JESSE AND DELILAH BRASHER HOSEY FAMILY
ONE OF THE FIRST PIONEER FAMILIES IN ALABAMA
*Jesse (Hosea) Hosey was registered as one of the first pioneers in Shelby Co., AL on August 19, 2003. The 1830 shows his family in Shelby Co. before the county boundaries changed. It is now actually Talladega Springs in Talladega Co.
Jesse was born in either Pasquotank or Periquimans County, North Carolina in about 1785. This is located in the northeastern corner of the state, near the Virginia line. His family left North Carolina a few years after his birth. There is some speculation that they settled in the Abbeville or Greenville Districts. Jesse was of English or Scotch-Irish descent.
GREENVILLE DISTRICT, SOUTH CAROLINA
By the early 1800's, Jesse's family had moved to Greenville District in South Carolina (today's Greenville Co.). Jesse married Delilah Brasher circa 1806, when Delila(h) was only 14 years of age. Delilah's parents, Rev. & Mrs. James Brasher Sr., had been living in the Greenville District for many years.
Delilah's father was the b. c1753 in Maryland and was a Methodist Minister, (also Brazier; Brasure in 1790 in Greenville Dist. SC census; Braysher in 1800 Greenville Dist. census). He is said to have been a Revolutionary War soldier (no record found). Her mother was Cythia Cox.
In Greenville District, South Carolina, James Brasher and his family lived on Reedy Fork, a branch of the Reedy River. According to a deed in 1800, James and Cythia Cox Brasher sold their land. From this, it is believed that Delilah's parents were preparing to leave South Carolina. They migrated to Franklin County, Georgia soon afterwards.
After the birth of Jesse and Delilah Brasher (Hosea) Hosey's first child, Stephen William Hosey in 1807, the Hosey's and Brasher's migrated to Franklin County, Georgia, located in the northern portion of the state, near the South Carolina border.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, GEORGIA
Jesse and Delilah arrived in Franklin County about 1808. During their eight years there, they had three children: John Garrison Hosea (1810), Melissa Brasher Hosea (1813) and James Brasher Hosea (1815).
Jesse and Delilah lived close to Delilah's parents until 1816. Their migration patterns would then take them in different directions. The Jesse Hosey family made their way to Maury County, Tennessee and the James Brasher family to Shelby County, Alabama.
MAURY COUNTY, TENNESSEE
The Jesse Hosey family left Franklin County, Georgia in about 1816. Apparently, the reason that Jesse and Delilah moved to Tennessee was to be close to Jesse's Uncle Stephen. Stephen was in Franklin County, Georgia until about 1812. Both Stephen and Jesse's families were listed in the 1820 Maury County Census. We know that the Jesse's family was there by 1816 according to the following record:
On 11 March, 1816 Stephen and Jesse Hosey were buyers at an estate sale of Thomas Laramore on Globe Creek in Maury County, Tennessee. (Source: Maury County, Tennessee Wills and Settlements Book C-1, pg 239 as shown in the book "Maury County, Tennessee Will Books A,B,C-1,D and E", by Jill Garrett and Marise P. Lightfoot.)
The 1820 census the family as follows:
1 male under 10 (James), 2 males 10-15 (Stephen and John), and 1 male 26-44 (Jesse)
4 females under 10 (Melissa, Unknown, Unknown, Elizabeth), 1 female 26-44 (Delilah)
Males: James Brasher Hosey, age 5; John Garrison Hosey, age 10; Stephen William Hosey, age 13, Jesse Hosey, age 35
Females: Melissa Hosey, age 7; Unknown Hosey, age 5, Delila Jane Hosey, age 3, Elizabeth Hosey, age 1, Delilah Hosey, age 28
Four of Jesse and Delilah Hosey's children were born in Tennessee. They Delilah Jane (1818), Elizabeth (1819), Judy (1825), and Ann (1827).
After Ann's birth in 1827, the family made an important decision to leave Tennessee. They had been there for eleven years. Delilah probably wanted to live closer to her parents who were in Shelby County, Alabama at this time.
TALLADEGA COUNTY, ALABAMA
As stated previously, It is believed that the reason Jesse and his family left Tennessee was to be closer to Delilah's parents. When her parents left Franklin County, Georgia, they moved to Shelby (now Talladega) County. It had been eleven years since they had all been together in Georgia. It was probably at Delilah's urging that Jesse moved his family to Alabama about 1828. They settled in what was Shelby County in 1830 (now Talladega Co.). The following is from the 1830 Shelby County Census.
1830 Shelby Co., AL Census, p. 251
Males: (1) under 5; (1) 15-under 20; (2) 20 under 30; (1) 40-under 50 =5 males, 4 children
Unknown Male b. 1825-1830; James B. b. 1815, 15, GA; John G., b. 1810, 20, GA; Stephen W., b. 1807, 23, SC; Jesse, b. 1785, 45, NC
An unknown male was born between 1825 and 1830. He shows up in the 1840 and died sometime late in 1840. He is believed to be John Cicero Hosey who died 27 Sep 1849.
Females: (3) 5 Under 10; (2) 10-Under 15; (1) 15-Under 20; (1) 30-Under 40 = 7 females, 6 children
Louisa, b. 1825, 5, AL; Ann, b. 1824, 6, AL; Judith, b. 1823, 7, TN; Jane, b. 1818, TN; Elizabeth, b. 1819, 11, TN; Melissa, b. 1813, 17, GA; Delilah, b. 1792, 38, SC
*This family was registered with the Shelby Co., Historical Society as one of the first pioneer families in Alabama on 8/19/2003 by William Darrell Hosey
Source: a22. Jesse Hosey, app. letters admr James B. Brasher, Sr, deceased. Notice to Cynthia Brasier, Thos. J. Brasher of Talladega Co. & James Brasher of Shelby Co., the next of kin of James Brasher, Sr. of Talladega Co. 8 Aug 1834.
Source: Book A. Min Orphans Court, Wills and Administration, p. 41-66
Bond for Admin estate James Brasher, deceased. John Hosey, Jns C. Hawkins, Green Spurlin. Bond $1,000 to Judge Green T. McAfee. Jesse Hosey, Admr. Dated Sept. 1, 1834. Recorded Sept. 11, 1834.
Note that Jesse Hosey is the administrator of the estate of his father-in-law, James Brasher. John Cicero Hawkins and John Garrison Hosey are listed as a witnesses
Back in the 1990's, a prominent Hosey family researcher named John Cicero Hosey as the father of John Garrison Hosey and as being the first Hosey in Alabama. He went as far as to get a certificate showing that he was a pioneer of Coosa County in 1994. The information he had was handed down to him two generations without collaboration. This information was just totally in error.
Instead, John Cicero Hosey was named after John Cicero Hawkins who married Melissa (Hosea) Hosey, daughter of Jesse and Delilah. John Cicero Hawkins was named in the John Clinton Hosey Bible (in possession of Edna Strength Penny) with only his death date. For years, his position in the family was given prominence as a forebearer. He was never named in any census because he died prior to 1850 when names of all family members were first given. John Cicero Hosey died at the very young age of 20 years of age.
By 1836, part of Shelby County had now became Talladega County. It is important for the reader to know that the part of Shelby County where Jesse's family was recorded in 1830 is actually Southern Talladega County today. They had not moved, only the county boundaries changed. This part of Southern Talladega County is where Talladega Springs and Fayetteville are today. The following census show the family in Talladega County in 1840.
1840 Talladega Co., AL Census, Southern Division, p. 280
Males: (2) 10 under 15; (1) 30 under 40; (1) 50 under 60 =4 Males, 3 Children
Johnathan, b. 1833, 10, AL; Unknown Male, b. bet. 1825-1830, abt. 15; John G., b. 1810, 35, GA; Jesse, b. 1785, 55, NC
Females: (1) 10 under 15; (2) 15 under20; (1) 20 under 30; (1) 40 under 50 = 5 Females, 4 Children
Louisa, b. 1825, 15; Ann, b. 1824, 16, AL; Judith, b. 1823, 17, TN; Elizabeth, b. 1819, 21, Delilah, b. 1792, 48, SC
Three children are now out of the household. Melissa Brasher Hosey married John Cicero Hawkins in 1831, Stephen William Hosey married Rachel Steadman in 1834 and James Brasher Hosey married Julia Hugison in 1836.
There was one additional child born in 1833 named Jonathan. His full named is believed to be Jonathan Hawkins Hosey, also named after John Cicero Hawkins. The spelling of his name was Johnathan in later years and this is the spelling that was engraved on his marker in St. Clair County.
1850 Talladega Co., AL Census, Talladega Dist. (Fayetteville)
HH 236-241, Ln 38-42, 12 Oct 1850
Hosey, Jesse, 68, (b. 1782) M, Farmer, NC, [cannot read & write]
Hosey, Delila, Wife, 58, (b. 1792) F, SC
Hosey, Judy, Daughter, 24, (b. 1826) F, TN, [cannot read & write]
Hosey, Louisa, Daughter, 22, (b. 1828) F, AL
Hosey, Jonathan, Son, 19, (b. 1831) M, Laborer, AL
Several more children have now left the household. John Garrison Hosey married Cleopatra P. Meharg, 1844; Elizabeth Brasher Hosey married William J. Pearson, 1845 and Ann Hosey married Thomas L. Pearson in 1850.
It should be noted that Judy is counted twice in the 1850 census. Once as being a member of her parents household and then again as the wife of James Shackleford Meharg. She actually married in September of that year and could have been named a member of Jesse and Delilah's household in error.
1860 Talladega Co., AL Census, Southern Division, Fayetteville P.O.
HH 488-506 , 29 Jun 1860
Hosey, Jessie, 75, (b. 1785) M, Farmer, $300 Personal Estate, born NC; Delila, Wife, 69, (b. 1791) F, born SC; Louisa, Daughter, 30, (b. 1830) F, born AL
It should noted that the 1860 census Fayetteville as the Post Office where they received their mail delivery for the first time.
All of their children are out of the household except Louisa. She is believed to have been an special need child and possibly mentally handicapped. Johnathan married Susan Turner Meharg in 1855 and is living beside them along with Thomas and Ann Hosey Pearson.
1866 Alabama State Census, Coosa Co., AL
[Jesse and three of his sons are listed together on the same census page.]
Jesse (1M 70-80 years of age), Louisa (1 F 30-40 years of age), Delilah (1 F 70-80 years of age)
The 1866 census was a special census and shows Jesse and Delilah for the last time before their deaths. The only dates that are available for them is between 1866-1870. Jesse would have been 81 years of age in 1866 and Delilah would have been 74 years of age. Their death dates and places remain a mystery. Since they had been in Talladega up until the 1866 special state census, they could have been there with a number of the Hosey Clan in Marble Valley.
Delila Jane Brasher Hosey
1792–1866 (m. 1805)
Stephen William Hosey
John Garrison Hosey
Melissa Brasher Hosey Hawkins
James Brasher Hosey
Delila Jane Hosey Favor
Elizabeth Hosey Pearson
Judith Hosey Meharg
Ann Hosey Pearson
1826 – unknown
John Cicero Hosey
Johnathan Hawkins Hosey