JAMES CORNELIUS BRASWELL, M. D., deceased, was born in Edgecombe County, January 22, 1859, a son of Archelaus and Margaret (Cutchin) Braswell, who were also natives of Edgecombe County, where the father followed the occupation of farming.  He belonged to the Methodist Protestant church.  To him and his wife were born six children, as follows: William T., James Cornelius, Archelaus, Maude and Helen, all of whom are deceased; and Mrs. Lea Joyner, who is residing in Rocky Mount.

Before preparing for his professional career Dr. J. C. Braswell attended the public schools of Edgecombe County and the Horner School and then entered Emory and Henry College of Virginia.  He became a medical student in the University of Maryland as a member of the class of 1882 and at his graduation was accorded the M. D. degree.  Subsequently he attended the Post-Graduate School of Medicine in New York City.  He began general practice at Whitakers, North Carolina, and devoted his attention to his professional duties until he retired many years later.  He belonged to the County, District and State Medical societies and to the American Medical Association and at all times kept abreast with progressive thought in his chosen field.

On the 7th of November, 1907, Dr. Braswell was united in marriage to Miss Ella Louise Battle, daughter of Marcus Josiah and Ella (Garrett) Battle, of Edgecombe County, North Carolina.  Her father was born in Edgecombe County, October 28, 1837, and after reaching adult age followed farming until his death.  He supported the Democratic party and held membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.  His wife, also a native of Edgecombe County, was born December 24, 1847, and here acquired her education in public and private schools.  Their daughter, Mrs. Braswell, was born in Edgecombe County, January 20, 1884, and supplemented her public school training by a course of study in the North Carolina College for Women at Greensboro.  By her marriage she became the mother of a son and a daughter, Marcus Battle and Margaret Louise.  The former was born August 29, 1908, attended the public schools of Whitakers and the University of North Carolina and is now living in Raleigh.  Margaret Louise, who was born September 13, 1912, acquired her education in the public schools of Whitakers and in Duke University, which institution she attended for a year.  She then became the wife of Joseph P. Hamilton, and they are the parents of a daughter, Margaret Louise Hamilton, born July 8, 1937.  The Hamilton family resides with Mrs. Braswell in Whitakers.

Doctor Braswell took a helpful interest in affairs relating to the progress and improvement of the state.  He served on the State Board of Health, represented Edgecombe County in the General Assembly and was a member of the county board of education.  He always voted with the Democratic party.  He was also well known in Masonic circles and became a Mystic Shriner.  He held various offices in both the local and state lodges, filled all of the chairs in the chapter and commandery and was grand master of the Grand Lodge and also high priest of the Grand Chapter of North Carolina.  On the 8th of October, 1921, he was honored with the degree of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor and on the 23d of October, 1925, was crowned a thirty-third degree Mason.  He passed away February 4, 1929, when sixty-nine years of age.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume IV, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, page 135, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 12 February 2021.

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