Notes for Robert Brasseur
!WILL of ROBERT BRASHIER Maryland Hall of Records, Wills, L. 13, ff. 407-408:
In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Brashier, of Prince Georges Co., being sick of body, but of sound & perfect mind and memory --- praise be to Almighty God --- do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forme following: first, I commend my soul into the hands of God, my Saviour; and my body I comitt to the earth to be buried at the descretion of my executor, hereafter named. And as for my temporall estate, I give and dispose thereof as follows: first, I will that my debts be duly paid and discharged.
Item: I give unto my son, Robert Brashier, one of my two mares, vizt, the youngest of the two. All the rest and residue of estate, real and personal goods and chattells whatsoever, I do give and bequeath unto my loveing, dutifull son, Saml. Brashier, and his heires forever, whom I hereby ordain full and sole executor of this my last will and testament. And I do hereby revoak and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In Wittnesse Whereof, I, the said Robt. Brashier, to this my last will and testament do set my hand and seale, this fourth day of August, 1710.
Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence of us: Clems. Hill, Edwd. Holmes, Wm. Holmes Robert Brashier
May 17, 1712. Then came the within-named Mr. Clems. Hill & Mr. Edw. Holmes and Mr. William Holmes, wittnesses to the within will, and did make oath upon the holy Evangelist of Almighty God that they were present at the time the deceased Robt. Brashier did sign & seale & declare the within will to be his last will and testament, revoking all other wills by him formerly made, and at the time he was in his perfect sences.
Sworn before me, Benj. Berry, Dpty. Comm.
The inventory of the estate of Robert Brashier came to 1/14/6 (Maryland Hall of Records, Inventories and Accounts, L. 33, ff. 80).
Robert Brashier appears to have been a member of the Church of England. From the final account, filed 10 Dec 1712, we know that the funeral sermon was made by Rev. Robert Owens of the Church of England.
!Maryland Calendar of Wills: Baldwin 975.2 B1934 p 225;
BRASHIER, ROBERT, Prince George's Co., 4th Aug 1710....17th May 1712
To son ROBERT, one of my two mares vizt, the youngest of the two.
To son SAMUEL, ex., and hrs., residue of estate.
Test: Edward Holmes, Wm. Holmes, Clement Hill. 13.407
In his will probated in 1712, he wrote his name as BRASHEARS.
He married ALICE (JONES or CAGER) as determined by the marriage of SAMUEL (1673-1740) to ANN JONES daughter of William Jones and Dorothy Cager, reportedly his cousin. Their son SAMUEL (b1696) married his cousin ELIZABETH BRASHEARS. Son BENJAMIN (son of ROBERT) married MARY JONES (daughter of WILLIAM JONES and DOROTHY CAGER)
!Page 88, "A Brahsear(s) Family History" by Charles Brahsear and Shirley Brasher McCoy: Thomas Paggett daughter could have been Robert's first wife.
Second wife was ALICE JACKSON (widow of Thomas JACKSON)
!A Brashear(s) Family History, Vol. 2 Robert C. Brashear of North Carolina and Some Descendants of Tn, Ky, Mo, Tx, etc.; pg 14: "We do not know who Robertís first wife was, but she was mother of the children, for he didnít marry his second wife, Alice, widow of Thomas Jackson, until 1679, when she renounced her right to administer the estate of her deceased husband, Thomas Jackson. All of Robertís children were born before this. Some researchers have thought Alice was possibly a daughter of Thomas Sprigg, but the Sprigg genealogy does not document an Alice at this time. Nor does the fairly detailed will of Thomas Sprigg."
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