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Sgt John H. Brake
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1841
Death: Dec. 29, 1880

Buried in the Commons. John married Maria Louisa Clopton 12 May 1863 in Americus GA. She was born 6 Nov 1846 in Eatonton, GA.

Enlisted in Co. D 7th Ga. Infantry 23 Aug 1861 and served until 5 Feb 1862 when given a disabilty discharge. Reenlisted in Co. A Phillips' Legion 6 May 1862 as 2nd Cpl. Promoted 5th Sgt 16 Oct 1862, WIA (left shoulder)13 Dec 1862 at Fredericksburg, WIA (hand) 6 May 1864 at the Wilderness, Captured 6 Apr 1865 at Sailors Creek and imprisoned at Point Lookout MD until released 24 June 1865. Oath shows him to be 5'10" with brown hair and hazel eyes. He married and became a policeman in Americus Ga. After the war and was murdered 28 Dec 1880 in a dispute with a man named Stovall.

From the The Sumter Weekly Republican January 1881:

On Tuesday night last, John Brake was shot and instantly killed, at his home about 9 miles from Americus by W. R. Stovall. The particulars, as far as we can gather, are as follows: Anderson Pickett, colored, who had been employed by Stovall, went to Brake and hired to him for the year '80 and moved to his place. Stovall asked Brake to let him have the negro man back. Brake consented that Stovall should see Anderson and hire him if he would return to Stovall's farm. Anderson refused to go, stating that Stovall had not treated him right and that Brake would. At this Stovall got very angry, cursed the negro and applied some very opprobrious epithets to Brake. The latter invited him to his house for supper. Stovall replied that he didn't want a thing that Brake had, and called him a d----d cowardly s-n of a b----h. Brake went to his house and after brooding over the words of Stovall and hearing his voice raised in altercation with the negro, took a singletree, went to the negro cabin, and told Stovall he had to retract his words. Stovall did so and Brake then told him to leave his place, and said he would do so, turning to leave. After reaching the porch he turned back and said to Brake, "You must take back what you said to me." "I have said nothing to take back and will not do so," was the reply. Stovall drew his pistol and fired, missing Brake and striking a negro named Charles Baty, who rode in the buggy with Stovall to Brake's. Brake struck at Stovall, who, in stepping back, put his foot into a hole in the floor and fell. On getting up and backing out the door he fell again, Brake following and ordering him to leave. Stovall thrust his pistol close to Brake and fired, the ball striking him in the breast, Brake fell, and a negro John --- said, "There Mr. Stovall, you have killed Mr. Brake." "That is what I wanted to do," said Stovall. "I came here to kill him and I am glad of it." He then got into a buggy with Charles Baty, who drove him to the plantation of A. C. Bell in Webster County, and left him there. Mr. Stovall was employed by Capt. A. C. Bell on his place four or five miles from Americus. We have given the facts as stated to us by one of the men who was at the inquest.

The Sumter Weekly Republican
January 1881 
 
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  Mariah Louisa Clopton Brake (1846 - 1922)
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Americus
Sumter County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: rhondajo
Record added: Jan 18, 2010
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Sgt John H. Brake
Added by: Dale L. Cheney
 
Sgt John H. Brake
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- rhondajo
 Added: Aug. 17, 2012
John H Brake is the father-in-law of my 2nd cousin 2x removed William Samuel Eskew (Johnson Line). Rest in the Peace of Our Lord.
- Reynolds Ansley
 Added: Aug. 17, 2012
 
 
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