Braxton Mabry

Braxton Mabry

Brunswick County, Virginia, USA
Death 1840 (aged 89–90)
Taney County, Missouri, USA
Burial Kissee Mills, Taney County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 161280715 · View Source
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Descendant R. Neil Mabry has done a remarkable amount of research documenting the life of Braxton Mabry who may well be Taney County’s only verified Revolutionary War veteran as of this writing. The Census of 1840, Taney County’s first after being carved out of Greene County in 1837, indicated Braxton, age 90, was residing with one of his two sons who lived on adjacent farms that year.

By examining land records of neighbors whose locations during the era are today known, evidence collected by historian Marilyn France indicates the farms were in the Old Kissee Mills / Beaver Creek basin. Although the earliest graves from the Kissee Mills Cemetery, moved in the late 1940’s to its current location due to construction of Bull Shoals Dam, date from the 1870’s, Braxton’s memorial will be placed there until additional research warrants its placement elsewhere.

Braxton Mabry was born May 22, 1750 in Brunswick County, Virginia, the son of Joel Mabry and Winnifred Smith. Per R. Neil Mabry, known residences, marriages & children included:

--- 1782-1804 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
--- 1808 in Tennessee
--- 1820 in Paoli, Cumberland County, Kentucky
--- 1830 in Macoupin County, Illinois
--- 1833 in Greene County, Missouri
--- 1840 in Swan Township, Taney County, Missouri
Occupation: farmer
Death: after the 1840 census was taken

- Braxton Mabry married the daughter of Jeremiah White, probably in the early 1770s in Virginia
- Braxton Mabry married Nancy (possible last name Day), probably about 1790 in Virginia

Children of Braxton & Nancy Mabry
--- James Mabry: born between 1790 and 1800, married Polly ?
--- Sarah "Sally" Mabry: born about 1792, married Reuben Clevenger
--- Maximillian Mabry: born about 1794, married ?
--- Joel Mabry: born between 1800 and 1810, married ?

Like many early pioneers, Mabry made his way westward in the years following the Revolution. The family left Virginia and by 1820 was living in Cumberland County, KY. A decade later, it was in Macoupin County, IL and by 1833 it was in Greene County, MO, most likely residing in what would become Taney County four years later.

A pension application fully detailing Braxton’s Revolutionary War service was notarized and filed from what was then Greene County in June 1832 when Braxton was 82 years of age. Though the original handwritten document, 27 pages, is available on line, it is difficult reading but a transcribed copy of it appeared in the Fall 1986 issue of the White River Valley Historical Quarterly and can be accessed at this site:

The application was returned with a request for additional verifying documentation of service. We do not know if Braxton lived long enough to provide any of that supporting paperwork but is presumed to have since documents notarized by William Archer, one of the first Judges of the Taney County Court, dating from 1838, are also part of the pension file.

Sandra Freeling, who transcribed the original pension documents, wrote that Braxton Mabry was denied pension for lack of documentation evidence and living witnesses to his service in the Revolutionary War. He went into great detail in his effort to prove his service. Documentary evidence did exist, but he didn’t know of it.

His service has since been more than fully established as a Lieutenant commissioned by Governor Thomas Jefferson commencing in the spring of 1776 under Captain James Mason. Not only did his application detail a first hand account of some of the earliest battles of the War in Virginia but is notarized and attested to by some of the earliest pioneer families in Greene and Taney Counties of Missouri.

Braxton died without receiving his pension, sometime after 1840, presumably in Taney County where he most likely was buried in an unmarked grave. A number of contemporary descendants still live in the Christian and Taney County areas through Daughter Sarah (Reuben) Clevenger and granddaughter Lucy (Ambrose) Keithley.

Source: R. Neil Mabry, retrieved at:

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  • Maintained by: Jon LaFalce
  • Originally Created by: Brad Melton
  • Added: 18 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161280715
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Braxton Mabry (20 May 1750–1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161280715, citing Kissee Mills Cemetery, Kissee Mills, Taney County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Jon LaFalce (contributor 48952405) .