Three Brashear(s) brothers left Prince George's Co, MD, and came into Guilford Co, NC (actually the parent county, Orange) in the very early days. Basil Brashear bought land on Grassy Creek in 1747. Robert C. Brashear received the 26th entry permit issued by the Granville Land Office. Otho Brashear, their younger brother, is listed often as a chain carrier in surveys.
I have a great deal of info on Robert C. Brashear, my ancestor, and many of his children (list still open to revision). For example, two of his sons, Asa Brasher, with wife, Jemima Nelson, and Zaza Brasher, with wife, Elizabeth Adkinson, moved to the northwest corner of Guilford and got NC State grants. (Zaza's ended up in Rockingham Co when it was cut off.) Son, Robert Samuel Brashears and wife, Phoebe Nicks, moved all over the place, but finally settled in Roane Co, TN. Son, Philip Brashears, moved to Henry Co, VA, to live near his wife Ann Wilson's relatives. Son, Jesse Brashears, married Elizabeth Prather, and moved to Georgia, then to Pensacola, Spanish West Florida.
Basil and Otho kind of got lost. I know that Basil had a son, Middleton Brashear(s); he got a Granville grant that Basil had entered (there's also a Maryland will that identifies Middleton as s/o Basil.) But, although the tax lists suggest that Basil and his wife, Ann Belt, had several children, we can only guess at the names. Anyone know any? And can document them?
Otho Brashear and his wife, Mary Eliza Holmes, had a daughter, Clara, before they left Prince George's Co, MD, but we don't know if they had any more in Orange/Guilford.
I would like very much to hear from anyone interested in these family, especially those that have information. I'm nearing completion of a book to be called "Robert C. Brashear, of North Carolina, and Some Descendants in TN, KY, MO, TX, etc", which is vol. 2 of A BRASHEAR(S) FAMILY HISTORY, in progress. Vol. 1, "The First 200 Years of Brashear(s) in America" is already printed.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. A retired professor of English, I have made myself a repository and clearing-house for data on all branches of the Brashear(s) family (and about 35 spelling variations). I willingly share, trade, and give my data--too willingly, I sometimes think, for I frequently see data I've sent someone appear on the net at THEIR data. Some even gets sent back to me after having been through two or three other hands. AAaargh! If you send me data that I use, I'll try to imbed in the text an acknowledgement of where I got the data.
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