Posts Tagged ‘Brasher’

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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I have looked and looked, and been unable to find John Leasil Brasher and his family in the 1870 census in Utah, though they should have been included.

I have found an entry in the 1870 Kamas, Summit County, Utah census that looks very suspiciously like a very poorly enumerated entry for them, and I decided I’d post the information here, to see what others may think.

Series: M593 Roll: 1612 Page: 130
Post Office Kamas Prarie
36 35
Brasie John 26 M W Farmer Virginia
” Emma 20 F W Keeping House England
” Caroline 3 F W at Home Utah
” John 1 M W at Home Utah
” Alwilda 29 F W Keeping House Wales

Lots of things are wrong: Virginia instead of Kentucky for John’s birthplace, Emma instead of Eliza, Caroline instead of Clara Bell, Alwilda instead of Ann (Butler), but the ages match and England and Wales are correct.

Possible reasons why this might be them:
1–they were too new to the area, and the enumerator didn’t talk to them but to a neighbor instead
2–they were worried about federal agents because of polygamy, so whoever did talk to the enumerator didn’t give the exact information

So, could this be them?

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I looked and looked and looked, but though I should have been able to find this couple and their children in the 1870 and 1880 censuses, I was unable to.  If anyone knows where to find them in these census records, please let me know?


CENSUS: 1900 US.

Huntington town, Emery, Utah Enumeration District: 0197 Page: 6 Sheet A

93  6

John L Brasher Head W M Aug 1843 56 M 34 yrs  Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky   Farmer

Eliza Brasher Wife W F July 1849 50 M 34 yrs 11 children 8 living  England England England imigrated 1862 38 yrs Na (naturalized)

Rubin Brasher Son W M July 1877 22 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

Lesil Brasher Son W M May 1880 20 S  Utah Kentucky England  Farm Laborer

Francis M Brasher Son W M July 1884 15 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

Bertha Brasher Daughter W F Apr 1888 12 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

(daughter Clara Brasher Grange’s family is next door on one side and daughter Temperance Brasher Sherman’s family is next door on the other side)

Film Number: 1241683 Image Number: 00187 (more…)

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I have in my files the following biography of John Leasil Brasher, written by Kenneth J Brasher as the John L. Brasher family credential, and I don’t have any idea what that would be for.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.



Grandfather John Leasil Brasher was the first of seven children born to Andrew Jackson Brasher and Temperence Goodwin Stone, offspring of sturdy pioneer people, who left Virginia and South Carolina and came to Kentucky.  Here they cleared forests and made large plantations (more…)

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Since no one has said I can’t post this, I will go ahead, hoping that I transcribed it correctly (and if I didn’t, someone will contact me about any necessary corrections).

Perdita Brockbank Guymon put her address at the bottom of this biography, but because this is a public blog, I’m not going to include it.


My Grandfather, John Leasil Brasher, was born on the 9th of August, 1843,  in Lyon County, Kentucky. His parents were Andrew Jackson Brasher and Temperence Goodwin Stone.

Grandfather was the oldest child of a family of seven. Their names (more…)

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First of all, I  found the following biography in “Prominent Citizens of Huntington” HISTORY OF SANPETE AND EMERY COUNTIES, pp 646, 647, 1898:

“Brasher, John L., farmer and local agent for the Co-op Wagon and Machine Company in Emery county, son of Andrew J. and Temperance, was born in Caldwell county, Kentucky, August 9 1843. His father owned a fine plantation and he grew up on the farm. Just before the fall of Fort Donelson he enlisted in the Confederate Army (more…)

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After I received the copy of John Stone’s will, I wrote to Captain Stone’s granddaughter and asked her to send me a photocopy of the family bible she had shown me when we visited her. I believe it originally belonged to her great-grandmother, Nancy Killen Stone.

She was kind enough to do so, and I have attempted to transcribe it below.  I apologize if the format seems strange.  I wanted to show it as close to how it was written down as possible.  There are several different handwritings in this bible, as might be expected.

I have added links at the bottom of each page to a pdf file of the photocopy of that page. If I were to include each page as a photograph, I think it would take too long for this post to load.

page 1
Family Record
Marriages (first column)
Leasil Stone and his
wife Nancy Stone
were married August 21st
in the year of our Lord
A D 1822 (more…)

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