Monday, March 17, 2008
The Doctor James Brayshaw House
The Doctor James Brayshaw House, about 1910, back when Jewell Street was unpaved. The house is located on Jewell street and Second street.
James Brayshaw was born near Baltimore, MD (Wetheredsville) in 1847. He was a farmer until he studied medicine in 1890 with his brother Thomas Henry. While studying medicine he married Clarissa Lodivick. She died before he graduated Medical school. He graduated Kentucky School of Medicine in 1893. In 1894 he moved to Delmar to sit up shop.
In 1896 he married Agnes Ellis, a young lady 27 years his junior. She was the daughter of Jonathan Waller Ellis (1840-1915) and M. Carrie Ellis (1854-1930). James and Agnes had one son, James Ellis Brayshaw (1897-1931). The son married Laura Rodney (1897-1930). Altho the house is called the Doctor James Brayshaw house from what I can determine the house was owned by his mother-in-law, M. Carrie Ellis. The house was built between 1903 to 1906. It is unclear when the house was sold. It could have been after Jonathan Ellis died in 1915 or after Carrie Ellis died in 1930. Regardless, in the 1920 census Dr. Brayshaw is practicing medicine in Delaware City and his mother-in-law is living with them. James Brayshaw died in 1927 and Agnes Brayshaw died in 1957. The Brayshaws and Ellis' are buried in Parson Cemetery in Salisbury.
After the house left the Ellis family it was owned by a number of people and due to it's size was used as a nursing home and boarding house.
Today Scott and Wendy Reynolds live in the house. As you can see from the photo below, the house has not changed much from the original photo. Scott and Wendy have done an excellent job of keeping the house in it's original condition. In August I did a previous post on Reynolds auto repair shop just north of town.
The Dr. James Brayshaw House Today