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Benoit 'Bennet' Benjamin Brasseur

Also Known As: "Benjamin Brasseur", "breashears", "Benjamin Brashear", "Benoit Brashear", "Benoit Brashears", "Benoit Brasszur", "Benjamin Brashears", "Bennett", "Brasseiur", "Benjamin"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Carpentras, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Death: Died in Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County, Maryland, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Brasseur, I and Elizabeth Florence (Fowke) Brasseur
Husband of Mary Sterling
Father of Robert Brashears; Mary Ellis; John Brashear; Ann Nancy Dalrymple; Susannah Marie Duvall and 4 others
Brother of Martha Moseley; Thomas Brashears; Perside "Persie" Brashier / Brashear / Brasseur; Robert Brashear, Jr.; Katherine "Cabell" Brasseur and 4 others

Occupation: church - Hugenot (church of england) - came to america 1637 to va - didn't like them moved to MD, Sheriff, Justice
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About Benoit 'Bennet' Brasseur

BENOIT (BENJAMIN)2 BRASSEUR (ROBERT1) was born Abt. 1620 in France, and died Bet. 02 Dec 1662 - 14 Jan 1662/63 in Calvert Co, MD. He married MARY (RICHFORD?) Bef. 1640 in VA. She was born Bet. 1621 - 1639 in France?, and died 1668 in Calvert Co, MD.

Notes for BENOIT (BENJAMIN) BRASSEUR:

Benois Brasseur is listed as Bennett Brasseur and as a son of Robert Brasseur in a land patent to Robert that was filed on 12 April 1653 (Deed Bk 3, p. 33 in the Virginia Land Office). As a teen aged youngster, Benois/Benjamin came to America from Kent Co, England with his father. Benois later paid the passage for Mary Richford to come to America. It seems reasonable that this Mary was the Mary who became his wife.

Benjamin moved from Nanesmond Co, VA to Calvert Co, MD with his father when they left Virginia to escape harassment by the Anglicans, and to get better farming land.

Upon arriving in Maryland, Lord Baltimore gave Benjamin and each of his children 50 acres between 1658 and 1677 as a reward for moving to Maryland. A citizen could claim land in one Colony and move to another Colony and stake another claim. The claims for Benjamin and his children are found in Deed Bks 6 and 15. All but two are in Deed Bk 6.

In 1658, thinking Bennett's ownership was without dispute, Benjamin purchased an 1150 acre plantation from Richard Bennett and settled on the upper part of the land which overlooks Chesapeake Bay. The area was knows as the "Cliffs". A house, barns, livestock and slaves came with the property. The property line began at the south side of Chesapeake Beach and included the area currently known as Randle Cliff Beach as well as about half of the present-day U. S. Naval Base. The house was a clapboard and brick house overlooking Chesapeake Bay on the highest point in Calvert Co., MD, that was used as a residence until it burned in 1991. A modern addition was added to the house, and the original house was covered with siding before it burned. The original house was two 22' square rooms with a 12' x 22' breeze way between the two rooms. The upstairs consisted of two large rooms with four dormer windows. A porch on the Chesapeake Bay side of the house was added later.

Richard Bennett had the property surveyed in 1651 and closed the purchase in 1658 shortly before he sold it to Benjamin Brashear. The purchase contract still had not been finalized when Benjamin Brashear died about five years later. He felt he was not getting a deed to all of the land he had purchased. Benjamin's wife Mary finalized the purchase of the property from Richard Bennitt of Virginia for 220 hoggsheads of tobacco after Benjamin's death.

BENOIS BRASSEUR IS NATURALIZED - BECOMES BENJAMIN BRASHEAR.

Benois Brasseur's name has been spelled as Bennett, Benois, Benoir, Benjamen and Benjamyn in early records. He gave his name the English spelling of "Benjamin Brashear" about the time he was given citizenship in the New World on 4 Dec 1662. He died shortly after becoming a citizen.

Whereas, Benjamin Brasseurs, late of Virginia, have sought leave to inhabit as a free Denizen, to purchase lands, I do hereby De Clare that said Bendjs. Brasseur, 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 faythfull people. - Celius Calvert

Mary remarried soon after Benjamin's death. She made a will naming her eight children as heirs at the time she married Thomas Sterling (Maryland Hall of Records, Will Book 1, pp. 187-89, 25 May 1663). Apparently he agreed to be stepfather to the children without any hope of inheriting any of the estate should Mary precede him in death. Mary apparently was a shrewd business woman, as she was able to give land to her children as they matured.

Whereas by God's assistance and permission, ther is a marryage shortly; intended to be had & solemynized betweene Thomas Sterling and Mary Brasseur, wid'w, late wife of Benjamin Brasseur; and whereas the said Mary Brasseur hath made her last will & testament in writing und'r her hand & seale, and therein & thereby disposed of most of the estate the said Benjamin dyed possessed of, amongst her children; now if the said marriage shall take effect, these may certifye to all those whom it any wayes concernes, that I, the said Thomas Sterling, for naturall love I beare unto the said Mary Brasseur, wid'w and out of affeccon to her children, doe grant, assigne, and sett over all the residue of the estate that was late the said Benjamin Brasseur's,.... (NOTE: The document goes on to say he relinquishes all rights to the property in favor of Benjamin and Mary's children)....

When Mary died, she left a will naming her children (Will Bk 1, pp. 187-89, 1663). She was known as Mary Brasseur, widow of the Clifts, because she lived on the Clifts of Chesapeake Bay. Those receiving property from her will are: CHILDREN: ROBERT - 200 acres, feather bed, rug, blankets, curtains, a servant, etc.; Benjamin - 200 acres, 2 cows, feather bed, rug, blankets, curtains, a servant, etc.; John - 200 acres, 2 cows, feather bed, rug, blankets, curtains, a servant, etc.; MARY - 600 acres, servant upon reaching 16 or marrying; 2 heifers; ANN - 2 heifers, servant upon reaching 16 or marrying; SUSANNAH - 2 heifers, servant upon reaching 16 or marrying; MARTHA - 2 heifers, servant upon reaching 16 or marrying; ELIZABETH - 3 heifers, servant upon reaching 16 or marrying. The girls were to have equal shares of 230 acres. Mary had sold 320 acres to her brother-in-law, Robert Brashear.

Benjamin Brasseur patented 300 acres at the head of Indian Creek, a branch of the western branch of Nanesmond River. Being due the said Benjamin by a former patent dated April 12, 1653. 26 Mch 1656 [Deed Bk 4, p. 40].

Notes for MARY (RICHFORD?):

Benjamin paid the transportation fee for Mary Richford to come to America.

Children of BENOIT BRASSEUR and MARY (RICHFORD?) are:

9. i. ROBERT3 BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1640, Nanesmond Co, VA; d. 1712, MD.

ii. BENJAMIN JR. BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1648, Nanesmond Co, VA; d. 24 Feb 1674/75, Calvert Co, MD.

Notes for BENJAMIN JR. BRASHEAR:

Benjamin was born in c1647-1648 in Nanesmond Co., VA (IGI file) and died 24 Feb 1675/6 unmarried. He gave his estate to sister Martha Kent.

iii. JOHN BRASHEAR, b. 1650, Nanesmond Co, VA; d. 1696; m. ANN DALRYMPLE.

Notes for JOHN BRASHEAR:

John was born c1650 in Nanesmond Co., VA (IGI file) and died in 1696 according to his will. He married ANN DALRYMPLE. John named his Dalrymple nephews and Kent niece as heirs in his will. He probably did not have any children.

10. iv. ANN BRASHEAR, b. Bet. 1650 - 1654, Nanesmond Co, VA.

11. v. SUSANNAH BRASHEAR, b. Bet. 1650 - 1656, Nanesmond Co, VA; d. 1692, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

12. vi. ELIZABETH BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1654, Calvert Co, MD; d. Baltimore City, MD.

13. vii. MARTHA BRASHEAR, b. Aft. 1659, Calvert Co, MD.

14. viii. MARY BRASHEAR, b. Abt. 1660, Calvert Co, MD; d. 23 Jan 1701/02, Prince George's Co, MD.

In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors disappeared during a certain period in history, this might help. Epidemics have always had a great influence on people - and thus influencing, as well, the genealogists trying to trace them. Many cases of people disappearing from records can be traced to dying during an epidemic or moving away from the affected area. Some of the major epidemics in the United States are listed below.

1657 Boston: Measles

1687  Boston:  Measles
1690  New York:  Yellow Fever
1713  Boston:  Measles
1729  Boston:  Measles
1732-33  Worldwide:  Influenza
1738  South Carolina:  Smallpox
1739-40  Boston:  Measles
1747  Conn, NY, PA & SC:  Measles
1759  North America (areas inhabited by white people):  Measles
1761  North America & West Indies:  Influenza
1772  North America:  Measles
1775  North America (especially hard in New England): Epidemic (unknown)
1775-76  Worldwide:  Influenza (one of  worst flu epidemics)
1788  Philadelphia & NY:  Measles
1793  Vermont:  Influenza and a "putrid fever"
1793 Virginia:  Influenza (killed 500 people in 5 counties in 4 weeks)
1793  Philadelphia: Yellow Fever (one of worst)
1783*  Delaware (Dover) "extremely fatal" bilious disorder
1793  Pennsylvania (Harrisburg & Middletown) many unexplained deaths
1794  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever
1796-97  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever
1798  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever (one of worst)
1803  New York:  Yellow Fever
1820-23  Nationwide:  "fever" (starts on Schuylkill River, PA & spreads)
1831-32  Nationwide:  Typhus
1841  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever (especially severe in South)
1847  New Orleans:  Yellow Fever
1847-48  Worldwide:  Influenza
1848-49  North America:  Cholera
1850  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever
1850-51  North America:  Influenza
1852  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever (New Orleans 8,000 die in summer)
1855  Nationwide (many parts) Yellow Fever
1857-59  Worldwide:  Influenza (one of disease's greatest epidemics)
1860-61  Pennsylvania:  Smallpox
1865-73  Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis & Washington DC:  A series of recurring 
         epidemics of Smallpox, Cholera, Typhus,  Typhoid, Scarlet Fever & Yellow Fever
1873-75  North America & Europe:  Influenza
1878  New Orleans:  Yellow Fever (last great epidemic of disease)
1885  Plymouth, PA:  Typhoid
1886  Jacksonville, FL:  Yellow Fever
1918  Worldwide:  Influenza (high point year)  More people hospitalized in World War I from Influenza than
          wounds.  US Army training camps became death  camps - with 80% death rate in some camps

These specific instances of cholera were mentioned:

1833 Columbus, OH;

1834 New York City;

1849 New York;

1851 Coles Co, IL;

1851 The Great Plains;

1851 Missouri

Information taken from: Sept-Oct, 1997, Newsletter - Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County "Source: Ancestors West, SSBCGS, Vol 20, No l, Fall 1993, South Bend (IN) Area Genealogical Society via Julie Burnett, Sue in Arizona and Judy Nordgren SMCAGS


Benjamin and Robert Brashear where brothers who joined the French Hugenots (Protestants, protesting against the catholic Church). They left France to escape harrassment about 1637 and landed in the British Colony of Virginia the same year. Most of the settlers around them were British and Catholic and did not appreciate having French Hugenots in their mist. After about nineteen years, they moved on to the colony of Maryland in 1658, where both Benjamin and Robert died. Robert apparently didn't marry, or if he did marry, he didn't have children.

Robert Brashear, grandson of Benjamin, moved to North Carolina where he died after 1782, probably in what is now Guilford County. The next generation appears to have lived, for the most part in Guilford and Roane Counties of North Carolina.

Robert Brashear's grandson, Samuel Brashear, moved on west to an area that is now in Sullivan County, TN. He died there in 1829. The area was commonly known among the residents as "Squabble State" and is referred to as such in some documents. The name comes from the Colonies of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee each claiming ownership. Residents of the area gave each of the colonies as their place of residence at different times. Sullivan County was in North Carolina during the 1780's but became a part of Tennessee before the 1790 census was taken.

Five of Samuel Brashear's sons migrated to Kentucky. John Weslty B. Brashears was born 1805-1810, probably in "Squabble State" or Sullivan County, Tennessee. He gave his birthplace as Virginia on census records, and the age he gave would have him born in 1808; however, census records are known to have numerous errors.

John Wesley B. Brashear moved to Kentucky about 1837 and to Parker Co. Tx in 1854. Kentucky has many Brachear's in early day records. I suspect most of them are descendants of Samuel Brashears.

In 1790, Virginia included all of what is now Kentucky and West Virginia. The Kentucky and Tennessee boundary was not clearly established until 1859. Surveyors in 1779 made an error, known as the "Walker Line", and included the northern part of what is now Tennessee in Kentucky. Uncertain boundaries between counties, colonies, and later states, makes it important analyze the place of residence given in many early day records. "Squabble State" or Sullivan County, TN, is a good example.

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Benois "Benjamin" ^ BRASSIEUR\\BRASSIER) of "The Cliffts"89,90,91 was born about 1621 at Pernes, Venaissin, France. Most sources list his birthdate as abt 1610, but since his parents were not married until 1621, this is impossible and IF he had been born in 1610, his father would have been 13 years old. He was living in 1658 in "Upper Bennett", Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County, Maryland. He was naturalized in 1662 in Calvert County, Maryland. Once Naturalized, his name was Anglicized to "Benjamin". He died before 1667 at Maryland. There is no documented proof other thanThe Brashear Story that proves Benois Brassieur is the son of Allemand DeJorcas Brasseur.

Charles Brashears believes that Benois father was Robert Brasseur who came to Virginia with at least seven children.

Information is allegedly also based on will and birth records in either Prince Georges Co. MD, probably South River Parish or Queen Anne Parish, or Calvert Co. All family data originates with the same base.

The name of Benois Brassier is spelled phoneticly. It is possible the original French spelling of Brasieur, Brassieur, in America became Brashears, Brazier, Besshears, Bresshers, Brasher, Brashar, Brashur, etc. French spelling is most likely Brassier or Brassieur, and the first name as Benois or Benoit, which later became Benjamin. It appears that the family in America usually adopted the spelling Brashear or Brashears. Benois Brassieur and his brother and/or father, Robert are believed to have come to the colony of Virginia and thence to Maryland as French Hugenot refugees by way of the Isle of Thanet, part of the county of Kent, bounded on the North and East by the North Sea amd South and West by the River Thour, off the Eastern shore of England. It is reported that this emigrant is listed in the records of the American Hugenot Society.

According to Charles Brashear there is still no evidence that Mary Richford was the wife of Benois, simply based on the fact that he paid passage for her. She came as an indentured servant, on an English ship. In some documents, written by Huguenots, she is referred to as "Marie", but in others she is more often referred to as "Mary." In her will she signed "MB", but after she married Robert Sterling, she signed a land record "MS". Benois "Benjamin" ^ BRASSIEUR\\BRASSIER) of "The Cliffts" and Mary ^ BROWNE were married in 1639 in Calvert County, Maryland.


Broderbund WFT Vol. 18, Ed. 1, Tree #1135. "found on internet" www.fortunecity.com/millennium/vacation/1129/d40.htm

' Originally "Brasseuir"; came w/brother Robert, (French Huguenots) to Va in 1653, married to Mary 1658, Calvert Co. Benois Commissioned a Justice for co in 1661. 1662 Naturalized, name chg to Benjamin. At Benj's death wife Mary, had a pre-nuptial cont w/Thomas Starling, at same time recording her will and naming all her children by deceased husb. Bro Robert died w/o issue 1665. Each generation of Brashears has used a different spelling of the French surname "Brasseuir" meaning "Lord of the Arm" or "Master by Right of Strength:" Old home place known as "Breashers Purchase", on Patuxent River. The "Breashears" was a stage line for many years. Gen Lafayette dined at this house while on his way from Washington to Penn. The old house built of stone is still standing. An extract from the Albany Evening News, p 61, dated Mar 12, 1925, stated "The Pointed Firs" Brashear home at Castlelon-on-the-land & located at upper Marboro, capitol of Prince Georges Co, Md, where Benois (Benjamin) Brashears was granted letters of denization (naturalization) by Cecil Calvert, (Lord Baltimore) on 1662. In 1790 when the 1st census of Md was taken there were 25 of the Brashears names listed as householders w/ their families & Slaves. Some later moved into Ps, Va, Ky, SC and other states. Benois has a patent of land of 300 acres at hts head of Indian Creek, a branck of the Wester Branch of Nansemond River, Md (Patent 4-12-1653, Valentine Papers-vol 1, pg 40) Benois and Mary had their will probated 5-23-1663.

from: http://www.next1000.com/family/EC/brassieur.robt.html

Also on this date, a patent was issued to Benjamin Brasseur for three hundred acres on a "a creeke called Indian Creeke being a branch of Nansemum river" for the cost of transporting six persons into the colony."

Since Benjamin was given a patent it seems reasonable to assume that Robert and Benjamin were traveling together and that both of them had been in the colony before November 24, 1637. It is conceivable that Robert Brasseiur Sr. was the individual here earlier as Russ Williams contends and that both Robert Jr and Benjamin came later but my bet is with the brothers. Benjamin's patent was renewed and recorded again on March 26, 1656. It was an apparent precaution against litigation.

Benjamin's Citizenship papers state that

           "...Whereas Benojs rafseuir late of Virginia and subject of the Crowne of France haveing tranfported himselfe his wife and Children into this Crownes hereto inhabite hath besought us to grant him the said Benojs Brafseuir leave here to inhabite and as a free Dennizen freedome and to hime and his hieres to purchase Known ye that wee willing to give due encourgement to other subjects of thet Crowne doe hereby delcare them the said Benois Brafseuir his wife & children as well those allready borne as statehereafter to bee borne to bee free Dennizens of this our Province of Maryland..." signed Charles Calvert, December 4, 1662. (Hall of Records of Maryland, Council Proceedings, Liber HH, ff.154,158)

Benjamin Brasseur dies barely a year after he is granted citizenship. Mary Brasseur, widow of The Clifts, files her last will and testament on 25 of May of 1663. In this she says that she sold 320 acres to her brother in law Robert Brasseur, gives 200 acres to her sons Robert, Benjamin and John. (Hall of Records of Maryland, Wills, Bk 1, pp.187-89).


Follow this link. http://www.lunion.presse.fr/article/a-la-une/special-usa-le-monde-scande-yes-we-can You will never believe it IF you are related to Benois Benjamin Brashear Sr.

Here is the actual text and "literal" translation to the text.

LE nouveau président américain descend – par sa mère – d’un Champenois. D’un Champenois qui avait le goût des voyages. Il se nommait Jean Boet, mais était surnommé « Brassier », sans doute pour avoir des bras très forts. Il aurait vu le jour à Reims en 1415, autrement dit à la fin du règne de Charles VI. En 1440, alors qu’il n’était que « damoiseau », autrement dit un gentilhomme qui n’avait pas encore été reçu chevalier, il avait pris le chemin du sud. Sans doute à la suite d’une bande de gens armés – la légende familiale veut qu’il ait accompagné le maréchal Boucicaut venant assiéger un antipape en Avignon, ce que les dates ne permettent pas de retenir. Quoi qu’il en soit, notre Rémois s’était fixé dans le Comtat Venaissin, très exactement à Pernes-les-Fontaines, au sud de Carpentras, où il allait, après deux veuvages successifs, convoler pour la troisième fois, à cinquante ans passés et fonder une famille. Un de ses fils deviendra Marquis de Jocas et un de ses arrière arrière arrière-petits-fils, Benoît de Brassier, né vers 1610 et de confession protestante, émigrera pour le Nouveau monde, où il va voir son nom « américanisé » en Brashaer. Et c’est ce Benoît de Brassier qui a sa place dans l’arbre généalogique de la famille maternelle de Barack Obama. Le nouveau président américain est en effet, comme beaucoup de ses compatriotes, un pur produit du « melting-pot », pour être comme on le sait à 50 % kenyan par son père, et par sa mère à 36 % anglais, à 5 % allemand, à 2 % cherokee et donc aussi à 1 % français, avec notamment des ancêtres en Champagne.

  • Historien du droit, Jean-Louis Beaucarnot a fondé Généalogie Magazine en 1982. Il est aujourd’hui généalogiste professionnel, auteur

THE new American President descends - by mother - of a Champenois. On a Champenois had the taste of travel. It is named Jean Boet, but was nicknamed "Brassier", probably to have very strong arms. It would have emerged to Reims in 1415, in other words at the end of the reign of Charles VI. In 1440, while it was only "hispaniolan", i.e. a gentleman who had not yet been received Knight, he took the path of the South. Probably due to a band of armed people - family legend is that he has accompanied the maréchal Boucicaut coming to besiege an antipope in Avignon, what dates do not retain. Be that as it may, our Rémois it was attached in the Comtat Venaissin, very exactly to Pernes, South of Carpentras, where it was, after two successive veuvages convoler for the third time in fifty years and found a family. One of his sons will become Marquis de Jocas and one of its rear back émigrera arrière-petits-fils, Benoît de Brassier, born to 1610 and Protestant confession to the new world, where it will see its name "américanisé" in Brashaer. And is this Brassier Benedict has its place in the family tree of the maternal family of Barack Obama. The new American President is in effect, like many of his compatriots, a pure product of the "pot", to be as we know to 50% by his father, and his mother to 36% English, 5% German, 2% cherokee kenyan and thus also to 1% French, including ancestors in Champagne. * Law, Jean-Louis Beaucarnot historian based genealogical magazine in 1982. Today, it is professional généalogiste, author.


This series of books is about descendants of Robert and Benois Brasseur, French Huguenot immigrants to Virginia, c1635, whose surname was Anglicized as Brashear. Over the years, many branches of the family added an "s" to make it Brashears. Benois Brasseur was naturalized in Calvert Co, MD, in 1662, and became known as Benjamin Brashear; he is the progenitor of virtually all Americans with surnames Brashear, Brashears, Brashares, Breshear(s), Breashear(s), Broshear(s), Beshear(s), Boshear(s), Beshires, often Brasher, Brashers, Brashier, Brashiers, sometimes Brazier, and about 35 other spellings.

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.

Descendants of ROBERT BRASSEUR

Generation No. 1

1. ROBERT1 BRASSEUR was born 1595 in FRANCE, and died 1667. He married ELIZABETH FOUKES.

Child of ROBERT BRASSEUR and ELIZABETH FOUKES is:

2. i. ROBERT2 BRASHERS, b. 1646, VIRGININA; d. 1712.

Generation No. 2

2. ROBERT2 BRASHERS (ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born 1646 in VIRGININA, and died 1712. He married MARY WARING.

Child of ROBERT BRASHERS and MARY WARING is:

3. i. ROBERT3 BRASHEARS, b. 1704; d. 1786, NORTH , CAROLINA.

Generation No. 3

3. ROBERT3 BRASHEARS (ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born 1704, and died 1786 in NORTH , CAROLINA. He married CHARITY DOWELL.

Child of ROBERT BRASHEARS and CHARITY DOWELL is:

4. i. PHILLIP SR.4 BRASHEARS, b. 1727, VIRGINIA; d. 1798, VIRGINIA.

Generation No. 4

4. PHILLIP SR.4 BRASHEARS (ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born 1727 in VIRGINIA, and died 1798 in VIRGINIA. He married ANN NANCY WILSON 1748.

Child of PHILLIP BRASHEARS and ANN WILSON is:

5. i. JAMES5 BRASHEARS, b. 1750, VIRGINIA; d. 1814, VIIRGINIA.

Generation No. 5

5. JAMES5 BRASHEARS (PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born 1750 in VIRGINIA, and died 1814 in VIIRGINIA. He married NANCY/.

Children of JAMES BRASHEARS and NANCY/ are:

i. ELIZABETH6 BRASHEARS, b. 1785.

ii. SON BRASHEARS, b. 1794.

iii. DICEY BRASHEARS, b. 1798.

iv. MARTIN A. BRASHEARS, b. 1802.

v. NANCY BRASHEARS, b. 1804.

vi. BERTHENIA BRASHEARS, b. 1808.

6. vii. JOHN W. B. BRASHEARS, b. 1809, LEE CO. VA; d. June 07, 1867, PARKER CO. TEXAS.

viii. CHARITY BRASHEARS, b. 1813.

Generation No. 6

6. JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS (JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born 1809 in LEE CO. VA, and died June 07, 1867 in PARKER CO. TEXAS. He married DUCCILLA R. /. She was born 1807, and died Bet. 1859 - 1860 in TEXAS.

Children of JOHN BRASHEARS and DUCCILLA / are:

7. i. JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7 BESHEARS, b. October 16, 1829, LEE CO. VIRGINIA; d. January 08, 1916, PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY.

ii. ALEXANDER MARTIN BRASHEARS, b. 1834, VA; d. 1863.

iii. JOHN WESLEY 'JACK' BRASHEARS, b. September 23, 1835, VA; d. 1850, TEXAS.

iv. WILLIAM CR. BRASHEARS, b. June 08, 1837, VA; d. May 24, 1923, PARKER CO. TEXAS.

v. JOSEPH W. BRASHEARS, b. 1838, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

vi. GEORGE W. BRASHEARS, b. 1839, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

vii. ELIZABETH BRASHEARS, b. 1843, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

viii. GEORGE A. C. BRASHEARS, b. July 08, 1846, RUSSELL CO.KENTUCKY; d. March 31, 1909, TEXAS.

Generation No. 7

7. JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7 BESHEARS (JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born October 16, 1829 in LEE CO. VIRGINIA, and died January 08, 1916 in PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY. He married (1) JANE WOOLDRIDGE August 1850 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, daughter of ALEXANDER WOOLDRIDGE and NANCY WOOLDRIDGE. She was born 1832 in KENTUCKY, and died 1862 in KENTUCKY. He married (2) SARAH T. COE December 03, 1863 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, daughter of SAMUEL COE and ELVIRA DAVIS. She was born May 25, 1836 in PULASKI / RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY, and died April 22, 1909 in PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY.

Children of JAMES BESHEARS and JANE WOOLDRIDGE are:

8. i. HUGH F.8 BESHEARS, b. June 15, 1851, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY; d. November 13, 1924, MT. PARK OK..

ii. HUSTON BESHEARS, b. September 20, 1855; d. July 28, 1937, RANGER TEXAS.

9. iii. HULON BESHEARS, b. February 12, 1858, RUSSELL CO. JAMESTOWN KENTUCKY; d. August 29, 1941, GRAHAM TEXAS.

iv. JAMES WASHINGTON BESHEARS, b. October 23, 1859.

v. AKILLIS J. BESHEARS, b. December 12, 1860.

Children of JAMES BESHEARS and SARAH COE are:

10. vi. CORNELIUS8 BESHEARS, b. February 04, 1865, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY; d. 1903.

vii. ROXANA BESHEARS, b. August 30, 1866.

11. viii. PHALOUS BESHEARS, b. June 27, 1868, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY; d. October 26, 1928, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

12. ix. EMILY BESHEARS, b. February 18, 1871, WAYNE, CO KENTUCKY.

x. ELLA BESHEARS, b. October 15, 1873; d. December 30, 1924; m. SAMPS HALCOMB; b. September 13, 1865; d. December 04, 1948.

13. xi. MOLLIE BESHEARS, b. March 05, 1875, WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY.

xii. SALLIE BESHEARS, b. June 30, 1877; m. LEWIS TRIMBLE.

Generation No. 8

8. HUGH F.8 BESHEARS (JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born June 15, 1851 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died November 13, 1924 in MT. PARK OK.. He married SALLY HIGGINS August 20, 1871 in WEATHERFORD TEXAS.

Children of HUGH BESHEARS and SALLY HIGGINS are:

i. JAMES L.9 BESHEARS, b. May 26, 1872, EASTLAND , TEXAS; d. January 20, 1964, EASTLAND, TEXAS.

ii. LUELLA BESHEARS, b. May 26, 1872, EASTLAND TEXAS; d. April 27, 1969, COLORADO.

iii. WILLIAM HOUSTON BESHEARS, b. July 12, 1874; d. August 06, 1959, NEW MEXICO.

iv. MARY JANE BESHEARS, b. October 03, 1876; d. January 03, 1965, PAUL VALLEY OKLA.

v. ELIZABETH OLA BESHEARS, b. March 30, 1879, EASTLAND TEXAS; d. May 15, 1978, WEATHERFORD TEXAS.

vi. ANNA CLEMENTINE BESHEARS, b. January 12, 1882, EASTLAND TEXAS; d. March 03, 1969, CLEBURNE TEXAS.

vii. ROBERT CLEVELAND BESHEARS, b. November 16, 1884, EASTLAND TEXAS; d. 1936, NEW MEXICO.

viii. ALICE SHELLA BESHEARS, b. April 12, 1888, EASTLAND TEXAS; d. October 13, 1982, PAMPA TEXAS.

14. ix. DELSIE IONA BESHEARS, b. November 25, 1890, EASTLAND TEXAS; d. November 11, 1976, HOUSTON TEXAS.

9. HULON8 BESHEARS (JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born February 12, 1858 in RUSSELL CO. JAMESTOWN KENTUCKY, and died August 29, 1941 in GRAHAM TEXAS. He married RHODA J. CAIN October 16, 1879, daughter of ALBERT H. CAIN. She was born March 10, 1858 in WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY, and died February 15, 1925 in GRAHAM, TEXAS.

Children of HULON BESHEARS and RHODA CAIN are:

15. i. M. R.9 BRASHEARS, b. October 04, 1888; d. March 28, 1952.

ii. HOMER BRASHEARS, b. August 23, 1897; d. December 26, 1990; m. HETTIE BELL REED; b. May 13, 1898; d. June 06, 1945.

10. CORNELIUS8 BESHEARS (JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born February 04, 1865 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died 1903. He married (1) LUCRETIA ROBERTS December 31, 1890, daughter of LYDIA. She was born October 1872 in Pulaski Co, Kentucky, and died 1914 in Pulaski Co, Kentucky. He married (2) LUCRETIA FARMER December 31, 1890. She was born 1872, and died 1914.

Child of CORNELIUS BESHEARS and LUCRETIA ROBERTS is:

i. SAMUEL9 BESHEARS, b. May 1900.

11. PHALOUS8 BESHEARS (JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born June 27, 1868 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died October 26, 1928 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY. He married (1) LOUELLA JENNIE SMITH September 24, 1893 in Russell Co, Kentucky, daughter of WINFREY SMITH and SARAH MCGAHAN. She was born 1877 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died 1902 in RUSSELL OR PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY. He married (2) VALONA GADBERRY November 05, 1903 in FOUNT MERRICKS WAS THE PREACHER, daughter of PERRY GADBERRY and HENRIETTA NORFLEET. She was born November 19, 1879 in KENTUCKY, and died May 01, 1958 in KENTUCKY.

Children of PHALOUS BESHEARS and LOUELLA SMITH are:

16. i. JAMES LABON JIM9 BESHEARS, b. November 1894, KY; d. January 19, 1966, KY.

17. ii. JOHN MORGAN BESHEARS, b. December 12, 1896, NAOMI. KY; d. December 16, 1988, PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY.

18. iii. BUCKNER LEE BESHEARS, b. May 17, 1899, KENTUCKY; d. November 23, 1976, KENTUCKY.

19. iv. ZEOLA ERIL BESHEARS, b. July 29, 1901, WAYNE, CO BUD KENTUCKY; d. March 21, 1939, NAOMI, KENTUCKY.

Children of PHALOUS BESHEARS and VALONA GADBERRY are:

20. v. SARAH MYRTLE9 BESHEARS, b. August 15, 1904, KY; d. June 07, 1984, KY.

21. vi. CARL PHALOUS BESHEARS, b. November 18, 1905, KENTUCKY; d. October 02, 1952, KENTUCKY.

vii. MOLLIE MAE BESHEARS, b. October 11, 1907, Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky; d. June 24, 1985; m. JAMES RAGIE.

viii. LOUELLA JENNIE BESHEARS, b. March 09, 1909, Pulasli or Wayne County Kentucky; d. December 25, 1927, KENTUCKY.

22. ix. ERNEST CORNELIUS BESHEARS, b. August 15, 1910, Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky; d. 1966, ILL.

23. x. BEULAH CLARK BESHEARS, b. March 27, 1912, Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky.

24. xi. NELLIE GRACE BESHEARS, b. January 03, 1914, Pulaski Or Waye County Kentucky.

25. xii. LULA MAUDE BESHEARS, b. November 10, 1915, Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky.

26. xiii. LEVA VIRGINIA BESHEARS, b. August 16, 1917, WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY; d. June 18, 1995, ILL..

27. xiv. RUTH MARIE BESHEARS, b. October 14, 1919, KENTUCKY.

xv. HUGH FRANK BESHEARS, b. 1922, PULASKI / RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY; d. 1932, PULASKI / RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY.

12. EMILY8 BESHEARS (JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born February 18, 1871 in WAYNE, CO KENTUCKY. She married (1) GEORGE MCGAHAN. He was born March 14, 1853, and died February 02, 1934. She married (2) GEORGE AC. MCGAHAN, son of LABON MCGAHAN and ABIGAIL GABERRY. He was born March 14, 1853 in JABEZ, KENTUCKY, and died February 02, 1934 in DANVILLE, KENTUCKY.

Children of EMILY BESHEARS and GEORGE MCGAHAN are:

28. i. IDA CORA9 MCGAHAN.

29. ii. ICY NORA MCGAHAN.

iii. SARAH M. MCGAHAN, m. ELBERT EUBANKS.

iv. FRED R. MCGAHAN, m. VELMA MCGAHAN.

30. v. JAMES MT. MCGAHAN, b. October 02, 1899, P CO KY; d. 1981.

Children of EMILY BESHEARS and GEORGE MCGAHAN are:

vi. SARA MYRTLE9 MCGAHAN, m. ELBERT EUBANKS.

vii. JAMES MORGAN TAYLOR MCGAHAN, m. EXIE EUBANKS.

viii. FRED RACHEL MCGAHAN, m. VELMA/.

13. MOLLIE8 BESHEARS (JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born March 05, 1875 in WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY. She married VAN BUREN ARD Abt. 1899 in KENTUCKY, son of ABRAHAM ARD and MARY COLLINS. He was born April 06, 1877 in WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY, and died June 24, 1954.

Children of MOLLIE BESHEARS and VAN ARD are:

i. MORGAN BUCKNER9 ARD, b. February 25, 1900, FAUBUSH, PULASKI.CO KENTUCKY; d. August 07, 1960; m. CLEOPATRA ASHBROOK.

ii. OBIE ARD, b. April 21, 1903, FAUBUSH PULASKI CO. KENTUCKY; d. December 20, 1972; m. MAE/.

iii. THEO ARD, b. June 16, 1908, FAUBUSH PULASKI CO. KENTUCKY; d. June 08, 1942; m. THELMA /.

iv. LEO BUNGER ARD, b. October 29, 1910, FAUBUSH PULASKI.CO.KENTUCKY; d. December 08, 1977; m. VIOLA DUNN.

v. JAMES OTTIS ARD, b. January 25, 1913, FAUBUSH PULASKI CO. KENTUCKY; d. June 06, 1987; m. VELMA FRYE; b. October 06, 1919, Kentucky.

vi. ARVIS PUNKIN ARD, b. April 25, 1915, FAUBUSH PULASKI CO. KENTUCKY; m. ROENA ANDERSON.

vii. ROBERT CLINTON ARD, b. December 15, 1919, FAUBUSH PULASKI, CO. KENTUCKY; m. DORTHY GADBERRY.

Generation No. 9

14. DELSIE IONA9 BESHEARS (HUGH F.8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born November 25, 1890 in EASTLAND TEXAS, and died November 11, 1976 in HOUSTON TEXAS.

Child of DELSIE IONA BESHEARS is:

i. HAROLD B.10 WATT, b. 1919.

15. M. R.9 BRASHEARS (HULON8 BESHEARS, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born October 04, 1888, and died March 28, 1952. He married ANNIE LEE ROGERS. She was born April 14, 1888, and died February 08, 1946.

Children of M. BRASHEARS and ANNIE ROGERS are:

i. JESSIE HULON10 BRASHEARS, b. 1913; d. 1937.

ii. TRUMAN BRASHEARS, b. 1915; d. 1945.

16. JAMES LABON JIM9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born November 1894 in KY, and died January 19, 1966 in KY. He married ALTA NORA MERRICK 1914.

Children of JAMES BESHEARS and ALTA MERRICK are:

i. HILDRED10 BESHEARS.

ii. ANNA BESHEARS.

iii. VERSA BESHEARS.

31. iv. ROY LATE BESHEARS.

v. KENNETH LEE BESHEARS.

vi. EDITH BESHEARS.

vii. IRENE BESHEARS.

viii. CHARLES WENDELL BESHEARS.

ix. LOIS FAYE BESHEARS.

x. GAIL PHALOUS BESHEARS, b. 1933.

xi. LUID WINFRED BESHEARS, b. 1933; d. November 09, 1996.

17. JOHN MORGAN9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born December 12, 1896 in NAOMI. KY, and died December 16, 1988 in PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY. He married (1) IVA ARD January 15, 1917 in KENTUCKY, daughter of LUTHER ARD and LUELLA TRIMBLE. She was born October 16, 1899 in PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY, and died May 28, 1983 in KENTUCKY.

Children of JOHN BESHEARS and IVA ARD are:

i. HERFORD C.10 BESHEARS, b. August 26, 1918; d. April 1945.

ii. SYLVIA FLORA BESHEARS, b. March 26, 1920; d. July 02, 2001, Kentucky; m. (1) CLARENCE HUGHES; m. (2) EDWIN CORRELL.

iii. HAROLD BESHEARS, b. March 20, 1922; d. February 1976.

32. iv. SETHEL BESHEARS, b. April 01, 1924.

v. AUDENE BESHEARS, b. October 02, 1926; m. HERB NORFLEET; d. May 1994.

vi. AILENE BESHEARS, b. March 16, 1929; d. May 15, 1983; m. IVAN BERT STURGELL.

vii. BERT MORGAN BESHEARS, b. October 31, 1934; d. January 1999.

viii. WADE LYNN BESHEARS, b. November 28, 1938; d. 1941.

Children of JOHN MORGAN BESHEARS are:

ix. BERT10 BESHEARS, b. October 31, 1934; d. January 08, 1999.

x. SETHEL BESHEARS.

xi. AUDENE BESHEARS.

xii. HAROLD BESHEARS.

xiii. HUFORD BESHEARS.

xiv. WADE BESHEARS.

33. xv. ALINE BESHEARS, b. 1929; d. May 15, 1983, BROOKVILLE, OHIO.

18. BUCKNER LEE9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born May 17, 1899 in KENTUCKY, and died November 23, 1976 in KENTUCKY. He married DELLA MAY MERRICK 1919. She was born in KENTUCKY.

Children of BUCKNER BESHEARS and DELLA MERRICK are:

i. CLIFFORD PHALOUS10 BESHEARS.

ii. CARTHEL BESHEARS.

iii. CARTER BESHEARS.

19. ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born July 29, 1901 in WAYNE, CO BUD KENTUCKY, and died March 21, 1939 in NAOMI, KENTUCKY. She married EURA HAWK JOHNSON February 06, 1919 in Pulaski Co, Kentucky, son of THOMAS JOHNSON and LAURA ARD. He was born January 11, 1900 in WAYNE, CO KAVITO KENTUCKY, and died March 18, 1978 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

Children of ZEOLA BESHEARS and EURA JOHNSON are:

34. i. CLARICE10 JOHNSON, b. April 08, 1922, RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY; d. May 06, 1985, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANNA.

ii. EARL JOHNSON, b. January 02, 1923, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY; d. May 11, 1973, RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY; m. ELONA JOHNSON, September 10, 1950; b. March 05, 1918, RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY; d. July 26, 1988, RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY.

35. iii. ALMA MAE 'ELSIE' JOHNSON, b. November 10, 1924, NANCY, RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY; d. April 21, 1998, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

36. iv. EURA MURL JOHNSON, b. April 08, 1927, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY; d. March 20, 1985, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

37. v. HUSTON JOHNSON, b. July 10, 1929, RUSSELL CO KENTUCKY; d. February 03, 1997, PULASKI CO. KENTUCKY.

38. vi. ELLA J. JOHNSON, b. December 09, 1931, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

39. vii. CARLIE JOHNSON, b. March 25, 1934, RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY.

40. viii. WINFORD MATTHEW JOHNSON, b. November 19, 1936, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY; d. December 17, 1990, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

ix. INFANT BOY JOHNSON, b. March 21, 1939, RUSSEKK CO. KENTUCKY; d. March 21, 1939, RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

20. SARAH MYRTLE9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born August 15, 1904 in KY, and died June 07, 1984 in KY. She married BERNARD LEE TARTER.

Children of SARAH BESHEARS and BERNARD TARTER are:

i. ROVA10 TARTER.

ii. DEWELL TARTER.

iii. CREOLA TARTER.

iv. EDWARD TARTER.

v. ANGIE TARTER.

vi. MARJORIE TARTER.

vii. CARL TARTER.

21. CARL PHALOUS9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born November 18, 1905 in KENTUCKY, and died October 02, 1952 in KENTUCKY. He married GRACE MCGAHAN, daughter of HENRY MCGAHAN and SALLY FITZGERALD.

Children of CARL BESHEARS and GRACE MCGAHAN are:

41. i. CONLEY C.10 BESHEARS.

ii. ELFREDA DARLENE BESHEARS, m. JAMES LEWIS CAIN.

iii. DONALD HUGH BESHEARS.

iv. HELEN DORIS BESHEARS.

42. v. WINSTON DARELL BESHEARS.

vi. GARRETT RICHARD BESHEARS.

vii. KATHERINE SUE BESHEARS.

viii. JANET LYNN BESHEARS.

ix. HAROLD WENDELL BESHEARS, b. March 20, 1922; d. February 11, 1976; m. PAULINE BESHEARS.

22. ERNEST CORNELIUS9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born August 15, 1910 in Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky, and died 1966 in ILL. He married MARJORIE GRAY 1926.

Children of ERNEST BESHEARS and MARJORIE GRAY are:

i. ELLEN10 BESHEARS.

ii. BETTY BESHEARS.

iii. PEGGY BESHEARS.

43. iv. MARVIN BESHEARS.

23. BEULAH CLARK9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born March 27, 1912 in Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky. She married ED CONER 1931.

Children of BEULAH BESHEARS and ED CONER are:

i. NORMA LAFERN10 CONER.

ii. GERALDINE LAFREDA CONER.

iii. KENNETH E. CONER.

iv. CHARLES C. CONER.

v. BETTY KATHLEEN CONER.

vi. ALINE CONER.

vii. JOE PHALOUS CONER.

viii. BILLY HUGH CONER.

ix. NINA REGINA CONER.

24. NELLIE GRACE9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born January 03, 1914 in Pulaski Or Waye County Kentucky. She married BUCK SCRIMAGER 1932.

Children of NELLIE BESHEARS and BUCK SCRIMAGER are:

i. MILDREDSCRIMAGER10.

ii. JOE SCRIMAGER.

iii. RALPH SCRIMAGER.

iv. DORMUS SCRIMAGER.

v. JIM SCRIMAGER.

25. LULA MAUDE9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born November 10, 1915 in Pulaski or Wayne County Kentucky. She married EDWIN MERRICK.

Children of LULA BESHEARS and EDWIN MERRICK are:

i. HAZEL10 MERRICK.

ii. GLADYS MERRICK.

iii. EDITH MERRICK.

iv. FERN MERRICK.

v. WADE MERRICK.

vi. LINDA MERRICK.

vii. BRUCE MERRICK.

viii. JOEY MERRICK.

26. LEVA VIRGINIA9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born August 16, 1917 in WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY, and died June 18, 1995 in ILL.. She married LEON ARD 1935. He was born in WAYNE CO. KENTUCKY.

Children of LEVA BESHEARS and LEON ARD are:

i. CARRIE10 ARD.

ii. HAROLD ARD.

iii. LELA ARD.

iv. SHARON ARD.

v. JOAN ARD.

27. RUTH MARIE9 BESHEARS (PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born October 14, 1919 in KENTUCKY. She married (1) BUCH GOSSETT. She married (2) ERNEST ARD April 08, 1940 in TRIMBLE KENTUCKY, son of LUTHER ARD and LUELLA TRIMBLE. He was born November 06, 1917 in NAOMI PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY, and died June 12, 1942 in KENTUCKY.

Child of RUTH BESHEARS and BUCH GOSSETT is:

i. ROGER10 GOSSETT.

Children of RUTH BESHEARS and ERNEST ARD are:

ii. GENE10 ARD.

44. iii. DENNIS ARD, b. May 14, 1940, NAOMI, KENTUCKY; d. September 21, 1997, KENTUCKY.

28. IDA CORA9 MCGAHAN (EMILY8 BESHEARS, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) She married ESTEL VAUGHT.

Children of IDA MCGAHAN and ESTEL VAUGHT are:

i. ARONLD10 VAUGHT.

ii. FAYE VAUGHT.

iii. BERNICE VAUGHT.

iv. THELMA VAUGHT.

v. MILDRED VAUGHT.

vi. MELVIN VAUGHT.

29. ICY NORA9 MCGAHAN (EMILY8 BESHEARS, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) She married GUY O'HARA.

Children of ICY MCGAHAN and GUY O'HARA are:

i. JOHN10 O'HARA.

ii. BEATRICE O' HARA.

iii. ERVIN O; HARA.

iv. ROY O'HARA.

v. MILDRED O'HARA.

vi. DORTHY O'HARA.

30. JAMES MT.9 MCGAHAN (EMILY8 BESHEARS, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born October 02, 1899 in P CO KY, and died 1981. He married EXIE EUBANKS April 18, 1921.

Children of JAMES MCGAHAN and EXIE EUBANKS are:

i. CHRISTINE E.10 MCGAHAN.

ii. WANDA L. MCGAHAN.

Generation No. 10

31. ROY LATE10 BESHEARS (JAMES LABON JIM9, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) He married THELMA -------------------.

Children of ROY BESHEARS and THELMA ------------------- are:

i. ARLENE11 BESHEARS.

ii. TIM BESHEARS.

32. SETHEL10 BESHEARS (JOHN MORGAN9, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born April 01, 1924. She married (1) E.L.DAULTON. She married (2) SAM JR. WEAVER. He died 1982.

Child of SETHEL BESHEARS and E.L.DAULTON is:

i. AUDENE11 DAULTON, b. October 02, 1926.

33. ALINE10 BESHEARS (JOHN MORGAN9, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born 1929, and died May 15, 1983 in BROOKVILLE, OHIO. She married BERT STURGELL.

Children of ALINE BESHEARS and BERT STURGELL are:

i. JOHN11 STURGELL.

ii. JERRY STURGELL.

iii. JACK STURGELL.

iv. SANDRA STURGELL.

v. JUANITA STURGELL.

34. CLARICE10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born April 08, 1922 in RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY, and died May 06, 1985 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANNA. She married (1) DWAYNE HOOVER in RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY, son of CHARLIE HOOVER and EULA WIGGINGTON. He was born April 17, 1923 in RUSELL CO, KENTUCKY. She married (2) JACK TEABROUGH.

Children of CLARICE JOHNSON and DWAYNE HOOVER are:

i. CHARLOTTE EVETRIE11 HOOVER, b. September 05, 1942; m. (1) DONNIE BYERS; m. (2) HUGH GREGORY; m. (3) BIIL MONROE.

ii. GENTRY COVELL HOOVER, b. June 10, 1944, RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY; m. HERMANA PHELPS, July 13, 1963; b. April 24, 1947, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANNA.

iii. ELFREDA SUE HOOVER, b. June 16, 1946; m. (1) FRANK MARSH; m. (2) WM. ROBERT "BOB' THORNTON, April 12, 1966; b. September 22, 1931.

iv. GWYNNA KAY HOOVER, b. October 21, 1954, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; m. HAROLD DANIEL MOELLER, July 21, 1985; b. June 07, 1956, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

35. ALMA MAE 'ELSIE'10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born November 10, 1924 in NANCY, RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, and died April 21, 1998 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. She married CLAUDIS " C. T. " WALKER July 1946 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, son of EVERETT WALKER and GRACE WALKER. He was born February 05, 1922 in MONROE CO. KENTUCKY, and died October 09, 1993 in TOMKINSVILLE, KENTUCKY.

Children of ALMA JOHNSON and CLAUDIS WALKER are:

i. DARRELL C.11 WALKER, b. May 11, 1948, RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY; m. DIANA LYN RAMEY, March 15, 1969, TOMPKINSVILLES, KENTUCKY; b. April 30, 1951, PENNINGTON GAP, VA.

ii. SHELIA JEAN WALKER, b. December 27, 1954, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; m. LARRY WHITIS; b. PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY.

iii. DIANN SUE. WALKER, b. August 09, 1959, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

36. EURA MURL10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born April 08, 1927 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died March 20, 1985 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY. He married VIETHEL MCGOWAN November 10, 1950 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, daughter of URA MCGOWAN and JULIE HARRIS. She was born August 14, 1935 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died December 23, 1995 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY.

Children of EURA JOHNSON and VIETHEL MCGOWAN are:

i. SHIRLEY ANN11 JOHNSON, b. June 05, 1952; m. STEVE DAVIS.

ii. CHARLES WAYNE JOHNSON, b. September 15, 1954; m. ANN JOHNSON.

iii. BUCE MURL JOHNSON, b. November 10, 1958; m. JUDY JOHNSON.

37. HUSTON10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born July 10, 1929 in RUSSELL CO KENTUCKY, and died February 03, 1997 in PULASKI CO. KENTUCKY. He married (1) LULA GREGORY 1953 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, daughter of CHESTER GREGORY and KATE PHILPOT. She was born June 29, 1928 in CLAY , CO KENTUCKY. He married (2) BERNICE JOHNSON August 1993, daughter of ARLIN JOHNSON and LEONA ROBERTS. She was born April 25, 1939 in RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY.

Children of HUSTON JOHNSON and LULA GREGORY are:

i. JANICE11 JOHNSON, b. April 25, 1954, INDPLS. INDIANA; m. (1) WM PIERCE; m. (2) BOBBY RIDDLE; m. (3) RICK SIMPSON.

ii. LARRY JOHNSON, b. September 25, 1957, INDPLS. INDIANA; m. (1) BARBARA ROBERTS; b. January 20, 1960; m. (2) SANDRA KAY GRANT, June 29, 1991; b. September 10, 1947, ADAIR CO KY.

iii. DONNIE JOHNSON, b. February 04, 1968.

38. ELLA J.10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born December 09, 1931 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY. She married CARL HOLMES March 01, 1947 in ADAIR CO. KENTUCKY, son of ALONZO HOLMES and FLORENCE BURTON. He was born June 14, 1927 in ADAIR CO. KENTUCKY.

Children of ELLA JOHNSON and CARL HOLMES are:

i. JUDY CAROL11 HOLMES, b. July 19, 1948, RUSSELL CO, KENTUCKY.

ii. SAMUEL G. HOLMES, b. August 04, 1949, TAYLOR CO KY; m. KIM HOLMES, October 04, 1971; b. July 22, 1955.

iii. JERRY WAYNE HOLMES, b. August 25, 1951; m. NANCY GEORGE, June 07, 1980, ST. PAUL INDIANA; b. August 12, 1960.

iv. DANNY DALE HOLMES, b. July 30, 1953.

v. LINDA KAREN HOLMES, b. January 04, 1955; m. EDWARD SHARPE, July 14, 1972; b. July 09, 1953.

vi. JANEY MARIE HOLMES, b. November 05, 1956; m. LEMUEL READ; b. February 28, 1952.

vii. RONNIE D. HOLMES, b. December 16, 1958.

viii. PAMELA HOLMES, b. December 07, 1961; m. PAT MANN; b. August 01, 1955.

ix. TERRY ALLEN HOLMES, b. June 05, 1969.

39. CARLIE10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born March 25, 1934 in RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY. He married (1) CURTIS IRENE BELL December 12, 1953 in GREENSBURG, KENTUCKY, daughter of COSBY BELL and LULA GREGORY. She was born September 05, 1937 in WAYNE COUNTY, KENTUCKY. He married (2) SHIRLEY MAE SAWYER December 12, 1964 in TENNESSEE, daughter of THOMAS SAWYER and HELLEN WILLIAMS. She was born February 15, 1941 in INDIANAPOLIS. INDIANA, and died January 24, 1977 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. He married (3) BARBARA SMALLING December 08, 1977. She was born August 09, 1932. He married (4) LORETTA RAINEY January 14, 1986. She was born September 15, 1939. He married (5) BARBARA INABNITT February 14, 1998 in TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA, daughter of HERMAN INABNITT and STELL MC CALLISTER. She was born March 05, 1940 in PULASKI CO, KENTUCKY.

Children of CARLIE JOHNSON and CURTIS BELL are:

i. CARL B11 JOHNSON, b. April 08, 1955, BEECH GROVE, INDIANA; m. CLIFFONDA SUE RICHEY, September 15, 1973, WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH; b. November 27, 1953, MARTINSVILLE, INDIANA.

ii. PATRICIA IRENE JOHNSON, b. March 07, 1958, INDIANAPOLIS. INDIANA; m. BRIAN KING, June 23, 1975, McMimville, Tenneese; b. March 01, 1957, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

iii. DIANE SUE "SHERRY" JOHNSON, b. April 09, 1960, INDIANAPOLIS. INDIANA; m. (1) KENNETH H"PEESTA" MENDENHALL III, September 08, 1979, BIBLE CHURCH INDPL'S INDIANA; b. August 14, 1956, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA; m. (2) DALE R. BIGGS, July 20, 1990, GOODMAN , MO; b. March 06, 1947, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA.

Child of CARLIE JOHNSON and SHIRLEY SAWYER is:

iv. KARLA SUE11 JOHNSON, b. December 21, 1967, INDIANAPOLIS , INDIANA; m. ROBERT THEODORE STARWALT, June 11, 1991, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; b. September 20, 1970, CHILLOCTHE , OHIO.

40. WINFORD MATTHEW10 JOHNSON (ZEOLA ERIL9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born November 19, 1936 in RUSSELL CO. KENTUCKY, and died December 17, 1990 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. He married PHYLLIS ANN ABBOTT October 02, 1965 in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. She was born October 15, 1939 in MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY.

Children of WINFORD JOHNSON and PHYLLIS ABBOTT are:

i. RITA ANN11 JOHNSON, b. August 09, 1967, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; m. CARL HICKS, May 23, 1992, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; b. August 24, 1966, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

ii. AARON MATTHEW JOHNSON, b. January 28, 1971, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; m. JENNIFER SUE FLEENER, May 14, 1993, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA; b. October 26, 1973, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.

41. CONLEY C.10 BESHEARS (CARL PHALOUS9, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) He married EUNICE JOHNSON May 29, 1954, daughter of OTHA JOHNSON and CLARA MCCLENDON. She was born June 16, 1937, and died November 29, 1995.

Child of CONLEY BESHEARS and EUNICE JOHNSON is:

i. SHARON11 BESHEARS.

42. WINSTON DARELL10 BESHEARS (CARL PHALOUS9, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) He married JANIE LEACH.

Children of WINSTON BESHEARS and JANIE LEACH are:

i. NATASHA11 BESHEARS, m. PAUL CORUM.

ii. TRISHA BESHEARS.

43. MARVIN10 BESHEARS (ERNEST CORNELIUS9, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR)

Child of MARVIN BESHEARS is:

i. HUGH FRANK11 BESHEARS, b. 1961.

44. DENNIS10 ARD (RUTH MARIE9 BESHEARS, PHALOUS8, JAMES MORGAN ALEXANDER7, JOHN W. B.6 BRASHEARS, JAMES5, PHILLIP SR.4, ROBERT3, ROBERT2 BRASHERS, ROBERT1 BRASSEUR) was born May 14, 1940 in NAOMI, KENTUCKY, and died September 21, 1997 in KENTUCKY. He married WILMA DAULTON June 06, 1959 in KENTUCKY.

Child of DENNIS ARD and WILMA DAULTON is:

i. DODD MITCHELL11 ARD.


Brashear history: "Brashear Story, 1149-1927" trces this family back as far as the 1150"s. To DeBrasseure, France, Huguenotsin, France 1637.


Benoist Brassier anti 1629 anti 4-17-1663, m Mary. With father and brother, Robert, Jr. to Calvert Co, Maryland ca 1658. Family took up 1150 acres. 1660 name of Benoist Brassier anglicized to Benjamin Brashears. 1663 Benjamin made citizen of Maryland. Benoist sons with exception of Robert has no sons indeed no children.

BFB #106 May 94 Charlie Brashear. Originally "Brasseuir"; came w/ bro, Robert, (French Huguenots) to Va in 1653, m. to Mary 1658, Calvert Co. Benois Commissioned a Justice for co in 1661. 1662 Naturalized, name chg to Benjamin. At Benj's death wife Mary, had a pre-nuptial cont w/Thomas Starling, at same time recording her will and naming all her children by deceased husb. Bro Robert died w/o issue 1665. Each generation of Brashears has used a diff spelling of the French surname "Brasseuir" meaning "Lord of the Arm" or "Master by Right of Strength:" Old home place known as "Brashears Purchase", on the Patuxent River. The "Brashears" was a stage line for many years. Gen Lafayette dined at this house while on his way from Washington to Penn. The old house built of stone is still standing. An extract from the Albany Evening News, p 61, dated Mar 12, 1925, stated "The Pointed Firs" Brashear home at Castlelon-on-the-land & located at upper Marboro, capitol of Prince Georges Co, Md, where Benois (Benjamin) Brasheas was granted letters of denization (naturalization) by Cecil Calvert, (Lord Baltimore) on 1662. In 1790 when the 1st census of Md was taken theree were 25 of the Brashears names listed as householders w/ their families & slaves. Some later moved into Ps, Va, Ky, SC, and other states. Benois has a patent of land of 300 acres at hts head of Indian Crek, a branch of the Wester Branch of Nansemond River, Md (Patent 4-12-1653, Valentine Papers-vol 1, pg 40) Benois and Mary had their will probated 5-23-1663. Parents: Robert , Sr BRASHER and Florence BRASHER(U).


The Brashear family stems from French Huguenot immigrants, Robert and Benois Brasseur. The first record of Robert in VA is when he renewed a promissory note on 1 Jun 1636. Benois does not appear in the records of VA until 1653, when he received a 300-acre land grant, next to Robert Brasseur's 1200-acre grant, in Nansemond Co. Benois moved to Calvert Co, Md (not AACo) in 1658 and contracted to buy an 1150-acre plantation called "Upper Bennett." He died before this transaction was complete. Robert Brasseur's land in Nansemond Co, VA, went to his oldest surviving son in 1667, John Brasseur of Nansemond Co.


Benjamin (Benois) Brashear (Brasseur) Parents: Robert & Florence? Brasseur

Born abt 1620 France Died abt May 1663 CalvertCo, Maryland

Married Mary Richford (Rickford)

Born 1630 Died 1685 CalvertCo, MD


Children Robert (abt 1646-1712) m. 1. Unknown 2. Alice (Jackson) Benjamin (d. 1675)

John (abt 1650-1696) m. Anne Dalrymple

Anne m. William Dalrymple Jr.

Susannah (1650-1692) m. Mareen Duvall Elizabeth (abt 1654-1728) m. Jonathan Sellman

Martha (aft 1658-1688) m. Henry Kent Jr.

Mary (abt 1660-1702) m. Christopher Ellis

1658: Regional historians say that Benois entered negotiations with Richard Bennett for 1,150 acres, where he built in or about 1658 a home now known as Upper Bennett.

1661: Benois Brasseur was named first Justice in 1661 and later Sheriff.

1663: Mary Richford Brashear's will was recorded in 1663 along with a prenuptial contract with Thomas Starling.

Will of Mary Brasseur, widow of The Clifts:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Mary Brasseur, widow of the Clifts, in the Province of Maryland, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, but knowing the uncertainty of this life, do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following: Imprimis [in the first place], for the natural love and affection I bear to my children and for their future maintenance and livelyhood, I give and bequeath to each of them as followeth; that is to say, two hundred acres of woodland to Robert, two hundred acres of the like land to Benjamin, and also two hundred acres of the like to John Brassures, my sons, the said land to come to them and either of them, their heires & assignes for ever, when they shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares; and in case any or either them shall depart this life before he or they shall attaine to his or their respective ages of one and twenty years, the land of him or them so dyeing shall remaine and be to the surviving brother or brothers; and my will and desire is that no timber trees shall be fallen for any use whatsoever on the said land until the said children shall come of age; but if they shall all depart this life before they shall attaine to their respective ages, then the said land to remaine and be to such daughter and daughters of me, the said Mary Brasshear, as shall then be living, the said six hundred acres of land being part of the land on which I now live, seituate at the Clifts, and bought by mee of Mr. Richard Bennett, merchant.

Item. I do also give and bequeath unto each of my sons above-named one feather bed, with the rug, blankets, curtains, and such like appurtenances to the same belonging.

Item. I give to each of my sons, when they shall attaine to their respective ages, one servant a peece.

Item. To Benjamin one cow, called the Wild Heifer, and another, called Goate; to my son John one heifer named Dainty, and one heifer named Starr, the said cowes and heifers, with their female encrease, to be delived to them at such time and when they shall attaine their several and respective ages aforementioned; and if any or either of them shall depart this life before they shall come of age, the said cattell, with their female encrease, to be equally divided between the surviving brothers; and my will and desire is that the two hundred acres of land that I have bequeathed to my son Robert shall be the two hundred acres which is next adjoining unto and on this side that parcell of land lately sold unto my brother in law Robt. Brasseur; and that Benjamin, my son, shall have his two hundred on this side of my son Robert; and that my son John shall have his next unto Benjamin's.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary two heifers, called and known by the names of Pascoll and Phillpaill, with their female encrease, to be delivered to the said Mary when she shall accomplish the age of sixteene years or day of marriage, which shall first happen. Also, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann two heifers, called and known by the names of Ioneeasy and Sarah, with their female encrease, to be delivered to her when she shall accomplish the age of sixteen years or day of marriage, which shall first happen; also I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah two heifers, called and known by the names of Fancy and Pye, with their female encrease, to be delivered unto her when she shall accomplish the age of sixteene yeares or day of marriage, which shall first happen; also I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha three heifers, called and known by the names of Brouning, Primrose & Roase, with their female encrease, to be delivered unto her at such time and when she shall accomplish the age of sixteen years or day of marriage, which shall first happen; also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth three heifers, called and known by the names of Christmas, Cole and Nutt, with their female encrease, to be delivered unto her at such time and when she shall accomplish the age of sixteen years or day of marriage, which shall first happen; and in case either of my said daughters shall depart this life before they shall accomplish their severall and respective ages, then the cattle, with their encrease, of her or them so dyeing to remaine and be and equally to be divided amongst the surviving daughters.

Item. I give my five daughters each of them a servant to be delivered them at the age of sixteene yeares or day of marriage, which shall first happen. As for that part of my estate that I shall have at my decease and not herein and hereby already given and bequeathed, I give and bequeath to my daughters, equally to be divided between them, share and share alike, to be delivered them at such time and when as they shall accomplish their several ages or days of marriage, which shall first happen. And my will and desire is that if I depart this life before my children come of age, the overseers of this, my will, take care that my children shall peaceably and quietly enjoy the plantaçon I now live on, with all appurtenances whatsoever, without the lett or molestaçon of any person or persons whatsoever until they shall accomplish their severall and respective ages or days of marriage, which shall first happen. And I nominate and constitute my loveing friends, Thomas Sterling, and Robert Brasseur, my brother-in-law, to be overseers of this, my last will and testament, desireing them in all things to see it carefully performed; and I publish and pronounce it to be the absolute last will and testament of mee, Mary Brasseur.

IN WITNESS whereof, I have hereunto sett my hand and seale, May the five and twenty, one thousand six hundred sixty and three. The marke of Mary [ MB ] Brasseur Signed and sealed as the last will and testament of the said Mary Brasseur in the presence of: Theophilus Lewis, James Pugslep (MdHR Wills, Bk 1, pp.187-89).

Two months after her will, which was apparently made to protect her children with Benois Brasseur, Mary Brasseur, Widow of the Clifts, filed a prenuptial contract with Thomas Sterling, with whom she planned to marry, that relinquished all claims he might have to any part of her estate:

WHEREAS by God's assistance and permission, ther is a marryage shortly intended to be had & solemnized between Thomas Sterling and Mary Brasseur, wid'w, late wife of Benjamin Brasseur; and whereas the said Mary Brasseur hath made her last will & testament in [ ? ] writing und'r her hand and seale, and therein & thereby disposed of most of the estate the said Benjamin dyed possessed of, amongst her children; now if the said marriage shall take effect, these may certifye [to] all those whom it any wayes concernes that I, the said Thomas Sterling, for naturall love I beare unto the said Mary Brasseur, wid'w, and out of affecçon to her children, doe grant, assigne, and sett over all the residue of the estate that was late the said Benjamin Brasseur's, that I shall dye possessed of, as cattle, hoggs, houses, land, household stuffs, and whatever else the said Mary Brasseur hath not given nor bequeathed in her last will and testament unto Robert Brasseur, her brother-in-law, to and for the sole onely proper use, benefitt, and behoofe of the daughters of the said Mary, equally to be divided betwixt them as they shall attaine to theire severall & repective ages or days of maryage, which shall first happen; and that they shall bee and remaine peaceably att the new plantaçon of the said Mary Brasseur till such times as they come of age or are maryed, according to the tenor & effect of the said Maryes will, without the lett, disturbances or molestaçon of mee, the said Thomas Sterling, or any one from, by, or und'r mee. WITTNESS my hand and seale the twenty fift of Julye, one thousand six hundred sixty three. Thomas Sterling Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of: Robert Heighe, James Hume

And I furthermore promise that the said Mary Brasseur shall dispose as she will her selfe of the 10,000 lbs of tobacco due from Robert Brasseur upon bill, as witness my hand. (MdHR, Testamentary Proceedings, Book 1, pp.126-27. Copy in Back and Brashear, The Brashear Story, p.15-16.)

Author Charles Brashear relates: The 10,000 pounds of tobacco was the purchase price of the 320 acres. But brother-in-law Robert died 5 Dec 1665, before it could be paid; in 1666, his will was being argued in court. Mary Brasseur died about the same time; her will entered probate in 1668. On 2 Aug 1663, Benjamin's widow, Mary, who had married Thomas Sterling after 25 Jul 1663, registered:

A list of rights due Mrs. Mary Sterling never entered upon record or land taken up for them, viz ... Benjamin Brashear Sen, Mary Brashier Sen, Robert Brashier Jun, Benjamin Brashier Jun, John Brashier, Ann Brashiers, Susanna Brashier, Martha Brashier, Elizabeth Brashier, Thomas Sterling, Edmond Joyce, Joseph Owen, transported Anno 1661 ... John Selman, Andrew Munrow, Mary Tire, Thomas Smith, Thos Frost, George Davison, John Morgan, William Whitehead, Robert Jarvis, John Cheney, James Polley, Alice Woodyard, Robert Welk (or Webb), Nathan Daw, Robert Brashier Sen, Thomas Morgan..... Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Sterling and Mary my wife have assigned unto Thomas Trueman all our right and title of thirteen of those rights of land first mentioned, as witness our hands this 2 of August 1663. /s/ Thomas Sterling /s/ M S [her mark] Witness: Robert Brashier. Jam:s Ingley

The said Mary had a warrant in her husbands name, Thomas Sterling, for the remainder of her rights, being 800 acres, dated 20th September return last May next ...

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Benoit 'Bennet' Brasseur's Timeline

1620
November 12, 1620
Carpentras, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
1646
August 27, 1646
Age 25
Calvert County, Province of Maryland, Colonial America
1648
1648
Age 27
Calvert County, Province of Maryland
1650
1650
Age 29
Nanesmond County, Virginia Colony
1650
Age 29
Nansemond, Virginia
1652
1652
Age 31
Isle of Wight, VA, USA
1658
February 1658
Age 37
Calvert County, Province of Maryland
1660
1660
Age 39
Calvert, Maryland, United States
1661
December 4, 1661
Age 41
Maryland