Brashear Family Genealogy Forum
Vol 2 of A BRASHEAR(S) FAMILY HISTORY was "published" yesterday, 1 Sep 1999--that is, I went to Anaheim and got the books. I got about half of the advance orders packaged last night and I'll get them in the mail this morning. I'll probably get the rest of the advance orders done today.
A $5 discount still applies until Labor Day.
ANNOUNCING PUBLICATION OF
ROBERT C. BRASHEAR OF NORTH CAROLINA
and Some Descendants in TN, KY, MO, TX, etc,
Vol 2 of A BRASHEAR(S) FAMILY HISTORY
by Charles Brashear
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.
PRE-PUBLICATION SPECIAL (Valid until Labor Day, 1999)
To order Vol. 2 of A BRASHEAR(S) FAMILY HISTORY: "Robert C. Brashear and Some Descendants in TN, KY, MO, TX, etc,"
Send a note, saying how many you want and where you want it/them sent, along with a check or money order (sorry, no credit cards), to
5025 Old Cliffs Road,
San Diego, CA 92120-1151
I'll mail the books as soon as I can put them in mailing boxes and get them to the Post Office, often on the same day the order comes in. (Obviously, that means after the printer delivers books to me. Vol. 1 is still available and in stock, at $35 (hard) and $25 (paper).
I ordered 500 of Vol. 2 printed in hard-cover (no paperbacks this time; no great demand for paperbacks). The book is 7" by 10", 316 pages (290 pages of text, about 50 illustrations, and 24 pages of 4-column index--over 4000 entries). In order to get my money back on what I think I will sell, I'm going to have to charge $35 for the hard-cover. Please add $3.00 for postage and packaging, and California residents (sigh) will have to add 7.75% sales tax. It's a pain in the backbone, but I'm going to have to pay the State, so you'll have to pay me.
If any of you want to order a gift copy for your favorite library, I'll knock $10 off the price (that is, you pay $25.00 for the hardback--plus $3 p&p), and I'll send it to the library in your name. Just tell me which library, or let me pick one.
WARNING! Don't mistake this for something it isn't. (Some people bought the Brazier book, and then complained that their Brashear family wasn't in it!) 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.
Well, inundate me with orders, please. Pass the word on to all your friends and relatives! Copy this and mail it to people like grandmothers, cousins, in-laws, especially those who do not carry the Brashear(s) surname(s).
ABBREVIATED CONTENTS of VOL 2
1. THE FIRST FOUR GENERATIONS OF BRASHEAR(S) IN AMERICA 11
2. THE GUILFORD COUNTY BRASHEAR COLONY 17
3. ROBERT C. BRASHEAR AND CHARITY DOWELL,
of Guilford County, NC 32
4. PHILIP BRASHEARS Sr and ANN WILSON of Henry Co, VA 47
5. ANN "NANCY" BRASHEARS and MOSES BALL of Fairfax Co, VA 69
6. ROBERT SAMUEL BRASHEARS, "The Rolling Stone,"
and PHOEBE NICKS 77
7. JESSE BRASHEARS, of Pensacola, and ELIZABETH PRATHER 82
8. CAPTAIN ASA BRASHER and JEMIMA NELSON
of Rockingham Co, NC 87
9. ZAZA BRASHER Sr and ELIZABETH ADKINSON,
of Rockingham County, NC 117
10. ZAZA BRASHER Sr and ELIZABETH LOMAX 139
With Special Thanks to Joy (Hines) Horton
11. JAMES BRASHEARS and NANCY BOWLING, of Lee Co, VA 162
12. JOHN WESLEY B. BRASHEARS and DRUCILLA ?WILSON 183
With Special Thanks to Doyle Fenn
13. ABSALOM BRASHEARS/BESHEARS
and MARTHA ANN "POLLY" PHILLIPS 218
Co-author: Jerri Beshears Kennedy
14. ROBERT BRASHEARS/BESHEARS
and ELIZABETH WHITTEN, OF PIKE CO, MO 242
With Special Thanks to Larry Howser
15. BENJAMIN BRASHEARS
and SOME GREENE COUNTY, MISSOURI, FAMILIES 264
16. JESSE BRASHEARS and BETSY SHELL 270
With Special Thanks to Darrell Spencer