FRANCIS NELSON BRAMAN, M.D., of New London, Conn., was born in   Belchertown, Hampshire County, Mass., May 18, 1836, being the second  son of Nathaniel Park and Lucy Ann (Crocker) Braman. The family came originally from Bremen, Germany; and the Doctor belongs to the Flemish branch. The earliest direct ancestor of whom he has any authentic account was a man of mathematical and mechanical genius, the inventor and manufacturer of mathematical instruments. One of his early ancestors was a Major in the English army, who, connected in some way with the Rye House Plot, was twice imprisoned in the Tower, and twice released.
Dr. Braman's great-grandfather, John Braman, was a native of Washington County, Rhode Island.  His grandfather, John Braman, Jr., was a citizen of Groton, Conn., a competent farmer and for a while manager of the Fisher's Island (N.Y.) property. He was man of affairs, active in public matters in Groton, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary army.  He died in Mystic, Conn., at the age of seventy-five. He was twice married, and was the father of sixteen children, fifteen of whom attained maturity.  His second wife Dr. Braman's grandmother, was Mary Park, of Mystic or Groton, daughter of Nathaniel Park, of Revolutionary fame. Her ancestry was English. She was the mother of four sons and four daughters. The youngest of the family of sixteen is the only one living today,   Julia, widow of the late Abraham Mason, of Springfield, Mass.
Nathaniel Park Braman, who was the oldest child of his father's second marriage, was born on Fisher's Island, N.Y., in 1802. He was a farmer in good circumstances, and was active in town affairs. He died in Clinton, Conn., in 1892, aged eighty-nine years and eleven months. He was survived by his wife, Lucy, to whom he was united in March, 1826. Her parents were Ezra and Hannah (Newbury) Crocker, of Waterford, Conn. Her paternal grandfather, Steadman Newbury, of Waterford, served throughout the Revolutionary War, and was afterward pensioned by the government. He was a man of high repute, active in public and religious matters, and was a member of the old Darrow Church of Waterford. He lived to attain the great age of ninety-nine years and nine months. Mrs. Braman was born in Waterford, Conn., April 4, 1808, and, though now in her ninetieth year, is active in mind and body. Six children were born to her; and, losing one daughter at the tender age of three years, she reared the following: Nathaniel Perkins, now in Florida; Jane L., wife of James L. Davis, in Clinton, Conn.; Francis N., the subject of this sketch; Alfred A. W., who died in Chicago in 1893, in his forty-fourth year, having been a skilled tool-maker, in business for a number of years in that city; and Ellen S., widow of Henry Weeden, now living in New Haven, Conn. Nathaniel P. Braman, who is a skilled mechanic, was with the Remingtons, the Colts, and the Winchester Arms Company at different times, and is now retired from active business.
Francis Nelson Braman received his early schooling at Belchertown, Palmer, and Wilbraham, Mass. he studied medicine in Palmer and New London, and was two years a student in New York under the eminent physicians, Drs. Mott, Mosley, and Austin Flint, Sr. In April, 1866, he opened an office in Salem, Conn.; and on New Year's Day, 1868, he removed to New London, the field of his labors ever since. Dr. Braman is a man of marked ability, and has long been regarded as a leader among his contemporaries. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the county and city medical societies, and has served as president of the State Medical Society. Dr. Braman is physician in charge of the Smith Memorial Home and a corporate member of the Board of the New London Memorial Hospital, also chairman of the medical staff of the hospital. He has won the regard of the citizens of New London, not only by his professional work and his fine social qualities, but also by his disinterested efforts as a member of the Board of Education six years, being chairman three years, to bring the schools of the city to their present high standard. During his term of service a new era in school matters was entered upon, the old and unsanitary school buildings were condemned, a sentiment favoring school sanitation was developed, and with it a liberal financial policy. This resulted in the construction of two new edifices and the providing of ways and means for a third.
Dr. Braman has always been active in church and Y. M. C. A. work. At the present time he is Deacon of the Second Congregational Church of New London and its treasurer. In politics he is a Republican.
Dr. Braman was married November 26, 1868, to Miss Jennie E. Loomis, of Salem, Conn., daughter of the late Hubbell and Sophronia (Strickland) Loomis, and has two promising sonsó Francis Loomis and Sidney Koyce. Mrs. Jennie E. Braman died May 2, 1895. On December 15, 1897, Dr. Braman formed a second matrimonial alliance with Miss Tulu M. Tobias, daugther of Daniel J. and Matilda (Gawthrop) Tobias, of Chicago, Ill. 

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Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of 
New London County Connecticut
Biographical Review Publishing Company
pgs 30 - 33

S. Leroy BLAKE D.D.
Francis Nelson BRAMAN
Capt. Dudley A. BRAND
Charles Erskine BRAYTON
Edward P. BREWER M.D.
Frederick H. BREWER
Louisa J. BREWER
Alfred Fanning BROWN
Henry Augustus BROWN
Israel F. BROWN
James A. BROWN
Lucius Dwight BROWN
Theophilus BROWN
William J. BROWN
Capt. Billings BURCH
Horace O. BURCH
William Henry BURDICK
Austin J. BUSH
William Herbert BUSH


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