Joseph Benjamin Bracewell
Second Child of Joseph Marion and Emiline Bracewell
Born July 27, 1863 Laurensville, Alabama
Died December 30, 1941 Bedias, Texas
Buried at Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetary, Bedias
Joseph Benjamin was born while his father was in the Confederate Army. He was 18 months old when Joseph Marion walked back home from Greensboro, North Carolina at wars end.
Times were very hard all over the South during reconstruction, and in 1872 Joseph Marion, his brother James Newton, and a kinsman named Jim Ward decided to move to new lands in Texas. Nine year old Joseph Benjamin landed with the family in Galveston, and the whole group wagoned to Appleonia in southern Grimes County. After farming this land for several years, the family moved on to the Bedias area where Joseph Benjamin grew to manhood.
At the age of twenty-three, Joseph Benjamin was married to Mollie Shanks, October 20, 1886. From this union came seven children:
Ernest Wilburn October 26, 1888
Charles Emmett February 26, 1890
Joseph Searcy June 9, 1892
Beulah Bertha May 9, 1895
Bertha Elvira August 4, 1902
Reginald Shanks April 4, 1904
Benjamin Franklin (Little Frank) March 7, 1909
After Aunt Mollie’s passing July 13, 1913, Joseph Benjamin took a second wife, Herman Rikard and two additional children were born:
Ruth Cornelius February 10, 1922
John Bunyon April 13, 1924
Joseph Benjamin never missed a Bracewell reunion while he lived. He was 78 years of age at his death.