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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Mrs. Rosa Brashear, one of the few survivors of Adair’s pioneers, was born in Spartenburg District, South Carolina, September 22, 1809, was reared and married there to William G. Brashear, and then they, with her parents, James and Susan (Burnett) Wood, and one child, a daughter, Millicent, immigrated to Ralls County, Mo., in the spring of 1827. Her parents died in that county but they remained there until their respective deaths. They returned in the fall of 1841, at which date they moved to Adair County, locating near the present site of Brashear. Mrs. Brashear’s parents were natives of Virginia, married in South Carolina, and have both Scotch and German blood in their veins. Mr. Brashear was born January 13, 1807, in Spartenburg District, South Carolina, and died May 10, 1862, in Adair County, Mo. They were fortunate in rearing eleven of the twelve children given them, and one son, T. A., served his country for three years in the Fourteenth Illinois Infantry during the Rebellion. Two other sons, John W. and R. M., are prosperous and prominent Adair County farmers.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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