France, England & Virginia
b. c1597 ? France
d. 4 Dec 1665 Calvert, MD
b. ... d. ..
her father: ............. wife:
|Benjamin Benoit Brassieur*/Brashear||b. before 1620 France@ #||d. Dec. 1662 Calvert Co., Maryland|| m. Mary Richford b1621-30
her 2m. Thomas Sterling
(betw. 25 Jul 1663 - 2 Aug 1663)
|Mary Brassieur*||b.c.?1622 ? France*||d. shortly after arrival with name being reused *|| probably didn't marry
|John Brasseur*||b.c.?1624 ? France*||d. lived Nansemond Co., VA||1m. Mary Cocke (dau. of Thomas Cocke)
2m. Mary Pitt 1672 (dau. of Robt. Pitt
became a Quaker and many years a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses
| Thomas Brasher*
(little documentation for inclusion, C. B.*)
|b. c 1626 or before||d. before 9 Mar 1709 lived in Cecil Co., MD||m. Catherine d. bef. 17 Jun 1709 (who had a son, John Brasher, b. 17 Nov 1708)|
| Perside "Persie" Brasseur*
(a French feminine name)
|b. 1628 *||d. 1665||m. (?possibly John Cobreath)|
| Robert Brasseur Jr.*
(called himself "The Elder")
|b. c 1630*||d. 5 Dec1665 Calvert Co., MD.@||m. Florence (?Rey)|
|Katherine "Cabell" Brassieur*||b. 1632 *||d. between 27 Oct 1687 and 6 Mar 1688/9||m. (?possibly Mark Clare)|
|Martha Brasseur*||b. ?1636 Isle of Wight Co., VA*||d.||1m. Capt. William Moseley (prior to 21 Jan 1659 - d. after 13
2m. Capt. George Taylor
(prior to Feb 1683)
|Margaret Brasseur*||b. 17 Jul 1642 Isle of Wight Co., VA*@||d. 7 Dec 1706 Chuckatuck Par., Nansamond Co., VA||m. Thomas Fleming Jordan, JR. c1658 , (1634-1699) "she became an ardent Quaker"*|
|Mary Brasseur*||b.3 Jan 1645/46 Isle of Wight Co., VA*||d. before 1713|| 1m. James Biddlecombe
2m. Col. Samuel Peachey
@ children as listed
with Russ Williams using Judge Price research on the Bolling Family
prior to 1958
% records in the LDS files
#birth place based on Benjamin's citizenship paper where he declares he is "a subject of the Crowne of France" and assumption that both Robert and Benjamin were here before 1637.[Back]
Charles Brashear based much of his initial information on the work of Col. Troy Back who stated even in 1963 that "with the exceptions of Robert and Florence, the relationship of the persons named (in the land patent of 1653) is not shown. Since it was customary to show the children of those listed, as such, it can be assumed that a parent-child relationship did not exist in this group. It seems likely that, other than Florence, they were brothers and sisters." [Back p.7]
Our particular Robert Brasseur came to the new world very early in the development of the Virginia Colony. Jamestown was first established in 1608 and Robert Brassieur is assumed to be here already by 1636. The first known record of Robert Brasseur is the renewal of his promissary note in Warrisquicke Co., VA, on June 1, 1636 [Nugent, Cavaliers and pioneers, v. 1, p.41] At this date the total population of Virginia was only a few thousand. According to Troy Back, "George Washington's great-grandfather, was only four years old and the Declaration of Independence would not be signed for another one hundred and thirty-nine years. " [Back p. 6] This implies that Robert had been here long enough to borrow money, buy land and have the note come due. [Brashears/McCoy p. 4]
Charles Brashear is convinced that we have no idea who Robert's wife may have been. Several researchers have listed that Robert was married to Elizabeth Fowke of France and others that it was Florence. He has found no evidence to support either of these marriages to this first Robert. Robert Sr. was certainly in the colonies by 1636 and had grown children by 1653, if his wife was left at home she would have been rather elderly by her immigration if she was indeed the Florence who came over in 1653. Is seems more likely that it would be the new wife of Robert Jr. who went back with his brother to bring in the relatives.
Robert and Benjamin Brashear are listed in the
Register of Huguenot Ancestors. There are a couple of things wrong with
the following registration. One is that the Isle of Thanet parish
was off the coast of Kent County, England only separated by a sand spit
but certainly not part of France. The family may have moved there
as a first refuge from French persecution and then later traveling to Warrisquicke Co., VA. This is on the south side of the
James River rather across from Jamestown and the present-day Isle of
Wight and Southampton Counties. The birth dates are also probably
incorrect and doesn't fit the known facts.
[Cobb, Georgia Nellie Chandler. compiler. Register of Huguenot Ancestors, 1975 , The National Huguenot Society, 1307 New Hampshire Ave., N. W., Wash. DC 20036]
It does not appear that Robert Brashear owned the land on which he lived but three months later he files the following patent registered as "Robert Brassure and Peter Rey" on "Warrisquicke Creeke and butting upon Nanzemond river".
These patents were intended to reimburse the
colonist for the cost of the passage. Each person that paid their own
way or the passage of another was given fifty acres. Robert's patent
was for twenty-four persons including "Robert
Brasseur, Florence his wife, Mary Brasseur, Persid (undoubtedly
intended for the French feminine name "Perside") Brasseur, Kathe. Brasseur, Bennet Brasseur."
Along with these Brasseurs were also "Marg. Stockwell, Geo. Juory,...
W. Wroten, Tho. Parker, Jno. Sutton, Jon. Stephens, Step Dordan, Jon.
Loyd, Jon. Bott., Symon Iron, Jon. Barefield, Eliz. Patemen, Geo.
Daldye, Wm. Ball, Nicho. Maroise (?), Tho. Pursell, Ra. Ellis, and Jon.
[VA Land Patents, Book 3, p. 33]
Also on this date , a patent was issued to
Benjamin Brasseur for three hundred acres on a "a creeke called Indian
Creeke being a branch of Nansemum river" for the cost of transporting
six persons into the the colony. "
[VA Land Patents, Book 3, p. 33]
Since Benjamin was given a patent it seems
reasonable to assume that Robert and Benjamin were traveling together
and that both of them had been in the colony before November 24, 1637.
It is conceivable that Robert Brasseiur Sr was the individual here
earlier as Russ Williams contends and that both Robert Jr and Benjamin
came later but my bet is with the brothers. Benjamin's patent was
renewed and recorded again on March 26, 1656. It was an apparent
precaution against litigation.
[Va Land Patents, Book 4, p. 40]
1658 - Benois Brasseur is in records in
Calvert Co. Maryland on a tract of land called "Bennett". This is
Benjamin Brassieur of the earlier record.
1659- Margaret Brasseur, daughter of Robert
Brasseur, marries Thomas Fleming Jordon, son of Thomas Jordan who was
born in 1600 in England. Thomas Jr. was born in 1634, he died 8
Oct 1699. They lived in Chuckatuck in Nansmond, Virginia. Thomas
and Margaret became a Quaker in 1660 for which they were persecuted
beginning in 1664. Thomas was fined and imprisoned several times
for his beliefs. Their son, Robert Jordan, born 11 July 1668 and
died in 1728, became a prominent Quaker minister. Thomas Jordan
Sr. was "a soldier under Sir George Yeardley. He settled in the
present Isle of Wight, and was burgess for Warrasquoacke at the
sessions of 16 October 1629, of 21 February 1631-2, and 4 September
1632. On 2 July 1635, he patented 900 acres in the County of
Wrrasquioake, "neare the old Indian Towne, at an oake mark'd w'th three
notches, being upon the North west side of the river running West North
west into the woods a mile; and soe runing down the river, to a Cross
Creek, a small oake being there, marked with twoe notches."[William and
Mary College quaterly historical magazine, Vol. 27, page 122]
Living in Virginia was not without its trial
and tribulations. Being a Huguenot or Quaker in an Anglican
controlled area became uncomfortable enough that Benjamin Benois
Brasseiur moved his family into Maryland where he became a
Benjamin's Citizenship papers state that
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