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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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William R. Brashears, merchant, was born in Perry County, Ky., November 4, 1841, and is a son of Sampson and Margaret (Bright) Brashears, and grandson of Samuel Brashears. James Bright, his maternal grandfather, was a native of England, and came to the United States with his parents when a child. He grew to maturity near Baltimore, learning the trade of ship carpenter. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War under George Washington, serving seven years. He was wounded in the neck, and his life saved by the kind nursing of a German woman, whose memory is cherished by his posterity. He also received a bullet in the left hip, which at the time of his death had made its way nearly to his ankle. He died in Tennessee about a century old, and was the father of six children. William R. Brashears was reared on the home place in Kentucky, and at the age of twenty-two enlisted in the Confederate army as a private, under Gen. H. Marshall. In 1862 he was shot by bushwhackers, and the ball still remains in his hip. After attending school a short time after the war, he immigrated to White River, Ark., with his brother Harvey, in 1866, where he farmed two years. In 1868 he went into the mercantile business at St. Paul, and in 1887 established his present business. November 29, 1870, he married Lucina, daughter of H. B. Sumner, who was born in Ohio May 28, 1843, and came to Arkansas in 1844. Mr. and Mrs. Brashears have eight children: Martha B., Mary M., Charles W., William B., Minnie G., Allie, Myrtle, and an infant unnamed. Mr. Brashears is a public-spirited man, a member of the school board, a Democrat, and a Master Mason of high standing. The family is connected with the Methodist Church. Harvey G. Brashears, brother and business partner of our subject was born in Kentucky in 1835, where he grew to manhood. In 1862 he enlisted in Company H, Thirteenth Kentucky Volunteers, Confederate Army, and served with credit until the surrender. He came to Madison County in 1866 with his brother, and in 1875 married Mary A. Cornitt, a native of Kentucky, by whom he has six children: Joseph R., Robert L., George H., Lona M., Grover C. and Cornie. Mr. Brashears is a Democrat and a Master Mason; Mrs. Brashears is a member of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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