George BRASHIER was born 10 July 1829 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England. He married Ann KNIBBS 15 September 1856 in Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England. He died 17 March 1904 in Seneca Township, Crawford County, Wisconsin, USA. Ann KNIBBS, daughter of John KNIBBS and Catherine WRIGHT , was born 22 March 1829 in Oxfordshire, England. She died 04 December 1904 in Seneca Township, Crawford County, Wisconsin, USA.


Children of George BRASHIER and Ann KNIBBS are:
1. George Arthur BRASHIER, b. 1860
2. Ira BRASHIER, b. abt. 1864
3. Thomas BRASHIER, b. abt. 1866
4. Fred BRASHIER, b. abt. 1862
5. Catherine Fanny BRASHIER, b. bet. October and December, 1856
6. John Henry BRASHIER, b. bet. April and June, 1858
7. Alice Amelia BRASHIER, b. 23 October 1867 See Thomas Jefferson Densmore MCCARTNEY & Alice Amelia BRASHIER OR P Louis FRY & Alice Amelia BRASHIER

Marriage Notes for George BRASHIER\Ann KNIBBS:

Details of this marriage were obtained from Cathy Cliff who is descended from Ann Knibbs and George Brashier. Cathy has a copy of their marriage certificate from Lambeth, London, England which identifies Ann's father as John Knibbs, Harness Maker. George and Ann were married at St. Mary's Parish Church, Lambeth.

Witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Brashier and Ann Russell.


Notes for George BRASHIER:

George was the son of Henry Brashier and his wife Susannah.
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In 1851, George was living at 2 Robert Street, Lambeth, Surrey with his uncle James :
James Brashier Head Mar 36 Bricklayer Employing 4 Men Bedfordshire Silsoe
Clara Brashier Wife Mar 38 Northamptonshire Toucester
Henry Brashier Son 5 Surrey Lambeth
Priscilla Brashier Daur 3 Surrey Lambeth
Eliza Bartlett Step Daughter 9 Surrey Lambeth
George Brashier Nephew UnM 19 Labourer Bedfordshire Silsoe
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In 1860, we see George living at Lynxville, Crawford County, Wisconsin:
George Brazier 30 Clay Labourer England
Ann Brazier 30 England
John H Brazier 2 England
George A Brazier 9 months Wisconsin
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Details on George's tombstone state:
Co C 52nd WI Infantry - Civil War

The Cemetery notes give Ann and George as Brasher, not Brashier.

George is known to have been a Private in Company C of the 52nd Wisconsin Infantry from 23 February 1865 until he was Mustered Out on 28 July 1865.

The Fifty-second Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin, and left the state by companies in April, 1865, proceeding to St. Louis, MO. The regiment was assigned to duty in western Missouri and Kansas protecting the men building railways and restraining the depredations of lawless men. In June, the Fifty-second was transferred to Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Here the unit was mustered out of the service of the United States on July 28, 1865. Proceeding to Madison, WI, it was disbanded on the 2nd day of August, 1865.
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George and his family were living at Seneca, Crawford County, Wisconsin at the time of the 1870 census. Their name was recorded as Brasier:
George Brasier 43 Farmer England
Ann Brasier 41 Keeping House England
John Brasier 12 At School England
George Brasier 9 At School Wisconsin
Fred Brasier 8 At School Wisconsin
Ira Brasier 6 At School Wisconsin
Thomas Brasier 4 At School Wisconsin
Alice Brasier 2 - Wisconsin

George's real estate was valued at $1,000 and his personal estate, $100
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George (50) and his wife Ann (51) (given as Anna in the census) appear in the 1880 US census with their youngest child Allice (12) living at Seneca, Crawford County, Wisconsin.
George BRASHER Self M Male W 50 ENG Farmer ENG ENG
Anna BRASHER Wife M Female W 51 ENG House Keeping ENG ENG
Allice BRASHER Dau S Female W 12 WI At Home ENG ENG
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We can see George and his wife Anna living at the village of Lynxville, Seneca Township, Crawford County, Wisconsin at the time of the 1900 censu
George Brashier Head 70 Farmer
Ann Brashier Wife 71

The census states that they both nationalised in 1859. Anna apparently gave birth to 7 children but only two were still living in 1900.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of George.

Sources for George BRASHIER:

  1. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,
  2. 1851 British Census,
  3. 1860 US Federal Census,
  4. 1880 US Federal Census,
  5. 1900 US Federal Census,
  6. 1870 US Federal Census,

Notes for Ann KNIBBS:

Ann can be seen in the 1851 census living at 5 Barrington Road, Loughborough Road, Brixton in the civil parish of Lambeth, London, England.
Jane Hatton Head UnM 42 Schoolmisterss Islington
Mary Turner Niece UnM 21 Schoolmistress Oxford Woodstock
Charlotte R Raynor Visitor UnM 31 St Pancras
Eliza Whittell Boarder UnM 18 Kent Ramsgate
Fanny Winter Servant 24 Servant Oxfordshire Wootton
Ann Knibbs Servant UnM 22 Servant Ooxford Woodstock

So, this places her in the area where she is known to have married George Brashier in 1856, some 5 years later.
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Ann married George Brashier in 1856.
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Ann is buried at the Dixon Cemetery, Seneca Township, Crawford County, Wisconsin, USA

There is an interesting story about Ann. It's understood that whilst her husband George was away serving with Company C 52nd Wisconsin infantry, and she was at home alone with the children...one day she was baking bread and looked out the door to see a number of native Indians in the dooryard. She was very scared, Seneca (or Lynxville) where they lived was a virtual wilderness at this time -- and she had no experience with Indians. The story is that she picked up all the loaves she had just baked which were cooling in the house and took them outside and set them down -- returned to the house hoping that would be enough to save her life and that of her children. The Indians took the bread and left.

Her bravery despite her fear may well have helped to develop the relationship over the next few years that resulted in the Medicine Man saving little Alice Amelia (see the Notes for her daughter Alice Amelia)
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Ann.

Sources for Ann KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,
  3. 1851 British Census,

Notes for George Arthur BRASHIER:

Arthur drowned in the Mississippi River at Lynxville as a child. Grandma Fry used to cry about it saying that he was playing with a dog and either the dog jumped in or bumped him and he fell into the river. A man standing there saw what happened and later told Ann Knibbs Brashier that he would have jumped in and saved him if he hadn't had on his best suit of clothes...Grandma Fry cried and said she would happily have bought him the best set of clothes he'd ever seen if he'd saved her brother.

Cathy Cliff obtained details of Arthur's death from Cemetery records.

The following is recorded at Dickson Cemetery, Crawford County, Wisconsin
Brashier Fred Apr 27,1872, no stone
Brashire Ira May 1,1872, no stone
Brashier Thomas May 5,1872, no stone
Brashire G.A. reburied Nov 25,1875, no stone

The above date is a reburial date for George Arthur, so we don't know for sure when he died. It is assumed that as he didn't appear at the 1870 census, he must have died before then.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of George.

Sources for George Arthur BRASHIER:

  1. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,
  2. 1870 US Federal Census,

Notes for Ira BRASHIER:

Ira as well as his brothers Tom and Fred Brashier died of spinal meningitis. Alice Amelia also had it -- see her text for the story of her recovery.

Ira is buried at Dickson Cemetery, Crawford County, Wisconsin:
Brashier, Ira May 1, 1872 no stone
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Ira.

Sources for Ira BRASHIER:

  1. 1870 US Federal Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,

Notes for Thomas BRASHIER:

Tom as well as his brothers Ira and Fred Brashier died of spinal meningitis. Alice Amelia also had it -- see her text for the story of her recovery.

Thomas is buried at Dickson Cemetery, Crawford County, Wisconsin:
Brashier, Thomas May 5, 1872 no stone
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Thomas.

Sources for Thomas BRASHIER:

  1. 1870 US Federal Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,

Notes for Fred BRASHIER:

Fred as well as his brothers Tom and Ira Brashier died of spinal meningitis. Alice Amelia also had it -- see her text for the story of her recovery.

Fred is buried at Dickson Cemetery, Crawford County, Wisconsin:
Brashier, Fred Apr 27,1872 no stone
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Fred.

Sources for Fred BRASHIER:

  1. 1870 US Federal Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,

Notes for Catherine Fanny BRASHIER:

Cousin Ada Watson says that she was told that Catherine Fanny died from a fall during infancy in England. She had apparently been left in the care of a baby sitter who dropped her.


Sources for Catherine Fanny BRASHIER:

  1. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. FreeBMD,

Notes for John Henry BRASHIER:

Baptised at St. John the Evangelist, Lambeth, London, England.
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We believe he married a girl named Elizabeth E Shannon who was born on 21 May 1866. Elisabeth died 23 Nov 1932. She is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois.They were married at Fairbury, Jefferson, Nebraska on 1 Apr, 1882. The groom's mother's name was given as Ann Wright which happened to be the surname of his grandmother. They had a son named Andrew Gilburt b.1896.
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In 1910, they were living at Fillmore, Divide, North Dakota, USA, John aged 52, Elizabeth 39 and Andrew, 14.
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In 1930, we see John living at Stokes, Itasca, Minnesota:
John H Brashier Head 72 England
Elizebet Brashier Wife F 59 Illinois

Sources for John Henry BRASHIER:

  1. 1870 US Federal Census, gave his first name only 
  2. Personal Contact with Cathy Cliff,
  3. FreeBMD, gave quarter and Lambeth District 
  4. Minnesota Hostorical Society,