Hi all, and especially those Brasher families who are really Brashear families:
Volume 4 of A BRASHEAR(S) FAMILY HISTORY, "Brashear Families of the Ohio Valley," will be ready about April 20, 2002.
One little problem with orders is that my wife and I will be in Paris (yes, France) until April 19th; so I'd like those of you who are interested NOT to mail in orders until about that time.
Here is some information on the book:
Vol 4. Brashear(s) Families of the Ohio Valley
Well before the Revolution, a burgeoning population made new land necessary. If you have a family of 12 children, there is no way in the world those 12 families can live on the same land as the parents, especially when the parents' land is already old, nearly worn-out. As early as the 1750s, Americans began crowding Western Maryland, the Monongahela River valley in southwestern Pennsylvania, and by about 1775, the Ohio River Valley. A fair number of Brashear(s) families and their relatives were among these emigrants— the Elder and Younger William Brashears; Otho Brashear and his wife Ruth Brown (along with two of her brothers who had married two of Otho's sisters); Ignatius "Nacy" Brashear; Marsham Brashear (and his father, Benjamin, and brothers, who however moved on to Mississippi); remnants of older Maryland families, like Lt. Rezin Brashears, Nathan Brashears/Brashares Jr, Zachariah Brashears/Broshars; and strays like Joseph M. Brashears of Steubenville. This book is about these people and their families.
The book is 6" x 9", hardbound, 676 pages (xx + 656), with 59 pages of index, about 50 pictures and seven maps. $40, plus $3 postage and packaging.
ABBREVIATED CONTENTS OF VOL 4:
1. THE FIRST FIVE GENERATIONS 1
2. BRASHEAR FAMILIES OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA 11
3. THE BROWNSVILLE COLONY 39
4. WILLIAM BRASHEAR AND ANNE RAY 123
5. MARSHAM BRASHEAR and LUCY PHELPS
of Louisville 235
6. BENJAMIN BRASHEAR, of Menallen Twp 261
7. EDEN BRASHEAR and PRISCILLA GILLILAND 287
8. EDWARD BRASHEAR and NANCY DYSON
and Other Kentucky Strays 335
9. IGNATIUS "NACY" BRASHEAR Sr
and FRANCES PERMELIA CATHERAL 352
10. Lt. REZIN BRASHEAR Sr and his Four Wives 398
11. NATHAN BRASHEARS JR
and his Brashares Descendants 410
12. ZACHARIAH BRASHEARS
and HIS BROSHAR DESCENDANTS 446
13. THOMAS BROSHEARS and his sisters 473
14. SAMUEL MASON BRASHEARS/BROSHEARS
and HANNAH STANDIFORD 491
15. JOSEPH M. BRASHEARS and REBECCA VIERS
of Steubenville, OH 552
I also write fiction (mainly historical fiction about American Indians) and books about the writing process. If any of you are interested, here are some descriptions:
Killing Cynthia Ann, a novel, published 1999 by Texas Christian University Press. $21.50. In 1836, blonde, blue-eyed Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches in East Texas. She refused to be repatriated and lived with the Indians almost 25 years, marrying and raising a family (Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanches, was her oldest son). In 1860, Texas Rangers captured Cynthia Ann and her toddler daughter, Toh-Tsee-Ah-ne, and took them to East Texas, where her Parker relatives held her prisoner the rest of her life. She wanted nothing but to return to her family on the Comanchería, but her Parker relatives could not imagine why anyone would want to be an Indian. Unwittingly, they psychological tortured her to death. The book is a documentary novel about those last ten years of Cynthia Ann Parker's life. Footnotes in the margins tell the reader where the data comes from.
Comeuppance at Kicking Horse Casino, and Other Stories, published in 2000 by American Indian Studies Center, UCLA, $15. This collection of stories is a mix of historical and contemporary fictions. The historical stories provide a background for the contemporary stories, so that the entire collection becomes a loose chronicle of the Native American experience since the European settlement of North America. A wide range of tribes is represented--Powhatan, Cherokee, Creek, Comanche, Lakota, Navajo, Ute, Keres, Ácoma, Zuni, and an unnamed southern California tribe. Each story highlights some individual's quandry--and often alienation--in negotiating and adapting to a face to face encounter with the whites.
Brain, Brawn, and Will: The Turmoils and Adventures of Jeff Ross. Published in 2001 by 1stbooks Library. 6x9 Paperback: $19.95; electronic book (go to www.1stbooks.com and search for my name): $3.95. Jeff Ross was a quintessential 19th century man. As a child in Tennessee, he lay on the bank of the river and watched the Battle of Shiloh. A few years later, he rode in a vigilante party that gunned down his father's murderer. Thus, he learned early that violence was a socially approved way of achieving social goals. At the same time, he went to college and graduated from Cumberland University Law School in 1872 at the head of his class. He then embarked upon a career in which the mind was the instrument of social progress. Thus, his personality was formed by the twin and contradictory forces that have permeated American culture from the beginning— violence and intellect.
In 1878, at the age of 27, he ran away from his law practice and home. He traveled for a time in New England with a circus, running a "panorama" side show and hawking a "magic solder" for mending pots and pans. He hitch-hiked through Europe for a couple of years, shipped for Rio de Janeiro on a Norwegian freighter, led exploring parties into the interior of Brazil. He then took a job, running a mule team to supply railroad-building enterprises. Soon, he had worked his way to transportation chief, then to construction chief, eventually to a licensed civil engineer, who actually designed and built railroads and bridges.
In 1893, he got involved in the Brazilian revolution— on both sides: he sold to each, what he had discovered from the other. When the police came looking for him, he conned the American Consul in Rio into smuggling him out of the country. In New York, he bought a boat-load of munitions for the government, then hired a crew of rebels to transport it.
Back in small-town Tennessee, he became a town character, curmudgeon, and philosopher of sorts. He once proposed that "the world" should dam Gibraltar, drain the Mediterranean, and claim a continent of naturally irrigated farm land that would have fed the world for many generations to come. "It would work, too," he told a Memphis reporter in 1924, "if we had the brain, brawn, and will to accomplish it, just as the Panama Canal was accomplished."
The book is a story of his life, told largely through his own letters, essays, fragmentary novels, etc.
Order books from me, Charles Brashear, P.O.Box 38, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
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