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The 

Brashear-Brashears 





1449-1929 


By 

HENRY SINCLAIR BRASHEAR 
Texarkana, Ark.-Tex. 


FIRST EDITION, MAY, 1929 


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Brashear Family 

extract from 

Nobiliaire Universel Recueil 

J GENERAL 

des 

Genealogies Historiques et Veridiques 
Des Maisons Nobles de L’Europe 

Publie par 

M. Le Yicomte de Magny 


Marquis of Jocas; lords and counts of Saint-Simon Lords 
of La Plane of Pix, of Camboulin, of Vallade, etc. 

Coat of Arms; For the branch, House of Brassier de 
Jocas; Gold, fesse, azure. Crown of a marquis. Supports 
two lions. 

The House of Brassier, whose nobility of ancient extrac¬ 
tion reverts incontestably to the XIVth century, has its 
origin in the province of Champagne, whence it spread itself 
successively into Provence Rouergue, Lorraine and Germany, 
where many of its members enjoy up to this time high posi¬ 
tions. 

The chivalric extraction of this house is attested by all 
the documents of the researches of the nobility made in the 
year, 1667, by Mr. Pellot, intendent de la generalite de 
Guiene and by the authentic proofs of nobility established by 
Chevilard in behalf of Mr. Bernard de Brassier, Knight, 
lord of LaPlane, on the occasion of his installation as Knight 
in the order and militia of Saint Esprit de Montpellier. 

Most of the titles of nobility of the house of Brassier 
having been lost, destroyed or burned at the time of the 
Revolution of 1789, we were compelled to supply them by 
establishing the genealogy which shall be read on authentic 
documents which we shall cite, and the originals of which are 
preserved in the imperial archives of Paris. By the aid 
of these documents we have been able to correct the errors 
committed by M. de Courcelles, Genealogist of the King, in the 
very incomplete genealogy which he has published about 
this House in the fifth volume of FHistoire Genealogique 
des Paris de France. 


John de Brassier, the first known ancestor of the family, 
was a gentleman of the City of Reims, who followed Geffrov 
le Maingre-Boucicaut, brother of the Merechal de Boucicaut, 
when he beseiged the antipope Benedict at Avingnon, and who 
at the beginning of the XVth century settled in the province, 
where his descendents have perpetuated themselves. From 
him have descended the different branches of this house, whose 
number is four, ie., 

1. That of the Lords and Marquises of Jocas, residing at 
Carpentras; 

2. The branch Brassier de la Plane, direct issue in 
the second degree of the preceding one, settled in Rouergue 
and became extinct in the ninth degree with Bernard Brassier, 
Knight of the Order of the Holy Ghost of Montpellier in 1696. 

3. The first branch of Brassier de Saint-Simon, direct 
descendent in the fourth degree of the preceding one, and 
settled in Germany. On account of the extinction of the above 
branch, and of the custom well known and adopted in France 
in consequence of which the younger branch of the family 
receives the qualifications of nobility of the degree next in¬ 
ferior to that of the qualifications enjoyed by the older branch, 
the first branch of the Saint-Simon has the right to assume 
the title of Count, because the older branch enjoys the title 
of Marquis. 

4. In conclusion, the second branch of Brassier de Saint- 
Simon, issue in the seventh degree of the former one, and 
actually domiciled in the ancient Provence of Le Rouergue. 

Beside the seigneurial fief of Jocas of w r hich the older 
branch carries the name, and which has been decorated in 
the last century w r ith the title of Marquisat, the family has 
possessed several other important ones, among others those 
of LaPlane, of Camboulan, of Le Pin of Vallade, of Saint- 
Simon and etc., 

Although the Coats of Arms of the branch of Jocas differ 
essentially from those of the other three branches, it does not 
at all follow that their origin is a different one from the other, 
as for time immemorial it has been recognized that the Coat 
of Arms does not prove the identity of family. We are un¬ 
able to affirm whether the original coats of arms are rhose 
of the branch of Jocas, or those used by the branches of La 
Plane and of Saint Simon, but we presume that the oldest 
ones are those of the branch of Jocas, which is the oldest 
and from which the three other branches have issued. In 
the different provinces where it had had its residence, in 
France as well as in Germany, this house has always been 
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notice among the alliances of the branch of the marquises 
of Jocas the following names; De Grignan, Alleman de 
Chateauneuf, de Gardane, des Henriques, d’Anselme, de 
Bernady, de Concevl, d’Albert de Grillett de Brissac, de Lopis- 
Lafare, des Courtils, de Montbertoin, Jacops d’Aigremont, 
etc., and in the alliances of the branches of Saint Simon, those 
of Hautvillar, de pere, d’Espinas de Montbron, de Eeqnin de 
Barbotan, de Fleyres, de Clarac, d’Alray, de Boyer, de Loren,*/ 
Pino de Frieddenthal, de Stampfer, de Ribeaupierre, etc. 

The authentic and uninterrupted filiation of this house 
was established since: 

John Brassier, Page, first known ancestor of the family 
de Brassier originally from the diocese of Reims, who settled 
in the city of Pernes, in the county of Venaissin, about the 
year 1440; he received the acknowledgment of different 
parties, his tenants by emphyteusis by legal document of 
acknowledged before Claude Cornetti, notary in said Pernes, 
fourteenth of February, 1446, fifth of February 1449 and 
eighth of January, 1456. 

Jean de la Porte, lord of Champeroux in the diocese of 
Bourges, gave him remittance of the revenues which he had 
exacted for him in the neighborhood of the city of Pernes, 
by document executed in the Castle of Boulbon in Provence 
before Humbert de Rota, notary of Avignon, the eleventh 
day of June, 1449. Jean Brassier was married three limes, 
first with Antoinette de M&nlsang of whom he inherieted, 
although there were no children, second with Huguette de 
Grignan of the city of Carpentras, who also died without 
children after having made her testament before Guillaume 
Pinchoni, a notary of Pernes, in the month of January, 1465, 
by which she made a legacy to her husband, and made 
Rodolphe de Vulsiocohia, her son by a former marriage, her 
universal legatee; third by contract executed by the same 
notary, March 25th, 1465, with Isabelle de Rics, daughter of 
Baudet de Rics of the City of Apt. He made his testament. 
March 9, 1477, through the before mentioned Pinchoni, 
notary, by which, in case his widow should marry again, he 
places under the guardianship of Etienne and of Pierre de 
Riccis, his brother-in-law, his five children, whose names fol¬ 
low: 

1. Raymond Brassier, who married Sezanne de Laugier, 
who is believed the daughter of Baudoin Laugier of the city 
of Apt. He made his testament, June 29th, 1494, before 
Vincent Chapat, notary of Pernes, and in this document he 
names his two children Andre Brassier, legatee of his father, 
who was married with Alienor Boutin, daughter of Bernard 
Boutin and Antoinette des Astouds. Ailenor, not having had 


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any children, disposed of her property in favor of her brother 
in* 1546 and Andre Brassier made his cousin Claude de 
Sainte-Marie his legatee by his testament made October 8, 
1562, before Charles de Saint Maurice, notary of Pernes. He 
left only a natural daughter Marie de Brassier. 

(b) Dauphine Brassier, died without marrying. 

2. Jean Brassier, who follows: 

3. Maurice Brassier, who formed the branch of the lords 
of La Plane of Saint-Simon, of Camboulan, of Vallade, etc., 
mentioned hereafter. 

4. Jean Brassier, died without posterity. 

5. Catherine Brassier, married through Raymond Bras¬ 
sier, her oldest brother, and through Pierre de Rics, her 
uncle, on October 14th, 1485, with Jean de Sainte Marie of the 
city of Pernes. 

SECOND DEGREE 

11. Jean de Brassier, second of this name, acknow¬ 
ledged to have been recognized as a noble and powerful man 
was placed, when his father died, with his mother and his 
uncles. He was engaged by marriage contract made at Car¬ 
pentras before Martial Boneti, notary, at the house of Perrin 
Bertrand, father of the learned Etienne Bertrand, February 
12th, 1495,to Catherine de Bellesmanieres. Jean Brassier 
had a law-suit against Louis de Bellesmanieres, his brother- 
in-law for the recovery of the sum of 350 golden crown in¬ 
tended as a marriage settlement upon Dauphine Augigier, her 
mother-in-law; thereupon obtained a jirdgment of Jean Fer- 
rier, archbishop of Arles, souvereign seigneur of Montdragon, 
given at the Castle de Salon, August 5, 1514, who gave him 
judgment in favor of his claim. By legal documents of 
January 2. 1521, made in the presence of Isnard Jay, notary 
at Pernes, he divided with his brothers and sister and Andre 
Brassier, his nephew, the property accruing from the succes¬ 
sion of his father and mother. On June 28, 1557, in the pre¬ 
sence of Pierre Cornetti. notary, he made his last will and 
testament in which he made his oldest sons universal legatee. 
Of his marriage he left; 

1. Barthelemy Brassier, who follows: 

2. Antoine Brassier, and ecclesiastic who was the legatee 
of his father, besides the patrimony which had been bestowed 
upon him by legal document of January 28, 1524. 

THIRD DEGREE 

Barthelemy Brassier, heir of his father’s property, added 
the name of Jocas to his own and transmitted the same to pos¬ 
terity. He married the noble young lady, Esprite Choiselat, 
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made his testament before Gaspare! Anglesy, notary in Pernes, 
December 22, 1556, and left as his heir his only son, whom he 
placed under the guardianship of his wife, and in case this 
was refused, under that of Andre Brassier, his cousin; but 
his widow having declined his administration, and his cousin 
having excused himself from the same, on account of his old 
age, the magistrates provided for this by solemn legal docu¬ 
ments dated March 23rd, 1557, and proceeded therefore to 
an inventory of the titles and property of the family on the 
28th of September, following. Of this marriage with Esprite 
Choiselat, Barthelemy had the son reported after this. 

FOURTH DEGREE 

Esprit Brassier De Jocas, to whom his mother gave a 
reecipt for the sum of 2801 florins, by a legal document given 
in the Castle of Mazan before Pierre Amaud, notary of 
Pernes, February 3, 1576, was married through contract 
made before Boniface Grossi, November 25th, 1574, with 
Francoise de Jarente, said to be of the family of Mulsang, and 
of Anne Cahassole of the city of Pernes, who made him father 
of several children in favor of whom he made his testament 
in the monastery of the regular canons de Norte-Dame-du- 
Grez, at Carpentras, before Pierre Arnaud, February 28th, 
1592. These children were. 

1. Allemand Brassier, who follows: 

2. Francois Brassier de Jocas, who married by contract 
of October 14th, 1602, Anne d’Arabrun, daughter of Jean 
d’Ambrun and Gabrielle Joannis, of the place Caromb, diocese 
of Carpentras, by whom he had onlj r one daughter, Chather- 
ine Brassier, who was married with Guillaume de Belgiers; 

3. Gaspai'd Brassier de Jocas, canon of the metropolis 
of Avignon, who made his testament, received by Etienne 
Mazelli, notary of the city, April 10th, 1638, in favor of Pierre 
Brassier de Jocas, his nephew. 

4. Thomas Brassier de Jocas, died without posterity. 

5. Marguerite Brassier de Jocas, married June 10, 1601, 
with Theodore de Sainte-Marie. 

FIFTH DEGREE 

Alleman Brassier de Jocas, heir of his father and mother, 
was manned by legal document made before Pierre Arnaud, 
notary at Pernes, June 18, 1594, with Madeline de Cheilus, 
daughter of Jean de Chelius and of Louise Alleman de Cha- 
teauneuf, with whom he received the deed of Gaspard de 
Fougasse and of Louise d’Alleman, his wife, to a house which 
they had in the city of Pernes and which was turned over to 
them before Jean Giberti, notary, February 18, 1611. He 
made his testament, received by Benoit Perroqueti, September 

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18, 1625, in which one finds the following children: 

1. Francois Brassier de Jocas, killed at the siege of 
Montauban, where he fought as a volunteer in the company 
of Marquis of Thor in the month of September 1621. 

2. Pierre Brassier de Jocas, who continued the posterity. 

3. Catherine Brassier de Jocas, who in 1621 married 
Gaspard du Pont du Bourg de Thor in Venaissin. 

Catherine Marie Brassier de, Jocas, a nun in the monas¬ 
tery of Saint George in Avignon. 

5. Marguerite Brassier de Jocas, a nun or sister of the 
Order of Bernardines in the Abbey of La Madeline at Car¬ 
pentras in 1633. 

SIXTH DEGREE 

Pierre Brassier de Jocas contracted marriage before Felix 
d’Elbene, notary of Avignon, November 17, 1649, with Mar¬ 
guerite Teste, daughter of Gabriel Teste and of Marguerite- 
Silvestre de Marignagne, and made his testament, accepted by 
Perroqueti, notary at Parnes, May 14, 1652, in favor of his 
children, mentioned hereafter namely: 

1. Gabriel de Jocas who follows: 

2. Louise Brassier de Jocas, who married in the pre¬ 
sence of her brother, January 28, 1678, Louis Francois des 
Henriques, of an old family orginally from the county of 
Venaissin. 

3. Catherine Brassier de Jocas, married in 1621, with 
Barthelemy de Gardane. 

4. Marguerite Brassier de Jocas, Ursuline nun at 
Pernes. 

SEVENTH DEGREE 

Gabriel Brassier de Jocas, married by contract made be¬ 
fore Perroqueti, October 20th, 1687, Francoise-Iherese de 
Buissy only daughter and heiress of Sharles de Buissy and of 
Dauphine de Rapallis of the city of l’lsle in Venaossin. He 
made hisoldest son his heir and gave a life interest of his suc¬ 
cession to his wife by his testament made before Jean Rigourd, 
notary at Pernes, January 7, 1716. He left: 

1. Joseph Brassier de Jocas, who follows. 

2. Jean-Baptiste Brassier de Jocas, lieutenant in the 
Wallen regiment of Bourgogne, in the service of the King of 
Spain, and died at Gironne, February 27th, 1723. 

3. Gabriel Brassier de Jocas, entered orders. 

4. Pierre-Ignace Brassier de Jocas, officer of the in¬ 
fantry regiment of Anjou. 

5. Catherine Brassier de Jocas, married in 1717 with 
Gabriel d’Astouad. 

6. Anne Brassier de Jocas. 

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7. Gabriel Brassier de Joeas, sister of the Franciscan 
order at L’Isle in Venaissin. 

8. Louise Brassier de Joeas, Ursuline nun at Pernes. 

EIGHTH DEGREE 

Joseph Brassier de Joeas, was married by contract made 
before Rigoard, notary, June 17th, 1726, with Therese 
d’Anselme, daughter of Joseph-Franeois d’Anselme, named 
de Fougasse, seigneur of Gruveres and of Anne de Cheilus de 
Propriac of the city of Pernes, who made him father of the 
following children: 

1. Gabriel-Joseph Brassier de Joeas, who continued the 
deseendeney. 

2. Therese-Franeoise Brassier de Joeas, married July 2, 
1754, with Messire Jean Louis de Guilhermis. 

3. Catherine Brassier de Joeas, married in April, 1758, 
with Gabriel Dominique de Rougon, and later by a second 
marriage to Count des Henriques. 

4. Marie-Anne Brassier de Joeas. 

5. Marguerite Brassier de Joeas. 

6 Agathe Brassier de Joeas. 

' NINTH DEGREE 

Gabriel Joseph Brassier, Marquis of Joeas, married 
October 8, 1764, Miss Marie-Suzanne Catherine de Bernarly. 
From this marriage has sprung: 

1. Sylvie Anne Brassier de Joeas, who married Sep¬ 
tember 2, 1802 with Charles Elzear de Sabileres of the city 
of Apt. 

2. Pierre Ignae Xavier Isidore Brassier de Joeas, whose 

article follows: x 

3. Joseph Theophile Calizte de Brassier, Count of Joeas, 
married to the lady Therese Rose Dorothee de Camaret from 
Pernes, without posterity. 

4. Auguste Symphorien Joseph de Joeas died at Turlin 
in 179—. 

TENTH DEGREE 

Pierre Ignac Xavier Isidore Brassier de Joeas, Marquis 
of Joeas, after having been among the Pages, entered the 
Military house of King Louis XVI and afterwards did service 
on the borders of the Rhine in the army of the Princes. On 
November 24, 1801, he married Lady Josephine Ursule de 
Coneeyl, daughter of the Marquis de Conceyl, of the city of 
Avignon. 

From this marriage are issue : 

1. Francois Marie Theophile who follows: 

2. Elizabeth Marie Brassier de Joeas, who married M. 
Adolphe Teissier de Lavernede of Alais. 


3. Joseph Prosper Brassier de Joeas, who in 1S27 entered 
the order of the Reverend Fathers Jesuits of whom he was 
provincial. 

4. Louise Therese Brassier de Joeas. 

5. Charles Isidore Brassier, count of Joeas, who married 
Lady Agale Alexandrine des Courtils de Montberton. 

ELEVENTH DEGREE 

Francois Marie Theophile Brassier, Marquis of Joeas, 
active member of the General Council of Vaucluse, married 
Lady Louise Julie Bonaventure Jacops D’Aigremont, daugh¬ 
ter of Louis Paulin Jacops and of Dame Marie Anne Char¬ 
lotte Genevieve de Chausande-Saint Romans. From this 
marriage sprung: 

1. Joseph Marie Louis Brassier, Count of Joeas. 

2. Isahelle Flavie Marie Therese Grassier de Joeas. 

3. Calixte Isidore Marie Brassier de Joeas, died June 
10, 1841. 

4. Josephine Marie Galerie Brassier de Joeas. 

5. Ernestine Marie Philomene Brassier de Joeas. 


DE BRASSIER 

Second Branch 

Of the Seigneurs de La Plane, from whom have sprung the 
two branches of Saint-Simon. 

Noble Maurice Brassier, knight, third son of Jean Bras¬ 
sier, page and of Isabelle de Riccis, his third wife, living in 
1520, married Marie Judith de Hautvillar of an old fa mil y 
of Languedoc, who was confirmed in her nobility January, 
14, 1669, upon proof of her ancestor going back to Claude de 
Hautvillar. 

Maurice left, among other children, Maurice, who fol¬ 
lows: 

THIRD DEGREE 

Sigismond Brassier, knight, according to the order of 
maintainence given M. Pellot, intendent of Guienne in 1666, 
married by contract of the 15th of June, 1554, Miss Anne de 
Caucavanne. Of this marriage Sigismond left two sons; 

1. Henri Brassier, who comes after. 

2. Jacques de Brassier, father of the first bra.” h of 
Saint-Simon and whose posterity will be reported after that 
of his brother. 


FOURTH DEGREE 

Henri Brassier, knight, seigneur of la Plane, married 
by marriage contract of the 10th of January, 1558, made be- 

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fore Riccis, notary of Montauban with Miss Anne de Mani- 
ban. 

Of this alliance is born a son who is reported hereafter. 

- FIFTH DEGREE 

Jacob Brassier, knight, seigiueur of La Plane, married by 
contract entered before DastaroL, notary at Toulouse, March 
24th, 1584, Miss Phillippe de Pene or Peres who gave him one 
son whose description follows. 

SIXTH DEGREE 

Jean Brassier, knight, seigmeur of la Plane, married in 
the presence of his father and mother, by contract made Sep¬ 
tember 9, 1604, before Guilharnet, notary at Toulouse, Miss 
Marie Anne d’Espinas de Montblain. 

Of this marriage one son. 

SEVENTH DEGREE 

Charles Brassier, knight, seigneur de la Plane, who mar¬ 
ried by contract of February 15th, 1625, executed before 
Bosquet, notary of Rabastens, Mass Charlotte de Montbron, of 
whom he left one son, whose article follows: 

EIGHTH DEGREE 

Noble Antoine Brassier, esquerry, seigneur de la Plane, 
married by contract of the 3rd of May, 1636, accepted by 
Cazalle, notary of Montbalin, diocese of Montauban, the noble 
lady Marie Seguin, who made Mm father, among other chil¬ 
dren of: Bernard Brassier. 

NINTH DEGREE 

Bernard Brassier, knight, seigneur of La Plane, baptized 
in 1657, in the church of Notre Dame de Rabastens in Al- 
bigeois, who served at first in 1683, as ensign in the marine 
regiment, then having been changed, he joined the cadets of 
artillery in 1686. He was eoiiEuiissary of the artillery at the 
siege of Phillipsbourg where he was wounded in the left arm 
by a bullet explosion, in reward for his bravery he received a 
pension of twenty Louis d’or. The following year he was 
made a cornet in the regiment ©f Vandoeuvre, then lieutenant 
in that of Lagny in 1689. He left this corps the same year to 
become lieutenant of an old company in the regiment of 
Montbas, in which he still sensed in. 1693. He was wounded 
at Catalogue by a musket shot which deprived him of his first 
two fingers on his left hand. In 1693 he was received as 
Knight of the Order and Militia of the Holy Ghost of Mont¬ 
pellier, the archihospitalite of all the Christendoms, after 
having given his proof of nobility since Henri Brassier his 
fifth ancestor, before Jacques Chevillars, genealogist of the 

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King and of tlie Order of the Holy Ghost of Montpellier. 
The originals of these proofs is kept in the Archives of the 
Count Brassier de Saint-Simon. 

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First Branch of the Seigneurs and 
Counts of Saint-Simon 

FOURTH DEGREE 

Honorable Jacques de Brassier, equerry, second son of 
Sigismond Brassier and of Dame Anne de Caucabanne, mar¬ 
ried by contract of February 12, 1580, the noble Lady Mar¬ 
guerite d’Orty, and had among other children, the son who 
follows: 

FIFTH DEGREE 

Honorable Maurice de Brassier, knight seigneur of Yal- 
lade, married Marie de Cledes, hy contract November 18, 1608, 
Catherine de Barbotan. It is in this contract that the name 
of his first wife is mentioned. He made a donation on Decem¬ 
ber 24, 1641 in favor of two of his sons, Bernard and Sigis¬ 
mond Brassier. His children were of his first marriage. 

1. Sigismond Brassier, living at Gabarrat in 1667. 

2. Bernard de Brassier, living in 1654. 

Children of the second marriage: 

3. Louis, who continued the descendeney. 

4. Guillaume de Brassier, living in 1681. 

SIXTH DEGREE 

Honorable Louis de Brassier, knight, seigneur de Vallade 
and de Saint-Simon, member of the court of subsidies of Con¬ 
dom and of the seneschals court of Nerac, was upon the list 
of nobility on November 3, 1639, which M. de Fimarcon took 
into Roussillon which is certified on certificate of the Prince 
of Conde on the sixth of the same mouth. The king promoted 
him by commission of June 12, 1540, to the grade of sergeant 
major of the regiment of Montagnae and then he was ordered 
to raise a company of earabiners, under orders of M. Gondrin, 
Goverernor of Armagnac. He made his last will on December 
24, 1648. He married by contract of June 2nd, 1632, Jeanne 
de Godieges, who made him father of: 

1. Pierre de Brassier, who follows. 

2. Louis de Brassier Saint-Simon living in 1681, with¬ 
out having been married. 

3. Bernard de Brassier, first of the name, ancestor of 
the second branch of these seigneurs of Saint-Simon, whose 
description will come. 


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SEVENTH DEGREE 

Honorable Pierre de Brassier, seigneur de Saint-Simon 
and de Vallade, was confirmed in his nobility in conjunction 
with Sigismond de Brassier, his nephew, by judgment of M. 
Pellott, intendant in Guienne, dated at d’Agen, May 4, 1667. 
Pierre de Brassier agreed with Louis de Brassier, his brother, 
in regard to the succession of their father and mother, April 
1, 1675. He married by contract of March 2, 1684, Henriette 
de Delmont, daughter of Jacques de Delmont and of Antoi¬ 
nette Boyer residing at Rebastens. By her he had one son 
mentioned hereafter. 

EIGHTH DEGREE 

Messire Bernard de Brassier, seigneur de Saint-Simon 
and of Vallade, born at Rabastens, January 12, 1587, was 
first nominated, July 4, 1212, lieutenant in the regiment of 
Lostanges, infantry, afterwards guard of the domains of the 
King in the department of Altkirch. He married at Altkricli, 
with dispensation, March 20, 1723, Lady Marie-Elisabeth de 
Nance, born at Altkrich, where Bernard de Brassier died on 
December 4, 1742. He had two sons, namely: 

1. Louis Bernard de Brassier, who follows. 

2. Valentine-Desiderius de Brassier Saint-Simon, who 
died young. 

^ NINTH DEGREE 

Messire Louis Bernard de Brassier, seigneur of Saint- 
Simon, and of Gallade, born at Altkrich, in upper Alsace, on 
April 4, 1724, went into Albigeois to pass a few years of his 
youth with his parents, as is attested by a certificate of the 
Maire and the Councilman of the City of Rebastens of the 
date of September 1, 1747. Afterwards he was inspector gen¬ 
eral of the sale of salt of Lorraine with his residence at Stras¬ 
bourg. He married December 22, 1766, Lady Lorens, daughter 
of Adam Lorens and of Dame Therese Duremberger. The 
issue of this marriage: 

1. Marie Louis Joseph de Brassier, who follows. 

2. Joseph de Brassier re Saint-Simon who lived in the 
neighborhood of Strasbourg in 1790, and who was the father 
of several children. 

3. Bernard de Brassier de Saint-Simon Vallade, officer 
of the Order of the Legion of Honor, who served in the French 
armies in Austria and Spain. He lived in Strasbourg in 1790. 

4. Jean Baptiste de Brassier de Saint-Simon, died young. 

5. Marie-Madeline de Brassier de Saint-Simon, nun of 
the Ladies of the Visitation at Strasbourg, afterwards with 
those of Nancy. 

6. Henriette de Brassier de Saint-Simon Vallade, widow 

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of M. Carpentier, Lieutenant-General of the Armies of the 
King, grand officer of the Legion of Honor. 

7. Louis de Brassier de Saint-Simon Vallade, married at 
Strasbourg. 

TENTH DEGREE 

Marie Louis Joseph de Brassier de Saint-Simon Vallade, 
born at Strasbourg, June 11, 1770, Doctor of Law at the Uni¬ 
versity of Strasbourg, admitted, November 13, 1788 as a law¬ 
yer at the soverign council of Alsace, entered military service 
in the mouth of February, 1792, with the guards of the Door 
of the King, these guards having been reunited under the 
name of the Company of the Institution of Saint Lotiis, by 
orders of the Princes, brothers of the King, according to a 
certificate of the Count of Vergennes, captain-colonel of this 
company, dated Utreche, January 1, 1793 and stating that 
M. de Brassier, has always served the Kirg with honor and 
zeal that he has made there the whole campaign with distinc¬ 
tion until the day of his being made licentiate as ordered by 
the Princes. He married at Rastait, March 4, 1795, Lady 
Louise de Strampfer, daughter of Frederick Strampfer, lieu¬ 
tenant-colonel of the Swiss regiment, and of Dame Marguerite 
d' Anselme. The issue of this marriage was- 

1. Marie Louise de Brassier de Saint-Simon Vallade, 
born at Henneberg in the county of Fulde, January 13th, 
1797, colonel in the service of Austria. 

2. Marie Joseph Antoine de Brassier de Saint-Simon 
Vallade, who follows: 

3. Marie Jean Louis Guillaume de Brassier de Saint- 
Simon Gallade, born in Vienna, November 23rd. 1801, chief 
of the squadron in the service of Austria. 

4. Berthe Louise. Marie Aglae de Brassier de Saint 
Simon Vallade, born in Vienna, October 14. 1804. married at 
Holstein in Prussian Silicia, November 3, 1822, with Joseph 
Edouard, Baron Pine de Fruedenthal, Chamberlain of his 
Majesty of Austria. 

ELEVENTH DEGREE 

Marie Joseph Antoine de Brassier de Saint-Simon Val¬ 
lade, born at Brixlegg, in Turol, August 8, 179S, was pro¬ 
moted Doctor of Law, at the University of Heidelberg in 1S21. 
Chamberlain of His Majesty the King of Prussia, envoy extra¬ 
ordinary and minister plenipotentiary at the Court of Turin, 
Grand Cross of the Order of the Saviour of Greece, of the 
Polar Star of Eweden of Ilokenzollern, Knight of the Order 
of the Red Eagle of Russia. Married in 1849 to Lady Marie 
de Ribeaupierre, daughter of M. de Ribeaupierre, Chamber- 
lain of his Majesty of the Emperor of Russia. 

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Second Branch of the Seigneurs 
of Saint-Simon 

SEVENTH DEGREE 

Noble Bernard de Brassier, first of the name, knight, 
born at Rabastens, January 20th, 1654, cadet in the school 
of artillery in 1687, then cornet in the light cavalry in 1689, 
lieutenant in the regiment of Monsieur cavalry in 1691, Cap¬ 
tain of the regiment of Artois dragoons in 1694, knight of 
the Royal Military Order of Sainte-Louis, and chevilier of 
Justice of the Hospitalers de Montpellier and lastly command¬ 
er of 1 ’Isle of Jordan of this order in 1698. He was confirmed 
in his nobility by M. le Gendre, intendant at Montauban by 
judgment of May 6, 1700 upon the production of his titles 
going back to Maurice de Brassier first of the name. He was 
colonel in the regiment of Feuquires in 1702, and he was lieu¬ 
tenant-colonel of the regiment of Brancas when per brevet 
given at Paris, July 22, 1714, the Prince of Orange gave him 
the office of Grand-Ecuyer in recompense of the service which 
he had rendered this Prince. He married by contract of March 
9, 1681, made before Jean Clave, notary at Mauvesin, Marie 
Diane de Sentex, daughter of Francois de Sentex, advocate 
in the parliament of Toulouse, and of the Dame Marie de 
Peres. Of this marriage sprung: 

1. Bernard de Brassier, second of the name who follows. 

2. Antoinette de Bassier, entered as a puil at the Royal 
House of Saint Cyr, per brevet, March 12, 1706. 

EIGHTH DEGREE 

Messire Bernard de Brassier de Saint-Simon, second of 
the name seigneur of Pin, in the diocese of Lombez and of 
Camboulan in Rouergue, born in Pouget, February 18, 1696, 
was at first a Page of the Duke of Orleans in 1710, the lieuten¬ 
ant, reformed with appointments in the regiment of Orleans, 
cavalry in 1723. He was married by contract made before 
Calom, royal notary at Villemar, June 1, 1727, with Miss 
Jeanne de Fleyres de Camboulan, daughter of Jean de Fley- 
res and Dame Anne de Clarac. He made his will in his castle 
of Camboulan before Bonnet, royal notary, December 3, 
1758. His children were : 

1. Antoine de Brassier, who follows. 

2. Francoise Honore, chevilier de Brassier Saint-Simon, 
heir of his father in 1758. 

NINTH DEGREE 

Messire Antoine de Brassier de Saint-Simon, seigneur of 
Camboulan, born April 1, 1732, married by contract made be- 

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fore Canceris, notary at Villefranche, January 1st, 1761, 
Miss Jeanne de Fau, daughter of Jean Francois de Fan, 
seigneur of la Roque Toirae and of Dame Marie d'Alary. 
From this marriage issue: 

1. Honore de Brassier, who follows. 

2. Emmanuel de Brassier, Chevilier de Saint-Simon, 
born September 13, 1764, officer in the regment of Bourgogne. 
He was Knight of Saint Louis, retired from service with the 
grade of Chief of Battalion in Germany. 

3. Marie Margaret de Brassier, born February 8th, 
1763, nun at Sainte-Claire of Villenfranche. 

4. Francoise de Brassier, born Camboulan, February 6, 
1767. Died unmarried. 

TENTH DEGREE 

Honore de Brassier de Saint-Simon emigrated in 1792, 
made the campaign of the army of Conde assisted at all af¬ 
fairs that took place during the whole time that he was in the 
army and there made himself conspicuous by his zeal and 
courage, as is attested by a certificate of the Prince of Conde 
delivered at the headquarters of Feistritz, April 2nd, 1801. 
He was made Chevilier de Saint Louis, January 31st, 1816, 
Colonel of the National Guards of l’Aveyron the same year 
and was made Chevilier de Lis by order of February 18, 1318, 
He established his residence at Villefranche where he married, 
February 25, 1810, to Lady Phillippe de Fau by whom he had 
two sons, namely: 

1. Honore de Brassier de Saint-Simon, died young. 

2. Gaspard Francois de Brassier de Saint-Simon, who 
follows. 

' ELEVENTH DEGREE 

Gaspard Francois de Brassier de Saint-Simon, born Jan¬ 
uary 11th, 1816, married July 14th, 1846, Lady Marie Louise 
Adrienne Leontine d‘Ablane de Labouysse. 

Of this marriage are born four children: 

1. Georges de Brassier re Saint-Simon, born Mav 14, 
1847. 

2. Bernard de Brassier de Saint-Simon, born May 31, 
1849. 

3. Louis de Brassier de Saint Simon, born January 14th, 
1852. 

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The parents of Benois Brassier and his brother Robert 
Brassier, the original Colonists of that name, in America, 
have not been conclusively determined, but as there were only 
three branches of the Brassier family in existeuee at the time 
of their birth, which must have been about 1610 to 1612, it is 

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safe to assume that either, Allemand Brassier, de Jocas, of 
the fifth degree, Jean Brassier, of the sixth degree, of the 
de la Plane branch, or Maurice Brassier of the fifth degree 
of the branch of Saint-Simon, was the father. 

Inasmuch as Benois Brassier and Robert Brassier, were 
both Huguenots, it is reasonable to believe that either of the 
three named as the probable parent, being devout catholics, 
would decline to name Benois or Robert Brassier, in their 
testament and while, as before stated, conclusive proof of their 
parentage is lacking, there is really little room for doubt 
and this assumption has been generally accepted by those who 
have given the matter serious consideration. 

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Copy of aLetter Written by Peter C. Brashear 
of Nw York, After a Visit with Le 
Marquis de Brassier de Jocas at his 
home in Carpentras, France, 
September, 1926 

Castleton-on-Hudson, N. Y. 

October 4, 1926. 

From childhood I have heard the family legend that our 
American ancestors came from the south of France, on the 
River Rhone, and were Huguenots. My own research shows 
that Benjamin and Robert Brassier landed in Virginia about 
1653, and later moved into Maryland. The genealogy shows 
clearly that they were the founder of the Brashear or Brea- 
shears families in this country. It also shows where the spel¬ 
ling changed from the original Brassier. 

About fifteen years ago I found in a New York public 
library, published under date of 1856, the following volume: 
“Institut Heradlique, Nobiliaire Universel, Recueil General 
des Genealogies Historiques st Verdiques des Maisons Nobles 
de FEurope, Public par M. Le Vicomte de Magny” which gives 
a good history of the family in France. The opening sentence 
is as follows: “The house of Brassier, whose nobility of anci¬ 
ent extraction reverts incontestably to the XIVth century, 
has its origin in the province of Champagne, whence it spread 
itself successively into Provence, Rouergue, Lorraine and Ger¬ 
many, where many of its members enjoy up to this time high 
positions.” 

The genealogist then goes on' for many pages giving 
different branches of the family, coats of arms, and thirty-five 
quarterings. It appears that there were four branees of the 

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original house, those of Brassier de Jocas, de Brassier de la 
Plane, de Brassier de la Pin, and de Brassier Saint-Simon. 
When this volume was found in the New York public, library 
I had the pages, including the title page, photographed and 
then had them translated into English. Upon my recent visit 
to France, I took these sheets along and had them bound into 
a book, then went to Brentano’s and had them direct me to a 
French genealogist: Office Kearaddique et Genealogique de 
France, 11 Rue Mogador, 11 Paris, and commissioned the di¬ 
rector to find if the family existed still and where they lived. 
The Genealogist reported that the branches of de Brassier de 
la Plane and de Brassier de la Pin were long extinct. Of the 
other two branches he reported as follows: “de Brassier de 
Jocas, the head family, the Marquis, lives at Carpentras. He 
had a son, a captain, who was killed during the World War at 
the fight of the Luxemburg Farm near Reims. The Marquis 
married again in February, 1918, with a young lady Richard" 
d’lvry. He has no children.” “de Brassier de Saint-Simon, 
the last descendent named in the genealogical book is ‘Gas- 
pard Francoise, ’ born January 11, 1816. He had a son, Jean 
Francois Marie Emmanuel Georges, who died a bachelor, con¬ 
sequently the Brassiers de Saint-Simon branch is extinct. The 
day this report was received, I telegraphed Monsieur Le Mar¬ 
quis de Brassier de Jocas at Carpentras, asking if they 
would receive me. 

A very courteous reply assured me they would, and my 
daughter, Gense, and I took the Paris-Lyons Mediterranean 
Express on Thursday, September 9, at 10:00 a. m., for 
Avignon, the nearest city on the main line, to Carpentras, 
which is about fifteen miles away, arriving there in time for 
evening dinner. The next afternoon we procured a good car, 
chauffeur and courier and drove over to Carpentras. When 
we arrived there the courier located the Hotel of Le Marquis. 
We drove down an old world street with sidewalks on each 
side about two feet wide, the street was so narrow that two 
cars could not pass excepting one of them ran up on the 
sidewalk. 

Upon arriving at the correct number, we found wide 
double doors trimmed in polished brass with a triangle bell 
pull at the side. Upon pulling the bell, which we could hear 
ring inside, the doors were opened by a very up-to-date maid, 
we stepped into a very beautiful court yard and were ushered 
up a short flight of broad steps into a palatial residence. 

Le Marquis and La Marquise were there to receive us and 
upon being introduced by the courier. La Marquise very sweet¬ 
ly said, “I speak a little English as I was educated in Lon¬ 
don.” Then we dismissed the courier and the talk began with 

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Madame acting as interpreter. Le Marquis had lying on his 
table a copy of the very book which I had the photographic 
copy made from in New York City and I had my book with 
me. That incident was most happy and concluded the formali¬ 
ty which exists when strangers meet. 

The Paris genealogist did not go quite far enough when 
he indicated that the present Marquis was the last of the do 
Jocas, the oldest branch of the family, and had lost his son, 
for after we had been with them a short time his brother, 
Le Comte de Brassier cle Jocas, came in with his daughter, 
Mademoiselle Jacqueline de Brassier de Jocas. Le Comte 
had evidently been advised of the coming of the Americans 
and it appeared that they were all quite as curious to see us 
as we were to see them. 

Gense and Jacqueline got along famously together and 
Gense had a very fine opportunity to exercise her boarding- 
school French. After a brief visit together all of us went 
out for a walk and were shown the wonders and antiquity of 
Carpentras, a place of about six thousand people. "VYe all came 
back to the home of Le Marquise about five o’clock, had tea, 
and drove back to Avignon, Gense and Jacqueline having ar¬ 
ranged to meet next day for lunch. Yv 7 e had to leave next 
evening because our time for sailing was drawing near. Jac¬ 
queline spent the day with us and in the afternoon Le Comte 
and Le Comtesse drove in from, their chateau, which is nearer 
Avignon that it is to Carpentras. 

Our reception left simply nothing to be desired in the 
way of cordiality. They wanted me to go right back to Paris, 
get Mrs. Brashear and our baggage and come down there and 
stay, and extracted a promise that we visit them the next time 
we are in France, Gense and Jacqueline agreed to keep up with 
each other by correspondence. One of the most striking things 
in connection with the visit is the general resemblance between 
Le Marquis and my father. If one could see them approach¬ 
ing together the first thought would be—brothers. 

La Marquise is the second wife of Le Marquise and is one 
of the most lovely and charmiug persons that it has ever been 
my good fortune to meet. She has a brother-in-law living in 
New York and she is to put me in touch with him. 

While we were “seeing Carpentras” I got some dust on 
the back of my coat and Le Marquis, who was carrying his 
gloves and stick in his hand stepped up and disted off my 
back with his gloves. I told him, interpreted by Madame, that 
of my many experiences in life, it was the first time I had 
ever had my coat dusted by a marquis. “When we left them 
Monsieur and Madame went to the automobile with us, Le 
Comte and Jacqueline having left a few minutes before, and 

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’ we found it difficult to separate from them I shall never 
foro-et how Jacqueline's eyes sparkled when Gense_told her 
of the o-aities in Paris and at home. They all seemed insatiable 
in their desire to know about America and Americans. One 
of the most delightful experiences of the visit v as the v.a> 
Gense and Jacqueline took to each other the two da} s the> were 
together. Both of them sparkled and it would be difficult 

to^say which one of them shone the most. 

It appears that Le Marquis sold Ins chateau about a } ear 
and lives now in his Hotel in Carpentras. The latter 
iilace would fascinate any antiquarian in the extreme: large 
rooms, high ceilings, room after room filled with treasures, 
furniture fittings and china, rows of family portraits, some 
. of them so old they do not know the names, down to the more 
i recent monarchies when court dress and powdered hair were 

the Upon the death of Le Marquis, Lecomte will be the next 
Marquis and his eldest son will succeed to the title of Le 
Comte and upon his father's death to the title of Le ^TUis, 
and so forth. The succession seems quite safe, and is as roi- 

lows * 

Monsieur le Marquis Marcel de Brassier de Jocas. 

- Madame la Marquise Isaure de Brassied de Jocas, nee de 

Richard d’lvry. . , _ . , T oo 

Monsieur la Comte Regis de Brassier de Jocas. 

Madame la Comtesse Alice de Brassier de Jocas, nee 

! Rlga jos e ph de Brassier de Jocas and Marie Antoinette de 
Brassier de Jocas, nee de Tauriac, Louis and Guy de Bras- 

SI6r Other Children of Le Comte and La Comtesse, are, Aime 
Marie de Brassier de Jo-as, Bernard de Brassier de Jocas, 
Jacqueline de Brassier de Jocas, Elizabeth de Brassier de 
Jocas, Regis de Brassier de Jocas. 

Le Comte and La Comtesse live at Chateau des Tail- 
lades, Bedarrides, which is, as stated before, nearer to Avig- 
non than Carpentras. Their eldest son, Joseph de Brassier de 
Jocas, lives in a chateau near Carpentras, and we were to d 
, that the reason we were not taken at once to his chateau wab 
the fact that their son. mentioned before as Guy de Biassier 
i de Jocas, was born only a few days before. 

Upon our return to Paris, my wife, Rida Payne Bras¬ 
hear, asked me what sort of people we found and I cold.her 
that they reminded me of prosperous Fayette Count}, Ken¬ 
tucky farmers, going into Lexington for the Saturday after¬ 
noon, that the earth produced no better, plain gentle folk, 
cultivated to the nth degree and so sure of their rank that 

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there was a total absence of any sort of pretense. In other 
words, lords of the land. 

While we were all together in Carpentras, Gense men¬ 
tioned the fact that her mother was partly French descent 
and from the old family of Le Brun. That needed no explan¬ 
ation to them, for they knew immediately of that noted French 
family. They also knew of the De Comminges family, from 
whom I take my middle name, although they came from the 
extreme north of France. That was the maiden name, m its 
original concept, of my great grandmother. 

All of this I cannot help but count as one of the most 
wonderful experiences I have known. We were all too new 
to ask intimate questions, but I hope to find out a great 
deal more about them when I meet Madame’s brother-in-law 
in New York. At this time it does not appear just how it 
might be brought about, but I want to get hold of some of 
those old portraits if they can be obtained. The feeling exists 
that we shall meet again and to a degree keep up with them. 

If we had met a year earlier I should have been greatly 
tempted to become the owner of the chateau near Carpentras 
which was sold by Le Marquis. Of course this is only a dream 
of what might have been, but that part of southern France 
would be an ideal spot to escape the rigorous winter months 
in this climate; also one could live in comparative luxury 
there for less than it would cost in this country. 

The French franc, formerly worth about five to our dol¬ 
lar, has depreciated until one of our dollars will buy thirty- 
five ifranes and it is still problematical as to whether the 
franc will go up or further down. 

Peter C. Brashear. 

BRASHEAR FAMILY 

PART II 

Benois Brassier together with his brother, Robert Bras¬ 
sier, both Huguenot refugees, landed in Virginia in 1653,- but 
due to the conditions prevailing among the Colonists in Vir¬ 
ginia, who were to a great extent, English and not in sympathy 
with the French, they found their surroundings unpleasant 
and as a result, moved into Maryland in 1658 and established 
a residence in Calvert County, where Benois Brassier was 
commissioned a Justice in 1661. 

In the year 1663 Benois Brassier was naturalized as a 
former citizen of France and his name Anglicized, as Ben¬ 
jamin Brashears. Unfortunately he died the same year of 
his naturalization and but for this, would undoubtedly have 
proven a factor in the later development of his adopted land. 

After his death, his wife, Mary Brashears, had a pre- 

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nuptial contract with Thomas Starling, at the same time re¬ 
cording her will and naming all her children by her deceased 

husband. . 

Little is known of Robert Brassier, Benjamin s brother, 
other than the record of his will, on file in Annapolis, Mary¬ 
land, which devises to Thomas Tovey, Thomas Frost and 
Thomas Smith, all personal property, save two or three trifling 
legacies, also the use for two years of 320 acres of land and the 
lunises thereon. Testator does not mention any child of his 
own. Tovey, et al, proved the will and proceeded to administ¬ 
er on the estate. The court voided this administration and 
issued letters to Sampson Warring, guardian of Robert Bras¬ 
hears, Jr., son of Robert Brashear, Sr. This action was 
amended by the court on January 15th, 1665, as follows: 
“Therefore on ye day and years above said, letters of adminis¬ 
tration to the said Sampson Warring on behalf of Robert 
Brassier, son of Benjamin Brassier, brother of Robert Bras¬ 
sier, deceased, issued as in usual form, etc. 

Mary Brassier, the wife of Benjamin Brassier, in mak¬ 
ing her will named as the children of Benjamin Brassier, the 
following: Robert, Benjamin, John, Mary, Ann, Susanna, 
Martha and Elizabeth. 

Robert, the first son, married, but no record of his wife’s 
maiden name is available. 

Benjamin died unmarried in Calvert County in 1675, 
leaving his estate to his sister, Martha. 

John married Ann -? 

Martha married Henry Kent, Jr. 

No record of the marriages of the other children has been 
found. 

Robert, the first son of Benjamin Brashears, had three 
children of record: 

Robert, Jr., who married and had four children: Thomas, 
born, October 10th, 1706; Leonard, bom September 26, 1714; 
Pricilla, born March 4th, 1712; Samuel, born September 1723. 

Samuel, the second son of Benjamin Brashears, married 
Ann Jones, daughter of William Jones and his wife Dorothy. 

Benjamin, the third son of Benjamin Brashears, married 
Mary Jones, daughter of William Jones and his wife, Dorothy. 

At this point, to avoid confusion, it might be well to take 
the second son of Robert Brashears, son of Benjamin Bra¬ 
shears, Samuel, and trace his family down to a point where 
the majority of his descendents may be able to bring their 
own particular lines to a conclusion. Benjamin, the third 
son of Robert Brashears, will be dealt with later. 

Samuel Brashears, son of Robert Brashears and grandson 
of the original Benjamin Brashears, married Ann Jones and 

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had the following children: 

Basil Brashears married Ann Belt. 

William (Jones) Brashears born January 28th, 1694. 

Ann Brashears born January 4th, 1707, married Thomas 
Brown. 

Elizabeth Brashears born July 27th, 1699, married John 
Turner. 

Mary Brashears born November 2nd, 1720. 

Robert Brashears born February 19th, 1704. 

Samuel Brashears born January 2, 1696, married Eliza¬ 
beth Brashears, a cousin and daughter of Benjamin Brashears. 

Otho Brashears born September 2Sth, 1716, married Mary 
Holmes. 

John Brashears born October 21, 1702, married -’ 


ried Aggie Watts, immigrated to Kentucky. 

At this juncture we will return to Benjamin Brashears 
crandson of the original Benjamin Brashears, and trace his 
desceudents down to a point similar to that of his brother, 
Samuel. It will be noted that Samuel and his brotoher Benja¬ 
min married sisters. Samuel married Ann Jones and Benja¬ 
min married Mary Jones, daughters of William Jones and 
Dorothy, his wife, of Calvert County. Benjamin’s children 
are as follows: 

Thomas Brashears, born September 11th, 1690 married 
Ann - 1 


Had issue as follows: Donnell, Rachel, Nathan, Charity, Met¬ 
calf, Benjamin, Zadock and Ester Perry. 

Clara Brashears born February, 1707. 

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Samuel Brashears, previously mentioned as marrying his 
cousin, Elizabeth Brashears, had issue, namely: 

Samuel Brashears, Jr., born December 5th, 1717, married 
-? Had issue: Samuel, "Wilkerson, John, Benedict, 


Benjamin Brashears, Jr., born May 23rd, 169S, married 
Rebecca Walker. Had issue: Mary, born Septormber 8, 1723 ; 
Thomas, born October 15th, 1725; Benjamin, born February 
15th, 1725; Rebecca, born July 27, 1733. 

John Brashears married Ruth Walker, daughter of 
Charles and Rebecca Walker and sister of Banjamin's wife. 
Had issue: John, Rachel, Rebecca, Ann, Ruth, Samuel, Basil, 
Isaac. 

Sarah Brashears - 


Ruth Sheriff, Cassy Durall, Elizabeth Lucas, Rachel Belt, 
and Barton. 

Joseph Brashears, born January 15th, 1722. 

Mary Brashears, born November 2nd, 1720. 

Morris Brashears, born January 15th, 1724, married Mary 
-? Had issue: Thomas Samuel. 


Ann. Brashears, born September 20th, 1729. 

Benjamin Brashears, born September 9, 1727. 

Nacy (Ignatius) Brashears, born 1735, married Pamelia 
-? Had issue: Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Thomas C., 


Eleanor Brashears, born January 31, 1710. 

Mary Brashears, born November 17th, 1695, married 
Richard Scaggs. 

Ann Brashears, born January 4th, 1692, married William 
Bivens. 

Elizabeth Brashears, born March 30th, 1701, married 
Samuel Brashears, her cousin. Had issue, (previously shown). 

William Brashears, bom March 15th, 1706, married Pri- 
cilla Prather. Had issue: Rezin Brashears, bora November 6, 
1736; Martha Brashears, bora May 10th -; Mary Bra¬ 
shears, born - -: Capt. William Brashears, born 


Samuel, Ignatius, Robert, Archibald, Levi, Walter, Joseph, 
Dennis, Ruth. 

Jeremiah Brashears, born November 5th, 1731, married 
-? Had issue: Alvin, Margery, Lucy Beall, Elizabeth, 


Margaret, Greeti and Osborn. 

Turner Brashears, born May ISth, 17—? 

Ruth Brashears married Thomas Brown, son of Thomas 
Brown and wife, Ann Brashears. 

Elizabeth Brashears, married Basil Brown, son of Thomas 
Brown and wife, Ann Brashears. 

Otho Brashears married Ruth Brown, daughter of Thomas 
Brown and wife, Ann Brashears, the issue: Rignal, married 
Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Elizabeth Brashear and Basil 
Brown. 

Elizabeth, Liberty, Fielder., Colonel and Levi, who mar- 

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March 14th, 1734, married and had issue: Tabitha Brashears, 
Dr. Belt Brashears, Ely Brashears. Dr. Belt Brashears mar¬ 
ried Ann Cook and had issue, namely: Thomas Cook Bra¬ 
shears, Elizabeth Cook Brashears, Ann Worthington, Sarah 
Cook Davis, Louisa M. Mobley. 




MARYLAND WILLS 


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In 1798 Liber I. H. M. No. 6, F-152. John Ducker Bra¬ 
shear sells or rather gives, for five shillings, a negro woman 
and etc., to Richard, Sirena and Mary Brashear. 


Liber FF No. 1, Page 171-Nacy Brashear sells to Benja¬ 
min Belt “Pleasant Hill’’ being a part of Yarrow Farm and 
also addition to Pleasant Hill. Pamelia Brashear, wife of 
^«acy, being privately examined relinquishes her dower rights. 

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Anne Arundel County—Will of Mary Brashear, 1777, 
Liber GV No. 1 F-14, names sons, Nathan and Benjamin. 

Will of Wilkerson Brashear, 1787, Liber TGN 2, F-24,' 
Mentions wife, Lurana, children, Lilburn George, Mary Wil¬ 
kerson. Will also appears in Prince George County. 


Will of Elizabeth Brashear, wife of Samuel Brashear, 
1774, Liber T-l P 13, son Nacy and his 10 children. 

Will of John Brashear, 1797, Liber TT No. 1 F-214,' 
mentions sons, John Wells Brashear, Beal Brashear, Jacob 
Brashear, Richard Wells Brashear, daughters, Hester Bra¬ 
shear, Jemima Brashear; Land called Ledgeworth, Plummers 
Pleasure. Witnessed by John Warring and John Warring, 



Will of Jeremiah Brashear, son of Samuel Brashear, 1785, 
sons, Osborn, Jeremiah, Beal, Green and daughters Mary 
Jenkins, Lucy Cross, Elizabeth and Margaret. Land named 
Beals Gift, Beals Discovery and Huckelberry Slope. 


Will of Samuel Brashear, 1792, Liber T No. 1 p 346. 
Names, daughter-in-law, Sarah, widow of Samuel, Grandson 
Samuel, sons of Samuel, son Wilkerson. Land called Hogg 
Harbor. Sons, John, Bur-ton daughter-in-law, Martha, widow 
of Benedict. Daughters Ruth Sheriff, Cassey Duvall, Eliza¬ 
beth Lucas, Rachel Belt. 


Will of Rachel Brashear, widow of Samuel Brashear, 
1794, Liber TT No. 1 F-361, Mary and Samuel, children, 
named. 


BRASHEAR FAMILY OF MARYLAND 

Notes from “Sidelights of Maryland 
History” 

Vol. 2-f 12.—Basil Brashear, a deseendent of the early 
Huguenot Refugee of 1658, married Ann Belt. 

Vol. 2-f 283—Brassier-Brashears—“Among the Protest¬ 
ant citizens of France, who were naturalized in the Province 
of Maryland, none were of more interest than Benjamin 
Brashears,’ whose name is spelled so many different ways 
in the records of Maryland.” 


Maryland Archives, Vol. 3-f 465—Denization of Benja¬ 
min Brashears, given under the Great Seal of our Provience 
of Maryland, 14th day of December, 1662. Witness our seal, 
signe, Charles Calvert. 

Maryland Archives, Vol. 3, f-424—For Colonial Claims— 
Benjamin Brashears commissioned Justice of Peace, Calvert 
County, 1661. Benjamin Brashears died intestate, but his 
widow, Mary Brashears, of the Clifts, Calvert County, re¬ 
corded her will as a pre-nuptial contract with Thomas Starl¬ 
ing, her second husband, in which she names the children of 
her deceased husband, Benjamin Brashears, viz: Robert, 
Renjamin, John, Mary, Susanna, Martha and Elizabeth. 
Testamentary Records, Vol. 1, F 126—Wills, Vol. 1 f 187, 
Benjamin Brashears had a brother, Robert Brashears. will re¬ 
corded, Liber 1, f 240. devises his estate to Mark Clare and 
others ("Annapolis), Robert Brashear, Jr., was the son of 
Benjamin Brashears, brother of Robert Brashears, deceased. 


Will of John Brashear, 1818, Liber TT No. 1, F 24, 
names wife, Sarah, sons Tillman, Benedict, daughter, Mary 
Thomas. 


Will of Humphrey Brashear, 1815, Liber TT No. 1, F 124, 
to sister Dorcas and estate. 


Will of Jacob Brashear, 1811, Liber TT No. 1 F 168, 
sister Mirny or Miny all estate and nephew Richard. 


Will of Robert Brashear, 1710, Liber 1, F 49, sons Robert 
and Samuel. 


Benjamin Brashears has been recognized by the “Hugue¬ 
not Society of America” as an eligible claim for membership. 

Records ofQ ueen Anne Parish, Prince 
George County, Maryland 

F-276—Thomas, son of Benjamin and Mary Brashears. 
born September 11, 1690. Benjamin, born, Mary 169S; Arm 
born, 1692; Mary, born, 1695; Elizabeth, born 1701; John, 
born 1703. 

F-254—Benjamin Brashear married Rebecca Walker, 
daughter of Charles Walker, January 24, 1720. 

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F-255—John Brashear married Ruth Walker, August 
18, 1723. 


Revolutionary Records, Maryland Archives 

Vol. 13, f 555, Captain Wm. Brashears, General Johnson’s 
Brigade, F 407. 

Lieutenant Rezin Brashears, 1776—Vol. 18; John Bra¬ 
shears, private, 1776. 


Morris Brashear and Morris Brashear, Jr., took the Pa¬ 
triots Oath of Fidelity and Support, in Montgomery County, 
in 1778. 

1777, John Brashear, son of John, Prince George County, 
cited to appear and show cause why he did not officiate as 
Constable.' 


Among the Overseers appointed for Prince George County 
Highways for 1777, were Joseph Brashear and Thomas Bra¬ 
shear. Grand Jurors, Jeremiah Bvashear. Among the High¬ 
way Overseers for 1779, was Nacey Brashear; one of the 
Grand Jurors, March 25, 1783, was Joseph Brashear. 

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Marriage Records, Upper Marlboro, 

Maryland 

August 14, 1764, Waymacke Brashear to Mary Mulliken. 
January 29, 1779, Waymacke Brashear to Anne Roberts. 
March 27, 1778, Cassia Brashear to Charles Duvall. 
January 18, 1779, Eliza Brashear to Bazil Ridgeway. 
February 7, 1795, Elizabeth Brashear to Moses Orme. 
July 21, 1777, Harriet Brashear to Elisa Kaskinson. 
April 7, 1792, Henry Brashear to Aggy Ferguson. 
January 25, 1795, Harriet Brashear to Charles Boeteler. 
June 12, 1781, Jonathan Brashear to Mary Brown. 
December 1, 1789, Joseph Brashear to Mary Cross. 
November 1, .1798, Mary Brashear to Lattier Plummer. 
February 17, 1792, Nathan il Brashear to Mary Page. 
July 4th, 1788, Wilkerson Brashear to Hannah Browne. 
December 9, 1778, John P. Brashear to Ann Pumphrey. 
1785, Osborn Brashear to Martha Odin. 

1790, Zadock Brashear to Elizabeth Deane. 

1795, Lilburn Brashear to Eleanor Proctor. 

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Early Marriage Record, Bullitt County 
Kentucky 

Nicholas Brashear to Martha Simmons, August 9, 1787. 
Samuel Brashear to Hanna Standiford, November 3, 1790. 
Nancy Brashear to Basil Crow, 1796. 

Ruth Brashear to John Hackley, November 18, 1810. 
Marsham Brashear to Cordelia Brashear, April 11, 1799. 
Margaret Brashear to Ephriam Standiford, May 20, 1800. 
Richard Brashear to Sally Stallings, January 15, 1809. 
Cynthia Brashear to John Stallings, October 16, 1803. 
Sally Brashear to Thos. Stallings, February 22, 1812. 
William Brashear to Rachel Taylor, December 23, 1813. 
Ruth Brashear to Sami Ridgeway, March 9, 1815. 

Polly Brashear to Samuel Lashbrooks, August 27, 1815. 
Nancy Brashear to Benjamin Hughes, October 6, 1818. 
Mary Brashear to Ruben James, May 20, 1821. 

Rebecca Brashear to Isaac Stallings, January 11, 1824. 
Lucy C. Brashear to Daniel W. Brown, May 31, 1825. 
Rebecca Brashear to James Hoglan, March 4, 1826. 

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HEADS OF FAMILIES 
First Census of United States, 1790 

STATE OF MARYLAND 
Barten Brashears, Prince George County 
Belt Brashears, Prince George County. 

Charles Brashears, Montgomery County. 

Dr. John Brashears, Prince George County. 

I Pollenger Brashears, Prince George County. 

John W. Brashears, Prince George County. 

Joshua Brashears, Prince George County. 

Nathan Brashears, Frederick County. 

Samuel Brashears, Prince George County. 

Samuel Brashears, Prince George County. 

Samuel Taylor Brashears, Prince George County. 

Sarah Brashears, Prince George County. 

Thomas Brashears, Prince George County. 

William Brashears, Frederick County. 

Zachary Brashears, Prince George County. 

Zadock Brashears, Prince George County. 

Robert Brashears, Harford County. 

Elizabeth Brashears, Ann Arundel County. 

Morris Brashears, Montgomery County, 

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Morris Brashears, Jr., Montgomery County. 
Stephen Brushier, Frederick County. 


STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA 
Asa Brashear, Guilford County. 

Zaza Brashear, Rockingham County. 

John Brasier, Edgecombe County. 


STATE OF VIRGINIA 
Richard Brashear, Halifax County. 


STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA 
Basil Brashear, Fayette Count}'. 
Benjamin Brashears, Fayette County. 
Otho Brashears, Fayette County. 


STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 
Basil Brashear, Fairfield County. 

Phillip Brashear, Pendleton County. 
William Brashears, Greenville County. 
Thomas Brashear, Greenville County. 
William Brashear, Greenville County. 
Aquilla Brashear, Greenville County. 
James Brashear, Greenville County. 

John Brashear, Greenville County. 

Samuel Brashear, Greenville County. 
Thomas Brashear, Greenville County. 


The Census of 1790, is far from complete. The territory 
west of the Allegheny mountains with the exception of a 
portion of Kentucky, was unsettled and scarcely penetrated.. 
As early as 1775, members of the Brashear family were mak¬ 
ing an exodus from their native Maryland, through Pennsyl¬ 
vania, into the practically unexplored forests of Kentucky, 
Tennessee and the Northwest Territory. For this reason, a.' 
great many members of the family prior to 1790 had immi¬ 
grated to the remote frontiers were not enumerated. 

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TENNESSEE RECORDS OF THE 
BRASHEAR FAMILY 

Contributed by Miss Lutie C. Jones, Assistant Librarian, 
Department of Education, Nashville 

“Richard Sanders and family came from North Carolina 
about 1806, and settled on Stone River, in the neighborhood 

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called “Raleigh.’ In the same vicinity were the Floyds, Bra¬ 
shears, Wights and Goodloes. Murfreesboro marks the set¬ 
tlement of Captain William Lytle.” . , , n , 

“October 17th, 1811, the Legislature appointed Chas. 
Ready Hugh Robinson, Hans Hamilton, James Armstrong, 
Owen Edwards, Jesse Brashears and John Ihompson, com- 
m’ssioners to select a permanent seat of justice for the count}. 
They were directed to have due regard to good water and a 
central location. Sixty acres of land were to be procured by 
purchase or donation. A struggle was made to secure the seat. 
The commissioners visited the various places mentioned, lne 
commissioners were also entertained byy Captain Lytle, where 
the vote was taken on his proposition to donate sixty acres ot 
land south of ‘Murfree Spring Branch' to the commissioners. 
The Vote Robinson, Hamilton, Edwards and Thompson in 
favor of Lytle offer. The opposition lead by Ready and Arm¬ 
strong, Brashear and Ready in favor of Ruckers place. 


Tennessee Land Grants to Members of the 
Brashear Family 

Jesse Brashear, Rutherford County, 4 granted, 1810, 1811, 
1813, 1817. 

Henry Brashear, 40 acres, Warren County, February 
7th, 1815. 

Littleberry Brashear, 2 acres, Warren County, February 

4th, 1815. _ ^ , 0 

John Brashear, 60 acres, Shelby County, November _ud, 

1836 

John Brashear, 65 acres, Shelby County, No\ ember _0th, 

1836. . , _ , 

John Brashear, 65 acres, Perry County, October _nd, 

1841 

Isaac Brashear, 124 acres, Perry County, April 13th, 184b, 
Samuel Brashears, Grant No. 5526, April 13tK lS4b. 
Elijah Brashears, 325 acres, Decatur County, November 

20th, 1848. __ - 

E. Brashears, Grant No. 7C07, 210 acres, No date. 

R. S. Brashear, 200 acres, Decatur Countyno date. 
Isaac Brashear, Decatur County, no date, 51 acres 
John Brashears, 200 acres, Decatur County, April 1st, 

1849 

John Brashears, 193 acres, Perry County, May 1st, 1S49. 
Robert G. Brashears, 339 acres, Decatur County, Decem¬ 
ber 1st, 1850. . , . 

Elizabeth Brashears, 490 acres, Decatur County, no date. 

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John Brashears, 2 acres, Decatur County, no date. 
Isaac Brashears, 49 acres, Decatur County, July 1st, 1853. 


Tennessee Brashears in the War of 1812 

Lemuel Brashear, private, enlisted November 13th, 1814, 
under Colonel Roulston. 

Samuel Brashear, private, enlisted December 10th, 1814, 
under Colonel Benton. 

Zays or Jays Brashear, privates, enlisted, January 20th, 
1814, under Colonel Brown. 

Jene Brashear, enlisted December 10th, 1812, under 
Colonel Benton. 

Sampson Brashear, under Colonel Landen. 


Roane County, Tennessee, Records of , 
Brashear Family 

Captain John Walker’s Company, 1802, Phillips Bra¬ 
shears. 

Captain Gray Sims’ Company, 1802, Issac Brashears, 
Robert Brashears. 

FREE HOLDERS TAX LIST, 1808 
Bazzel Brashears, (Given name probably, Basil). 
Robert Brashears. 

Isaac Brashears. 

MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED 
Joseph Brashears and Mary Dickens, March 24th, 1830. 
Robert Brashears and Sallie Hankins, November 11th, 
1808. 

Yaza Brashears and Polly Rice, March 25th, 1808. 

REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS PENSIONED 

IN 1832 

Morris Brashears, Private, Maryland. 


Virginia List of Revolutionary War Soldiers 
Named Brashear 

Lieutenant Rich Brashears. 

Joseph Brashears, Pittsylvania County. 

Captain Richard Brashears. 

Jones Brashears (Probably sons of William Jones Bra¬ 
shear of Maryland). 

Robert Brashears. 


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NAVAL RECORDS 

Data Taken from the Office of Naval Records and Library, 
Navy Department, Washington, D. C. 

In the biographical file a letter from Captain M. C. Perry, 
dated June 18th, 1838, speaking most highly of Midshipman, 
William C. Brashear, serving for the past six months on the 
steamer, FULTON, and recommending that he receive a war¬ 
rant in the Navy. The.brief on the back of the letter says: 
“Warranted June 22, 1838.” 

In Hamerslys “General Naval Register” there appears 
the following: 

Thomas M. Brashear, Misdshipman, 6th June, 1831, pas¬ 
sed Midshipman, 15th June, 1837, Lieutenant, 8th September, 
1841, Commander, 24th April, 1861, Retired list, 2nd August, 
1861. 

W. C. Brashears, Midshipman, 15th May, 1S37, resigned, 
20th December, 1839. 

Richard Brashiers, Midshipman, 1st January, 1812, died 
4th September, 1817. 

PENSIONOFFICE RECORDS 

September 12th, 1832, Morris Brashears of Roane County, 
Tennessee, aged 76 years on the 24th instant, appeared before 
Hon. Chas. F. Keith, Judge of the Circuit Court and swore: 
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1776 with Lieuten¬ 
ant Alexander Estep and Joseph Burges, Captain and served 
in the 4th Maryland Regiment under the above officers. He 
was born in Maryland, Prince George County, in 1756, where 
he lived with his father, when he enlisted as a private. His 
field officers were Colouel Benjamin Hall. Major Thomas 
Bell and General Smallwood. He enlisted for 3 years and that 
he engaged in the battles of York Island, White Plains and 
Monmouth, as well as others. Served out his three years, re¬ 
ceiving a discharge from General Smallwood. After re¬ 
maining at home one year, he reenlisted as a substitute for 
Absolom Beddo. 


Richard Brashears, Captain of Infantry in the Virginia 
State troops, left the service December 31st, 1781, March 4th, 
1846, his heirs were granted his half pay from December 31st, 
1781 to September 3rd, 1783. 

RICHARD BRASHEAR 

Mrs. Mary Drake, daughter of Richard Brashear and his 
wife, Susan Pitmond, September 14th, 1S53, at the age of 78 

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years, made affidavit in Southampton County, Virginia, 
swearing she was the child of Richard Brashear, who was a 
private in the Virginia militia in the war of the Revolution 
and whose service is proven in his application for bounty 
land. That her father, Richard Brashears, late of said county, 
was married to Susan Pitmond on the 14th day of November, 
1773. That Richard Brashear died October 24th, 1832 at 
Southampton, Virginia. That Susan, widow of Richard, died 
September 10th, 1842. She also swears she is the only child 
or kin living. 


JOHN BRASHEAR 

Only July 21st, 1834, John Brashear, a resident of Fay¬ 
ette County, Alabama, 74 years old swore that he entered the 
service of the United States, February 11, 1780, under the 
command of Captain John Taylor, who was commanded by 
Colonel Maben in Orange Count}-, North Carolina, was dis¬ 
charged at the same place sometime in May by Major McCaw- 
ley. Volunteered in 1780 (August) in Orange County, under 
Captain McCawley, who was commanded by Colonel Maben 
and General Butler. Was in the Battle of Guilford Court 
House. Discharged November, 1781. He was born in Orange 
County, North Carolina in 1760. After the war lived in 
North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama. 


IGNATIUS BRASHEARS 

April 14th, 1832, in his application for pension describes 
himself as a farmer and planter of Prince George County, 
Maryland, 79 years old, having a sister Dorcas Brashears, 
aged 76, and being in need of a pension. He enlisted as a 
private in the Maryland Line Company co mm anded by Cap¬ 
tain Reazin Beall, then by Captain Bracko, who was slain 
and then by Captain Jno. Davidson. The regiment was com¬ 
manded by Colonel Price. He served from January 18th, 
1777, to January 18th, 1780. A court official certifies his 
name appears on the muster of that company on file in An¬ 
napolis. In support of his claim he filed a copy of a deed 
made jointly by himself and sister, Dorcas, April 12, 1827, 
conveying their undivided shares in a tract described in a 
deed by Benjamin Brasseur, Sr., and Mary, his wife, bearing 
date of March 1st, 1723, said tract being Cockolds Delight. 
By this deed Ignatius and Dorcas conveyed everything they 
had to Wm. Wells, whose long itemized statement showed jus¬ 
tice of claim. 


Chicago, Illinois, 

September 23rd, 1927. 

II. S. Brashear, 

Texarkana, Texas. 

Dear Sir: 

Through the Boston Transcript, you invite all descen- 
dents of the Brashears in the United States to send their 
names for the family history of the Brashears that you are 
compiling. 

I comply with that request as a descendent of Susanna 
* Brashear, who in 1672 married Lieutenant Wm. Churehhill, 
in command of the Fort of the force from the Huguenot Colony 
on Pells Island in East Chester, New York. 

Susanna was of the family of Abraham Brashear of New 
York, member of the Committee of Safety and later member of 
the Council. A later Abraham Brashear was member of the 
Assembly from New York to the first and fourth congress of 
New York. (See Sesquicentenial records of Kingston, New 
York, 1927.) 

Susanna Brashear married 1672, Lieutenant Wm. Church- 
hill, believed to have come over as an Ensign of the Merchant 
Marines, that in 1664, seized New Amsterdam in the name of 
the Duke of York, they begat, Robert Churchill, 1677, who mar¬ 
ried 1694, Sarah, daughter of Jno. and Elizabeth Cabell and 
step daughter of Thomas Sherwood, II, and begat Eleanor 
Churchill, 1695-1754, married before 1733, Thomas Sherwood, 
III (See will of Robert Churchill, Thomas Sherwood,) and 
begat John Sherwood, died 1777, married 1761, Mary Gra¬ 
ham and begat Asa Sherwood, 1762-1S34, married, 1783 Molly 
Phillips and begat Wm. Sherwood, 1793-1875, married 1816, 
Abgail Smith and begat Nehemiah Sherwood, 1824-1S93, mar¬ 
ried 1856, Lucy A. Rice and begat Mary Sherwood, married 
1876, Charles N. Hale. 

Respectfully, 

2039 Howe Street MARY SHERWOOD HALE 

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Records Taken from New York State 


New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, v. 27, 
p. 40-41. Abraham Brassier, baptized, February 19, 1744, was 
the son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Daly) Brassier. Abra¬ 
ham, Jr., was a saddler, made freeman. 

New York, February, 9, 1769. He is believed to have been 
the Abraham, who was a lieutenant in Lashers grenadier com¬ 
pany in 1776. He was a member of the Committee of One 

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Hundred, of the New York Provincial Congress, 1775, called 
Colonel in 1776-77, and representative in the Legislature from 
1777 to 1783. 

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Confederate Soldiers from Louisiana 

BRASHEAR, A. DAYIS, A. A. 

Surgeon F. and S. Third Louisiana Infantry. En- 

Roll of Many and June, 1862, present. Appointed Acting 
Assistant Surgeon, May 15th, 1862, subject to approval of the 
C. S. 


BRASHEAR, C. H. 

Captain of Company H. 22nd (Cons.) Louisiana Infantry. 

En-—. Rolls from January, 1864 to June, 1864, present. 

Roll for July and August, 1864, absent, sick in hospital. Rolls 
from September, 1864, to April, 1865, present. On register 
of prisoners of war, paroled May 12th, 1865. Residence Fred¬ 
erick City, Maryland. Age 24. Eyes grey, hair, light; com¬ 
plexion, fair; height, 5 ft. 8 in. Roster dated, March, 1865. 
Enlisted April 22nd, 1862. Appointed Captain, July 5th, 
1863; formerly second lieutenant, Company G, 28th Louisiana. 
Promoted First Lieutenant, December 5th, 1863. Promoted 
Captain, July 5th, 1863. Elected Captain Company G (Cons) 
22nd Louisiana Infantry, January 16th, 1864. 


BRASHEAR, C. H. 

Sergeant, Captain of Company H, Third Louisiana In¬ 
fantry. Enlisted, Mary 17th, 1861, New Orleans, Louisiana, 
Present on all Rolls to August, 1862. Roll of September and 
October, 1862, absent on furlough. Was wounded at Corinth. 
Rolls for November, 1862, to February, 1862, present. Fed¬ 
eral rolls of prisoners of war, captured and paroled, Vicks¬ 
burg, Mississippi, July 4th, 1863. On list dated November, 
7th, 1863, present in Parole Camp, Enterprise Mississippi. 
Remarks on list: Vicksburg. Prisoner. July. 

BRASHEAR, HUGH 

Corporal, First Sergeant, New Company G 4th Louisiana 
Infantry. Enlisted May 25th, 1861, Camp Moore, Louisiana. 
Present on rolls to December, 1863. Roll for July and August, 
1864, Killed July 28th, 1864. 


BRASHEAR, T. C. 

Private, Second Field Battery, Louisiana Light Artilley. 
Enlisted Avoyelles, March 1st, 1862. Present on Roll to April 

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30th, 1862. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War captured and 
paroled at Port Hudson, Louisiana, July 4th, 1863. Lol 
dated, February 29th, 1S64, present. 

BRASHEAR, THOMAS J. 

Private Company I, 31st Louisiana Infanti j. En istec 
Am-il 20th 1862, Monroe, Louisiana. Roll for January ant 
February, 1863, present, siek in eantp PederM RoUa of 

Prisoners of OnRoUs oilersofWar^paroled 

Some, Louisiana, June 10th, 1865. Residence, Union Parish, 
Louisiana. 

BRASHEARS, E. 

Private Company C, 13th Battalion, Louisiana (Partisan 
Ranker). Enlisted, August 1st, 1862, Bastrop. ^ o11 
November and December, 1862, absent, without leave. Roll 
dated, January 1st, to April 30th, 1863, present. 

BRASHEARS, F. 

Private Company H, Third Louisiana Ca\alrj. (Ham 
SO n) Pr Ceral° R^ of'Prisoners of ■ captured near 
Brookhaven, Mississippi. November 18th 1864. Sent to 
Orleans, Louisiana November 23rd 1864 Received J | f 
Island, Mississippi, December 13th, a 1864 Transterrea to 
Gicksburg, Mississippi, May 1st, I 860 . Paroled at Lamp 
Townsend, May 6 th, 1865. 

BRASHEARS, G. M. 

Private Company D, Third (Wingfield’s) Louisiana 
Cavalry Enlisted June 12th, 1862, St. Helena Present on 
roTof September 19th, 1862. Paroled Port Hudson, Louisi- 
ana, July —, 1863. 

BRASHEARS, THOMAS 

• „fo r nmM nvG Third (Winfield's) Louisana Caval- 
ry. S C a rS, itdy 21s«. 1S62. Rolls of September 
19th, 1862, state present. 

BRASHEARS, W. 

Private Company H, Third Louisiana Cavalry (Harm- 
son) Rolls’of Prisoners of War, paroled, Gainesville, Alaba¬ 
ma, May 12th, 1865. Residence, Livingston Parish, Louisian? . 

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BRASHEARS, TV. S. 

Private, Company C, Thirteenth Battalion, Louisiana. 
(Partisan Rangers). Enlisted August 1st, 1862, Bastrop, 
Louisiana. Present on the rolls to April 30th, 1863. Federal 
Rolls of Prisoners of War, captured at Murfresboro, Tennes¬ 
see, January 5th, 1863. Received at Camp Morton, Indiana, 
March 1st, 1863. 


BRASHEAR, L. W. 

-, Company A, Cons. Cres. Regiment, Louisiana 

Infantry. Paroled at Alexandria, Louisiana, June 6th, 1865. 
Residence, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. 


BRASHEAR, THOMAS J. 

Private, Company I, Thirty-First Louisiana Infantry. 
Enlisted, Monroe, Louisiana, April 20th, 186—. Roll, January 
and February, 1863, present, sick in camp. Federal Rolls of 
Prisoners of War, captured and paroled, Vicksburg Mississ¬ 
ippi, July 4th, 1863. On Roll of Prisoners of War, C. S. A., 
paroled, Monroe, Louisiana, June 10th, 1865. Residence, 
Union Parish, Louisiana. 


BRASHIER, PHILLIP 

Private, Company G, Fourteenth Louisiana Infantry. En¬ 
listed, -. Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War. Captured 

near Port Hudson, February 25th, 1864. On hospital register, 
admitted March 22nd, 1864 to U. S. A. General Hospital, New 
Orleans, Louisiana. Released from Hospital, March 30th, 
1864. Admitted May 18th, to St. Louis, U. S. A., General 
Hospital, New Orleans Louisiana, May 25th, 186-i. Admitted 
June 14th, 1864, to U. S. A. General Hospital, New Orleans, 
Louisiana; released from Hospital, May 25th, 1864. Admitted 
June 14th, 1864, to U. S. A. General Hospital, New Orleans, 
On roll of Prisoners of War, who escaped on the passage from 
New Orleans, Louisiana, to Red River Landing, July 21st, 
and 22nd, 1864. 


BRASHIER, T. J. 

Private, Company C, Ogden’s Louisiana Cavalry. On 
rolls of Prisoners of War, paroled, Gainesville, Alabama, May 
12th, 1865. Residence East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. 


(Above quoted from records of Louisiana Confederate 
Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, compiled by 
Andrew B. Booth, Commissioner of Louisiana Military Re¬ 
cords, Volume II, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1920. Pages 94-95.) 

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Virginia Land Grants 

1783, Marsham Brashear, 400 acres, Book 7, page 307, 

Salt River, Bullitt County. . _ 17 - 

1781—Nicholas Brashear, 400 acres, Book 7, page 1/b, 

Floyd Creek, Bullitt County. 


Old Kentucky Land Grants 

1783—Wm. Brashear, heirs, 400 acres, Salt River, Bull¬ 
itt County. _ . 

1786—-Walter Brashear, 400 acres, Nelson, County. 

1897—Lilburn Brashear, 200 acres, Logan County. 

1824— Benjamin Brashear, 50 acres, Cumberland County. 

1825— Zaza Brashear, 50 acres, Wayne County. 

1825— R. S. Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 

1826— R. S. Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 

1825—Absolom Brashear, 50 acres, Wayne County. 

1828—Larkin Brashear, 200 acres, Hopkins County. 

1827— William Brashear, 90 acres, Livingston County. 
1833—John Brashear, 50 acres, Livingston County. 

1831— Alexandria Brashear, 50 acres, Livingston County. 
1830—Robert Brashear, 50 acres, Harlan County. 

1827—Acquilla Brashear, 150 acres, Hopkins County. 

1832— Robert Brashear, 300 acres, Perry County. 

1832—James N. Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 

1838— R. S. Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 

1837—Sampson Brashear, 200 acres. Perry County. 

1832—Thomas Brashear, 50 acres, Wayne County. 

I860—Peter C. Brashear, 2 acres, Breckenridge County. 
1840—A. W. Brashear, 75 acres, Christian County. 

1839— Alex Brashear, 77 acres, Christian County. 
1842=5=-Andrew Brashear, 100 acres, Livingston County. 
1843—Ezekial Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 

1843—Washington Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 
1850—A. G. Brashear, 7 acres, Crittenden County. 

1868— Daniel Brashear, 99 acres, Christian County. 
1867—G. C. Brashear, 130 acres, Christian County. 

1869— J. C. Brashear, 100 acres, Letcher County. 

1870— Eli Brashear, 200 acres, Perry County. 

1870—Franklin Brashear, 285 acres, Christian County. 

1872— Elizabeth Brashear, 75 acres, Perry County. 

1873— Jesse Brashear, 25 acres, Perry County. 

1873—L. T. Brashear, 32 acres, Christian County. 

1873—E. Brashear, 2C0 acres, Letcher County. 

1882—J. M. Brashear, 200 acres, Harlan County. 

1882—Manuel Brashear, 200 acres, Harlan County. 

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1882—Samuel Brashear, 200 acres, Harlan County. 

1881— C. A. Brashear, 20 acres, Christian County. 

1882— Theopholas Brashear, 20 acres, Harlan County. 

1883— R. 0. Brashear, 200 acres, Leslie County. 

1884— Wm. E. Brashear, 130 acres, Perry County. 

1891—Elkhanon Brashear, 50 acres, Perry County. 

1893—Richard Brashear, 80 acres, Pike County. 

1904— N. B. Brashear, 45 acres, Perry County. 

1905— Hiram P. Brashear, 58 acres, Knott County. 

1910—Sally Brashear, 42 acres, Perry County. 

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Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas 
Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons 

. Waco, Texas, July 27, 1927 

H. S. Brashear, 

Texarkana, Texas, 

Dear Brother Brashear: 

In reply to your letter of the 20th, inst., beg to state 
that I have examined the records on file in this office and find 
a number of Brashear and Brashears. We only have the 
records of these brethern and the lodge to which they belong, 
and we do not have the individual addresses of these members. 
I am herewith giving you the names, lodge and location of 
lodge of each member on file in this office. 

, A. D. Brashear, Fort Worth Lodge, No. 148, Fort Worth, 
Texas, (E. A. 1893). 

A. M. Brashear, Border Lodge, No. 672, Texarkana, Texas. 

Arthur P. Brashear, Knob Creek Lodge, No. 401, Temple, 
Texas, (E. A. 1925). 

A. R. Brashear, Belton Lodge, No. 166, Belton, Texas, 
demitted, June 8, 1901, affiliated with Waco Lodge, No. 92, 
Waco, Texas, May 17, 1901. 

B. C. Brashear, Black Point Lodge, No. 250, St. Marys, 
Texas, (Lodge demised). 

E. T. Brashear, Randolph Lodge, No. 229, Pleasant 
Grove, Texas, (Lodge demised). 

G. B. Brashear, Coahoma Lodge, No. 992, Coahoma, Texas. 

Geo. E. Brashear, Uvalde Lodge, No. 472, Uvalde, Texas. 

G. R. Brashear, McLean Lodge, No. 889, McLean, Texas. 

G. T. Brashear, Rising Star Lodge, No. 688, Rising Star, 
Texas. 

H. E. Brashear, Pentagon Lodge, No. 1080, Dallas, Texas. 

H. S. Brashear, Border Lodge, No. 672, Texarkana, Texas. 

Joseph Brashear, Sulphur Springs Lodge, No. 221, Sul¬ 
phur Springs, Texas. 


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J. H. Brashear, Humble Lodge, No. 979, Humble, Texas. 

J. M. Brashear, San Andres Lodge, No. 170, Cameron, 
Texas. 

M. L. Brashear, Crosbyton Lodge, No. 1020, Crosbyton, 
Texas. 

M. L. Brashear, Yellowhouse Lodge, No. 841, Lubbock, 
Texas. 

N. D. Brashear, Liberty Lodge, No. 48, Liberty, Texas, 
(Died January 10th, 1899). 

Oscar Brashear, Farmerville Lodge, No. 124, Farmers- 
ville, Texas. 

R. G. Brashear, Border Lodge, No. 672, Texarkana, Texas. 

R. P. Brashear, Electra Lodge, No. 1067, Electra, Texas. 

Robert S. Brashear, Border Lodge, No. 672, Texarkana, 
Texas. 

T. B. Brashear, Beeville Lodge, No. 261, Beeville, Texas, 
(Died January 28, 1904). 

W. A. Brashear, Jacksonville Lodge, No. 108, Jackson¬ 
ville, Texas. 

W. H. Brashear, Iredell Lodge, No. 405, Iredell, Texas. 

W. I. Brashear, Saratoga Lodge, No. 914, Saratoga, Texas. 

B. B. Brashears, Roxton Lodge, No. 543, Roxton, Texas. 

D. F. Brashears, Phoenix Lodge, No. 275, Weatherford, 
Texas. 

Ebenezer Brashears, Roxton Lodge, No. 543, Roxton, 
Texas. 

G. R. Brashears, Shamrock Lodge, No. 929, Shamrock, 

T6XES ^ 

H. C. Brashears, Fort Worth Lodge, No. 148, Fort Worth, 
Texas. 

I. T. Brashears, Kentucky Lodge, No. 167, Kentuckytown, 
Texas, now Whitewright Lodge, No. 167, Whitewright, Texas, 
(Demitted January 21, 1897). 

- J. J. Brashears, Broaddus Lodge, No. 1112, Broaddus, 
Texas. 

J. W. Brashears, Shamrock Lodge, No. 929, Shamrock, 
Texas. 

T. B. Brashears, Monahan Lodge, No. 952, Monahan, 
Texas. 

T. F. Brashears, Golden Rule Lodge, No. 361, Hearne, 
Texas. 

T. J. Brashears, Lewisville Lodge, No. 201, Lewisville, 
Texas. 

NOTE: In reporting the names, I find occasionally the 
Secretary reports the name spelled oue way and another time 
differently and that many times Brashear and Brashears 
have been reported Brashier, Brasher & ect., and in order 

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that you may have a complete list, I am listing all members 
on tile as Brasher. 

fills Gap'Te^as 81161 ’’ CranfilIs Gap Lod " e > No - 902 > Crans- 
A. L Brasher, Spur Lodge, No. 1023, Spur, Texas. 

Texas,' (DemtmS) aFaye “ e ^ N °' 4 ' LaFajette > 
Texas* P * Brasher ’ Gnion ValIe ^ Lodge, No. 494, Pandora, 

(Die* '?ml Weim<!r LOtlge ’ N °- 423 ' Weimer ’ TeXaS ’ 

TexaJ (Todge a demis?dT d ^ N °' H Grand Bluff ’ 

Texas, (Lodge demised), (Died December 4, 1S82 
Falls Texas raSher ’ Falls Lodge ’ No * 63d ’ Wichita 

(Died * 19*09) raShe •’ C ° lthrap Lodge ’ Xo - 419 > Ratcliff, Texas, 

T eJ; (’B B r, Sl i86lt‘ nd0lph L ° dge ’ N °' 229 ’ P,eaSaD ‘ Gr ° Ve ' 

Texans A * Brasher ’ Calen donia Lodge, No. 68, Columbus, 

G. R. Brasher, Fisher Lodge, No. 703, Roby, Texas 
Texa? eniT Brasher ’ Sr ’’ Weimar Lodge, No. 423, Weimer, 

Texa^ 611 ^ Brasher ' Jr ’ Weimer Lodge, No. 423, AVeimer, 

Jack Brasher, Weimer Lodge, No. 423, Weimer, Texas. 

V u Bras} ? er > Colthrap Lodge, No. 419, Ratcliff, Texas 
t r Bra l her ’ P e0ra Lodge, No. 715, Sonora, Texas 
t r ' 5 ra ? er ’ ^°/ ah Lodge, No. 1077, Toyah, Texas. 
t • Brasher, Colthrop Lodge, No. 419, Ratcliff, Texas 

(Lodg e e V dem?edT: “ ^ ^ 464 ' Steman ' Te ^ 

(Died, e i89 P ) aS ^ er ’ TraViS L ° dge> N °’ 117 ’ Sherman > Texas, 
Note; This Levi Brasher, was Levi Brashear, and the 
tesed her ° f H * S ’ Bl ' ashear ’ t0 whom tids letter was ad- 

L. B. Brasher, McAllen Lodge, No. 1110, McAllen, Texas. 

R. E. Brashear, Pine Hill Lodge, No. 95, Pine Hill, Texas 

Falls R T^xaf raSher ’ FaIls L ° dge ’ No< 635 ’ Wichita 

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Shelva Brasher, AYaxahachie Lodge, No. 90, AYaxakaehie, 
Texas. 

S. Brasher, Belton Lodge, No. 166, Belton, Texas, (Demit 
December 12, 1874). 

S. C. Brasher, Adah Zillah Lodge, No. 247, Millican, 
Texas, (Died, 1863). 

V. Brasher, Ennis Lodge, No. 369, Ennis, Texas. 

W. L. Brasher, Garner Lodge, No. 1089, Garner, Texas. 
A. Brasher, Tannehill Lodge, No. 52, Dallas, Texas. 

A. Braskers, Tannehill Lodge, No. 31, Palestine, Texas. 
John Brashers, Leona Union Lodge, No. 39, Leona, Texas, 
(Lodge demised). 

Trusting this information will be of assistance to you, 
I am, , 

Fraternally yours, 

W. B. PEARSON, 

Grand Secretary 

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Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons 
of Tennessee 

Nashville, Tenn., August 18, 1927. 

Hon. H. S. Brashear, 

Texarkana, Texas. 

Dear Brother Brashear: 


Your letter of August 15th, asking for our membeers, 
who are named Brashear, has been received, and you will 
find below the names of all that I can find. I do not know 
their addresses, but I am giving you the location of the Lodges 
to which they belong. 


M. E. Brashear, Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Pascal M. Brashear, Memphis, Tennessee. 

G. W. Brashear, Spring Creek, Tennessee. 

G. AV. Brashear, Jackson, Tennessee. 

P. H. Brashear, Decaturville, Tennessee. 

Hoping the above information will be of benefit to you, 
I ab, 


Yours fraternally, 

STITH M. CAIN, 

Grand Secretary 


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Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons 
of Maryland 

Baltimore, Md., July 26th, 1927. 

H. S. Brashear, 

Texarkana, Texas. 

Dear Sir and Brother: 

The following list will cover the Brashear membership 
in Maryland. 

Charles H. Brashear, initiated December 18th, 1865, Fred¬ 
erick, Maryland. 

Thomas C. Brashear, affiliated, October 26th, 1843, Fred¬ 
erick, Maryland. 

Thos. W. Brashears, initiated, March 5th, 1923, Laurel, 
Maryland. 

Wm. Brashears, initiated, February 8th, 1859, Baltimore. 
Maryland. 

Geo. W. Brashears, initiated, February 3rd, 1892, Balti¬ 
more, Maryland. 

Johnathan E. Brashears, initiated, February 26th, 1921, 
Annapolis, Maryland. 

Rev. Luther Brashears, initiated, May 1st, 1870, Laurel, 
Maryland. 

Shipley Brashears, initiated, December 4th, 1882, Laurel, 
Maryland. 

Van S. Brashears, initiated, May ISth, 1828, Hagerstown, 
Maryland. 

Wm. Brashears, initiated, May 1st, 1870, Laurel, Mary¬ 
land. 

Wm. E. Brashears, initiated, June 2nd, 1921, Baltimore, 
Maryland. 

John B. Brashears, initiated, April 28th, 1851, Baltimore, 
Maryland. 

William Brashears, initiated, December 24th, 1864, 

Sharpsburg, Maryland. 

Fraternally yours, 

GEORGE COOK, 

Grand Secretary. 

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Extract from Pittsburgh Post, Friday 
April 9, 1920 

DR. JOHN A. BRASHEAR DIES IN HOME 

Famous Scientist Ill for Months; Family at Bedside 

“Uncle John,” named state’s most eminent citizen suc¬ 
cumbs to physical breakdown caused by leaking heart. 

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Spent hour with children telling them of heavens. 

Known to the the foremost scientists of the world as their 
peer; known to educators, philanthropists and scholars as 
among the most illustrious of them, but known to Pittsburgh¬ 
ers, great and small, rich and poor, famous and obscure alike, 
simply as “Uncle John,” the lover of humanity, John Alfred 
Brashear quietly passed away in his home in Perrysville 
Avenue, Northside, a few minutes after 7 o’clock last night 
after having been confined to his bed for the last two weeks 
due to a physical breakdown, superinduced by a leaking valve 
of the heart and liver trouble, complaint of long standing. 

At his bedside at the time of his death were his son-in- 
law, James B. McDowell, and his granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. 
John A. McDowell, widow of John A. McDowell. His daugh¬ 
ter, Mrs. James B. McDowell, was ill in an adjoining room 
at the time. 

“Uncle John,” who was a direct descendent of the Hugue¬ 
not Refugee Benjamin Brashear, was born in Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania, in 1840. Here he received a common school 
education, upon completing which he apprenticed himself to 
a manufacturer of steamboat engines as a wheelwright. In 
I860,, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, but owing to his pro¬ 
nounced Union sentiments, was forced to leave that city which 
was a hotbed of the Confederacy. 

At the age of 22 he married Phoebe Stewart, rented a 
house on the Southside and was employed as a wheewright in 
the mills of Zug and Painter. It was at this time that 
he first become interested in astronomy. "With the assistance 
of his young wife, he built a shed in the back of the home 
in Holt street and there began the experiments which were 
destined to place him among those in the front rank of that 
science. 

MAKES FIRST TELESCOPE 

With but little money and no equipment, he set about 
to build a telescope of his own, making the tubes and grind¬ 
ing the lenses with home-made machinery which he set up in 
his little shop in the rear of the home that he had built with 
his own hands, assisted, as he always was, by his wife, and 
at times, by his fellow workers in the mills. 

His spare time for three years was occupied with the 
grinding of his first lens. When it was completed he was dis¬ 
satisfied with it and spent two more years on another, only 
to have it broken in the silvering process. The third attempt 
was more successful, however, and the first telescope ever 
made in Pittsburgh was thrust through the roof of the little 
shop back of the Brashear home. Thus was the foundation 
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production of technical instruments, -whose fame is known 
wherever such instruments are used. 

In 1875 when he had completed has first instrument but 
he continued with the mills for five years or more, being in¬ 
terested in the management of some of them. In 1880 he gave 
up the mill work and began the manufacture of astronomi¬ 
cal instruments which have made him famous the world over. 
He had made instruments for nearly every observatory in 
the world. Nearly all the largest and most important spectro¬ 
scopes and spectrographs used in the large observatories and 
the largest and most improved range finders, gun sights and 
meridian instruments were made by him. 

STUDIED WITH LANGLEY 

It has been related that his curiosity and interest in 
astronomy was first aroused by an itinerant astronomer who 
let him, as a boy, have a peep at the stars for five cents. How¬ 
ever, “Uncle John’.’ gave credit to his grandfather, Nathaniel 
Smith, for having started him out in his life work. 

During the time of his early experiments in astronomy 
he attracted the attention of Samuel P. Langely, the inventor 
of the first flying machine, who was at that time at the head 
of the Allegheny Observatory. While visiting Mr. Langely 
at the observatory, one day he made the acquaintance of Wil¬ 
liam Thaw, who told him he had learned more of astronomy 
through reading Brashear’s articles in the papers than he 
had through coming to the observatory. 

In 1884, Mr. Brashear was commissioned by Professor 
Rowland of John Hopkins University to make the speculum 
metal plates for his diffraction gratings. These were made 
with limiting errors of one-two hundred and fifty thousandths 
of and inch. By the aid of these gratings marvelous discoveries 
have been made in the realms of physical and astrophysical 
science. The optical parts of Professor Michelson’s refracto- 
meter next were completed, each requiring an accuracy of one- 
tenth of a light wave or about one-five hundred thousandth 
of an inch. 

OBSERVATORY FUND 

Just after the Spanish-American war, Dr. Brashear be¬ 
came interested in the errection of a new observatory and as 
a result of his efforts a fund of $200,000 was subscribed and 
the erection of the present observatory in Riverview Park was 
accomplished. 

The great telescopes for the new observatory were made 
in the shops of the John A. Brashear Company, Ltd. In 1914, 
Dr. Brashear was commissioned to construct the 20 inch tele¬ 
scope in the Chabot conservatory, Oakland, California, the 


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largest obsevatory dedicated to public use in the world. He 
also received a contract for the big Dominion observatory in 
Vancouver. 

A list of the important instruments manufactiired bj 
Dr. Brashear and the important scientific discoveries that 
scientists of the world have been enabled to make through the 
use, would fill volumes. These instruments are in use through¬ 
out the civilized world. 

BEST KNOWN MAN 

When death ended the career of Dr. Brashear last night, 
Pittsburg lost one of the men who took a major part in carv¬ 
ing out lasting fame for the city'. Dr. Brashear, probably vas 
the best known man in the city. He occupied a place in the 
hearts of the people which has been denied to all other. He 
was the “wise man,” of the city. It was to him the people 
turned when they were puzzled, when they were weary, when 
they were afraid. Any unusual occurrence in the heavens, 
anything that caused apprehension, a comet, a meteor, or 
strange lights, and the city turned to “Uncle John’ for assur¬ 
ance. 0 And “Uncle John,” in his wisdom, reassured the folks 
he had come to look upon as his children and all was well. It 
was lately, last month especially when the Northern lights 
appeared, when “Lncle Johu ’ was too ill to rise and see them, 
that the city missed his reassuring words and was afraid of 
the rare illumination. 

But the leading man of his city was probably the smallest 
of Dr. Brashear’s achievements. As a scientist, the entire 
world is his debtor. Through instruments made under his 
direction, some of the most important things which have been 
learned about the stars in the past quarter century were dis¬ 
covered. His products have been used to discover 300 nev 
planets, to measure the drift of the solar system through 
space and to photograph stars of the seventeenth magnitude, 
instead of the seventh. 

APOSTLE OF PRECISION 
Dr. Brashear was an apostle of infinite precision. He di¬ 
vided hairbreadths, as a grocer divided cheese in his slic¬ 
ing machine. He handled half-millionths of and inch, 
and he measured the infinite spaces between the stars. He was 
the master instrument maker of the world. 

But for the fame that has come to John A. Brashear, 
is one of the things he has not reckoned. It had no part in 
his plan of life. It was not contained in that gospel service, 
to which he dedicated himself more than 50 years ago. Suc¬ 
cess,” he maintained, “ is in having an ideal and in living 
up to it as closely as possible.” 


























He always declared that if there had been anythin? in 
his life that was uncommon it was the fact that he had always 
tried to do everything he undertook a little better than it had 
ever been done before. 

Dr. Brashear had been president of the American Society 
of Mechanical Engineers, a rare honor for any man; he has 
been elected to membership in the world’s greatest scientific 
societies, and given degrees by universities and colleges. But 
more than all this, he values the fact that thousands of persons 
in Pittsburgh call him “Uncle John.” 

It was “Uncle John’s” birthdays that the love of the 
city, the state, the entire nation was manifested. Then it 
was when the mail sacks bulged with cards and letters from 
the great and small. It took “Uncle John” days and days to 
read them all, but he did this every year. Especially did he 
prize the messages from children. 

Last November 24, his 79th birthday, found him weak as 
“near beer” as he put it, and it was at this time, when his 
physical condition made it impossible for him to appear in 
public, that the bulging mail sacks brought joy to his heart. 
In 1915 “Uncle John” was the guest at a huge birthday party 
in Memorial hall. Many famous men were there—some of 
whom preceded him into the Great Beyond. Alexander Gra¬ 
ham Bell, Henry Clay Frick, Charles M. Schwab and Rear 
Admiral Robert E. Peary are only a few of the most noted 
ones, who paid homage to “Uncle John” at the gorgeous fete. 

GIVEN $50,000 FUND 

And the vast hall was crowded with diners, Pittsburghers- 
mostly, teachers and workers, who gathered to honor the 
scientist. A table was heaped with telegrams of congratulation 
from the President of the United States, from men of science 
all over the world, and some from little blind children, whom 
he had told about the stars. Those friends of his, who gathered 
there that night made up a purse of $50,000, the interest from 
which was to go “Uncle John” as long as he lived and after 
that to “carry on,” not to take the place of the great work he 
had begun. And they gave him a huge silver loving cup. 
His arms heaped high with roses, the gift of Pittsburgh teach¬ 
ers, “Uncle John” rose to address his friends. But for once he 
“fell down”; his eyes were misty, his voice shaking, and all 
he said was “I don’t know what else you could do to me.” 

And those hosts of friends, they cheered and kept on 
cheering and behind the cheers many a tear was hidden. 

Much has been written about “Unvle John’s” career. 
His fame and a scientist has reached the far corners of the 
earth. His, like so many other famous Pittsburghers’, was a 
modest start. 


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One summer day in 1S4S, when little Johnnie Brashear 
was 8 years old, a strange man came to Brownsville, his home 
town, with a long tube under his arm. The man was Squire 
Wampler and the tube a telescope which he had made from 
glass found in a glass pit, after the great fire that nearly de¬ 
stroyed Pittsburg in 1845. The telescope was set in the public 
street that night and Brownsville folks were invited to see the 
stars for five cents a look. 

Johnnie Brashear’s grandfather, Nathaniel Smith, paid 
for him, and through the glass the boy saw Saturn and the 
blistered surface of the moon. He had to be dragged away. 
Half that night he lay awake, juggling red suns and cold yel¬ 
low moons. Before he went asleep, he decided that some day 
he would try to learn all that man could know about those 
other worlds. 

GOT LITTLE SCHOOLING 

Of schooling, “Uncle John” got little. He attended a 
little brick school house in Brownsville, but left when he was 
16 years old and went to work. For three years he was an 
apprentice, learning the trade of pattern making and engine 
building. Then he went to Louisville, Kentucky, but a year 
later he returned to Pittsburgh and went to work in a rolling 
mill. 

He never once abandoned his ambition to study the stars 
and during the long period that he worked in the mills he 
studied. Of the evenings he would sit out on the cinder- 
strewn banks of the Monongahela and study the heavens. And 
he learned much about the stars, and he told other people 
about them. In the ash pits in the mills men would gather 
around the lunch hour and Brashear would chalk diagrams of 
the planets on sheet iron. 

When the new Allegheny Observatory for which he lab¬ 
ored 17 years and raised $300,000, was dedicated on August 
28, 1912, Dr. Brashear said: 

“Nearly fifty years ago when working as a mechanic in 
the Southside mills, the only place I could study the stars 
was out on the cinder banks by the river, when the mill had 
stopped on Saturday, and the smoke had died away, and the 
stars were not obstructed. 

“I resolved then that whenever an opportunity offered, 
or if I could make one, I would have a place where all the 
people who loved the stars could enjoy them.” 

A telescope and a lecture room in that observatory are 
to be forever free to the public. 

When Brashear was 22 years old he married Phoebe 
Stewart. They rented a little house on the Southside hills 
and made plans to build a home of their own. The rolling 

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mill boys helped put up the frame.. 

Every night he and his wife would climb the hill and 
work for house. She would help put the boards in place and 
either hold a lantern while he drove nails or else hang the 
lantern up and drive nails herself. 

When the outer shell of the house had taken form they 
moved in and finished the interior afterward. Altogether the 
work took about a year. 

SCIENTISTS VISIT HIM 

In that little house at 3 Holt street. Dr. Alfred Mayer, the 
distinguished physicist, Prof. Barnard and many other great 
scientific men have visited and eaten with the Brashears by 
the kitchen stove. It was four or five years before they got 
money enough to plaster it, but “It was lots of fun going 
through the whole experience, ’ ’ Dr. Brashear said. 

FORGOT HARD LABOR 

“Didn’t you get terribly tired working 10 hours in the 
mill and then building a house evenings?” he was asked. 

“One forgets those things, if one is in earnest—and has 
love,” he said, with his sweet smile. 

His young wife was as much interested in the stars as 
he. As soon ah the home was done, they built a little workshop, 
and here they set out to grind the lens for their first tele¬ 
scope—they were too poor to dream of buying one. 

In the street cars, going to and from work, the young 
mechanic studied mathematics and physics and astronomy. 
Every night he would find the shop tidied up, tools in order, 
the engine, which he had built himself cleaned and oiled, 
and steam up in the boiler. 

HONORED BY CITY 

Dr. Brashear has been honored repeatedly by the people 
of his home city. In 1915, when Governor Brumbaugh was 
requested to name three prominent citizens of the State of 
Pennsylvania by the president of the International Exposi¬ 
tion in San Francisco, the governor referred the matter to 
the editors of the state. The results of the vote of editors 
showed “Uncle John” to be the first choice as Pennsylvania’s 
foremost citizen. John Wanamaker of Philadelphia, and Rev. 
Bussell H. Conwell, were the second and third selections. 

In 1916, on the eve of Dr. Brashear’s seventy-sixth birth¬ 
day and just before his departure on a tour of Japan, Hawaii, 
the Philippines and China, a mammoth celebration was held 
in his honor. In the corridor of the Frick builing, the use 
of which was granted by H. C. Frick for the occasion, “Uncle 
John” held a reception for his “nieces and nephews” of the 

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city. For four solid hours the people thronged through the 
corridor to get a glimpse of him and to shake his hand. 
The same year enough money was raised by popular sub¬ 
scription to purchase the house and the little shed in Holt 
street where the foundation of his fame had been laid. These 
were equipped and dedicated as a memorial to Pittsburgh’s 
“Uncle John.” 

And as long as he lived “Uncle John” told of the won¬ 
derful power given his life by his wife’s staunch love. And 
when she died, a decade ago, he caused these words to be 
carved on her last resting place: “We have loved the stars 
too fondly to be fearful of the night.” 

The Brashear’s 12-inch telescope was as large as many 
universities possessed, and “Uncle John” learned new things 
continually. He used to write of his discoveries to the news¬ 
papers and then, after long years of toil, he got his oppor¬ 
tunity. William Thaw, a patron of Allegheny Observatory, 
sought him out, more from Brashear’s letters to the papers 
than from any other source. And then Mr. Thaw advanced 
enough money for Brashear to move to Allegheny and set up 
his own shop. 

After 21 years in the rolling mills Brashear was at last 
free to make his hobby his life work Soon afterwards he 
was appointed to the astronomical department of the Univer¬ 
sity of Western Pennsylvania, now Pittsburgh University. 
In 1901, when that university wanted a man to act as chan¬ 
cellor, it was the ex-millwright who was picked for the job. 
He held it down for two year and a half, when they let him 
go back to the making of his marvelous instruments of pre¬ 
cision. 

PUZZELED BY HONORS 

In all “Uncle John’s” travels among the stars he had 
never found a world other than this in which he would care 
to live. Often he had made this statement and it shows 
an intense love for humanity that is seldom found in any man. 

At one time an American university wished to honor him 
and he was asked if there was any one degree he would prefer 
above all others. His reply was, “ I wish you might make me 
a doctor of humanity. 

Dr. Brashear was never quite able to understand the 
honors that had come to him in his later years. He used to 
say that he would lie awake nights wondering what he had 
done to deserve them. But then he would add that if he had 
done anything to make folks’ lives happier, that if through 
him, a ray of sunshine had come into their souls, then he was 
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‘U^le Jobn ” believe d tbat a man’s worth in the world 
is counted by the friends he has made. He always wanted to 
spea^ to every one he met but at times he had been afraid 

rio-ht CaUSe aS be USed to say P erba P s tb ey wouldn’t take it 

The simple greeting are what “Uncle John’’ liked the 
Dest. After he had finished speaking to a gathering of his 
home folks one night about the familiar things of life he 
threw out his arms impulsively and said, “Whenever ’any 
of you people meet me just say, ‘Hello, old man,’ or ‘How are 

thin" else*’’ anc * ^ Please me more than any- 

Before his illness, Dr. Brashear frequently talked at the 
Western penitentiary, often cheered heavy hearts with his 
words of hope at the county jail and was always glad to ap- 
pear at the Newsboy’s Home, the blind institute and other 
clubs and organizations. 

a °° an anonymous donor entrusted him with 
1^0,000 the interest from which was to give opportunities 
for travel and research to Pittsburgh’s public school teachers, 
uncle John heads a commission which handles the fund 

n • 6 « h !? \ e ^. as visitin S Andrew Carnegie at Skibo 

Castle m Scotland, Dr. Brashear met David Llloyd Georee 
and m several subsequent addresses Lloyd George spoke warm- 
if U" j J Atsburgh scientist and quoted from some star talks 
he had given at Skibo to a group of noted folk. A marked 
newspaper clipping was sent to America and shown to “Uncle 
John. He read it, and smiled and said half to himself, “Well 
that was awfully nice of that fellow to remember a’ greasy 
old mechanic like me. ” ° J 

.. ‘‘Uncle John’s” favorite stories in illustrating 

his belief that honors are not particularly hard to get under 
favorable circumstances is the one about an ary officer who ap¬ 
peared m public with his breast covered with medals 

Where did you get all those medals,” a friend asked 
him, did you distinguish yourself on the battlefield?” 

The officer pointed to the biggest and said, “That’s the 
first one. I got that one by mistake, and I got all the other 
ones because I had that one. ” 

Before the disease that finally overtook “Uncle John” 
had assumed serious proportion, the old-young man could do 
a day s work that would wear out many men half his a"e 
He would work usually from seven o’clock in the mornin"°to 
midnight. If he wasn’t hammering away on patterns he was 
m the shop watching the progress of the work there. 

“Uncle John” never ceased to be a boy, as shown by 
an incident on one of his vacations at Muskoka Lakes. A 

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wide porch ran round three sides of his house and on this 
norch, day and night, was his life long friend, a telescope. 
It was a powerful instrument and “Uncle John” spent much 
time explaining it to the constant stream of visitors who, day 
and night, motored over to the little island to get a look. 

LOVED TO AID OTHERS 

One night a neighbor of his who lived on another island 
about a mile away, gave a party for the young people of the 
summer resort. “Uncle John” wouldn’t go because be thought 
it was his place to stay home with Mrs. Brashear, who was con¬ 
fined to an invalid chair. 

Screening the porch of the cottage where the party was 
held were bamboo porch shades. The shades were drawn and 
when the ginger ale was served the girls, feeling safe from 
prying eyes, forwent glasses and took their from the bottles. 

The next day “Uncle John” met some of the girls. 

“While I was looking at the stars last night,” he said, 
“I happened to see some very pretty ones on a porch behind 
a bamboo screen. And, would you believe it, they were drink¬ 
ing their ginger ale right out of the bottles, and I saw it 
spill on their pretty frocks.” 

One of the greatest aims in “Uncle John’s” life was to 
try to help people see the beautiful in the familiar things of 
life. Pointing one day to a prism that hung in the window 
of his home to catch the sunlight, he said: 

“That dance of color overhead has the same glory that 
is thrown from millions of stars. Who will say it is less 
beautiful.” 

He was the recipient of honors from the foremost in¬ 
stitutions of the land. He was a member of the following 
societies: Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain, Royal 
Astronomical Society of Canada, Societe Astronomique de 
Belgique, American Philosophical Society, American Society 
of Mechanical Engineers, American Association of Science, 
American Astrophysical Society, Astronomical Society of the 
Pacific, Pittsburgh Academy of Science and Art, Engineers’ 
Society of Western Pennsylvania and the National Geographic 
Society. In 1914 he was elected president of the American 
Socieety of Mechanical Engineers and also served as presi¬ 
dent of the Pittsburgh Academy and the Western Pennsyl¬ 
vania organization. 

“Uncle John” numbered among his intimate friends 
more than 200 of the eminent scientists of the day. When 
the first telephone message was sent across the continent to 
C. C. Moore, president of the 1915 exposition by Alexander 
Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, Dr. Brashear was one 
of those invited to listen in on the conversation. 

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HAD MANY DEGREES 

The degi’ee of doctor of laws was conferred upon him 
by Washington and Jefferson College and by Wooster Uni¬ 
versity, and the degree of doctor of science by Princeton Uni¬ 
versity and the University of Pittsburgh. 

His passing leaves a vacancy in the hearts of thousands 
for with all his doctors’ degrees, with all his learning, with 
all his friendships among men of science and of note in other 
lines, he was best known by his deep interest in humanity at 
large. A single example of the regard in -which he was held is 
found in an incident which occurred at his summer home. 
“Urania,” among the Muskoka Lakes in Ontaria. His yacht, 
the “Phoebe” more commonly known among the people of 
that district as the “Good Samariton,” for it always was 
helping others out of trouble and always was available for 
any good deed, burned to the waters edge one summer. In 
a short while there appeared a brand new yacht, completely 
equipped, with only an unsigned note to “Uncle John” 
through the mail to let hiw know that it was his property, 
the gift of admiring and grateful friends. 

His wife, who was Phoebe Stewart of Fairchance, Fayette 
county, died in 1916. A community center in the Southside, 
the Phoebe Brashear settlement, testifies to the regard in 
which she was held. This organization received the constant 
attention of Dr. Brashear, and among his last expressions was 
the hope that its work would not be allowed to die out. 

He leaves a sister, Mrs. Ella B. Sheets of Bennett street, 
East End; two brothers, Frank Brashear, Jr., of the North 
side and George Brashear of the Southside, and one daughter, 
Mrs. James McDowell, who lives at the family home in Perry- 
sville avenue. 

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Extract from New York Evening Sun, 
April 9th, 1910 

“UNCLE JOHN” BRASHEAR 

One of the noblest men of our time has risen from a wist¬ 
ful contemplation of the universe through lenses of his own 
making to the freedom of the starry fellowship. He opened 
windows in the wall of man’s prison to let in more light. Now 
he has gone to seek the source of light. 

John A. Brashear was an American who confessed without 
shame that his business yielded no cash profits. Before he 
became chancellor of the Western University at Pittsburgh 
he had achieved the title of the world’s greatest maker of 
telescopic instruments. And of these he said: “The character 


of the work done in my laboratory is not of a kind that can 
be commercially successful. The field is limited, the de¬ 
mand is limited; and though delicate instruments cost large 
sums of money, yet the failures are so many, the risks so 
great before a perfect instrument can be turned out that the 
profit is a comparatively small element in the matter of 
price.” 

Yet men whose own standards of value appear to be found 
in the money markets have left their juggling of millions 
to spend hours in his laboratory. One of these called him the 
“most interesting man” of his wide and varied acquaintance. 

Brashear began to grind lenses as a boy. It was never 
the instrument itself that he cared for. He had caught a 
glimpse of the heavens through a telescope, and being too 
poor to buy one for himself, he determined to make his own. 
He worked* for a living in the mills and at night spent hours 
in his workshop. There his wife, like Madame Curie, gave 
aid not alone of skilled fingers, but of a true comradeship 
of spirit. 

It was her courage and patience that helped him to 
triumph over delay and disappointment. A lens to which 
they had given their hoarded midnights for more than a year, 
at the moment of completion, cracked! When Brashear came 
home from the next day’s work at the mill in a mood close 
to despair he found all preparations made for beginning a new 
lens. 

When the international body which determines the scien¬ 
tific standard of measurement fixed upon the length of a 
light wave as the best means of securing uniformity Bra¬ 
shear was picked out of all the lens makers in the world to 
make the instrument which should serve the need. Perhaps 
no other material labor demands a result so near perfection 
as that. 

Portia’s charge to Shyloek: 

If thou cut’st more 

Or less than just a pound, be it but so much 
As it makes it light or heavy in the substance 
Or the division of the twentieth part 
Of one poor scruple, nay, if the scale do turn 
But in the estimation of a hair— 

How infinitely removed was that from the delicacy of 
the distinction drawn by one of the lens maker's products. 
It is too soon to say exactly what part they have played and 
will play in the larger developments of our knowledge about 
the universe. But philosophers, mathematicians, physicists— 
they all base their calculation and deductions in some degree 
on the work of the mechanic from Pittsburgh. 

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However intensively he labored with material substance 
the real meaning of this man’s life is a spiritual meaning. 
Springing out of the wondering delight in the mind’s ad¬ 
venture, spurred by desire for greater exploration, his im¬ 
mortal spirit looked ever beyond the limits of sight. Brown¬ 
ing’s “Prospice” expresses. his attitude. Long ago he and 
his wife agreed upon the epitaph to be engraved on their 
tomb : “We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the 
night.” And the spirits that conceive such an epitaph no 
tomb can hold. 

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Peter Cominges Brashear 

Residence: Castleton-on-Hundson, New York and 655 
Parke avenue, New York City. 

Peter Cominges Brashear, born Stephensport, Kentucky, 
January 20th, 1867, married Rida Cronly Payne, born In- 
gelside, Lexington, Kentucky, June 28th, 1876. 

Issue: Gense Brashear, born, March 2nd, 1907. 

Son of Joseph David Brashear, born Stephensport, Ky., 
1843 (died, 1909) and his wife, Anna Mary Scott, born 
Cloverport, Ky., 1846, (died, 1923). 

Issue: Peter Cominges Brashear, above. 

Gense Brashear, born May 7th, 1870. 

Grandson of Peter Cumings Brashear, bom Falls of 
Sinking Creek, Kentucky, near Stephenport, June 9th, 1801, 
(died, October 7th, 1867) and his wife, Mehetable Boyd, 
born Mary 25th, 1816, died June 8th, 1885. 

Issue: 

Peter Cumings Brashear, born June 9th, 1801. 

James G. Brashear, born 1850, died 1852. 

William Brashear, born 1844, died 1854. 

Graham H. Brashear, born 1853, died 1863. 

Lummie J. Brashear, born 1855, died 1877. 

Cora Brashear, married Mr. Moorman, born 1847. 

Great grandson of Joseph Brashear, born Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania, September 26th, 1770, died Louisville, Ken¬ 
tucky, July 26th, 1856, and his wife, Elizabeth Cummings, 
died October 7th, 1819. - . 

Issue: See Bible record of Joseph Brashear. 

Great Grandson of William Brashear, born in Prince 
Prince Georges County, Maryland, Killed by Indians, near 
Brashear’s Station on Floyd Fork of Salt River in 1789. 

—Issue: 

Joseph Brashear, above. 

Several other children, whose records are not available. 

Great, Great, Great, Grandson of Joseph Brashear, who 



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immigrated with his family from Maryland to Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania about 1775. This Joseph Brashear was a son 
of Samuel Brashear, Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth Brasher as 
shown on Page 2 Part 2 and in direct line of descent from the 
original Benjamin Brashear. 

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Peter Cominges Brashear, as president of the Fort Orange 
Paper Coinanv, is at the head of one of the largest paper 
board and folding bos manufacturers in the world. Better 
still, he is at the head of a concern which is built upon a 
“golden rule” policy of progress, and is shaping its course 
along the lines of cooperation and a square deal for both 
employees and public. 

Mr. Brashear is a descendent of the old French family 
of De Brassier. The earliest record of this family is found in 
“Nobiliarire Universel, ” published by M. Le Vicomte De 
Magny, in 1856. At the beginning of twenty-two pages of 
genealogy, crests and ducal crowns, the writer says: ‘ ‘ The 
house of Brassier, whose nobility of ancient extraction reverts 
incontestably to the 14th century, has its origin in the pro¬ 
vince Rouergue, Lorraine and Germany, where many of its 
members enjoy up to this time high positions.” 

In 1653, Benois Brassier and his brother, Robert Brassier 
immigrated to Virginia; and from there they moved to Mary¬ 
land. Their descendents are clearly traced to Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania,, where they intermarried with the family of 
Thomas Brown, founder of that city. From Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania, came the famous Pittsburgh astronomer, Dr. 
dohn A. Brashear. Just before the Revolutionary war, "Wil¬ 
liam, Richard and Maurice Brashear moved from Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania, to the fall cf the Ohio river, and assisted in 
building the first fort at that point and in laying out the 
present city of Louisville, Kentucky. These three men ap¬ 
pear to have engaged in all the fighting that was going on 
about that time. Captain Richard Brashear commanded a 
company under Colonel George Rogers Clark on his famous 
march to Vincennes. William and Maurice also fought in the 
Revolutionary War. 

To escape the malaria of the lowlands, William Brashear 
the great, great, grandfather of Mr. Brashear, “took up” 
a thousand acres of land about forty miles south of Louisville, 
near the present town of Bardstown, in Nelson county, and 
built there the first fort in that locality. This land adjoined 
that of Colonel Boone. William Brashear was killed by In¬ 
dians, and his son Joseph, at an early age assumed the re¬ 
sponsibility of the family. Joseph as a boy was captured by 
the Indians and the story of his escape would out-thrill a 














































































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dime novel. Joseph married Elizabeth Cominges, who was a 
descendant of the House of de Cominges, and quoting 
again from “Nobiliaire Universel”: “Cominges, an old sec¬ 
tion of country situated at the foot of the Pyrenees which had, 
since the 9th century, its hereditary counts and soverigns.” 
One of the seven children springing from this marriage was 
Peter Cominges Brashear, born in 1S01. 

Joseph Brashear left Nelson County, went to Brecken- 
ridge County, Kentucky, and “tookup” a large tract of land 
on Sinking Creek, four miles south of what was later known 
as Stephensport, where he built a series of log houses for 
residence, negro quarters, stables and so forth, and circling 
the whole was a race track. Joseph was a student as well as 
a pioneer and Indian fighter. He had the first library in 
that section of the country. Before courts of law were es¬ 
tablished the pioneer settlers would travel for miles to con¬ 
sult him and settle their disputes. 

At the age of sixteen, Peter, the son of Joseph and Eliza¬ 
beth (Cominges) Brashear, in a quarrel with his stepmother 
ran away from home on a fine horse of his own and with a sil¬ 
ver quarter in his pocket. He voyaged down the Ohio and 
Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, became enamored of the life, 
made money and came back to Stephensport, Breckenridge 
County, where he bought a large tract of land and began 
freighting from that port to New Orleans. The freighting 
then, before the advent of steamboats, was done by flatboat. 
These boats were built of hand-hewn logs put together with 
wooden pins. The cargoes consisted largely of lime, potatoes, 
corn, and other farm products. The boats floated down the 
river with the current and were brought cordelling—that 
is, by walking along the shore and pulling them up by a tow 
line, or by hitching the tow line to a tree or rock and winding 
np by a hand windlass on the bow of the boat. It took six 
months to make a round trip. These flatboats had to travel 
in fleets numbering from six to twelve, for two reasons: first, 
to insure a sufficient number of men to man the boats one at 
a time past the difficult places; second, to protect the gold 
brought home. At Cave-in-the-Rock, Illinois, was a famous 
nest of robbers who waylaid the returning voyagers, and it 
depended upon which side was the strongest as to whether the 
men or gold or boats returned home. Peter Cominges Bra¬ 
shear made a map of the soundings of the Ohio and Mississippi 
Rivers from Stephensport to New Orleans. He followed farm¬ 
ing and boating throughout his life and was very successful. 
He was born in 1801 and died in 1867. 

Joseph D. Brashear, son of Peter Cominges and Mehitable 
(Cox) Brashear, now deceased, was born in Stephensport in 

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1842, and died in Louisville in 1909. After receiving his 
education in the private schools of Owensboro and Louisville, 
he married Anna Mary Scott, and to them were born two 
children, Peter Cominges Brashear, the subject of this sketch; 
and a daughter, Gense Brashear. Mr. Brashear’s mother is 
tucky. Joseph David Brashear engaged in the tobacco busi¬ 
ness at Cloverport and Owensboro and had extensive mining 
interests in Colorado and New Mexico. He was one of the 
pioneers, who founded Leadville, Colorado. 

Peter Cominges Brashear, son of Joseph David and Anna 
Mary (Scott) Brashear, was born in Stephensport, Kentucky, 
January 20th, 1867. He received his early education under 
private tutors and in the public school, and then matriculated 
in Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, and took a B. S. course 
with the class of 1888. Upon completion of his college course 
he entered the employ of the First National Bank of Owens¬ 
boro, Kentucky, and that connection he maintained for a 
period of eight years. At the end of that time he severed his 
connection with the bank and entered Federal employ in the 
internal revenue service at Owensboro, where he re¬ 
mained for four years. His next position was with the Provi¬ 
dent Savings and Life Insurance Company of New York City, 
which concern he served as auditor for ten years. 

During the Spanish-American "War he served as Lieuten¬ 
ant and Quartermaster of the 4th Kentucky Regiment, U. S. 
V. Commissioned as Colonel on the Staff of Governor Flem 
D. Sampson, of Kentucky, May 9, 1929. 

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A Copy of the Records in the Family Bible 
of Joseph Brashear 

BIRTHS 

Joseph Brashear (son of William Brashear) was born 
September 26, 1770. Charlotte Wheeler Brashear, was born 
May 9, 1787. 

Joseph Brashear, married first, Elizabeth Cummings, 
second Charlotte Wheeler. 

BIRTHS 

Children of Joseph Brashear by first marriage: 

Nacy Brashear, born November 25, 1787. 

Peter (C) Brashear, born June 9, 1SQ1. 

• Samuel Brashear, born September 21, 1S08. 

Richard Brashear, born March 12, 1811. 

William Brashear, born December 25, 1813. 
still living, and resides with her daughter at Louisville Ken- 

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James Brashear, born August 9, 1S17. 

Joseph Brashear, born September 12, IS 19. 

Children of Joseph Brashear by second marriage: 

Thomas Brashear, born November 23, 1820. 

Jabes Brashear, born July 1, 1822. 

Charlotte Brashear, born November 19, 1824. 

Horace Brashear, born July 30, 1827. 

Sally Ann Brashear, born July 6, 1829. 

DEATHS 

Elizabeth Brashear, wife of Joseph Brashear, died October 
7, 1819. 

Sally Ann Brashear, daughter of Joseph Brashear and 
Charlotte Brashear, died January 2, 1842. 

James H. L. Brashear, departed this life in the republic 
of Texas, A. D. 1842, in an expedition to Santa Fe, New Mexi¬ 
co while on the route. 

Horace Brashear, Jr., departed this life in the state of 
Indiana on the 30th day of July 1854, age 27 years. 

Joseph Brashear, Jr., departed this life in the state of 
Indiana on the — day of July, 1854, in the 36th year of his age. 
Charlotte Brashear, wife of Joseph Brashear, departer this 
life on the 22nd day of November, 1855. 

Charlotte Dowell, departed this life on the 21st day of 
May, 1875. 

Thomas Brashear departed this life on June 18, 1895. 

H. A. Brashear, wife of Thomas Brashear, departed this 
life, June 1, 1895. 

*NOTE: The original French spelling of this name “Cum 
mins” was Cominges. This was authenticated by the writer 
Walter Besant in his novel “Sahit Catherine’s by the Tower.” 

Joseph Brashear a native of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, 
born September 26th, 1770. He was a son of 'William Bra¬ 
shear and when ten years of age his father moved from Pen¬ 
nsylvania to Kentucky, landed at the falls of the Ohio, now 
Louisville, then the frontier of civilization. William Brashear 
and his family remained some time in a fort near Salt river. 
While out hunting one day, he was surprised by Indians, killed, 
scalped and his body mutilated. Joseph Brashear was left 
with the care of his mother and two younger brothers. 

Joseph Brashear like most of the hardy sons of the 
frontier, evidenced early a martial spirit and before man¬ 
hood he had been in several volunteer companies in fighting 
indians. (History of Kentucky). Pasted in the back of an 
old family Bible belonging to Mrs. Wm. Frymire of Ekron, 
Ky., is a newspaper clipping, yellow with age giving an ac¬ 
count of the death of Joseph Brashear. 

Joseph Brashear lived in Breckenridge county and was 

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the father of ten children all of whom have passed away 
but ten grandchildren survive, namely, Mrs. Cora Moorman, 
Mrs. Hebbie Robertson, Mrs. Nannie Sills, Mrs. Lillie McGloth- 
lan, Mrs. Lottie McGlothlan, Mrs. Barney Auspaehe, Mrs. 
Dora Miller, S. J. Brashear, Jabe Brashear, and Mrs. Wm. 
Frymire.. The burying ground referred to in the obituary is 
near where the Bethel Church now stands on the old home 
place of Joseph Brashear which is on the road from Sample 
to Hardinsburg. The Breckenridge News printed the obitu¬ 
ary as it appeared in 1856. . , 

“The venerable Joseph Brashear died at his son-in-law s, 
James R. Dowell, in Louisville Ky., July 26th, 1856, in his 
eighty-sixth year, he was born near Brownsville, Pennsyl¬ 
vania*, the 16*th of September, 1770, and emigrated with his 
father, William Brashear to Kentucky, landing at Louisville 
in a flatboat in 1780 and with a few immigrants moved out and 
forded Salt River.” The rest of the obituary recites the above 
extract from the History of Kentucky. 

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Extract from the Record Press, Hardinsburg, 
Breckenridge County, Kentucky, Friday 
November 16th, 1923 

Burial Service of Mrs. Anna Scott Brashear, who died in 
Louisville, held at Stephensport, November 12th. 

Stephensport, (Special) Mrs. Anna Brashear died at her 
home in Louisville, November 9th. Her son, Peter C. Bra¬ 
shear, of New York, brought her remains here the 12th of 
November and buried her beside her husband, the late Joe 
David Brashear. 

The funeral service was conducted at the grave by the 
Rev. Teunis Gowens, pastor of the Second and Broadway 
Presbyterian Church of Louisville, Ky. 

She leaves a son, Peter C. Brashear. of New York, and 
a daughter, Miss Gense Brashear of Louisville, and one grand¬ 
daughter, Miss Gense Brashear of New York. 

Mrs. Brashear lived here several years and was greatly 
admired and had many friends. The older Brashear t mil} 
was known and noted for their wealth and hospitality. S r, ph- 
ensport is glad to claim Peter C. Brashear, II, as one of its 
successful business boys. His sister, Miss Gense Brashear of 
Louisville, was ill and could not attend her mother’s funeral. 

The floral designs were beautiful and wonderful—several 
large boxes. After Mrs. Brashear’s grave was banked with 
flowers there was enough to cover five other Brashear graves. 

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Those who attended the funeral from a distance were 
The Rev. Teunis E. Gowens, Peter C. Brashear of Albany’ 
New York, Miss Gense Brashear, Mrs. Eli H. Brown Mr’ 
John C Englehart, Mr. Walter Brashear, Miss Sarah Brashear 
Miss Ida ^Valker, all of Louisville; Mrs. Frederick Pierce 
^, rs ' D ® naId T y ler > Mrs - Nannie Lancaster, Mrs. Flovd Newell 
all of Owenboro; Mrs. William J. Anderson, New York City. 
Mrs. Harry Newson, Miss Margaret Newson and Mr. Edward 
Gregory all of Cloverport. 

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Extract from the Lexington (Kenttucky) 
Democrat, Thursday, June 
9th, 1904 

PAYNE-BRASHEAR NUPTIALS 

• The marriage of Miss Rida Cronlv Payne and Mr Peter 
Commges Brashear was celebrated quietly at noon yesterdav 
at M apleton the country home of the bride’s parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Payne on the Versailes road 

Although a quiet wedding it was a very beautiful' one in 
all its details and will long be talked of and remembered. 

Mapleton is one of the most beautiful old countrv 
places m Kentucky with a quaint picturesque old home-stead 
and on this perfect day and at this hour it made an ideal set¬ 
ting for the wedding. The house was beautiful in its decora¬ 
tions of American beauty and garden roses, lovelv peonies 
and sweet honey suckle and suggested the pretty June flower 
gardens for which the place is famous. Beneath the beautiful 
basket of honey suckle and ferns the bride and groom stood 
for the ceremony. They entered together. The bride was 
given m marriage by her father and the impressive ceremonv 
was performed by Rev. Baker P. Lee, dean of Christ Church 
cathedral, assisted by Rev. Edwin Muller, of the First Presbv 
terian church. The bride was beautiful indeed in her weddin- 
gown an exquisite white lace robe over white chiffon and 
taffeta silk. She wore a beautiful tulle veil fastened becomingly 
m her hair with a pretty wreath of orange blossoms Her 
veil was not worn over her face and gave one an opportunitv 
of seeing how lovely she looked. Her bouquet was an ex- 

°n e ’ a - F J en . c ^ nose ° a >' of wh ite sweet peas and lillies 
of the valley tied with a graceful white tulle bow. 

The opera house orchestra stationed on the front veranda 
placed ^the wedding music beautifully, playing the “Bridal 
Chorus from Lohengrin as the bride and groom entered and 
Mendelssohn s Wedding March” as the ceremony concluded. 

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During the bethrothal service “0, Sole Mia,” was softly 
played. 

So beautiful and simple was this wedding, so sweet and 
withal so impressive, one wonders that any other ceremonial 
should ever be chosen. A more elaborate wedding had been 
planned, but the invitations had to be recalled on account 
of the illness of the bride’s mother. Mrs. Payne was able, 
however, to witness the ceremony adding this brightness also 
to it. She wore a pretty gown of black silk. Assisting^her 
mother and father in receiving the guests was Mrs. John Wins¬ 
ton Coleman, who looked lovely in a toilette of white lace 
over blue silk. Only the members of the two families and a 
few very intimate friends were present, but everything was 
made as lovely as possible for this sweet daughter of the 
house. 

After the congratulations a beautiful wedding break¬ 
fast was served. The bride and bridegroom left at three 
o’clock over the Queen & Crescent road. They are to go for 
a wedding journey and then to New York, where they will live 
and will go to housekeeping at once. 

The wedding gifts were beautiful and numerous. There 
was lovely silver, cut glass and china, beautiful ornaments and 
indeed everything that may beautify and adorn a home. As 
the bride left she presented her girl friends with a souvenir 
and tossed her bridal bouquet, Miss Florence Ingels catching 
this. The bride is one of the prettiest and most attractive girls 
in Lexington. She has been exceptionally popular. Few 
girls indeed have been so admired. Her friends will miss her 
greatly, but will wish her every happiness. Mr. Brashear is 
one of the most popular men in Kentucky and deservedly so. 
He is a splendid business man also, traveling auditor for the 
Providence Assurance society of New York. Both are of 
prominent aristocratic families. Every omen augurs a happy, 
lovely future for them. The guests from a distance were Mr. 
and Mrs. Howard Payne, and children, Charlie Howard 
and Hyde Payne of St. Louis, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. J. 
D. Brashear, Miss Gense Brashear, the father, mother and sis¬ 
ter of the bridegroom of Louisville; Mrs. Guy Deane of Owens¬ 
boro; Mrs. Eli H. Brown of Frankfort; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. 
Johnson, the Misses Johnson. Mr. Logan C. Murray, Mr. 
James 0. Pace, all of Louisville; Mrs. Edward Corrigan of 
Chicago Ill. 

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Extract from Albany Evening News, 
March 12,1925 

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land in the year 1658, and located at Upper Marlboro; the 
capitol of Prince George County, where Benois Brashear 
(Benjamin Brashear) was granted letters of denization (Na¬ 
turalization papers) by Cecil Calvert (Lord Baltimore) in the 
year 1662. The Brashears were Huguenots. 

First Generation: Benois Brassier (Benjamin Brashear) 
and Mary, his wife, married in France. 

Second Generation: Robert Brashear and his wife (?). 

Third Generation: Samuel Brashear and his wife, Ann 
(a cousin). 

Fourth Generation: Samuel Brashear, Jun, and his wife, 
Elizabeth Brashear, (cousin of the fir st degree). 

Fifth Generation: Otho Brashear and his wife, Ruth 
Brown (cousin of the first degree) My g. grand father: 

Fifth Generation: Nacy Brashear, who remover to Mavs- 
ville, Kentucky. (Presumably your g. g. grandfather comes 
in here); 

Sixth Generation: Rignal (Reginald) Brashear and his 
wife, Elizabeth Brown, (cousin of first degree), my grand¬ 
father ; 

Seventh Generation: Otho Brashear and his wife, Han¬ 
nah Collins,-—my father. 

Eighth Generation: Basil Brown Brashear and his wife, 
Catherine Whitaere; 

Ninth Generation: My daughter, Mrs. Imogene Oakey of 
Philadelphia. 


Dr. Basil Brown Brashear, was born in Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania, in 1882, and died in Marlboro, Maryland in 
1903. He was at the time of his death visiting Marlboro, in 
search of genealogical data on the Brashear Family. Dr. 
Brashear studied medicine in Columbia College, New York 
and first practiced in Canal-Dover, Ohio, where he met and 
married Miss Catherine Whitaere, daughter of Thornton Whit- 
acre and Catherine Rhodes. Enlisting in the Union Army 
at the outbreak of the Civil War, as Regimental Surgeon, 
he quickly distinguished himself and received rapid promo¬ 
tion. He became Medical Director of the 13th Army Corps 
and served under Grant in the Vicksburg campaign. Later 
he became Surgeon-in-Chief of the Department of the Gulf. 
At the conclusion of the Civil War he remained in the army 
and when mustered out, took up the practice of medicine in 
Puttsburgh, Pennsylvania, later going to Akron, Ohio. Dur¬ 
ing the last years of his life he was professor in the Medical 
Department of the University of Wooster, Ohio, which depart¬ 
ment has its School and Hospital in Cleveland. Dr. Bra- 

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Hudson, to be Girls’ Club. 

Fort Orange Paper Company, president gives widely 
known building to House Fopaco Girls from Out-of-Town. 

Castleton-on-Hudson, (New York), March 12 — An¬ 
nouncements has been made of the sale to the Fort Orange 
Paper Company of the Brashear home at Castleton, for many v 
years known as “The Pointed Firs,” and one of the finest 
residences in the village. 

The house will be used by the Fopaco Girl’s Club as a 
residence home for out-of-town girls employed at the paper 
company’s plant. The building in Main Street, at present 
occupied by the Fopaco Club, which formerly was the Clinton 
Hotel, will be used by the company as a boarding house for 
male employees. 

The new home of the Fopaco Club, is well adapted for its 
new use. The building is a large brick structure and stands 
on a high hill just north of the village proper, commanding 
a beautiful view of Hudson river. Ample grounds surround 
the building and there are scores of fir trees about. 

Two large fir trees standing guard at the great entrance 
gates give the estate its name. 

The Fopaco Club was started some years ago by the Fort 
Orange Paper Company as a home for its girls, who come from 
other villages and cities. Since it started it has grown steadily 
and today so many girls are seeking living accommodations 
that the present quarters have been outgrown. Before Mr. 
Brashear, president of the paper company, bought the estate 
it was the summer home of the Lathrop Memorial of Albany. 

Mr. Brashear said today that the sale does not mean that 
he and his family would change their residence from Castleton. 
They have already obtained an option on other property in 
the village, he said. Until the sale is closed, however, Air. 
Brashear will not make the place public. 

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Abstract of the Genealogy of the Brashear 
Family as Compiled by the Hon Nicho- 
Brewer, Genealogist, of Annap¬ 
olis Maryland 

For Dr. Basil Brown Brashear: 

The first immigrants, several in number, left France ou 
account of religious persecutions, in the year A. D. 165-(?). 
They first settled in the colony of Virginia, but encountering 
serious opposition, and even persecution, from the English 
settlers, they crossed into the more tolerant province of Mary- 

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shear was at one time a member of the Ohio State Board of 
Health. 

Dr. Brashear’s daughter, Mrs. Imogene Oakley of Phil¬ 
adelphia, wife of John M. Oakley, is a writer and lecturer of 
note, taking a lively interest in politics and civic affairs, 
founding the first civic association in the state of Pennsyl¬ 
vania, about 1890. The association sponsored a smoke law 
and garbage removal ordinance. She is a member of the 
National Civic Service Reform League, The National Muni¬ 
cipal League. One of the five women appointed, to the 
Citizen’s Committee of 100, to draft a new charter for Phil¬ 
adelphia. At present Mrs. Oakley is not very active in politics 
or civics, devoting her time to writing and lecturing, contri¬ 
buting to the Atlantic Monthly, The Outlook and Current His¬ 
tory. During the World War, Mrs. Oakley was organizer 
for the Red Cross and one of the “Four Minute Speakers” 
appointed by the Government. She was chairman of the 
Civil Service Department of the General Federation of Wo¬ 
men’s Clubs, for eight years and an active member of that 
department for eight years later. In 1911, at the request of 
the Prime Minister of Japan, Airs. Oakley organized the first 
Civic Club of Women in Japan, which organization still 
prospers. 

THE BRASHEAR or THE BRASHEARS 

FAMILY 

The following Facts and Excerpta concerning different mem¬ 
bers of the Brashear or Brashears Family, have been 
taken from the manuscripts, books, papers, etc., 
in the library of Colonel R. T. Durrett, of 
Louisville, Kentucky by Kate A. Murray 

MARSHAM BRASHEARS 

Marsham Brashears, as stated by him, in a description de 
benesse, given by him in 1795, was in Jefferson County, Ken¬ 
tucky, in 1776, and helped to build a house known as Kelly’s 
Cabin, on Floyd’s Fork. 

This is the earliest record of any of this family being in 
Kentucky. Joseph Brashears was with Marsham on this 
occasion, and they were probably prospecting for land in the 
new country. In the spring of 1779, Marsham Brashears 
came to the Falls of the Ohio, and at a meeting of the citizens 
held here on the 10th of April, 1779, he was appointed one of 
the seven trustees to lay off the town of Louisville, and to make 
rules for its regulation. The trustees thus appointed, met 
on the 17th of April, 1779, and appointed Marsham Brashears, 

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secretary. His report of the meeting, as secretary was the 
following words: 

“That a number of lots, not exceeding 200 for the pre¬ 
sent, be laid off to contain half an acre each, 35 yards by 70, 
where the ground would admit of it, with some public lots 
and streets. That each adventurer draw for only one lot by 
equal chances. That every such person be obliged to clear off 
the undergrowth and begin to cultivate part thereof by the 
10th of June, and build thereon a good covered house, 16 
feet by 20, by the 25th of December. That no person sell 
his lot unless to some person without one, but that it be given 
up to the Trustees to dispose of to some new adventurer, on 
pain or forfeiture thereof. 

Signed, 

MARSHAM BRASHEARS, 
Secretary” 

In 1780, a number of the residents at the falls petitioned 
the Legislature of Virginia to pass an act incorporating the 
town of Louisville, at it has been laid out by the Trustees 
aforesaid. Marsham Brashear was one of the signers of this 
petition, and the probability is that he wrote the petition itself. 

The Legislature acceded to the wishes of the petitioners 
and passed an act incorpofhting the town of Louisville, and 
appointing Trustees for its government. One of the trustees 
thus appointed by this act of Legislation, was Marsham Bra- 
shears, and he continued for a number of years to be one of the 
trustees of Louisville. The trustees appointed in the act 
incorporating the town of Louisville, held their first meeting 
in the old fort at the foot of the present Twelfth street, on 
the 7th of February, 1781. There were but six trustees, pre¬ 
sent at this first meeting, and Marsham Brashears was one 
of them. 

In 1779, Marsham Brashears entered four hundred acres 
of land on Salt River, near the mouth of Floyd’s Fork, and 
in 1780 entered an additional one thousand acres as a pre¬ 
emption right adjoining his first entry. 

' In 1787 Marsham Brashears was recommended by the 
County Court of Jefferson County, for the position of Justice 
of the Peace, and soon thereafter his appointment came from 
Virginia. For a number of years he held the office of the Jus¬ 
tice of the Peace. 

WILLIAM BRASHEAR 

In 1779, William Brashear, as heir at law of Joseph Bra¬ 
shear, deceased, entered 400 acres of land in the fords of 
Floyd’s Fork and Salt River, and in 1780, entered 1000 acres 
more as a preemption right adjoining the first 400 acres. 

















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^ Ilham Brashear must have died in the year 1789, as his will 
was proven m the County Court and ordered to record on the 
drd of November, of that year. His will is as follows: 

rn the name of God, amen. I, "William Brashear, Sr. 
of Jefferson County and state of Virginia, being much ad¬ 
vanced in years, but in a very bad state of health, but in 
somid mind, thank God for the same, do make this my last 
wi 1 and testament, and form following, renouncing and re¬ 
voking all former wills and testaments by me made. 

First, I give my soul unto Almighty God, through the 
merits of Jesus Christ, and my body to the earth from which 
it came, to be buried by my executors in such manner as shall 
seem most decent to them. 

Secondly, Item. I give and bequeath unto Samuel Mason 
Brashear, one feather bed, and one feather bed to Miriam 
Brashear, and one feather bed to Elizabeth Brashear, and 
all the movable estate that I have to the said three children. 
-And Samuel Mason Brashear to maintain the two girls till 
of age. The ground that I have bought of Nicholas Brashear 
I leave to my son, Samuel Mason Brashear. As for the rest 
jjjjy children I think that what they have had already is 
sufficient for their parts, therefore, I‘don’t allow them any 
part but what the law does above. Therefore, I leave all to 
my three children above mentioned. I do appoint mv lovin" 
son, Samuel Mason Brashear, my lawful executor and adminis¬ 
trator, to perform this my last will and testament, in witness 
whereof, I have this day set my hand, on the 26th dav of 
September m the year of our Lord, 1789. ’’ 

Signed, ' 

WILLIAM BRASHEAR, 

(By his Mark) 


The inventory of the estate of W illiam Brashear, which 
was filed in the Jefferson County Court, and recorded, is a 
singular document. At the time this inventory was filed, 
August 8th, 1781, the paper money of Virginia, as well as 
that of the other colonies, and also of the United States, had 
gone down in value so low that it was practically worthless. 
A Spanish dollar of that period would buy one thousand dol¬ 
lars of this, paper money, if anyone could be found rash 
enough to give so much silver for so much paper. 

The following is the inventory of the estate of William 
Brashear: _ • 

1 Negro Boy.‘.....£7000 

2 Cows and Calves £1000 and 2 Heifers £900. 1900 

7 axes, £30 some chisels, augurs and other tools... 1070 

1 Foot Adze, 4 sickles and other iron... 25 

Another parcel old iron £14, hand saw, 1 box flat irons.. 40 


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6 old hoes, 2 mattocks and two hand rings. 100 

1 Frying pan £14, cleves, traces and hames £10. 24 

3 old carts £20, 3 old chairs and one table £10. 30 

3 Beds and furniture £120, 2 Reeds and Shuttles £60. 180 

9 Pewter Plates, 3 Dishes, 1 Basin and some spoons. 60 

1 Washing Tub, 3 Pails, 2 Buckets and some other vessels 15 

1 Flax Wheel £10, 3 pots and Dutch Oven. 710 

1 Old Gun £30, and one old horse £15. 45 

His Wearing Apparel. 55 

Virginia Paper Currency £25, Continental Currency £64 89 

1 Firkin £30 and Old Plow £12..... 42 

1 Cow and Calf £5, 3 Deer Skins.. 5 

1 Gouge and some other old tools. 3 


£10499 

RICHARD BRASHEAR 

In 1778, Richard Brashear enlisted in the regiment raised 
by General George Rogers Clark, for service in the Illinois 
country. He went into the regiment as a Captain, and re¬ 
mained there with that rank until 1781. He was at the taking 
of Kaskaskia and marched with the forces of General Clark 
from Kaskaskia to Vincennes in 1779. He shared with the 
other soldiers the terrible march through the drowned lands 
of Illinois, and also shared the glory of the capture of Vin¬ 
cennes. 

On the 2—th of December, 1780, Richard Brashear gave 
to Marsham Brashear a deed for 400 acres of land in Jefferson 
County near the “painted stone.” The “painted stone” was 
in the neighborhood of Shelbyville, and not far from the fort 
established by Squire Boone, brother of Daniel Boone. 

In 1782, Richard Brashear gave to Marsham Brashear 
a power of attorney, dated April the 13th. It was a general 
power of attorney, and does not state any specific purpose for 
which it was intended. 

In 1779, Richard Brashear entered 400 acres of land on 
■Fox Run, a branch of Brashears’ Creek which was a branch 
of Salt River. Again in 1780. he entered a preemption right 
to 1000 acres adjoining the first 400. It was a part of this 
land which he sold to Marsham Brashears as mentioned above. 

ABRAHAM BRASHEAR 

There is no evidence that Abraham Brashear ever lived 
in Kentucky. He Avas born in New York in 1754, and died 
there in 1782. He was at the beginning of the Revolutionary 
War a pronounced “Liberty Boy” and was a poet as well as 
a soldier, and wrote some of the stirring songs of the Re\-o- 
lutionary War. He was the author of “The General s Trip 
to Morristown.” 


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NICHOLAS BRASHEAR 

In 1795, Jeremiah Orme, of Montgomery County, Mary¬ 
land, gave to Nicholas Brashears, of Nelson County, Kentucky, 
a power of attorney to recover a negro woman named Priscilla 
and her children. This location of Nicholas Brashear in Nel¬ 
son County, Kentucky, indicates the residence of members of 
that family at that time. Nelson County was cut off from 
Jefferson County in 1784. Previous to 1784, the Brashears 
were generally located in Jefferson County, but after the 
formation of Jefferson County they are most generally lo¬ 
cated in Nelson County. 

Mann Butler, the historian of Kentucky, in Louisville 
Directory of 1832, contributed a thrilling anecdote concern¬ 
ing Nicholas Brashear and two sons of Colonel William Linn. 

Louisville Directory, page 104: “It may not be amiss 
in this place, to introduce an incident which, although it 
happened some years ago, will show the insecurity of the 
country from Indian incursion, and the hardihood of the 
times. In March, 1784, four boys, William and Azel Linn, 
William Wells and Nicholas Brashears, went out on a shooting 
party to Robert’s Pond, about six miles southwest of this 
place. They succeeded in killing as much game as they 
wanted, and among other things a cub bear; while William 
Linn was strapping the bear to his shoulder, the arms of 
the party were carelessly laid down, they were all seized by 
a party of Indians, and hurried over the river to the Indian 
towns on the White river. There they remained until late 
in the fall of the same year, when the two, Linn and Bra¬ 
shears (Wells having been conveyed to a different town) 
formed the determination to try and effect their escape while 
out at a hunting camp. During the night they rose, and 
stunning the old Indian and Squaw with whom they were 
living, by some smart blows with their squaw axes, (as the 
small axes are called usually handled by the squaws,) they 
took their course to Louisville. When day fairly broke they 
concealed themselves in a hollow log, where they were passed 
and repassed by the Indians, who were out shooting turkeys 
all around them. At night the boys resumed their journey 
piloting themselves by the stars; in the course of the next 
day they killed a yearling deer, out of whose skin they made 
moccasins to save their feet from the green briers which 
covered their route; this, with a cub bear, was all the pro¬ 
vision they had between the Indian Camp and Louisville. 
Yet young as these boyish hunters were, they struck their 
course so directly as to come to the bank of Jeffersonville. 
Here they hallowed for assistance, but the people on this 
side suspecting them to be Indians or not hearing them, did 

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not go over to their relief. In this emergency in hourly ex¬ 
pectation of being overtaken by the Indians and doomed to a 
severer capacity than they had before experienced, if not 
to death, for their desertion, they instantly set about making 
a raft out of the drift logs on the shore, which they bound 
together with grape vines and launched themselves upon it, 
on the bosom of the rapids; two of the boys who could not 
swim with their clothing, being placed on the raft and the 
the third one, Brashears, swimming with one hand pushed 
the raft with the other. In this condition before they com¬ 
pleted their passage, the drift logs began to soak so much 
water, that the raft was upon the point of sinking, when 
some people from this shore went to assist them, and restored 
the young heroes to their lamenting friends.” 

NACY BRASHEAR 

Nacy Brashear was a native of Prince George County, 
Maryland, where he was born in 1734. He died in Kentucky 
in 1807, aged seventy-three years. He moved to Kentucky in 
1784, and settled upon Salt river near the present village of 
Shepardsville. His occupation was that of a farmer. He 
was the father of thirteen children, as follows: 

1. Mary Brashear, born, March 1, 1760. 

2. Elizabeth Brashear, born, July 12, 1761. 

3 . Ann Brashear, born, March 23, 1763. 

4. Thomas C. Brashear, born November 10, 1764. 

5. Samuel Brashear, born October 12, 1766. 

6. Ignatius Brashear, born March 28, 1768. 

7 . Robert Brashear, born August 31, 1769. 

8. Archibald Edmonston Brashear, born November 2, 

mi. 

9. Levi Brashear, born November 14, 1773. 

10 Walter Brashear, born February 11, 1776. 

11 . Joseph Brashear, born December 9, 1778. 

12. Dennis Brashear, born August 13, 1781k 

13 . Ruth Brashear, born September 13, 17S2. 

WALTER BRASHEAR 

The most distinguished of the sons of Nacy Brashear, 
and indeed of all the Brashears, was Walter Brashear. He 
made the family name known far and wide by his skill as a 
surgeon. His father educated him for a physician, and after 
such medical teaching as he could have at home had become 
exhausted, he entered Transylvania University, at Lexington, 
Kentucky. Here he became a pupil of Dr. Frederick Ridg- 
ley, in 1796. Two years after this he attended a course of lec¬ 
tures in the University of Pennsylvania. When he had 
finished his course in Philadelphia, he made a tour to the 

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distant country of China. Here among the Celestials he made 
a great fame by amputating the breast of a Chinese woman. 

On his return home from China, he performed a surgical 
operation which made his name immortal. A mulatto boy with 
a severe fracture of the hip was brought to him in Bardstown 
for treatment. Seeing that the hurt was incurable, Dr. Bra- 
shear witout precedent, determined to amputate the limb 
at the hip joint. This w r as in 1806. The amputation was suc¬ 
cessful, the boy got well and lived many years afterwards. 

In 1813, he moved to Lexington, where he soon became a 
leading surgeon and physician. An epidemic of pneumonia 
visited Lexington soon after his taking up his residenee there, 
and his treatment of the malady gave him adidtional fame! 

In 1822, he moved to St. Mary’s Parish in the state of 
Louisiana, where he devoted himself to planting rather than 
practicing his profession and as a matter of course neither 
added further to his surgical or medical fame. The practice 
he did W'as that among his neighbors and friends, and without 
reward. 

During the winter of 1844, Henry' Clay visited him on 
his plantation in Louisiana. Quite a number of his friends 
and neighbors were present on the occasion, for the^purpose 
of honoring the distinguished visitor at a dinner given by 
Dr. Brashear. Someone of the guests at the table proposed 
the health of Dr. Brashear. 

“The first and only physician of Louisiana who has suc¬ 
cessfully performed an amputation at the hip joint.” Mr. 
Clay, who sat next to Dr. Brashear as the guest of honor, 
remarked, “Well, Doctor, he has got you on the hip.” The 
good wit and humor of the remark made all the guests merry. 

Dr. Brashear died in 1860, at the age of eighty-four. He 
had not practiced his profession in the accepted sense of the 
practitioner for nearly forty years. He had attempted to 
make a fortune by abandoning his profession aAd engaged 
first, in mercantile pursuits and then in planting. He was 
successful in neither of his undertakings, outside of his pro¬ 
fession. (Note: Further reference will be found regarding 
Dr. Walter Brashear in an extract from the Louisville Medical 
Monthly). 

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY 

Thomas Brashear, as shown by a power of attorney from 
George Augustus Sugg, dated September 25, 1795, was living 
in the territory south of the Ohio. 

Alfred Brashear, as shown by a power of attorney, which 
gave to Charles M. Thurston of Louisville, Kentucky, February 
2, 1835, was living at Lafayette, Louisiana. 

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Thomas Brashear, who certified Alfred Brashear’s power 
of attorney, was then Judge of the Parish Court of Lafayette, 
Louisiana. 

William Brashear was a member of the Kentucky' house of 
Representatives in 180S, from Nelson County. 

Robert S. Brashear was a member of the Kentucky' House 
of Representatives in 1837, from Perry County'. 

George W. Brashear was a member of the Kentucky House 
of Representatives in 1844, from Boone County. 

Barrack Brashear was a member of the City Council of 
Henderson, Kentucky', in 1854. 

Dr. A. W. Brashears and Dr. Thomas J. Brashears were 
physicians located at Hampton, in the State of Arkansas, in 
1877. 

The Brashear or Brashears family* name was given to a 
fort on Salt River, at the mouth of Floyd’s Fork, in Jef¬ 
ferson County, Kentucky, in 1779. 

The family name was also given to a considerable stream 
of water which emptied into Salt River a few miles above 
Floyd’s Fork, and which in early times was known as Bra¬ 
shears’ Creek. 

A town by the name of Brashearville, some twelve miles 
from the county seat of Perry County, also bears the family- 
name. 

DR. WALTER BRASHEAR 

Dr. M. F. Coomes, Professor of Physiology and other 
sciences in the Kenticky School of Medicine has imearthed 
a picture of Dr. Walter Brashear, the illustrious Kentucky 
surgeon, who was the first to perform a successful amputation 
of the leg at the hip joint. This picture has never before 
been published, and its appearance has been hailed with de¬ 
light by the profession and the public generally*. Dr. Coomes 
has also learned many new and interesting facts about Dr. 
Brashear. 

Dr. Coomes has published the picture and the results of 
his investigations in the current number of the Louisville 
Medical Monthly*, an interesting and well-edited periodical. 
The magazine is edited by Drs. J. B. Steedman and Geo. M. 
Warner and Dr. Sam Cochran is business manager. It has 
for collaborators some of the most distinguished physicians 
in the South, and is intended to represent all the medical 
schools of the city. Dr. Coomes article is as follows: 

“So fleet the works of men back to their earth again, 

That ancient and holy* things fade like a dream.” 

“In retelling this story- of Dr. Brashear’s great work, 
and being able by- accident to produce a likeness of him with 
it, forcibly recalled to my mind the fact so beautifully ex- 

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pressed in the lines at the head of the page. It is true that 
the works of men live long after their mortal bodies have 
“Given up the ghost,” but in the modern times it is a pleas¬ 
ure to resurrect from the ruins of the past, as it were, the 
likeness of some great man that had been lost in the world— 
to restore him to the place where he properly belongs. I al¬ 
ways had a great desire to see the face of Dr. Brashear, 
and never let an opportunity pass if I thought there was a 
chance to find a picture of him. Persistence in this instance 
proved valuable. Mrs. Guthrie, a niece of Dr. Brashear’s, 
called on me for advice concerning her eyes, and while dis¬ 
cussing the operation that was to be done, (I did not know 
while we were talking that she was Dr. Brashear’s niece), 
she remarked that her uncle was a gTeat surgeon, and I at 
once wanted to know who the uncle was, and of course was 
delighted to have the niece of so distinguished a man for my 
client. I expressed the regret that some likeness of Dr. Bra¬ 
shear had not been left, as I had always wanted to see what 
kind of a looking man he was; and I am sure that a large 
proportion of the medical profession share this desire with me. 
When Mrs. Guthrie told me she had a likeness of her uncle, 
my cup was full to overflowing, and I did not rest until I 
had it in my possession, and in^ turn, in the hands of the 
photographer, and finally in the hands of the finishing artist; 
and now that I have succeeded in reclaiming the image of this 
illustrious man, and giving the profession some additional 
facts about him that have heretofore been unknown to the 
public, I feel that I have been fully repaid for my long and 
diligent search, because I know that the profession all over 
the world will rejoice at having an opportunity to critically 
view the face of this distinguished surgeon, and read in its 
outlines the truth of what has been said of him. 

Dr. Walter Brashear, the subject of this sketch, was born 
in Maryland, in 1776, and his father moved to Kentucky, in 
1784, and engaged in farming in Bullitt County, near Shep- 
herdsville. Walter was the seventh son and according to tra¬ 
dition, was intended for a doctor. His father seems to have 
been mindful of this fact, and sent him to Transylvania Uni¬ 
versity, at Lexington, Kentucky,—then the great literary in¬ 
stitution of the Southwest. Young Walter was eager for 
knowledge, and. we are told, held a high rank as a Latin 
scholar. After finishing his literary education, which was at 
the age of twenty, he began to read medicine under the 
tutelage of Dr. Frederick Ridgley, of Lexington, Kentucky, 
and remained under his care for two years, and at the end 
of that time he rode on horseback to Philadelphia and attended 
upon a course of lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. 


At that time Barton Physick and Rush illuminated the medi¬ 
cal horizon of the East and were connected with the Univer¬ 
sity of Pennsylvania, and no doubt but young Brashear was 
deeply impressed with the greatness of this trio of medical 
savants, for in these three was found all that go to make up 
a great surgeon and doctor; and Brashear was certainly the 
personification of physician and surgeon, as his modest but 
remarkable career will show. 

“Dr. Brashear was of a restless disposition, and after a 
year spent in Philadelphia, he shipped to China as surgeon of 
a vessel. While there he was consulted by one of the digna- 
taries of the Flowery Kingdom concerning his wife, who had 
a cancerous breast. He assured his celestial friend that he 
could remove the breast and that it would result in giving the 
woman relief. The operation having been finished, Dr. Bra¬ 
shear started to leave the palace, but was halted at the door 
and told that he could not leave for three days. The Ameri¬ 
can did not comprehend this, but was given to understand 
that if the woman died inside of three days he would be be¬ 
headed. This was evidently a part of the program that had 
been kept back, but as there was no other alternative he re¬ 
mained the three days, and at the end of that time his patient 
was doing well and he was permitted to go. 

Probably no man living was better prepared to hear this 
ultimatum than Dr. Brashear, for the man, who had the cour¬ 
age to undertake the amputation at the hip joint in the month 
of August, in Kentucky, without any precedent to guide him, 
no anesthetic and untrained assistants, certainly had courage 
to do anything. In the first part of this paper, I have quoted 
liberally from an address delivered by Prof. David W. Yan- 
dell, in 1890, before the American Surgical Association, and I 
cannot do better than to use his language in reporting the 
work of Dr. Brashear. He says, ‘In 1806, the earliest original 
surgical work of any magnitude done in Kentucky, by one 
of her own sons, was an amputation at the hip joint. It proved 
to be the first of the kind in the United States. The under¬ 
taking was made necessary because of extensive fracture of 
the th igh with great laceration of the soft parts. The subject 
was a mulatto boy, 17 years of age—a slave of St. Joseph’s 
College. The time was August, 1806; the place, Baixbrown; 
the surgeon, Dr. Walter Brashear; the assistants, Dr. Burr 
Harrision and Dr. John Goodtell; the result, a complete suc¬ 
cess. The operator divided his work into two stages. The 
first consisted of amputating the thigh through its middle 
third in the usual way, and tying all bleeding vessels. The 
second consisted of a long incision on the outside of the limb, 
exposing the remainder of the bone, which being freed from its 

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muscular attachments, was then disarticulated at its socket.’ 
Thus briefly detailed, is an account of one of the greatest 
surgical operations performed in the civilized world, and Dr. 
Yandell, in his report says, ‘But whether or not Dr. Bra- 
shear had ever heard or read a description of what had been 
accomplished in this direction by surgeons elsewhere, the 
young Kentuckian was the first to amputate at the hip joint in 
America, and the first to do the real thing successfully in the 
world. Dr. Brashear seems to have set no high estimate on his 
achievement, and never published an account of the case.’ 

“Ex-Governor Wickliffe, of Louisiana, who is a near rel¬ 
ative of Dr. Brashear, is my authority for the facts con¬ 
cerning his imprisonment in China at the time that the am¬ 
putation of the breast was performed, and Governor Wickliffe 
also told me that Dr. Brashear was offered the Chair of Sur¬ 
gery in the Academy of Science at Paris, Francd. His wife, 
who was exceedingly anxious to have him accept the position, 
was much surprised to hear him say that he would not think 
of accepting it, as it was bad enough to live in Paris under 
any circumstances, much less occupying the position ,of a 
poor doctor. 

Dr. Brashear was not without political aspirations, and 
it would appear that he was much above the average politician, 
as he succeeded in being elected to the United States Senate 
from Louisiana. 

“Dr. Brashear’s boyhood w r as probably not without some 
very exciting experiences, for at that time this country was 
full of Indians and his father was a noted Indian fighter. 

“Dr. T. B. Greenly, of West Point, Kentucky, told me a 
few days since that he attended Dr. Brashear’s brother, Kobert, 
in his last illness, some years since, and, while speaking of the 
matter, recalled an incident that happened at the Salt Works, 
which was owned and operated by Dr. Brashear’s father, 
Ignacius Brashear. The doctor and his brother were boys 
that were not to be run over by every fellow that chanced to 
pass, and, in fact, were noted as fighters. In those good old 
times, the weapons that God gave men were about all that 
were used to settle personal difficulties, and it seems that 
Walter and Robert Brashear knew how to use them. On a 
certain occasion a bully happened to be in the Brashear neigh¬ 
borhood, and concluded he would go up and whip the two 
Brashear boys, and when he arrived he found Walter at 
the Salt Works by himself, and it did not take long for him 
to pick a quarrel with young Brashear. Brashear, however, 
felt that the stranger had the best of him in size, and pro¬ 
bably in the fistic art, but he determined to get the best of 
his antagonist and get the first lick and other advantages also 

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if they were to be had. There was a pond nearby, and at a 
favorable moment, when the stranger stepped near the pond, 
Robert sent him a right-hander and landed it under his ear, 
which sent him sprawling into the pond, and quicker than 
thought Brashear w r as on top of him, and in a short time the 
bully was crying for mercy. 

Dr. Brashear was married at Lexington, Kentucky, in 
1802, to Miss Margaret Barr, by whom he had seven children, 
three sons, Robert, Walter and Darwin and four daughters, 
Mary, Rebecca, Caroline and Frances. I have no history of 
any of his daughters save one, who is living in New Jersey. 
None of his sons ever became doctors. Darwin died young 
and Robert was a successful sugar planter in Louisiana and 
died during the late war. His son, Walter, a grandson of the 
doctor, is now in Louisiana. 

“Dr. Brashear’s father’s old house in which he lived is 
still standing in Bullitt County, in a fair state of preservation. 
Dr. Walter Brashear died, October 23, 1860, aged 84 years, 
and is resting in the soil of his adopted state, Louisiana. 

From “The Old Pike” 

By T. B. Seariglit 

A few steps below the Workman House an old tavern 
was kept by Bazil Brashear, and subsequently by James Sea- 
right, who let it in 1836 to tctke charge of the “National 
House” in Washington, Pennsylvania. The Brashear House 
was a station for many years of one or more of the early 
stage lines, in 1825, General LaFayette dined at this house 
while on his way from Washington, Pennsylvania to Union- 
town. This old house, built of stone, is still standing, owned 
and occupied as a private residence by the widow of the late 
Westley Frost. Brazil Brashear was a brother-in-law of 
Thomas Brown the founder of Brownsville, and the grand¬ 
father of Professor Brashear, the distinguished astronomer of 
Pittsburgh. 

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SAMUEL BRASHEARS 

Samuel Brashears, son of Morris Brashears, was born in 
Prince George County, Maryland, August 6th, 1763. His 
father Morris Brashears, was the son of Samuel Brashears, 
who married his cousin, Elizabeth Brashears, the grandson of 
Samuel Brashears and his wife Ann Jones, the great grand¬ 
son of Robert Brashears, and the great-Great Grandson of 
Benjamin Brashears, the original immigrant, who settled in 
Maryland, in 1658. 


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The subject of this sketch, Samuel Brashears, immi¬ 
grated to what is now Sullivan County, Tennessee, as a young 
man, where he married Margaret ^Eakin, they had the follow” 
ing children: 

Margaret, born December 9th, 1796; Sampson, born Dec¬ 
ember 21st, 1788; Robert S., born August 13th, 1793; Isaac, 
born January 1st, 1796; James, born May 25th, 1800; Phoebe 
born March 8th, 1803; John, born March 3rd, 1805; Ezekial, 
born June 21st, 1807; Peggy and Ellen. 

There is no record of the date of Samuel Brashears’ death, 
but it seems his family moved into Perry County, Kentucky, 
about 1822, after his death. . After immigrating to Kentucky, 
the family seems to have separated, Isaac moving to Missouri, 
as did John, James remained in Kentucky, where he operated 
a mill on the Kentucky River, Robert financed a salt mill 
and established a great many mercantile enterprises in Ken¬ 
tucky, Ezekial married a daughter of Jesse Combs of Perry 
County, not far from Hazard. He was Circuit Clerk of Letch¬ 
er County, for several years. Sampson the oldest son of Samuel 
Brashears, married in Bluntsville, Tennessee, in 1817. His 
wife was Miss Margaret Bright, daughter of James Bright, a 
Revolutionary War soldier, who had immigrated to Tennessee, 
after the war, coming from Maryland, as did the Brashears. 
To the union of Sampson Brashears and Margaret Bright were 
born thirteen children, namely: 

Isaac, born, 1818; John, born, 1819; married Miss Christ¬ 
ian; James, born, 1821; these three being born in Tennessee; 
Sarah, born, 1822; Elizabeth, born, 1823, married Mr. Bran¬ 
son; Ezekial, born, 1825, married Miss. Cornet, second Miss 
Combs, Ezekial served in Morgan’s Cavalry during the Civil 
War; Sampson, Jr., born, 1826; Robert, born, 1830; died un¬ 
married ; Louisa, born. 1832, married John Lusk; Harvey G., 
born, 1835 , married Miss Cornet; Hezekiah. born, 1S42; Jesse 
C., born, 1837, still living, Lowell, Ark • William R., born, 
1839 . 

Jesse C. Brashears, the eleventh child of Sampson Bra¬ 
shears, who is still living, married Elizabeth J. Hogg, in 
Letcher County, Kentucky, December 25th, 1858, and had 
the following children: 

Martha Ann, born, 1860; Harvey G., born, 1861; Marga¬ 
ret Elizabeth, born, 1865, married J. M. Stewart; Mary 
Louisa, born, 1868; Kelly H., born, 1871; William H., born, 
1873 ; Cynthia Jane, born, 1875; James J., born, 1878; Rob¬ 
ert Hezekiah, born, 1881. 

William R. Brashears, the twelfth son of Sampson Bra¬ 
shears, moved to Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas, just after 
the Civil War, where he married Mary Lucina Summer, 

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daughter of Hiram Sumner. They had the following children : 
Charles W., married Edna Walker; William B., married 
Maude Gentry; Bruce S., married Eva Tucker; Belle, 
married David Anderson; Maggie, married W. W. Kendrick; 
Minnie, married James Watts; Allie and Dixie. 

The children of Charles W. and Edna Walker are, Myra, 
Charles W., Jr., and Frank. 

The children of William B. and Maude Gentry are Ben¬ 
jamin and Birtie. 

The children of Bruce S., and Eva Tucker are Kathleen, 
Marion, Felix, James and Jack. 

The children of Belle and David Anderson are Gladys 
and Wade. 

The children of Maggie and W. W. Kendrick are Clyde 
and James. 

Among the documents filed in the Pension Office, in 
connection, with the application of Margaret Brashears, wid¬ 
ow of Lieutenant Samuel Brashears, for bounty land, is a leaf 
from an old Bible, entitled and reciting as follows: ' 

“Samuel Brashears, proprietor of this sacred volume was 
born August 6th, 1763. Married Margaret Eakin, February 
25th, 1786, Margaret Eakin was born August 18th, 1762.” 

Issue of Samuel and Margaret: Margaret, born, December 
9,1786; Sampson Brashear, born, December 21st, 1783, Robert 
S., born, August 13th, 1793; Isaac, born January 1st, 1796; 
James, born, May 25th, 1800; Phoebe, born, March 8th, 1803; 
John March 3rd, 1805; Ezekial, June 21st, 1807.” 

This Bible record page was filed by Margaret Brashears’ 
agent, June 1st, 1852. A document filed April 7th, 1S55, de¬ 
clares Margaret a resident of Perry County, Kentucky, and 
aged 95. Several documents were executed by Robert S. 
Brashear, Probate Judge of Perm* County, Kentucky. Sever¬ 
al documents were executed at Proctor, Owsley County, Ken¬ 
tucky. 

The following statements are contained in affidavits made 
by various persons and filed as evidence. 

Samuel Brashears was born and raised in Squabble State 
(this, evidently an error as he was born in Maryland, ac¬ 
cording to his Bible), then thought to be in North Carolina, 
but later determined as a part of Sullivan County, Tennessee. 
He enlisted as a private in the company of Captain Thomas 
Vincents in the regiment of General John Sevier (Noliehucky 
Jack). He later rose to rank of lieutenant, sometimes act¬ 
ing as captain. He served six years in all. He is stated to 
have been a skillful and courageous scout and Indian fighter. 
His service was mostly spent in warfare with the Cherokees. 
It is not known that he participated in any battle against the 

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British but it is thought that he was in the battle of Kings 
Mountain. He fought in the battles of Chicamauga and 
Lookout Mountain, against the Cherokees. It appears that he 
was discharged from the army about the time he married in 
1786. One affiant was an old man named Hacker, who knew 
Samuel all his life. Another named Fields, who served under 
Samuel and another was his son, Sampson Brashears, who 
recited Samuel’s history and exploits as they were known to 
the family. 

Sampson Brashear, who is quoted above as reciting his 
father’s exploits, was a soldier in the War of 1812, enlisting 
in Sullivan County, Tennessee, Novemfber 13th, 1814, served 
until May 8th, 1815, under Captain James Landens. Allowed 
pension April 29th, 1871. His wife, Margaret Bright, was 
the daughter of James Bright, who was a Revolutionary War 
soldier, enlisted, June, 1776, as a private under Captain Burk, 
Flying Camp, Maryland. Reenlisted, June 14th, 1777, under 
Captain John Lynch fifth Maryland Regiment. Was in the 
Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. He 
enlisted in Dorchester County, Maryland, and was allowed a 
pension, February 22nd, 1822. 

LEONARD FARMER BRASHEAR 

Residence, Hazard, Kentucky. Business, Banker. 

Leonard Farmer Brashear, born September 13th, 1882, 
near Viper, Perry County, Kentucky married Mae Sparkman, 
born August 22nd, 1883, Letcher County, Kentucky. Date 
of Marriage June 10th, 1906. 

Issue: Luther Byron Brashear, Leonard Farmer Bra¬ 
shear, Imogene Mae Brashear, Virginia Lee Brashear, James 
Edward Brashear, William Frederick Brashear. 

Son of James Nicholas Brashear, born February 15th, 
1858, Perry County, Kentucky, and Sarah Hall, born Perry 
County, Kentucky, February 4th, 1859. 

Issue: Leonard Farmer Brashear, Troy Perkins Bra¬ 
shear, Marion Carnett Brashear, David Jesse Brashear, Corba 
Alice Brashear, Hester Jane Brashear.^ 

Grandson of Eli Brashear, born March 11th, 1827, and 
Sallie Campbell, born February 15th, 1828, Perry County, 
Kentucky. 

Great Grandson of James Brashear and Elizabeth Young. 

Great-Great Grandson of Samuel Brashear and Margaret 
Akens of Maryland. See sketch of Samuel Brashear for line 
back to Benjamin Brashear, the immigrant. 

ELI HALL BRASHEAR 

Residence, Hazard, Kentucky. Business, Lumber. 

Eli Hall Brashear, born Viper, Perry County, Kentucky, 

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December 7, 18S5, married Rachel Emlyn Owens, of Perry 
County, April 21st, 1909. Issue: Norris Wendell Brashear, 
born, February 2nd, 1900; Sarah Roberta Brashear, born, 
August 6, 1911; Helen Margaret Brashear, July 3, 1913; Eli 
Nicholas Brashear, born, February 16, 1915; Edgar Owen 
Brashear, born, October 21, 1917. 

Brother of Leonard Farmer Brashear, previously listed. 
See his record for ancestral lines. 

JOHN ALBERT BRASHEAR 
Residence, Pinkneyvillej Kentucky. 

John Albert Brasher, born, Caldwell County, Kentucky, 

December 20th, 1846, married- (?). Issue: Cora 

Brasher, born, March 4, 1892; W. M. Brashear, born June 
11th, 1869; Eber Brashear, born February 8, 1871; E. C. 
Brashear, born, November 20, 1873; J. F. Brashear, born, 
October 4, 1876; A. J. Brashear, born April 14th, 1879; L. 
M. Brashear, born November 6, 1881; S. Brashear, born Jan¬ 
uary 9, 1884; O. T. Brashear, born April 17, 1886; M. C. 
Brashear, born September 15, 1889. 

DOUGLASS WICKLIFFE BRASHEAR 
Residence, Richmond, Virginia. Business, Tobacco. 
Douglass Wickliffe Brashear, born Owensboro, Kentucky, 
April 1st, 1891, married Pricilla Elizabeth Williams, born 
October 18th, 1894. Issue: Douglass Wickliffe Brasheear, Jr. 

Son of Robert Hughes Brashear, born Bullitt County, 
Kentucky, 1849, and his wife, Alice Jane Wimp, born Meade 
County, Kentucky, 1864. Issue: Raymond Hughes Brashear, 
Robin Lindsay Brashear, Douglass Wickliffe Brashear. 

Grandson of Robert H. Brashear, born Nelson County, 
Kentucky, 1S00 and Elizabeth Unsell, daughter of John Un¬ 
sell, born, Bardstown, Kentucky, 1805. 

Great Grandson of Ignatius Brashear, born, 28th of 
March, 1768, and Sylvia Orme, daughter of John Orme. Issue: 
Nancy Brashear, Ruth Brashear, America Brashear, Robert 
H. Brashear, Lucy Brashear. 

Great-Great Grandson of Nacy Brashear. born Prince 
George County, Maryland, April 17th, 1734 and Frances 

Pamelia- (?)• "* 

Great-Great-Great Grandson of Samuel Brashear and 
h : s wife, Elizabeth Brashear. (a cousin), of Prince George 
County, Maryland, who were in direct line of descent from 
the original Benjamin Brashear, whose record is previously 
shown. 

' Robert H. Brashear, the father of the subject of this 
sketch, was a Confederate soldier, lost his right leg at the 
Battle of Gettysburg. 


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RICHARD ALLEN BRASHEAR 
Residence, McNeil, Arkansas. 

Richard Allen Brasher, born Noble, Louisiana, June 16th, 
1903, married Wilma Cleo Davis, Helper, Utah, November 8 
1926. Issue: None. 

Son of Richard Aquilla Brasher, born Margnolia, Ar¬ 
kansas, June 8th, 1864 and Isabell Powell, born August 26th, 

1860. Issue: W. H. Brasher, Samuel A. Brasher, Harry Mil- 
ton Brasher, Gertie Brasher, Bessie Mae Brasher, Richard 
Allen Brashear, (above). 

Grandson of Aquilla Brasher, born Alabama, 1838 and 
Martha Amanda White, bom Louisiana, 1840. Aquilla Bra¬ 
shear, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. 

Great Grandson of William H. Brashear of Virginia 
EDWARD S. BRASHEARS 
Residence, Washington D. C. Business, Attornev. 
Captain and Judge Advocate, U. S. A., World War. Edward 
S. Brashear, born January 3rd, 1883, Sanborn, O’Brien 
County, Iowa, married Helen M. Long, born Altoona, Iowa, 
March 17th, 1886. Issue: Mildred M. Brashears, born Feb¬ 
ruary 24, 1907. 

Son of Blumer H. Brashears, born Rockport, Indiana, 

1861, and Mary Jane Langdon, bom Rockport, Indiana, 1862. 
Issue: James A. Brashears, Rev. Wallace M. Brashears. Ira L. 
Brashears, Paul B. Brashears, Jennie May Brashears, Edward 
S. Brashears, (above). 

Grandson of Rev. Ira Brashears and Mary Susan Cotton. 
More complete data on the life of Rev. Ira Brashears will 
be found in a sketch written by himself and included in this 
volume. 

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Extracts from the Family History of the Rev. 

Ira Brashears 1 

Contributed hj his Grandson, Rev. Wallace M. Brashears, 
of Alexandria, Virginia 

Samuel Brashears, a son of Matthew Brashears, was born 
in Beaver County, Pennsylvania about the year 1759, of 
French ancestry. When about sixteen years of age, he' be¬ 
came a member of one of Daniel Boone’s exploring parties, 
in the wilds of Kentucky, from which he returned in the late 
autumn of the same year, march-ng through the pathless 
forests. He had several brothers whose names are not re¬ 
called. In after years he weac ;.g;in to Kentucky, and be¬ 
came a r?siden + of Bullitt County, where he married Hannah 
.Standiford, November 3, 1790. The sons born to them were 

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John, Thomas, Ephriam, Marsham, Isarel and Samuel, and 
a daughter, \vho bceame the wife of Thomas Baker. He re¬ 
moved from Kentucky to Warwick County, Indiana, in the 
spring of the year, 1816, and settled about a mile east of 
Booneville, where he lived until his death in 1840, being 
then about eighty years of gae. He was illiterate, could 
neither read nor write, so in the spelling of the sur¬ 
name by others it became, “Broshears” instead of pre- 
rect way of spelling has fallen into disuse or rather, 
it is used by only a portion of the posterity. Other 
branches of the family both east and west preserve the original 
spelling Brashear or Brashears. The reader, must not, how¬ 
ever, imagine the subject of this sketch was a dullard, on the 
contrary he was an active business man, of good habit, and 
in some respects a leading citizen of his locality. He was a 
good mechanic and a farmer and owned and operated a mill 
propelled by horsepower and also a distillery. He manufac¬ 
tured gunpowder, which was an important article among the 
pioneers of that day. To obtain the saltpetre necessary for 
powder manufacture, he had recourse to the deposits found 
in various caves in Kentucky, which contained that particular 
mineral salt. Though he operated a distillery, he was not a 
user of strong drink to any extent, and his sons grew to be 
sober useful citizens. Of these, three only had families, viz: 
John, Ephriam and Marsham. John had one son, Perigo and 
two grandsons, Issac of Evansville, Indiana and Ephriam of 
Hoxie, Arkansas. 

Thomas went west and was not heard from after 1836. 

Marsham had eight children, William, Benoni, Andrew 
J., Christopher C., Sraah A. Morris, Ephriam, Samuel S., and 
Phillip B., of these four were volunteers during the Civil 
War, that is, Benoni, Christopher, Ephriam and Phillip. 

Ephriam Brashears was born in Bullitt County, Kentucky, 
November 5th, 1795, and died at Booneville, Indiana, Oct¬ 
ober 14, 1876. During the years 1809 and 1810 he had 
some school advantages. The writer has a forty page fools¬ 
cap size arithmetic, written during the latter years, in which 
only English currency, pounds, shilling and pence were used 
in all the business calculation. In some respects he was 
one of the unfortunates, as in childhood days a wild rose 
briar struck his right eye and put it out. In his young man¬ 
hood while riding a restive horse, the anmal became fright¬ 
ened and threw him with violence against a tree so that his 
right shoulder was dislocated and for the lack of surgical aid 
the joint was not replaced. 

This was a bad handicap in many respects for the rest 
of his life. Also when about fifty-eight years qf age, a run- 

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away horse, caused an accident which resulted in the loss of 
his left, leg below the knee. Thus for the last twentyyears 
of his life he had to use a wooden leg. During the fall and 
winter of 1815-16 he and his younger brother, Marsham 
cleared and fenced a part of their father’s land, a mile or 
so east of Booneville. It was a lonely sort of life as settlers 
were few and far between. Beginning in the year, 1821, for 
nearly ten years he was a County official. Deputy Sheriff, 
Sheriff and Treasurer; in these offices he discharged his 
duties with singular fidelity, then refused reelection, be¬ 
cause he preferred the quiet of his far mhome, a very singular 
proceeding compared with the present day trend of pofitics. 

On January 27th, 1825, at Booneville, Indiana, there oc¬ 
curred the marriage of High-Sheriff Ephriam Brashears and 
Miss Anna Harris Hinman, the youngest daughter of Captain 
Ashael Hinman, one of the oldest surviving officers of the 
Revolutionary War. Of the children of this marriage, four 
had families. Mrs* Maria H. Youngblood, Mrse. Lois A. 
Wood (Johnson by a second marriage), Mrs. Eliza J. Mc- 
Murty and Rev. Ira Brashears. 

Anna Harris Brashears, wife of Ephriam Brashears, 
died in Booneville, Indiana, November 24, 1866, aged 71 
years. 

Note: While the Rev. Ira Brashears did not attempt 
to trace his ancestry beyond Matthew Brashears of Pennsyl¬ 
vania, it is very probable that he like other members of the 
Brashear family immigrated from Maryland to Pennsylvania 
and is a direct descendent of Benjamin Brashears, the Hugue¬ 
not Rufugee. 


^ MARTHA BRASHEAR CONKLE 
-' r Residence, Barshear, Missouri. 

Martha Brashear Conkle, born July 26, 1851, Brashear, 
Missouri, married John Conkle, October 16th, 1879. Issue: 
Bert, married Tillie Propst;Anna. 

Daughter of William G. Brashear, born Spartanburg, 
South Carolina, January 13th, 1807, married Rosa Wood, 
born, Spartanburg, South Carolina, September 22nd, 1809. 
Issue: Millicent, born September 15th, 1826, married Samuel 
Pershall, both died in Kansas.. 


| Coleman, born March 18th, 1829, married Mariah Smith, 
both died in California. 

i Mary Jane, born September, 1831, Ralls County, Missouri, 
j married G. L. Patterson, both died in Illinois. 

\ Catherine, born January 13th, 1832, Ralls County, Mis- 
’ souri, ied in infancy. 


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James W., born in 1835, in Adams County, Illinois, 
married Lila Smith, both died in California. 

Thomas A., born March 30, 1840, in Adams County, 
Illinois, married Laura Grason, who died March 8th, 1927, 
Thomas A. Brashear, living at present, Parnell, Missouri. 

Susan, born Mary 18th, 1843, in Adair County, Missouri, 
married Robert Thatcher, bot h die d in lllinois.—> • .. ' 

--RichafdWT.'rboFn~January I3fh, 1846, Adair County, 

Missouri, married Margaret Montgomery, living, Eolia, Mo. 

Cynthia, born September 11th, 1848, Adair County, Mis¬ 
souri, married D. E. Hosley, living, Ramona, Oklahoma. 

John W., born July 26th, 1851, married Meda Creig, liv¬ 
ing, Hutchison, Kansas. He was a twin brother of Mrs. 
Martha Conkle, shown above. 

George W., called Bruce, born July 26th, 1855, married 
Bertha Weaver, both living, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 

Granddaughter of William Brashear, who immigrated 
from Virginia to Spartanburg, South Carolina, probably just 
after the Revolutionary War. (Further record of this family 
may be found with the sketch of Thomas Alexander Bra¬ 
shear). 

JAMES MITCHELL BRASHEAR 

Residence, Tiline, Kentucky. 

James Mitchell Brasher, born Wright County, Missouri, 
July 9th, 1863, married Mary Emline Sullivant, Januap- 
24th, 1893. Issue: Claudie, married Elbert Marshall; Adie, 
married Charles Guess; Bettie, married Gillie Paris; Charles, 
Dora, Bennett. 

Son of Mitchell Brashear, born in Virginia, November 
18th, 1811, and Elizabeth Gaines, born March 10th, 1830. 
Issue: John A., William, Samuel E., Johnson, Isabel, Jane, 
Mary, James M., Nannie, Clark, Ligie. 

Grandson of Thomas Brashear, of Virginia, wife’s maiden 
name not known. Issue: Jackson, James, William, Hudson, 
Sallie, Peggie, Grace. 

GEORGE WEBSTER BRASHEARS 

Residence, Steelton, Pennsylvania. 

George Webster Brashears, born November 11th, 1881, 
Sharpsburg, Maryland, married Florence Alberta Anderson, 
February 11th, 1905. Issue: William Webster, married Helen 
Shelley. 

Son of George Ridgley Brashears, born Sharpsburg, 
Maryland, January 9th, 1847 and Elizabeth Brashears, born 
born Sharpsburg, Maryland, 1845. Issue: Mary C., Thomas 
H., Amelia Frances, Julia M., Clara E., William F., Cora J., 
Charles V., Ada J. 


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Grandson of William Brashears, born Sharpsburg, Marv- 
land, March 27th, 1882 and Elizabeth Bemrner, born Sharps 
burg, Maryland, 1825. Issue: Van S., married Miss Renner • 
Thomas H., married Mary Keedy. 

0 .„ ^ reat Grandson of Joshua Brashears and wife, Miss 
Stifler. 

JESSE OSBORN BRASHEAR 

Residence, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Business, Farming 

Jesse Osborn Brashear, born in Rutherford County Ten¬ 
nessee, May 24th, 1882, married Claire Anne Watson, born 
January 20th, 1891. Date of marriage, May 26th 1907 
Issue: Valera Lucille, Mildred Nadine. 

Son of Jesse Brashear, born in Rutherford County, Ten- 

oo^ ee -io-n ^t S W ^ e ’ Virginia Brown, born November 
20th, ISoO. Issue: Eva, born February 21st, 1884, married 
Genoa Bowling. 

James Bridges, born November 18, 1886, married Nettie 
Sloan. 

Shirley Clyde, born August 31, 1889, married Ida Helton 

Kenneth, born August 9th, 1895. 

Jesse Osborn, born Mary 24th, 1882, married Claire Anne 
Watson. 

Grandson of Jesse Brashear and Sallie Ann Brown of 
Rutherford County, Tennessee. Issue: John, married Annie 
Ive; Dosie, married Josh Barton; Bettie, married Joseph 
Smith; Mattie. y 

Great Grandson of Jesse Brashear, one of the pioneer 
settlers of Rutherford County. 

DAVID WARREN BRASHEAR 

Residence, Picher, Oklahoma. 

David Warren Brashear, born Russellville, Pope County, 
Arkansas, January 16th, 1882, married Ruth E. Beesley 
Issue: Hattie, Myrtle, Jewel, Maxine. 

Son of Walter W. Brashear, born Marion County Ar¬ 
kansas and Nancy M. White, of Missiouri. issue: Ursulla, 
marned Wm. Chronister; Lou, married Hanibal Vaughan; 
rord Brashear; Adam Brashear married Jo Burris’ Maymie 
married Lewellen; David W. Brashear, (above). 

Grandson of Mortimer Brashear, killed in action during 
Civil War. Issue: Walter W. Brashear, LaFayette W Bra¬ 
shear Napoleon Bonaparte Brashear, John Brashear, Mary 
Brashear, Marguerite Brashier. 

THOMAS WINFIELD BRASHEARS 

Residence, Laurel, Maryland. 

(See sketch of William Brashear, the millwright). 

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Thomas Winfield Brashears, born July 12th 1880, Laurel, 
Maryland, married Millie May Burdette of Montgomery 
County, Maryland. Issue: Thomas Winfield Brashears, Jr. 

Son of Thomas Brashears, born Laurel, Maryland, Sep¬ 
tember 9th, 1S55, and Georgianna Victoria Cooksey, born 
December 17th 1859, Prince George County, Maryland. Issue: 

Elizabeth Emiline, born March 23, 1884, married Emory 
Irwin Morton, September 22nd, 1904. 

Arthur E mm ons Brashear, born June 3rd, 1891, married 
Maude Parker, September 23rd, 1920. 

Thomas Winfield Brashears, (above). 

Grandson of Thomas Brashears and Rebecca Ann Hood 
of Prince George County, Maryland. 

WILLIAM BRASHEARS 
(The Millwright) 

William Brashears, born 1770, married Miss Carr, Prince 
George County, Maryland. Died 1845. Issue: 

Benjamin, born 1813, died 1882, married Sarah Miller. 

William, born 1817, died, 1903, married Sarah E. Purtle. 

Thomas, married Rebecca A. Hood. 

Andrew Jackson, married Cassie Ewing. 

Margaret, married Daniel Davidson. 

Ellen, married Albert Burton. 

Benjamin, the first son, who married Sarah Miller, 
had eight children, namely: Luther, born 1844, died, 1911, 
no issue, married Martha A. Gaither; Columbus, married Sus¬ 
an Fletcher, Issue: Anna, Hattie, Benjamin, Joseph, Bessie, 
Maude. 

Mary married Wm. Mitchell; Laura, married Wm. Gaith¬ 
er; Addie, married Chauncy Darby; Margaret, died an in¬ 
fant; Emma married Frank Miller; Sarah married Kaiser. 

William, the second son of the Millwright, married, 
Sarah Purtle and had eight children, namely: 

Harriet Rebecca, born 1845, died, 1896, married John 
T. Hynes. 

William Jackson, born 1845, died 1925, married Laura 
Smith. 

Shipley, born 1847, died 1852. 

Margaret Alice, born 1852, died 1852. 

Benjamin Thomas, born 1850, died 1852. 

John Wesley, born 1853, married Josephine Cray. 

Albert, born 1856, died 1857. 

■ Frank, born 1858, died 1925, married Emma Timmons. 

To the union of Harriet Rebecca and John T. Haynes, 
were born four children, John Thomas Gary, William, T. B., 
Edgar Loudon and Estelle Ermine. 

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To the union of William Jackspn Brashear and Laura 
Smith, were born, three children, William, Warner, Estelle 
Ermine. 

To the union of Shipley Brashears and Mary E. Phelps 
were born seven children, Shipley, Emma, Flora, Jessie 
Irma, Mary, Paul. 

To the union of John Wesley Brashears and Josephine 
Cary were born four children, Walter Cray, John Wesley, 
Sarah Amelia, who married Walter C. Ivey and Maurice Ly¬ 
man, who married Louise Howard, and had a son named 
Maurice Lyman, Jr. 

To the union of Frank Brashears and Emma Timmons 
were born three children, Hattie, Elmer and Boy. 

Thomas Brashears, the third son of the Millwright, mar¬ 
ried Rebecca A. Hood and had two children, John Thomas, 
who married Georgia G. Cooksey and George, who married 
Carrie Smith. 

To the union of John Thomas and Georgia Cooksey 
were born four children; Thomas Winfield, who married 
Nellie W. Burdette. Effie Gray, who died young, Eliza¬ 
beth Emeline, who married Emory Marton, and Arthur Em¬ 
mons. 

To the union of George Brashears and Carrie Smith, 
one child was borned, named, Claud. 

Andrew Jackson Brashears, fourth son of William Bra¬ 
shears, the Millwright, who married Cassie Ewing, had one 
son Wilber. Andrew Jackson Brashears moved to York, 
Pennsylvania, his son Wilber died a bachelor. 

Margaret Brashears, the fifth child of William Brashears, 
the Millwright, married Daniel Davidson and had three chil¬ 
dren, Ellen, who married Wm. C. McBride, William and Kate. 

Ellen Brashears, sixth child of Wiliam Brashears, the 
Millwright married Albert Burton and had four children: 
Joseph, Martha, Theodore and Albert. 

JOHN WESLEY BRASHEARS, Jr., 

Residence, Washington, D. C. L.L.M. Georgetown Uni¬ 
versity. First Lieutenant, Engineers, A. E. F. Cartographic 
Engineer, U. S. Geological Survey. 

John Wesley Brashears, born August 27th, 1878, the son 
of John Wesley Brashears, born September 1, 1853, and his 
wife, Josephine Cray, born February 22nd, 1852, all of Prince 
Georges County, Maryland. He has brothers and sisters, 
Walter Cray Brashears, born August 12th, 1876, married 
Lillian Hirsch; Sarah Amelia Brashears, born September 
21st, 1880, married Walter C. Irey; Maurice Lymna Bra¬ 
shears, born January 29th, 1885, married Louise Howard. He 

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is the Grandson of William Brashears, born in 1817, Prince 
George County, Maryland, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth 
Purtle, born 1823. Issue: John Wesley Brashears, Sr., above. 

Harriet Rebecca Brashears, married, John T. Haynes. 

William Jackson Brashears, married Laura Smith. 

Shipley Brashears, married Mary E. Phelps. 

Frank Brashears, married Emma Timmons. 

Great Grandson of William Brashears, a Millwright, 
of Prince George County, Maryland, and his wife, a Miss Carr, 
whose record will be found elsewhere. 

EBENEZER BRASHEARS 

Residence, Roxton, Texas. Business, Merchant. 

Ebenezer Brashears, born September 14th, 18S3, Leola, 
Arkansas, married Mary Edith Bludworth, born Pilot Grove, 
Texas, November 4th, 1888, married January 17th, 1912. 
Issue: William Bludworth Brashears, born January 19th, 
1917. 

Son of William Frank Brashears, born Leola, Arkansas, 
October 10th, 1853 and his wife, Evelyn Fredonia Deer. Issue: 

Ebenezer Brashears, above; Felix Brashears, married 
Callie Page; Hattie Brashears, married Samuel Riggan; May¬ 
nard Brashears, married Evola Crow; Ray Brashears, mar¬ 
ried J. C. Williams; Lillian Brashears; Cora Brashears, mar¬ 
ried S. E. Connell; Clifton Brashears, married Esther; Fly 
Brashears. married M. D. Heard. 

Grandson of Phillip Randle Brashears, born Alabama, 
1825 and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Brown, born Georgia 1827. 
Great Grandson of John Brashears. 

Note: Phillip Randle Brashears was a corporal in Confed¬ 
erate army during Civil War. 

MRS. MEDORA BRASHEAR MAYNARD 
Hemosa Beach, California 

Medora Brashear, born Hawesville, Kentucky, October 
30th, 1852, married Morton Armand Maynard, born Adrian 
Michigan, March 5, 1840. Issue: Nora Blanche, born January 
27, 1873, married J. R. Johnston; Flora Pearl, born Janu¬ 
ary 6th, 1875, married D. Edwin Hostetter; Sue Ethyl, born 
August 7, 1879, d : ed November 1894. 

Daughter of Thomas Brashear, born Franklin County, 
Kentucky, March 16th, and his wife, Lydia Ash, born Har¬ 
din County, Kentucky, August 9th. 1819. Issue: Susan 
Rebecca, born August 20, 1841, married Jno. James; Wm. 
Henry, born April 1844; Robert A., bom February 4th, 1857; 
Medora, above. 

Granddaughter of Otho Brashear, born Franklin County, 
Kentucky, 1796, and his wife, Mary Wills (first) second wife, 

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Julia Blake. Issue: First wife, Ann, Elizabeth, Francis, 
Thomas; Second wife, Mary Jane. 

Great Grandaughter of Thomas Brashear, born 1764, and 
his wife, Frances Berry. 

Great-Great Granddaughter of Nacy Brashear, born in 
Prince George County, Maryland, in 1734. From this the 
record is traced to Benjamin Brashear, the original immigrant. 

FRANCIS A. BRASHEARS 

Baltimore, Maryland 

Francis A. Brashears, born March 8, 1855, Baltimore, 
Maryland, married Anna Cora Bandel, born Baltimore, Mary¬ 
land, July 17, 1858. Married February 27th, 1878. Issue: 
Herbert W. Brashears, married Irene Doudein; Harriet C. 
Brashears, married John C. Stirling; Andrew D. Brashears, 
married Louise Jones. 

Son of Zacheus Daivs Brashears, born Prince George 
George County, Maryland, February 27, 1803 and his wife, 
Rachel Ann Ragen, born Tuckerton, New Jersey, April 13, 
1814. Issue: Francis A. Brashears, above; Other children’s 
names not available. 

Grandson of John W. Brashears, born Prince George 
County, Maryland, December 5, 1772 and his wife, Elizabeth 
R. Davis, born May 22, 1776, in Charles County, Maryland. 
Issue: Noah Brashears, born, June 30, 1795; Zacheus Davis 
Brashears, above. 

Great Grandson of John Pottinger Brashears, born Prince 
George County, Maryland, record of date is so dim that it 
cannot be given correctly, but presumably about 1740. The 
first census of the United States 1790, lists John Pottinger 
Brashears as head of a family in Prince Georges County (see 
I. Pollinger Brashear. 

MARECHAL NEAL BRASHEAR 
Little Rock, Ark. 

Maechal Neal Brashear, born Russellville, Pope County, 
Arkansas, January 3, 1895. married Hildegrade Reneta Gros¬ 
ser, born, Egeland, North Dakota, March 16, 1903. Marriage 
date, March 4, 1928. Issue: None. 

Son of John Mortimer Brashear, born Center Valley, 
Pope County, Arkansas, December 23, 1870 and his wife, 
Katherine Johnanna Brashear, born Chicago, Illinois, Janu¬ 
ary 11, 1874. Issue: Herman Schuh Brashear, born December 
19, 1897, married Stella Wetzler; Jessie Corinne Brashear, 
born June 12, 1900, married Luther Miller; Marechal Neal 
Brashear, above. 



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Grandson of LaFayette Brashear, born Center Valley, 
Arkansas, in 1841 and his wife, Mary Caroline Bowden, born 
Center Valley, Arkansas, in 1840. Issue: Mary Brashear, born 
1865, married W. S. Reynolds; Elizabeth Brashear, born 1S63 ; 
Josephine Brashear, born 1867, married B. D. Jones; Mrs. G. 
B. Meyers, born 1869 ; Bell Brashear, married Clarence Walls; 
Warren Brashear, born 1875; Luna Brashear, born 1877; 
Frank Brashear, born 1879; John Mortimer Brashear, above. 

Great Grandson of John Wesley Brashear, thought to 
have been born in Lexington Kentucky, his wife’s maiden 
name is not available. 

Note: Marechal Neal Brashear, served in the U. S. Navy, 
October 15, 1913 to October, 1919, in the Liberian Revolution 
November 1915. Submarine patrol, war zone, 1917-18, re¬ 
signed as Warrant Officer, regular Navy, October 15th, 1919. 
Democratic alderman, eighth ward, Little Rock, Ark, for 
term beginning, April 1929. 

La Fayette Brashear, grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch saw active service in the Union Army during the Civil 
War, as did his Great Grandfather John Wesley Brashear. 

MRS. FANNIE BRASHEAR FRYMIRE 

Residence, Ekron, Kentucky. 

Mrs. Fannie Brashear Frymire, was born in Meade Coun¬ 
ty, Kentucky, March 11th, 1864, married W. M. Frymire, of 
Union Star, Beckenridge County, Kentucky, September 12th, 
1892. Issue: None. 

Daughter of Thomas Brashear, born November, 23rd, 
1820 and his wife, Henrietta Agnes Skillman, of Paris, Ken¬ 
tucky. Issue: Joseph, born 1845; William S., born 1S47; 

Mary, born 1859; Chris, born -; Samuel, born 1861; 

Fannie, born 1864, as above. 

Granddaughter of Joseph Brashear and his second wife, 
Elizabeth Wheeler. Issue: See family Bible record of Joseph 
Brashear. 

Great Granddaughter of William Brashear, who immi¬ 
grated from Brownsville Pennsylvania to Kentucky. 

Great-Great Granddaughter of Joseph Brashear, born 
Prince George County, Maryland, January 15th, 1722. See 
part 2, page 2 for line back to Benjamin Brashears, the immi¬ 
grant. 

THOMAS CREG BRASHEAR 

Residence, Sulphur Springs, Texas. 

Thomas Creg Brashear, born November 2nd, 1875, mar¬ 
ried Clyde Olene Harris, born July 27th, 1880. Marriage 
date November 2nd, 1902. Issue: Robert Allen, born Septem¬ 
ber 15th, 1903; Thomas Cowan, born August 7th, 1905. 

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Son of William Skillman Brashear, born Beckenrid^e 
County, Kentucky, July 17th, 1847, and his wife, Ma^ie 
Creg of Delta County, Texas. Issue: Thomas C., above: Allen 
Joseph James. ’ 

Grandson of Thomas Brashear and his wife, Henrietta Agnes 
Skillman. Issue: See sketch of Mrs. Fannie Brashear Frv- 
mire. 

Great Grandson of Joseph Brashear and his wife (2nd) 
Elizabeth Wheeler. Issue: See Family Bible record of Joseph 
Brashear. 

Great Great Grandson of William Brashear, who immi¬ 
grated from Brownsville, Pennsylvania to Kentucky in 1780. 

. • The little town of Brashear, Texas, is named for 

this family. 

Great Great Great Grandson of Joseph Brashear, born Prince 
George County, Maryland, January 15th, 1722. See part 
2, page, for line back to the original immigrant, Benjamin 
Brashear. 

SAMUEL MURRAY BRASHEAR 

Residence, Decimal, Manitoba, Canada. Business, A^ent 
Canadian National Railway. ’ 

_ Samuel Murray Brasher, was born July 1st, 1891, in 
Lucknow, Ontario, Canada. Married Albertine Nault iof 
St. Mary’s Quebec, August 14th, 1917. Issue: Mary Frances • 
Samuel Edward, John Richard. 

Son of Albert Edward Brashear, born August 23rd, 1858 
Gienna, Oontario, and his wife, Clarissa Thomas, born March 
23rd, 1865, Bayham, Ontario. Issue: George Earl, born 
August 6th, 1887; Manora Adeline, born October 8th 1889 • 
Edith Alexandria, born February 9th, 1900; Samuel Mur¬ 
ray, above. 

Grandson of Samuel Brashear, born Wilton, Wiltshire 
England, and his wife, Elizabeth Clarke of Salisbury, Eng¬ 
land Issue: William, James, Emily, George, Frederick, 
Charlotte, Jane, Martha. 

Great Grandson of John Brashear, of Wiltshire, England 

The Grandfather of the subject of this sketch, Samuel 
Brashear, left the following family history in the form of a 
memorandum: 

As far back as I can remember, I believe my grand¬ 
father s name was John. My father was the eldest of twenty- 
three children and his name was John, his brothers and sis¬ 
ters names, as near as I can remember, were as follows: 
Enos, lived in Wilton when I left, James in London, Thomas 
m London, Joseph in Newmarket, George in Bangalow Madras 
Station, East India, supposed to be very wealthy. I had 
another uncle who went to the United States, but my father 

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having lost all his papers by fire, lost his address, do not 
remember his Christian name. My aunts names on my 
father’s side, I can only remember a few; Ann, married a 
Sutton, Martha, married a Clark, my mother’s name was 
Charlotte Vincent, before her marriage. There was 16 of us 
in the family. Jane married an Axton, I am the only one 
left out of sixteen.” 

SAM HOUSTON BRASHEAR 

Sam Houston Brashear, was born in Houston, Texas, 
July 9th, 1866, the son of John Brashear, and his wife, Kate 
(McGowen) Brashear. His paternal and maternal grand¬ 
fathers came to Texas in 1837, and settled at Houston. They 
were both members of the Constitutional Convention in 1845. 
John Brashear was County Clerk and later Chief Justice 
of Harris County. His maternal Grandfather, Alexander 
McGowen was twice elected Mayor of Houston. 

Sam Houston Brashear was educated in the public 
schools of Houston, leaving the same at the age of sixteen 
to engage in clearical pursuits. He studied law, without a 
teacher, and was admitted to the Bar in 1887. In 1888, he 
formed a partnership with Charles E. Ashe, and in 1892, was 
elected City Attorney of Houston, and while holding that 
office was nominated and elected by a large majority as 
Judge of the Eleventh Judicial District of Texas, at the 
age of twenty-six years. Although highly endorsed by mem¬ 
bers of the Bar for re-election he declined to run again and 
resumed the practice of law with Henry J. Dannebaum as a 
partner. In 1898, he was solicited by a large number of repre¬ 
sentative citizens to offer for the mayoralty, and was elected 
by a large majority, and re-elected in 1900. The administra¬ 
tion was characterized by many public improvements, in¬ 
cluding the purchase of the first Park in Houston. He placed 
the City on a cash basis, and left it in sound financial condi¬ 
tion. 

In 1901, he resigned the office,because of ill health, and 
continued in the practice of law until 1922, when he re¬ 
tired. He has to some extent continued his law practice up 
to the present time and is one of the executors of the estate 
of his deceased Aunt, Mrs. Maggie Brashear, one of the largest 
estates in Texas. 

In 1893, he married Miss Josephine Pereira. They have 
one son, John Brashear, who resides in Green-wich, Connec¬ 
ticut. A family record is given below. 

Sam Houston Brashear was born July 9th, 1S66, in 
Houston, Texas, where he was married June 2nd, 1893, to 
Miss Josephine Pereira, who was Dorn in Houston, Texas, 
August 26th, 1870. 


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Issue: John Joseph Brashear. 

Son of John Brashear, a Confederate soldier, born in 
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, February 20th, 1837, and his wife, 
Katherine McGowen, born in Houston, Texas, February 9th, 
1844. 

Issue: Isaac. W., born August 17th, 1868. 

Fannie F., born November 20th, 1870. 

Sarah E., born June 23, 1865, married S. E. McAshan. 

Sam Houston, (above). 

Grandson of Isaac TV. Brashear, born Guilford County, 
North Carolina in 1811, and his wife, Sarah Trott, born in 
Tennessee. 

Issue: Henry, born 1839, married Marggie Carter. .? 

Annexa, married Charles Miller. 

Sarah B., married J. TV. Jones. 

Probably the Great Grandson of Asa Brashear, who was 
a wealthy planter in Guilford county, North Carolina, as 
shown in the census of 1790. 


THOMAS ALEXANDER BRASHEAR 

Residence: Parnell, Missiouri. 

Thomas Alexander Brashear, born March 30th, 1840, in 
Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, on October 27th,- 1867, 
married Laura Lavanche Grason, born Three Rivers, Michigan, 
August 29th, 1849. Issue: 

Charles C., born November 22nd, 1868, died January 12, 
1873. 

Franklin B., born February 14th, 1871, died November 
12, 1895. 

Lewis TV., born March 25th, 1873, died December 19, 1876. 

Anna E., born March 29th, 1875, married Geo. TV. Korell. 

Rosa A., born Octobr 30th, 1878, married Chas. C. Evans. 

Willie A., born June 21st, 1881, died 1882. 

George W., born October 18, 1883, died 1884. 

Benjamin H., born November 17, 1888. 

Cecil Mark, born January 10th 1895, died 1896. 

Son of William Gowan Brashear, born January 13th, 
1807, Spartanburg District, South Carolina, died May 10th, 
1862, and his wife, Rosanah Wood, born Spartanburg, South 
Carolina, Ceptember 22nd, 1809, died Adair County, Missouri, 
August 29th, 1900. Issue: 

Millicent, born September 15th, 1826, married M. S. 
Pershall. 

Coleman, born March 18th, 1829. 

Mary Jane, born September 31, 1831, married Green Pat¬ 
terson. 


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Jas. W., born April 15th, 1838. 

Susan A., born May 18, 1843. 

Richard M., born January 13th, 1846. 

Cynthia A., born September 11th, 1848. 

John TV., and Martha E., twins, born July 26, 1851. 
Martha E. married John Conkle, see sketch of Mrs. Conkle. 

Geo. W., called Bruce, born July 26th, 1855. 

Grandson of William Brashear, born about 1760 and his 
wife, Mary Clayton, who moved from Fauuier County Vir¬ 
ginia to Spartanburg District, South Carolina. Issue: 

1. William Gowan (above). 

2. Merida or Meredith, born 1793, died 1882, married 
Elizabeth McGuirem of North Carolina, had twelve 
children, Major Dockins, married Sarah (??); Pa¬ 
tience Melinda, married Mr. Clayton, moved to Miss¬ 
issippi; Millard Fillmore, born 1S56, moved to Plain- 
view, Texas, married Della Mercer; William Ander¬ 
son, born 1859; Mary, Martha, Sarah, married a 
Brashear, her cousin; Solomon; Drucilla ; 

3. Ithra, lived in Rail County, Missouri at time of Civil 
War. 

4. Solomon Brashear, married Jemima Petit, had 14 
children, all boys. He moved to Ralls County Mis¬ 
souri, in 1831, from Spartanburg, South Carolina. 
His children were Joshua; Albert (Bird) married 
Martha Cox; Joberry married Drucilla Brashear a 
cousin; Frank born, 1827, married 1858, to Sarah Mc¬ 
Coy and who had the following children: Fanny, 
Edward, Peter, Frank, Robert, Benjamin, Louis, Alva, 
Hendricks, Jennie, Ella. Dockins Wylie, William 
Riley, Gowan, Overman, David, James, Tyry. 

Thomas Alexander Brashear, who is still living, gives the 
following record of his Grandfather and Uncles: 

My Grandfather, William Brashear, died about 1852 at 
the age of 92, he was a great dancer, and with his wife behind 
him would go horse-back for miles to dances, where he usually 
played the ‘ ‘ fiddle. ’ ’ He afterwards joined the church, quit 
dancing and insisted that the Devil was in the fiddle. Mov¬ 
ing from Virginia to South Carolina he took up 1100 acres of 
land, whch he divided among his children, each receiving 100 
acres. All of his children had large families. His own family 
consisting of five boys and five girls, namely: Merida or 
Meredith, Tabitha, Solomon, Dolly, Mary called Polly, Nancy 
William, Gowan, Isaih, Irtha and Elizabeth. His son, Solomon 
who married Jemima Petit came to Ralls County in 1831, he 
was in good circumstances and owned 300 acres of land on 

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Salt River, he was very fond of fox humting and kept a large 
pack of hounds. He was a typical frontiersman, big, robust, 
and hardy, wore his hair long until his death. His children’ 
all of his children lived near him on Salt River, with the ex¬ 
ception of his son, Frank, who married in Adair County. 
Meredith came to Ralls County and settled near New London 
in 1849, he had served in the War of 1812 t and was discharged 
at Charleston, S. C. 

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The following sketch of Thomas Alexander Brashear is 
taken from “The Past and Present of Nodaway County 
Missouri,” Yol. 2, Page 1031. 

.“The gentleman to whom the biographer now calls at¬ 
tention has for many decades been a resident of Nodaway 
County, in fact, has spent the major part of his useful life 
here, and although it has not been altogether one of ease, yet 
today he can look back with satisfaction as he recalls the 
arduous toil performed, the many obstacles overcome and the 
victories .won in his struggle to gain fclie independence that 
is now his. But those sturdy traits of his pioneer ancestors 
were inherited by him and exemplified in the determination 
and perseverance which characterized him. The county is 
largely indebted to the sturdy and indefatigable class of citi¬ 
zens of which Thomas A. Brashear is a conspicuous example. 
Mr. Brashear was born March 20th, 1840 in Hancock County, 
Illinois and he is the son of William G. and Rosa (Wood)’ 
Brashear, natives of the Spartanburg District, South Carolina, 
his father having been born January 13, 1897, and died May 
10 , 1862, in Adair County, Missouri. His wife was born 
September 22, 1809, and died August 29th, 1900. 

They were reared and married in their native country, 
then they with their parents, James and Susan (Burnett) 
Wood and family emigrated to Ralls County, Missouri, in the 
spring of 1827. After the death of her parent in 1841, they 
moved to Adair County, this State, locating near the present 
site of Brashear, which place was named in honor of R. M. 
Brashear. He was a man of temperate habits, a firm be¬ 
liever in the religion of the Christ, he was cougteous and ag¬ 
gressive and hesitated at no obstacles, advocated strongly 
all public improvement and better educational facilities, even 
giving up a portion of his dwelling to be used as a school 
free of charge, where his own and neighbors children received 
instructions until a school house could be built in the neigh¬ 
borhood. No one could have taken greater pride in the gen¬ 
eral development of the county than he, especially the moral 
and intellectual advancement of the youth of his acquaintance 

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and he was always ready to encourage them. He was a mem¬ 
ber of the Baptist Church. His family consisted of twelve 
children, eight of whom are living at this writing, namely: 
Cloeman, who resides in California; Mary J., is the wife of 
Green L. Patterson and lives in Illionis; Richard M. lives in 
Kirksville, Missouri; Cynthia, now Mrs. Hosley, lives in Okla¬ 
homa ; John W., lives at Odessa, Missouri; Martha is the wife 
of J. W. Conkle of Brashear, Missouri; George B., lives in 
Oklahoma and Thomas A., of this review. Those deceased 
are Millieent, James W., Susan A., and Nancy. Thomas A. 
Brashear spent his boyhood days at home and received a very 
limited education in the old time log school house, teachers 
in those days being paid principally by subscription, their 
renumeration often being paid in corn, flour and like com¬ 
modities. When twenty-one years of age, Mr. Brashear proved 
his patriotism by enlisting in the Union Army, from Adair 
County, Missouri, July 12th, 1861, as a private in Company 
A, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, under Captain 
Thompson and Colonel John M. Palmer, serving three years 
and three months, having seen service in the vicinity of 
Springfield, Missouri, in the fall and winter of 1861, fighting 
the Confederate General Sterling Price. He was at Fort 
Henry, Fort Donelson and Shiloh. The siege of Corinth and 
Vicksburg, was at the battle of Champion Hills and was with 
Sherman in his raid on Meridian. The 14th and 15th regi¬ 
ments were consolidated in July, 1864, and known as the 
Veteran Batallion. This regiment marched between the fol¬ 
lowing points to Tallahatchee, Holly Springs, Memphis Boli¬ 
var, Corinth, Vicksburg, Meridian, Chattanooga to Merietta, 
Georgia. Mr. Brashear received an honorable discharge on 
August 24th, 1864, at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and soon there¬ 
after returned home. On October 27th, 1867, Mr. Brashear 
was married to Laura L. Grason, daughter of Oren and Eva- 
line (Wooley) Grason of Adair County, Missouri, who im¬ 
migrated to that locality in 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Brashear 
began their married life in Buchanan County and they came 
to Nodaway County in 1887, and purchased the first lot sold in 
Parnell and on the same Mr. Brashear erected a dwelling and 
butcher shop and engaged successfully in that business for 
six years, when he turned his attention to farming, buying 
and shipping stock extensively and became well fixed from 
a material standpoint by reason of his persistent activity and 
good management. On January 19th, 1898, he was appointed 
Postmaster of Parnell, under President McKinley, and has 
held this position continuously ever since; giving the utmost 
satisfaction to the department and the best service to the 

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patrons of the office. He makes his home on his farm of 
twenty-seven acres adjoining the town of Parnell. He has 
been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 
thirty years and has very ably filled all the chairs of the sub¬ 
ordinate lodge. He and his wife both members of the Rebe- 
kahs, Mrs. Brashear having held all the chairs of same. He 
has been a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, for 
twenty-five years and has been Commander of the Post for 
the past nine years. Nine children have been born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Brashear, only three of whom are living. Anna is the 
wife of George W. Korell, of Andrew County; Rost A., is 
the wife of Chas. C. Evans of Parnell; Benjamin H., lives 
in Savannah, Missiouri. Those deceased are Charles C., Lewis, 
Markie, Bruce, Willie and Wilbur. 

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BELT BRASHEAR 

Lexington, Kentucky. 

Belt Brashear, born Scott County, Kentucky, August 
17th, 1868, married Nannie A. Cunningham, born Scott 
County, Kentucky, February 25th, 1871. Marriage date 
November 10th, 1887. Issue: 

Vanza, born January 14, 1889, married Katie Dickey. 

Georgie Etta, married Ernest Wilson. 

Hallie Mae, married Clarence E. Donovan. 

Son of Samuel Brashear, born Gallatin County, Kentucky, 
about 1840, and his wife, Charity Offutt, born December 
20,1846 in Scoutt County, Kentucky. 

Issue: William T., born February 4th, 1874. 

Belt, (above). 

Rolindy, born May 26th, 1878, married Mr. Fish. 

Grandson of Belt Brashear, bora 1784 and his wife, 
Katherine Robertson, born 1807. Issue: 

Taylor Brashear, Joseph Brashear, Henry C. Brashear, 
Charles Brashear, Van Brashear, John Brashear, Samuel 
Brashear, (above) ; George Brashear, Katherine Brashear, 
Hallie Brashear, Anna Brashear. 

Great Grandson of Rezin Brashear, born 1736 and his 
wife, Maxie Madcap. 

Great, Great Grandson of W Warn Brashear, born 1706 and 
his wife, Pricilla Prather, married June 1734. William Bra¬ 
shear was a Revolutionary War Soldier in Captain Tobias 
Belts company of Militia. 

Great, Great, Great, Grandson of Benjamin Brashear, the 
original immigrant. 

Notes See record of Mrs. Ella Brashear Barber, Madison, In¬ 
diana and Mrs. W. S. Fritzpatrick, Independence, Kansas. 

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MRS. ELLA BRASHEAR BARBER 

Madison, Indiana. 

Daughter of Henry Clay Brashear, horn May 6, 1833, and 
his wife, Emilie Craig, born August 14th, 1835. 

Grandaughter of Belt Brashear, born 1784 (died 1863) 
and his wife, Katherine Robertson, born 1807, died 1890. 
Great Grandaughter of Rezin Brashear 1736, died 1804, and 
his wife, Maxie Madcap, born 1763, died, 1785. 

Great, Great Granddaughter of William Brashear, born 
1706 and his wife, Pricilla Prather, married June, 1734. Wm. 
Brashear was a Revolutionary War soldier in Captain Tobias 
Belt’s Company of Milita. 

Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of Benjamin Brashear 
and May Jones, his wife. Benjamin Brashear was the son of 
Robert Brashear and Grandson of Benjamin Brashear, the 
original immigrant. 

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MRS. W. S. FITZPATRICK 

Independence, Kansas. 

Note: Mrs. Fitzpatrick is a sister of Mrs. Ella Brashear 
Barber of Madison, Indiana, and has the same ancestory as 
shown above. 

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SMITH COFFEE DANIELL, B. S. C. E. 

Residence: Dallas, Texas. 

Business: Engineer. 

Veteran World War. First Lieutenant, Engineers, 28th 
Division, A. E. F.. Smith Coffee Daniell, born Windsor 
Plantation, Claiborne County, Mississippi, March 11th, 1885, 
married Ernestine Moore Evans, born April 3rd, 1892; mar¬ 
riage date, April 20, 1922. 

Son of Smith Coffee Daniell, Sr., born Windsor Planta¬ 
tion, Claiborne County, Mississippi, October 16th, 1861, died 
September 17th, 1904 and his wife, Nancy Hughes, born 
Greenwood Plantation, Claiborne County, Mississippi, Nov¬ 
ember 17, 1865, died September 30 1887. 

Issue: Mary Daniell, born July 21, 1886. 

Smith Coffee Daniell, Jr., (above). 

Grandson of William Hughes, born Port Gibson, Mississ¬ 
ippi, January 12, 1825, and his wife, Mary Bertron, born Port 
Gibson, Mississippi, April 16th, 1837. 

Great Grandson of Captain Benjamin Hughes, born Mary¬ 
land, February 23, 1789, died Port Gibson, Mississippi, July 
7, 1842, and his wife, Nancy Brashear, born Maysville, Ken¬ 
tucky, January 7, 1797. 



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Great, Great Grandson of Ignatius Brashear, born Maryland, 
March 28, 1768, and his wife, Mary Orme, married Louisville, 
Kentucky, March 23, 1796. 

Great, Great, Great Grandson of Nacy Brashear, who is 
shown elsewhere in direct descent from Benjamin Brashear, 
the Huguenot Refugee. Nacy Brashear is shown on the Mus¬ 
ter Roll of Captain Joshua Beall, Prince George County, Mayr- 
land, French and Indian Wars. See Maryland Historical 
Magazine, page 361. 

The subject of this sketch is also a Great, Great, Great 
Grandson of Waterman Crane and Catherine Brashear. 

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EDGAR THORNE BRASHEAR 

Residence: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Business: Superintendent, Real Estate, West Pennsyl¬ 
vania Railway Company. 

Edgar Thorne Brashear, born January 6, 1870, Redstone 
Township, Fayette County, near Brownsville, Pennsylvania, 
married Margaret Burd, born December 31, 1871. Married 
January 24, 1885. 

Issue: Donald Everett Brashear, married Katherine 
Patterson, one child, Patricia Anne. 

Edgar Maurice Brashear, married Mary Miller, one child, 
Mary Jean. 

Son of Otho R. Brashear, born 1837, Redstone Township, 
Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Elizabeth David¬ 
son, born 1841, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. 

Issue: Edgar Thorne Brashear, (above). 

Arnetta Virginia Brashear, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

Estella Minnie Brashear, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

Cherrie Peart Brashear, Uniontown Pennsylvania, born 
July 1878. 

Grandson of Washington Brashear, born 1892, Fayette 
County, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Rachel Ann Peart, born 
Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Issue: 

Otho R. Brashear, (above), born 1837, died 1916. 

Amanda Brashear, born 1846, died 1847. 

Nelson Brashear, born 1827, died 1836. 

Elizabeth Brashear, bom 1828. 

Lavina Brashear, born 1830, died 1891. 

Mary S. Brashear, born 1831, died 1877. 

Rignal Brashear, born 1832, died 1901. 

Lucinda Brashear, born 1834, died 1898. 

Harriett Brashear, born 1833, died 1881. 

Oliver Brashear, born 1838, died 1896. 

George W. Brashear, born 1839 died 1839. 

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Rachel Ann Brashear, born 1843, died 18S2. 

Great Grandson of Rignal Brashear, born Redstone Town¬ 
ship, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Elizabeth 
Brown, daughter of Basil Brown. 

Issue: Washington Brashear, (above), born 1802, died 
1868. 

Otho Brashear, Joseph Brashear, Basil Brashear and Nel¬ 
son Brashear. 

Great, Great, Grandson of Otho Brashear, born Prince 
Georges County, Maryland, and his wife, Ruth Brown, im¬ 
migrated to Pennsylvania in 1775. Issue: Reginald, (above) ; 
Levi, Colonel, Liberty, Elizabeth, and Fielder. See page 2, 
part 2, for lineage back to Benjamin Brashear, the immigrant. 

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RAYMOND DEARTH BRASHEAR 

Residence: Tampa, Florida. 

Raymond Dearth Brashear, born Brownsville, Pennsyl¬ 
vania, March 21st, 1894, married Genevieve Hibbs, born 
Brownsville, Pennsylvania, September 17th, 1893. Marriage 
date July 22nd, 1915. 

Issue : John Hibbs Brashear. 

Genevieve Louise Brashear. 

Son of Alfred Dearth Brashear, born Brownsville, Pen¬ 
nsylvania, May 13th, 1868, and Mary Baer, born Brownsville, 
Pennsylvania, February 16th, 1876. Issue: 

Raymond Dearth Brashear (above). 

Quay Brashear, born 1893. 

Basil Brashear, bom 1896. 

Eugene Brashear, born 1898. 

Rignald Brashear, bom 1900. 

George Brashear, bom 1902. 

Roselma Brashear, born 1910. 

Robert Brashear, born 1912, 

Lackey Brashear, bom 1914. 

James Brashear, born 1916. 

Donald Brashear, born 1920. 

Grandson of Reginald P. Brashear, bora Fayette County, 
Pennsylvania, 1832, and his wife, Elma Craft. Issue: 

Charles Brashear, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. Wm. Gray, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. John Barnes, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. Della Ulrich, Pasadena, California. 

Great Grandson of Washington Brashear, bom Fayette 
County, Pennsylvania, 1802, and his wife, Rachel Ann Peart. 

Great, Great Grandson of Rignal Brashear, born Fayette 
County, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Elizabeth Brown. 

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George County, Maryland, and his wife, Ruth Brown. 

See part 2, page 2, for record back to Benjamin Brashear 
the immigrant. ’ 

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JUDGE ISAAC W. BRASHEAR, 

Sweetwater, Texas 

Isaac W. Brashear, was born December 1st, 1855, Crock¬ 
ett, Texas, married Modena Norman, born April 18 1862 
Prescott Arkansas. Marriage date, July 28th, 1879. ’issue.’ 

Genda, married George Kidd. 

Charles married Laura Easterwood. 

Mattie married Samuel Harper. 

Mack, married Anis Brantley. 

Minnie, Ola, Harvie and Walter. 

Son of George Ross Brashear, born Decaturville Ten¬ 
nessee, November 9, 1823, and his wife, Isabella P. McKenzie 
born Purdy, Tennessee, June 25, 1830. Married Purdy’ 
Tennessee, December 5, 1848. ' ’ 

Issue: 

Bettie, married C. C. Richards. 

Absolom, M., married Lula Gossett. ✓ 

Mary, married John Lawrence. 

Mandy, married T. J. McDonald. 

Colon Brashear. 

George Ross Brashear, married Cinda Nelson. 

Morgan Brashear, married Emma Malone. 

Isaac W. (above). 

Grandson of Alfred Brashear, bom in middle Tennessee 
December 20th, 1799, and his wife, EUender Ross born’ 
January 10th, 1801. ’ 

Issue: 

Morgan W. Brashear, born March 20th, 1832, married 
Mattie Renfro. 

Sarah Jane Brashear, bom August 15th, 1825, married 
Henry Phillips. 

Ellender Mrashear, born July 10th, 1827. 

Rebeccah Brashear, bom June 1, 1829, married George 
Williams. , ° 

Emerentha Brashear, born April 14, 1831, married David 
Stanton. 

Melia Brashear, born June 16, 1837, married William 
Julian. 

George Ross Brashear, bom November 9, 1823, married 
Isabella P. McKenzie. 


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LEVI BRASHEAR 

Levi Brashear of the sixth generation in descent from 
Benjamin Brashear, the founder of the family in America, 
was the son of Otho Brashear, and his wife, Ruth Brown, and 
was bom in Prince Georges County, Maryland in 1736. Otho 
Brashear, the father, together with his brother-in-laws, the 
Browns, and several other families, immigrated from Mary¬ 
land and settled in Pennsylvania in 1775, establishing the mi¬ 
lage of Brownsville, where Otho Brashear lived and died. 
According to the Census of 1790, Otho Brashear had a large 
family, eight children and four slaves, being shown as mem¬ 
bers of the houshold. Of his children’s names only six are 
known, Fielder Brashear, Colonel Brashear, Levi Brashear, 
Elizabeth Brashear, Rignal Brashear and Liberty Brashear, 
of the others no record has been found. His son, Levi Bra¬ 
shear, evidently left Pennsylvania prior to the Census of 
1790, as he was known to have been in Kentucky about that 
time. It is also known that he had married in Pennsylvania 
and that his wife died prior to his emigration to Kentucky, 
leaving him with two children John Brashear and Nellie Bra¬ 
shear. Coming down the river in flatboats, with other pio¬ 
neers, Levi Brashear embarked at the Falls of the Ohio, and 
with several families moved inland and settled near Great 
Crossing. The year following his settlement in Kentucky, he 
married again, his second wife being Mrs. Aggie (Watts) 
Turner, a widow, who had two children by her former hus¬ 
band, these children were Thomas Turner and Sarah Frances 
Turner. In connection with 'these two sets of children brought 
together through this marriage, an interesting occurrence 
afterwards took place, that of the marriage of John Brashear 
to his step-sister, Sarah Frances Turner and the marriages 
of Nellie Brashear to her step-brother, Thomas Turner. After 
the second marriage of Levi Brashear, five sons were born, 
Jesse Brashear, Waymacke Brashear, Lilburn Brashear, Otho 
Brashear and Judson Brashear, which with his children by 
his first wife gave him seven His son. John Brashear, men¬ 
tioned as having married his step-sister, Sarah Frances Tur¬ 
ner, also had seven children, namely. Jesse Brashear, Levi 
Brashear, II; William Brashear, Agnes Brashear, Polly Bra¬ 
shear, Frances Brashear and Otho Brashear. No record has 
ever been established of the descendents of Nellie Brashear 
and Thomas Turner, and of the children of Levi Brashear’s 
second wife, records have only been found of Lilburn Bra¬ 
shear and Otho Brashear, although tradition says that Way¬ 
macke Brashear disappeared during the Black Hawk War and 
was reported as having married an Indian. Otho Brashear 

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married a Miss Genetta Suggett, daughter of Doctor Suggett 
of Great Crossing, and his descendents are found in the 
sketch devoted to Mrs. LeRoy Philbeck of Fort Worth, Texas. 
Lilburn Brashear married Miss Mary Roberts of Logan 
County, where he had taken up a land grant in 1807, and his 
descendents are shown in the sketch devoted to James Pres¬ 
ton Brashear of Fort Worth. Of the descendents of John 
Brashear, Levi Brashear’s oldest son, a very complete re¬ 
cord is available. He had seven children as previously stated, 
four boys and three girls. Of the boys Jesse Brashear mar¬ 
ried Sarah Jane Busey, daughter of Jacob Busey of Louis¬ 
ville, Kentucky and William Brashear married Nancy Kitchen. 

Levi Brashear, II, son of John Brashear married Pamelia 
Ann Johnson, daughter of John Sinclair Johnson, and his 
wife, Elizabeth Scruggs, of Stamping Ground, Scott County, 
Kentucky, the marriage taking place across the line in In¬ 
diana, due to the fact that there was objections raised by 
the bride’s parents. Of this union twelve children were born, 
Simeon Robert Brashear, who married Mary Ann Neighbors of 
Commanche, Texas; Margaret Monroe Brashear,, who married 
James H. Pitts of Platte County, Missouri; Daniel Boone Bra¬ 
shear, who died young; John William Brashear, who died 
unmarried; Sarah Elizabeth Brashear, who died unmarried; 
Johnson Otho Brashear, who died unmarried; Pamelia Ann 
Louise Brashear, who married Adam Garnand and who had 
four children, James Virginia, May and Leonora; Mary Dul- 
cena Frances Brashear, who married John Hanson; Levi Bra¬ 
shear, III, who married Ida Evelyn Rainwater and who had 
four children, Nina, Ralph, Dorothy and Gladys; James Sin¬ 
clair Brashear, who married Margaret Sicily Rainwater and 
who had two children Henry Sinclair and Simeon Robert; Sop¬ 
hia Bartlet Brashear, who died unmarried; Effie Davis Bra¬ 
shear, who married William H. C. Greer and who had one 
child Ina Vivian. 

Levi Brashear, II, with his brothers, Jesse Brashear and 
William Brashear, emigrated from Kentucky to Platte 
County, Missouri in 1846 and settled near the village of 
Weston, where Jesse Brashear and William Brashear engaged 
in farming, while Levi Brashear, II, opened a general store 
and manufactured rope, he was elected Justice of Platte 
County and served in that capacity until the outbreak of the 
Civil War, was also Master of the Weston Masonic Lodge. On 
the first call to arms, Levi Brashear, II, enlisted in Captain 
Barnetts company of Confederate Volunteers, this company 
being assigned to General Sterling Prices command, where 
he served for about a year, going home on a furlough he was 

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arrested by the Federal soldiers, charged with treason and 
with other prisoners sent to St. Louis for confinement in the 
Federal Prison. Through the efforts of Masonic friends he 
was released on parole, with the understanding that he was 
to report to the Federal Authorities in St. Louis once each 
month for the duration of the war, this he did, and at the 
close of rebellion, a thorough investigation of his case being 
made a full pardon was granted by President Lincoln, but by 
this time the ravages of border warfare had exhausted his re¬ 
sources and destroyed his property, and with the pioneer in¬ 
stinct of his forefathers, he determined on immigrating to 
Texas, so gathering his family and possessions together, he 
began the long journey across Kansas and the Indian Terri¬ 
tory, a trip that entailed several months of privation and 
hardships, on his arrival in Texas he first settled near Com¬ 
manche, later locating in Grayson County, where he died in 
1890. 

It might be well to again refer to Levi Brashear, I, sons 
of Otho and Lilburn. Otho Brashear, who married Miss 
Genetta Suggett, daughter of Doctor Suggett, and his wife. 
Miss Craig of Great Crossing, emigrated to Missouri in 1836, 
with him at the time were his father-in-law, Doctor Suggett, 
and family and William Stucker and family, their settlement 
being near Poortland. Doctor Suggett’s wife was a cousin 
of Colonel Richard M. Johnson, he of Tecumseh fame, who 
served Kentucky in the United States Senate, and as Vice- 
President. Otho Brashear reared a family of six children, 
Winnie Scott Brashear, Alfred B. Brashear, John B. Brashear, 
and James Brashear. 

Of Lilburn Brashear, son of Levi Brashear, I, it seems 
that he lived and died in Logan County, Kentucky, where he 
settled in 1808, and where he married Miss Mary Roberts, 
taking up a grant of land from the State, the survey bearing 
date of November 10th, 1807, and described as “Lying and 
being in the County of Logan, in the barrens, on the waters of 
Red River and etc.” This grant was signed by Christopher 
Greenup as Governor and William C. Greenup, Secretary of 
State. Unfortunately a complete record of Lilburn Brashear’s 
children is not available, although we have his son, V illiam, 
Henry Roberts Brashear, who married Sarah Amn Rife; 
Mary Brashear, who married Mr. McAtee; Nancy Brashear, 
who married Mr. McLendon; a daughter whose given name is 
unknown, but who married Samuel Proctor; Another son, 
whose given name is unknown but who married a Miss 
Holland. 


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In reviewing the families of Brashears, who are de¬ 
scended from Otho Brashear and his wife, Ruth Brown, of 
Brownsville, Pennsylvania, it is interesting to note how well 
the family names have been preserved, this is especially true 
of the name Otho which first appears in the family in 1716, 
when Samuel Brashear, Sr., named a son, Otho, it next ap¬ 
pears when this Otho’s brother, Samuel Brashear, Jr., names 
one of his sons ofter his Uncle Otho, this son being the Otho 
Brashear who immigrated to Pennsylvania and from this 
generation down through the ninth there has been Othps in 
practically every branch that has descended from him. Such 
given names as Jesse, Samuel, John, William, Robert, Rignal, 
Benjamin, Otho and Levi seem to predominate among the 
males with Elizabeth, Mary and Ann among the females. 

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JAMES PRESTON BRASHEAR 

James Preston Brashear, was born in Kentucky, August 
7th, 1853, moving to Texas, and entering the drug business 
in Fort Worth, in 1883, on February 22nd, 1900, he was mar¬ 
ried to Mrs. Emily Monnig Heman, born Hermann, Missouri, 
February 25th, 1868. Issue: 

Lorene Elizabeth, married J. H. Dale, Ft. Worth. 

James Preston, Jr., born May 26th, 1904. 

Son of William Henry Roberts Brashear, born Logan 
County, Kentucky, July 2nd, 1818, and his wife, Sarah Ann 
Rife, born February 2nd, 1831. Issue: 

Martha Jane, born November 14th, 1848, married Ed¬ 
ward G. Philbeck. 

Robert E., born April 20th, 1851, married Mary Ellis, 
Pierce City, Missouri. 

Gilson, E., bom December 31st, 1855, married had four 
sons and one daughter. 

William, born April 2nd, 1856, married. 

Grandson of Lilburn Brashear, born Scott County, Ken¬ 
tucky, about 1788, and his wife, Mary Roberts, of Logan 
County, Kentucky. Lilburn was given a land grant in Logan 
County in 1807. Issue: 

Mary married Mr. McAtee. 

Nancy, married Mr. McLendon. 

Wm. Henry Roberts, (above). 

One son, who married Miss Holland and a daughter who 
married Sam Proctor, given names of these children not 
known. 

Great Grandson of Levi Brashear, born in Maryland 
in 1763, and his wife, Mrs. Aggie Watts Turner. Issue: 

John, Jesse, Waymacke, Lilburn, Otho, Judson, Nellie. 

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Great, Great Grandson of Otho Brashear and his wife, 
Ruth Brown of Brownsville, Pennsylvania. See part 2, page 
2, for rest of the line. 

James Preston Brashear, the subject of this sketch, was 
a druggist for thirty years prior to his death, which occurred 
January 18th, 1916. He was a great student, owned an ex¬ 
tensive library and a poet of real merit, contributing to vari¬ 
ous papers and magazines. He was for many years Presi¬ 
dent of the State Board of Pharmacy. 

The following extract from the Fort Worth Record, of 
January 18th, 1916, gives an account of the accident which 
resulted in his death. 

“J. P. Brashear, who more than thirty years ago began 
his career in Fort Worth as a drug clerk and for the past six¬ 
teen years a store of his own at 1300 Main street died at 1 :30 
o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Harris sanitarium from in¬ 
juries received Monday night when he was struck by an auto¬ 
mobile driven by Edward H. Keller, Jr. He was 62 years 
of age. 

When struck by the automobile Brashear had started to 
walk across the Jennings avenue viaduct. Keller was com¬ 
ing from the opposite direction at a slow speed, but until he 
reached the highest point of the viaduct, the headlights did 
not light the pavement. When Brashear was seen Keller made 
a heroic effort to stop but the car skidded on the car tracks 
into the victim. 

“The veteran druggist came to Fort Worth in 1SS3, and 
immediately entered a drug store as a clerk, buying the pre¬ 
sent business after a few years of patient attention to his 
chosen profession. As a mark of respect druggists of Fort 
Worth have been asked to close their places of business, Wed¬ 
nesday afternoon at 3 o’clock for the purpose of attending the 
funeral in a body. Brashear is survived by his widow, Mrs. 
Emily Brashear,*a daughter Lorene Brashear and one son, 
Preston Brashear, a step-son Charles Heman; one sistes, Mrs. 
M. J. Philbeck of Fort Worth; three brothers, Robert Brashear 
of Pierce City Missouri; William Brashear of Idaho and Gil 
son Brashear, a traveling salesman. Funeral services will be 
held from the residence, 451 St. Louis avenue, Wednesday 
afternoon at three o’clock, Rev. C. Wolfe, officiating. The 
funeral will be held under the auspices of the Fort Worth 
druggists, who have announced that they will close their doors 
at 2 p. m., to attend the funeral in a body. 

“The following are the pallbearers, Dr. McKnight, W. 
L. Smallwood, C. C. Martin, R. L. Paschall, A. E. Reid, and 
Orin Hopkins.” 


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Easter 


Now, Easter is a-comin’ an’ we’re lookin’ for a feast, 

But ’tisn’t like the Easter that is “"Way down East:” 

For the Mockin’ bird is singin’ an’ the balmy breezes blow, 
An’ the flowers sweetly bloomin’, for there ain’t no snow: 
An’ there’s music in the forest, in the valley, on the hill, 

An’ there’s music in the murmur of the crystal rippling rill. 

Yes, Easter is a-comin’, and we’re lookin’ for a feast, 

But ’tisn’t like the Easter that is “way down East:” 

Of course they have some flowers, but I’ll tell you how they 
grow: 

They shut ’em up in houses fer to shield them from the snow: 
They make the roof of window glass—yes, that’s the way it’s 
done— 

By keepin’ out the blizzard and lettin’ In the sun, 

They raise some Easter flowers that are mighty nice to see, 
But the flowers on the prairie here are nice enough for me. 

Yes, Easter is a-comin’ an’ we’re lookin’ for a feast, 

But ’tisn’t like the Easter that is “way down East:” 

Where the frost is in the valley, an’ the birds refuse to sing, 
An’ there’s not an indication o’ the coming o’ the spring, 
While the flowers here are noddin’ an’ a-bendin’ with the 
breeze, 

An’ the turtle doves a-cooin’ just as lovin’ as you please. 

Yes, Easter is a-comin’ an’ we’re lookin’ for a feast, 

For ’tisn’t like the Easter that is “way down East:” 

For the sweetest of Magnolias that mortal ever sees, 

Are a-noddin’ with the zephyrs an’ a-bendin’ o’ the trees, 
An’ the land is filled with beauties that you shouldn’t fail 
to see, 

Where the tender vine is twinin ’ and the bloom is on the tree. 

— J. P. Brashear 


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Come to Texas Where There’s Room 

Come to Texas, where there’s room, 

Where the prairie, stretching wide, 

Meets the ocean’s flowing tide, 

An d the breezes kiss the blossoms into bloom. 

Just a little bit o’ winter— 

Then the buds begin to swell, 

An’ the daises dot the prairie, 

An’ the willows shade the dell, 

Way down in sunny Texas, where there’s room 
An’ the birds begin to sing, 

Of the coming o’ the spring, 

While the breezes kiss the blossoms into bloom. 

0, the orchard an’ the meadow, 

An’ the fields of wavin’ grain, 

An ’ the mighty herds o ’ cattle, 

That are grazin’ on the plain, 

Way down in sunny Texas, where there’s room. 

Where they till the fertile soil, 

With the least amount of toil, 

While the breezes kiss the blossoms into gloom. 

— J. P. Brasliear 


Fort Worth 

Now the proud, throbbing engine beats time as she goes 
Through the great veins of commerce, where energy flows, 
An d the trend of the commercial world we can feel 
In a deep measured pulse through the strong bands of steel, 
That, with strength multiplying and numbers increased, 

Now bind us alike to the west and the east. 

To the northermost shore where chill winter is king, 

To the sweet flowing dells of perpetual spring, 

To the east till you dip into old ocean’s wave, 

To the west where the sun seeks his watery grave, 

The great locomotives move on with their freight— 

They’re going and coming both early and late. 

Just a few years ago, where there stood a small town 
That was known as the place where “the panthci lay down,” 

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There stands a proud city—a great busy mart— 

Where the swift wheels of commerce pulse forth from the 
heart. 

A city of churches, of schools and of homes, 

Of glittering steeples and towering domes: 

And though you may go to the ends of the earth, 

You’ll hear of that city—its name is Fort Worth. 

-— J. P. Brashear 


United We Stand 

The blue and gray march side by side 
And scatter the roses of May, 

For sectional hatred has withered and died, 
And faded forever away; 

And the folds of Old Glory, 

Now telling the story, 

Wave over the blue and the gray. 

Then scatter the roses, pink and white, 

An emblem of peace are they; 

Alike on the graves of each they light— 

United we stand today; 

And the folds of Old Glory, 

Now telling the story, 

Wave over the blue and the gray. 

v — J. P. Brashear 


The Angels Have Called Her Away 

(In Memory of Mrs. Alexander Hogg) 

The fetters are broken: her spirit had flown 
To yonder bright mansions on high; 

The Lord in his wisdom hath garnered his own, 
And taken her soul to the sky, 

To the land of peace, 

Where all sorrow shall cease, 

And friendship shall blossom for aye; 

This fleeting of breath 
We should never call death— 

The angels have called her away. 

At Mammon’s proud altar she never would kneel; 

She craved neither fortune nor fame, 

But she was possessed of a heart that could feel 

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A charity worth the name; 

And now, over there, 

In that region so fair, 

Her spirit abideth for aye; 

Then why should you weep ? 

She is only asleep— 

The angels have called her away. 

— J. P. Brashear 


* Lamentations 

I’ve watched the postman, day by day, 

I’ve pondered deep and long 
’Till really I am growing gray, 

My nerves are much less strong. 

Of sisters dear, I have but one; 

Of brothers I have three; 

I’ve watched the mails from sun to sun, 

And no one writes to me. 

Yes, sun to sun, and week to week, 

And not one single line. 

’Till now it’s heaped up month on month; 
The cause I can’t define. 

I’ve pondered on the thought, ’till lo— 

I am feeling very blue; 

At least one letter each they owe, 

And long since over due. 

I had some friends in bygone days; 

At least I thought them so, 

But judging from their present ways, 

I “swon” I do not know. 

Oh can it be, through lapse of time, 

That they’ve forgot my name? 

Or, anchored in some distant clime, 

Their letters never came? 

Or, from this sinful world below, 

Their spirits all have fled? 

Oh can it be, oh can it be 

That all my friends are dead. 

— J. P. Brashear 


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’Twas said hoop-skirts would be the style, 

But e’er they came about, 

The paper pounced upon them and, 
t I hope have crushed them out. 

Let’s tackle now the broad-brimmed hat, 

With feathers big and tall. 

With armor bright, and standing pat, 

We’ll make its feathers fall. 

Then to the theatre well go, 

And proudly take our seat. 

Full well we know we’ll see the show. 

’Thout standing on our feet. 

— J. P. Brashear 
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MRS. EMILY BRASHEAR PHILBECK 

Residence, Fort Worth, Texas. 

Emily Brashear, wah born in Portland, Missouri, Feb¬ 
ruary 26th, 1888, married LeRocy Grover Cleveland Philbeck, 
December 12th, 1906, Mr. Philbeck was born near Benton- 
ville, Arkansas, October 22nd, 1884. Issue: 

Lurline, bom 1908; 

Grace, born 1916; 

Mary Ann, born 1926. 

Daughter of Albert Newton Brashear, born Portland, 
Missouri, February 20th, 1862, and his wife, Selma Monnig, 
born April 15th, 1864, Hermann, Missouri. Issue 

Emily, (above). 

Granddaughter of Alfred B. Brashear, born Great Cross¬ 
ing, Kentucky, in 1836, and his wife, Rosa C. Aherns, born 
November 29th, 1843. 

Nettie Brashear, married Gibson, Portland, Missouri; 

George Brashear, St. Louis, Missouri; 

Adolph Brashear, Portland, Missouri; 

Mark Brashear, Portland, Missouri. 

Great Granddaughter of Otho Brashear, born in Ken¬ 
tucky about 1800, and his wife, Genetta Suggett of Doctor 
Suggett of Great Crossing, Kentucky. 

Issue: Alfred B. (above). 

Winnie Scott; 

John B.: 

Volney B. (killed in Civil War); 

James. 


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Great, Great Granddaughter of Levi Brashear and his 
wife, Aggie Watts Turner. See page 2, part 2, for rest of 
line. 

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LEROY GROVER CLEVELAND BRASHEAR 

Residence, Fort Worth, Texas. 

Son of Edward Gabriel Philbeck, born Cleveland county, 
North Carolina and his wife, Martha Jane Brashear, born 
Logan County, Kentucky, the daughter of William H. R. 
Brashear. Issue: 

Robert Edward; 

Nancy; 

John W.; 

Rhoda; 

Mary; 

Preston. 

See sketch of James Preston Brashear, for complete line. 

(You will note that LeRoy G. C. Philbeck and his wife, 
Emily Brashear were third cousins.) 

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HENRY SINCLAIR BRASHEAR 

Residence: Texarkana, Texas, 

Business, Druggist. 

Henry Sinclair Brashear, bom March 29th, 18S5, Sher¬ 
man, Grayson County, Texas, married Nancy Allen, born 
Bonham, Fannin Coimty, Texas, September 15th, 1886. Mar¬ 
riage date, June 30th, 1908. Issue: None. 

Son of James Sinclair Brashear, born March 17th, 1857, 
Weston, Platte County, Missouri, and his wife, Margaret 
Sicily Rainwater, bom Holmes County, Mississippi, January 
5th, 1864. Issue: Henry Sinclair, above; Simon Robert bom 
July 3, 1887. 

Grandson of Levi Brashear, born Scott County, Kentucky, 
April 17th, 1818, and his wife, Pamelia Ann Johnson, daugh¬ 
ter of John Sinclair Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth Scruggs, 
bom January 1st, 1819. Issue: 

Simeon Robert, born 1S39, married Mary A. Neighbors; 

Margaret Monroe, born 1840, married Jas. H. Pitts; 

Daniel Boone, born 1842, died unmarried; 

John William, born 1S44, died unmarried; 

Sarah Elizabeth, born 1846, died unmarried; 

Johnson Otho, bom 1S48, died unmarried; 

Pamelia Ann Louisia, born 1850, married, Adam Garn- 
and; 

Mary Dulcenia Frances, born 1S52, married John Hanson 

Levi, Jr., born 1855, married Ida Rainwater; 

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Sophia Bartley, born 1859, died unmarried; 

Effie Davis, born 1862, married IVa H. C. Greer. 

Great Grandson of John Brashear, bom February 23, 
1796, and his wife, Sarah Frances Turner, born 1798; daugh¬ 
ter of Benjamin Turner of Scott County, Kentucky. Issue: 

Jesse, married Sarah Jane Bussey; 

Levi, married Pamelia Johnson, (above) ; 

William, married Nancy Kitchens; 

Agnes, married Mr. Hutchison; 

Polly, married Louis Montague; 

Frances, died unmarried; 

Otho. 

Great, Great, Grandson of Levi Brashear, bora Maryland 
in 1763, and his wife, Aggie Watts Turner (second wife), 
married in Scott County, Kentucky. Issue: 

John, married Sarah Frances Turner, (above); 

Jesse, Waymack; 

Lilburn, married Mary Roberts, Logan County; 

Otho, married Gennetta Suggett, Gt. Crossing, Ky.; 

Judson 

Nellie, married Thomas Turner, son of Benjamin Turner 
of Scott County, Kentucky. 

Great, Great, Great Grandson of Otho Brashear, bora 
Prince Georges County, Maryland, and bis wife, Ruth Brown, 
who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1775. Otho Brashear 
was a soldier of the Revolution as per Pennsylvania Archives. 
Issue: 

Colonel, 

Levi, married Aggie Watts; 

Rignal, married Elizabeth Brown; 

Liberty, Elizabeth, Fielder. 

The census of 1790 shows Otho Brashear to have had 
ten in family and four slaves, but no record is available of 
his other Children. 

From Otho Brashear the line is traced back to Benjamin 
Brashear the original colonist, see part 2, page 2. 

The subject of this sketch Henry inclair Brashear, was 
connected with the Western Union Telegraph Company from 
1906 to 1919. Cashier of the Guaranty State Bank from 1919 
to 1924. At present actively connected with The Brashear 
Drug Company of Texarkana. He served Texarkana, Texas, 
as Alderman-at-Large and Mayor Pro-Tern for three terms 
and as its Mayor for two terms, retiring at the expiration 
of the second terms in order to devote his time to his private 
interests. He is a member of the Christian Church, a Mason, 

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members of the Executive Committee of the Texas Society 
Sons of the American Revolution, Brigade Commander of the 
Sons of Confederate Ytereans, member of the old Time Tele¬ 
graphers and Historical Association and numerous other 
lodges and Societies 

Of his administration as Mayor we quote the follow¬ 
ing editorials from Texarkana newspapers: 

“The announcement of the candidacy of Mayor H. S. 
(Jack) Brashear for re-election for a .second term on the Texas 
side appears in the Texarkanian today. He goes into the 
race subject to the will of the voters as it may be expresssed 
at the primary. He is now closing his first term, and his 
friends point with pride to a remarkable record of achieve¬ 
ment during his present term. He refunded a $300,000.00 
bond issue at a lower rate of interest, making possible another 
issue of $600,000.00 for additional paving and public improve¬ 
ment. During his administration State street was paved and 
the magnificent new $200,000.00 City Hall was completed. He 
has made a conservative and constructive executive working 
in harmony on municipal problems with Mayor Conway on the 
Arkansas side, thus advancing the community interest of the 
whole city. Nothing could be more desirable than harmonious 
unity of effort between the dual administrations, on all mat¬ 
ters effecting both, and it will be a sad day for Texarkana 
if this sort of relationship and teamwork is disturbed. The 
voters on both sides should guard the public interest by put¬ 
ting the best men in office.” 

After this election the following editorial appeared: 

“The recent primary election in Texarkana, Texas, re¬ 
turned Mr. H. S, (Jack) Brashear, the present incumbent, 
to the mayor’s office. Mr. Brashear met some very stiff 
opposition by a strong opponent, Judge P. A. Turner, a high 
type of citizen with a splendid record of many years public 
service. Mr. Brashear has made a good mayor and filled the 
office with credit. He is approachable, honest and just. He 
has clear vision and discerning judgment. Under his admin¬ 
istration the city has grown with unusual strides. The last 
few years have been of remarkable development.” 


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WALTER BRASHEAR, SR. 

Residence, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Walter Brashear was bom in Henderson, Kentucky, April 
28th, 1867, married Maude L. Johnson, born Henderson, Ken¬ 
tucky, September 12th, 1870. . Married September 6th, 1892. 
Issue: 

Walter Brashear, Jr., born December 27th, 1899, married 
Gretchen A. Kramer, born Ripley County, Indiana, September 
11th, 1897. Married New York City. 

Sarah, born July 13th, 1904, Married October 15th, 1925 
to Salem H. Ford, Louisville, Kentucky 

Son of Barack Brashear, bom Bullitt County, Kentucky, 
April 8th, 1818, and his wife, Sarah Hancock, born February 
22nd, 1830. Barack Brashear died in 1878 and his wife in 
1875. Issue: 

Robert Brashear, born April 28th, 1848, Henderson, 
Kentucky, married Anne Bell; 

Walter Brashear, (above); 

Ella Brashear, born January 8th, 1850, married Stephen 
Gibson; 

William Benjamin Brashear, born November 20th, 1856, 
married Nannie Crowder. 

Grandson of Richard Brashear, who died in Bullitt 
County, Kentucky in 1851, and his wife, Sarah Stallings, 
who died in 1854. Issue: Barack (above) and Richard who 
married a Miss Ridgeway of Bullitt County. 

Great Grandson of Marsham Brashear, who died in Bull¬ 
itt County in 1807, and his wife, Lucy Phelps, who was born 
in Rockingham County Virginia in 1761, and who died in 
Bullitt County, Kentucky in 1854. The marriage of Marsham 
Brashear and Lucy Phelps was the first to take place in the 
village of Louisville. Lucy Phelps came to Fort Boones- 
borough with her father and brothers in 1778, and was with 
Daniel Boone’s daughters at the time they were captured by 
Indians, but escaped and gave the alarm which resulted in 
the recovery of Boone’s daughters the following day. 

Great, Great Grandson of Joseph Brashear, of Prince 
Georges County, Maryland, bom January 15th, 1722. For 
remainder of record see part 2, page 2, which carries the 
line direct to Benjamin Brashears, the original immigrant. 

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March 13th, 1786—Deed issued at Richmond, Virginia, 
by Patrick Henry, Governor, to Marsham Brashear, conveying 
400 acres of land in Jefferson County on Salt River and 
Floyd’s Fork. Land Warrant No. 102 has been issued for 
this property by Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia, to 
Marsham Brashear in 1780. 


November 22, 1783—Surveyed for Marsham Brashear 
400 acres of land by virtue of certificate of settlement on 
north side of Salt River adjoining William Brashear’s heirs 
400 acre survey . . .(description of boundaries follows) : 

George May, Surveyor Jefferson County 

Thos. Whitledge, Assistant 

Copy attested by J. D. S. Peacock, Surveyor Bullitt 
County. 


June 15, 1870—Marsham Brashear enters a preemption 
warrant of 1000 acres adjoining settlement in fork of Salt 
River and Floyd’s Fork, adjoining William Brashear. 

Copy attested by J. D. S. Peacock, Surveyor Bullitt 
County. 


November 25, 1783—Surveyed for Marsham Brashear 400 
acres part of preemption warrant No. 102 in Jefferson County 
north side of Salt River, bounded as follows . . . (description 
of boundaries). 

Copy attested by J. D. S. Peackock, Surveyor Bullitt 
County. 


WILL OF MARSHAM BRASHEAR 

In the name of God, Amen. I, Marsham Brashear, being 
of a right mind and perfect understanding, do make this 
last will and testament. After my just debts are paid I give 
all my estate real and personal to my beloved wife, Lucy, 
during her widowhood. After that time I give one cow to my 
daughter, Cordelia, the balance of my estate to be equally di¬ 
vided between my five children, Richard, Eden, Cynthia, 
Sally and Patty. My land plantation I give to my two sons, 
Richard and Eden, to be equally divided. In witness where¬ 
of 1 set my hand and seal this 28th day of February, 1805. 
My wife, Lucy, and my friend, Anthony Phelps, my executors. 

MARSHAM BRASHEAR 
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Edwin Phelps, Witnesses 

At a County Court begun and held for Bullitt County 
on the fourth day of December, 1807, this last will and 
testament of Marsham Brashear was returned and proved to 
be by oaths of Edwin and Guy Phelps, subscribing witnesses 
thereto, and ordered to be recorded, which is done accordingly. 

Frederick W. S. Grayson, 

Clerk of Bullitt County Court. 


POWER OF ATTORNEY GIVEN BY RICHARD 
BRASHEAR TO MARSHAM BRASHEAR 

Know all men by these presents: That I, Richard Bra¬ 
shear, Captain of the Illinois Department, have made, or¬ 
dained, constituted and appointed, and by these' presents 
for me my heirs and assigns do make, ordain, nominate and 
appoint my friend Marsham Brashear of Louisville in the 
County of Jefferson and State of Virginia, my true and law¬ 
ful attorney, to ask, receive, demand of and from all persons 
or persons, all such sums of money, likewise discharge all 
debts, dues and demands that shall appear just; and also 
to act in as full and lawful manner in the premises as if 
I myself were present; and I do by these presents covenant 
and grant that I will at all times ratifj r and confirm all such 
lawful acts and things as the said Marsham Brashear shall 
and may do in the premises by virtue thereof. In witness 
whereof I hereunto set my hand seal this thirteenth day of 
April, 1782. 

RICHARD BRASHEAR 

Ben Pope, 

Jos. Potter, 

Mark Thomas, Witnesses 

Will of Marsham Brashear from Bullitt County records. 

Power of Attorney from Richard Brashear to Marsham, 
from Jefferson County records. 


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From the Family Records of Barak Brashear, 
Son of Richard Brashear and Grand¬ 
son of Marsham Brashear 

(The Family Bible, Presumably) 

BIRTHS 

Barak Brashear, born in Bullitt County, April 8, 1818; 
Sarah E. Hancock, wife of Barak Brashear, born February 
22, 1830; 

Robert Brashear, son of Barak and S. E. Brashear, born 
April 28th, 1848, in Henderson County, Kentucky; 

Ella Brashear, daughter of Barak and S. E. Brashear, 
born January 8, 1850; 

Sarah J. Brashear, born February, 1852; 

Richard Brashear, born in August, 1852; 

W. B. Brashear, bora November 25, 1858; 

Jeffie Brashear, bora March 16, 1862; 

Walter Brashear, born April 27, 1866. 

DEATHS 

Sarah E. Brashear, wife of Barak Brashear, died Decem¬ 
ber 11, 1874; 

Richard Brashear, died December 28th, 1887; 

Sarah J. Brashear, died August, 1854; 

Richard Brashear, died November 1854; 

Jeffie Brashear, died April 3, 1864;; 

Lucy F. Brashear, died July 30, 1880; 

W. B. Brashear, died March, 1896; 

Robert Brashear, died October 31, 1927; 

Walter Brashear, died December 29, 1927; 

Ella Brashear, married Stephen Gibson, now living near 
Beuchel, Kentucky, the last member of the family of Barak 
Brashear to survive. * 

(The last three entries by Walter Brashear, Jr.) 

Richard Brashear, father of Barak Brashear, died in 
Bullitt County, Kentucky, 1851; 

Sarah Stallings Brashear, wife of Richard Brashear, died 
in Bullitt County, Kentucky, 1854. 


March 5, 1782—Richard Brashear deeded to Marsham 
Brashear in consideration of 400 pounds specie a plantation 
about three miles west of the painted stone on the waaters of 
Brashear Creek, adjoining his preemption right of 1000 acres. 

In the presence of M. Price, Wm. Pope, Josiah Phelps, 
Mark Thomas. 


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Jope and James Patton that for and in consideration of 165 
gallons of merchantable whiskey to give Brashear 600 acres 
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September 3, 1783—Nicholas Brashear orphan of William 
Brashear, deceased, comes into court and chooses Benjamin 
Pope as his guardian, who entered into bond for five thous¬ 
and pounds with William Pope his securtiy. 

Attest: Merth Price, Clerk Jefferson County. 


The above from Jefferson County, Kentucky, records. 

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From the Marriage Records of Bullitt 
County, Kentucky 

Marsham Brashear and Cordelia Brashear, April 11, 
1799. (This Marsham is son of amuel, later removed to 
Indiana, and not to be confused with the Marsham, who died 
in 1807. The Cordelia mentioned is the daughter of the elder 
Marsham) ; 

Ephriam tandiford and Margaret Brashear, May 20, 1800; 

Richard Brashear and Sally Stallings, January 15, 1808; 

John Stallings and Cynthia Brashear, October 16, 1808; 

Thomas Stallings and Sally Brashear, February 22, 1812; 

William Brashear and Rachel Taylor, December 23, 1813; 

Samuel Ridgeway and Ruth Brashear, March 9, 1815; 

Samuel Lashbrooks and Polly Brashear, August 27, 1815; 

Benjamin Hughes and Nancy Brashear, October 6, 1818 ; 

Ruben James and Mary Brashear, May 20, 1821; 

Isaac Stallings and Rebecca Brashear, January 11, 1824; 

Daniel W. Brown and Lucy C. Brashear, May 31, 1825; 

James Haglan and Rebecca Brashear, March 4, 1826; 

Richard Brashear and Elizabeth Ann Ridgeway, Septem¬ 
ber 4, 1848. 


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From the Papers of Beverley Brashear, Le¬ 
banon Junction, Kentucky, Who Is 
the Son of Richard Brashear, 

• Mentioned 

I have this day signed to my grandson, Richard Brashear, 
Jr., the land I own in Bullitt County during my life, by the 
said Richard Brashear sending me what amount of money 
that I call for, provided that I don’t call for more than 
twenty-five dollars a year. Given under my hand and seal 
this 16th day of September, 1852. 

Attest: 

Martha P. Williams, 

Samuel W. Crutcher 

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Copy of a Letter from Annie A. Nunns, As¬ 
sistant Superintendent, State Historical 
Society of Wisconsin, Madison Wis¬ 
consin, to Walter Brashear, Louis¬ 
ville, Kentucky, dated Febru¬ 
ary-23, 1926 

Dear Sir: 

Our research associate informs us that we have little 
information of the Brashear family beyond what you already 
know. It is probable, as you say, that Marsham was a brother 
of Captain Richard Brashear. There was also a Tobias Bra¬ 
shear, and apparently a Nicholas. Dr. Draper made an effort 
to find Cantain Richard Brashear’s origin, but without suc¬ 
cess. In the paper of Captain William Harrod of Mon¬ 
ongalia County, Virginia, there is an order to Captain William 
Harrod in January 1777, to take fifty men and go down the 
Ohio in search of Captain Linn's Company, bringing powder 
from New Orleans. This is printed in Thwaites and Kellogg’s 
Revolution on the Upper Ohio (Madison, 1908) 226-229. But 
the muster roll is not printed; in pay roll (4NN50) accomp¬ 
anying this document appears the name Richard Brashear 
(sic) as sergeant. This would indicate that he lived at this 
date (1777) near Harrod. Harrod’s home was on Ten Mile 
Creek, tributary of the Monongehela, now Green County, 

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Upper Ohio (Madison 1912) frontispiece, for the division 
made October, 1776 of the West Augusta district into three 
counties of Monongalia, Yohogania and Ohio. Unfortunate¬ 
ly the records of Monongalia have been burned. 

The next we hear of Richard Brashear he is lieutenant 
under Captain William Harrod in Clark’s Company planning 
to descend the Ohio. In the George Rogers Clark papers, Illi¬ 
nois Historical Collection, VIII, 41, you will find Clark’s note 
on March 15th, 1778, to Harrod to trust Lieut. Richard Bra¬ 
shear with a party getting provisions up the Monongehela. 
It seems probable that all the Brashear family came down the 
river with Clark. Marsharm is a not very uncommon name 
on the frontier; it is sometimes spelled Mershom. It would 
seem that Marsham Brashear would remain near Louisville 
when Clark went to Kaskaskia; and quite probably Brashear’s 
Station was named for him, since Richard never settled for 
any length of time in Kentucky. After the capture of Vin¬ 
cennes, he was left in charge of the fort, which showed great 
confidence in him. Clark Papers, p. 99. See also his letter 
therein, p. 37. 

Both Richard and Tobias lived for a time in Kaskaskia. 
In 1780 Captain Richard married Ann Brocus (misprinted 
Brooks) and went down the river to Mississippi. In Draper 
MSS. 37J325, is a letter dated Church Hill, Jefferson County, 
Mississippi, April 15, 1871, from a descendent of Captain 
Richard Brashear, a granddaughter in fact, written by her 
son-in-law, Wade Harrison. There are several misstatements, 
such as that he was born near Bardstown, Kentucky. There 
is a large connection living there still, he states. Captain 
Richard had two or three brothers, one (probably Tobias) 
moved to Claiborne County, Mississippi. Also had two married 
sisters (names not given). He moved to Illinois, joined the 
Army and married Miss Ann Brocus of Kaskaskia, and from 
there went to Adams County, Mississippi, where he died in 
May 1822; left one child who married Arthur Carney, and 
they had one daughter Mrs. Joseph Nieolls, the informant, of 
Port Gibson, Mississippi. 

The entries in 17CC201 concern the account book of the 
Transylvania Company, in which Richard Brashear opened 
an account July 12, 1776. This would show that he was in 
Kentucky before joining Captain Harrod’s company. 

In Draper MSS. 1ZZ4 it appears that there was a Bra¬ 
shear living at Brownsville on the Monongehela as late as 1824. 
4ZZ21 mentions a William Brashear coming to Wheeling with 

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aid in 1777. This may have been the father; but there is 
no certainty thereof. 

In Draper MSS. 24C122.123 is an interview with Mrs. 
Lucy Phelps Brashear, all about her life at Boonesborough, 
nothing on the Brashears. Her obituary also appears 24C123. 

If you care to have any of these documents photostated 
the work can be done for you at a comparatively slight cost. 

Yours very truly, 

ANNIE A. NUNNS. 

--o- 

Copy of a Letter from A. K. Brashear of Jack- 
son, Mississippi, to Walter Brashear, 
Louisville, Kentucky, dated 
June 1, 1926 

Dear Sir: 

Yours of May 10, duly received and read with great 
interest. I have recently moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where 
I purchased a residence and where I shall permanently reside. 
I’m ashamed to confess that I can give you but little informa¬ 
tion of value. 

I was reared on a farm about three miles south of Port 
Gibson, Mississippi, (Claiborne County), where my father, 
Joseph Newton Brashear settled in his youth. We have no 
family tree; and the family Bible showing birth and death 
of eight or ten children is about the only record we have. 

I served Claiborne County sixteen years as Circuit and 
Chancery Clerk, and am familiar with the country records. 
Father and Mother having both died. I had curosity to in¬ 
quire about Uncle Eden Brashear, who in his will recorded 
in Court House at Port Gibson, Mississippi, gave a sum of 
money to establish “Brashear Academy” at Port Gibson, 
This school still stands and is now being used as a public 
school building. 

Eden Brashear gave $10,000 to establish a hospital at 
Grand Gulf, Mississippi, a town that has been swallowed 
by the river. He is buried at the bluff of Grand Gulf and 
and a handsome monument is erected to his memory and an 
iron fence surrounds his square in this quaint old cemetery. 

My impression is that father and all the Claiborne County 
branch of the family came here from Kentucky. My mother 
attended school at Nazareth, Kentucky and my father attended 
school at Bardstown, Kentucky. 

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These things have passed out of my mind and your in¬ 
quiry has turned over forgotten pages. 

Am sorry I have no knowledge of Captain Richard 
Brashear. Tobias Brashear was also a pioneer whose name 
appears frequently in the early history of Claiborne County 
I think he was a brother of Eden. 

Regretting my inability to serve you, and hoping to be 
able to aid you at a later date, I am, 

Yours truly, 

A. K. BRASHEAR. 

--o- 

From “Indian Depredations in Texas” 

W. P. BRASHEAR 

“Some very remarkable escapes have been made from 
Indians in Texas, of which I will mention one or two instances. 
Mr. Brashear was one of the very few men I have met with 
in my life who never took any precautions against danger, 
and yet was perfectly cool and collected when danger came. 
I do not believe he ever felt the sensation of fear. He had 
a brother killed at Fannin’s massacre, and, in consequence, 
he entertained the most inveterate hatred towards the Mexi¬ 
cans, and especially for Santa Anna. 

“After the battle of San Jacinto, and while Santa Anna 
was a prisoner at Velasco, Brashear went there as he told 
me himself, for the express purpose of shooting him on sight, 
but General Houston, in anticipation of some such attempt 
upon the life of illustrious prisoner, had him surrounded 
constantly with a strong guard, whose orders were that no 
one with arms should have access to him; consequently, when 
Brashear applied for permission to see him, he was searched, 
and the pistol with which he had intended to revenge the 
death of his brother was found upon his person, and his re¬ 
quest to see Santa Anna being refused, he remained at Vel¬ 
asco until Santa Anna left for the “States,” hoping bv 
some means to get a pop at him, but the opportunity never 
occurred. 

“In 1839, Brashear went to Lavaca county for the pur¬ 
pose of locating lands, and whilst there he boarded at the 
house of a gentleman by the name of Henseley, who resided 
at one of the extreme frontier settlements. Although that 
section of country was frequently visited by marauding bands 
of Indians, Brashear would often, in spite of Henseley’s 
warnings, go out alone, and unarmed, to examine lands, ten, 
fifteen or twenty miles from the settlement. Whenever Hen- 

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seley told him he ran a great risk of having his hair lifted 
in riding about the country alone, his reply invariably was 
that he had no fear, as there was not an Indian in Texas who 
coidd catch him when mounted on “Git Out” as he called 
his half-breed Mexican horse. 

“One morning he left Henseley’s with the intention of 
examining a tract of land ten miles west of the settlement, 
and, as usual, he had no arms with him more formidable than 
a pocket knife. He reached the locality he wished to ex¬ 
amine, and was busily engaged in tracing a line with a 
pocket compass, when, on turning a point of post oak timber, 
he discovered about twenty Commache warriors mounted upon 
their mustang ponies not more than a quarter of a mile dis 
tant. As soon as the Indians saw him they gave their war 
whoop and come swooping down upon him. Brashear in¬ 
stantly wheeled his horse and started towards the settlement, 
the Indians following him and yelling and whooping like so 
many devils. Brashear said that he was not at all frightened 
although he was unarmed, as he felt confident that “Git Out” 
could easily run away from the Indians on their poines, but 
to his astonishment, before he had gone a mile he found the 
Indians were gaining upon him, and if something was not done 
and that pretty quickly they would overtake him long before 
he could reach the Henseley settlement. About a mile ahead 
he knew there was a creek called Boggy, which could only be 
crossed at a few localities. He therefore determined to push 
“Git Out” to his utmost speed until he touched Boggy six 
or seven hundred yards below the crossing, and as soon he 
was hid from view by the skirt of timber bordering the creek, 
to make a crossing and get back as quickly as possible oppo¬ 
site the point where he had entered the timber. He therefore 
plied whip and spurs to “Git Out,” in order to carry his 
plan into execution, and soon had the satisfaction of seeing 
that he was rapidly forging ahead of the Indians. The 

moment he struck the timber on Boggy and his movements 

could not be seen by the Indians he made for the ford, crossed 
it, and galloped down the creek until he supposed he was 
about opposite the place where the Indians had lost sight 
of him. He had hardly reached this point when the Indians 
made their appearance, and seeing Brashear going off in a 

direct line, they naturally concluded he had crossed at that 

place. Without halting for a moment they plunged into the 
creek, and instantly their horses went down to their necks 
in the treacherous quicksand. 

“While the Indians were vainly endeavoring to extricate 
their horses from the bog, Brashear said he could not resist 

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the inclination to crow over them a little, which he did with 
some very expressive pantomime. This made the Indians 
furious, and one or two who had scrambled out of the bog 
commenced shooting at him, whereupon Brashear bid them 
adieu and rode off leisurely, as he knew it would take some 
time to extricate their horses from the embraces of old Boggy. 

“On another occasion Brashear had a very “close call’ 
from Indians while out hunting. He had just killed a dem¬ 
and had dismounted from his pony for the purpose |of 
butchering it. He was in the act of doing so when he dis¬ 
covered a party of Indians half a mile distant coming to 
wards him on their poines at full speed. Leaving his deer 
to be butchered at a more convenient opportunity, he hastily 
mounted his pony (he was not riding the redoubtable “Git 
Out” on that occasion) and started towards home, but he 
soon found the Indians were overhauling him. About a 
half a mile ahead there was a considerable elevation on the 
prairie, covered in places with a thick growth of chapparal, 
and Brashear made for it with all the speed he could get out of 
his pony with whip and spur. As soon as be entered this chap¬ 
paral and was hid from the view of his pursuers he hastily 
dismounted, tied his pony to a bush and continued his re¬ 
treat on foot. His idea was, when the Indians came up and 
discovered his pony they would naturally conclude he was 
secreted somewhere in the vicinity, and that before they found 
out their mistake he would have sufficient time to make his 
escape. His plan worked admirably and Brashear reached 
the settlement without seeing anything snore of the Indians. 
The next morning in company with five or six men from the 
settlement, he went to the place where he had left his pony 
and found him still there. It was evident, as Brashear had 
anticipated, that the Indians, when they came up and dis¬ 
covered the pony, supposed that his rider was concealed near 
by, and knowing that he was armed, they had not dared ven¬ 
ture within gunshot.” 

——-o- 

Some Kentucky Brashears With a Brief Out¬ 
line of the Brashear Family in 
America 

The Brashear family in America goes back 270 years 
through ten generations, having its origin in colonial Mary¬ 
land about the middle of the seventeenth century in the per¬ 
sons of Benois (Benjamin) Brasseuir and Mary, his wife. 
They, with Robert Brasseuir, a brother of Benois, had emi- 

—124— 


grated from France sometime between 1650 and 1653, com¬ 
ing originally into Virginia as Huguenot refugees, but there 
they encountered opposition and even persecution from the 
already established English settlers, and in 1658 removed to 
the more tolerant colony of Maryland. They settled in Cal¬ 
vert County, where in 1661 Benois was appointed Commis¬ 
sioner for the county, and where in 1663 he and his family 
were granted citizenship by Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore, 
then proprietary Governor of Maryland. The wording of 
the document granting denization (Naturalization) is inter¬ 
esting: “Whereas, Benjamin Brasseuir, late of Virginia has 
sought leave to inhabit as a free denizen and purchase lands, 
I do hereby declare said Benjamin Brasseuir, his wife and 
children to be full denizens of this our province, and that he 
be held, treated, reputed and esteemed as one of the faythful 
people.” The document is signed by Cecilius Calvert, Ins- 
asmuch as Robert Brasseuir brother of Benois, died without 
issue in 1665. Benois became the progenitor of the progenitor 
of the Brashear family in America. 


It is interesting to note the evolution of the modern spell¬ 
ing of the family name. The original form, Brasseuir, is 
probably a compound of the French bras, meaning “arm” a 
limb of the body, not a weapon, and a variation of sieur, the 
equivalent of English Sir and the Italian Ser, a form used in 
addressing persons of rank, and hence meaning “Lord of the 
Arm” or “Master by right of strength.” 


It seems to be positive that Benois’ name was in France 
spelled “Brassier.” It is probable that when he came to this 
country some years may "have elapsed in Virginia and Mary¬ 
land before the name became a matter of record in public 
archives. Then, owing to the primitive way in which records 
were kept, through the use of quill pens and probably ‘ ‘ polk- 
berry” ink, or similar sorts of writing fluid, under the light 
of tallow dip candles and by recorders who paid more atten¬ 
tion to firearms than to spelling, through all of these circum¬ 
stances, it does not appear in any way queer or unreasonable 
that names were spelled by sound rather than literally. 


A remarkable feature of this is that the name today in 
France is pronounced as we pronounce it here, and neither is 
it strange that there have been traced out fourteen different 
spellings, the changes being almost exclusively in the second 
syllable, such as, “sier,” “sieur,” “seiur,” “seur.” All of 
these endings most evidently mean the same thing, the Angli¬ 
cized “sir.” 


While the historical connection with the present French 
family is not absolutely established, it is too evident to admit 


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of doubt because the present family in France know of emi¬ 
grants of the Protestant faith to the British Colonies in Ameri¬ 
ca and to the French colony in Canada. 

The seat of the family in France was and is not at Carpen- 
tras, the South of France, near the river Rhone, and thus 
proves the legend to be true. This locality is very near Aving- 
non, which was the domicile of the Popes in France. The 
palace of the Popes is there and it is safe to assume that that 
was the hot spot of Catholicism in France and the place from 
which the Protestants would emigrate to escape persecution. 
These conclusions are confirmed by the opinion of one of the 
best genealogists in Paris. There is, however, a stronger 
confirmation of the link between the French family and the 
American, viz:—The physical resemblances and characteris¬ 
tics of the individuals, which stand out too clearly to admit 
of doubt. 

Benjamin’s eight children spelled their name Brasseuir; 
but the third generation, about 1690-1700, spelled it Brashier, 
which is of course the Anglicization of the French name; and 
this in the fourth generation about 1720-1730, evolved into 
Brashear, though some of the family used the plural form 
Brashears. 

The Maryland family of Brashear grew quite numerous, 
spreading into the different countries of the state from the 
old home place, known as “Brashear’s Purchase” upon the 
Patuxent River and in 1790 when the first census of Maryland 
was made, there were twenty-five of the Brashear name listed 
as “householders” with their families and slaves. 

Before this time, however, the new Western Country was 
being opened up, and about 1760-65 several families of Bra- 
shears moved from the vicinity of Upper Marlboro, in Prince 
Georges County, Maryland, in which county they seem to have 
taken firmest root, into Fayette County, Pennsylvania, then 
a portion of Virginia, and settled about the town of Browns¬ 
ville, so named from the Brown family who emigrated from 
Maryland with the Brashears, and with whom the Brashears 
intermarried. It was from this point, a few years later, 
that some of the Brashears emigrated into Kentucky. Some* 
of them remained in Pennsylvania, however, and it is from 
the Pennsylvania Brashears that there came the late Dr. 
John A. Brashear of Pittsburgh, who gained wide fame as a 
physicist and maker of astronomical lenses and instruments. 

Besides the motive of free land, then the only means of 
livelihood, there was another strong consideration that caused 
some of the 1 ennsjIvama Brashears to remove to Kentucky, 
then an unsettled wilderness peopled with roving bands of 

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hostile Indians. The Brashear settlers from Maryland had 
located in what they thought was Virginia territory, and had 
brought with them their slaves and attachments to the rules 
and manners of the colonial South. This portion of Virginia 
became a part of Pennsylvania, and soon thereafter, in 1780, 
Pennsylvania passed her famous “Act for the gradual aboli¬ 
tion of Slavery,” and this fact induced many to sell out their 
holdings and migrate to Kentucky, at that time a part of Vir¬ 
ginia, and then being opened up to adventure, colonization 
and slavery. 

The pioneer Brashears of Kentucky most generally known 
were five in number—Marsham. Brahsear, the great, great 
grandfather of the writer; William Brashear, Richard, Nicho¬ 
las and Nacy Brashear. Naey (1734-1807) was the fifth 
generation being the son of Samuel Brashear, Jr., (1609-1717) 
and was born in Prince Georges County, Maryland. He was 
the father of thirteen children, and many Brashears living 
in Kentucky and other states farther south and west can 
trace their descent from him. His seventh son, Dr. Walter 
Brashear, who achieved wide fame as a surgeon (1776-1860). 

Marsham and William appear to have been brothers, the 
sons of Joseph Brashear, who was born in Prince George’s 
County, Maryland in 1722, and who was a brother of the 
Nacy mentioned above. This would make them of the sixth 
generation. In 1779, William Brashear in taking up his land 
in Kentucky, styles himself “heir-at-law of Joseph Bra¬ 
shear.” William apparently was the elder as he was married 
and had a family when he came to Kentucky, and if his 
father died intestate he would be the legal heir. In 1795, 
Marsham Brashear made a deposition stating that he was in 
Kentucky in 1776, and that Joseph Brashear was with him on 
this occasion. It would seem that the Joseph referred to was 
his father, and that together they were making a preliminary 
survey of the new country before moving there. 

Richard Brashear in 1782, gave to Marsham a power of 
attorney in which he refers to Marsham as “my friend, Mar¬ 
sham Brashear.” From this, it would seem that Richard may 
have been a cousin of Marsham. 

It seems certain that Marsham, William, Richard Bra¬ 
shear must have come from Pennsylvania, for Joseph, one of 
the sons of William, states that he (Joseph) was born in 
Brownsville, Pennsylvania; and Richard Brashear who was 
captain in General George Rogers Clark’s expedition, enlisted 
from Pennsylvania. Nacy was a resident of Fayette County, 
Pennsylvania (in which Brownsville is located) and was listed 
there in 1780 as the owner of twelve slaves. Marsham, William 

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and Richard came to Kentucky first, and Nacy did not join 
them there until 1/84, but they all took adjoining grants of 
land in Kentucky, and seem to have enjoyed intimate relation¬ 
ship. 

Nicholas Brashear in 1783 refers to himself as “orphan 
of William Brashear.” This was before the death of the 
William Brashear referred to, so it is probable that he was the 
son of William Brashear who is known to have been a resi¬ 
dent of Springhill Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 
in 1772. 

To sum up, it seems quite certain that all of the pioneer 
Brashears of Kentucky came from the colony of Brashears 
m Western Pennsylvania, that William was the son of Joseph 
Brashear, that Marsham was the brother of William; and that 
Nacy was their uncle. 

As above referred to, Marsham Brashear was in Kentucky 
as early as 1776, probably prospecting for land. Me visited 
the country around Floyd’s Fork of Salt River, and must 
have taken back a favorable report, for in 1779 Marsham, Wil¬ 
liam and Richard each took up a grant of 400 acres in the 
neighborhood where Marsham had been prospecting and the 
following year each took up an additional claim of 1000 acres 
adjoining his original property. As above stated, the three 
men all took property that adjoined, and in this way there 
was a tract of 4200 acres controlled by the three. Nacy Bra¬ 
shear did not join his nephew until 1784; but Nicholas settled 
nearby at about the same time that Marsham, William and 
Richard took up their land. These grants lay in what was 
then Jefferson County, Virginia, on the north side of Salt 
River, near Floyd’s Fork and Brashear’s Creek, the latter 
named after the family. This land, which has long since 
passed into other hands, lias near the present town of Shep- 
herdsvilie, Kentucky, partly in Bullitt County and partly 
in Nelson County. At the time of the settlement there a 
stockaded wooden fort, in frontier style, was built at the 
junction of Floyd’s Fork and Salt River, and was known as 
Brashear s Port. This too has of course long since passed 
away. 

As Nacy and Nicholas and their deseendents are collateral 
branches that do not come within the scope of this paper the 
reader ’s attention is invited to sketches of Marsham, William 
and Richard, and their descendants. As the reference to the 
last named is to be brief, it perhaps will be best to deal with 
it first. 


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RICHARD BRASHEAR 

Richard Brashear (died 1822) was the soldier and ad¬ 
venturer of the family. In 1777 he entered the company of 
Captain William Harrod, which was organized near Harrod’s 
home in Monongalia County, Virginia, now Green County, 
Pennsylvania. Richard may have been adventuring in Ken¬ 
tucky before his enlistment, as he opened an account with the 
Transylvania Company in 1776. This company was then en¬ 
gaged in the sale of lands in Kentucky. However, the cir¬ 
cumstances of his enlistment indicate a Pennsylvania origin 
for Richard. Although he was enlisted as a Sergeant, he was 
soon commissioned a Lieutenant in Harrod’s company, which 
was one of the units in the expedition of George Rogers Clark 
to conquer the Northwest. Richard shared in the glories and 
hardships of that Northwestern campaign, and was present 
at the taking of KasKaskia in 1778, where he was given a cap¬ 
tain’s commission, and where later (1780) he met and married 
Ann Brocus. He took part in the terrible march through the 
“drowned lands” of Illinois, and shared in the glory of the 
Capture of Vincennes, where he was left in charge of the Fort. 

In 1781 Richard was mustered out with the rank of 
captain, and as pay for his services was allowed 4000 acres 
of land allotted to the officers of Colonel Clark. Whether he 
took possession of this land is not known; the military warrant 
(No. 2687) was not issued until 1784; and in March 1782, 
Richard sold to Marsham apportion of his original Kentucky 
land near Salt River. A month later he gave to Marsham 
Brashear a sweeping power of attorney, so Marsham could 
attend to his business in his absence, and adventured off 
down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, settling finally in 
Adams County Mississippi, where he died in May, 1822, leav¬ 
ing one daughter who married Arthur Camay. 


WILLIAM BRASHEAR 

William Brashear (died about 1789) was probably an 
older man than either Richard or Marsham, as he had a 
family when he moved to Kentucky. He seems to have de¬ 
voted his attention to the cultivation of his land, but some 
years after settling near Salt River was the victim of a fron¬ 
tier tragedy. While hunting one day he was surprised by 
Indians, killed, scalped and his body mutilated. This pro¬ 
bably was in 1789, as his will was admitted to probate on 
November 3rd of that year. He left at least four children 
Samuel Mason Brashear, probably the eldest, as he is named 
executor of the will; two daughters, Miriam and Elizabeth; 
and another son Joseph, a youth, of perhaps nineteen. 

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Of the descendants of Samuel Mason Brashear, the writ¬ 
er does not know; but Joseph, the younger son (born in 
Brownsville, Pennsylvania, 1770) died at Louisville, Ken¬ 
tucky, 1854), removed from the home of his father in Salt 
River to a point near Bardstown, Kentucky, but later removed 
from there to Breckenridge County. Here he established him¬ 
self in patriarchal style, rearing a lars^e family of six sons 
and one daughter by his first wife, and three sons and two 
daughters by his second. The eldest of all of the sons was 
Peter Cummings Brashear (1801-1SG7), the grandfather of 
present Peter C. Brashear, of Castleton on Hudson, New York. 

Concerning his grandfather, the present Peter C. Bra¬ 
shear contributes an interesting and dramatic story, which 
follows: 

Peter, when a hoy, ran away from home at about the 
age of seventeen because of his stepmother. His principal 
asset being that of a blooded horse, upon which he rode away. 
The home of his father was at ‘Falls of Sinking,’ which was 
in what is now Beckenridge County, Kentucky, a few miles 
back from the Ohio River, and from the town which is now 
known as Stephensport. His father settled thus far from the 
River to avoid malaria. Peter ventured down the Ohio and 
Mississippi Rivers, accumulated some money, came back to 
Stephensport and bought a land grant there. He made the 
first payment and began clearing and cultivating the land 
through the then called Tenant Sytem. The produce of the 
land and the produce of other planters in that locality were 
brought into Stephensport and shipped from there to New 
Orleans by flat boat. This w r as Peter’s principal business 
and was successful. 

“The timbers for these flat boats were hewn out by hand 
and put together by wooden pine. This laborious method of 
building them made them valuable. Therefore, when the 
cargoes were unloaded at New Orleans, the boats were cardel- 
led back up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Cordelling means 
that there is a windlass on the front of each boat. A cable 
from the boat was rowed up stream in a skiff attached to a 
tree or rock, then the boat was wound up to it and there 
anchored. Then the process repeated. With good luck a 
round trip could be made in six months. 

“Peter made the second and third payment on the land 
purchased, then offered the fourth payment and was told to 
go ahead and use the money to enlarge his fleet, buy more 
produce and continue paying interest. This he did, and on 
the next trip in about two months, way down the river from 
the port, Peter’s wife Mehetable learned that the man from 

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whom the land had been purchased intended to repossess 
his property by default. 

“On learning this she sent two of her most trusted slaves, 
one down the north bank of the Ohio and one down the south 
bank to intercept her husband and acquaint him with the 
circumstances. She also arranged for a relay of horses from 
the point where he thought one or the other of the negroes 
would overtake her husband. The plan worked, and on the 
last day on which the settlement could be made, Peter galloped 
up with the gold to meet the payment. 

The eldest son of Peter was Joseph David Brashear 
(1843-1909). After the building of a railroad down the Ohio 
Valley has stilled the life of the river town of Stephens¬ 
port and depreciated the value of the Brashear propertv there 
Joseph moved to Owensboro where for many years he was en¬ 
gaged in the business of grain and tobacco brokerage, later 
me%in<* his business with that of the American Tobacco 
Company. He died in 1909 in Louisville, where his daughter, 
Gense Brashear, now resides. His son, Peter C. Brashear, 
who married Rida Conly Payne of Lexington, came to New 
York where he is now head of the Fort Orange Paper Com¬ 
pany! which operates at Castleton on Hudson, a large plant 
devoted to the manufacture of folding paper boxes. He has 
one daughter, Gense Brashear, born in 1907, and named after 
her aunt. 


MARSHAM BRASHEAR 

Marsham Brashear, the great, great grandfather of the 
writer was one of the founders of the city of Louisville, 
Kentucky, which prior to 1780 was known as “Fall of the 
Ohio ” and at that time was the frontier of civilization. The 
land’in Kentucky about the Ohio Falls had been held by one 
Connelly on grant from the King of England, but in 1779 his 
errant was declared forfeit by reason of the success of the 
American Revolution, and it was in that year that Marsham 
came to “Fall of the Ohio.” At a meeting of the citizens 
on April 10, 1779, Marsham was named one of the seven 
trustees to lay off the city, to allot property to the gentle¬ 
men adventurers, and to draw up rules for the regulation of 
the community. These trustees met on April 17th and 
the report of their meeting, providing for the division of the 
town into lots, was signed by Marsham Brashear, as secretary 
of the board of trustees. In the next year (1780) the citizens 
petitioned the legislature of Virginia (for this territory was 
then Jefferson County, Virginia), to pass an act incorporat¬ 
ing the town of Louisville. The legislature passed the act 

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and appointed trustees for the government of the town, Mar- 
sham was one of these trustees, and continued to hold office 
for a number of years. In 1787 he was recommended by the 
County Court for the position of Justice of the Peace. Soon 
thereafter his commission came from Richmond, and he took 
the oath of office November 4, 1788. This office he held for 
several years. 

During his early days in Louisville, Marsham met' and 
married (1789) Lucy Phelps, sister of Joseph Phelps, who, 
with Marsham, was one of the signers of the petition to in¬ 
corporate the town of Louisville. She w T as the daughter of 
Thomas Phelps, who had come from Virginia, -where his father, 
John Phelps, was a rich landowner and a member of the 
House of Burgesses. The Phelps family was established in 
New England in 1630, and Lucy’s grandfather was of the 
southern branch of the family. 

Though only a girl of nineteen at the time of her marriage 
to Marsham, Lucy Phelps had participated in the hardships 
and heroisms of the frontier life of the time. On coming to 
Kentucky, her father had settled at Boonesborough, and Lucy 
and her sisters were the friends and companions of the daugh¬ 
ters of that colorful pioneer, Daniel Boone. Lucy’s family 
were inhabitants of the fort at Boonesborough during the 
memorable seige of 1778, by a combined force of Indians and 
English soldiers, and Lucy, with other courageous pioneer 
women of the fort, carried powder in her apron from the mag¬ 
azine outside the fort to the riflemen within. Her brothers, 
Josiah and George, were members of Captain Harrod’s com- 
pany, in which Richard Brashear was an officer. Her marri¬ 
age to Marsham in 1789 is said to have been the first marriage 
in the frontier town of Louisville. 

As we have noted above, in 1779 and 1789, Marsham Bra¬ 
shear had taken 1400 acres of land in Jefferson County, 
south of Louisville on Salt River. There he established his 
home and thither he took his young bride. He lived there 
for seventeen years," and reared a family of two sons, Richard 
and Eden, the former named after his uncle; and four daugh¬ 
ters, Cynthia, Sarah, Patricia and Cordelia. He died in 1807, 
having seen Kentucky erected into a state and admitted to 
the Union in (1792), and having played no small part in 
the pioneer development of “The Dark and Bloody Ground.” 
A highly treasured memento of Marsham is a photostat copy 
of the original document, signed by Patrick Henry, the then 
Governor of Virginia, conveying 400 acres of land to Marsham 
Brashear. This copy is now in the writer’s possession. 

After the death of Marsham, his eldest son, Richard 
Brashear, Sr., (1/89-1851), continued to live on the estate 

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and operate it for his mother, who was the owner under the 
terms of Marsham’s will. This will, admitted to probate Dec¬ 
ember 4th, 1807, provided that all of Marsham’s property 
should go to his wife Lucy as long as she remained unmarried. 
In the event of her death or remarriage the estate was to be 
equally divided between Richard and Eden, the two sons. 
Lucy never married a second time, but lived to be ninety- 
three years of age, dying in 1854. She thus outlived all of 
her children, and neither Marsham’s sons ever held title to 
the estate; although, as noted before, Richard lived upon it 
and enjoyed its use, though for his mother’s benefit. 

Eden the younger of the two sons of Marsham, in 1811 
sold his prospective interest in the estate to Richard for a cash 
consideration, and set out for newer country to make his 
fortune, which he did handsomely. He adventured down the 
Ohio and Mississippi rivers, settling finally in Claiborne 
County, Mississippi, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits 
and accumulated a handsome fortune, most of which he used 
for building and endowing a school and a Hospital. He never 
married and died in 1839. He is buried near the town of 
Grand Gulf, Mississippi. 

Marsham’s daughters married as follows: Cynthia to John 
Stallings; Sarah to Thomas Stallings, and Cordelia to a Mar¬ 
sham Brashear, who appears to have been a first or second 
cousin, and who later removed to Indiana. 

In 1809, two years after Marsham’s death, his son Rich¬ 
ard married Sarah Stallings, sister of the two men who had 
married two of Richard’s sisters. To this union were born 
two sons. The elder was Richard Brashear, Jr., who in 1848 
married Elizabeth Ann Ridgeway. They had a son Beverley 
Brashear, who in 1914, was living at Lebanon Junction, Ken¬ 
tucky. The second son of Richard, Sr., was Barak Brashear 
(1818-1846), the great grandfather of the writer. Richard, 
Sr., died in 1851, and upon his death his mother Lucy signed 
over all title in Marsham’s estate to Richard, Jr., her grand¬ 
son, on consideration that he was to pay her a sum of money 
annually until her death. As above noted, Lucy died in 1S54, 
or three years after deeding Marsham’s estate to Richard, Jr. 
From Richard, Jr., the estate passed out of the hands of 
the family. 

This estate lies in Bullitt County, Kentucky, near the 
town of Shepherdsville. On it is an old family burial ground, 
and it is supposed that Marsham is buried there, though it 
is not possible to prove this, as the graves are unmarked. 
The writer’s father visited the spot on September 7th, 1916, 
and with the help of the then owner of the old Marsham Bra- 

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shear estate, located a grave supposed to be that of Richard, 
Sr., son of Marsham. A huge oak tree had grown there, all 
but obliterating the grave. 

The writer’s grandfather, Barak Brashear, so called from 
a Biblical name of Hebrew origin signifying “lightning,” 
was born April 8, 1818, at the family home on the Marsham 
Brashear estate. Being the younger son and without pros¬ 
pect of inheriting land, he turned to the business of building, 
which he pursued for a while in Louisville, but later removed 
to Henderson, Kentucky, where he settled and continued his 
business. Here he married on December 31, 1846. Sarah 
Hancock, daughter of Sylanus Hancock and his wife, Jane 
Faulkner. Sarah Hancock, through her father was a descen¬ 
dant of the Virginia branch of the Hancocks, from which 
came also John Hancock, one of the signers of the Declaration 
of Independence. Barak established his home in Henderson, 
and was a substantial citizen of the community, serving as a 
member of the City Council in 1854. His wife bore him four 
sons and four daughters, but one of the sons, Richard, and 
three of the daughters, Sarah, Lucy and Jeffie, died in youth. 

The eldest son, Robert Brashear (1848-1927), married 
Anna R. Bell, of Baltimore, the marriage taking place at 
Henderson, on March 7, 1877. Two years later he removed 
to St. Louis Missouri, where he engaged in the wholesale paper 
business in which he continued until his retirement. He set¬ 
tled in Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis, and reared a large 
family. His eldest son, George E. Brashear (born 1878), 
was married in 1903 to Emily A. Schenck of St. Louis, in which 
city he now makes his home. He has one son, George, Jr., 
born in 1914. Harry R. Brashear, the third son of Robert 
(born in 1884), was married in 1920 to Vera F. Finnerty, 
of St. Louis, and they have one son, Harry R. Jr., born in 
1921. They make their home in Los Angeles, California, where 
Harry, Sr., is Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Lucy 
F. Brashear, a daughter of Robert, was married in 1916 to 
Ernest E. Acheson, and with her husband and two children 
Annie A. (born 1918), and Edwin Robert, (born 1925), makes 
her home in Kirkwood. Elizabeth, the other daughter of 
Robert, and her mother, are now living at the family home 
in Kirkwood. Joseph and Lute, the other sons of Robert 
are now dead. 

The eldest daughter of Barak, and the only one of his 
family now living, is Ella Brashear Gibson, born in Henderson, 
Kentucky, January 8th, 1850. She is the widow of Stephen 
W. Gibson, and now makes her home near Beuchel, Kentucky, 
a suburb of Louisville. She has four sons, two daughters, 

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and several grandchildren, one of -whom, George F. Gibson, 
Jr., was graduated from Yale in 1925. 

Another son of Barak was Benjamin Brashear, who was 
born in 1856 and died in 1896. Three of his daughters are 
now living, Nancy Brashear Schaeffer, Fannie Brashear 
Smith, and Ella Brashear Bixler. His only son, Elliot Bra¬ 
shear died many years ago. 

The writer’s father, Walter Brashear, Sr., was born 
April 27th, 1866, at Henderson, Kentucky, the youngest of 
the eight children of Barak. He was named after Dr. Walter 
Brashear, previously mentioned in this sketch, who had died 
just a few years before the birth of the writer’s father, and 
achievements were a source of family pride. His mother died 
when he was eight years old, and his elder sister, Ella, was 
entrusted with his upbringing. He was devoted to her all 
of his life, and it was while returning to Louisville after a 
few days visit at her home in Beuchel that he met with his 
untimely death, December 29th, 1927. 

As a young man he entered his father’s business, but 
later set up a business for himself. He made his home in 
Henderson, and was the builder of several large tobacco 
factories there, as well as of many courthouses, schools, hospi¬ 
tals and other public buildings in Western Kentucky and 
Southern Indiana. On September 6th, 1892, he married 
Maude Lightfoot Johnson, daughter of Monroe M. Johnson 
and his wife, Jennie W. Watson, of Henderson, and a great 
granddaughter of Samuel Johnson of Viringia, (1744-1813), a 
soldier of the Revolutionary War. Two children were born, 
Walter, Jr., the writer of this sketch, in 1899; and Sara John¬ 
son Brashear, in 1904. 

Entering a larger field of business, Mr. Brashear re¬ 
moved to Louisville in 1910, with his family, and there made 
his home. His wife died there in 1921; he continued active 
and was successful in business until his sudden death in 1927, 
four days after Christmas, when he was struck and killed 
by an automobile. He and his wife both are buried in the 
family lot in Fernwood Cemetery. Henderson. 

Sara Johnson Brashear, his daughter, in 1925, married 
Salem H. Ford, son of the late A. Y. Ford, President of the 
University of Louisville. They make their home in that city,, 
and have one daughter, Sara, two years old. 

The writer of this sketch was a student at the University 
of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and at Centre College, 
Danville,"Kentucky, and was graduated from the latter in¬ 
stitution in 1921. He is a member of the Sigma Chi and 
Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternities. He married Gretchen 

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A. Kramer, formerly of Newcastle, Indiana, on November 10th, 
1927, and makes his home in New York City, where he is 
engaged in business. 

New York City, May 1, 1929. 

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MRS R. L. ARNOLD, GREENVILLE, MISS. 

{Julia Marie Johnson Arnold ) 

Julia Marie Johnson, born near Port Gibson, Mississippi, 
August 20th, 1896, married Robert Lowry Arnold, born 
Vicksburg, Mississippi, September 15th, 1887. Marriage date, 
September 7th, 1920. Issue: 

None. 

Daughter of Albert Sidney Johnson, born Vicksburg, 
Mississippi, January 30th, 1862, and Mary Hughes McAlpine 
Bagnell, born near Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 2nd, 1874. 
Issue: 

Mrs. R. L. Arnold, (above). 

Granddaughter of Daniel Vestner McAlpine, born near 
Port Gibson, Mississippi, in 1837, and Julia Lewis Morehead, 
born Port Gibson, Mississippi, in 1840. Issue: 

Robert Harper McAlpine; 

Edward Kirby McAlpine; 

Charles Morehead McAlpine. 

Great granddaughter of Dr. Bushrod Washington More¬ 
head, born in 1809, and Mary Ann Hughes, born Shepherds- 
ville, Kentucky, April 1821. 

Great, great grandaughter of Captain Benjamin Hughes 
and Nancy Brashear, born January 7th, 1797. 

Great, great, great granddaughter of Ignatius Brashear, 
born March 28th, 1768 and his wife, Sylvia Orme. Issue: 

Nancy Brashear, (above) ; 

Ruth Brashear .married Wm. B. Lindsay; 

America Brashear; 

Robert Brashear; 

Lucy Brashear. 

(Ignatus Brashear, above, was the son of Nacy Brashear, 
see part 2, page 2 for record back to Benjamin Brashears, 
the colonist). 

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CHRISTY GENTRY BRASHEAR 
Killeen, Texas 

Christy Gentry Brashear, born Cook County, Texas, 
February 20th, 1860, married Catherine Cornet, born July 
10, 1864. Married February 14, 1883. ssue: 

Bessie Maud, born November 30, 1883, married J. E. 
Sloane; 


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Nancy Malvina, born March 18, 1886, married W. J. 
Mangham; 

George Thomas, born March 13, 1888, married Mary 
Morrow; 

Arthur Price, born December 24, 1888, married Louis L. 
Ward; 

Cora Lee, born May 31, 1893, married Dumas Carter;; 

Nora Lucretia, born, married W. C. Jackson; 

Elsie Taylor, born December 10, 1901, married Cecil 
Reed. 

Son of Guy Brashear, born in Kentucky, August 31st, 
1813, and his wife, Nancy Jane Gentry, born in Kentucky, 
January 8th, 1882. Issue: 

R. R. Brashear, born October 8th, 1844; 

John Brashear, born March 27, 1858; 

Guy Thomas Brashear, born March 12, 1869; 

Christy Gentry Brashear, (above); 

Viola Brashear (married Maddox). 

Grandson of Thomas Brashear, born in Kentucky and 
his wife whose maiden name is not available. It is probable 
that Thomas Brashear immigrated from Kentucky, to Boone 
County, Missouri, with several of his children. Issue: 

John William, Cornelius, Thomas, Guy, Rebecca, Sallie 
and Nancy. 

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ARTHUR PRICE BRASHEAR 
Temple, Texas 

Arthur Price Brashear, born Coryell County, Texas, 
December 24, 1888, married Louis L. Ward, born Coryell 
County, Texas, November 27th, 1895. Marriage date June 
28th, 1917. Issue: 

Arthur Price Brashear, Jr., born June 9, 1918; 

Opal E. Brashear, born May 19, 1920; 

Francis N. Brashear, born March 13, 1922. 

Note—For further record see that of Christy Gentry 
Brashear, Killeen, Texas. 

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JOHN EWING PRICE 

{Contributed by his wife, Mrs. Mary D. H. Price, 

Seattle Washington) 

John Ewing Price, born, Lebanon, Tennessee, August 12, 
1857, married Mary D. Hickman, born Columbia, Missouri, 
October 14th, 1866. Marriage date, June 8, 1885. Issue: 

Hickman Price, born June 9, 1S86, Jefferson City, Mis¬ 
souri, married Mary W. Fraser, of Nashville, Tenne ssee. 

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Andrew Price born February 18, 1890, Denver, Colorado, 
married Virginia Wiley. 

Son of James Barry Price, born, Danville, Virginia, Janu¬ 
ary 19, 1832, and his wife, Mary Murphy, born Franklin 
St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana, February 22, 1834, died Le¬ 
banon, Tennessee, October 9, 1890. Issue: 

Andrew Price, born April 3, 1852, married Anna Mar¬ 
garet Gay; 

John Ewing Price, (above) ; 

William H. Price, born November 15, 1860, died, 1927. 

Walter Brashear Price, born January 26, 1863, married 
first, Constance Muriel Jones; second, Minnie Dearing; third, 
Cecelia Margaret Maher. 

Grandson of John Barrett Murphy and his wife, Lucy 
C. Brashear. (Note: Lucy C. Brashear was married twice, 
her first husband was a Mr. Brown, by whom she had four 
children, namely Ignatus Brashear Brown, Wilson Brown, 
Walter B. Brown.) By her second husband, John Barrett 
Murphy, John B. Murphy, Jr., Thomas Murphy and Mary 
Murphy (above). 

Great grandson of Ignatus Brashear, Jr., born March 
28, 1768, and his wife, Mary or Sylvia Orme, daughter of 
John Orme. Issue: 

Nancy Brashear, bom January 7, 1797, married Captain 
Benjamin Hughes and had the following children, William 
Hughes, Mary Ann Hughes, Col. Henry Hughes and Maria 
Jane Hughes; 

Ruth Brashear, married Dr. Wm. B. Lindsey; 

Robert Brashear, married Elizabeth Unsell, daughter of 
John Unsell of Bardstown, Kentucky; 

Lucy C. Brashear, who married John Barrett Murphy, 
(above). 

Great great grandson of Ignatus (Nacy) Brashear, bom 
April 17, 1734, and his wife, Frances Pamela Edmonston or 
Frances Pamela Catryl (Note There is some confusion as 
to the maiden name) born April 14, 1736. Issue: 

Mary Brashear, born March 5, 1760, married Mr. Wil 
canon, of Maryland and had issue namely, Iloyd, Ignatus and 
Thomas. The first son, Thomas, married a cousin, Belinda 
Wilcannon, and lived in St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana, where 
they had three children Henry, Loren and Mary. Ignatus 
Wilcanon, the second son never married. Thomas Wilcanon 
the third son, married Mrs. Mary Ressau. 

Elizabeth Brashear, born July 12, 1761, married Mr. 
Crispe had two children John and Margaret. 

Ann Brashear, born March 23, 1763, married Basil Crow. 

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Thomas C. Brashear, born November 10, 1764, married 
Frances Berry, had a son named Otho. 

Samuel Brashear, born October 12, 1766; 

Ignatus Brashear, Jr., bom March 28, 1768, (above).; 

Robert Brashear, born August 31, 1769, married Eliza¬ 
beth Harrison; 

Archibald Edmondston Brashear, bom November 2, 1771. 

Levi Brashear, born November 12, 1773, married Camilla 
Lansdale, Bardstown, Kentucky, had five children, Richard 
Brashear, killed in the Mexican War; William Brashear, 
Frances Brashear, who married Clark Temple; Camilla Bra¬ 
shear, who married Andrew Porter Parker and Walter Bra¬ 
shear, who married Miss Crutchfield; 

Dr. Walter Brashear, bora February 11, 1776, married 
first, Margaret Barr; second, Rebecca Filton; 

Joseph Brashear, bom December 9, 1778; 

Dennis Brashear, born August 13, 1780, married Miss 
McDowell had a daughter Pamela who married a Mr. Trotter. 

Ruth Brashear, bora September 13, 1782, married John 
Hackley had daughter Margaret, who married Charles Shreve 
and had the following children, John A. Shreve, Charles 
Shreve, Jr., James Shreve and Ruth Shreve. 

See part 2, page 2 for the record of Ignatius (Nacy) 
Brashear, back to the original Colonist, Benjamin Brashear. 

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LILLIAN BRASHEAR WOLT 

John Brashear of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, was I 
understand, one of the twenty-two children. He married 
Margaret Cecelia Ayres. She was the daughter of the Rev. 
Robert Ayres of Franklin, Pennsylvania, who had come to 
Franklin from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, (Fayette County). 
She had two sisters, Emily, who married Thomas McDowell, 
of Franklin, Pennsylvania; and Amy, who married John Gal¬ 
braith of Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Robert Ayres Brashear, only child of John Brashear and 
Margaret Cecelia Ayres Brashear, was my father. 

He was a civil engineer and lived in Franklin, Venango 
County, Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Ann (or Sally 
Ann) Seaton, daughter of John Seaton of Franklin, Pennsyl¬ 
vania, and his wife, Jane Timblin (or Timlin). Until 11 
years of age lived with her grandparents, Robert Seaton and 
his wife, Mary Davis Seaton, on a farm in Butler County, 
Pennsylvania. 

Robert Ayres Brashear and Sarah Ann Seaton were 
married in Franklin, Pennsylvania, spent their entire married 
life there. Their eight children are: 

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married Frances Sweazy of Ithiea, New York. Their children 
are: Florence May, Charles Sweazy, Harry John (died in 
infancy) ; Mabel, Edna, Howard, Grace and Helen. 

Harry Cartwright Brashear, of Scottsblnff, Nebraska, 
who married Lenore Goulden in Franklin, Pennsylvania. 
Their children are Robert Ayres Brashear of Scottsblnff, 
Nebraska and John Goulden Brashear of Mitchell Valley, 
Nebraska (Scottsbluff, postoffice). 

Frederick Lane Brashear, of Franklin, Pennsylvania, 
who married Lula May Thompson. Their only child Clara 
Maude married John Clairon Heasley of Franklin, Pennsyl¬ 
vania. 

Charles Gillette, died at the age of two. 

Lillian, who married Frederick D. Wolt of Orange, New 
Jersey, married in Mitchell Valley, Nebraska, moving later 
to Gering, Nebraska, then to Scottsbluff, Nebraska and then 
to Norfork, Nebraska. Their children are Amy Lillian and 
Helen Josephine both of Norfolk, Nebraska, 112 South 12th 
St., Norfolk, Nebraska. 

Amy Cecelia, who died at the age of fourteen in Franklin, 
Pennsylvania. 

Jeanie Marguerite, who married Flavel L. Wright of 
Scottsbluff County, Nebraska. Present address 12 Arundel 
Place, St. Louis, Missouri. Their children are Rhea Brashear, 
who married Edwin Lee Mott of St. Louis, Missouri; and 
Frederick Flavel, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who married 
Eliza Bailey of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The children of 
Frederick and Eliza Bailey Wright are Francis Bailey and 
Jean. 

Robert Ayres Brashear of Mitchell, Nebraska, who mar¬ 
ried Nina Esther Hull of Gering, Nebraska. Their only child 
Phillips Ayres died at the age of three. 

Robert Ayres Brashear, my father, born in Franklin, 
Pennsylvania, February 13, 1811; married February 15, 1856: 
died September 19, 1875 at Ithiea, New York. 


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Genealogical Notes Concerning Brassieur 

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Family of Virginia and Maryland 


Compiled by Orra Eugene Monnette of Los Angeles, Calif., 

Genealogist and Member Council Institute of American 

Genealogy 


The Brassieur Family, as the name is variously spelled in 
America, is of French Huguenot ancestry and representatives 
of the family, forced to flee from France, because of religious 
persecution, settled on the Isle of Thanet, England, very early 
in the Seventeenth Century. This island forms the northeast 
extremity of the county of Kent, England, surrounded on the 
north and east by the sea and south and west by the River 
Stour. With a length of nine miles and an area of forty-one 
square miles, it is comparatively small and insignificant, but 
has achieved some fame from its noted watering places of 
Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs. 

In considering how surnames have been changed and 
their spellings varied, sometimes beyond recognition of their 
original patronymics, reference by example appears in a 
Maryland Genealogical magazine, which is quite interesting 
at this point. 

“We find the name Hammond spelled Hamon and even 
Hamor. 

One of the most striking examples of the diversity of 
spelling in a single name is that of the French Huguenot, 
Benoist Brasseuir, who came into Maryland from Virginia, 
in 1658, and was naturalized in 1662. After this the spelling 
of his name and that of his descendants has varied as follow: 

Brasseuir, Brasseur, Brashieur, Brashear, Brasshear, and 
Brashears.” 

In the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Voi. 
Ill, page 410, there is a comparable discussion of family 
name variations, and among many pertinent and expressive 
examples there is included this same name of Brassieur, in the 
following language: 

“There was a great deal of reckless independence in the 
spelling of that day, ‘and, the following is an exhibit; “BRAZ¬ 
IER, BRASURE, BRASHEAR, BRASSEUR, BRASSIER. 
BRASHAW,’ which is easily demonstrable by an examination 
of the old documents and records. 

From Virginia records and authorities, it is clear that 
the family first settled in the Isle of Wight County, wher 
Thomas Braser, (probably a brother of Robert, Sr.), appears 

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August 16, 1649. (Va. Mag. Hist. & Biog. Vol. ^ I, p. 246, 
and Idem. Vol. VII, p. 219). 

In another place in the same magazine (Vol. XXXI, 
page 359,) the name is given as “Brashore”—of Isle of 
Wright County, Virginia, and variations appear running 
the gamut of Brashear, Brazure, Brassieur, (the latter of 
which is more common in Maryland) ; and the reference is 
to a “Margaret Brassieur, who married in Isle of Wright 
County, Virginia, Thomas Jordan, who was born, in 1634 and 
died in 1699.” If she were near his same age, i. e., she was 
born circ. 1636, eligible to be the daughter of Robert Bras¬ 
sieur, Sr. 

It is quite certain that Robert Brassieur, Senior, came 
to Virginia soon after the year .1636 and before 1640, for 
June 1st, 1636, Peter Johnson obtained a patent for 600 acres 
of land (Isle of Wright Records), located “in the County of 
Warrisquicke, on the south side of Warrisquicke Creek and 
abutting upon Nansemond River, (which latter location is 
important, in the light of subsequent residence of the family 
in Nansemond County, Virginia.) and under this patent the 
persons named as “headrights” are “Peter Johnson, John 
Day, John Powell, Ambrose Meador, Gabriel Wilson, John 
Baker, Ann Sharp, his wife. This patent was renewed by 
Sir John Harvey in the names of Robert Brasseur and Peter 
Rey. Teste me, Tho. Cocke, Cl. ” (Va. Mag. Hist. & Bio. Vol. 
V, page 101 and Idem. Vol. VII, page 285.) 

That, Robert Brassieur, Senior, was in Virginia before 
1640 is proven by the record, October 7, 1640, concerning 
“Thomas Pursell, servant unto Robert Brassure,” (Va. Mag. 
Hist. & Bio. Vol. V, page 85.) 

Further, in an account of the Fowke Family of Virginia 
in the “Dinwiddie Papers,” Chandler Fowke, son of Col. 
Gerard Fowkke, is mentioned as having come to Virginia in 
1650, possessing at least three children: 

1. Chandler, 

2. Gerard 

3. Elizabeth 

the last of whom married.(?) Brazier, son of Robert 

Brazier of Me of Thanet, England,” etc * * * (Va. Mag. of 
Hist. & Biog. Vol. IV, page 86.) 

The most important early record is that printed in “Early 
Virginia Immigrants, 1623-166 (1912) Richmond Virginia, 
by George Cabell Greer, (page 43). 

“Brasseur, Kath., 1653, by Robert Brasseur, Nansemond 
County.” 


—142— 


“Brasseur, Bennett, 1653, by Robert Brasseur, Nanse¬ 
mond County.” 

“Brasseur, Persie, 1653, by Robert Brasseur, Nansemond 
County.” 

“Brasseur, Mary, 1653, by Robert Brasseur, Nansemond 
County.” 

These importations of members of his own family by 
Robert Brasseur and their location in Nansemond County, 
determines their actual settlement. Bennet Brasseur (Sic) 
is that Benoist, Benois, Benjoers, (Benjamin) Brassieur who 
soon after the time of the above record removed to and was 
naturalized in Maryland. Of course, the record given does not 
include all the children of Robert Brassieur, Senior, nor 
identify his wife. She was probably Elizabeth, daughter of 
Chandler Fowke, (supra). Nor does it include John Brassieur, 
the most prominent member of the family in Virginia, who 
served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 
Nansemond County as early as 1683 and as late as 1701. In 
an account of the Pitt Family, there is noted a grant, dated 
1682 for 235 acres of land, to John Brashear (Son of Robert 
Brashear), which had descended from George Stevens to the 
said Brashear, “as marrying Mary, daughter of Col. Robert 
Pike.” (Va. Mag. of Hist, and Biog., Gol. VII, page oil). 
This is further elucidated by reference (Idem, Vol. VII 
pao-e 237 to Isle of Wright County Records and to the will 
of Robert Pitt, dated June 6, 1672, proved June 9, 1674, (Son 
of William Pitt and Mary Pitt of Bristol) to “dau. Bra- 
shiere. 

However, John Brassieur, son of Robert, Senior, had a 
first wife, Mary, who was the daughter of Thomas Cocke, the 
third in line of the name. The Cocke genealogy runs through 
several pages of the Virginia Magazine and this reference is 
given in several instances. (Vol. IV, page 86, Idem p. 21o; 
Vol. V, p. 85, Idem. p. 184-5, Vol. Ill, p. 410) The Cocke 

Family in Henrico County, Virginia. _ , 

Tho Huguenot phase of this family is most interestingly 
exemplified by that quaint and curious record of Benois 
(Benjamin) Brassieur, when he was naturalized in Mary¬ 
land. This is so important that it is quoted in full, (toll.). 
(Page 465) 


DENIZATION OF B. BRASSIEUR 
(1662) 

Caecilius absolute Lord and Proprietary of the province 
of Maryland and Avalon Lord Barron of Baltimore, etc. To 
all persons to whome these presents shall come Greetinge: In 

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our Lord God Everlasting, Whereas Benois Brasseuir late of 
Virginia and Subject of the Crowne of France having trans¬ 
ported himeselfe, his wife and children into this Province 
here to inhabite hath besought us to grant hime the said 
Benois Brasseuir leave here to inhabite and as a free Dennizen 
freedome land to home and his heires to purchase Knowe yee 
that wee willing to give due encouragement to the Subjects 
of that Crowne Doe hereby Declare them the said Benois Bras¬ 
seuir, his wife and children as well those already borne as 
those hereafter to bee borne to bee free Dennizens of this our 
province of Maryland and doe further for us our heires and 
Successors straightly Enjoyne, Constitute, ordeine and Com¬ 
mand that the said Benois Brasseuir be in all things held 
treated, reputed and esteemed as one of the faythfull people 
of us our heires and Successors borne within this our province 
of Maryland and likewise any lands Tenements, Revenues, 
Services and other heridinants whatsoever within our said pro¬ 
vince of Maryland may inhirite or otherwise purchase receive 
take, have, hold, buy and possess and them may occupie 
and enjoy, give, sell, alyen and bequeath as likewise all liber- 
tyes franchises, privileges of this our province of Maryland 
freely, quietly and peacably have and possess occupie and 
enjoy as our faythfull people borne or to bee bborne within our O 
said province of Maryland without the lett, molestations, 
vexacon, trouble or grievance of us or heires and Successors 
and Custome to the Contrary hereof in any wise notwithstand¬ 
ing, Given at St. Mary’s under the great Seale of our said 
province of Maryland this fourth day of December, in the 
One and thirtyth yeare of our Dominion over the said pro¬ 
vince Annoq Domini, One thowsand Six hundred Sixty-two, 
Wittnes our deare Sonn and heire, Charles Calvert, Esqr, Our 
Leiuetennt of Our Said Province of Maryland. 

Signed CHARLES CALVERT” 


(Page 489) 1662—“Pattents of Dennizacon to Thomas 
Lamore and Peter Lamore of French descent. Ut est folio 
157, mutatis mutandis to Benois Brassieurs.” 

(Page 513)—“February 22th, 1664. By the Lieutennt 
Generali Ordered, Antonie Le Compete hav pattent of Denni¬ 
zacon to him his wife and children. Mutatis Mutandis in folio 
157 to Benois Brasseurs.” 

(Page 529)—July 13th, 1665—“By Order from the 
Leiutennt Generally then Nicholas ffountaine late of Vir¬ 
ginia and Subject of the Crowne of France had Pattent of Den- 
n'zaeon of this province. 


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Idem Mutatis Mutandis ut est verbatim pro Benjamin 

Brasseuir in folio 157.” 

“Dated ut supra. 

(Archives of Maryland, Vol. Ill, Proceedings of Council of 
Maryland, 1636-1667 (1885) Index and pages 48o, 489, 513 

and 529.) . , „ 

This Huguenot lineage has been recognized by the Hugue¬ 
not Society of America, and in 1907, Mrs. Imogene B. Oakley 
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was elected a member, quali¬ 
fying under this ancestry and record. (See Fifth Rev Ed. 
of Huguenot Ancestors, Huguenot Society of America, Mar¬ 
garet A. Jackson, 1929, pp. 7 and 34.) (Orra Euguene Mon- 

nette is also a member.) , ^ 

The name in this instance is entered as Brasseuir, Bra- 

shear.” 

It is said that Benois Brasseuir, son of Robert Brasseuir, 
Sr. came into Maryland from Virginia in 1658, and it is 
certain that he was soon prominent enough to be appointed 
one of the Commissioners of Calvert County, where he settled, 
in the year 1661. This record follows: 

(Patre 424) “Comrs for Calvert County. Idem Comon 
and oathe to Thomas Eprigge, Thomas Trueman, Thomas 
b Manning, Thomas Brookes, George Peake, Francis Anketill, 
Hugh Stanley. 

In the Archives of Maryland, Vol. XLI, Proceedings of 
the Provincial Court, 1658-1662 (1922), p. 419, in the year 
1660 he was named as “Benja Brasheers’ in a summons as 
a grand juryman, and on p. 511 of the same authority he was 
subpoenaed to testify as a witness: 

(Pao-e 419)—1660—“Several warrants issued to the re¬ 
spective °Sherriffes of the Counties hereafter mentioned to 
retourne members to a Grand jury, who retourne as fol- 
loweth, vizt: 

The Sherriffe of St. Maryes County—Mrs. Robert Cole, 
Mr. John Waran, Mrs. Richard Bennett, Mr. Richard Lloyde, 
Mr. Wm. Browne, Mr. Walter Pakes. 

Calvert— Benjamin Brasheers, Mr. Thomas Trueman, Mr. 
William Ewens, Hugh Stanley, Mr. Arthur Ludford, George 
Peake, ret. Lame.’ 

(Page 511)—1661—“Jdem demds Subpa ad testificand 
Francis Chalke et ix and Benjamyn Brashere to testefye, etc., 

Subpa mde.” . . 

It is certain that his father accompanied Benjamin Bra- 
sseur to Maryland and dying he left a will dated 4th, Decem¬ 
ber 1665 proved 16th December, 1665, in which he is styled, 
“Robert Brashieur, Sr.” His wife had preceded him in 

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death, and he only makes a single legacy to any one of the 
name, “Mary Brashieur,” who could have been neither his 
wife nor the wife of his son, Benjamin, as the latter was 
dead in 1663. His daughter, Mary, may have been still living, 
unmarried. 

“BRASHIEUR, ROBERT, Sr., 4th Dec., 1665. 

16th Dec., 1665. 

To Thomas Tovey, Thomas Frost and Thomas Smith, 
land on which testator lived. 

To Robert Jarvis, Mary Brashieur, personality. 

John Cobreth, house and land. 

Test: John Cobreth, Mark Clear, John Bennett. 

—Maryland Calendar of Wills, Baldwin (1904) p. 33.” 

Benjamin Brassieur, son of Robert, Sr., was certainly 
dead in 1665, according to the above record, and likewise 
in 1663, for at that date “Mary Brasseur, widow of “The 
Cliffts,” died, leaving a will without date, but in the order of 
chronology of the record, having assigned to the year, 1663, 
but which was probated 25th May, 1663, naming three sons, 
not 21 years of age and four daughters not 16 years of age, 
all too young to be other than the children of herself, widow, 
and at the same time of her deceased husband, Benjamin Bras¬ 
sieur, and further the names of these children are easily 
indentifiable in later records as the children of Benoist 
(Benjamin) Brassheiur. 

BRASSEUR, Mary, widow of ‘The Cliffts,’ 25th May, 
1663. To sons Robert, Benjamin, and John, land; to be of 
age at 21 years. To daughters Mary, Anne, Susanna, Martha 
and Elizabeth, personalty; to be of age at 16 years. Test: 
Theophilus Lewis. —as. Pugsley.”—Maryland Calendar of 
Wills, Baldwin (1904), p. 25. 

The eldest son, Robert Brassieur, of Mary Brassieur, 
widow, was living in 1677 when in the will Thomas Paget of 
Calvert County he was made overseer with Francis Billings¬ 
ley. (Idem) (p. 194. —Maryland Calendar of Wills, Baldwin 
(1904) p. 194. 

The son, Benjamin Brassieur, of Mary Brassieur, widow, 
died in 1675, leaving a nuncupative will probated March 3rd, 
1675| This identified him and his sister Martha above.” 

“BRASSEUR, BENJAMIN, (nunc.), Calvert County, 
3rd March, 1675, *Sister Martha, exec., and sole legatee of 
estate, real and personal. 

Test: Anthony Kingsland, Wm. Haward. 

•Martha Brasseur, being an infant under 17 year, of 
age, adms. of this estate was granted to her father-in-law 

—146— 


(step-father), Thomas Sterling, during her minority.”— 
Maryland Calendar of Wills, Baldwin (1904) p. 119. 

Before treating of the third son, John of Mary Brassieur, 
widow, an interesting record is to be found connecting this 
family with the Virginia relationship. In the will of George 
Billingsley, recorded in the Maryland records (Idem. p. 149) 
he is called “Of Upper Norfolk, Virginia.” and Jno. Bra¬ 
shieur is named as a witness. 

The son, John Brassieur, of Mary Brassieur, widow, died 
somewhere between the dates hereinafter given, for he left a 
will “of Calvert County, Maryland,” dated 15th September, 
1692 and probated 19th October, 1696, record of which follows: 

“BRASIER, JOHN, Calvert County, 15th September, 
1692, 19th October 1696. ‘To wife Ann, extx., all real estate; 
at her decease to pass to William, ed. son of Wm. Derumple, 
and hrs., and to Martha Kent, dau. of Henry Kent. In event 
of death of William Derumple or Martha Kent without hrs., 
deceased’s portio nto pass to Henry, son of Wm. Derumple, 
afsd. 

Overseers: Wm. Derumple, Wm. Nicholls. 

Test: Wm. Nichols, Chas. Lansby, Jas. Mackelaming. ”— 
Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 2 (1901) p. 113. 

In subsequent Maryland records, the Brashieur Family 
appears in Calvert, Prince George and other Counties, a fairly 
numerous progeny, leaving many descendants. 

In connection with the foregoing records, the following 
should be added here: 

“BRASSEUR, MARTHA, sister and extr. of Banj. Bras¬ 
seur of Calvert County, married Henry Kent, Jr., 1674.”— 
Maryland Historical Magazine, Vol XVI, pp. 280 and 285. 


KENT FAMILY OF CALVERT COUNTY, MARYLAND 

Henry Kent, Senior, “demands 50 acres of land for his 
own transportation hither to inhabit.” Warrant issued April 
36. 1658, (Monnet Family Genealogy, by Orra Eugent Mon- 
nTtte, (1911), p. 312), and other records up to year 1664, 
showing, “That I, Henry Kent of the Cliffts, in Calvert 
County, Maryland ••• all my right for land of these ten per¬ 
sons,” naming his wife, Thomesin Kent; sons, Henry, John 
and Thomas Kent, et al. 

Henry Kent, Sr., Calvert County, died in 1677, or after 
for he left a will dated 5th May, 1677, in which is recited: 

KENT, HENRY, Sr., Calvert County, 5th May, 1677. 
To son Henry and hrs., 70 A., ‘Rockhould.’ Ex. not given. 
Test: Henry Barents, Jno. Bown, Cordlius Johnson. 

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County records, 24th November, 1699, it appears that Henry 
Kent, Sr., divided ‘Rockhould’ afsd. among: his three sons, 
viz: John, Henry and Richard.”—Maryland Calendar of Wills 
Vol. II, (1906)' p. 238. 

His wife, Thomasine Kent, was either a sister or a 
daughter of George Young, for not, that: 

“24th December, 1675, came George Kent of Calvert 
County, produced the will of Thamson Kent, and prayes to be 
appointed administrator.”—Monnet Family Genealogy, Libr 
7 , Folio 192, p. 347. 

The son, Henry Kent, Jr., according to the marriage re¬ 
cord above, married Martha Brassieur, daugrhter of Benoist 
(Benjamin) Brassieur and his widow, Mary, “of the Ciffts, 
Calvert Comity, Maryland,” and died in 168S, leaving a wife 
living, and a will of record. 

They, in turn, had a son, John Kent, (wife, Mary) who 
in turn married, 1721, as his second wife Jeannette Dall- 
rymple, born about 1693, died 1757, who had married for a 
first husband, John Tucker, who died in 1721. 


DALRYMPLE FAMILY OF CALVERT COUNTY, 
MARYLAND 

This lineage was headed by William Dalrymple, Senior, 
of Calvert County, Maryland, who came before 1666, for in 
that year there was surveyed for him land with other asso¬ 
ciates in the County. He was a neighbor to the Brasshears, 
Thomas Sterling, who called his son, William “Brother Dal¬ 
rymple,” Henry Kent, Jno. Scott, et al. He had at least two 
children and more, Christian, who married (1) Thomas 
Stirling and (2) John Scott, and a son, Williaf Dalrymple, 
Junior, born before 1668, who married Anne Brashears, and 
had children: 1. Henry; 2. John; 3. Anne; 4. Jeannet, born 
about 1693. 

Gathering up the related threads, Elizabeth Kent waya 
daughter of John Kent of Calvert County, Maryland, married 
about 1721, in Calvert County, Maryland, Jeannette Dal¬ 
rymple (Tucker), widow of John Tucker, born about 1693, 
died 1757. She was a daughter of William Dalrymple, Jr., 
born before 1668, Calvert County, Maryland; married about 
1685, Anne Brassieur, daughter of John Brassieur, in turn 
the son of Benoist (Benjamin) Brassieur. The wife of John 
Brassieur was Anne Sterling, daughter of Thomas Sterling, 
(above), wife Christian Dallrymple, which accounts for 
Thomas Sterling being father-in-law (step-father) of Martha 
Brasseur, in the will record (ante.). 

— 148 — 


As though to clinch the foregoing deductions in the will of 
John Scott of Calvert County, Maryland 1699-1700, lo 
Thomas Sterling and JEAN DALRUMPLE, who subse¬ 
quently married°(1) John Tucker, and (2) John Kent (supra) 

The intermarriages with the Brassieur family and these 
related families of Calvert County, Maryland, brought into 
the Monnet family, the Brassieur blood strain. 

Isaac Monnet, son of Pierre Monnet and wife Catherine 
Pillot born in province of Ancient Poitou, France, being 
Huguenot refugees, migrater with his father and mother o 
London, England, where they were all naturalized m 1688, 
and his younger brother, Pierre Monnet Jr, remo\ed to th 
Huguenot settlement being formed at Staten Island, Rich¬ 
mond County, New York, while Isaac Monnet migrated to 
Calvert County, Maryland, where he appeared in the records 
before 1700. (Monnet Family Genealogy, Orra Euguent Mon- 
ette, Los Angeles, California, 1911.) 

In addition to the foregoing genealogy, this pedigree ap¬ 
pears in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 
Vol 46 1915, p. 304, and has recently been reprinted, Mon 
net Pedigree and ciat of Arms, in the collect,ons of the 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Vol. Vi, 
part II, Register of Pedigrees, Vol. II, pp. 3 and 14o. 

Isaac Monnet lived at “The Ciffts,” Calvert County 
Maryland, not far from the widow, Mary Brashier, wlfe 
Benois (Beniamin) Brasheier where, about 1699, he married 
Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Willia mand Sarah V llliam*, 
Among other children in the nest generation was: 

William Monnett, born May 21, 1702 at ‘‘The Ciffts, 
Calvert County, Maryland, dier by or about 1< 1 6, at the same 
place and was married about 1725 to Elizabeth Kent, who m 
turn Was a daughter of Jeannett (Dalrymple) Kent, who mar¬ 
ried (1) John Tucker, (2) John Kent, as above. 

From this point the lineage by generations is Isaac Mon¬ 
net, born about P 1726 at “The Cliffts ” Calvert Couty Mary¬ 
land died before 1798, at the same place, married about 17-to 
at Christ Church, Calvert County, Maryland to Elizabet 
Osburne (daughter of Thomas Osburne), born 17-6, at Charles 
County, Maryland, died after 1798, at Calvert ( ounty, Marv- 

laDd Abraham Monnett, born March 16 1748, at “Gerer,” 
Calvert County, Maryland, died December 7, 1810 in Salt 
Creek Township, Pickaway County, Ohm; married, U--. at 
Marlborough, Prince George County, Maryland to Ann Hil- 
liary (daughter of William and Margaret (Crab) Hilliarj), 

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born June 11, 1748 at.Prince George County, Mary¬ 

land, died September 2, 1833 at Salt Creek Township, Pick¬ 
away, Ohio. 

Residence: Prince George and Frederick Counties, Mary¬ 
land, Swan Pond Lands, Hampshire County, near Knobley 
Mountain, Virginia, (now "West Virginia) and was pioneer 
to Pickaway County, Ohio in 1802. He was a soldier in the 
Revolutionary War. 

Children: Isaac, William, John, Ann, Thomas, Osborn, 
Margaret, Jeremiah Crabb, Elizabeth, Ralph, an infant. 

Rev. Jeremiah Crabb Monnett born September 12, 1784, 
near Knobley Mountain, Hampshire County, Virginia (now 
West Virginia); died September 1, 1864, near Monnett Chap¬ 
el, Bucyrus Township, Crawford County, Ohio; married May 
2, 1805, at Cumberland, Maryland, to Aley Slagle (daughter 
of Jacob and Hannah (Burrell) Slagel, born March 1, 1788, at 
Slagel Manor, on Potomac River, Hampshire County, Virginia, 
(now West Virginia) ;died August 12, 1868, at Monnett Chap¬ 
el, Bucyrus Township, Crawford County, Ohio. 

Residence: Anderson Bottom, Hampshire County, Vir¬ 
ginia, (now West Virginia) ; Cumberland, Alleghany County, 
Maryland, Pickaway, aMrion and Crawford Counties, Ohio; 
he was an Ohio pioneer and a circuit reider. (Methodist). 
Children: Jacob, Isaac, Thomas, Abraham, Elsie, Margaret, 
Hannah, Ann, John Jeremiah Crabb, Mary Thomas Jefferson, 
Martha, Nancy, child died young, child died young. 

Abraham Monnett, born October 12, 1811, at Anderson 
Bottom, Hampshide County, Virginia, (now West Virginia) ; 
died March 19, 1881, at Bucyrus, Ohio, married June 9, 1836, 
near Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, to Catherine Brauch- 
er (daughter of Conrad and Maria Catherine (Riechelsdorfer) 
Braucher), born November, 7, 1815, at Salt Creeg Township, 
Pickaway, County, Ohio, died February 8, 1875, at Bucyrus 
Township Crawford County, Ohio. 

Residence: Marion and Crawford Counties, Ohio, and 
Bucyrus, Ohio; he was a banker and one of the wealthiest 
agriculturists in northern and central Ohio. 

Children: Ephriam Braucher, Martha Ellen, Oliver, 
John Thomas, Elsie, Augustus Eddy, Mervin Jeremiah, Mary 
Jane, Madison Welch, Melvin Henry, Amina Josephine and 
Catharine La Vendee. 

Mervin Jeremiah Monnette, born August 24, 1847, at 

Scott Township, Marion County, Ohio, died . 

(living in 1929 at Los Angeles, California, married January 
5, 1869, Olive Adelaide Hull, daughter of George Washing¬ 
ton Hull and Artemissa Scribner. 

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Children : Orra Euguene, Clark Fremont. 

Orra Eugene Monnette, born April 12, 1873, at Dallas 
Township, Crawford County, Ohio, living 1929, at Los 
Angeles, California, m. (3) Helen Marie Kull, Los Angeles, 
California, Dececmber 15th, 1917 (daughter of Christian G. 
Kull and wife, Anna Helen Margueretta Winkler) living at 
Los Angeles, California, to whom has been born one daughter 
Helen Hull Monnette, born August 26, 1920. 



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Brashear—Breashears Directory for 1928-1929 

(Compiled from City Directories ) 

' Arkansas 

Fayetteville 

Joe Brashears, Rural Route. 

Fort Smith 

Sterling A. Brashears, 321 North 7th 
Hot Springs 

Georgie Brashear, 419 Lincoln Boulevard 
Meedie Brashear, 419 Lincoln Boulevard 
Wm. Brashear, 419 Lincoln Boulevard 
Little Rock 

Carl M. Brashear, 222 Cross Street 
Cecil Brashear, 2415, Izard i 

Elbert Brashear, 912 Louisiana 
Mrs. Eula M. Brashear, 811 Wolfe 
Jas. M. Brashear, 1504 Hanger 
Jno. D. Brashear, 3819 Compton 
John M. Brashear, 2800 Chester 
M. Neal Brashear, 301 Ridgeway 
Walter G. Brashear, 2415 Izard 
Wyatt M. Brashear, 2415 Izard 
Jemima Brashears, 719 Wolfe 
Lelia Brashears, 1100 Louisiana 
Texarkana 

H. S. Brashear, 1217 Hazel 
R. G. Brashears, 2524 Walnut 

KANSAS 

Fort Scott <r' 

Mrs. Susan Brashears, 1506 E. Wall 
Hutchinson 

C. T. Brashear, 221 East 11th 
Dr. J. W. Brashear, 123 East 19th 
Dr. W. C. Brashear, 705 North Main 
Kansas City 

Herbert H. Brashears, 1617 South Birch 
Horace Brashears, 1619 Birch 
Ollie Brashears, 2215 Ruby 
Roscoe Brashears, 2931 North Tremont 
Ottawa 

J. B. Brashear, 1145 South Willow 
Richard E. Brashear, 1145 South Willow 
Parsons 

Geo. S. Brashear, 711 South 24th 

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Wichita 

Ray E. Brashear, 21 North Holyoke Avenue 
Winfield 

Porterfield F. Brashear, 811 Menor. 

KENTUCKY 

Bowling Green 

C. W. Brashear, 627 Fairview 
Claude Brashear, Lehman Avenue 
Mrs. R. L. Brashear, Louisville Park 
W. C. Brashear, 309 Main 
Walter Brashear, 710 Tenth 

Covington 

Addie Brashear, 319 Gerrard 
Frankfort 

Fannie B. Brashear, 131 East Main 
Lexington 

Alma Brashear, 109 West High 
Belt Brashear, 373 North Broadway 
Earl J. Brashear, 108 West High 
Mrs. Mable Brashear, 725 Sunset Drive 
Anna B. Brashear, 809 South 22nd 
Betty Brashear, Newburg Road 
Chas. H. Brashear, 1349 Olive 
David Brashear, 450 Hiawatha 
Elizabeth Brashear, 971 South Preston 
Elizabeth Brashear, 1112 South Fourth 
Miss Gense J. Brashear, 1340 South Third 
Ida N. Brashear, 3218 Michigan Drive 
Isabelle Brashear, 1612 Chichester Avenue 
Jas. L. Brashear, 1612 Chichester Avenue 
Katherine A. Brashear, 305 South 43rd 
Leon Brashear, 1831 South Third 
Lonzo S. Brashear, 845 East Jefferson 
Maggie Brashear, 652 South 21st 
Marvin A. Brashear, 719 South 23rd 
Mary Brashear, 1711 St. Louis 
• Mary Brashear, 1364 South Sixth 
McCormick Brashear, 936 South First 
Richard Brashear, 1219 East Broadway 
Robert D. Brashear, 971 South Preston 
Robert P. Brashear, 1005 Ash 
R. Helm Brashear, 1349 Olive 
Samuel L. Brashear, 1711 St. Louis 
W. I. Brashear, 955 Weis-Gaul Third Avenue Annex 

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Jas. Brashear, 530 West Second 
Jas N. Brashear, 530 West Second 

Middlesboro 

Dr. J. P. Brashear, 1926 Cumberland 
Owensboro 

Gilbert Brashear, 1620 East 10th 
Josephine Brashear, 1202 Daviess 
Lucille Brashear, 1202 Daviess 
Myrtle Brashear, 1328 West Fourth 
Mrs. Portia Brashear, 1620 East 10th. 
Richard H. Brashear, 1810 Lewis 
Silas A. Brashear, 1202 Daviess 

Dr. G. W. Brashear, 32 South Burns 
LOUISIANA 

New Orleans 

Anatole Brashear, 1825 North Villere 
Arthur Brashear, 5903 North Robertson 
Marcel Brashear, 824 Arabella 

MARYLAND 

Annapolis 

Benjamin Brashear, 3 Dean 
Bernard Brashear, 50 Pleasant 
Elenor Brashear, 240 Prince George 
Elizabeth Brashear, 72 First 
John Brashear, 237 Hanover 

Baltimore 

Abrilla Brashear 1714 Linden 
Albert Brashear, 2930 Frederick 
Andrew Brashear, 201 Mt. Olivet 
Chas. Brashear, 2740 East Chase 
Christine Brashear, 1228 Oakhurst 
Hillary O. Brashear, 2613 Francis 
Marion Brashear, 2022 Wilhem 
Myrtle Brashear, 1800 Madison 
Albert Brashears, 3151 Frederick 
Andrew D. Brashears, 3504 Fairview Avenue 
J. Brashears, Jr., 3504 Fairview Avenue 
B. Raymond Brashears, 5315 Hamilton 
Benjamin Brashears, 3904 Cottage 
Benjamin S. Brashears, 382 Elm Avenue 
Chas. G. Brashears, 1937 East Biddle 
Claude I. Brashears, 623 West Baltimore 
Della Brashears, 743 Washington Boulevard 

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Edw. Y. Brashears, 4 North Rose 

Francis A. Brashears, 2436 Maryland Avenue 

Frank L. Brashears, 1824 Aiken 

Janet Brashears, 2740 East Chase 

Jos. Brashears, 1834 Aiken 

Jos K. Brashears, 1937 East Biddle 

Hath M. Brashears, 3820 Elm Avenue 

Lena Brashears, 4 North Rose 

LeRoy M. Brashears, 325 Front Hill Avenue 

Lillian E. Brashears, 1824 Aiken Avenue 

Mildred Brashears, 677 Washington Boulevard 

Milton S. Brashears, 2016 McElderry 

Cumberland 

Avey Brashears, 530 Woodside Avenue 
Elsie Brashears, 530 Woodside Avenue 
Ira M. Brashears, 123 Fifth 

East Port 

Dorothy Brashears, Bay Ridge Avenue 
Harold Brashears, Bay Ridge Avenue 
Luther Brashears, Bay Ridge Avenue 
Wm. Brashears, Bay Ridge Avenue 

Hagertsown . . 

Kenneth Brashears, 71o Salem Avenue 


MISSISSIPPI 


Jackson . 

A. K. Brashear, 767 Arlington 


MISSOURI 


Columbia ... 

Minnie M. Brashear, 60o South 4th 
Frances Brashear, 316 McBaine 
Scott Brashear, 316 McBaine 


Hannibal . „ j 

Geo. W. Brashears, North Hayden 


Independence 

A. A. Brashear 


Jefferson City 

Florence E. Brashear, 223 East Capitol 
Florence M. Brashear, 223 East Capitol 
Henry L. Brashear, 1829 West Main 


Cyrus H. Brashear, North Main 
Jas. T. Brashear, 1041 Wall 

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Ralph Brashear, 530 St. Louis 
Ruel R. Brashear, 2216 Annie Baxter Avenue 
Stephen Brashear, North Main 
Kansas City 

Chas. L. Brashear, 1101 East 11th 

Earl R. Brashear, 920 Paseo 

Frank Brashear, 615 West 16th 

Godfrey S. Brashear, 4906 Woodland Avenue 

Harvey M. Brashear, 2059 Holmes 

Loren S. Brashear, 3422 Brooklyn 

Madge Brashear, 4906 Woodland Avenue 

Nannie L. Brashear, 2533 Spruce 

Wm. A. Brashear, 2533 Spruce 

Wm. A. Brashear, Jr., 2533 Spruce 

Virgil Brashears, 1907 East 24th 

Wm. J. Brashears, 1035 Pennsylvania 

Moberly 

Ira S. Brashears, 440 Woodland 
St. Charles 

Frances Brashear, 201 Clay 
Mark Brashear, 201 Clay 

St. Louis 

Albert R. Brashear, 5730 Vernon 

Albert R. Brashear, Jr., 5730 Vernon 

Chas. A. Brashear, 4965 Parker 

Charles E. Brashear, 6962 Mardel 

Clyde 0. Brashear, 2013 East John 

Donald Brashear, 1403A North 21st 

Geo. Brashear, 3934 West Pine 

Geo. E. Brashear, 1369A McCausland Avenue 

Henry G. Brashear, 2704A North Euclid 

Rev. Israel Brashear, 5328 Maffit Avenue 

John H. Brashear, 6917 Lansdowne Avenue 

Julia T. Brashear, 2704A North Euclid 

Kath M. Brashear, 5730 Vernon 

Louis Brashear, 3847 Page Boulevard 

Maurice J. Brashear, 6237 Southwood Avenue 

Russell Brashear, 2811 Lambdin Avenue 

Samuel Brashear 4216 Page 

Walter Brashear, 1420A North 16th 

Walter Brashear, 3952 Walsh 

Wm. Brashear, 1507 South 39th 

Wm. Brashear, 4609 McPherson Avenue 

Wm. R. Brashear, 5101 Westminster 

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Sedalia 

Emma Brashear, 112 East Sixth 
Nellie Brashear, 705 West Fifth 
Noidine Brashear, 705 West Fifth 

Springfield 

Mrs. Bessie Brashear, 970 North Missouri 
Edw. G. Brashear, 620 North Kansas 
Elmer A. Brashear, 1714 West Phelps 
Frank C. Brashear, 947 Webster 
Jas. A. Brashear, 620 North Kansas 
Mabel Brashear, 947 West Webster 
Rose E. Brashear, 620 North Kansas 
Stella C. Brashear, 620 North Kansas 
Thos. Brashear, 947 West Webster 
Evelyn Brashears, 1218 East Talmadge 
Jos. Brashears, 1218 East Talmadge 

University City 

J. Roy Brashear, 7837 Lafton 
Roy A. Brashear, 7837 Lafton 


Ada, 


OKLAHOMA 
Blanche Brashear, 123 Main 


Bartlesville 

Roy C. Brashear, 910 West Third 
Tony C. Brashear, 910 West Third 
Mrs. Emma Brashears, St. Clair Hotel 
Pauline Brashears, St. Clair Hotel 
Wm. J. Brashears, St. Clair Hotel 

Muskogee 

Mrs. Elizabeth Brashear, 507 Jefferson 
Jos. N. Brashear, 533 South Main 
Richard B. Brashear, 533 South Main 

Oklahoma City 

Altie P. Brashear, 1428 East Tenth 
Claude Brashear, Robert Lee Hotel 
Elmo Brashear, 1201 South Walker 
Mrs. Luke Brashear, 1201 Walker 
Pearl B. Brashear, 301 East Fourteenth 
R. Olin Brashear, 900 Hill 
Rose Brashear, 3309 McKinley 

Pawhuska 

Jewell Brashear, 502 Prudom 


Tulsa 


Hugh R. Brashear, 517*4 Frisco 
May Brashears, Home Garden Station 

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Sarah E. Brashears, Park View Station 
Wm. C. Brashears, Home Garden Station 
Wm. P. Brashears, Park View Station 

Shawnee 

Alva A. Brashear, 416 Lincoln Avenue 
Jas. R. Brashear, 516 North Park 

Vinita 

C. S. Brashear, R. F. D. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Spartanburg 

Max E. Brashear, 148 Oakland Avenue 
TENNESSEE 

Memphis 

Billie Brashear, 240 Lemaster 
Estelle Brashear, 240 Lemaster 
Mrs. J. F. Brashear, 547 Alabama 
Linnie C. Brashear, 756 Adams 
Marlin R. Brashear, 941 Galloway 
Phineas M. Brashear, 756 Adams 
Robert G. Brashear, 756 Adams 
Georgia L. Brashears, 1424 Somerset 

TEXAS 

Abilene 

L. W. Brashear, R. F. D. 3 
Maurice Brashear, 1234 Harmell 

Amarillo 

Owen Brashear, 413 West Seventh Avenue 
Wilford S. Brashear, 1107 E. N. 8th 

Beaumont 

Miss Alma Brashear, 3136 Magnolia 
Chas. A. Brashear, 3136 Magnolia 
Everett W. Brashear, 3136 Magnolia 

Brownwood 

Arthur D. Brashear, 1709 Eighth 
Beachman N. Brashear 1810 Eleventh 
Edwin D. Brashear 1802 Eleventh 
Glenn Brashear, 1802 Eleventh 

Cleburne 

A. W. Brashear, 208 Elmira 
Corsicana 

Mrs. Emma Brashear, 311 East First 

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Pallas 

Alpheus W. Brashear, 2421 Caddo 
Bernice Brashear, 3606 Roseland Avenue 
Mrs. Damie M. Brashear, 3606 Roseland 
Docia Brashear, 4121 East Side 
Hortense Brashear, 2421 Caddo 
George Brashear, Municipal Farm 
Henry E. Brashear, 4104 Hersehel Avenue 
Ira Brashear, 1718 Corsicana 
Jeff Brashear, 4700 Collins Avenue 
Lee Brashear, 5607 Morningside 
Mrs. Martha Brashear, 5630 Oleander 
Mary A. Brashear, 4305 Spring Avenue 
Pat I. Brashear, 4305 Spring Avenue 
Robert A. Brashear, 2720 Michigan 
Wm. Brashear, 4714 Spring 
Arledge Brashears, 1731 Michigan 
Willie Brashears, 1731 Michigan 

Eastland 

D. Frank Brashears, 911 South Halbryan 
Wilma Brashears, 711 West Moss 

Electra 

Mettie A. Brashear, 214 North Dunbar 
Ethel Brashear, 703 East Bryan 
J. Lomax Brashear, 703 E. Bryan 
Robert F. Brashear, R. F. D. 

Fort Worth, 

Emily M. Brashear, 2100 Fairmount 
Ezra L. Brashear, 403 Mills 
Georgia Brashear, 403 Mills 
J. Preston Brashear, Jr., 2100 Fairmount 
Lula B. Brashear, 3224 College Avenue 
Marion W. Brashear, 4107 Hemphill 
R. Leonard Brashear, 914 East Pulaski 
Roy E. Brashear, 601 Galveston 
Samuel P. Brashear, 403 Mills 
Wm. Brashear, 3224 College Avenue 
Zula E. Brashear, 403 Mills 

Galveston 

Etta A. Brashear, 1824 Avenue M 
Jabez B. Brashear, 1824 Avenue M 

Houston 

Chas. A. Brashear, 510 Sul Ross Avenue 
Edgar E. Brashear, 2009 Sumpter 
Miss Fannie Brashear, 805 Calhoun 

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Fred G. Brashear, 234 West Twenty-Third 

Miss Geneva Brashear, 3617 Crawford 

Mrs. Helen Brashear, 510 Sul Ross Avenue 

Lillian Brashear, 2009 Sumpter 

Minnie Brashear, 727 Yale 

Miss Minnie Brashear, 1810 Chase 

Roy C. Brashear, 3617 Crawford 

Samuel H. Brashear, 2115 Lexington Avenue 

Lubbock 

Eugene A. Brashear, 1209 Nineteenth 
Olin E. Brashear, 1634 Avenue X 

Lufkin 

Carlton Brashear, 917 Mills Avenue 

Claudie Brashear, 917 Mills Avenue 

Miss Esther Brashear, 917 Mills Avenue 

Miss Fay Brashear, 917 Mills Avenue 

Maggie Brashear, 403 Lufkin Avenue 

Miss Myrtle Brashear, 937 Connecticut Avenue 

Pampa 

Jinskey H. Brashears, 217 North Gillespie 
Port Arthur 

Miss Katherine Brashear, 732 Stillwell Boulevard 
San Angelo 

Columbus T. Brashear, 1624 Austin 
Miss Frances Brashear, 1624 Austin 
Henry A. Brashear, 1624 Austin 
Herman T. Brashear, 1624 Austin 
J. Oron Brashear, 1624 Austin 
Miss Mary E. Brashear, 1624 Austin 
Miss Trudy L. Brashear, 1624 Austin 

San Antonio 

Beulah Brashear, 154 Groveland Place 
Coco Brashear, 154 Groveland Place 
Edw. R. Brashear, 1601 McKinley 
Eugene Brashear, 442 Harriman 

Sherman 

Margaret S. Brashear, 106 North Harrison 
Simeon R. Brashear, 106 North Harrison 
Roscoe E. Brashear, 915 South Maxey 

Sweetwater 

Don M. Brashear, 401 E. North Second 
Isaac W. Brashear, 1001 Little Cedar 
Miss Minnie Brashear, 1001 Little Cedar 

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Miss Ola B. Brashear, 1001 Little Cedar 
Miss Rita Brashear, 401 E. N. Second 
Wm. H. Brashear, 401 E. N. Second 

Texarkana 

Henry S. Brashear, 1217 Hazel 
Mrs. Mary Brashears, 2524 Walnut 
Miss Ola B. Brashears, 2524 Walnut 
Robert G. Brashears, 2524 Walnut 
Robert S. Brashears, 2524 Walnut 
Selden Brashears, 2524 Walnut 

Wichita Falls 

Alf A. Brashear, 1907 Holliday 
Elmer S. Brashear, 1907 Holliday 
Myrl K. Brashear, 1907 Holliday 
Neil Brashear, 1907 Holliday 
Noel Brashear, 1907 Holliday 

VIRGINIA 

Alexandria 

Kenneth W. Brashears, 33 Alexandria Avenue 
Norfolk 

Wm. S. Brashear, 501 Carolina Avenue 
Richmond 

B. Readie Brashear, 2005 Third Avenue 
Douglas W. Brashear, 2615 Monument Avenue 


ALABAMA 


Birmingham 

Brashear, Rollin, J., 2512 Seventeenth Avenue N. 


ARIZONA 


Phoenix „ 

Brashear, Claude, R., 705 North First 
Brashear, Hazel, 502 West Roosevelt 



CALIFORNIA 


Burbank 

Brashear, Ralph, 703 West Naomi 
Fillmore 

Brashear, Elmer, R. D. No. 1 


Fresno, 

Brashear, Pearl, 1729 Van Ness Avenue 
Brashear, Wm. E., 1736 E. 

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Brashear, G., 1544 Virginia Avenue 
Long Beach 

Brashear, Arthur R., 826 Cerritos Avenue 
Brashear, Edna V., 2633 East 7th 
Brashear, Joseph M., 1703 Atlantic Avenue 
Brashear, Mary A., 3624 East Eighth 
Brashear, Roy W., 758 Cerritos Avenue 

Los Angeles 

Brashear, Alice, Mrs., 1222 North Citrus Avenue 
Brashear, Alton, 3650 South San Pedro 
Brashear, Annette, 1100 North Mission Road 
Brashear, Evelyn M., 1056 East Fifty-Seventh 
Brashear, Francis C., 226 S Avenue 
Brashear, Harry R., 6680 West Fifth 
Brashear, Howell, 424 N Avenue 65 
Brashear, J. B., 925 West Sixth 
Brashear, James J., 1155 West Twenty-Fourth 
Brashear, John A., rear 6053y> York 
Brashear, Joseph B., 1753 North Berendo 
Brashear, Lemuel F., 904 West Fifty-Second 
Brashear, Leo. L., (Covina) 

Brashear, Margt, 1833 West Fifth 
Brashear, Mattie, 1056 East Fifty-Seventh 
Brashear, N. H., 1833 West Fifth 
Brashear, Norman C., 1347 South Bronson Avenue 
Brashear, Richard W., 424 N. Avenue 
Brashear, Robert L., 1758 Leighton Avenue 
Brashear, Walter R., 5826 LaMirada Avenue 
Brashear, Wm. H., 691 South Kingsley Dr. 
Brashear, Wm. L., 5034 Almaden Dr. 

Brashear, Anne L., Mrs., 456 South Harvard Blvd. 
Brashears, Irene, Mrs., 7827 Walnut Drive 
Brashears, W. J., 215 West Seventh 
Brashears, Joseph E., 456 South Harvard Boulevard 

Martinez 

Brashears, Chas. E., 715 Robinson 
Modeste 

Brashear, Wm. B., Route C. 

Monrovia 

Brashear, Floyd, 620 West Olive Avenue 
Brashear, Fred S., 620 West Olive Avenue 

Oakland 

Brashear, Cecil, 1707 Sixty-Ninth Avenue 
Brashear, Florence, 2341 Valdez 

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Brashear, Lafayette, W„ 2526 Buena Vista Avenue 
Brashear, Louis M., 2341 Valdez 
Brashear, Ronald W., 2526 Buena Vista Avenue 
Brashear, Wm., 603 Thirty-Second 


Ocean Park 

Brashear, Lazelle, 2328 Third 


Pacific ^Grove^, Mrs > rear 2 16 Eighteenth 


P cl S cl ci 6 H cl 

Brashear, Oliver C., 19 West Colorado 
Brashear, Stanford E., 56 West Villa 

Redlands _ , 

Brashears, Cecil W., 104 Garden Court 


Richmond, „ . 

Brashear, Turner G., 3401 Nevm Avenue 

Sacramento 

Brashear, Jean, 1111 H 

San Bernandino 

Brashear, Frank, 1171 E 

Brashear, Charles C., 4340 El Cajon Avenue 
Brashear, Emma E., Mrs., 4340 El Cajon Avenue 
Brashears, G. & Co., 513 Union Building 


San Francisco _ 

Brashear, Alice, 665 Geary 
Brashear, Edward R., 356 Hazelwood 
Brashear, Harold, 665 Geary 
Brashear, Lazell, 711 Post 
Brashear, Lottie, 2269 Fifteenth 
Brashears, G. & Co., 405 Montgomery 


San ^Brashears, John R., 91 North Thirteenth 


VentU Brashear, Roy P., Ventura Ave. 3 miles North of Limits 


Denver 

Brashear, Alvin R., 3202_Bryant 
Brashear, Beverly L., 1450 Osage 
Brashear, F. H., 1531 Sherman 
Brashear, Robert S., 2258 South Broadway 


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Greenwich „ „„ „ , 

Brashear, John J., 81 Sherwood Place 


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Wilmington 

Brashears, Wm. J., 1905 Market 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

Washington 

Brashear, Christopher, H., 1212 Madison Avenue NW 
Brashear, Kate, 1332 Gallatin NW 
Brashear, George T., ft of Eighth SE 
Brashear, Leonard E., 509 Rhode Island Ave. NE 
Brashear, Margt. F., Mrs., 312 Evarts NE 
Brashear, Mary E., 5601 Western Avenue 
Brashears, Albert D., 6301 Ninth NW 
Brashears, Alva F., (Ritchie Maryland) 

Brashears, Arthur E., 228 S NE 

Brashears, Bertha, 6301 Ninth NW 

Brashears, Carol, 3414 Thirteenth NW 

Brashears, Clara, 1454 Newton NW 

Brashears, Daniel, 453 Brown A1 NW 

Brashears, Daniel, 1405 Twenty-Ninth NW 

Brashears, Edward S., 4400 Sixteenth NW 

Brashears, Ellsworth, 1910 New Hampshire Ave. NW 

Brashears, Fannie, 1421 Q NW 

Brashears, Georgie, 228 S NE 

Brashears, Ira L., (Clarendon, Va.) 

Brashears, Isabelle A., Mrs., 1216 E Cap 

Brashears, J .A., Emergency Hospital 

Brashears, James T., 1242 U SE 

Brashears, John W., 2404 Twenty-Second NE 

Brashears, John W., Jr., 2404 Twenty-Second NE 

Brashears, Joseph, 1605 Kenilworth Ave., NE 

Brashears, Joseph F., 3905 Jenifer NW 

Brashears, Leroy W., 2230 Chester SE 

Brashears, Lillian, Mrs., 2630 Adams Mill Rd., Apt 202 

Brashears, Mamie L., 1117 Abbey PI NE 

Brashears, Maude L., 228 S NE 

Brasrears, Maurice L., 2402 Twenty-Second NE 

Brashears, Mildred, 4400 Sixteenth NW 

Brashears, Paul H., 6301 Ninth NW 

Brashears, Rose B., Mrs., 1222 Rhode Island Ave. NE 

Brashears, Seth, 807 G NE 

Brashears, Shipley, Jr., 3414 Thirteenth N W 

Brashears, Sidney M., 1233 Lawrence NE 

Brashears, Susan, 2307 Woodridge NE 

Brashears, Thos E., 1117 Abbey PI NE 

Brashears, Verdalyn, Mrs., 1907 H NW 

Brashears, Walter C., 2630 Adams Hill Rd. NW Apt 202 

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Miami 

Brashears, W. Wylie, 235 NE 4th 


St. Augustine 

Brashears, M. Warner, 147 Washington 


St. Petersburg 

Brashear, Iva G., 2125 Dartmouth Avenue N 
Brashear, Susan M., 3067 Granville Road 


Tampa 

Brashear, Frank, 3111 Hawthorne Road 
Brashear, Raymond D., 1103 South Armenia Avenue 


Boise 


IDAHO 


Brashears, Ernest W., Ora Dell, % m i- NE Cole School 
3g&c1i 

Brashears, Wm. F., Ora Dell ^4 NE Cole School 
The Beach 


St. Anthony 

Brashear, Edith C., 226 West Main 


ILLINOIS 


Buffalo 

Bracher, Otto, Cornland 


Chicago 

Brashear, Bennie M., 6957 Parnell Avenue 
Brashear, Corrine F., 444 North York (Elmhurst) 
Brashear, Frank M., 2051 East Sixty-Ninth 
Brashear, Frank M., Jr., 2512 East Sixty-Ninth 
Brashear, Franklin, F., 4525 Oakenwald Avenue 
Brashear, Harry Jr., 4840 Quincy Apt. 304 
Brashear, Julia M., 6561 Harvard Apt. 

Brashear, Robert H., 6957 Parnell Avenue 
Brashear, Thomas, 6920 Parnell Avenue 
Brashear, Thomas A., 6911 Normal Boulevard 
Brashears, Edwin L., 210 East Walton PI 
Brashears, J. B., 4550 Malden 
Brashears, John, 4915 Princeton Avenue 
Brashears, Jos. J., 927 Fullerton Avenue 
Brashears, Thomas J., 6304 S. Western Avenue 


Elgin 

Brashears, Roland, Route No. 1 
Harrisburg 

Brashear, Arth, 316 W South 
Brashear, Ernest E., 410 McEllrath 

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Brashear, Gray B., 210 East Kaymond 
Brashear, Laura, 210 East Raymond 
Brashears, Julian W., 311 North Jackson 

Johnson City 

Brashears, Thomas, 1105 Grand Avenue 
Lincoln, 

Brashear, Chas., 119 North Monroe 
Moline 

Brashear, Hazel, 1139 Twenty-Seventh 
Brashear, Wm. S., 1139 Twenty-Seventh 

Peoria 

Brashears, Wiley W., 302 North Glendale Avenue 


River Forest 

Brashears, Edga K., 459 Keystone Avenue 
Brashears, Helen K., 459 Keystone Avenue 

Robinson 

Brashears, Irvin, 104 North Rector Avenue 
Brashears, Mayo, 307 West Walnut 
Brashears, Oris, 307 West Walnut 

Springfield 

Brashear, G. Hamil, 120 Milton Avenue 
Brashear, James G., 120 Milton Avenue 
Brashear, Rose, Mrs., 120 Milton Avenue 

West Frankfort 

Brashears, Bert J., 401 North Horn 
Brashears, Bert J., 401 North Horn 

Wilmette 

Brashears, J. W., 1241 Ashland Avenue 


INDIANA 


Anderson 

Brashear, Alice, Columbus Ave., NW corner 25th 

Brashear Elizabeth, 1128 East Twenty-Ninth 

Brashear, Grance, Columbus Avenue NW cor. 25th 

Brashear, Laura, Columbus Avenue NW cor. 25th 

Brashear, Ralph A., 1601 Main 

Brashear, Roy, 835 Hazlett 

Brashear, Tilden, 1128 East Twenty-Ninth 


Evansville 

Mrashear, Jesse A., 215 Allen 
Brashear, Mattie J., 215 Allen 
Brashears, A. Laura, 225 Taylor Avenue 
Brashears, Fred, 423 Jefferson Avenue 

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, -R Pharles 621V 2 South Sixth 
Brashears, B. H '“ el Avenue 

Brashears, Simon W., 26 Hazel a 

HamD Brashear, Bessie, 25 State 

Indianapolis 3907 Nor th Illinois, Apt 8 

Sear C are’nce E„ 614 North East Apt 41 
Brashear’, Mary, 1503 E. Kaymond 

New Albany -toco Vincennes 

? raS fT;ciande 208 ^st Market 

Brashear Uauae.au 

Brashear, Jos., 1316 Beeler 
Brashear, Lora, 1316 Beeler 
Brashear, OUie A., 312 ^^ ket 

Brashear, ^ 9 1 0 East Market 

Brashears, Harry Jh., Market 

Brashears, Nellie L., yio 

S ° Uth B B ra”hear, Melissa, 607 Blaine Avenue 

Terre Haute 917 Monterey Avenue 

Brashear, Anna 217 M ^ M J nterey Avenue 

Brashear, Harl*- dlawn Avenue 
l"s Chas. C , 2042 North Center 

KE; “ 9?3 Eighth Avenue 


Ames 


IOWA 


Brashear, C. E. 

Dave Brakar, Ella, 1212% Harrison 

Sioux C W 1000 Morni „ gs ide Avenue 

Brashear’, James, L, 421 Jennings 


MICHIGAN 

Detroit v 9 r-o T Uxe do Avenue 

Brashear, Alvin V ^ 1 Q We bb Avenue 

Brashear, Beulah, B., Mrs., * 

Brashear, Lonnte H 15776 Cruder 

Brashear, Rich H., 3411 &co\ei 


Graad B Se e ar, Louis A., 623 Lafayette 


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Ionia 

Brashear, Wm. T., 1064 West Main 
Royal Oak 

Brashear, Lonnie, 101 West Parent 
MINNESOTA 

Minneapolis 

Brashear, Osborne, 104 East Sixteenth 
Brashears, Harry L., 3319 Snelling Avenue 


NEBRASKA 


Mitchell 

Brashear, Robert A. 


Scottsbluff 

Brashear, Kermit A., 2106 Avenue F 
Brashear, R, Ayres, 2106 Avenue F 
Brashear, Richard, A., 2106 Avenue F 



NEW JERSEY 


Trenton 

Brashears, Herbert W., 888 Park Avenue 


NEW YORK 


Ithaca 

Brashears, Charles S., 105 Wood 
Brashear, Clarence W., 130 West State 
Brashear, Harry C., 119 South Cayuga 
Brashear, Howard R., 207 Pleasant 
Brashear, Laura E., 207 Pleasant 
Brashear, Mina, 119 South Cayuga 
Brashear, William G., 207 Pleasant 


Mount Vernon 

Brashears, John A., 475 Fifth Avenue 
Brashear, Peter C., 655 Park Avenue 


Ossining 

Brashears, Henry W., 32 Waller Avenue 
Rochester 

Brashears, Edward P., 357 Alexander 


NbRTH DAKOTA 


Fargo 

Brashear, Gilbert, 1433 First Avenue 



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OHIO 


Cincinnati vr 137 West Ninth 

Brashear, Charles H., ^ Ninth 

Brashear, Lula, * •> In<ra u s Building 

Brashear, MJrf^Deaconess Hospital - 
Brashear, Kichai , 9 -, 0 p ar k Avenue 
Brashear, Wm. E., 2o^ rar 

Cleveland i r «9 Nela Ave, (East Cleveland) 

Brashears, Charles lS 8 ^ ^ (East Cleveland) 
Brashears, Cora, lSS^N ^ Fifty . sixth 
Brashears, J. I red, Detroit Avenue (L) 

Brashears, Oscar• K., shelton Drive 

Brashears, Kicnaru 

Columbus , , B 207 Avondale Avenue 

Brashear, Charles g-, A ton R 0 ad 
Brashear, Charles S., 1 Ind i an a Avenue 

Brashear, George C ^ 

Brashear, James M., 11 g(mth Hi?h 

Brashear, Jules O., i 9 Avonda i e Avenue 

Brashear, Catherine; B., 20^ Indiana Ave nue 
Brashear, Catherine M., Indiana Avenue 
Brashear, Man J- | Avonda le Avenue 
Brashear, Otho F a Higll 

Brashear, 207 Avondale Avenue 

Brashear, Robert ^ South High 

Brashear', w£ O.,’ 1511 South High 
Ha “Rehear, A^olJ 

Brashear, Dora 510 D place 

Brashear, James 
Brashear, N. B., v, 

NeWa Brashear, Mandel, 231 Hoover 

Steubenville BrQck 609 Spring 

Brashear, Doris M-, 60 Q re ° ou Avenue 
IShfar, WUmer D„ few Wellesley Avenue 

ToronU, ear j Morris , 300 Stewart 

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Connellsville _ _ . 

Brashear, Mary K,, 626 Trump Avenue 
Brashear, Robert S., 127 South Pittsburgh 


GreCn Br U ashear, Charles S, 520 Euclid Avenue 
Brashear, Walter C.. 520 Euclid Avenue 


New Brighton , . . 

Brashear, Claud E, 1503 Pennsylvania Avenue 



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