Robert Cager Brashear, Jr. (1704 - 1782) MP

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Nicknames: "Brashears"
Birthplace: Prince Georges, Maryland, Colony of England
Death: Died in Rock Springs, Guilford, North Carolina, United States
Occupation: Planter
Managed by: Glen Lofton Bedgood
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About Robert Cager Brashear, Jr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A013835

Robert and Charity (Dowell) Brashear(s) were married on February 2, 1728 in All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel Co., MD.

27. ROBERT5 BRASHEAR (SAMUEL4 BRASHEARS, ROBERT3 BRASHEAR, BENOIT (BENJAMIN)2 BRASSEUR, ROBERT1) was born 19 Feb 1704/05 in Prince Georges Co, MD, and died Jul 1786 in Rocky Springs, Rockingham Co, NC. He met CHARITY DOWELL in Anne Arundel Co, MC, daughter of PHILLIP DOWELL and MARY TYDINGS. She was born 04 Apr 1711 in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

Notes for ROBERT BRASHEAR regarding his middle name: Some Brashears family historians believe Robert's middle name was "Cager" (pronounced Kager according to Mary Hall of Houston, TX). The only place the name "Cager" is found, so far as I know, is on pp. 32, 33 of THE BRASHEAR STORY by Back & Brashear. The book includes a copy of a Bill of Sale of his personal property to John Carlyle on 28 Mar 1746. Robert lived in Truro Parish, Fairfax Co., VA. One item in the sale was a mare with "RCB" as the brand which could have been initials for Robert & Charity Brashear or for Robert Cager Brashear. He signed his name as Robert Brashear. (Fairfax Co. Deeds, Liber A, No. 1, Part 2, p. 538, Fairfax, VA). It is possible that Cager was his middle name; however, he never used a "C" or "Cager" when signing his name. His maternal great grandfather was Robert Cager.

DEED RECORDS - Robert's father gave him 200 acres in 1726 (probably a wedding gift) known as "Brashears Meadow" on Beaver Dam, a branch of the Potomac River. In 1740, Samuel gave Robert another 40 acres. Robert began selling land in 1732 when he sold John Hanbury, a merchant of London, a tract known as "Goodwill". Robert sold his personal property on 1 May 1742 (PRINCE Georges COUNTY LAND RECORDS, Liber Y, folio 464, 465, Hall of Records, MD). Robert moved to Truro Parish in Fairfax Co., VA after selling his personal property in Maryland. George & Martha Washington lived in Fairfax Co. and were members of the Anglican Church in Truro Parish. Robert's daughter, Ann, married Moses Ball who was related to George Washington's mother Mary Ball.

Robert & Charity apparently did not care for Fairfax County or the lure and adventure of moving on caused them to sell their personal property in 1746 and move to Orange Co., NC. He and his brothers, Basil and Otho, were in North Carolina by 1749. An abstract of a Virginia deed has: "Know all men ..... I Robert Brashear of Parish of Truro & County of Fairfax, do bargain, sell unto John Carlyle Merchant, a Hunting and Bridle, 2 pewter dishes, 6 plates and basin, one looking glass and pot and frying pan, one old trunk, horse bell, six barrels corn and iron pot and pot hooks, one iron skillets..... this 28 day March 1746. in presence to Thos. Wren, Charles Broadwater, Ed'd [X] Ems. (Recorded 15 Apr 1746, Fairfax Co., VA Deed Bk A, p. 538-539)" - /S/ Robert Brasher (Notice the absence of Cager or "C)...

Robert Brashear was given Survey Warrant #26 to have 640 acres surveyed for him from the Earl Granville Grant in Orange County, North Carolina on 3 Day of Dec 1754. Being #26 in the survey schedule indicates he was one of the first white settlers in Orange Co, NC.

NORTH CAROLINA No. 26 - JAMES INNES and FRANCIS CORBIN Elqrs, Agents, and commissioners of the Right Honourable the Earl GRANVILLE, &c &c &c sole Lord and Proprietor of a Certain District Territory, or parcel of land lying in the Province of North Carolina & To MR. WILLIAM SHURTON ............. His Lordship's Deputy-Surveyor for the County of Orange: :YOU are forewith to admeasure and lay out unto ROBERT BRASHEAR a Tract of Land, containing Six Hundred Forty Acres, lying in Orange County, within the said District on both sides of Buffalo Creek, between Bazil Brashears and ..?..Observing my instructions for running out of lands; Three just and fair Plans whereof, certified under your Hand, you are to return to me within six months from the date hereof: Which Survey of the above-mentioned Lands, to be returned as aforesaid, shall be good and valid for the said Rob.t Brashear provided he the said Rob.t Brashear do, within Twelve Months after such Return, take out a Grant of the same Lands, to be compleat his Title: Otherwise this Warrant, And such your return, thereof shall be void, and of no Force, and the said Lands be deemed vacant and free to be taken up by any other person that shall apply for that purpose. Dated and Signed the Twenty Sixth Day of February 1755." /s/ Francis Corbin - Entered in the Office of the Right Honourable the Earl Granville, the 3d Day of Dec, Anno Dom. 1754.

NOTE: This same property was surveyed again on 8 May 1761. The deed was recorded on 6 Dec 1761 (Grant #95, File #362, Deed Bk 14, p. 341). He later sold this land and purchased land in Rockingham County, NC.

The names of Robert & Charity Brashears' children are partially included in THE BRASHEAR STORY by Back and Brashear. Back & Brashear list five children (Ann "Nancy", Robert Samuel, Zaza, Asa & Elizabeth) but state there were probably more. They used various records to establish the parent/child relationships. Robert did not leave a will that has been found, and his children are not listed on a Parish Register. Shirley Brasher McCoy, in her study of Robert Brashear, gives the names of ten children (Phillip, Ann "Nancy", Robert Samuel, Jesse, Martha, Asa, Isaac, Basil, Zaza, & Elizabeth. Shirley McCoy used TENNESSEE COUSINS as the source for Martha, Isaac & Basil being children of Robert. No other record has been found documenting Isaac, Basil and Martha as children. Betty (Warren) Hall of Houston, TX lists six children (Ann "Nancy", Robert Samuel, Zaza, Asa, Elizabeth & Charity) and has sufficient information to declare them children. Unless a document is found documenting a parent/child relationship, a family historian must either discontinue the line at that point or use some circumstantial evidence to move on. I am willing to use circumstantial evidence if it is strong enough. I am listing all of the above as children until I find conflicting data showing otherwise.

More About ROBERT BRASHEAR: Occupation: Planter.

Notes for CHARITY DOWELL: Phillip Dowell & Mary Tydings were married 11 Jun 1702 at Calvert Co., MD. Phillip's Will mentions the following children: Phillip, Peter, John, Elizabeth, Richard, Luke, Ann Wilson, Mary Breshiers (m. John Breshears - cousin of Robert), Charity Breshiers. (Will dated 16 Jan 1733/34; proven 22 Apr 1734; MD Proprietary Wills, Vol. 21, pp. 109-11)

Phillip Dowell b. c1681; d. 26 Jan 1734 Anne Arundel Co, MD, was the son of Nicholas (Mc)Dowell. Phillip Dowell m. Mary Tydings, daughter of Richard Tydings & Charity Sparrow, on 11 June 1702. The parents of Charity Sparrow were Thomas Sparrow b. c1630; d. 1 Jan 1673/4 Anne Arundel Co, MD and Elizabeth Kinsey b. c1631 England; d. 1 Feb 1714/15 MD. Elizabeth Kinsey Sparrow m. Richard Johns after Thomas Sparrow died.

Children of ROBERT BRASHEAR and CHARITY DOWELL are: PHILLIP SR.6 BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1727, Prince Geo Co, MD; d. 1798, Henry Co, VA. ANN "NANCY" BRASHEAR, b. 26 Sep 1729, Prince Geo Co, MD; d. 30 Nov 1816, Arlington Co, VA. ROBERT SAMUEL BRASHEAR, b. 20 Aug 1731, Brashear Meadows, Prince Geo Co, MD; d. Bef. Jan 1816, Harriman, Roane Co, TN. JESSE BRASHEAR, b. Bet. 1732 - 1734, Prince Geo Co, MD or Fairfax Co, VA; d. 1788, New Feliciana Parish, LA. CAPT ASA BRASHEAR, b. 1745, Fairfax Co, VA; d. 1818, Rockingham Co, NC. BAZIL BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1750, Guilford Co, NC; m. HICKS. ZAZA BRASHEAR, b. 1750, Buffalo Creek, Guilford Co, NC. ISAAC BRASHEAR, b. 1752, Guilford Co, NC. MARTHA BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1754, Guilford Co, NC; d. Abt. 1830. ELIZABETH BRASHEAR, b. 1756; m. JOHN ALLEN, 04 Feb 1774, Guilford Co, NC. (Notes for ELIZABETH BRASHEAR: Robert "Brazier" was the bondsman for their wedding). CHARITY BRASHEAR.

Docmentation of their children includes some circumstantial evidence, according to the THE BRASHEARS STORY by Back and Brashear. He did not leave a will that has been found, and they are not listed on the parish register. The children listed are found in other records, and their ages, proximity to Robert, etc. indicate a parent/child relationship. Moses Ball, father-in-law to Asa Brashear, recorded in his bible that his daughter, Ann Ball, married Asa Brashear, son of Robert and Charity Brashear.

Robert Samuel Brashear and Ann (Nancy) Brashear recorded their family information in their bible but did not record information on their parents. The 1775 Orange Co., N.C. Tax list includes a Robert Brashear, Sr. which indicates a Robert Brashear, Jr. Robert Samuel Brashear was the only other Robert Brashear in the county; therefore, he must have been the son of Robert, Sr. Family relationships cannot always be documented beyond a shadow of a doubt. Except for Asa, that is the case here.

Robert's father gave him 200 acres in 1726 known as "Brashears Meadow" on Beaver Dam, a branch of the Potomic River. In 1740, Samuel gave Robert another 40 acres. Robert began selling land in 1732 when he sold John Hanbury, a merchange of London, a track known as "Goodwill". Robert sold his personal property May 1, 1742. (Prince George's County Land Records), Liber Y, f. 464, 465, Hall of Records, MD). Robert leased 100 acres to Francis Hall and moved across the Potomac River to Truro Parish, Fairfax Co., VA. He sold his possessions in Virginia in 1746 and apparently at that time, moved to the frontier of North Carolina. (Fairfax County Deeds, Libra A, No. 1, Part 2, p. 538, Fairfax, VA)

The 1740s were an economically rough time in Maryland (some of our family lost their land and/or spent time in debtors' prison). Newly opened land in the Granville District of North Carolina was an invitation to a new start. Three Brashear brothers--Robert C., Basil, and Otho--migrated to NC in the late 1740s, early 1750s, where Robert and Basil got land grants. Basil went broke again and left about 1766, and Otho simply disappeared, but Robert C. Brashear and his wife, Charity Dowell, stayed on and (we think) prospered. They were patriots during the Revolutionary War, after which newly opening land in western places beckoned again, and the family succumbed to wanderlust or land-hunger; they became part of the American westward movement. This book traces the families of sons Philip, Asa, and Zaza, and daughter, Ann (Brashear) Ball; Robert Samuel Brashear and Jesse Brashears have to wait for vol. 3 and vol. 5, respectively. -------------------- Robert 's father Sameul did not serve in American Revolution. Robert himself was too old, so he gave provisions to the Army.

Find A Grave Memorial # 95259140.

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Robert Cager Brashears's Timeline

1704
February 19, 1704
Prince Georges, Maryland, Colony of England
1707
February 1707
Age 2
Queen Anne'S, Maryland, United States
1727
September 19, 1727
Age 23
Bladensburg, Prince George Co., Maryland, USA
1727
Age 22
Prince George's, Maryland, Colony of England
1728
February 2, 1728
Age 23
Prince George, MD

Married 1725/1728.

1729
September 26, 1729
Age 25
Prince George Co., Maryland, Colony of England
1730
1730
Age 25
Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
1731
August 20, 1731
Age 27
Prince George Co., Maryland, USA
August 20, 1731
Age 27
Prince George's County, MD, USA
1734
1734
Age 29
Prince George Co., Maryland, USA