James Duncan papers  1673-1875
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Biographical/Historical Note

Elnathan Scofield, a native of Connecticut, was born in 1773. He settled in Lancaster, Ohio, in 1802, after receiving contracts to survey nearby land. He participated in the first survey of Columbus, Ohio, and served as a judge and postmaster for Lancaster. Later, he became Fairfield County's first state senator, a position he held for seven terms. In addition to his surveying work, he worked as a dry goods merchant and banker. He died in 1841.

John Trafford Brasee was born in Hillsdale, New York, on December 24, 1800. After working in a blacksmith's shop and in a hotel, he moved to Wilmington, Ohio, in 1818. From 1819 to 1826, he attended Ohio University, and in 1826 he was admitted to the Ohio bar. In November 1829, he married Mary Jane Scofield, daughter of Elnathan Scofield, and they moved to Lancaster in 1833, where he continued his legal career. He later worked as a farmer and owned around 1,000 acres of land. He and Mary had seven children: Ellen, Mary, Clara, Alice, John Scofield, George, and Morton. John Trafford Brasee died on October 27, 1880.

John Scofield Brasee, a Kenyon College graduate, studied law with his father, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1854. He became an expert in railroad and corporate law and served as the first president of the Ohio and West Virginia Railroad. He served in the Ohio Volunteer Militia during the Civil War. He died in 1905.