|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1808|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 1904|
"UNCLE JOHN" IS A CHAMPION CORN HUSKER AND WOOD SAWYER
HE IS 95 YEARS OLD, BUT NOT AFRAID OF WORK –WAS FORMELRY A TERROR TO INDIANS AND COULD SNUFF A CANDLE AT 100 PACES. OCT. 28, 1902
Geneva, O., Oct. 27 (Spl.) "Uncle" John Brakeman is 95 years old, tall, straight as an arrow, robust and ashamed to admit he could be tired. He has a farm in Harpersfield. The other day he told his hired man to husk a quantity of corn that day. The hired man protested that no one man could do that amount of work in two days.
To show that it could be done "Uncle" John stripped off his coat and set to work. He had the job done and had a few hours to rest before milking time.
Brakeman can saw wood with any man in the township and he is regarded as an expert with the ax. He can fell a tree with as few strokes as any man in the community.
Brakeman remembers when Cleveland was a handful of log huts. He remembers the early days of Ohio, when Indians were on the warpath. Through the edge of his farm the Indians had a trail. They never attacked him, however, as he was known as a man who could snuff a candle with a rifle at 100 paces and who was not afraid to shoot.
John C. Brakeman of Geneva Entertains His Friends
Jefferson, Sept. 4. – John C. Brakeman of Geneva observed his 95th birthday anniversary today, as has been his custom for several years, by a dinner to the friends and relatives of the host. This family are among the extreme early pioneer settlers of this county. John Brakeman, Sr., and family having settled in Harpersfield, on Grand River, nearly two miles below the center of that township, in 1802. He there built a mill and with the aid of his large family of sturdy sons and daughters cleared away the dense forest from a large farm and brought the land to a productive state of cultivation. Elder Ed Brakeman of Geneva is the son of the pioneer settler named, by a second marriage, and he, with Mrs. T.D. Leslie, who resides in California, are, as far as the writer's knowledge extends, the only children alive. "Uncle" John who celebrated today, is a cousin of the "elder" and Mrs. Leslie.
He retains his mental faculties to a remarkable degree, and he possesses a fund of interesting information of the old days when the wolves howled and the Red Indians were too numerous to be altogether welcome. The old farm has long since passed from the family; the last evidence of the dam and mill has disappeared, but the old homestead was standing when last the writer was in that locality. Business engagements prevented our being present at "Uncle" John's today, which we regret.
"UNCLE" JOHN BRAKEMAN
Aged Citizen of Harpersfield Died on Thursday.
If He Had Lived Until September 4 He Would Have Been Ninety-Six Years Old
Geneva, June 2 – At his home on the ridge road in Harpersfield township early this morning occurred the death of John Brakeman, familiarly known as "Uncle John." Mr. Brakeman was perhaps the oldest resident of Harpersfield township. He was born within a mile of his present home on September 4, 1808, and had he lived until next September he would have reached the age of 96 years. The deceased had been ailing for the past year from the infirmities of old age but not until last winter was he obliged to remain in his bed. In the early spring he improved to some extent and was able to be up and around to attend to his farm work, but a few weeks ago he was taken worse and his death followed.
Mr. Brakeman's great delight was to tell of the early history of this section of the country. A year ago the writer called at his home one Sunday afternoon and was given interesting reminiscences of the early days of Geneva, Harpersfield and Cleveland. He recalled the day when an Indian trail existed from Chardon to the lake shore here, to a place known as Indian creek. The trail through Harpersfield ran through Mr. Brakeman's farm and frequently he exchanged various small articles with red men. As to Cleveland he well remembered the time when a small warehouse and one or two buildings were all there was of of the present metropolis of Ohio. In the early days of Geneva he knew only of the town which is now known as North Center. That was Geneva and until the building of the Lake Shore railway the main businss of the town was transacted there. His talks were interesting. He had a remarkable memory even at his advanced age.
The funeral services will be conducted Sunday and burial will be made in Evergreeen cemetery.
HAD MANY RELATIVES
Funeral of John C. Brakeman, A Pioneer Resident of this County.
The funeral of John C. Brakeman, the Geneva pioneer, who died at the age of nearly 96 years, was held at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his late home on the South Ridge in the edge of Harpersfield township, where he had lived all his life. The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. A.H. Domer, who also conducted the services at the First M.E. Church one hour later. The deceased had long been a member of the Methodist church. The music at the church was furnished by a quartet composed of Mmes. Walter Stephens and A.M. Ford, and Messrs. C.H. Booth and F.A. Landfear. Burial made in Evergreen Cemetery.
The deceased was an uncle of Hiram S. Brakeman of Walnut St., and of Azan Brakeman of North Geneva; also of Rollin Brakeman of Palatka, Fla., Lowell Brakeman of Corinth, Miss., and Mrs. Henry H. Thorpe of Daytona, Fla. The deceased was a cousin of Uncle Ed. Brakeman, "Father Time" of Blaine St., who celebrated his 80th birthday last month.
Thankfull Woodbury Brakeman (1797 - 1875)
Mary J. Wood Brakeman (1839 - 1926)*
Annette Brakeman (1830 - 1833)*
Created by: pamela west
Record added: Sep 21, 2010
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