1720 Marco Polo Way

Burlingame, California


 21 June, 1980


Dear Joe:

            Many thanks for your letter and for the copy of the “Reunion”.  I keep a file of the “Reunion” issues and follow the family relationships with great interest.  You and Travis are to be commended for your work.  It is interesting to reflect that of more than eighty descendants of U. C. Bracewell, not a single one of them bears the Bracewell name.

            I’m sure you’ll be interested in the enclosed widow’s application.  This is the first clue I’ve seen that Emiline was born in Crawford County, Ga.  I went immediately to the Federal Archives to find them on the Census record of Crawford Co.  The 1850 Census was out on loan to a library in Reno, but I found Absolom James on the 1840 record.  At that time they had two boys under five years of age.  (Emiline not yet born)  In 1860 they were in Dale Co., Alabama, and are listed as A. B. James, 46, Martha, 43, Peter,21, Emiline,17, Allen L.,14, Eliza J,10, W. B.,7, and Mary N.,4.

            I will send to Crawford Co. for their marriage record, so that we can learn Martha’s maiden name.  My reference book (“Handy Book for Genealogists” by Everton) lists no records in Crawford Co. earlier than 1850, and the James married a 1835, so if there’s been a courthouse fire, we may be out of luck.  But, I’ll try anyway.

            The “W. R. Barnes” who made these affidavits for Emiline I believe to be William R. Barnes, son of Stephen and Artimicil Bracewell Barnes of Dale Co.  He was only 12 years old on the 1860 Census, but could have enlisted later in the war when he beca me a little older.  My  reason for believing  is a letter I got three years ago from Wm. Travis B of Bedias.  Travis said of JMB that “He was along side of a man we called Grandpaw Barnes when a bullet struck Barnes in the mouth, knocking out several teeth.  Grandpa (JMB) reached into Barnes mouth and got the bullet out”.  If my hunch is correct, Barnes was JMB’s nephew.  I have sent to the National Archives in Washington, DC, for Barnes CSA service record.  Also for John I. Mims.

            I tried to read the 1880 Census of Dale Co, but it is too poor to be legible.  The microfilm was under exposed, but I could make out that the enumerator for the Skipperville beat was B. S. Bracewell.  He was following his father’s footsteps, Wm. B. having been the enumerator for all of Dale Co, in 1860.

            Will let you know what I learn.  Hang in there!

                                                                                                (signed) Chas




The above was typed but

handwritten below:   

P. S.  JMB’s sister, Sarah Ann,

was married to John I. Mims

who was 28 in 1860.  May

have been lost in Civil War.