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Descendants of Robert Brashear

Generation No. 2

2. ROBERT SAMUEL2 BRASHEAR (ROBERT1) was born August 20, 1731 in Prince George Co, MD, and died January 15, 1816 in Roane Co., TN. Burial in Brashear Cem., Sugar Grove Valley. He married PHOEBE NICKS August 06, 1754 in Guilford Co., NC, daughter of JOHN NICKS and MARGARET EDWARDS. She was born June 08, 1738, and died 1811 in Guilford Co., NC. Burial in Brashear Cem., TN.

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"The Brashear families are of French origin and have been researched
extensively on a national scale by experts in genealogy for many, many years.
Troy L. Back's book 'The Brashear Story' is the best of the publications but it
flounders on the Roane County portion of the story. The Brashear family's
contribution to Roane may be restricted mainly to Robert Samuel Brashear and
his clan who settled in the picturesque Sugar Grove Valley in 1794. His
remarkable story is of prime importance because he, his sons and sons-in-law,
were the first to actually settle in present-day Roane County according to
documentary proof thus far produced. . . .

"Robert Samuel Brashear, the son of Robert and Charity Dowell Brashear,
was born August 20, 1731 in Prince George County, Maryland. He left Maryland
when he was eleven years of age, and moved with his parents to Fairfax County,
Virginia. When he was fifteen the family moved to what is now Greensboro,
Guilford County, North Carolina. The Breashears families were very active
members of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church which was founded in 1756, and
presently occupies an entire city block in Greensboro. The Brashears were also
active in county government. On August 8, 1760 Robert Samuel received North
Carolina grant no. 171 (Book 14, p. 337) for 381 acres on both sides of Buffalo
Creek. About 1754, Robert S. Brashear married Phoebe Nicks (1738-1811) daughter
of John and Mary Nicks. All of their ten children were born in Guilford County
with the possible exception of the youngest one. In [1779] Robert S. received a
grant for 300 acres on a branch of Reedy Creek in what is now Sullivan County,
Tennessee. In 1785 he received a patent for 402 acres on Saluda River in 96th
District, South Carolina. Robert S., several sons and sons-in-law are shown in
the South Carolina 1790 census. In September 1793, Robert S. and Phoebe sold
(Vol. II, p. 601) their Sullivan County, Tennessee farm to their son Isaac. On
11-29-1792, Robert S. and Phoebe sold (Book C, p. 8) their 402-acre plantation
on Saluda River, South Carolina to Edward Maxwell. Others in the clan sold
farms, in preparation to come to Tennessee. Robert Samuel Brashear purchased
(Knox Book C., p. 15) from William Reed and Abraham Swaggerty 640 acres on the
first creek below the mouth of Poplar Creek. The consideration was 'lbs. of
Virginia money,' dated August 8, 1794, and the witnesses were: Phillip
Brashears (son), Robert Gilliland (son-in-law), and Elias Roberts (son-in-law).
Birth dates indicate that they settled immediately on this Sugar Grove Valley
farm. . . .

"All evidence indicates that Robert Samuel Brashear was the patriarch and
main spring of the clan. He was a strong, but not harsh character. He was a man
of intelligence with physical and mental courage. His characteristics of
level-headedness and courage have been dominant characteristics of most of his
descendants as attested by their records especially as soldiers of all
succeeding wars, police officers, and football players. His children adored
him, and trusted his leadership. each of them named a son 'Robert Samuel' in
his honor. These younger 'Robert Samuels' later played important roles in Roane
history. . . ." [Roots of Roane County, Tennessee]

He married Phoebe Nicks, 6 Aug 1754, in Guilford Co., NC. Born, 8 Jun
1738. Died, 1811, in Guilford Co., NC. Burial in Brashear Cem., Sugar Grove
Val., Roane Co., TN.

"Robert Samuel Brashear's wife, Phoebe, died in Greensboro, North
Carolina, and was buried there. An almost unbelievable event followed. In
December 1815, Robert Samuel dispatched his 21-year old grandson, Robert Samuel
Gilliland, with two horses to Greensboro to disinter Phoebe's body and bring it
to Sugar Grove Valley for re-burial. The task covered a period of 36 days.
Details are verified by documents." [Roots of Roane County, Tennessee]

Children of R
3. i.   ISAAC3 BRASHEAR, b. October 23, 1760, NC; d. July 25, 1833, Perry Co., TN.
  ii.   PHILIP BRASHEAR, b. December 17, 1755.
  iii.   MARGARET BRASHEAR, b. February 27, 1758.
  iv.   SAMUEL BRASHEAR, b. August 06, 1763.
  v.   PHOEBE BRASHEAR, b. July 08, 1768.

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