Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Sarah Brasfield

Closeup of the tombstone of Sarah Brasfield

This is a closeup of the tombstone of Sarah Brasfield located at McGinnis Cemetery, Madison County, Iowa. Sarah R. (Hill) Brasfield was my 4th great grandmother. She was the wife of John Wiley Brasfield and mother of my 3rd great grandfather, Wiley D. Brassfield. As far as I can tell this family used both "S's" so I'm not sure why they have Brasfield on the tombstone. The stone appears to be more recent than 1879, perhaps it is a replacement stone or something.

According to the 1959 McAllister book, Brasfield-Brassfield genealogies, Sarah R. Hill was born November 2, 1804 in North Carolina. Sarah had 11 children from 1827 to 1850. Looking at where her children were born, she moved from North Carolina to Indiana between 1831 and 1833 and then to Iowa between 1848 and 1850. John Wiley Brassfield apparently died prior to 1850. He is not listed in the 1850 census and Sarah is listed as head of household.

Sarah is buried near Victoria Naomi Brassfield, her grand daughter and daughter of John D. Brassfield. She is also within a few steps of her daughter Abigail (Brassfield) Stout.

Stouts and Brassfields at McGinnis Cemetery
Stout family is the 4 stones at left
Sarah and Victoria Brassfield are at right

The stone is transcribed as follows: