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Robert Cager Brashear, II

Also Known As: "Brashears"
Birthplace: Prince Georges, Maryland, Colonial America
Death: Died in Rock Springs, Guilford County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Sugar Grove, Roane County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Brashear, I and Ann Brashear
Husband of Charity Brashear
Father of Phillip Brashears; Benjamin Brashears; Ann "Nancy" Ball; Basil Brashear; Capt. Robert Samuels Brashears and 8 others
Brother of Samuel Brashears, II; Elizabeth Turner (Brashear); John Brashear; William Jones Brashear; Ann Brown and 6 others
Half brother of Alexander Brashear; Sarah Miller and Martha le Flore

Occupation: Planter
Managed by: Kjell-Ottar Olsen
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About Robert Cager Brashear, II

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.

DAR A 013835, Patriotic Service, NC
Married 2 Feb 1728 gave supplies too help with the American Revolution
Robert C. (Cager?) Brashear married Charity Dowell on 13 Oct 1726 at All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland near where her father lived. Charity Dowell was born on 04 Apr 1711 at Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, d/o Phillip Dowell and Mary Tydings). (Also for Mary Tydings see the children of Richard and Charity (_____) Tydings on the Find A Grave Memorial of Thomas Sparrow).

The surname Brashear is found in the genealogical literature in many forms, e. g. Brasseur, Brassier, Brassieur, Brassiere, Brasher, Brashear(s), Boshears, Brashier, Brasier, Brazier, Basher and Bashier but the Anglicized form, Brashear, will be used in this bio. Robert C. Brashear's ancestors were forced out of France by the terrible Catholic religious persecution and massacres of the French Huguenots during the 16th and 17th centuries. From my efforts, his sacrifices are recognized by two hereditary organizations; the "National Huguenot Society" and "The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia". The Brashear family history in America is a proud one dating to the French Huguenot (French Protestant refugee) immigrant, Benois (Benjamin) Brassier, who landed in Virginia in 1653 but due to the hostile environment created by the English settlers toward Frenchmen, he moved his wife, Mary, and children to Calvert Co., MD in 1658. By 1661 he was commissioned a Justice and later sheriff there. In the year 1663, Benois Brassier was naturalized as a former citizen of France and his name Anglicized as Benjamin Brashears but unfortunately he died intestate in the same year. His widow, Mary Brashears, of Clifts, Calvert Co., MD recorded her will on 25 May 1663 as a pre-nuptial contract with Thomas Starling, her second husband, in which she names the children of her deceased husband, Benjamin Brashears (MdHR, Wills, Book 1, pp187-189. Note: By the early 1700s, the Huguenots in Virginia were given land at Manakin Town, VA (see attached historical markers).

Samuel Brashear, Sr., father of Robert C. Brashear, was the son of Robert Brashear and the grandson of the original immigrant, Benois (Benjamin) Brashear. Samuel married Ann Jones and had extensive land holdings in Maryland. In the 1720s, Samuel Brashear, Sr. and his wife, Ann, made several deeds of gift to their older children. In one such deed: "On 11 Oct 1726, I, Samuel Brashear, Sr., Carpenter, for love of my son, Robert (C.) Brashear, planter, grant him "Brashear's Meadow", 200 acres beginning at a bounded white oak on the east side of Beaverdam Branch (Beaver Dam Creek) of the Eastern Branch of the Potomac near the corner of Laxen's land; if he should marry and his wife outlive him, she to have possession only during her widowhood." (Land Records, PGCo Deeds, BK "M" pp75-77) Two days later Robert C. Brashear married Charity Dowell. The generosity of his father by the land gift a few miles from present day Washington, D.C. got him off to a good start in life at age 21. Robert was given an addition 50 acres, part of the tract called "Orphan's Gift" in his father's will, made and proved in 1740 (Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Wills BK "22", pp230-232.) In 1742, after financial difficulties, Robert was arrested for debt and put in debtors prison. He was forced to sell the remainder of his holdings. He and his family moved west across the Potomac River to Truro Parish, Fairfax Co., VA and settled for a few years without owning land. In 1746, Robert sold all that was left of his meager possessions and moved his family to the wilds of North Carolina where he lived most of his adult life in Guilford County.

Robert died at his long time home, Rocky Springs, Guilford County (present day Rockingham Co., N.C.). There seems to be a published error that Robert C. Brashear and his wife, Charity, are buried in the Brashears-Kries Cemetery, Sugar Grove, Roane County, TN, a distance of over 325 densely forested, mountainous, wilderness miles from their accepted death place. This would seem improbable for the times and their attachment to Guilford County. Both the SAR and the DAR accept the fact that Robert C. Brashear lived in and died in Guilford Co., N. C. The proof of his death and burial in Guilford Co., N. C. was established by testimony in "Phillip Brashears vs. Thomas Hewlett" concerning the lease and ownership of "Brashear's Meadows". Among the depositions from Rockingham Co., N.C. submitted to the Maryland court was one from Peter Dowell, Charity's brother, who testified among other things that Phillip Brashear was the oldest son of Robert C. Brashear. Another deposition was from William Williams who swore he had known Robert C. Brashear for 18 years, that Robert died July, 1786, that he (Williams) "was present and saw him die, and knew him when dead and assisted at the burial". William Williams was enumerated in the 1790 US Census of Rockingham Co., N.C. and his household is shown near Zaza Brashear's household. ( Ref. General Court Judgments, Western Shores (Maryland), Vols. 39, 41, 43, Oct. 1798. Film #013051 LDS Library, SLC).

Robert C. Brashear of Guilford Co., N. C., though 77 years of age, supported the American Revolution both with money and as a supplier of goods (It has been suggested he may have even supplied the wagon to transport the supplies and driven it himself), during the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse. For this service, he is recognized as a Patriot of the American Revolution by both the SAR and DAR (Ancestor #A013835). (Revolutionary Army Accounts, VIII:94, Folio 2, State of North Carolina, Dept. of Cultural Resources; Colonial Records of North Carolina, IX:807; XVI:116; XIX:76.)

The children of Robert C. and Charity (Dowell) Brashear were: 1) Phillip Brashear, b. Brashear's Meadow, Prince Georges Co., MD, d. 1798 Henry Co., VA, m. Ann Wilson 2) Ann Nancy Brashear, b. 26 Sep 1729 at Brashear's Meadow, Prince Georges Co., MD, d. 30 Nov 1815 Fairfax Co., VA, m. 23 Jun 1745 Moses Ball of Fairfax Co., VA (Reference: Ball Family Bible) 3) Robert Samuel Brashear, (Nicknamed "The Rolling Stone" for his many moves), b. 20 Aug 1731 at Brashear's Meadow, Prince Georges Co., MD, d. 15 Jan 1816 Roane Co, TN, m. Phoebe Nicks (d/o John Nicks of Guilford Co., N.C.) Samuel lived in MD, VA. TN, NC and SC resulting in thousands of descendants in those areas and in MO and TX. 4) Jesse Brashear b. c1734 Brashear's Meadow, Prince Georges Co., MD, d. 1788 Pensacola, Spanish West FL, m. Elizabeth Prather 5) Asa Brashear, b. 1745 Fairfax Co., VA (Reference: Ball Family Bible), d. 1818 Rockingham Co., N.C., m. Jemima Nelson (Asa was a Captain in the Revolutionary War.) 6) Zaza Brashear (see below) 7) Elizabeth Brashear b. c1748, m. 04 Feb 1774 in Guilford Co., N.C. to John Allen 8) Charity Brashear b. c1757 d. May 1834 St. Clair Co., IL, m. Moses Land 02 Dec 1783 in Guildford Co., N.C. Moses Land's name was listed erroneously in one marriage certificate as "Lamb". (Charity was age 63 in the 1820 application for Moses Land's Revolutionary War Pension).

Sources: 1) "The Brashear Story A Family History" by Troy L. Back and Leon Brashear, 1962, pp5-15,31-34. 2) "A Brashear(s) Family History (Descendants of Robert and Benois Brasseur),The First 200 Years of the Brashear's in America (and Some Descendants in Maryland)" by Charles Brashear and Shirley Brashear McCoy, Vol. I, Aug 1998, pp10,23,33-38,98-100,103. 3) "A Brashear(s) Family History (Descendants of Robert and Benois Brasseur), Robert C. Brashear of NORTH CAROLINA and Some Descendants in TN, KY, Mo, TX etc." by Charles Brashear, Vol. II, 1999, pp32,37,42-45,117 4) "The Brashear-Brashears Family 1449-1927" by Henry Sinclair Brashear, 1929, pp15-16,20-21,25.

Bio by Gresham Farrar. (bio by: Gresham Farrar)

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Robert Cager Brashear, II's Timeline

February 19, 1704
Prince Georges, Maryland, Colonial America
February 1707
Age 2
Queen Anne'S, Maryland, United States
September 19, 1727
Age 23
Bladensburg, Prince George Co., Maryland, USA
Age 22
Prince George's County, Maryland, Colonial America
September 26, 1729
Age 25
Prince George Co., Maryland, Colony of England
Age 25
Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
August 20, 1731
Age 27
Brashear Meadows, Prince George County, Province of Maryland
Age 29
Prince George Co., Maryland, USA
Age 40
Fairfax, VA