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On 10 June 2010, I was able to spend a whole day at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., searching their newspaper collections for mention of ancestors. Many of these items were excerpted in the search and the full articles not downloaded. I’m posting them in hopes that they may be of some use to others even if they are not helpful to our own family history research.

This is what I found on the Brasher name (and its variations):

The Pennsylvania Gazette January 15, 1741
LIST OF LETTERS (mail to be picked up)
includes a “Richard Brazier , Conestogoe Road”

The Pennsylvania Gazette May 22, 1746
(dateline — Philadelphia, March 15. 1745-6)
“Deserted from the Officers now raising Men for Governor Shirley’s Regiment of Foot at Cape Breton the following Persons… RICHARD BRAZIER…
“Whoever apprehends any of the four last mentioned Deserters, shall have Five Pistoles Reward for each, and two Pistoles for the rest, on their bringing them to the Sign of the George, in Second street, Philadelphia, from PHILIP GOTTFRIED KAST, or CHARLES PROCTER.
N.B. If the above Deserters will return to their Officers within a Week after the Date of this Paper, they shall be pardoned.”

THE SOUTH-CAROLINA GAZETTE August 4, 1746 and August 11, 1746
(under the heading “Advertisements”)
mention a Zachariah Brazier
The SOUTH-CAROLINA Gazette February 12, 1756
mentions a “Mr. Zacharia Brazier , constable in George Town” who allowed a runaway slave in his custody to escape

The Pennsylvania Gazette September 18, 1746 and April 3, 1755
(dateline — NEW YORK)
mention a ship captain, “Captain Brasher” (the 1746 mention refers to “the Four Brothers” which may be his ship)

(dateline — NEW-YORK, MAY 29)
also mentions a Captain Brasher:
“By Captain Brasher from Port au Prince we have confirmed accounts of great
disturbances on the island of Hispaniola, on which occasion many of the planters there have been taken up and hanged without judge or jury.— The real ground of the quarrel seems not to be well known, but it is said to be occasioned by the General Prince de Rohan’s orders for every inhabitant to be trained up to the use of arms, and to be mustered once a month; which the planters refuting to obey, military executions ensued, from whence spring insurrections that have ended in the death of many of the inhabitants.— It is generally thought to have some other foundation than this; for it is a known proverb, that when a dog is to be beat, it is easy finding a stick.— Beetled effects of an arbitrary government.”

(dateline — CHARLES-TOWN)
mentions a “John Brazier of Caps Fear” as owner of a runaway slave who was “Taken up at the India Land to the Southward.”

The Pennsylvania Gazette
mentions the following Brasier, who may be the same man in each case
November 17, 1757 “Mr. Francis Brasier at Rariton Landing”
November 9, 1758 “Francis Brasier Esq; at the Upper Landing (Middlesex County)”
January 18, 1759 “F. Brasier ‘in Middlesex'”

The Pennsylvania Gazette
also mentions an Abraham Brasher several times
July 27, 1758 (needing to pick up mail)
May 25, 1774 (dateline – NEW YORK – one of “50 Gentlemen appointed a Committee for this City”)
August 3, 1774 (dateline – NEW YORK)
April 5, 1775 (dateline – NEW YORK)

also mentions the same group of men (including Abraham Brasher) in connection with “the city and county of New-York”
March 31, 1775 –
“The following are the gentlemen nominated by the commitree, by ballot, for the approbation of the freemen and freeholders for the city and country of New-York, to serve as deputies to meet such other deputies as may be appointed by the remaining counties in this province, for the sole purpose of electing out of their bodies delegates for the next congress”
April 28, 1775 –
“…when, by a very great majority, the following mode of proceeding was assented to, viz. That the General Committee should nominate eleven person, to be, wednesday the 15th, proposed to the choice of freemen and freeholder, as deputies to meet on the 20th of April, such deputies as the other counties might elect, and join with them, for the sole purpose of appointing, our of their body, delegates for the next General Congress, agreeable to the recommendation of the last. Accordingly the Committee nominated the following persons….
“From the time of the nomination, every artifice was used, by the same party, who have constantly exerted their utmost abilities to obstruct and disconcert every measure of opposition to the tyrannical acts of the British ministry, in order to prevent the election of the deputies nominated by the Committee, and to frustrate the design of a Provincial Congress, and of sending delegates, at least with full powers from the whole province, to the next General Congress. Before the day of election a great number of pieces were published on both fines, full of artifice and specious pretences on the ministerial part, and of sound weighty argument on the other. Between the two, the argument, and the views of each party, were pretty well understood at the day of decision when the votes of the freemen and freeholders were fairly taken, as follow, viz. For the deputies, 825; Against them, 163. Besides great numbers of the majority, who, finding their votes not wanted, did not vote.”
May 26, 1775 –
“The following twenty-one gentlemen were at the same time chosen deputies for the city and county of New-York, to meet deputies of the other counties, in Provincial Congress, on monday the 22d May….”
May 30, 1775 –
“The following 21 gentlemen were at the same time chosen deputies for the city and county of New-York, to meet deputies of the other counties, in Provincial Congress, on Monday the 22d of May….”

The Pennsylvania Gazette December 3, 1783
(dateline — NEW YORK)
mentions an “EPHR. BRASHER”

The Pennsylvania Gazette August 17, 1791
(dateline — PHILADELPHIA)
includes “Samuel Brasher” in a list of men

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL (published in New York, “the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States”)
mentioned Braziers in two issues:
July 25, 1828 (under the heading of “VARIETIES”)
“CURIOUS COINCIDENCE OF NAMES – There are now living in Chester, nearly opposite each other, two men whose names denote the other’s business, as John Brewer, a brazier , and John Brazier , a brewer.”
October 3, 1828
“CELEBRATION AT SALEM. – The two hundredth anniversary of the first settlement of
Salem was celebrated yesterday, in a very imposing manner. A procession was formed in Washington Square, at 10 o’clock under the order of Hon. Stephen White, chief marshall, assisted by Geo. Peabody and Nathaniel Silsbee, Jr. Esqrs. and proceeded under escort of the independent Cadets and the Mechanic Light Infantry, to the North Church, where an Oration was delivered by Judge Story. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. Mr. Emerson, Rev. Mr. Brazier and Rev. Dr. Prince. An original hymn, written by Rev. Mr. Flint, was sung on the occasion.”

another African-American newspaper, THE COLORED AMERICAN (which was published in New York City from 1836 to 1842)
mentions a “Philip Brasher” in list of men under the heading “NEW YORK THIRTY-NINE YEARS AGO, – VIZ. 1800”

The New York Herald April 24, 1861
under the heading “THE CUSTOM HOUSE AND THE WAR”
“The United States steamer Corwin, under the command of Lieutenant F. M. Brasher , has been stationed in the Narrows”

mentions several Brashers
October 5, 1861 (mail to be picked up)
Brasher , J
Brasher , Charles
November 2, 1861 (mail that will be sent to the dead letter office if not picked up)
Mitchel Brasher
September 20, 1862
(dateline — WASHINGTON, September 17)
“The Herald’s correspondence says” (among a list of casualties)
“Capt. Brazier , 14th Indiana… killed”

DOUGLASS’ MONTHLY (published by Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY)
July, 1862 (under the heading “LETTERS FORM THE ST. MARK EMIGRANTS “)
“William Brazier , M.D., of Buxton, C.W” (which is probably Canada West, from other listings)

February 17, 1881 (under the heading “NORTH ALABAMA CONFERENCE APPOINTMENTS”)
“Pratville District.- Jessie Brazier , P.E”


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How the Genealogy Bug Bit Me

I used to think that people who were interested in genealogy were a little strange, maybe even a little obsessive.

That all changed after a trip through Kentucky way back in 1982.  My mother had told me about an ancestor she thought I might like to write about.  He had lost his leg while serving as a confederate soldier in the War between the States, and after reading his autobiography, which I may actually post sometime in the future, I agreed with her.  His story was very interesting.

I called the public library in his home town to see if they had any old newspapers, and was told they did not, but the library in the next county might.  I didn’t want to go to the library in the next county.

Then I called back and asked if they had any information on Captain William Johnston Stone.  The librarian said, “Funny you should ask that.  There was a man in here a few minutes ago, telling us all about him.”  (more…)

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