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How we all got to the Pennyroyal ...from South Carolina

MIDDLETON BRESHEARS WAS
NEVER IN FAUQUIER CO VIRGINIA

We find these head of households paying Tax in SC before 1790

1)BRISHERS, WILLIAM
2)BESHEWS, THOMAS
3)BRADCHAW, William
4)B......., Thomas of Kershaw
5)B......., Samuel of Laurens
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6)B......., John Sr and Jr. of Pendelton Dist?

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TAX LISTS OF OLD DIST. 96 -SOUTH CAROLINA

1790ish OLD DIST. 96
of SOUTH CAROLINA TAX LISTS

1)BRISHERS, WILLIAM
2)BESHEWS, THOMAS
3)BRADCHAW, William

In the old Brashears Book there is reference to William Breshears b 1760 ...father of William Gowan Breshears,
who came from Fauquier County Virginia. This would make William Gowan Breshear's grandfather b abt 1740, in Fauquier or Loudoun County VA. Since Henry was enumerated
along with William Gowan Breshears in Spartanburg, shouldent we five him the father of Fauquier Co., also?
Or ...at least, might William of Fauquier, be his fster father?

When I first started research back in the 1960s, our family tradition for Henry Alexander Breshears was that we had a forefather who lived well over 100 years and that he loved
to play the Fiddle, ...and played at dances.

Supposedly he had an encounter of the "Devilish " kind and so got religion and never played again.

Another "Tradition" ..."The Catholics drove them out of their land. I have thought this was making reference to
the time that "His most Royal Majesty" the King of Spain had rule over the Mississippi Territory.

Another Tradition was that the family received land (probably on Stone River KY/TN), where the land was so rocky and poor that they moved off and took land in another area. I wonder if that was how they came to take land in
Lawrenceburg TN. Perhaps as the Heirs of John Brazer of Pearl River and later St. Louis Missouri, who made claim to Congress for lands that had been spoiled by the french. The Land claims for Missouri reflect that a JOHN, WILLIAM and THOMAS received land im Missour ...Right?

Another tradition was that "...the Mason Dixon Line divided the family. After much looking, I wonder if this might be how part of the family may have been situated in PA and part in MD. The heirs of Thomas were in Maryland and the heirs of John were in York County Pennsylvania.

We can go full circle here if we remember that William BRATCHER was in Lancaster Co PA about 1751. York was separated from Lancaster. So ...who is the JOHN BRAZER of
York County.

Below are families I know who went
by name of BRISHERS

QUESTION: Who is the John BISHER along
with a Robert BRASHER who had land in
Giles County TN as early as 1810?

1) THE BISHEERS MILL - "MILL'S ATLAS" SPARTANBURG
See lineage of WM GOWAN & MARY (CLAYTON)BISHERS on MOTTLOW CR. Spartanburg SC.

WATCHING FOR William ;Thomas, and BENJAMIN BRATCHER who went by BRESHER (SIC Bisheer and Besheer)



2) JO. & H. & A. BISHEARS [1811 ACRES]
TAX 1822 LIVINGSTON County Kentucky.
XCK:HENRY BRASHEAR OF LAWRENCEBURG TN
WHO?:JOSEPH; HENRY AND ALEXANDER BISHEAR

3 JOHN BISHEARS
TAX 1817 LIVINGSTON County Kentucky
ACRES:? ENTRY: ? sO WHERE WAS HE? ...Perhaps on Richland Cr. TN?
XCK: JN & William BISHEAR with JN BROWN 0f Giles Co., Tennessee

4) FRANCIS BISHER ..IN WILL OF CHARLOTTE (BISHER) KELLY HER SISTER:

ABST 0/WILLS 6 MAR 1815 BALTIMORE MD. FANNY bound to ELLEN FLOYD; SON RICHARD (KELLY) IN CARE OF FRANCIS BISHER;
WTN:WM DYKES; ED KELLY;WM LAFFERTY




GILES COUNTY TENNESSEE BISHEARS

5) 1810...JOHN BRACHER 500 ACRES BY GRANT # .62/.31?
COURT MIN 1810 LINCOLN CO Tennessee
TAX DUE & UNPAID FOR YEAR 1810.TO BE SOLD NOV NEXT
IS THIS JN BISHEAR 0F GILES 1814, and Livingston Co., Ky 1817?

6) JOHN BRASHEARS [SIC BISHEARS?]
TAX 1822 LIVINGSTON County Kentucky

7) JOSEPH BRIZIER [SIC BRISHEAR]
TAX 1822 LIVINGSTON County Kentucky
ACRES: 200 Water Way: CUMBERLAND RIVER
XCK: JN; JO; H. & A. BISHEAR Water Way :
CUMBERLAND RIVER, Kentucky

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BISHEARS IN SC RECORDS

The land on Mottlow Creek, Spartanburg SC, that William Gowan Breshears inherited, is shown in "Mill's Atlas" under the spelling BRISHERS. I have visited the land and visited with Brenda Collins who still owns it. This is where William Gowan Breshears has his roots. (Spartanburg SC Deeds Index)

1800 US CENSUS - SPARTENBURG /PENDLETON DIST. SC

1800...WILLIAM BRESHEARS,
1800, page 14 (AIS PG 1 84)
...Male-20010- 1-45 UP
...Females-10010-00 - MARY CLAYTON 45 UP

1800...HENRY BRESHEARS,
1800, PAGE 14, (AIS PG 184)
...M 30100 [26-45?]
...F-10010-00 [45 UP?] [ELEANOR HARDIN]

I feel that the WILLIAM BRESHEARS and HENRY BRESHEARS who show in the 1800 census for Spartenburg and Pendelton Co., SC. may be the same WILLIAM GOWAN BRESHEARS. with HENRY ALEXANDER BRESHEARS Sr., who we know is our FAMILY in Lawrence Co., TN. They are probably brothers or cousins.

1800...WILLIAM BRATCHER,
PAGE 7, (BRESHEARS?)
...M 2T10, 1T16, 1-45 UP,
...F 1-10T15, 1-45 UP. [SARAH]

Notice the elderly couple here. Henry Alexander Breshears' family tradition says a grandparent lived to be over 100 yrs.

lAWRENCEBURG TENNESSEE

Click: Lawrenceburg Tennessee Connections

I may also include a map of the location of our family's origin