Brawner Family Genealogy
This is my friend Jane’s line. I mentioned the Brawner family in my post on the Dibrell/Brawner Family Genealogy on February 14, 2013. When I learn how to link these sites I will do so here.
Margaret Jane Brawner, Jane’s great-great grandmother, was born in Blount County, Tennessee, in 1820. We visited this county this past summer, at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Beautiful trees, rolling hills, it’s a great place to raise a family.
But Margaret’s parents were from Georgia. While not far from Blount County and the Smokies, it would be quite a hike to travel uphill most of the way. My point is this: nobody would travel such a distance by such a route unless they deliberately chose to. So why did they?
Margaret’s parents were Basil (sometimes spelled Bazil) Brawner and Nancy Campbell. We know very little about either of them. Nancy was born in about 1794, Elbert County, Georgia. Unfortunately, many Campbell families resided in the area at that time, and so we were unable to learn anything about Nancy’s family.
Basil was born about 1790 in Elbert County. There were several Brawner families in the area at the time, and though they may all be related, it has proven impossible at this time to link Basil to his parents. It doesn’t help that several of the Brawner branches each had a Basil.
Basil and Nancy married in 1810. They moved to Blount County about 1819, and lived there for a time. At some point, they moved to Kentucky. A Basil Brawner served as postmaster in Pulaski County, Kentucky around 1830. This Basil could be the Basil we are researching.
Basil ultimately went off to Mexico with his son, and served as a physician in The Mexican War. Basil died down in Puebla, Mexico, and is buried in a mass grave with several US soldiers.Nancy Campbell Brawner died in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1876.
Some researchers believe the Brawner line has a Cherokee heritage. They are in the right place at the right time to have this lineage, and maybe they do. Proving it is something else again. This family has not yielded up all its secrets by far.
If these Brawners are your relations as well, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Jane.