THOMAS MILES BRAGG
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(1793 – 1882)
Butler County, Alabama
Dr. Thomas Miles Bragg was born December 28, 1793, in Spartanburg District, South Carolina, the son of Daniel Bragg and Sally Elizabeth Miles. He settled in the northwestern part of Butler County, Alabama in the 1820’s where his first wife Catherine and several children are buried. He was licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the Cahawba District, Dec. 13, 1827.
He later moved to Greenville and married Elizabeth Routon (1802-1870). She was the widow of Jeremiah Gafford. Elizabeth was born August 28, 1802, and died October 11th, 1870.
The following two children buried in Bragg Cemetery in Butler County may have been Dr. Bragg’s and Catherine’s children.
In the 1850 census of Greenville, Butler County, Alabama, the following child was living with Thomas and Elizabeth Bragg and may have been a son.
Thomas Bragg (b. 1836 Alabama) he married Emily Rosannah Waters Oct. 2, 1865, and died on April 10, 1899. He was a gunsmith.
In the 1850 slave census for Alabama, it appears that Dr. Thomas Miles Bragg owned 24 slaves in Township 11, Butler County, Alabama.
Dr. Thomas Miles Bragg died November 28, 1882, in Greenville, Butler County, Alabama. He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Greenville, Butler County, Alabama. Catherine is buried in Bragg Cemetery in Butler County, Alabama.
The following was written about him by the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of the State of Alabama in the 1882 Proceedings.
“Another bright luminary has been extinguished in the Lodge Territorial. On the twenty-eighth day of November 1882, the spirit of Brother Bragg, responsive to the summons of the Supreme Grand Master’s gavel, was borne on pinions of light to the Lodge Celestial. At the day of his death, our lamented brother was eighty-eight years and eleven months old. Calmly and peacefully, and surrounded by the loved ones at home, and fully aware of his hastening dissolution, he passed away without one murmur- without one groan. So true had he been in all the relations of life; so discreetly had he passed through things temporal, that, when the hour of departure came, he was possessed of no fear lest he should lose the things eternal.
Born in Spartanburg district, South Carolina, December 28th 1793, he in early life manifested a disposition to render to his Maker that homage and obedience which are ever due; he, therefore, was, before attained his majority, baptised (sic) and admitted to fellowship in New Hope Church, Sept. 1812.
In 1815 began Brother Bragg’s Masonic life. He was initiated and E. A. during the month of February of that year; passed a F. C. in March, and raised to the S. D. M. M. in April, in Spartanburg Lodge No. 43, A. Y. M. In 1818 Brother Bragg affiliated with Union Lodge No. 40, in Union district, S. C. was elected S. W. in that Lodge in December of the same year, and was elected W. M. in December 1820. In June 1824, A. I. 2354, he was exalted a R. A. M. in Burning Bush Chapter No. 6, Greenville, S. C.
During the same year – 1824 – under the Grand Consisory 32., he was admitted to the Ineffable Degrees at Charleston, S. C.
Removed to Butler county, Alabama, he affiliated with Eureka Lodge No. 64, was appointed S. W. of said Lodge at Greenville – U. D. – in 1844, and was elected W. M. in 1845. That office he filled for seventeen years. On December 6th, 1848, he was elected King of Greenville R. A. Chapter No. 90 , U. D. 2396, and elected H. P. of the same under charter 2397. In the Grand Lodge of Alabama he filled for many years the responsible position of chairman of the committee on Suspensions, Expulsions, and Appeals, with distinguished ability and impartiality, ever enforcing with earnestness the precepts of our profession, while, at the same time, conspicuously illustrating those sublime tenets in his own life.
The character of our departed brother stands out in bold relief, as an embodiment of Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice, coupled with the true nobility of manhood, and the genuine humility of Christian grace. Through sixty-seven Masonic years he passed without spot or blemish on his record. ……”
W. Y. TITCOMB
W. S. FOSTER
- Alabama Freemasons Grand Lodge Proceedings 1882.
- Find A Grave Memorial# 55701528
- Find A Grave Memorial# 103177502 # 40967450 #40967473
- The Alabama Journal, Montgomery, Alabama Dec. 21, 1827, p. 3. col. 6 (filed at the Montgomery Advertiser Office)
- 1860 U. S. Slave census, Butler County, Alabama.