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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians. The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III, Illustrated. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
JOHN WILLIAM BRAMEL. – Of Kentucky’s foremost industry – agriculture – John William Bramel stands as one of the leading representatives of Mason county, of which he is a native son; but his usefulness is by no means limited to his farming and stock raising, for he has other interests of broad scope and importance, among other things being vice-president of the Union Trust Company & Savings Bank of Maysville. A few years ago he moved from his farm and is now one of the residents of that charming Mason county community, Helena Station. Mr. Bramel was born in Lewisburg precinct July 1, 1854, and is the son of Turner and Martha Ann (Dickey) Bramel. Turner Bramel was also a native of Mason county, within whose borders he passed a long and useful life, his death occurring here March 17, 1903, his age being eight-five years and four months. Also, like his son, he was a farmer, and his intelligent operations in this line were pursued near Summit Station in Lewisburg precinct. In religious faith he favored the Methodist Episcopal church and he was well known and highly honored in the district where it was his to pass more than the psalmist’s allotment of years. His father, Samuel Bramel, came to Kentucky from Maryland either in 1812 or 1813, and he located at the old Nicholas Mill in Mason county and later purchased land in the Orangeburg precinct, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was called out in 1812, but was never in active service. The family of the subject’s mother, whose maiden name was Martha Ann Dickey, came from that other source of Kentucky’s early settlement, Virginia. Her grandfather, James Dickey, upon his immigration to Kentucky settled in Fleming county, near the Mason county line, and it was in Fleming county that his son Allen Dickey was born, and there that he engaged in farming until summoned to the life eternal in March, 1870, his years at that time numbering sixty. Fleming county was the birthplace of the mother of him whose name initiates this review, her birth occurring in May, 1829, and this estimable lady is now living in Maysville. The Bramel name is one which had many representatives, Mr. Bramel’s father being one of six brothers, the names of the others being Samuel, Henry, John, Richard and Sothern, all of whom are now deceased. The sisters, Catherine, Priscilla and Amelia, all have been gathered to their fathers. Turner Bramel being the last of the family to survive. There were seven children born to the subject’s father and mother, four of whom reached maturity. Two sisters are living besides Mr. Bramel, they being Mary D., widow of Selden W. Bramel, of Wedonia, and Luisa Jane, wife of Elwood Tolle, of Mason county. Margaret Elizabeth, who is deceased became the wife of James Crain.
As before mentioned the scene of the entire life of John William Bramel has been Mason county. To its schools he is indebted for his education and he early concluded to adopt the occupation which so many of his forbears had achieved success. Gradually the affairs of the old homestead fell into his hands and in course of time he assumed full management. It was not until 1905 that he arranged matters so that it was possible for him to move from the farm near Summit Station to his present fine home at Helena Station, which was constructed in 1905 and which is one of the most modern and attractive of the homes in the locality, as well as the scene of pleasant and generous hospitality. His identification with the Union Trust & Savings Company of Maysville has covered a period of nineteen years, he being one of the organizers of that substantial institution.
Mr. Bramel was first married in October, 1881, to Miss Annie Dickson, daughter of James Dickson, becoming his wife. She died in October, 1882, leaving one daughter, Annie D., who is now the wife of J. L. White, of near Clark’s Station, Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. White have three children living, namely: Jehila Edward, Annie Laurie and Clarence Austin. Mr. Bramel was a second time married May 18, 1892, to Miss Dolly Warder, daughter of Hiram T. Warder, being united to him. Her untimely demise occurred February 5, 1898, her years numbering but twenty-six, and she is survived by three children: Lutie Belle, in attendance at Willsmore College, in Jessamine county, Kentucky; Stanley Russell, who is a student at the same institution; and Dolly Elizabeth, who is at home. The maiden name of the present Mrs. Bramel was Minnie B. Bailey, and their union was solemnized May 28, 1901. The birth of four children has blessed their union, these being: Beatrice Furley, Arthur Ball, John Martin and Nannie Dicky [sic] but the latter died at the age of one year. Mrs. Brames is the daughter of Martin and Liddie M. (Foley) Bailey.
Mr. Bramel’s political faith is given to the Democratic party, and he gives enthusiastic support to the men and measures, principles and policies for which party stands sponsor. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Helena Station and they hold an important and praiseworthy part of the many-sided life of the community.