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Brasseur\Brashears\Beshears Family Connections
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(Names marked with * are my husband's direct lineage)

Generation #1

  Robert Brasseur* was born abt 1597 in Carpentras,France, he died Dec 4 1665 in Nansemond Co., Va.. Robert married Florence Unknown. They had 10 children; Benois Benjamin Brasseur, Mary Brasseur b. 1622, John Brasseur b.1624, Thomas Brasseur b.1626, Persie Brasseur b.1628, Robert Brasseur b.1630, Katherine Brasseur b.1632, Martha Brasseur b.1636, Margaret Brasseur b.1642 and Mary Brasseur b. 1645/46
It is believed that Robert Brasseur left France in the late 1620's, possibly making his way to Kent Co. England. He immigrated to Virginia, settling in Nansemond Co., Va. in 1636/38 where he patented 600 acres of land.



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Generation #2

  Benois Benjamin Brasseur\Brashears* (Robert) was born bef. 1620 in Rennes, France, he died May 25 1663 in Calvert Co., Maryland. He was the son of Robert Brasseur and Florence Unknown. Benois married Mary Rickford/Richford abt 1645 in Va. Mary Rickford/Richford was born abt 1630 in England, she died abt 1685 in Calvert Co.,Maryland. They had 8 children; Robert Brashears, Benjamin Brashears b.1647, John Brashears b. 1650, Anne Brashears b.1650, Elizabeth Brashears b.1654, Susanna Marie Brashears b. 1655, Martha Brashears b. 1658 and Mary Brashears b. 1660
Benois Benjamin Brasseurs migrated to Calvert Co., Maryland in 1658. He settled on the land called "Upper Bennet" which overlooks Chesapeake Bay in an area known as "The Clifts". In 1660 his name was anglicized to Benjamin Brashears.



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Generation #3

  Robert Brashears* (Benois, Robert) was born in 1646 in Nansemond Co.,Va., he died May 17 1712 in Prince George Co.,Maryland. He was the son of Benois Benjamin Brasseur\Brashears and Mary Rickford\Richford. Robert married Alice Spriggs. They had 3 children; Benjamin Beshears b.1666, Samuel Brashears, Robert Brashears b.1675


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Generation #4

  Samuel Brashears* (Robert, Benois, Robert) was born in 1673 in Calvert Co.,Maryland, he died June 1 1740 in Prince George Co., Maryland. He was the son of Robert Brashears and Alice Spriggs. Samuel married Ann Jones in 1694. Ann was born in 1673 in Queen Ann,Talbot, MD. She was the daughter of William Jones b. abt.1640, d. abt.1702 and Dorothy Cager b. abt.1648, d. abt. 1702. Samuel and Ann had 10 children; William Brashears b.1694, Samuel Brashears Jr. b.1696, Ann Brashears b.1697, Elizabeth Brashears b.1701, John Brashears b.1702, Robert Cager Brashears, Clara Brashears b.1707, Basil Brashears b.1714, Otto Brashears b.1716 and Mary Brashears b.1720



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Generation #5

  Robert Cager Brashears* (Samuel,Robert, Benois, Robert) was born Feb 19 1705, he died July 1786 in Rocky Springs, Guilford Co., NC.. He was the son of Samuel Brashears and Ann Jones. Robert married Charity Dowell Feb 2 1728 at All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel, Maryland. Charity Dowell was born April 4 1711 in Calvert Co., Maryland, she died in 1787 in Guilford Co., NC. They had 7 children; Phillip Brashears, Ann "Nancy" Brashears b.1729, Robert Samuel Brashears b.1731, Jesse Brashears b.1734, Asa Brashears b.1745, Zaza Brashears b.1747 and Elizabeth Brashears b.1748



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Generation #6

  Phillip Brashears* (Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born 1727 in Prince George Co., Maryland, he died 1798 in Henry Co. Va.. He was the son of Robert Cager Brashears and Charity Dowell. Phillip married Ann Wilson daughter of James Wilson and Martha Cowarding. They had 5 children;Phillip Brashears Jr. b.1755, Robert Beshears b.1759, Martha "Patty" Brashears, Nancy Brashears  and James Brashears.


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Generation #7

  Robert Beshears* (Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born 1759 in Henry Co., Va., he died 1830 in Franklin Co. Illinois. He was the son of Phillip Brashears and Ann Wilson. Robert married Patty Wilson. They had atleast one child; Robert Beshears Jr.




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Generation #8

  Robert Beshears Jr.* (Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born 1782 in Va., he died 1877 in Pike Co., Mo.. He was the son of Robert Beshears and Patty Wilson. Robert married Elizabeth Whitton in 1805 in Mo. Elizabeth Whitton was born in 1781 in Maryland, she died in 1870 in Pike Co., Mo.. They had 6 children; Elijah Beshears b.1810, Pauline Beshears b.1807, James W. Beshears b.1812, William Bazwell Beshears b.1814, Robert Anderson Beshears b.1815 and Jackson Beshears b.1818.




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Generation #9

  Elijah Beshears* (Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born in 1810 in Ky., date of death unknown. He was the son of Robert Beshears Jr. and Elizabeth Whitten. Elijah married Sarah Long abt 1830, Sarah was born abt 1813. They had 9 children; Nancy Beshears b.1834, Elizabeth Beshears b.1836, Caroline Beshears b. 1839, Robert T. Beshears b.1842, Joanne F. Beshears b.1843, James N. Beshears b.1846, Susan G. Beshears b.1846, Martha C. Beshears b.1848 and Mary Beshears b. 1856.




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  Pauline Beshears (Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born in 1807 in Ky., date of death unknown. She was the daughter of Robert Beshears Jr. and Elizabeth Whitten.  Pauline married Joseph Keithley on April 23, 1835 in Pike Co. Mo.. Joseph was the son of Jacob Keithley and Barbara Roland. He was born on April 30, 1786 in Bourbon Co., KY., he died in 1852 in Pike Co., MO.
Pauline and Joseph had 6 children; Emily Jane Keithley  b.1836, Martha A. Keithley b.1838, Lucy W. Keithley b.1842, Mary H. Keithley b.1843, Margaret Pauline Keithley b.1845 and John Keithley b.1848.




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  James W. Beshears (Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born in 1812 in Ky., date of death unknown. He was the son of Robert Beshears Jr. and Elizabeth Whitten. James married Malinda Wilson, born abt 1822 in MO.. They had 3 children; James C. Beshears b.1844, William H. Beshears b.1847 and Martha A. Beshears b.1853.




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  William Bazwell Beshears (Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Aug 24, 1814 in Montgomery Co., Ky., he died on Sept 17, 1899 in Ralls Co.,MO., burial at Vandalia, Audrain Co., MO. He was the son of Robert Beshears Jr. and Elizabeth Whitten.  William married Zephalinda Lewellen on March 10, 1836 in Ralls Co., MO.. Zephalinda was born on May 8, 1818 in Logan Co.,Ky., she died on Feb 11, 1897 in Vandalia, Audrain Co., MO.. William and Zephalinda had 5 children; Mary E. Beshears b.1836, James R. Beshears b.1839, Paulina A. Beshears b.1841, William H. Beshears b.1844 and Thomas J. Beshears b. 1849.




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  Robert Anderson Beshears (Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on June 8, 1815 in Bourbon Co., Ky., he died on Dec 10,1891 in Ralls Co., MO., burial at Center, Ralls Co., MO.. He was the son of Robert Beshears Jr. and Elizabeth Whitten. Robert married Lucretia Unsell on July 12, 1843 in Ralls Co., MO.. Lucretia was born on Feb 24, 1821, she died on May 17, 1895, burial at Center, Ralls Co., MO.
Robert and Lucretia had 5 children; William B. Beshears b.1845, Lucretia Elizabeth Beshears b.1848, Elias Beshears b.1851,  Lucy J. Beshears b. 1858 and Arval Anderson Beshears b.1860.



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  Jackson John Beshears (Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Oct 8, 1818 in Bourbon Co., Ky., he died June 28, 1882 in Ralls Co., MO., burial at Salem Cem., Ralls Co., MO.. He was the son of Robert Beshears Jr. and Elizabeth Whitten. Jackson married Elizabeth Keithley. They had 7 children; Lucinda Beshears b.1844, Arminity Beshears b.1846, Martha Beshears b.1848, Hiriam E. Beshears b.1850, William R. Beshears b.1853, Malissa Beshears b.1855 and Serrilda Beshears b. 1858.




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Generation #10
  Robert T. Beshears* (Elijah,Robert Jr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert, Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Nov 3, 1842 in MO., he died Dec 7,1914 in Pike Co., Mo., burial at Fairview Cem., Frankford, Pike Co., MO.. He was the son of Elijah Beshears and Sarah Long. Robert married Mary Ann Allison on April 5, 1860 in MO.. They had 7 children; Sarah Beshears b.1864, Agnus Beshears b.1866, Dulcemia Beshears b.1868, Catherine Beshears b.1870, William Elze Beshears b.1872, James Beshears b.1874 and Lucinda Beshears b.1879.




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 Generation #11

  William Elze  Beshears* (Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Feb 4, 1872 in MO., he died March 29, 1938 in Pike Co., MO., burial at Fairview Cem,, Frankford, Pike Co., MO.. He was the son of Robert T. Beshears and Mary Ann Allison. William married Julia Delia Arendt on Nov 11, 1891 in Bowling Green, Pike Co., MO.. They had 11 children;Dora Lee Beshears b.1892, Leroy Beshears b.1893, Rueben Alfred Beshears b1895, Ruby M. Beshears b.1896,   Nora Perditta Beshears b.1897, Mattie Beshears b.1902, Robert Arendt Beshears b.1904, Martha (Molly) Beshears b.1906, Raymond C. Beshears b.1908, Rexie Coulter Beshears b.1910 and Maggie D. Beshears b.1915 .

William supported his family as a farmer. William and Julia lived in several different locations, both in Missouri and Illinois during their 47 year marrige. In 1900 they lived in Peno Twp. Pike County, Missouri., which is in the northern part of Pike county, bounded on the north by the Salt River, on the east by the Salt River and Buffalo township, on the south by Cuivre River and Spencer townships, and on the west by Spencer township and Ralls County. The principal industry of this township since its beginning has been agriculture. Cattle, hogs, soybeans, wheat, corn and other cereals were raised there, and the Short Line Railroad (also known as the St. Louis, Hannibal and Keokuk) ran entirely through the township from north to south affording shipments to larger markets.
By 1910, William and his family had moved to the neighboring county, and were living on a farm in Spencer Twp., Ralls Co., Mo. Ralls County is in the eastern part of the State, bounded on the north by Marion County, northeast by the Mississippi River, which separates it from Illinois, east and southeast by Pike County, south by Pike and Audrain Counties, and west by Monroe County. Spencer Township is bounded on the north by Clay Township, on the east by Saverton Township, on the south by Jasper Township, and on the west by Center Township. The main town was New London.
In 1919, the family was living on a farm owned by the Bradley Institute in Hull, Pike Co. IL. Just a few years later, in 1924, they had moved back to Missouri., and were living in Saverton Twp., Ralls Co., Mo. Saverton Township is the northeastern township of the county, being bounded on the north by Marion County; east by the Mississippi River; south by Spencer Township, and Pike County, and on the west by Clay Township. It was here that two of William's children, Rexie and Maggie, had their picture from school placed in the newspaper.
In 1930 Julia, William and 3 of their children, son's Robert, Rexie and thier youngest daughter, Maggie, lived in Hannibal.
By 1934, William and Julia had once again moved back to Peno Twp., Pike Co. Mo., and were living in Frankford, MO. William lived there until his death at the age of 66 years in 1938.



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Generation #12

  Dora Lee Beshears (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on March 4, 1892 in MO., she died on April 7. 1976 in Mo., burial at Barkley Cemetery, New London, Ralls Co., MO.. She was the daughter of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt. Dora married Joseph  W. Epperson in 1912 in MO. They had 2 children;Garnett Lee Epperson b.1910 and William Edward "Huck" Epperson b.1912


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  Rueben Alfred Beshears* (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on August 21, 1895 in Asburn, Pike Co., MO., he died on May 1, 1936 in Pike Co., MO., burial at Fairview Cemetery, Frankford, Pike Co., MO.. He was the son of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt. Rueben married Zoleta Daly abt 1817. They had 6 children; Lula Dee Beshears b.1919, Bertha Beshears , Lucille Beshears b.1923, William J. Beshears b.1927, Robert A. Beshears b. 1931 and George Beshears.




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  Nora Perditta Beshears (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Feb 5, 1897 in Frankford, Pike Co., MO., she died on Dec 10, 1980 in Edwardsville, Wyandotte Co., Kansas, burial at Highland Park Cem., Edwardsville, Wyandotte Co., Kansas  She was the daughter of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt. Nora married (1)William Melvin Roberts in 1918 in MO. William was born on March 22, 1886 in MO., he died on July 4, 1950 in Kansas City, Wyandotte Co., Kansas. She married (1)Benjamin Miller. Benjamin died in 1963.
William and Nora had 4 children; Georgia Ruth Roberts b.1919, William Charles Roberts b.1921,  Frank Aubrey Roberts b.1922 and Richard Roberts b.1924
Nora worked for the Ward Paper Box Company, as a floor lady before retiring in 1955. She had worked at the company fot 20 years. She was a member of the Bookbinders Union Local No. 52.


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  Mattie Beshears (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Feb 18, 1902 in MO., she died on Nov 1986 in Mo. She was the daughter of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt. Mattie married Roy Ambers Epperson  on Dec 24, 1916 in MO.. They had five children.




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  Martha(Molly) Beshears (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born in 1906 in MO., she died c.1928 in St.Louis MO., burial at Frankford Cemetery, Frankford, Pike Co., MO. She was the daughter of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt. Martha married Harry Gregory.






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  Raymond C. Beshears (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on March 31, 1908 in MO., he died on Dec 25, 2001 in New London, Ralls Co., MO., burial at Grandview Burial Park, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO.. He was the son of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt.  Raymond married Betty Cutburth on Dec 31, 1954 in Kansas City, Kansas. They had one child.

Raymond was a car dealer and bartender. In his later years he was active in the Forget Me Not Senior Citizens program and served on the Senior Citizen Housing Board of New London, MO. for many years. He was a member of the Salt River Christian Church.




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  Maggie D. Beshears (William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Feb 12, 1915 in MO., she died on Aug 13, 1981 in MO. burial at Fairview Cemetery, Frankford, Pike Co., MO.. She was the daughter of William Elze Beshears and Julia Delia Arendt. Maggie married Elmer Ellis. They had 1 child; Elmer Ellis Jr.





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Generation #13


  Lula Dee Beshears
(Rueben, William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born in Dec 19, 1919 in Mo., she died in 1987 in New London, Ralls Co., MO., burial at Grandview Burial Park, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO.. She was the daughter of Rueben Alfred Beshears and Zoleta Daly. Lula married Owen Cravens. Owen was born on June 5, 1898, he died on May 20, 1980 in Hannibal, Marion Co., MO., burial at Grandview Burial Park, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO..

Lula Dee had two daughters.




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  Lucille Beshears
(Rueben, William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on April 19, 1923 in Eleaix, IL., she died on Jan 17, 2000 in St. Charles, MO., burial at Grandview Burial Park, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO.. She was the daughter of Rueben Alfred Beshears and  Zoleta Daly. Lucille married Noel Shonhart on March 15, 1951 in Hannibal, Marion Co., MO.. Noel died on Sept 22, 1981 in MO., burial at burial at Grandview Burial Park, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO..

Lucille had 3 children.

Lucille was a homemaker and a member of the Salt River Christian Church.



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  William J. Beshears
(Rueben, William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on April 28, 1927 in Frankford, Pike Co., MO., he died on Jan 8, 2004 in Louisiana, Pike Co., MO., burial at Hydesburg Cem, near Hannibal, Marion Co., MO.. He was the son of Rueben Alfred Beshears and  Zoleta Daly.  William (Billy Joe) married (1) Carrie May Coleman, daughter of Lee Marvin Coleman and Viola Mae Fenton. He married  (2) Still Living

Billy Joe and Carrie May had two children.

Billy Joe and his second wife had 3 children;a son Billy Joe Beshears Jr. b. and two daughters.

Billy Joe farmed most of his life near Palmyra, MO.. He was a member of the Pentecostal religion.


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  Robert A. Beshears
(Rueben, William,Robert,Elijah,RobertJr.,Robert,Phillip,Robert,Samuel,Robert,Benois,Robert) was born on Nov 24, 1931 in New London, Ralls Co., MO., he died on June 15, 2003 in Hannibal, Marion Co., MO., burial at Grandview Burial Park, Hannibal, Marion Co., MO..  He was the son of Rueben Alfred Beshears and  Zoleta Daly. Robert (Archie) married (1)Grace Pursifull, he married (2)(Still Living)

Archie and Grace had two children.

Archie was a lifelong resident of New London, MO. and was a  member  of the Salt River Christian Church. For 44 years, he was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District  and for many of those years, he operated a motor grader. He was  known as Pop to many of the younger  employees.



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