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William Gowan Brashears, Jr
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Birth: 1771
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar., 1852
Holly Springs
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA

WILLIAM, Jr. was the Son of WILLIAM, Sr. and SARAH (McELROY?) BRASHEARS. WILLIAM and SARAH (McELROY?) BRASHEARS are believed buried in Tennessee. On Feb. 20, 1819, in the Revolutionay War Pension application S39223 of the state of Tennessee, it states, "That He did, on the 1st day of June 1776, in Spartenburgh County in the State of South Carolina, enlisted as a private Soldier, in the Continental establishment for the term of twelve months, in a company of Col. Thomas Sumpter, of the Continental Line-). It futher states that he was in the battle of the first attack of Charlestown, SC and Sullivans Island, where he recieved a wound with a Bayonet from the enemy in the right hand, which has in a great measure disabled it.

William, Jr. was the husband of Mary Elizabeth Clayton Brashears. She was possibly the daughter of Gowan Clayton, Sr. (1740 to 1832) and possibly the brother of Gowan Clayton, Jr. who married Francis Hunt or Lemons. Gowan Clayton, Jr. was the patriarch of most of the Clayton families in the Holly Springs, Greer, Lyman, Spartanburg, and Greenville County, South Carolina area. He is believed buried in an unmarked grave or with one of the many fieldstones in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. William was very active in the church and is listed as speaking in other churchs about revivials and church matters. William's death is recorded in the Church Minutes of the Holly Springs Baptist Church in March meeting of 1852 as follows: William Brashears dead. (Note - Is listed as William Beshears.)

The children of William Gowan and Mary Elizabeth Clayton Brashears are;
1. Meredith Gowan Brashears married Elizabeth McGuirem.
2. William Gowan "Billy" Brashears married Rosannah Wood.
3. Solomon Brashears married Jemima Pettit.
4. Ithra F. Brashears married Tabitha Elizabeth Whitehead. It is not known where Ithra F. is buried.

From the book " "A Brashear(s) Family History", by Charles Brashear the following:
Letter from Agnes Brashears (Mrs. Arthur W. Hogg), of New London, Missouri, to Mr. Benjamin Bowring, Research Department, Genealogical Society of Utah, letter of 4 Jan. 1945: (Bowring had inquired in a letter of Jan. 4, 1945 if Mrs. Hogg could identify the Ithra Brashears in Ralls County, MO and distinquish himfro the Ithra Brashears of Crawford County, IL.
"Dear Sir, I am more than sorry that I shall not be able to furnish the information you need. The Ithra Brashears who lived in Ralls COunty during the Civil War was a brother of my grandfather, their father's name was William, I think. I was a very small child, but I can remember seeing my great uncle Ithra, who wore a coonskin cap, which would impress a three year old girl. His wife, whom I never knew, died several years previous to his living in Ralls County. He had 4 girls and 1 boy with him. His son, William, got his eye infected in some way, and lost both eyes. The girls' names were, Emma, Delilah, Patience, and Delpha. I remember them well. My grandfather
was Merida (Meredith) Brashears, who never dropped thd "s" as our cousin R. M. Brashear died and all his branch of the family did. Even my own brother (Med" for short) was named for our grandfather, Merida Brashears, dropped the "s" because he liked the name better without it. I do not know uncle Ithra's wife's name, but I think it was Elizabeth, somehow we did not keep in very close touch with tha family. Salt River divided us, but I think he was in the Civil War. They were connected with the Claytons in some way of South Carolina, so it is likely thet Ithra married one of them, but as I said, I am sorry I cannot decide for sure that the two persons of whom you speak are one and the same person or not. I am very tired and can not concentrate without fatigue. I am not very young, being past my three score and ten years. There is not a person I could suggest to you that could help in identifying these men as the same, as all the older members of that family have passed on. Edgar Brashears, 83, a nephew died two years ago (born 1860 and died circa 1943, son of Albert Gallatin Brashear) and he had a book of the Brashears family that would help if his son Frank has the book, I will see if I can get him to lend it to me for a short time and from that may be able to help you. If you ask me specific question, it might be easier for me. I did not know how to write as I should, but I have done the best I could, Very Sincerely, Mrs. Agnes Rector Hogg."

From the same book by Charles Brashear this:
He was mustered into service March 11, 1862 in Company E, 2nd Missouri State Militia Volunteer Cavalry, U. S. Armu. Wounded in Scotland COunty, MO. Discharged, no date given for discharge. Ithra Brashears, Albert Ballatin Brashears, and one son of William Gowan Brashear (Thomas Alexander Brashear) are the only known Union Sympathizers in the family.

From "The Family Book": "Lived in Ralls County at time of Civil War, was a Union Soldier in Battle of Kirksville, Infantry. Was so angry because grandfather B. (William Gowan "Billy Brashear" and Grandmother B., Rosannah Woods Brashear) were rebels that when he marched by the house after the battle, he wouldn't speak to them. Ithra, the poorest of the brothers, was very peculiar: 6 foot tall, had pale blue eyes and long light hair, rawboned, gaunt and sinewy. A Republican, fought throught Civil War. Lived near Spalding Springs. Was wounded in the wrist in war, pensioned, then brooded over it, thought he ought not to have it, finally shot his brains out."

The children of Ithra F. and Elizabeth Whitehead Brashears are:
1. Mary Brashears, born circa 1837.

2. Delphia Brashears, born circa 1842 in SC, in household of James W. Emison in 1860, Ralls Co., MO Census. Delphia and Delilah may be twins; they were goth members of Bethel Baptist Church, Ralls County, MO.

3. William Brashears, born circa 1846. In household of Albert Gallatin Brashears in 1860. William served in the Union Army in the Civil War, according to T"he Family Book". He lost his eyesight and was known as "Blind Billy"

4. Patience Malinda Brashear, born circa 1847 in SC. In James Hicks household in 1860, Ralls County, MO. A marriage certificate was granted in Audrain County,MO, May 2nd 1869, to Lafayette Wisner, of Monroe County, and Patient Brashears of Ralls COunty, MO.

5. Emiline Brashears, born circa 1849. Age 1 in 1850 Spartanburg County, SC Census.

5. Elizabeth Brashears married Solomon Pettit. After the death of Solomon in SC, before 1860, Elizabeth moved to GA where she died.
6. Isaiah Brashears married Rutha Pettit. It is not known where Isaiah and Rutha are buried. It is presumed they were buried in Georgia.
7. Nancy Brashears married Solomon Clayton.
8. Dolly Brashears. It is not known where Dolly is buried.
9. Mary S. "Polly" Brashears, born 1801 in SC and died before 1850, married William Clayton, lived in Mississippi. It is persumed they are buried in Mississippi.
10. Tabitha Brashears, born about 1803 in SC married Elijah Pettit, born 1795 in SC.

William and Elizabeth are buried in unmarked graves. No stones. 
Family links: 
  William Gowan Brashears (1741 - ____)
  Sarah Brashears
  Mary Elizabeth Clayton Brashears (1774 - 1856)*
  Meredith Gowan Brashears (1793 - 1883)*
  Solomon Brashears (1797 - 1857)*
  Tabitha Brashears Pettit (1803 - 1883)*
  William Gowan Brashear (1807 - 1862)*
  Ithra F Brashears (1810 - 1863)*
  Nancy Brashears Clayton (1815 - 1898)*
  William Gowan Brashears (1771 - 1852)
  Ithra Brashear (1774 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: Sep 21, 2010
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