Children of Jesse Brashears and Elizabeth "Betsy" Wright:
v2401. 81. Leodicia Brashears, b. 1802, Guilford Co, NC; m. 24 Jun 1826 in Rutherford Co, TN, James Bivens,
v2402. 91. Josephine Bivens,
v2403. 82. Rebecca Brashears, m. 4 May 1821 in Rutherford Co, TN, David M. Jarrett,
v2404. 83. Nathan Brashears, m. 21 Jan 1833 in Rutherford Co, TN, Lucinda Pearson,
v2405. 84. Elizabeth "Betsy" Brashears, b. after 1808; m. Archelus W. Hughes,
v2406. 85. *Isaac Wright Brashears, b. 1811, Guilford Co, NC, d. 13 Sep 1859 in Texas; m. Sarah Trott.
v2407. 86. Mary "Polly" "Patsy" Brashears, b. 1814; m. Elihugh Jones,
v2408. 87. *Jesse Brashears Jr, b. 1 Feb 1817, d. 4 Dec 1895; m. 2 Apr 1838 in Rutherford Co, TN, Sarah Ann Brown.
v2409. 88. Abraham Brashears, named in will and among heirs in 1822: Rutherford Co, Minutes, Book M, p. 209, but d. apparently before 1831, for he is not in the division of estate papers in Rockingham Co, NC.
16 Feb 1830, Archelus W. Hughes and his wife, Elizabeth, petitioned for division of the land between the heirs of Jesse Brashears.The heirs were Archelus and Elizabeth Hughes, Nathan Brashears, David M. Jarratt and his wife, Rebecca, James Barnes [copyist's misreading of Bivens] and his wife Laodicia, and the minor heirs, Isaac W. Brashears, Mary Brashears, Abraham Brashears, and Jesse Brashears, by their guardian James Barnes [Bivens].Archelus and his wife to have one-seventh part (there are 8 heirs, but Abraham had died.) (Rutherford Co, TN, Court Minutes, Book M, p. 209)
1831 -- James Bivens, guardian of Elizabeth Brashears, Isaac W. Brashears, Polly Brashears, Jesse Brashears, minors and heirs of Jesse Brashears, dec'd; and for himself in right of his wife, Leodicia, (late Leodicia Brashears) dau and heir of said Jesse; and David M. Jarratt in right of wife Rebecca, late Rebecca Brashears, dau. of said Jesse; and Nathan Brashears, son and heir and all being of Rutherford Co, Tenn., where Jesse Brashears lived at the time of his death, gives power of attorney to Albert B. Fore. (Rockingham Co, NC Estate Papers, CR 084.508.5)
Isaac Wright Brashears, of Houston, Texas
v2406. Isaac Wright Brashears, s/o Jesse Brashears and Betsy Wright, was born in Guilford Co, NC, in 1811 (which would mean that Jesse and Betsy moved back and forth from Rutherford to Guilford; Jesse still owned his land in Rockingham Co, NC, when he died.)On Feb 13, 1833, he married Sarah Trott, b. 1818 in TN, d/o Henry and Elizabeth P. Trott; the marriage was reported in the Nashville newspaper, National Banner and Nashville Daily Advertiser, Saturday, Feb 23, 1833.In 1838, Isaac W. and Sarah joined Henry and Elizabeth Trott (and possibly others) and migrated to Houston, Texas, where both were active in Texas politics.He died in Texas, 13 Sep 1859.
From a Houston "Mug Book," published in 1895:
"The Honorable Isaac Wright Brashear, for many years a resident of this city was a native of Guilford County, North Carolina, where he was born in the year 1811.His parents, who were also natives of North Carolina, moved from that State about the year 1815, to middle Tennessee and settled in Rutherford County.In this county Isaac W. was reared.His early lot was by no means an easy one, for his father died when Isaac W. was as yet a child, and the family being left in straitened circumstances, he was early thrown on his own resources.He began the serious duties of life for himself at the age of twelve, finding a home among the farmers of Rutherford county, for whom he worked during the spring and summer months, and received the privileges of the local schools in winter.He thus acquired the elements of a common English education, and formed the useful habits of industry and self reliance.February 13, 1833, he married Sarah Trott, a native of Rutherford county, and settled on a farm, which he carried on with only moderate success for about six years.In 1839, he moved to Texas in company with his father-in-law, Henry Trott, who had previously visited the country and selected a location in the vicinity of Houston.Here Messrs. Trott and Brashear purchased a large tract of land, being that now included in the suburbs of Chaneyville and Houston Heights, on which they settled and engaged in farming.Subsequently Mr. Brashear moved into the city of Houston and embarked extensively in land speculation.He was a man of energetic nature and sound business ideas, and he soon acquired prominence, and laid the foundation for what has since proved to be a very large estate.He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1845, serving with the late Alexander McGowan, for Harris County.He advocated, in that body, the insertion in the organic law of the State of a liberal provision on homesteads and personal property exemptions, and the setting apart of a reasonable share of the public domain for school purposes.It is to the credit of Harris county that both her representatives contended sturdily for these measures, and that it was largely through their efforts and influence that the success of each was attained.In 1852, he was elected to the State Senate from his Senatorial district, becoming a candidate chiefly on account of his friendship for General Houston, who, it was known, would be a candidate at the ensuing session of the Legislature for the United States Senate, and whom he wished to support for that position.He was actively engaged in business pursuits, and to some extent in politics, up to his death, which occurred September 13, 1859.He died in the prime of life, and at a time when his career gave promise of much usefulness and success, but not, however, until he had left in distinct outline the imprint of his character and talents upon the life and condition of the people among whom he spent the last twenty years of his life.It would probably not subserve any useful purpose to speculate now as to how a man of the gifts and standing of Isaac Wright Brashear would have conducted himself in the great civil commotion of 1861-65, nor what part he would have played in the era of industrial development following that period, but speaking from the later achievements of others, with whose success his own compared most favorably at the time of his death, it may safely be said that, had he been spared, he would not only be numbered among the pioneers of this locality, but would rank as one of the builders of the commonwealth.Opportunity has much to do with achievement, and opportunity is what was denied many of Texas' most talented men.
"Mr. Brashear left surviving him a widow and five children.His widow is still living [i.e. in 1895], being now in her seventy-eighth year, and one of the oldest settlers in Houston.The children who became grown were two sons, John and Henry, and two daughters, Annexa and Sallie; one daughter, Bettie, dying at the age of fourteen.John Brashear, born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, February 20, 1837, was reared in Houston; filled a number of public positions here, including those of County Clerk and Chief Justice of the county; served in the Confederate army during the late war, and practiced law up to the time of his death, November 17, 1886.Henry Brashear, the second son, resides in Houston; has been County Judge of Harris county, Clerk of the District Court of the same; is vice-president of the South Texas National Bank, and otherwise prominently connected with the political, business and social life of the city.The daughters are both married, the former being the wife of Charles Miller, a farmer of Harris county, and the latter the wife of Colonel J.W. Jones, of the Houston bar.The descendants of Isaac Wright Brashear now number between twenty and twenty-five, and all are worthy of the name they bear, and without exception are filling useful and honorable places in society."(Clipping contributed by Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Weaver, Houston, Texas.)
Family of Isaac Wright Brashears and Sarah Trott:
v2410. 91. John Joseph Brashears, b. 20 Feb 1837 in Rutherford Co, TN, d. 17 Nov 1886, Houston, TX; m. Kate McGowan, b. 9 Feb 1844 at Houston, TX, d/o Alexander McGowan.
v2411. 101. *Samuel Houston Brashears, b. 9 Jul 1866 in Houston, Texas
v2412. 102. *Isaac Wright Brashears, II, b. 17 Aug 1868, d. 28 March 1901, age 33; unmarried (see obit below)
v2413. 103. Fanny F. Brashears, b. 20 Nov 1870; single in 1901
v2414. 104. Sarah Elizabeth "Sallie" Brashears, b. 23 Jun 1865, d. 27 Jul 1942; m. S. Ernest McAshan. Ancestors of Uriel H. Jones
v2415. 92. Henry Brashears, b. 1839 in Texas, d. 29 May 1911; m. Maggie Carter; no children
v2416. 93. Elizabeth "Bettie" Brashears, b. 1844, d. 31 Aug 1863; unm.
v2417. 94. Annexa Brashears, b. 1847 in Texas, d. 19 Dec 1918/9; m. Charles Miller
v2418. 101. Ernest B. Miller
v2419. 102. Jesse W. Miller
v2420. 103. Alma Miller, b. 1879 in Houston, d. Dec 1965, age 86 in Houston; m. Kenneth E. Womack
v2421. 104. Austin Miller
v2422. 95. Sarah "Sallie" Brashears, d. 3 Oct 1925; m. Col. James W. Jones, of the Houston Bar
v2423. 101. Murry B. Jones
v2424. 102. Irma Jones
Sam Houston Brashear
v2411. Sam Houston Brashear, was born in Houston, Texas, July 9th, 1866, the son of John Brashear, and his wife, Kate (McGowen) Brashear.His paternal and maternal grandfathers came to Texas in 1837, and settled at Houston.They were both members of the Constitutional Convention in 1845.John Brashear was County Clerk and later Chief Justice of Harris County.His maternal grandfather, Alexander McGowen was twice elected Mayor of Houston.
Sam Houston Brashear was educated in the public schools of Houston, leaving the same at the age of sixteen to engage in clerical pursuits.He studied law, without a teacher, and was admitted to the Bar in 1887.In 1888, he formed a partnership with Charles E. Ashe, and in 1892, was elected City Attorney of Houston, and while holding the office was nominated and elected by a large majority as Judge of the Eleventh Judicial District of Texas, at the age of twenty-six years.Although highly endorsed by members of the Bar for re-election, he declined to run again and resumed the practice of law with Henry J. Dannebaum as a partner.In 1898, he was solicited by a large number of representative citizens to offer for the mayoralty, and was elected by a large majority, and re-elected in 1900.The administration was characterized by many public improvements, including the purchase of the first Park in Houston.He placed the City on a cash basis, and left it in sound financial condition.
In 1901, he resigned the office, because of ill health, and continued in the practice of law until 1922, when he retired.He has to some extent continued his law practice up to the present time [that is, 1929] and is one of the executors of the estate of his deceased aunt, Mrs. Maggie Brashear, one of the largest estates in Texas.
On 2 Jul 1893, he married Miss Josephine Pereira, b. Houston, Texas, 26 Aug 1870.They had one son, John Brashear, who resides in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Ref. HSB, p.91)
Child of Sam Houston Brashear and Josephine Pereira:
v2425. 111. John Joseph Brashear, b. Houston, TX; lived 1929, Greenwich, CT
Isaac Wright Brashears, II
Obit: Wright Brashear, found in an old journal belonging to Fannie Phillips Fitzpatrick (Ferguson), [1839-1915]. There is no information as to the source of the clipping or date of publication although it seems to be a Houston, Texas newspaper. Handwritten at the top of the article is the notation: Died Mar 28th 1901. Posted 7 March 2000 on GenForum Brashears, by
Wright Brashear Dead
The Passing Away Last Night of One of Houston's Popular Citizens.
Wright Brashear, one of the best known young men in the city, died last night at 9:15 o'clock at the residence of his mother, 703 Pierce Avenue. Mr. Brashear was born in Houston thirty three years ago, and had spent all of his life in his native city. He had been in failing heath for more than six months, and a few months ago he went to El Paso, thinking that a change of climate would benefit him. He did not improve, however, and a few weeks ago he came back home to die. His death, though expected, is none the less a severe shock to his relatives and friends.
Wright Brashear was a man of generous impulses, true and faithful in his friendship, and of great decision of character. He was a skilled machinist and worked at his trade until ill health compelled him to retire from active service.
He was a brother of ex-Mayor Brashear, and leaves two sisters, Mrs. Ernest McAshan and Miss Fanny Brashear, and mother, besides a number of other relatives in this city.
The funeral will take place at 5 o'clock this afternoon, from the family residence, and the interment will be in Glenwood. Rev. Dr. Hay, pastor of Shearn Methodist church, will officiate. The following pall bearers will act: Judge C. E. Ashe, J.J. Hussey, William Bottler, W.H. Bailey,William Bonatz, Perry Everts and Frank Dwyer.
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