Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wiley and Elizabeth Brassfield

This picture is captioned "Grandpa and Grama Brassfield." Then in different handwriting below it someone wrote "Great", then scribbled it out, then wrote Grandfather and Grandmother of Floyd G. Brassfield. Based on this information, this is most likely Elizabeth (Fansler) Brassfield (1831-1900) and Wiley D. Brassfield (1827-1902). According to my notes, they were both born in North Carolina. Wiley was living in Mahaska County, Iowa in 1850, his mother was head of household, no father listed. Wiley married Elizabeth Fansler in Wapello County, Iowa in April 1851. Wiley served in the Civil War as I mentioned in this post. Both are buried in Woodbury Township Cemetery, Woodbury, Iowa.

They are the parents of Elvis H. Brassfield, born in 1870, grandparents of Floyd Gipson Brassfield, born in 1898, great grandparents of Elvis J. Brassfield, born in 1920 and they were my third great grandparents.


  1. I found your blog through Geneabloggers. I was drawn to it by the surname Brassfield.

    I see that your Brassfields were from Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. I am researching a dear friend's family tree, which contains Brasfields from North Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. The oldest of his Brasfields that I have found was John Calvin Brasfield, born 1814 in North Carolina. He married twice - first to Nancy Hancock, and then after her death, to Manima M "Minnie" Travis. He died in 1883 in Monroe Co., MS.

    Wondered if his Brasfields might be related to your Brassfields...

  2. Welcome and thanks for the question, but it doesn't look like they connect. I'm not connected with but they have a quite extensive family tree application based on the 1959 book Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies. That site has a great relationship calculator. Wiley is at and your John Calvin is at but the two are not connected yet. Wiley's line goes back to Thomas Brasfield, b. 1656, of Beaulien, Hampshire, England, but they don't have a parents to connect. If you've never seen the website, you should check it out.