Hi Beth, and all,
This is a family that I don't know what to do with. I can't make a connection to any other family. And some of the data I have is contradictory. What I've been doing (and I recommend it to all family historians) is collecting everything I can about them and putting things together that go together. Then when something new comes in, I integrate it into my sketch/history. Someday (and this has happened in other branches, other families), a bit of information will come along that links this family to some other.
In the meantime, here is what I have. (Your Margaret Ailene is #a2,b1 in the following outline.) Please, everyone, add to it, correct what I have wrong. Send documents if you hhave them.
JOHN WILLIAM BRASHEARS/BESHIRES
John William Brashears was said to travel west from Durham, NC, in company with George W. Wilson and wife Luella Spurlin and came to Shiloh, TN.This story may be stretched from the truth behind family traditions.It is possible that his father or grandfather lived near Durham, moved to SC (where some of the family is recorded as having been born), then moved in the early years of the 1800's to central Tennessee.John William was probably born in Maury or Lawrence Co, TN, then moved c1860 the two or three counties west that would have brought him to Shiloh in Hardin Co, TN.Such a scenario would sort of fit with the movement of William Brashear (also Bratcher), b. 1741, lived in North Carolina, then served in the Rev in SC, then applied for pension in Maury Co, TN, in 1819.
In or near Shiloh, John William Brashears met and married Martha Ann Priscilla Essary, b. ?, d. c1904 (when Emma, d/o C.C. Beshires, was about 12).During the battle of Shiloh, Union soldiers threatened to burn the cabin in the peach orchard, where they lived, so they left.According to family legend, Mary E. Beshires, their first child, was born that night.John William Beshires and Martha re-settled in Silerton, Hardeman Co, TN, where they also had sons, John T., Christopher Columbus, and Benjamin Field Beshires.John William Brashears/Beshires deserted this family when the youngest child was about 6 or 8 years old (i.e. about 1878-80), went to Texas with another woman, and was said to have died at about age 90.Martha died in Silerton, TN, about 1896-98 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Old Hickory Cem.
After John William Beshires abandoned his family, Martha wouldn't tell the kids anything about him, but she did tell her best friend, Satira Helen (Savage) Hankins, mother to the wife of Benjamin Field Beshiers (that's the way he spelled the surname).Satira was said to pass all this information down to her granddaughter, Ina Hankins, who then passed it to Jim Beshires of Decatur, GA, and Willard Beshires, who corresponded with each other several times regarding the family background.Much of this sketch is based on those old letters, through reports from Wade Beshirs, Jim Beshires, and others.
John A. Beshires, s/o Christopher Columbus Beshires, had a job as a school-bus driver.He would sometimes take his uncle, Benjamin Field Beshiers, and others to visit Shiloh Park and the "cabin in the peach orchard," which apparently wasn't burned after all.It finally rotted, and the Shiloh Park authorities replaced it with a replica.
John William Brashears/Beshires reportedly had a brother named Hugh Beshires, who was the father of Seth Wilson Beshires, who married C.C.'s daughter, Emma.Seth and Emma were cousins, according to Bessie Beshires, gm/o Daniel Wade Beshires.John William and Hugh also had a sister named Jenny Beshires.If this is true, John William Beshires was a s/o Jason W. Brashears/Boshears.
In the 1880 Census, ?Bollinger Co, MO (I don't think this is him, but may be another sibling to Jason, etc):
Bashears, John 36, b. c1814, GA, farmer, fa b. SC
Mary C. 37, b. c1813, GA, wife, fa b. SC
Sarah J. 13, b. c1867, GA, dau
Hugh W. 11, b. c1869, MO, son
Thomas C. 8, b. c1872, MO, son
James H. 6, b. c1874, MO, son
John 3, b. c1877, TN, son
Charlie 8/12, b. Sep 1879, son
After John William Beshires left, Martha may have changed her name to Margaret Ann, called herself "Peggy" Roach, and married c1861, in TN, a man named Lewis Beshears, b. c1814-1816, possibly a son of Peter and Rebecca Brashears, of Lawrence Co, TN, and Tishomingo Co, MS.The death certificate of Christopher Columbus "Lum" Beshires lists Lewis Beshires and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Roach as parents.The death certificate ofBenjamin Field Beshires lists his parents as Lewis Beshires and Elizabeth Roach. contact: Daniel Wade Beshires, of TN: 901/837-2007
Family of John William Brashears and Martha Ann Priscilla Essary:
a1. *Mary Elizabeth Beshires, b. 30 April 1862; m.1. Manuel Kemp, m.2. Allen Daniels, m.3. _____ Oakes,
a2. *John Thomas Beshires, b. 20 Oct 1863, d. 11 Feb 1902; m. Gillie Ann Ragan,
a3. *Christopher Columbus "C.C." "Lum" Beshires, b. 12 Mar 1870, TN, d. 22 May 1945; m. 11 Apr 1891, in Bolivar, Hardeman Co, TN, Lucinda Daniels,
a4. *Benjamin Field Beshires, b. 31 July 1872, d. 29 May 1943; m. Lula Hankins
a1. Mary Elizabeth Beshires, b. 30 April 1862, during battle of Shiloh; m.1. Manuel Kemp, m.2. Allen Daniels, s/o James William "Jim" Daniels and Lucinda Hankins (or Hawkins)--that is, he was brother to Lucinda Hankins, wife of Christopher Columbus Beshires, Mary's brother; m.3. ______ Oakes.
b1. James Monroe Kemp, b. 18 Jan 1886, Madison Co, TN, d. 28 Jun 1960, Jackson, TN, age 74, bur New Union Cem.His funeral record lists a half-bro Robert Oaks and a half-sis, Mrs. G.W. Vaughn, both of Bolivar, Hardeman Co, TN.
b2. Rachel Daniels, m. George W. Vaughn.Descendants says James Arlen Beshires and Earl Daniel Beshires used to go and visit the George Vaughn family and spend several weeks.
c1. Ina Ruth Vaughn, m. _____ Coopwood.Ina Ruth told Daniel Wade Beshires in Aug 1996 that she remembers Lum's funeral; said he was supposed to be 104 years old.
c2. Luther Vaughn.Also told Daniel that his (Luther's) uncle Lum was over 100 when he died.
b3. Robert Oaks,
a2. John Thomas Beshires, b. 20 Oct 1863, d. 11 Feb 1902, bur Hickory Grove Cem, Hardeman Co, TN (or Silerson, Chester Co, TN, per Beth Sweeney); m. Gillie Ann Ragan, b. 31 May 1867, Chester Co, TN, d. 28 Oct 1947, Ripley, TN, bur Holmes Cem, d/o Jesse Ragan and Celia Comfort.After John T. died, Gillie m.2. Ike Vaughn and they had one son: Edgar Vaughn, b. 5 Jul 1907, d. 5 Mar 1987, bur Holmes Cem.John and Gilla Ann Beshires are #86 in 1900 Census, Chester Co, TN, on same page as Christopher Beshirs. (additional data from Elizabeth Sweeney )
b1. Margaret Ailene Beshiers, b. 9 April 1889 (April 1890, says 1900 census), Henderson, Chester Co, TN, d. 3 Aug 1958, Ripley, Lauderdale Co, TN; m. July 1903, in Henderson, Hardeman Co, TN, John Lee Daniels,
b2. Joecephas Beshiers, b. 11 Oct 1891 ("Joseph," b. Oct 1891, per 1900), d. 30 Sept 1977 in Dyersburg, Dyer County, TN; m.1. Carrie S. Mathis; m.2. Louise Mathis
b3. Mary Alice (or Marian E.) Beshiers, b. 15 Nov 1894 (Mar 1894, per 1900), d. 28 Nov 1941, bur Holmes Cem
b4. William Marion Beshiers, b.15 Nov 1894 (1897, per 1900 census)
b5. Leona Beshiers, b. Jun 1895, per 1900 census; m. 12 Oct 1913, in Haywood Co, TN, Lawrence Hall,
b6. Dewey B. Beshiers (also Beshers), b. 7 Mar 1898 (May 1898, per 1900), d. 14 Jun 1987, Ripley, Lauderdale Co, TN; m.1. Clara Nelson; m.2. Flornece (Clark) Duncan; m.3. Lucile Watson,
c1. Harold Beshiers, m. Jean ______.lived in Memphis.
b7. Sealy Alice Beshiers, b. Oct 1899, per 1900
b8. Decie Beshiers, b. 8 Jan 1901, Henderson Co, TN, d. 17 Nov 1993, Ripley, Lauderdale Co, TN; m. 21 May 1921, in Ripley, TN, Dewey Watson
a3. Christopher Columbus "C.C." "Lum" Beshires, b. 12 Mar 1870, TN, d. 22 May 1945; m. 11 Apr 1891, Hardeman Co, TN (Marriage Book 7, #82) Lucinda Daniels, b. 9 Jun 1885, d. 2 Sep 1957, d/o James William "Jim" Daniels and Lucinda Hankins (or Hawkins).Lucinda's brother, Allen Daniels, m. Mary Elizabeth Beshires; a brother, John Daniels, m. Margaret Beshires; a sister, Alice Daniels, m. ______King.In 1957, C.C. and Lucinda had 56 living grandchildren, 83 great grandchildren, and ___ great-great-grandchildren (??per Lucinda's obit??).C.C. and Lucinda both bur Hickory Grove Cem, Hardeman Co, TN. (Data from Daniel Wade Beshires, via Kathryn Fain)
On 25 Jul 1918, C.C. Beshirs "of the county of Haywood, State of Tennessee" bought a tract of land in District 7, Hardeman Co, TN, from J.T. Henson and his wife, Ann, of Hardeman County."Beginning at a stake in the Jackson & Toone road double red oak pts. runs East 197 poles to a rock in Warren Thomas west boundary line then North 22 pole to a stake blk.jack pts a corner of said Thomas land then East 221 poles to stake in J.A. Rush line sweet gum pt. thence North 212(stricken out and 412 written by hand) poles to rock red oak & spanish oakpts. West 16 poles to stake white oak & post oak pts. then North 28 poles to stake poplar & sweet gum pts. West 202 pole to stake in J.T. Henson line, then South 22 poles to stake in field red oak pts. then West with fence row and road 206 pole to stake in Bolivar and Toone road near J.T. Henson mail box South with said road 41 poles to beginning."(Hardeman Co, Book 16, p.__)
Christopher Beshirs and Lucinda are HH #84, fam #85, in the 1900 census of Chester Co, TN, with the first five children.They are Fam #103, in 1920, Hardeman Co, TN, with last five.
Children of Christopher Columbus Beshires and Lucinda Daniels, all b. Hardeman Co, TN; informant Jim Beshires, youngest child.
b1. Emma Beshires, b. 8 Jan 1892, d. 24 May 1979; m. 5 Dec 1917, Seth Wilson Beshires, b. 1 Jan 1891, d. 3 Dec 1973, s/o Hugh Beshires, both bur Hickory Grove Cem, Hardeman Co, TN
c1. Francis Beshires, m. Ullysses Hatch,
c2. Dennie Beshires, b. fall 1931
b2. Lillie B. Beshires, b. 4 Nov 1893, d. 8 Mar 1953
b3. Earnest Burton "Bird" Beshires, b. 14 Oct 1895, d. 1 Jan 1936, or 1980; m. Minne Lee Daniel,
b4. Martha Ella Beshires, b. Jan 1898, d. 1978; m. Albert Crowder
b5. William Morris "Marse" Beshires, b. 20 Sep 1899, d. 18 Dec 1959, Benton Harbor, MI; m. Laura "Bessie" Angeline Daniels, b. 11 Jun 1902, Hardeman Co, TN, d. 26 Feb 1985, Benton Harbor, MI, bur Crystal Spings Cem, d/o Nathan Etheridge Daniels and Elnora McIntire.Children, all b. Silerton, Hardeman Co, TN.
c1. William Truman Beshires, b. 10 Nov 1919, d. 1952, Benton Harbor, MI; m.1. Vergie Wiggins, m.2. Helen McCully
d1. Barbara Beshires,
c2. James Atlas Beshires, b. 6 May 1922, d. 15 Jul 1922,
c3. Harvey Eugene Beshires, b. 27 Aug 1923, d. 1979, Benton Harbor, MI; m.1. Thelma Ramen, m.2. Ruth Edwards;
d1. Jerry Beshires,
d2. Bobby Beshires,
d3. Beth Beshires,
d4. Gerold Beshires,
d5. Gene Beshires,
c4. Nora Christine Beshires, b. 14 Jul 1926; m.1. Toby Francis, m.2. Bill Dilldine; ch:
d1. Phillip Francis,
d2. Jody Dilldine,
d3. Billy Dilldine,
c5. Delbert Thomas Beshires, b. 11 Sep 1929, d. 1987, Benton Harbor, MI; m. Dorothy Scott;
d1. Delbert Beshires,
c6. Lloyd Avery Beshires, b. 4 Jun 1931, died at birth
c7. Earl Daniel Beshires, b. 27 Jan 1934; m.1. Ivy Olean Cos, m.2. Mary Catherine Cole:
d1. Delilah Christine Beshires,
d2. Charlotte Earlene Beshires,
d3. Sherry Renee Beshires,
c8. James Arlen Beshires, b. 5 Mar 1936; m. Peggy Lorene Cox, b. 1939
d1. James Arlen Beshires Jr,
d2. Daniel Wade Beshires, b. 11 Apr 1959, TN; m. Lisa Carol Yarbo.
d3. Anthony Allen Beshires,
c9. Cecil Beshires,
c10. Clarence Beshires,
c11. Larry Beshires,
b6. John Allen Beshires, b. 3 Feb 1903 (17 in 1920); m. Roni Rowland
c1. J.L. Beshires, m. Hazel Siler, who was a teacher in Silerton
d1. Willard Beshires, [corresponded with Jim Beshires]
c2. Clyde Beshires,
c3. Buster Beshires,
c4. Jerry Beshires,
c5. Larry Beshires,
c6. Louise Beshires, m. ______ Cloud
c7. Sandra Beshires, m. ______ Lott
c8. Faye Beshires, m. ______ Crouse, all so far live in Henderson, TN area
c9. Wayne Beshires, lives in West Memphis Area
c10. Bobby Beshires, lives in West Memphis Area
c11. Cornis Beshires, lives in Jackson, TN
c12. Haven Beshires, lives in Little Rock, AR
b7. Ivy Beshires, b. 1904, not in 1920 census
b8. Mary Mae Beshires, b. 17 Sep 1907 (13 in 1920); m. George Alton Fawcett, d. 2 May 1962, bur Wesley cem
c1. George Hollis Fawcett, b. 15 Jan 1927, d.; m. 21 Aug 1943, Gladys Louise Cooper, b. 10 Feb 1928, d. 16 Mar 1986
c2. Hazel Marie Fawcett, b. 11 May 1933; m. 3 Aug 1953, James A. Orr
c3. Robert Franklin Fawcett, b. 15 Jul 1935; m. 30 Aug 1958, Martha T. Spencer
c4. John Atlas Fawcett, b. 3 Jul 1939; m. 9 Jul 1963, Mary Ruth Dalton,
c5. Irene Elizabeth Fawcett, b. 23 Jul 1942; m. 24 May 1962, Frank D. Orr,
b9. Gertrude "Gertie" Beshires, b. 10 Jan 1909 (11 in 1920); m. Pat Ogborn,
b10. Nannie Beshires, b. 9 Dec 1912 (7 in 1920), d. Mar 1981; m. Tom Dillard,
b11. James Orland "Jim" Beshires, b. 23 Apr 1915 (4 7/12 in 1920)
cx. James "Jim" Beshires, lives Decatur, GA.Corresponded with Williard Beshires regarding this family.
a4. Benjamin Field Beshiers, b. 31 Jul 1872, d. 29 May 1943, age 70 (Hardeman Co Death Cert #9700, which lists parents as Lewis Beshires and Elizabeth Roach); m. Lula Hankins, b.18 Jan 1874, d. 11 Apr 1956, age 82, d/o W.D. Hankins and Satira Helen Savage; both B.F. and Lula bur Hickory Grove Cem, Hardeman Co, TN.Lula's funeral record lists brothers Horace Hankins of Silerton, and Morris Hankins, of Newberry, TN, as well as adopted son, Earl W. Beshiers.B.F. and Lula had several children, who all died; then they adopted Earl W. Beshiers.
b1. Earl W. Beshiers, (adopted) b. 25 Apr 1914, d. 15 Nov 1970, m. Velma Ivy, b. 8 Jan 1914, d. Jun 1996, d/o Will Ivy and Lettie Patterson, both bur Hickory Grove Cem, Hardeman Co, TN.