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About Rachel Brashears

     Susan (Stanton) Lewis-Bustin
     Submitted by: Patty (Hill) Gambill
      
     Dr. James Morrison of Southeastern State University once said that farming 
     was the most dangerous occupation in the Choctaw Nation during the Civil 
     War. There were renegades roaming, bands made up of deserters from both 
     armies, bandits and just plain mean men, all called “bushwhackers.” One 
     summer day, it must have been midsummer because the corn was tall, a group 
     of bushwhackers rode into the front yard of my great grandmother, Susan 
     Ann Stanton, then a small child, near Old Bogy Depot. Susie Ann’s father 
     came out the front door and down the steps to meet the men, and was shot. 
     Susie’s mother ran out to her husband, and as she knelt beside him, one of 
     the bushwhackers drove her big ivory comb into her skull with a rifle 
     butt. Susie’s young brother ran to his mother’s side and was hot in the 
     head, but was able to run away down the road. At that point the Negro 
     Mammy grabbed Susan and Susan’s sibling and ran into the cornfield and hid 
     among the tall cornrows. From there, they watched as the bushwhackers 
     looted the house, dragged the mattresses from the second floor, piled them 
     in the center hallway downstairs, and set fire to the house. After waiting 
     to be sure the bushwhackers were gone, the Mammy took the children to her 
     house and hid them under the bed. When it was safe to travel, the children 
     were taken in a wagon to the home of a relative who was a doctor in Boggy 
     Depot. In the 1855 Choctaw Annuities list of Atoka County were listed #3 
     A.L. Stanton and Thomas J. Stanton., and #5 were Dr. Thomas J. Bond and 
     George Walker. Walkers mother was Rachel Durant who married first to 
     Samuel Brashear, married second a Walker, and married third Zadock 
     Brashear, brother of Samuel. Susan said her mother was a Brashear, so 
     possible Rachel was her grandmother, but that has not been proved. After 
     the war was over, Susan lived with her brother, Andrew Jackson Stanton, 
     who was a Methodist missionary near Hackett, Arkansas and his wife 
     Elizabeth George Mickle. Sometime between 1868 and before the 1875 
     annuities, A.J. Stanton died from tuberculosis contracted in the army 
     during that last cold winter of the war. In the 1867-8 Choctaw list. A.J. 
     Stanton had in his household, besides his won children, a male age under 
     10, and one make age 10-18 and one extra female, Susan Ann Stanton. In 
     1875, Elizabeth Stanton had only her own children, one male under 10 and 
     four females, listed with her. They were Ophelia Pocahontas and William 
     Starns Folsom;, Annie and S.G. Trout; Lillie V. and T.L. Carpenter; 
     Rodolph J. and Francis “Fannie” Witcher. Elizabeth married second Ward 
     Folsom and had Peter Ward Folsom and Mintia, who married Joseph D. 
     Tannehill. Susan Stanton, after the death of her brother, went to live 
     with her relatives, James J. and Rebecca (Burney) McAlester in McAlester, 
     C.N. The McAlesters treated her as one of their own family members; and 
     Susan told my grandmother many stories of her life there, including how 
     she would sit on the stairs and watch the guest in their beautiful clothes 
     at the Governor’s mansion, and of her first ride on a train to Denison, 
     Texas. The stories she told her daughter, my grandmother, were told to me 
     time and time again as my bedtime stories. At the McAlester’s home, Susan 
     met William Andrew “Scott” Lewis, who worked at he McAlester store. Susan 
     and Scott were married at the McAlester’s home by Rev. J.Y. Bryant. Lewis 
     took wagon trains to Texas for supplies for the store, and fought bandits 
     and renegade Indians who tried to rob him along the way. This was a 
     dangerous occupation, so the newlyweds moved to a (now LeFlore County) 
     farm. Five weeks before my grandmother Elizabeth Andrew “Lizzie Ann” Lewis 
     was born on May 17, 1877, her father William Lewis died of pneumonia. 
     Elizabeth Andrew Lewis was named for her father, and for Andrew and 
     Elizabeth Stanton. William “Scott” Lewis’ first wife was Lucinda Nail, who 
     died of TB circa 1873-4 near Atoka or Caddo, probably at her parents home. 
     They had three children; (1) Josephine Lewis m/1 William Riechert, and m/2 
     Dr. Walker of Oklahoma City; (2) Howard Eugene Lewis, who married Alice 
     Kincaid, and (3) William. These three children, I have heard, went to live 
     with an “Aunt Tillie” who reared a number of orphan children. So that she 
     could attend a nearby school, Lizzie Ann Lewis lived with her half-sister, 
     Josephine Reichert, for a while. Susan Stanton was married second to 
     George W. Bustin on February 23, 1881, in Sebastian County, Arkansas and 
     lived near Rock Island, Indian Territory. Her daughter, Lizzie Ann Lewis, 
     later attended Tuskahoma Female Academy and in 1895 her roommate was 
     Lockie R. Hickman, daughter of Franklin P. and Serena H. (Folsom) Hickman 
     and granddaughter of Rev. Willis Folsom, and Ladson Frazier and Rebecca 
     Josephine (Ross) Hickman. Both Frank and Serena Hickman died young, so 
     Frank’s younger brother, Lawrence Quinton Hickman went to Tuskahoma to 
     bring his niece home for the summer in 1895. There he met my grandmother, 
     Lizzie Ann Lewis, and they were married the next year after she finished 
     school. Their children were Hugh Ross Hickman married to Etna Elmore, my 
     mother, Josephine Hickman married to Allen Hill and second husband Cecil 
     M. Terrell, Lawrence Quinton Hickman, who died young, and Edith Hickman 
     married Landless Shannon.
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Rachel Brashears's Timeline

1756
1756
East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States
1778
1778
Age 22
Orange, North Carolina, United States
1780
1780
Age 24
Orange, North Carolina, United States
1782
1782
Age 26
1787
1787
Age 31
Pensacola, FL
1789
December 21, 1789
Age 33
TN
1789
Age 33
Florida, United States
1802
1802
Age 46
1804
1804
Age 48