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Aquilla Brasher of MD, NC, SC and KY

Aquilla Brasher was a man on the move throughout his lifetime. He is my husband’s 5X great grandfather.

Brasher Family Migration

Aquilla was born 28 July 1740, Old Spesutia Church, Baltimore (today in Harford County), Maryland, the son of Thomas Brasher and his wife, Sarah (maiden name unproven, but possibly Constant or Constance.)

When he was young, Aquilla migrated to Chatham County, North Carolina with his parents. This particular branch of the extended Brasher family isn’t found in Revolutionary War patriot records. I suspect, since they married into and migrated westward with several known Tory families, that they were not in favor of American independence!

Aquilla Brasher first appears in the Chatham County records on 23 October 1782, when he, Thomas Brasher and the orphans of William Brasher, deceased, all recorded land grants from the state of North Carolina.

The American Revolution wasn’t quite over yet, so the reasons for the Brashers to move to North Carolina right at that particular time aren’t clear.

However, their stay in North Carolina was brief, as not quite two years later,  Aquilla Brasher sold the land granted to him to Eli Newlin. Why the family again pulled up stakes and moved is a mystery.

Aquilla and Mary Brasher to Eli Newlin, 1784
Chatham County, North Carolina DB C:308
Source: FamilySearch

I haven’t transcribed the deed because the only important items gleaned from it are the date the land was sold and that Aquilla’s wife, Mary, was named. Her maiden name has never been discovered.

Next stop in the migration path was Greenville County, South Carolina. Here things get a bit murky. The Brashers, like many other families, were in the habit of favoring some given names more than others. Besides this Aquilla Brasher, there was his son, Aquilla, born c1786 and Aquilla, son of Thomas, born c1784.

It is thought that Aquilla Brasher is last found in any recorded document on 29 November 1808 when he sold land to Thomas Jones. It was noted that Jones resided in Greenville County, South Carolina and Aquilla was “of Kentucky.”

Have you already spotted the problem? The two younger Aquillas would both have been just over 21 in 1808. There are no land deeds for heirs of Aquilla to be found in Greenville County.

The land sold in 1808 to Thomas Jones totaled 138 acres:

Aquilla Brasher to Thomas Jones
Greenville County, South Carolina DB H:446-447
Source: FamilySearch

Again, I am not transcribing the land deed because only the acreage and date are important here. The 138 acres of land is 62 acres of land short of what Aquilla Brasher purchased from Taply Henson in Greenville County in 1786. That deed does not plat the land in the conveyance so it is impossible to tell if the 138 acres is part of that 200 acres. There are no other deeds found in between those sales in Aquilla Brasher’s name.

Is the Aquilla Brasher of 1786 the same man who sold the 1808 land? I don’t know. What I am certain of is that there was only one Aquilla Brasher on the 1808 tax rolls of Christian County, Kentucky and only one man of that name on the 1810 Christian County, Kentucky census. That household had one young male, three aged 16-26 and one female aged 16-26.

It is possible that Aquilla Brasher Sr. died in Greenville County. It is also possible that he sold off his land, used part of it to finance the move to Kentucky and/or gave it to one of his children to support him in his senior years. No probate record has been found for him in Kentucky either.

The bottom line is that no one can prove whether Aquilla Brasher died in South Carolina or whether he made the move to Kentucky and died before 1810.

No Brasher enumerated in 1800 in Greenville County, South Carolina has a male in the home old enough to be Aquilla. No Brasher enumerated in Kentucky in 1810 has a male old enough to be Aquilla. It’s my personal opinion that Aquilla Brasher died in Greenville County, South Carolina sometime between the 1790 census where he was enumerated, and 1800 when he is no longer found.

Aquilla Brasure, 1790 Census of Greenville County, SC
Source: Ancestry

Four children have been attributed to Aquilla and Mary Brasher:

1. Lawrence, born before 1774, probably North Carolina; died before 2 October 1849, when his heirs sold his land; married Elizabeth Black, c1792, probably Greenville County, South Carolina. She was born c1774, probably South Carolina; died after the 1850 census when she lived with son Elijah’s family.

2. Thomas, born c1773, North Carolina; died after the 1850 census; married Catherine Croft, c1793, probably Greenville County, South Carolina. She was born c1773, North Carolina; died after the 1850 census.

3. Jane, born c1780, probably North Carolina; died after the 1850 census when she lived with son Matthew’s family; married Benjamin Armstrong, c1800, probably Greenville County, South Carolina. He was born 1770-1780; died by 2 November 1846, Christian County, Kentucky, when his will was recorded in court.

4. Aquilla, born c1785, Greenville County, South Carolina; died before 5 December 1865 when probate began on his estate, Cedar County, Missouri; married Lucy (MNU). She was born c1786, South Carolina; died after the 1860 census. They were alone in the home at that time.

It is very possible that Aquilla and Mary Brasher had other children, but with the combination of the time period and the lack of vital records in South Carolina, they may never be identified.

My husband’s line of descent:

  1. Aquilla Brasher and Mary (MNU)
  2. Lawrence Brasher and Elizabeth Black
  3. Hampton Brasher and Altezara Jane Woodruff
  4. Emsley Harrison Brasher and Mary Woosley Perkins
  5. Joseph Henry Brasher and Minnie Mae Williams
  6. Pearl Lillian Brasher and Earl Marcus Stufflebean
  7. Edward Earl Stufflebean and Ruby Jewel Sturgell
  8. David Lee Stufflebean

Brasher-Williams Mystery Photo, c1910 in TX or OK

Brasher-Williams Mystery Photo, c1910

This is one of my favorite photos in my family collection, although I know very little about it.

First, the only person I can identify in it is Pearl Lillian Brasher, my husband’s paternal grandmother. Pearl is the girl, second from right with the hat on.

She was born in 1898 and looks quite young, so I’d say this picture was taken about 1910-1912.

I love that all the “womenfolk” are posed for a photographer who perhaps was just passing through. Even the two little children were allowed to be in the photo and there appears to be a baby in the carriage in front of Pearl. Notice that the two children are barefoot!

What I find odd is that I can’t identify Pearl’s mother, Minnie Mae Williams (Brasher) Horne in the picture.

Pearl’s parents, Joseph and Minnie Brasher divorced shortly after 1900 and each remarried. Pearl was their only child. Minnie married (2) Charles Horne and in 1910, Pearl lived with them in Plainview, Hale, Texas. Joe Brasher married (2) Della Benton and they moved to Noble, Oklahoma.

The Brasher family was small. Joe lost his parents at a young age and he only had two brothers who did not live close by.

Minnie’s father, John C. Williams, had a large family by two marriages and lived in Dike, Hopkins, Texas. Pearl was born in Sulphur Springs in the same county.

However, this house is not John Williams’, as I have a photo of his home:

Even with no fence, it is easy to see that these are two different houses.

Because none of the ladies in the photo look familiar and the figures to the right of Pearl and the far left on the porch look like they might be close in age to Pearl, I wonder if she was visiting her grandfather in Texas, but was on a social visit to a neighbor’s to visit with the girls?

The fact that Pearl isn’t sitting on the porch also makes me think she was on a social call.

I have no proof of where the photo was taken, either, but I’ve been to Hopkins County and, for whatever reason, this house looks like it could be there.

Here is an earlier photo of John Williams’ house, probably when he first moved in:

His children with his second wife were born between 1884 and 1906. Perhaps the girl at the baby carriage is one of Pearl’s aunts, even though they are about the same age?

I probably won’t ever know who all these other ladies are or exactly where this photo was taken, but it is still a favorite, as photos with only the females of the home were not super common.


Brasher Mystery Photo: Summertime in Early OK

It’s been a while since I shuffled through some of the family photos which have unknown subjects.

Today’s photo is one of my more unusual ones because of both the setting and the subjects.

First, the setting – This is a somewhat primitive farmhouse, built up off the ground. The house looks to be quite small, too, but it has a nice porch.

Second, the subjects – My husband’s grandmother, Pearl Lillian Brasher, is the young girl with the hat sitting by the baby carriage, second from the right. It’s one of the only pictures I have of a group of female adults and children.

Who Are They?

It’s hard to tell exactly how old Pearl is here, but she definitely looks to be at least 12 but not as old as 16. That would date this photo to c1912-1914, as she was born in 1898.

I know a lot about her life story. She was born in Hopkins County, Texas to Joseph Henry Brasher and Minnie Mae Williams, who divorced when Pearl was a little girl.

Minnie remained in Texas, but lived in the Hill Country when she married (2) Charles Horne. This definitely isn’t her house, which was in a much more established looking area.

Pearl lived with her mother when she was small, but by her teen years, she lived with her father, stepmother and half siblings in Noble, Oklahoma. This definitely could be a house in Noble.

The other possibility is that Pearl was visiting her maternal grandfather, John Christopher Williams, who lived back in Hopkins County, Texas.

John C. Williams Farm

Pearl’s grandfather’s house was definitely in the same style as in my unknown picture, but his porch and house, in general, were bigger.

Here is a photo of the Williams clan:

Pearl and Minnie, left and second left, standing

None of the women or children look anything like any of the women and children in the unknown picture.

Therefore, my two choices seem to be (1) visiting neighbors in Hopkins County, Texas or, more likely, visiting in Noble, Oklahoma because I don’t see Minnie in the unknown photo.

What do you think? If you have family who lived in Noble, Oklahoma during its early days of statehood and you recognize any of these ladies or children, please leave a comment.