|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1839|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1884|
Thomas Pitts Brashear was called "Pitts" for most of his life. He was born and raised in Frederick County, Maryland. His mother died when he was 3-1/2 years old and his father died 8 years after that. He and his younger brother Charles Hall Brashear lived with an aunt and then later with their sister Bettie Dorsey. Pitts and Charles both attended Landon Military Academy in Urbana, Maryland. It is of interest that the principal of this school, at the time the brothers attended, was John Robert Jones, VMI graduate who earlier had been a teacher at the Rappahannock Academy and Military Institute. John Robert Jones married Sarah Louisa Brashear, the brothers' sister, in 1855. During the Civil War, John Robert Jones attained the rank of Brigadier General under Stonewall Jackson, but before the war's end had fallen into disgrace with some.
I was informed recently that Pitts rode for a while with the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, better known as Mosby's Rangers. I went to several websites about this outfit and finally found a list of the men who were part of the Rangers. I found Pitts name on the last page of the list. Pitts then enlisted in Company D, 1st Regiment, Maryland Cavalry C. S. A. He was captured twice, and was confined at the large prison compound at Point Lookout, Maryland, for one and one-half years.
After the Civil War he returned to his home state of Maryland and spent most of the rest of his life living in Adamstown, Maryland with his sister Laura Jane Brashear
Johnson and her husband Dr. William Hilleary Johnson. He died of cancer.
Thomas Pitts Brashear was interred at old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 10 miles from Adamstown, Frederick County, Md. His niece Minnie Brashear, from Girard, Louisiana, visited his grave in 1899, but some years later his remains were moved to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where his grandparents Belt Brashear and Ann Cook Brashear had also been re-interred, and where many other relatives are buried.
Details of Family Photo
The Thomas Cook Brashear family lived in New Market, Maryland. Thomas and wife Ann Maria Pitts had 5 daughters and 2 sons. This photo was made around 1850, after Ann Maria had already died. The boy on the left (dark hair) is Thomas Pitts Brashear. The boy on the right is Charles Hall Brashear. Ann Elizabeth Brashear, an older daughter, is probably on the right in front of Charles. There are only 4 girls in this photo and no one can put names to the girls faces with certainty nor tell which girl is missing from this picture.
Photo courtesy of Moses M. Coleman, Jr, great great grandson of Thomas Cook Brashear and great grandson of Charles Hall Brashear.
Thomas Cook Brashear (1805 - 1851)
Ann Maria Pitts Brashear (1810 - 1843)
Mary Cook Brashear Johnson (____ - 1862)*
Anne Elizabeth Brashear Dorsey (1831 - 1924)*
Sarah Louisa Brashear Jones (1832 - 1878)*
Laura Brashear Johnson (1837 - 1895)*
Thomas Pitts Brashear (1839 - 1884)
Charles Hall Brashear (1841 - 1882)*
Note: Photo Courtesy of the owner, Moses M. Coleman, Jr.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: Little Marie
Record added: Mar 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106184153