The Robert Brassieur Family
the Huguenot

Robert Brasseur/Brashear/Brassieur
b. c1597 ? France d. ?

m. unknown
b. .................. d. ...................
her father: ............. wife:

his father: unknown Huguenot
his mother: unknown Huguenot
Children
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 Dec 1675)
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

* family according to Brashear, Charles and McCoy, Shirley Brasher. A Brashear(s) Family History, Vol. 1 (of eight) The First Two Hundred Years of Brashears in America, Charles Brashear/Shirley McCoy, 1998

@ 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]

The family name Brassieur/Brashear is spelled many different ways in records for this family. It is common to find the same ancestor with records spelled in any number of the following ways: Brashere, Brassure, Brasseur, Brasheure, Brashear, Brasheare, Brasheer, Braysier, Brashairs, Brassieux, Brassier, Brassewr, Brassere, Brasshear, Breshears, Bresshears, Brasher, Bosher, Boucher, Breshiers, etc. According to one researcher there are calculated to be at least thirty-five variations of the name.

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 1637. 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]

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.

1637, November 24, A land-lease contract is filed in Virginia for another individual that the land is "bounded... West on land of Robert Brasheare"
[VA Land Patents, Book 1, p.503]

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".

1653, April 12 - Another patent was issued to Robert for twelve hundred acres "in the County Nanzemond at the head of the southern branch of 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. Abby."
[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 trasporting 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]

Benjamin's Citizenship papers state that

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