1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros.

Many thanks to Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.


ALBERT J. BRABAZON. There are few homesteads in Genesee County more attractive than that recently purchased by the subject of this sketch, and known as the Casey Potter Farm. Without ostentation or any great amount of display, it is the synonym of comfort and plenty, with all the evidences of cultivated tastes and the refinements of modem life.

It is pleasantly located on section 20, Thetford Township, and comprises eighty acres of good land. Mr. BRABAZON is widely and favourably known as a skilful and progressive farmer, prompt in his business transactions and in all respects a valued member of the community. He possesses great influence in this locality, where he is respected as a wise. noble-minded citizen, and his hand is felt in all measures that are in any way calculated to benefit the township or county.

Having passed his entire life in Thetford Township, Mr. BRABAZON is quite well known here, and is conceded to be one of the most enterprising among the younger residents of the county. He was born in Thetford Township, Genesee County, on March 25,1853, and is the son of John and Wealthy Ann (SKINNER) BRABAZON, natives respectively of England and Connecticut. The father received a good education in his native country and studied medicine with the intention of practising the profession, but upon coming to this country, he engaged in farming which suited his natural tastes to such an extent that he devoted his entire life to agricultural pursuits. Between the ages of eight and fourteen our subject attended the district school, and as he improved his opportunities to the utmost, he acquired a good practical education.

At the age of seventeen he began life for himself, having been thus early thrown upon his own resources by the death of his father when he was eleven. His mother survived until 1880, when she too passed from the busy scenes of earth. She was again married after John BRABAZONs death, but spent her closing years with Albert J., who had purchased the old homestead at the age of twenty-one years. Here he remained until 1891, when he purchased the estate on section 20, and located thereon. A very important event in the life our subject was his marriage, March 11, 1878, to Miss Alvira COOLIDGE, a resident of Thetford Township, Genesee County, and a daughter of Moses D. and Mary M. COOLIDGE.

Her father died in the Andersonville Prison during the Rebellion. Five children have come to brighten the home - William Edward, Eva, Byron, Linnie Ann, and Mabel Alvira, all of whom remain under the parental roof, and are being given excellent opportunities for good education, which will enable them in future years to occupy positions of honour and usefulness in the world. Mr. BRABAZON believes that the principles of the Republican party are best adapted to the interests of the Government, and he accordingly casts his ballot for the candidates who are pledged to uphold these principles.

His fellow-citizens recognize his fitness for official positions and have chosen him as Township Treasurer, in which he is serving efficiently. He takes more than ordinary interest in educational affairs and has held various offices on the School Board. The Fanner's Alliance recognize him as one of their most earnest members, nor is there any measure or principle that tends to promote the developments of the township in which his support may not be relied upon.

At present his health is very poor, but he is able to do the necessary work, and hopes soon to regain his wanted health. He operates as a stock-raiser as well as general farmer, and in both of these departments of agriculture he is careful, reliable, and painstaking, using the methods best adapted to success in his chosen calling.