrop County Texas.  Matilda died on February 4, 1872 and Moses followed two months later on April 3.  I do not know where they are buried. 

Moses was my 3 greats grand uncle


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