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 John Frazer

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John Frazer

  • Birth 26 Jun 1867
  • Death 14 Apr 1934
  • Burial Chester, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 43221586

Per Robert Frazer (John's brother) in 1951:
"John landed in America on April 12, 1887 at the age of 19. John's two sisters, Mary Ann and Margaret (Lizzie), emigrated to Tecumseh, Michigan in 1884. John's family received many letters from those two sisters telling about the wonderful opportunities available in the United States. John decided to emigrate to America and set out on his journey by himself.

His ship landed at Charleston and he first settled in Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina with a cousin, John C. Mackorell, and who was a nephew of his grandmother, Margaret Mackorell. He had very little money and no personal belongings when he arrived in Blackstock, but stayed and worked with John as a blacksmith for 3 months.

He then moved to Chester, and secured a job with Mr. R. W. Stricker who operated a blacksmith and livery stable in Chester. He worked at this job for several months and then decided to go into business for himself. He started off in a very small blacksmith shop, and sold and swapped livestock on the side. His business was located on Columbia Street in Chester, just off Main Street.

His business grew rapidly and, in 1891 when his brother, Robert (Uncle Bob) arrived in Chester from County Antrim, Ireland, John was running a prosperous little business. In 1894, 4 years after his father's death in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, his mother, Sarah Darragh Frazer and his brother Alexander and sister Margaret, arrived in Chester as well.

In 1910, John's family lived at 120 Lancaster Street.

In 1921, John sponsored his sister, Mrs. Martha Frazer-Davis and three of her sons (Edward, Freddie and George), from Belfast, Ireland and they also settled in Chester. Then, in 1922 his aunt, Mrs. Robert (Matilda) Scott arrived in Chester along with seven more children (Johnny, Edith, Isobel, Francis, Ossie, Albert and Adeline).
His business continued to grow year after year, and he bought more and more business property and farm land.

He became vice president of the Peoples National Bank in Chester, Director of the National Exchange Bank, and also formed a business known as the Frazer Livestock Company, with his brother Alexander and his son, Joseph Alexander Frazer. He was the president of that livestock company.
John knew stock and knew them as few men do. He was a great supporter of fairs where horses were shown and raced, and seldom missed an opportunity of attending them in his area of the country.

John was said to be exceedingly energetic, jovial and made hosts of friends through the entire section. Scores of Negroes who were engaged on his many farms were in Chester for the funeral services.

John was the largest land owner in Chester County, being the possessor of several thousand acres in various sections of Chester County. In addition to that, he owned land in York, Fairfield and Lancaster, SC counties. At the time of John's death in 1934, he was considered one of the largest and best farmers in the Piedmont section of South Carolina."
Funeral services were held at his home on Columbia Street by his pastor, Rev. J. Oscar Mann, of Purity Presbyterian Church in Chester, and was attended by a large concourse of friends from Chester County and other sections

(Medical):He had been sick in bed for 3 weeks before he passed away

Federal Censuses for John Frazer:
1900 Chester Township, Chester County, South Carolina, ED 7, p. 188A, (Chester City, Ward 3, Columbis Street), enumerated 13 June 1900, line 29, dwelling 305, family visit 315 - FRAZER, John, head, white, male, b. June 1868, age 31, married 11 years, b. Ireland, fb Ireland, mb Ireland, emigrated to US in 1887 and had been in the US 13 years, farmer, could read/write/speak English, owned his farm and was free of a mortgage. Janie, wife, white, female, b. May 1865, age 35, married 11 years, had five children all of whom were still living, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb Ireland. John B., son, white, male, b. August 1890, age 9, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Joseh A., son, white, male, b. ? 1892, age 8, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Sadie, daughter, white, female, b. Jan. 1894, age 6, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. James G., son, white, male, b. May 1896, single, age 4, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Sammie M., son, white, male, b. June 1898, age 1, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Harry S. Burdell, brother-in-law, white, male, b. March 1882, age 18, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb Ireland. His neighbors were John Johnston and Martha Isely.

1910 Chester Township, Chester County, South Carolina, ED 22, p. 157A (Chester City, Ward 3, 120 Lancaster Street), line 34, dwelling 401, family visit 417 - FRAZIER, John, head, white, male, age 44, married once for 21 years, b. Ireland-English, fb Ireland-English, mb Ireland-English, proprietor of livery stable, owned his home which was mortgage free. Mary J., wife, female, white, age 42, married once for 21 years, had eight children all of whom were still living, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina. John, son, white, male, age 20, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina, Blacksmith in shop. Joseph, son, male, white, 18, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina, no occupation. Sadie, daughter, female, white, age 16, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Jarvis, son, male, white, 12, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Samuel, son, male, white, age 10, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Annie, daughter, female, white, age 8, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Ruth, daughter, female, white, age 6, single, b. South Carolina, fb Ireland, mb South Carolina. Their neighbors were Thomas and Janie Leitner and Monroe and Mary Carpenter.

1920 Chester Township, Chester County, South Carolina, ED 25, p. 110 (Chester City, Ward 3, 130 Columbus Street), line 41, dwelling 405, family visit 421 - FRAZER, John, head, owned his home and was free of a mortgage, male, white, age 54, married, b. Ireland, fb Ireland, mb Ireland, manager of glass co. Janie, wife, female, white, 55, married, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina. ?, son, male, white, 27, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, assistant manager of glass? company. Jarvis, son, 25, male, white, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, manager of something. Sam, son, age 23, male, white, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, no occupation. Annie, daughter, female, white, age 19, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, no occupation. Ruth, daughter, female, white, age 17, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, no occupation. Dorothy, age 14, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina. Their neighbors were Wm. F. and Mary Burdell and Will Cornwell (that last name is hard to read so it might be incorrect).

10 April 1930 Chester Township, Chester County, South Carolina, ED 8, p. 146A or sheet 14A, (Chester City, Ward 3, Columbus Street), line 29, dwelling 331, family visit 361 - FRAZER, John, head owned his home valued at $10,000, had a radio, male, white, age 65, b. Ireland, fb Ireland, mb Ireland, married at age 23, b. Ireland, fb Ireland, mb Ireland, owner of livery stable, Anna B., wife, female, white, age 50, married at age 45, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina. Joe, son, male, white, age 40, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, general farmer. Ruth, daughter, female, white, age 28, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, no occupation. Dorothy, age 26, female, white, single, b. South Carolina, fb South Carolina, mb South Carolina, no occupation. Their neighbors were Ada Stone and Minnie M. Crowder.


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  • Maintained by: Judy Harvey
  • Originally Created by: Rick and Kathy Wright
  • Added: 18 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43221586
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Frazer (26 Jun 1867–14 Apr 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43221586, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Chester County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Judy Harvey (contributor 46874381) .