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Martha Jane "Mattie" Herman Brasier
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1874
Marlboro County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 31, 1966
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

Martha "Mattie" Jane Herman was born January 27, 1874 in Magnolia, Arkansas. Her parents are Louis P Herman and Mary Ann McCall. She was the 2nd child of 6. Her siblings are: Annie Lula born - 26 July 1870 in Arkansas. Died 24 October 1927
Francis M born 1877 in Texas.Died between 1880 and 1900.
Mary Bell b- 8 May 1879 in Texas. Died 16 September 1953
Allen L b- 26 June 1881 in Texas. Died 6 February 1949
Rebecca S b- 21 April 1884 in Texas. Died 7 March 1975

There is no information known about her childhood. Her Grandchildre do not remember ever meeting any of her family or hearing any family history about them. On the 1860 Census the family was living in Arkansas. On the 1880 census it shows the family living in Van Zandt County, Texas. At that time Mattie was 8 years old. According to this time line the family moved to Texas between the years of 1874 and 1877. The whereabouts of this family are unknown until 1900. On the 1900 census the family was living in Cornie Township, Columbia County, Arkansas. By the time of the 1900 census Mattie had Married Ed Brasier on December 17, 1898 at the age of 22 and was living in Arkansas. Their first daughter was born October 29, 1899, and she died the same day. She is buried in the Mt. Holly Cemetery near Columbia, Arkansas. Their son, Lewis Edwin, was born November 3, 1901 and he was named after her father, Louis, and his middle name from his father Edwin. Their Daughter, Dessie Octavia, was born October 13, 1905. Dessie died July 5, 1943 from throat cancer. She is buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mattie is described by her Grandchildren as a hard working woman. She was short in stature, only about 5 ft. tall, and about as wide as she was tall.She was a little gruff and tough and VERY stubborn in her ways. They remember she usually always wore an apron, long black skirts and a white blouse. They also remember that she also used to wear dresses that she sewed out of the flour sacks Ed used to get at the store. She made him get the same sacks with the same little blue flower pattern on them until she had enough to make a dress. John joked that it took quite a few sacks to make her a dress as stout as she was. Betty Jo loved her Grandma, she said that she could do no wrong in her Grandmothers eyes, and she was always patient with her. She loved being out at the farm with her and knew that her Grandmother loved having her there too. Betty Jo and Mattie cooked and worked together on the farm making butter, gathering eggs to sell, working in the garden and preserving it in bottles. John says she did not pay him much attention and he did not have much of a relationship with her. Betty Jo remembers she could go to the farm and Mattie would let her play in the mud puddles in her panties for hours after it had rained Then they would clean her up and not tell her mother.She said that Mattie would sweep the yard with her broom. They had no grass so that is how she kept the yard clean. She was a very good cook and made the best sweet potato pies and cornbread. Betty Jo said they would make cornbread often together. Mattie would have a contest and have her make a batch and Mattie would make one and they would have the men judge who's was the best and of course Betty Jo's always won and they ate hers and fed Mattie's to the chickens. Betty Jo remembers a big feather mattress that her Grandmother had made for her and John to sleep on when they were staying overnight at their house. There was no heat up stairs and they remember it being pretty cold in the winters and very hot in the summers.
They said Mattie never wore underwear and would just stop as she was walking and pull out her skirt and pee, then keep going. She chewed snuff so her teeth were always black. She would sit on the porch in her rocker and spit off the porch, then wonder why her flowers there never looked good? She would spit it out on the wood stove too and John and Betty Jo remember seeing it sizzling on the hot stove. They don't remember her ever drinking. She always cooked on a wood stove and knew how to stoke it just right to bake her delicious breads and pies, she was a good cook. She always got after Ed when he tried to stoke it because he always put too much coal or wood in it for her to cook. They lived many years on the farm with no Electricity or modern conveniences and the outhouse was out in the yard. Her son, Lewis was an Electrician, and finally he and Ed installed electric lights for her in the 1950's, she was ok with the lights, but not with the electric stove they surprised her with. She called the stove "the infernal contraption" and pushed it across the kitchen into the corner and re-hooked her wood stove back up and used it for a long time after that. Ed finally took it out and hauled it away then she had to use the electric stove. She fussed about that infernal electric stove and hated it until the day she died. Ed re-modeled their house in the early to mid-1970's and installed a toilet in bathroom inside the house. They had been using the outhouse up until then. Mattie was furious about the toilet and she was not going to poop (this is the censored version of what she said) in the same house where she cooked and they ate, it was just "unsanitary." (But it was ok that they would stop and pee wherever in their yard and wore no underwear? Kind of a funny concept!! ) She refused to use it for a long time and would still go out and use the outhouse until Ed finally got mad one day and pushed it over with the tractor and lit it on fire. The Grandkids remember that causing just a "little bit" of an argument!! Mattie lived on the farm until she died on July 31, 1966 at the age of 92 from complications of a broken hip. Her son, Lewis and his wife Arabella took care of her at the farm until her death. Mattie is buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham Alabama next to her husband Ed, her daughter Dessie and Dessie's husband Leslie Hamilton.

Note From JoAnne Brasier Haws : This is my Paternal Great Grandmother 
Family links: 
  Louis P Herman (1847 - 1929)
  Edwin D Brasier (1872 - 1963)
  Infant Daughter Brasier (1898 - 1898)*
  Lewis Edwin Brasier (1901 - 1983)*
  Dessie Octavia Brasier Hamilton (1905 - 1943)*
  Annie Lula Herman Ballard (1870 - 1927)*
  Martha Jane Herman Brasier (1874 - 1966)
  Rebecca Herman Vines (1884 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Across from Block # 29 directly behind a headstone marked Cork / Lollar
Created by: JoAnne Brasier Haws
Record added: Aug 09, 2010
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Martha Jane Mattie <i>Herman</i> Brasier
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Martha Jane Mattie <i>Herman</i> Brasier
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