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William Brashear
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 7, 1781
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

He was born circa 1725-1735 in Maryland, probably Prince George's County.

He was killed by Indians before Aug. 7. 1781 on Salt River, Jefferson County, KY, which was then Virginia. He was the Husband of Anne Ray Brashear.

From the Book, "A Brashear(s) Family History, Volume 4", the following, by Charles Brashear, the following:

"In 1779, with serveral others, William and Anne Brashear settled on land on Floyd's Fork of Salt River, Jefferson County, VA, now Bullitt County, KY, and built a log fort called "Brashear's Station".
Some time before 7 Aug. 1781, William Brashear was surprised by Indians near Brashear's Station on the Salt River, KY, killed, scalped, and his body mutilated. A search party sent out to look for him found his faithful dog still standing guard over the cold body. (Account in Perrin, History of Kentucky, !885, page 121."

Note: Kentucky Historical marker (number 1944) identifies the site of William Brashear's early fort. Presented by Bullitt Co. Genealogical Society, located on KY 44E, Exit 117, East of Shepherdsville.

From the Book, "A Brashear(s) Family History, Volume 4", the following, by Charles Brashear, the following:

"This William served in the Revolutionary War. On May 26, 1778, "William Boshears produced to this court (at Fort Dunmore) a Commission form his Excellency the Governour appointing him Lieutenant of the Militia which read and sworn acoordingly. ("PA Records in Virginia, Minutes of Court, Ft. Dunmore and "Minutes of Court of Yohogania County," Annals of the Carnegie Museum, page 228). Drapper MSS 4ZZ21 mentions a lieutenant William Brashear coming to Wheeling with aid against the Indians in 1777.

"In a letter to the Filson Club, Jefferson County, KY, dated June 1940, MRs. H. Schlosser of Franklin, IN, reports: "William Brashear's widow married Peter Cummings between 1781 and 1787. Nancy Brashear was to marry Howson Clifton...Joseph Brashear married Elizbeth Cummins." The DAR record book of Jefferson County showed that Mrs. Schlosser proved her lineage and gained membership to the DAR based on the service of Lt. William Brashear."

According to the Book, "A Brashear(s) Family History, Volume 4", the following, by Charles Brashear, these are the children of William and Anne Ray Brashear:

1. Sarah "Sally" Brashear, b. c1761, d. 1849; m. Elijah Whitaker, b. 1766, d. 1840. Elijah was a Lieutenant of Militia and s/o John Whitaker, the Baptist Minister who performed so very many marriages in frontier Kentucky.

2. Nicholas Ray Brashear, b. ca. Oct 1762, murdered 1803 on the Natchez Trace, near Duck River, TN; m. 9 Aug 1787, Martha Simmons,

3. Anne Brashear, b. ?1764; d. between 1779 and 1782

4. Nancy Brashear, b. c1766/7 (17 or 18 years old in 1784, per Benjamin Ray's testimony); m.1. 26 Aug 1787, Housan Clifton, (Jefferson Co Marr. Reg. Book 1, p.6, "dau of Wm. Brashear, by John Whitaker, Minister"). Housan Clifton was killed by Indians, in 1793, and Nancy m.2. 7 Aug 1795, Robert Scott.

5. William Brashear Jr, b. c1768, (William Samuel Brashear is named as a white taxable over 21 in household of Nicholas Brashear, Jefferson Co Tax list, 1789, and he is on the lists as a head of household for 1792, 1794, 1795. He was in Bullitt County in 1806 when the Sheriff served a summons on him.)

6. Joseph Brashear, b. 26 Sep 1770, Brownsville, PA, d. 26 Jul 1856, Louisville, KY; m.1. 12 Apr 1796, Elizabeth Cummins, (Washington Co, KY Marr. Rec), d/o Peter Cummins; m.2. Charlotte Wheeler.

7. Elizabeth "Betsy" Brashear, m. 8 Sep 1792, (Nelson Co, KY Marr Bonds, p.92), Reason Howard, d. bef 11 Jul 1831

8. Jemima Brashear, b. 1779 (age 3, in 1782, when Peter Cummins m. Anne (Ray) Brashear, per Cummins's testimony; William's will, dated 18 May 1779, does not mention her; so she was apparently born after he signed it); m. 22 Nov 1802, Thomas Brown Jr., (Breckenridge Co Marriages, 1799-1891, by Baldwin Clifton; bondsmen: Thomas Brown and John Brown; license co-signed by Ephriam Cummins and John Brown, "with consent of Mrs. Cummins" i.e. Anne (Ray) Brashear-Cummins.)

(With the exception of Anne, who d. young, these children correspond to a list of Settlers at Brashear's Station in Filson Club Qty, v.30, #3, Jul 1956.) Daughters Anne and Nancy are both named in William's Will. There were six heirs in 1806, Nicholas and Anne having died. 
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  Ann Poutney Ray Cummins (1743 - 1805)
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Specifically: Buried where he died on Salt River, Jefferson County, KY.
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Record added: Sep 27, 2012
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