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16 Mar 1754: James Brazier of Granville Co., North Carolina, entered a Granville Land Grant of 329 acres on the South Side of the Tar River Bridge, "near Simes line."The land was later in Bute Co., a county that has been realigned out of existence; the land seems to have been in present day Franklin County, but the records are in present day Warren Co., North Carolina.James Brazier and his wife, Sarah, of Cumberland Co., North Carolina later sold this land.
July 6, 1757: James Brazier witness the will of George Anderson, Granville Co., North Carolina (Grimes, North Carolina Wills, 1690-1760) Charles Brashears feels this is James Brazier; as there is no other in the county at this time.The relationship between this James Brazier and the James Braezar who witnessed the will of another George Anderson, 1718, Pasquotank Co., North Carolina is unknown; we can speculate that the two records indicate some kind of familial relationship.Half a century later, on February 1, 1779, John Anderson entered 100 acres (Entry #0261) in Cumberland Co., North Carolina between William Anderson, Sr., and surplus land within James Brazier's.
May 22, 1760: James Brazier's Granville Land Grant #21 of 329 acres was surveyed."Surveyed for James Brazier, 329 acres of land according to the above plan [Proved to Charles Brashear by Wes Taukchiray with a copy of Granville Grants, Reel 6, part 34-A, North Carolina State Archives], lying in Granville County on South side of Tar River, begins at a water oak at the letter "a," runs by Simses line south 20 degrees west, 216 poles to a hickory at "b," then west 164 p. to a hickory at "c," then north 262 poles to a maple at "d," then down the various courses of the creek to the river, then the river to the first station.Sworn Chain carriers:John Burt, John Gun; surveyed by Thomas Person."The grant was made official on the 16th of March 1761.He signed the indenture with his mark, a cursive "J."
1761 Tax List, Granville Co., North Carolina - Taken by John Pope, lists four taxables in James's household:
Indian girl Poll
William and John were named as sons in the will of James Brazier; since they would have to be 21 to be listed as taxable adults, they were both born before 1740, which would set James's birthday back to the 1710/1720 period or before.Who the indian girl was has not been determined.A band of Saponi Indians lived between Kitrell and Henderson in present day Vance County, North Carolina.They numbered 24 to 28 in 1754, half of them men.In 1761, there were 20 men, plus women and children.The "Indian girl Poll" could well have been from this group (Charles Brashear thanks Wes Taukchiray for a copy of the tax list and the information on the Saponi Indians).
October 26, 1762: William and Mary Blake of Johnson Co., North Carolina sold to James Brazier of Granville Co., 460 acres on south side of Tar River on both sides of Mill Creek.Signed: William [X] Blake, Mary N. Blake. Witnessed: John Burt, Thomas Jones, Recorded 1763.For some years, James traded this and another parcel of land (his Granville Grant) back and forth with neighbors.
Bute Co. Deeds Book A, page 206:James Brazier and wife Sarah to John Townsend of Caroline Co., VA, for ___ pounds Virginia money, 789 acres in two tracts, one by patent, 329 acres on south side of Tar river, Bellies Creek, adjoining Sims; 460 acres adjoining first tract. Witnessed:William Brack, James Murry, William Brazar, John Townsend, April 1765, recorded July 1765. [William Brazar is believed to be James's son, who is named in James's will and who moved from the Cumberland/Wake line to Surry Co., NC around 1800.
Bute Co. Deeds Book 1, page 78: John Townsend to James Brazor, carpenter, of Cumberland Co., for 90 pounds Virginia money, 789 acres in Bute Co., on south side of Tar River on Mill Creek where Townsend now lives.He bought 329 acres of this land 20 Feb 1765 from James Brazor, it being a Granville Grant... remaining 460 acres was bought from James Brazor 20 Jul 1765, he having bought it 16 Oct 1762 from William Blake, it being an Earl Granville Grant. Witnessed by: Osborn Jeffries, Simon West, Thomas Smith.
Bute Co. Deeds Book 3, page 120: James Brazier and Sarah, his wife, of Cumberland Co., 17 Aug 1768 to Stephen Lowe of Bute Co., for 80 pounds Virginia money, two tracts, one 329 acres on south side of Tar River, adj. Sims; two, 460 acres above James Murry.Witnessed: Giles Bowers, proved by William Russell, Registered: December 2, 1771.
The Tar river headwaters is present-day Person County near the Virginia line, then runs through Granville, Vance, Franklin (adjoins Warren), Nash, Edgecombe, and Pitt Counties, before emptying into the Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound on the central coast of North Carolina.This is about 90 miles northeast and two major waterways away from where James ended up in Cumberland County, though a major roadway ran from present-day Fayetteville in Cumberland Co., through Raleigh and Bute Co., and into Virginia.
When James and Sarah Brazier moved to Cumberland County, William Brazier/Brasser apparently went with them. He bought there in 1769 and sold it in 1774.Then he returned to Wake County.North Carolina entry permit #136 was issued 4 March 1776 to William Brazier, to enter 100 acres of "vacant land in Wake County, lying on both sides of Reedy Creek, on the upper side of his plantation, joining his own line."
North Carolina entry permit #362, 3 June 1778, to Joseph Blake, allows him to enter 550 acres of "vacant land in Wake County, lying on both sides of Reedy Creek, joining Robertson Hendon's line, and the lines of William Morgan and William Brasser, including his mill and improvements."
Cumberland County, North Carolina, is directly downstream from Orange/Chatham.The Haw river is joined by the Deep river in the vicinity of the old Chatham/Cumberland county line (now in Lee Co.), becomes the Cape Fear river, then flows on southeast-ward toward the south coast of North Caroline.James Brazier's land in Cumberland County was on Parker Creek and very near the presnet-day boundary of Wake and Harnett Counties.About a century later, in 1845, C.M. Brazier [?who] sold 40 acres on Long Creek, apparently a branch of Parker Creek, to Joseph Johnson.(Cumberland Co., Deeds, Book 46, page 269).What could be the relationship with the James Brazier who was on the Orange Co., Tax List in 1779?Contact would have been simple by boat.
James Brazier and his descendants favored a number of standard Brazier names:James, John, William, Elijah,
WILL OF JAMES BRAZIER
In The name of God amen, I JAMES BRAZIER of the county of Cumberland and state of North Carolina being in a low state of health of body but being in perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the direction of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty powers of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased almighty God to bless me in this life.I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form first I give and bequeath to my grandson JAMES BRAZIER, son of ELIJAH BRAZIER two hundred and fifty acres of land where on my mill stands and likewise the mill with it.I give and bequeath to LABON BRAZIER one Negro woman named Trener(?).I likewise give and bequeath my riding horse bridle and saddle to JAMES BRAZIER son of WILLIAM BRAZIER.I give and bequeath to WILLIAM BRAZIER son of WILLIAM BRAZIER one feather bed and furniture.I likewise give and bequeath one feather bed to LEAH BRAZIER daughter of JOHN BRAZIER ___ and the remaining part of my household furniture with all my stock I give and bequeath to my two sons WILLIAM BRAZIER and ELIJAH BRAZIER to be equally divided between them ---- I likewise constitute my son ELIJAH BRAZIER to soul executor of this my last will and testament all and singular my land negroes and tenements by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed and I hereby utterly disclose revoke and annul all and every other former testament will legacies bequeaths and Executors by me in anywise before named wills bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In writing whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of June one thousand seven hundred eighty nine.
JAMES [J] BRAZIER
[His mark is a humpwith a loop at the bottom, like a cursive "J"]
Signed in presence of: John Knight, James B Booker, Zachariah Miller
27 Oct 1790Will of James Brazier proved by John Knight and James Booker.
Will of James Brazier, Cumberland Co, NC, signed 7 Jun 1789.Proved 1790. Original in NC Archives, Raleigh (not in county records; it is indexed under "Breazier," but the spelling of the surname in the will is clearly Brazier).
Taxables 1780, Capt Robert Cobb's district (partial list)
FRANCIS SCOT SMITH, 550a creek land, 2 horses, 11 cattle
RICHARD SMITH, 300a creek land, 1494a piney land, 20 cattle,
HARDY SMITH, (no property listed)
ZEKIAL SMITH, 150a piney land, 1 horse, 1 cow.
James Brazier, 350a river land, 1 negro, 2 horses, 19 cattle
Charity Blalock, 3 horses, 9 cattle
Elijah Brazier, 1 horse,
27 Jul 1778 . Thomas Fox apprenticed to James Brazier until age 18, he now being 13, to be taught the art &
mystery of a planter.
01 Feb 1779#0261.John Anderson enters 100a betw William Anderson, Sr and surplus land within James
04 Jan 1781#0543.William Scoggins enters 200a on both sides of Parkers Creek.border: James Brazier.
26 Feb 1785#0806.William Dillard enters 50a betw his own line, Pope and James Brazier.(no date given -
approximation made, jc)
CUMBERLAND COUNTY DEED INDEX
Grantor to Grantee Date ST CNTY BK Page Description
William Brazier to Samuel Hart 1774 NC CUMB 6 198 200a McNeill Creek
James Brazier to Elijah Brazier 1783 NC CUMB 7 100 100a Cape Fear River
al B. Brasar to Elijah Brazer 1806 NC CUMB 22 272 Interest Braser Estate
Rebecca Brasier to Elijah Brazier 1811 NC CUMB 26 191 Indefinite
Elijah Brazier to William Brasier al 1815 NC CUMB 28 33 30a and para prep
Barshaba Brasier to Elijah Brazier 1815 NC CUMB 29 169 Interest James Brasier Estate
Elijah Brazier to William Brazier 1815 NC CUMB 28 170 250a Cape Fear River
Elijah Brazier to Elijah W. Brazier 1817 NC CUMB 25 936 200a Cape Fear River
Elijah W. Brazier to James Battle 1818 NC CUMB 30 148 200a near Parker Creek
G.M. Brazier to Joseph Johnson 1845 NC CUMB 46 269 40a Long Branch Creek
CumberlandNCDeed Book02, page 608
October: 25, 1765: John Johnston of Cumberland to James Brazier of Cumberland, 40 pounds, 100 arces in Cumberland on E side of NW River, where Earl of Granville's line crosses the sd river./s/ John x Johnston/w/ John Burt Jr, William Brazier.
November 4, 1782: James Brazier of Cumb to Elijah Brazier of Cumb."that the said James Brazier for and in consideration of the love and affection for my son Elijah Brazier"land in Cumb on NE side of NW branch of Cape Fear River, 100 arces, being the plantation where I now live near where the Earl of Granville's line crosses the River./s/ James Brazier;/w/ John Pope, Thomas Bogs, Wm Scoggins.
November 6, 1784:(mostly illegible) John Martin to James Brazier, 200a ........ Granville line ... his own line ..../ s/ _______ Martin.
JAMES and SARAH BRAZIE:James Brazier, b. c?1710-15, probably Pasquotank Co, NC, d. 1790, Cumberland Co, NC, and left a will; m. Sarah _____.On 16 Mar 1754, James Brazier of Granville County, NC, entered a Granville Land Grant of 329 acres on the south side of the Tar River Bridge, "near Simes line." The land was later in Bute Co, a county that has been realligned out of existence; the land seems to have been in present-day Franklin County, but the records are in present-day Warren Co, NC.Bute Co, Deeds, Book 3, p. 120: Jas. Brazier and Sarah his wife of Cumberland Co, 17 Aug 1768 to Stephen Lowe of Bute Co for 80 lbs Va. money, two tracts, one 329 acres on so side Tar River, adj Sims; two, 460 acres above Jas Murry. Wit: Giles Bowers, Proved by Wm. Russell. Reg. 2/12/1771.
Family of James and Sarah Brazier: from wills, estate papers, Bibles:b1. *William Brazier, b. before 1740 (21+ on Granville Co, Taxlist in 1761); witnessed a James Brazier deed in 1765; he bought 200 acres on McNeill Creek from Neil McNeill in 1769; sold same to Samuel Hard in 1774 (no wife signed); part of this land was among the 250 acres James Sr gave to grandson James "Jr" in 1789.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY OHIO - Probate Court Naturalizations [A - Fr Surnames]
Christiana Brazier:Probably widow of John, son of James; they lived in the same tax district.1777 Tax list of
Cumberland Co., NC, Capt Robt. Cobb's District, Christiania Brazier, 100 acres.
1778 Cumberland Co., NC entry permit #195 for 200 acres issued to Christine Brazer, including her improvements, adjoining John Copeland's entry #194, on Cape Fear River.
1779 Tax list of Cumberland Co., NC, Capt Robt. Cobb's District, Christiania Brazier, 322 acres.
November 4,1782: James Brazier of Cumberland Co., North Carolina, deeded to Elijah Brazier of Cumberland Co., North Carolina, "the said James brazier for and in consideration of the love and affection for my son Elijah Brazier," 100 acres in Cumberland Co., on northeast side of northwest branch of Cape Fear River, being the plantation where I now live, near where the Earl of Granville's line crosses the river. /s/ James [J] Witnessed by:John Pope, Thomas Bogs, William Scoggins (Cumberland Co., North Carolina Deed Book 7, page 100).