Bio: Brasier, John F. & Mary (Shaver)
Contact: Stan

----Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., Wisconsin by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge, pg. 415 - 416

Surnames: Brasier, Burle, Gordon, Pegg, Potts, Shaver

The Family of John F. & Mary (Shaver) Brasier

Transcribed by Janet



John F. Brasier, formerly identified with the agricultural interests of Loyal Township, but now passed away, was born in Toronto, Canada, June 1, 1834, the son of John and Elizabeth (Pegg) Brasier. The father was a native of Nova Scotia and a farmer by occupation; his wife was born in Pennsylvania. They were married in Canada and five children were born to them there: Charles, Sarah, Elizabeth, William and John. In 1856 they settled in Hartford, Washington County, Wis., taking a farm on which the father subsequently died. John F., the subject of this sketch, was educated in Canada and accompanied his parents to Wisconsin.


He was 15 years old at the death of his father and subsequently remained on the home farm until he was 25. He then went to Sheboygan County, where he bought 160 acres of wild land. He had a team of oxen and a cow and he built a log house and barn. After living on the place a year, his mother joined him. December 25, 1862, he was married to Mary A. (Shaver), daughter of James and Charlotte (Gordon) Shaver, the father being a farmer born and reared in New York State, who had come to Sheboygan, Wis., from Buffalo, N. Y. After Mr. Brasier's marriage he and his wife settled on the farm in Sheboygan County, and resided there subsequently for twenty-three years. During that time he cleared about seventy acres of his land. About 1880 he sold the place and came to Clark County, stopping in Loyal Village, where he bought 160 acres of land in section 21, Loyal Township. Of this tract fifty acres were cleared and a house stood on the place. Mr. Brasier immediately started to clear the rest of the land, which in time he accomplished, also building an eight-room house. He raised Jersey and Guernsey cattle, of a good grade, and became recognized as one of the successful farmers of his township.


As a citizen he also stood high in public esteem and in response to a general desire, he served as pathmaster of the township and also as a member of the school board. After residing on his farm until 1898 he moved to town, dying there Feb. 2, 1911. During his years of retirement he kept a few bees in order to have some light occupation. Mr. Brasier was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in 1863, in Company 1, First Wisconsin Infantry, his service being mostly in Georgia. His wife is still a resident of the village of Loyal.


They had a family numbering ten children of whom the following is a brief record: Jennie, the wife of Thomas Philpott, lives in Neillsville, and has three children, Ralph, Lacey and Alpha. Robert resides at Chippewa Falls. Phoebe and Charlotte are dead. Harriett is now Mrs. Fred Fisher of Battle Creek, Mich., and has four children, Maude, Ernestine, Gertrude and Richard. Emily is the wife of William Huffman, of College View, Neb., and has one child, Kathleen. Albon married Pearl Allen, resides in Loyal Township, and has three children, Gerald, Thelma and Burle. Lloyd is deceased. Olive is now Mrs. John Irvine of Neillsville, and has three children, Eula W., Donald and Evelyn. Ray, who is principal of schools at-Crandon, Wis., married Catherine Potts, and has three children, Mary, Margaret and Francis G.



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