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Alonzo Monroe Brashear & Descendants
Posted by: Charles Brashear (ID *****0446) Date: November 01, 2004 at 17:04:18
In Reply to: Brazier-Brashears Yell County Arkansas by Weezie of 468

Hi Weezie,
Alonzo Monroe Brashear was NOT a Brazier, but a Brashear. I've got too much on the whole family to post it here, but I'll give what I have on Alonzo. Send additions and corrections please, along with documentation, etc. Do you, by any chance, have a photo of Alonzo? If so, make a GOOD color xerox or Laser copy of it and send it to me.

This is not my immediate family. I just set out to collect everything I could on every branch of the Brashear family (pure evidence that I am certifiably insane, I'm sure) and am about half way though publishing a nine-volume history of the family. Wish me luck, and send data.

       912. Alonzo Munro Brashear, (illegitimate s/o Mortimer Marechal
Brashear and a serving girl, Polly Ann Turner), b. 1 Mar 1845, problably at
Dover, Pope Co, AR, killed 15 Dec 1905. Sarah (Vaughn) Brashear, wife of
Mortimer, is said to have raised the child as if he were her own, but he
appears in none of the census listings of Mortimer and Sarah.
       Alonzo Brashear m.1. Liza Burt, d. c1869 (several ch, one survived); m.2.
20 Jul 1872, Amanda Melvina Brown, b. 7 Apr 1849, d/o John Wesley
Brown and Eliza Jane Vaughn (see below); m.3. Malvina "Mollie" Masterson,
b. IL, Aug 1853 (per 1900 Census, Sebastian Co, AR; listed as Malvina, wife
of Alonso), d. 6 Jan 1903 or 1904.
       The Brown family papers (Bible?) have it that Alonzo was born in
Tennessee. He volunteered for service with the Union Army during the Civil
War in 1861 (1863 says "Arkansas' Damned Yankees") at Fayetteville, AR, Co.
D, 1st Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regt, 7th Army Corps of the Western
District. Honorably discharged at Ft Smith, AR, 10 Aug 1865, when the
Regiment was mustered out; died and was buried on his homestead in the
mountains near Rover, Yell Co, Arkansas. Other evidence says he was
Family of Alonzo Brashear and Liza Burt: (data from Ila Wells; census and
marriage records; court documents)
349. 101. Mary Brashear, m. John Kinder. One old paper says their
children were Walter, Arthur, Hettie, b. 1891, d. 31 May 1972,
Bertha, b.1892, Chester, Hobart, b. 1895, Stella, Irene Craig,
Fred, Myrtle, b. 1908, Edythe, b. 1905, and Grady Kinder.
350.        114. Bertha Kinder, b. 1892; m.1. _________ Chronister; m.2.
________ Plummer,
351.               121. Malcolm Chronister, bur Ft. Smith, AR
352.               122. Webster Chronister, last addr: 773 Jefferson, Lake
Charles, LA 70605
353.                      131. Rex Chronister, atty, last addr: 51 So. 6th,
Ft. Smith, AR 72901
354. 102. Jimmie Brashear, d. a few months old
355. 103. infant, d. at birth
356. 104. infant, d. at birth
Family of Alonzo Brashear and Amanda Melvina Brown:
357. 105. *John Wesley Brashear, b. 17 Jun 1873, at Elbow Shoals, Candy,
MO, d. 13 Aug 1944, at Little Rock, AR, bur Rover, AR; m. 24
Dec 1897, in Danville, Yell Co, AR (Bk H, p.330), Sarah T.
“Sallie” Edens, b. Aug 1877 (19 at marriage)
358. 106. George Brashear, d. 25 Dec 1875, age 6 months.
359. 107. *Amanda Melcena Brashear, b. 20 Nov 1877, in Washington Co,
AR, d. 19 Jun 1980, Ft Smith, AR; bur Roselawn Cem, Ft
Smith; m. James Albert Martin, (Grandparents of Mrs. Ila
Wells, 2905 Masters Circle, Plano, TX 75093)
Family of Alonzo Brashear and Malvina “Mollie” Masterson:
360. 108. Darcus S. Brashear, b. Nov 1883 (per 1900 census, Sebastian Co,
AR); m. Cab Reed,
361. 109. Maud H. Brashear, b. Oct 1890 (per 1900 Census, Sebastian Co,
362. 1010. Major McKinley Brashear, b. Aug 1896 (per 1900 Census,
Sebastian Co, AR) under 16 on 15 Dec 1905

1880 Census, Pope Co, AR, #D-29-p,236:
Amanda Brashears                            30, AR MS KY, housekeeper
       John W. Brashears (son)       6 AR AR AR
       Amanda Brashears (dau)       2 AR AR AR

1900 Census, Yell Co, AR, Rover twp (sdx 42/150/8/13
Brashears, John W.                     24, b. May 1876, AR
       Sarah T.                                   22, b. Aug 1877, AR, wife
       Oma                                           1, b. Oct 1898, AR, dau

1900 Census, Sebastian Co, AR, Hartzwood twp (sdx 37/165/8/2)
Brashier, Alonzo                            55, b. Mar 1845, AR
       Malvina                                   41, b. Aug 1853, IL, wife
       Dorcas S.                                   16, b. Nov 1883, AR, dau
       Maud H.                                    9, b. Oct 1890, AR, dau
       Major McKinley                             3, b. Aug 1896, AR, son

       Family story has it that Alonzo deserted his second family. He fell in
love with and ran away with Malvina “Mollie” Masterson when his daughter,
Amanda Melcena Brashear, was 8 months old. Grandpa John Wesley Brown
went for his daughter Amanda Melvina (Brown) Brashear and her two
children, John and Melcena, and took them to live with him at Eureka
Springs. John thought his mother died about 1878 or 1880, but that is
probably the date of her divorce. She married twice more, according to the
Brown papers. Ila Wells says she m.2. Nov 1882, Eureka Springs, AR, Daniel
T. Prigmore, and had 3 ch: Lula Belle, Washington L. and Mary Adeline
Prigmore. Mr. Prigmore d. 12 Dec 1891, at Lavaca, AR, before Mary Adeline
was born. Amanda m.3. _______ Wilyard. Amanda died 8 Oct 1895, at Piney,
AR, bur Brock Cem.
       John's faulty memory or knowledge of his mother may stem from his
not living with Amanda in the years just after the 1880 census. Alonzo
showed up at the blacksmith shop of Grandpa Brown, selling wood. He had
a woman and child with him, though he was not divorced from Melvina. He
wanted to see the children, John and Melcena. He took them with him to a
campsite on the creek. John wanted to spend the night, which he was
permitted to do. The next morning, Alonzo, Mollie, and John had disappeared.
       J.D. Keys and D.S. Keys of Van, AR, testified on 4 May 1909 (as part
of investigation into the murder of Alonzo) "that they have known Alonzo
Brashears for 25 years, and Malvina Brashears, wife of Alonzo Brashears; that
they lived together as man and wife and were recognized as such in the
community where they lived during said period; that Alonzo Brashear died 15
Dec 1905; that he came to his death by being shot with a Winchester rifle;
affiants attended his funeral. Affiants further stated that Malvina Brashears,
wife of Alonzo Brashears, died 6 Jan 1904; affiants were present when she
died." /s/________, acting Commissioner

State of Arkansas              :
County of Yell,              :
Rover Township              :
       Now on this the 15 day of Dec 1905 came W.B. Brannum and reports
that one A.M. Brashear has been murdered by one T.C. Reed, whereupon in
the absence of the Coroner a Warrant of Arrest is issued for T.C. Reed and a
jury of 12 men is summoned to view the body of A.M. Brashear and enquire
into the cause of his death.
       On reaching the place where the body of A.M. Brashear lay, the
following jury was sworn: A. Coleman; A.V. Spears; E.T. Moore; J.T. Brown;
J.T. Butler; J.W. Gillum; J.W. Wilkerson; W.R. Humphreys; W.B. Clement;
J.H. Hunt; J.H. Umphreys; and J.E. Burruss.
       The following witnesses were examined: Major Brashear, Maud
Brashear, Darcus Reed, W.B. Brannum, and W.H. Brooks, after which the jury
returned the following verdict: "We the jury, after examining the body of A.M.
Brashear, deceased, and the grounds, and getting all the testimony possible
to get, we find that he came to his death by a gun shot wound, fired by one
Cab Reed, and that the murder was willful and Malicious, and that from the
best we can get from the evidence before us, we find that Will Brannum and
Mrs. D.S. Reed [are] accessors to the crime, this 15 Dec 1905," J.H. Umphres,
       Whereupon Warrants of Arrest are issued for Will Brannum and Mrs.
D.S. Reed.
                                   /s/ D.F. Cumbie, JP

       According to Ila Wells, of Texas, a note left in the family papers says
that Dorcas Brashear, child of Alonzo and Mollie, married Cab Reed, who was
arrested and convicted of murdering Alonzo, but was later exonerated when
a Will Brown [Brannum?] confessed to the murder. But since Will Brown was
under age, he was not tried nor sentenced. [Was he incompetent to stand

Letter from the War Department, dated 18 Oct 1909:
to: "The Auditor, for the War Department
       In response to your call of the 11th, received the 12th instant
(JHP.316-376,919), relative to the claim of John Brashears, of Rover, AR,
guardian of the minor of Alonzo Brashears, late of Co. D, 1st Ark, Inf. Orig,
#840,958, you are advised as follows:
       The claimant alleged in his declaration filed in this Bureau January 8,
1906, that he is the guardian of McKinley Brashears, legitimate child of Alonzo
Brashears, who served in Co. D, 1st Ark Inf., and who, the claimant states
died on December 15, 1905; that he left no widow surviving, and that the
above named is the only surviving legitimate child of Alonzo Brashears who
was under 16 years of age at the time of the soldier's death.
       The following is a copy of the affidavit of J.W. Brashears: "In the year
1869, father's first wife died. In the year, 1872, father and mother married in
Pope Co, Ark. Mother died in 1878 or 1880. Father met his wife, Mallie or
Melvina, and went to the Ind.T. and they was married. In 1903, Jan 6,
Major's mother died north. Major McKinley, the boy for whom pension [is
sought], is living. Brashears father did not marry again. Dec 15, 1905, father
was killed instley, there wasnt any Dr required. Held in Yell Co, State of Ark,
the Danvill Dist Co of Yell State of Ark."
       Statement was filed with Clerk at Danville on the 15th of Dec 1905
              Ark Circuit Clerk, Fred H. Phillips
              Baxter Gatlin, Circuit Clerk, Dardanelle Dist
              B.H. Boss, County Clerk, P.O. Danvill, AR
              J.W. Brashears, guardian for minor child

John Wesley Breashear and Sarah T. Eden
       105. John Wesley Breshear, (s/o Alonzo Brashear and Amanda Melvina
Brown), b. 17 Jun 1873, Rover, Yell Co, AR (24 in 1900 census, Rover twp,
Yell Co, AR), d. 13 Aug 1944 (16 Aug, says cem book), in State Mental Hospital
at Little Rock, AR, bur Hunts Chapel Cem, Rover, Yell Co, AR; m. 24 Dec 1897
(Yell Co, AR, Book H, p.330), Sarah T. "Sallie" Eden, b. Aug 1877, Rover, Yell
Co, AR (22 in 1900 census). They had 3 daughters:
363. 111. Naoma “Oma” Breshear, b. 21 Oct 1898, d. 1978; m. _______
364.        121. Arthur Burke; m. Dollig. Last addr: 4011 College Ave, San
Diego CA 92115
365.               131. Tom Burke, b. 1944; m. Deborah Ann Shattuck,
4918 Pacific Dr, SD CA 92109
366.               132. Craig Burke, b. 1948
367.        122. Dan Burke, last addr: 5461 Rockledge Dr. Buena Park, CA
368.               131. Dennis Burke, b. 1956
369.               132. (dau) Burke, b. 1958
370. 112. Edith Athia Breshear, b. 27 Oct 1900, d. in CA; m.1. Henry
“Heavy” Chronister; m.2. Harry Anderson,
371.        121. Mary Elizabeth Chronister, m. Stan Sorenson
372. 113. Winifred “Winnie” Ora Breshear, b. 5 Aug 1904, d. 4 Mar 1977,
Russellville, AR, at age 72 (see obit); m.1. _____ Burris, m.2.
Fay Turnbow,
373.        121. Neal Burris,
374.        122. John Burris, killed in WW II
375.        123. Kenneth Burris,
376.        124. Marie Burris, m. _____ Kay, of Jacksonville Beach, FL
377.        125. Verna Ruth Burris, m. _____ Dalbero, of Palmdale, CA
378.        126. Katherine Burris, m. _____ Stanley, living 1997 La Jolla, CA

OBIT of Mrs. Turnbow (1977)
       Mrs. Winifred O. Turnbow, 72, of Russellville died Sunday, March 4, at
Russellville Nursing Home.
       She was a native of Ola, widow of Fay Turnbow, and was the daughter
of the late Mrs. and Mrs. John Brashears. A son, John Burris, was killed in
World War II.
       Survivors include two sons: Neal Burris of Litchfield, IL, and Kenneth
Burris of Jacksonville Beach, FL; three daughters: Mrs. Marie Kay, of Gallup,
NM; Mrs. Verna Ruth Dalbero of Palmdale, CA; and Mrs. Katherine Stanley of
Thousand Oaks, CA; 15 granchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Humphrey Chapel by Rev. Tommy
Parker. Burial will be in St. Joe Cemetery by Humphrey Funeral Service.
       Active pallbearers will be Stanford Lee, Ray Baker, Otis Heathcoat,
Woodrow Parker, Arnold Thornson, and Bud Avants.
       Contact: Katherine Burris Stanley, 5538 La Jolla Blvd, 3-B, La Jolla,
CA 92037

Amanda Melcena Brashear and James Albert Martin
       107. Amanda Melcena Brashear, (d/o Alonzo Brashear and Amanda
Melvina Brown), b. 20 Nov 1877, in Washington Co, AR, d. 19 Jun 1980, Ft
Smith, AR, 102 years old; bur Roselawn Cem, Ft Smith; m.1. 16 May 1897,
Rover, Yell Co, AR, James Albert Martin, b. 9 May 1876, d. 1967, age 91.
(Grandparents of Mrs. Ila Wells, 2905 Masters Circle, Plano, TX 75093)
379. 111. Myrtle Beatrice Martin, d. age 17 months
380. 112. Martha Clarice Martin, b. 21 Oct 1900, d. 2 Feb 1979, bur
National Cem, Ft Smith, AR; m. 17 Oct 1919, Scott Co, AR, Sam
Piles, (div when Charles, 3rd child, was young); Clarice m. 3
times more, but no more children. She is buried at National
Cem, Ft Smith, AR, with last husband, Roy Fuqua.
381.        121. Myra Mamie Piles, b. 9 Oct 1919; m.l. Don Chapman, Alma,
AR; m.2. ______; m.3. _____ Becker
382.               131. Donna Sue Chapman, n.m., lives in Houston,
383.               132. Frank David Chapman; m. Donna Lynn ____; lives
north of San Antonio, TX
384.                      141. Kisha Chapman, m. c1994, expecting child in
spring 1997
385.                      142. David Chapman, student at U. AR, on
baseball scholarship (pitcher)
386.        122. John Martin “Sonny” Piles, b. 12 Sep 1921, d. May 1996,
bur National Cem, Ft Smith, AR; m. and div. several
387.               131. Jonnie Marie Piles, m. Robert Mendhall, lives Ft
Smith; has 2 dau
388.        123. Charles Foster Piles, b. 29 Oct 1926; n.m., lives in Ft
Smith, AR
389. 113. Ida Elizabeth Martin, b. 31 Mar 1902, d. 25 Aug 1989, bur
Roselawn Cem, Ft Smith, AR; m. 20 Nov 1923, Frank Henry
Degen, d. 1986, bur Roselawn Cem
390.        121. Ila Marie Degen, m. 21 Aug 1944, Ft Smith, AR, John
Andrew Wells,
391.               131. Alice Jane Wells, b. 23 Sep 1947; m. 21 Sep 1965,
Ronald Randall; div. lives in Plano, TX
392.                      141. Amanda Jane Randall, b. 1 May 1972, lives
in Tucson, AZ
393.               132. John Andrew Wells Jr, b. 9 Aug 1951, Ft Smith; m.
Diane Barlog,
394.                      141. Jason Aubrey Wells, b. 23 Aug 1979
395.                      142. Jennifer Alexia Wells, b. 23 May 1981
396. 114. Charles Clarence Martin, b. 9 Nov 1904, murdered in Ft Smith,
AR, 10 May 1933, bur Roselawn Cem, Ft Smith, AR; m. May
1926, Ft Smith, AR, Cleone Gatlin,
397.        121. Wanda Louise Martin, b. 21 Sep 1928; m.1. Barrett Sparks.
They adopted two children, then divorced. Wanda m.2.
Bob Lucy, and lives in Ft Smith
398.               131. Cindy Sparks,
399.               132. Steven Sparks,

       (Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, AR, Sunday, Nov 20, 1977)
       There’s so much to look forward to, a person doesn’t have time to die,
according to 100-year-old Amanda [Brashear] Martin of Fort Smith. Born
Sunday’s date in 1877 near Fayetteville, Mrs. Martin has picked cotton,
operated the first tourist park in Fort Smith and owned her own store. If there
is a secret to longevity, said the fragile but outspoken women, it must be hard
       A Fort Smith resident since 1919, Mrs. Martin has seen a number of
changes in the town. “It was a nice town when we came here,” she told. “Now
it’s too spread out. But Arkansas has always been the best place for me.”
       Mrs. Martin and her husband, the late James Albert Martin, operated
the Lions Club Tourist Park in 1928 and 1929. Located just south of the
National Cemetery, the park consisted of wood and screen cabins and a
community kitchen. Mrs. Martin made all the bedding for the beds, she
recalled, and planted red climbing roses on the grounds.
       Mrs. Martin remembers that when she was a child, her family relocted
several times, once by ox-drawn cart from Eureka Springs to Texas. The
journey took three weeks, she said. She was living in Yell County when she
was married, a marriage that lasted until her husband’s death three days
before their 70th anniversary.
       In 1905, the couple drove by covered wagon to live in the Oklahoma
Territory for 11 months. They sold their wagon and team to buy train tickets
to Mansfield, crossed the mountains by wagon and settled in Hon until 1919.
Together they operated a general merchantile store next to their house, so that
Mrs. Martin could also be near the children.
       The couple had a son and three daughters. The eldest daughter died
in childhood, the son in 1933. The other children are Martha Clarice Fuqua,
a resident at Medi-Homes Nursing Home, and Mrs. Frank Degen of 2221 S. O
St, with whom Mrs. Martin lives. She has five grandchildren, six great-
grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
       As a girl, Mrs. Martin learned to card cotton and wool and spin her own
thread to knit stockings for her family. She recalled earning 50 cents a day
hoeing cotton during her youth. I did all kinds of farm work except plow ... I
never plowed,” she added.
       Prices were low before World War I brought inflation, said Mrs. Martin.
“When I was first married, you paid 89 to 98 cents for 50 pounds of flour and
you could buy 100 pounds of sugar for five cents a pound,” she told. “Good
calico was five cents a yard, a good grade of cotton was 10 cents a yard. You
could buy four yards, enough to make a dress, of what we called serge cloth
for a dollar.” Today’s fashions are “terrible, and materials are just awful,” Mrs.
Martin declared. “I like cottons and wools and silk.”
       She did factory work to save for a sewing machine, sewed for others
until she had made $50 and used that money as her operating capital for a
store on Dodson Avenue. “I had $19 in goods when I opened,” said Mrs.
Martin. She managed the store and kept her own books.
       She was on call 24 hours a day as a blood donor during World War II,
until her doctor discovered that she had passed the age limit and had become
almost anemic from giving blood too frequently.
       Born the same fall President Rutherford B. Hayes was elected, Mrs.
Martin’s life has spanned the invention of electric lights, the San Francisco
Earthquake of 1906, the women’s suffrage movement, the Depression, and the
development of automobiles, radio, and television. She was 26 the year the
Wright Brothers airplane left the ground at Kitty Hawk. ...

Vaughn and Brown Family Connections
From a biographical dictionary (Whose? Where? When?, etc? I was sent only
a Xerox copy)
       William Vaughn, of Virginia, removed first to Warren Co, TN, then to
Crawford Co, AR, where he located on the Arkansas River, near Short
Mountain Creek. His sons, Samuel and Daniel Vaughn, both b. VA, crossed
the Boston Mountains and settled near Evansville, Washington Co, AR, before
Indian title to that section had been extinguished and, being encroachers,
their improvements were destroyed by the regular soldiers. In 1826, they
removed to Cane Hill, Washington Co, where they were the first settlers, and
in 1828 migrated to what is now known as the Tuttle settlement in Richland.
In 1831, Samuel Vaughn removed to the Vaughn Valley, fertile and beautiful
landscape in Northwest Arkansas [named for Samuel and Daniel Vaughn] and
bought the improvements of one "Friend," an Indian half-breed of migratory
habits, then its only occupant. Isaac Vaughn now [when?] lives here. Samuel
Vaughn dealt largely in Government claims. He died at age seventy-seven.
Daniel Vaughn lived all his life on his first claim, a short distance west of
Hindsville, [named for] William and John Hind, from Warren Co, TN, [who]
arrived about 1832, John locating on the site of Hindsville, and William
southeast two and a half miles. We do not know which of these Vaughns was
the father of Eliza Jane Vaughn.
       John Wesley Brown, b. 28 Dec 1828, in Pennsylvania, d. 25 Jan 1882;
m.1. 27 Jan 1846, Eliza Jane Vaughn, b. 8 Dec 1827, d. 10 Mar 1873; m.2.
Mary Vaughn, Eliza's sister. (Data from Brown family papers, in possession
of Ila Wells, of Texas.)
Children of John Wesley Brown and Eliza Jane Vaughn:
1. Mary Frances Brown, b. 6 Jan 1847; m. 30 Aug 1868, ________
2. Elizabeth Melcena Brown, (twin) b. 7 Apr 1849; m. 28 Sep 1871 ________
3. Amanda Melvina Brown, (twin) b. 7 Apr 1849; m. Alonzo Munro Brashear.
4. James W. Brown, (twin) b. 22 Feb 1852, d. Sep 1854
5. Elisha C. Brown, (twin) b. 22 Feb 1852, d. Oct 1954
6. Nancy Jane Brown, b. 19 Jan 1855
7. Louisa C. Brown, b. 28 Oct 1858
8. Margaret Brown, b. 14 Oct 1861
9. William M. Brown, b. 12 Sep 1866
Children of John Wesley Brown and Mary Vaughn:
10. Polina (Pauline) Brown, (triplet) b. 28 Apr 1878
11. Parilee Brown, (triplet) b. 28 Apr 1878
12. Harry Brown, (triplet) b. 28 Apr 1878

Please send me any corrections or additions you have. This will be a part of vol 8 of my BRASHEAR FAMILY HISTORY.

Charles Brashear
1718 Arroyo Sierra Circle
Santa Rosa, CA 95405-7762

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