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 Lucy <I>McGee</I> Brasher

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Lucy McGee Brasher

  • Birth 17 May 1790 North Carolina, USA
  • Death 7 May 1877 Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Orrick, Ray County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 18314959

Wife of Z.D. Brasher, Aged: 86 Years, 11 Months, 2 Days


Photo of grave stone by Tiffsgenealogyadventure: The photo of a Lucy Brasher who died on the same month and day, but 10 years later in 1887, looks like it may belong to the same person, in spite of the different spelling of the last name, Brasher, and the different death year. If she died in 1887, then she would have been less than 10 years old when her oldest Brashear child was born. I believe the stones both belong to the same person, but the correct year of death was 1877. Perhaps someone in the family wanted an additional stone for her at some later date. I am presuming the photo was taken at the same cemetery - the caption does not say.

Lucy (McGee) Norton Brasher was my 4th great grandmother. She was born in 1791 in North Carolina to William and Mary (Barham) McGee. She married first, James Norton; second, Zaza Dowell Brasher. She had six children in all; one child by James Norton, and five children by Zaza Dowell Brasher (aka Brashear):
Nancy Norton (1807-1882)
Mary Walker "Polly" Brasher (1809-1870)
Jemima Franklin Brasher (abt 1810-1850)
Margery Ann "Maggie" Brasher (1814-1851)
Asa Dowell Brasher (1816-1903)
Dr. William T Brasher (1819-1898)

Lucy (Magee) Norton Brasher, [various spellings of the maiden name include McGhee and McGee] was born in 1791 in North Carolina. In 1827 she removed by wagon to Missouri; a widow with six children. She settled in Ray County in about 1832 and located on a farm where she raised her children. She died on July 27, 1877 at 86 years of age. Source for this paragraph: Page 466 of "Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton, and Linn Counties, Missouri...", published by Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1893, available online at

The following information by original memorial manager, Charles W. Brown, has been left in its original form:

Brasher, Lucy {McGee}
Death of Mrs. Lucy Brasher
A mother of the early pioneers of our county has been gathered, full of years, into a blessed immortality. On Monday Mrs. Lucy Brasher died at her home in Albany in the 88th (hard to read, could be 86th) year of her age, surrounded by relatives and friends who mourned sincerely when her gentle spirit quit its earthly ----- ment and winged its way to Him who have it. Widowed at an early age, she came from North Carolina to Ray County in 1828, with her children, two sons and three daughters and settled in Camden township, where she continued to reside far well nigh a half a century and saw her children's children grow up around her until they had reached the fourth generation, her two sons, Dr. W. T. and A. D. Brasher ranking among our most prominent citizens. She was remarkable for her business qualities, which she retained till a few years since. When old age creeping on, her sight became impaired so that for the past twelve months she was nearly blind and helpless. Through her entire life she was a constant follower of the Savior, a leading member of the Christian Church, and the example she has set would prove worthy of emulation by those that she has left behind.
Coming into our county at an early day, she reared her family only as a Christian mother can, and in her declining years saw them prospering and respected, a stay to her tottering steps and a joy and blessing as she trod the golden threshold of the pearly gate. But she has gone, the fragrance of her many kind deeds will linger long in the memory of all that knew her, and as her casketed remains was placed in its silently resting place Tuesday, in the cemetery at South Point Church, the grief of her descendants told how warmly she was cherished and how sorely she was missed.
Such grief as theirs is and words can but particle ailay (?) the sorrow that time alone can alleviate. Conservator, May 11, 1877 {Submitted by Pat Kennedy and Shirley Brungardt}

At the residence of her son Asa D. Brasher, in Albany, Ray county, Missouri, May 7th 1877, Mrs. Lucy Brasher, aged 86, 11 months, and 20 days (very hard to read, could be 88)
(The following few lines are impossible to read, in the copy of the newspaper that I have. But seems to be more on the religious side of obituaries of those days.)
The story of the early pioneer of Missouri is in the life of this most remarkable woman (hard to read) reproduced and singled out from the --??-of the days gone by in vivid and (?? ) startling colors.
She was born in Sussex Co, Virginia, May 17, 1790, being the child of William and Mary Barham McGee. Her parents at an early age period of her life removed to Guilford county, North Carolina, where she remained until she was about thirty-eight years of age and had been twice a widow.
Her first husband, James Norton, died having been married to her about a year, leaving her with one daughter, who is yet living, and is the widow of the late Dr. Folgier, of Carrollton, Misosuri. She afterwards married Zaza D. Brasher, by whom she had five children, tow living, Asa D. Brasher and Dr. W. T. Brasher, two prominent citizens of our county. And who left her a second time a widow at the early age of 31 years.
In __??__ that her children should share in the great advantage which were then offered by the new country beyond the Mississippi, she severed her connections with those who were near and dear to her, and although a widow, --??--- her trust in the God of her father, took her departure to what was then called "the west," braving the dangers and welcoming its hardships for the love she --??--- --??--. She arrived in Ray county, in the year --??--, where she lived ever since remained, surrounded by a large circle of descendants and friends and beloved by all who knew her. As the --??-the ending words, (unable to read)
Unknown newspaper and date

Additional information by fellow findagrave member Pat Kennedy (#46915245) - Thank you Pat:
The source records of both listed newspaper records, were original records of Pat Wilcox Kennedy, after ordering, spending days in reading the old poor newsprint and typing these records. Lucy McGee Norton Brasher, is a sister to my four (4th) grandfather Henry McGee, who also traveled from N.C. to Missouri in ca 1830s and settled there.

The first part of this bio by: Mary Ann Leppla b. 1953.

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Wife of Z.D. Brasher, Aged: 86 Years, 11 Months, 20 Days

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  • Maintained by: Mary Weber
  • Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
  • Added: 9 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18314959
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy McGee Brasher (17 May 1790–7 May 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18314959, citing Brasher Cemetery, Orrick, Ray County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Mary Weber (contributor 48339058) .