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Martha Elizabeth Crenshaw Brashears
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1847
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1915
Eastland County
Texas, USA

Martha was my 2rd Great-Grandaunt.

She was the daughter of John CRENSHAW, Jr. (1812-1865) and Rebecca Jane HARLESS (1818).

She was married to my 3rd Great-Granduncle Rev. George "Caldwell" Alfred B. BRASHEARS on December 22nd, 1863, in Parker Co., TX.

Together they had ten children:

Lenora Adaline "Addie BRASHEARS Ashburn (1864-1917)
Martha Evaline (1867-1882) - died during an influenza epidemic
Eliza Angeline (1870-1882) - died during an influenza epidemic
John Alfred (1872-1964)
William Lafayette (1875-1935)
Drucilla Rebecca Madeline "Meddia" BRASHEARS Pope (1878-1906) - died in childbirth
Martin Leslie (1882-1958)
Infant son (1885-1885)
Infant daughter (1885-1885)
Ethel Clementin "Clemmie" BRASHEARS Ingram (1887-1956)

In 1872, George and Martha moved to the Staff Community, near McGough Springs, Eastland Co., TX and settled on the Leon River about 7 miles from Eastland, on the south side of present-day Lake Leon. About 80 acres of his original homestead is now covered by Lake Leon. McGough Springs was the first post office and was considered the county seat, until political maneuvering declared the county seat to be Eastland.

George later wrote of the conditions on the frontier: "Six families (settled) at or near McGaugh Spring, one settlement at Flannagan's, consisting of a cow ranch and one family; another on South Palo Pinto Creek of two or more families; there, with two families on the sabanna; three at Ellison's Spring, and three or four at Desdemona, made up the entire population when I came here." He went on: "This was fine stock country. Game was plentiful--such as bear, wolf, deer, turkey, buffalo, a few panther, wildcat, catamount, fox, opossum, skunk, and Indian. There were wild horses here at that time and any number of cattle. This was a fine hog country, and there was always a heavy mast. Hogs were plentiful."

George entered the ministry when he was 30 years old and became a Baptist preacher. He was pastor of the Baptist Church at Ellison Springs at two different times. He was also pastor of Staff and Providence Baptist Churches. (Providence Church had been founded by his brother, William C.R. Brashears). Brashears also participated in the last Indian fight at Ciso, Eastland Co., TX on 25 Nov 1874.

For years after, he always carried his cap and ball pistol on his hip when he went to round up his cows for milking. Once, a twig from a tree pulled back the hammer and the pistol fired. Rev. Brashears thought it was an Indian attack. He wheeled his horse around and headed home, losing his hat. When he discovered what caused the incident, it was "no-no" for anyone to mention it later.

When oil was discovered near Desdemona, none of the Brashear clan had oil on their property. However, they made a profit by selling water to the nearby pump station. In 1954, John Brashear made a deal with Ray Hoff to drill on the Brashear estate. The struck gas at 1400-1500 feet, but there was no market for gas at that time, so the well was plugged.

In addition to his own children, Rev. Brashear raised a boy: Jack D. Wester born 16 Aug 1899 in Strawn, TX, died 8 Oct 1963; married 22 May 1926 to Rosenell Gray, born 9 Jan 1901, died Feb 1994. He was a school teacher in the Rule, TX school system for 30 years and pastor of Pinkerton Baptist Church between Rule and Haskell from 1948 to 1955. He had been pastor of the First Baptist Church in Normangee for 8-1/2 years when he died at the age of 64. He was survived by three sons, Rev. Donald Gray Wester, James Patrick Wester and Michael O'Ran Wester.

Above information on this family came from a book written by Charles Brashears.

Below information sent by Doreen at

Jack was my 1st cousin 2x removed......he had a sister Grace Lee Wester #108457253 who married Auda Lee West and died in Missouri. Their father John James Wester #38431506 , had married Eady Salina Swafford (his 2nd wife , she was the daughter of Rev. Jonas Swafford, buried Henryetta, OK on FAG)who died in Strawn,Texas, not too long after giving birth to Jack.Apparently Rev Brashears wife was so taken with him she wanted to take him in,according to our family.John agreed if they'd be good to him and keep his name,His sister went back to Missouri with her dad. Grace and Jack didn't see each other again until they were grown.//// John James Wester was the brother to Francis Washington Wester, my great grandfather. Francis had a daughter , Theodosia (also on FAG) who married Jim Crenshaw who's father Nicholas Antonio was from Alabama.
Family links: 
  George Alfred B. Brashears (1846 - 1909)*
  Martha Evaline Brashears (1867 - 1882)*
  Eliza Angeline Brashears (1870 - 1882)*
  John Alfred Brashear (1872 - 1964)*
  Martin Leslie Brashears (1882 - 1958)*
  Infant Son Brashears (1885 - 1885)*
  Ethel Clementine Brashears Ingram (1887 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Providence Cemetery
Eastland County
Texas, USA
Plot: The Providence Cemetery is located about five miles southeast of Eastland on the south bank of Lake Leon. To gain access you have to go by boat. The old cemetery has been neglected for over one half century since Lake Leon covered up the road leading up to it. We had three workdays last year and one so far this year. We hope that in a couple of more years we will have it cleaned up. The briars were so thick that we had to get on our hands and knees to cut our way into it last year.
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Record added: Apr 04, 2002
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