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Disputed Parents of Richard Braswell, Husband of Obedience

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Disputed Parents of Obedience’s husband, Richard Braswell (about 1723/- about 1800): Valentine Braswell (1685/92-1766)? or Richard Braswell (1707 - after. 1755)?

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First Theory

In 2007 by Carey Braswell “The evidence that identifies the parentage of Richard BRASWELL (c. 1723-c. 1800) was a long, frustrating time in coming. It finally turned up in the Mormon family Bible record of one James SMITH (b 8/25/1829 Gibson Co., Tennessee.”

“Background: The Bible belonged to James SMITH (b. 25 August 1829, Gibson Co., Tennessee), s/o Dianah BRASWELL SMITH, who was d/o John BRASWELL, the accepted youngest son of the above Richard and Obedience BRACEWELL. John was b.c. 1770, Anson Co., North Carolina & m. Rebecca PRUITT in Greenville District, South Carolina c.1790. (Cf. 1790 Census). The information in the Bible is in the form of a dairy, written sometime after April 8, 1884 (printing date) when Smith was 55 or older. Smith shared what he knew about his family from memory, the bulk of which was naturally about the SMITHs. It was probably written in Provo, Utah.”

It appears as though Richard Braswell’s father is Valentine BRASWELL (c. 1692-c.1766).[1]

Second Theory

Carey Bracewell wrote a book four years later published in 2011 where he gives a different, updated version: The Ancestry of David Bracewell: Including the Allied Southern Families of Braswell, Brazil, Bay, Price, Passmore, Gage, Prillaman, and Allen Hardcover – June 6, 2011 In The Ancestry of David Bracewell, Carey Bracewell describes the fourteen-generation lineage traced from Edmund Bracewell, who was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, c. 1510, to Carey's son, David Bracewell, who was born in Texas in 1964.[2]

Obedience’s husband, Richard BRASWELL is now born instead (c. 1732-c. 1799), his father is Richard BRASWELL (1707 - after. 1755) and his grandfather apparently becomes Valentine Braswell (c.1685 – c. 1766).[3][4][5]

Richard Braswell 1732-1799 is Valentine's Grandson

Richard Braswell Jr. 1732 husband of Obedience

Richard Braswell Jr 1732 husband of Obedience

It appears as though Obedience’s husband, Richard BRASWELL Jr (1732-1799)’s father is Richard BRASWELL (c 1707-after 1755.). Valentine Braswell has new dates (c. 1685-c. 1766) as well as Obedience’s husband Richard (1732-1799).

Richard b. 1732 and Obedience married in Orange County, North Carolina about 1755.[6]

Family of Valentine Braswell

Valentine Braswell (c.1685-c.1766) and son Richard (c.1707-aft.1755)

Valentine Braswell (c. 1685-c. 1766) m. Jane Pope in the early 1700s in Virginia. Children:

  1. Richard (c 1707-after 1755) He is the father of Richard Braswell c.1732 husband of Obedience.
  2. Valentine Jr ( - 1793)
  3. Henry (c. 1715 - ) had son Richard c. 1730 who m Joyce (Wooten?), Cavenah, Drake.

Smith Bible Record [8] Record contributed by Eunice Young, descendant of John Braswell & Rebecca Pruitt.

Robert Brazle & Isabelle Lester Bible Record[9]

Robert Brazle was born Sept. the 17th 1773 and was married to Isabelle Lester the 31st of Jan. 1797
Ann Brazle a daughter of Robert Brazle and Isabelle his wife was born Dec. ye 11th 1797
N.B. jeney thir sister was born Sept. ye 25 1799 and Elizabeth thir sister was b. July ye 18th 1801
James thir brother was born May ye 11th 1803 and Isabelle thire sis. was b. July ye 7th 1805
Reney Brazle thire sis. was born June 15th 1820
Wm. M. Chilton was m. to Catherine See on the 17th day of Feb. 1842
Lucy L. Chilton was born the 4th day of Feb. 1843
James P. Chilton her brother was b. the 24th day of Feb. 1845
Robert Brazle a son of Robt. Brazle Ser. was b. June ye 25th 1807
William Brazle his bro. was b. Dec. the 16th 1809
George Brazle thire bro. was b. Aug. ye 15th 1812
Charlie Brazle thire Sis. was born Dec. ye 4th 1814
Jimmey St. John a daughter of Cattish St. John was born Nov. 1820
James Chilton son of M. Chilton and Anna his wife died May 3, 1841
Lucy McCollum daughter of John F. McCollum was b. 2 June 1819
Willliam McCollum her brother was born Feb. 16th 1821
John V. McCollum his bro. was born Dec. 22, 1822
Richard Brazle died April ye 16th 1799 and Obedience Brazle his wife died Oct. ye 28th 1805
James Brazle thir son was slane by the harpes the 29th of July 1799
James Butler died Aug. ye 21th {sic} 1803
Janey Brazle died April ye 2nd 1819
James Brazle died April ye 27th 1819
Elizabeth Archer died July 8th 1819
ISABELLE Brazle {sic} the wife of Ro. Brazle d. March 1823
Anna Chilton wife of M. Chilton deceased on the 16th of Dec. 1827

Eliminated Parents

Richard Bracewell was previously linked to Richard Bracewell (1672-1758) and Eleanor (Bryant) Bracewell (1672-1772) as his parents. There are reasons to question the accuracy of these parent-child relationships as follows:

  1. There is no record that indicates that Richard and Eleanor Bracewell had two sons named Richard,
  2. At the time of Richard's birth in 1723 Eleanor Bracewell (b 1672) would have been more than 50 years of age,
  3. Richard Bracewell (1672-1758) and Eleanor Bracewell (1672-1772) are documented to have married 1728 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, five years after the birth of RIchard (b1723),
  4. Richard and Eleanor Bracewell would have been about 56 years of age at the time they married. A bit old for starting a family (Although their oldest child, also named Richard, is said to have been born in 1704).
  5. Sources contained in this bio indicate that the Richard Braswell that married Obedience was the son of a Valentine BRASWELL (c. 1692-c.1766). This source should be validated and a determination made as to whether it refers to this Richard Braswell (Bracewell). [10] See Bracewell-72 for possible parent (dates do not agree (two different sources)).

Disambiguation / Merge Warning!

There are two different Richard Braswells of early Virginia:

  1. Richard Braswell [this profile] married to Obedience was the son of Richard Bracewell, Jr (II) and Elizabeth Bryant. Warning! Richard Braswell [this profile] has been removed from these parents.
  2. Richard Braswell (deceased by 1761 Orange, North Carolina) married to Joyce is the son of Valentine Braswell and Jane Pope. His Widow Joyce remarried Aquilla Cavenah and moved to Edgecombe, North Carolina. Warning! This also is wrong!

There is no evidence that Richard Bracewell (1672-1758) and Eleanor Bracewell (1672-1772) are the parents of Richard Bracewell (1723-1772) therefore these parents have been de-linked. Do not re-add these individuals (or others) as parents without providing reliable sources in support of the parent-child relationship.


  1. Braswell Genealogy http://braswellgenealogy.blogspot.com/2007/10/research-of-carey-bracewell.html Braswell ledger page https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/collection/1030/tree/4921055/person/1420458237/media/48682973-f6b8-4756-9479-371fa9bddc9f?_phsrc=DNX14262&usePUBJs=true
  2. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=ZJ9R4rDLEVkC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb_hover&pg=GBS.PR5
  3. https://www.wikitree.com/photo/png/Bracewell-72
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Ancestry-David-Bracewell-Including-Prillaman/dp/1450293751#reader_B07933LGTY
  5. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=ZJ9R4rDLEVkC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb_hover&pg=GBS.PA52
  6. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=ZJ9R4rDLEVkC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb_hover&pg=GBS.PA62.w.3.0.0 page 69
  7. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=ZJ9R4rDLEVkC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb_hover&pg=GBS.PA52
  8. https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/collection/1030/tree/4921055/person/1420458237/media/48682973-f6b8-4756-9479-371fa9bddc9f?_phsrc=DNX14262&usePUBJs=true
  9. FTDNABRASWELL originally shared this on 23 Dec 2011

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