Benson Brazee

10 February 1811–21 August 1886 (Age 75)
Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Columbia, New York, United States

The Life of Benson

When Benson Brazee was born on 10 February 1811, in Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Columbia, New York, United States, his father, Cornelius Brazee, was 44 and his mother, Phebe Tongues, was 18. He married Althea F Neal on 28 January 1846. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He died on 21 August 1886, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benson Brazee
Althea F Neal
Marriage: 28 January 1846
Arthur L Brazee
George E. Brazee
Alvin Calkins Brazee
Clarence B. Brazee

Spouse and Children


    Althea F Neal


28 January 1846
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


    Arthur L Brazee


    George E. Brazee


    Alvin Calkins Brazee


    Clarence B. Brazee


Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 1

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Possibly an altered spelling of French Brazey, a habitational name from a place so named in Côte d'Or. The place name is from Gallo-Roman Brasiacum, from the personal name Brasius + the locative suffix -acum.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Benson Brazee, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Brendon Brazee, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • Brendon Brazee, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"

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