Robert Brasseur
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Robert Brasseur (abt. 1597 - bef. 1665)

Robert Brasseur aka Brashears, Brassieur, Brashier
Born about in Carpentras, Vaucluse, Provence, Francemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1619 in Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Calvert County, Province of Marylandmap
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There is NO EVIDENCE to suggest that his wife was a Fowke. Elizabeth Fowke, daughter of Chandler Fowke, and granddaughter of Gerard Fowke, married ZACHARIAH Brazier/Brasseur in 1759 in Virginia. This Zachariah is not provably related to Robert, the Huguenot immigrant to Virginia c. 1635. Note the names of this Elizabeth's father and grandfather; the unknown wife of Robert Brasseur/Brashear has been given an identical pedigree with the dates shifted back a century.


Please do NOT add parents for this man from the "de Jocas" family - they were NOT his family; the Allemand de Jocas family or "Pierre de Brassier de Jocas" family were Roman Catholics whereas Pierre Brasseur's family were French Huguenots (Protestants). They were NOT the same family although they may have been distant cousins, they were not this man's parents. Contact the Huguenot Migration Project for details. Chet Snow Added 26 Jan. 2017.


The Brasseur family were French Huguenots, dissidents against the Catholic Church, searching for freedom from religious persecution by immigration to Holland, England, then America before 1635. They eventually settled in Calvert County, Maryland, on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Their surname has been spelled Brasseur, Brasher, Brashear (s), Boshears, Brashier, Brasier, Brazier, Basher, Bashier and even Bradshaw. The original is thought to have come from the French word "Bras" meaning arm (a part of the body) and "Sieur" meaning Lord or Knight. Another, less noble, interpretation of the name's origin is that a "brasseur" in France is someone who brews beer and ale.

Most American Brashears and variants of the name descend from Benois Brasseur's sons, Robert, Benjamin and John. However, there appears to be another branch that entered the American Colonies through the New England area.

During the 1630s, the Anglican Church was the dominant religion in colonial Virginia. That colony was hardly more tolerant of Puritan Dissenters or Calvinist Huguenots than had been the Roman Catholics in France (from which the Brasseur family fled, seeking religious freedom). So immigrant Robert moved his family, including son Benois, from Isle of Wight County, Virginia Colony, to less-populated Nansemond County and patented 600 acres in Nansemond Co. in 1636 and 1638. At least two of Robert's children became Quakers - John and Margaret. Eventually, in 1658, the family left Virginia for the much-more open and tolerant colony of Maryland.

On October 6, 1640, Robert acquired 100 acres in Upper Norfolk County, Virginia. Two others are mentioned in the transaction, Peter Besairdier and Reene Besairdier[1].

Abstract of land patent for Robert Brasseur

There are generally two versions of the background of Benois Brasseur before coming to America. The Brasseur Family history has been most thoroughly researched in recent times and published by Charles Brashear in two volumes titled "A Brashear(s) Family History ". The origin and background of earlier versions of the origin of Benois Brasseur are thorougly discussed in the new family genealogy in a preface, entitled "The deBrassier Nonsense". Please read this discussion of Robert's possible origins at:[2] before adding undocumented parents for him.

In some [older] genealogies, a Roman Catholic Frenchman from Carpentras: Allemand Brassier de Jocas, is listed as a possible ancestor of Benois Brasseur (the Huguenot emigrant ancestor to America), but we can now document that Benois’ father was named Robert Brasseur, who was born about the same time as Pierre Brassier de Jocas, Allemand’s son. Allemand de Brassier was not Robert Brasseur's father. Robert and his son Benois Brasseur arrived in Virginia in about 1635, when Robert already had seven children, the oldest being Benois. Some were born in France before 1628, when the family is thought to have fled to Kent, England; others were born at the Isle of Thanet, in Kent. The remainder were born in Virginia. Within a few generations their French surname "Brasseur" had been Anglicized to "Brashear" or "Brashears".


Brashieur, Robert Sr. 4th Dec., 1665; 16th Dec. 1665; Will Book 1, page 240
To Thomas Tovey, Thomas Frost, and Thomas Smith, land on which testator lived.
To Robert Jarvis, Mary Brashieur, personalty.
To John Cobreth, house and land.
Test: John Cobreth, Mark Clear, John Bennett. [3]

Name: Robert /Brassier/
Birth: Date: 1597 in Pernes, Vaucluse, Provence, France
Death: Date: 16 DEC 1665 - Charles Co., Province of Maryland
Event: Arrival Date: BET 1658 AND 1663 - English colony of Maryland


Husband: Robert Brasseur; Born: ABT 1597 at: Carpentras, France. Married: ABT 1621 at: France. Died: 4 DEC 1665 at: Nansemond Co., Virginia [sic = Calvert Co., Maryland]
Father: ? - Mother: ?
Spouses: Wife: Florence Unknown. Born: ABT 1600 at: ?. Died at: ?
  1. Benois "Bennet" Brasseur; Born: BEF 1620 at: Rennes [??], France; Married: ABT 1645 at: ,Virginia. Died: ABT 25 MAY 1663 at: Near Chesapeake Bch, Calvert Co., Maryland. Spouses: Mary Rickford
  2. Mary Brasseur. Born: ABT 1622 at: Isle of Thanet, Kent Co., England. Married: ? at: ? Died: Yes - young; at: ? Spouses: [Unmarried]
  3. John Brasseur, Sr. Born: ABT 1624 at: Isle of Thanet, Kent Co., England. Married: BEF 1645 at: ? Died: Y at ? 3 Spouses: Abigail Unknown; Mary Cocke; Mary Pitt.
  4. Thomas Brasseur. Born: ABT 1626 at: ? Married: ? at: ? Died: Y
  5. Persie Brasseur. Born: ABT 1628 at: Isle of Thanet, Kent Co., England. Married: ? at: ? Died: BEF 1687 at: ? Spouse: John Cobreath #Robert Brasseur. Born: ABT 1630 at: England. Married: ? at: ? Died: 5 DEC 1665 at: ? Spouse: Florence Rey
  6. Katherine "Cabell" Brasseur. Born: ABT 1632 at: Isle of Thanet, Kent Co., England. Married: 30 JAN 1666 at: ? Died: AFT 1696 at: ? Spouse: Mark Clare.
  7. Martha Brasseur. Born: ABT 1636 at: Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. Married: BEF 21 JAN 1659 at: ? Died: Y at: ? Spouses: William Moseley; Captain George Taylor.
  8. Margaret Brasseur, Born: ABT SEP 1642 at: Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. Married: 23 MAR 1659 at: Nansemond Co., Maryland [sic = Virginia] Died: 7 DEC 1708 at: Chuckatuck Parish, Nansemond Co., Virginia. Spouse: Thomas Fleming Jordan, Jr.
  9. Mary Brassieur. Born: 3 JAN 1646 at: Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. Married: BEF 1664 at: Nansemond Co., Virginia. Died: ABT 1713 at: Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., Virginia. Spouses: James Biddlecombe; Samuel Peachey.


  1. Moseley, T. B., Jr. (1993). A Moseley Genealogy (Vol. II). Clifton, TX: Thomas B. Moseley, Jr., pags 5-6
  2. The de Brassier Nonsense
  3. Baldwin, Jane. The Maryland Calendar of Wills: Wills from 1635 (Earliest Probated) to 1685. Vol. 1. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1988. Page 33.
  • Consolidated Update to the Register of Qualified Huguenot Ancestors of The National Huguenot Society. Fifth Edition. San Antonio, Texas: the National Huguenot Society, Inc., 2012. Page 16.
  • The de Brassier Nonsense [1]
  • [2]
  • A Brashear(s) Family History, Vol. 1 The First 200 Years of Brashear(s) in America, by Charles Brashear and Shirley Brasher McCoy: "Contrary to Brasseur mythology, there is no proof that Elizabeth FOWKE was the wife of Robert BRASSEUR"
  • Book 975.5 G864 Greer, Early Virginia Immigrants 1622-1666: Listing for Katherine, Bennet, Persie and Mary as 1653 immigrants by Robt. Brasseur of Nansemond Co.
  • A Brashear(s) Family History, Vol. 1 The First 200 Years of Brashear(s) in America, by Charles Brashear and Shirley Brasher McCoy: pg 3; "Apparently to escape religious persecutions and seeing an opportunity, Robert Brasseur left his home in France, some time during the 1620s, possibly in 1629. Several family historians say he made his way to Isle of Thanet parish, Kent Co., England, where he was known as Robert Brashear, but we have no clear documentation." He immigrated to Virginia sometime after that with 7 children.
  • Cavaliers and Pioneers, by Nugent, Nell Marion: Vol. 1, pg. 41; The first known record of Robert in Virginia is a renewal of a promissory note in Warrisquicke Co., VA on 1 June 1636. Same volume, pg. 124, regarding land patent for October 6, 1640.
  • Moseley, T. B., Jr. (1993). A Moseley Genealogy (Vol. II). Clifton, TX: Thomas B. Moseley, Jr., pages 5-6
  • The Brashear Story, a Family History, 1637-1963, by Troy Back and Leon Brashear: pg. 7: The earliest know deed to any Brashear was listed as being filed on 24 Feb. 1638.
  • Virginia Land Patents, Book 1, pg. 6222: Robert Brassure and Peeter Rey bought 600 acres in Upper Co. of New Norfolk, "Lying N.E. & S.W. along the S. side of Warrisquicke Creeke, upon the head of same & butting upon Nanzemund river (Alias Matrevers River)" from Peter Johnson.
  • Source: S542 [3]
  • Source: S-1392340907 Repository: #R-1570618207 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: [4]


  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-48 was created through the import of 4595a.GED on Jan 6, 2012 by Michael Lechner. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Michael and others.
  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-19 was created on 01 July 2010 through the import of mcdougle 2010-06-30.ged..
  • WikiTree profile Brassieur-2 was created through the import of export.ged on Jul 19, 2011 by Chérie Woodlief.
  • WikiTree profile Brassieuer-1 was created through the import of export.ged on Jul 19, 2011 by Chérie Woodlief.
  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-38 was created through the import of My Ancerstors.ged on Jul 2, 2011 by Mike Snider. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Mike and others.
  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-40 was created through the import of export.ged on Jul 19, 2011 by Chérie Woodlief. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Chérie and others.
  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-35 was created through the import of Murdock _ WarrenFamilies.ged on May 29, 2011 by Jerry Murdock. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Jerry and others.
  • Brassier-9 was created by Gail Williams through the import of Meryl Marie Bulgier gedcom - Jan 2015.ged on Jan 26, 2015.
  • Thank you to Ed Rogers for creating WikiTree profile Brassieur-14 through the import of Rogers.paf.ged on May 5, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Ed and others.

* A WikiTree profile for Brashier-1 was created through the import of PittsPenn_2010-09-21.ged on 22 September 2010 by MG Pitts.

Notes About Brasseurs who became Quakers


History of Perquimans County�As Compiled from Records Found There and Elsewhere�Mrs Watson Winslow�Regional Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1974�Originally Published in Raleigh, NC: 1931�LC #74-1515; ISBN #0-8063-7996-0

Excursus Brasseur.��Robert Brasseur, French Huguenot, was granted 1200a of land in Nansemond Co, Va. April 12, 1653, at the head of Nansemond River, for transporting, himself, his wife Florence, children Mary, Persid, Kathe, Bennet Brasseur, William Wooten, Tho. Parker, Jno. Sutton, Jno. Stephens, -- Barefield, Elizabeth Paleman, Nicho. Moroise (Morris), Tho Russell, and Ra, Ellis. This grant was located on Southern branch of Nansemond River.

Margaret Jordan (daughter of Robert Brashare) b --, 7mo 1642, "united�with the truth in her 16th year, who about 63 years of age was taken with�an Indisposition of Body, which continued for three years, came to the end�7, 10 mo 1708. She was an Elder in Friends meeting at Chuckatuck, and had�taken from her by the high Sheriff of Isle of Wight Co, 120 lbs of Tob, 25, 1 mo�1701, she being a widow 11, 7mo 1700. (Sufferings of Quakers.)

Thomas�Jordan her husband "Departed this Life, ye 8, 10mo 1699, on ye sixth day of�the week." He also suffered persecution at the hands of authorities, being�imprisoned six weeks for "being at a meeting at his own house" but was�released by order of Kings Proclamation. Of the Jordan family too much�can not be said, as they seem to be from beginning to end a family of great�worth, true, strong, public spirited, every where holding places of honor,�and public offices, they have blazed a way for their good name through all�generations, since the first intrepid adventurer Samuel Jordan set foot on�American soil, down to the present day.��My own husbands mother being of this splendid family, I feel that I can�not say too much about them, she herself being a fine example of all that�good womanhood stands for in this life.

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I don't know if there is any connection, (although common sense would tell you there is a connection) but a Charles Brasseur brought a Symon Iran in 1653 to Northampton in the Virginia colony.

posted by Wanda Richards
There's considerable conflicting (or at least confusing) information in this profile about when he probably arrived, where he arrived, etc. This appears to be from merges without clean-up. Can one of the PMs or the Huguenot Migration Project undertake cleaning it up and adding appropriate info from The Brashear Family History?
posted by T Stanton
Brassieur-17 and Brasseur-19 appear to represent the same person because: Birth and death dates and locations are almost the same and the spouses appear to be the same (Fowke-5 and Fowke-191, which would also need to be merged). Daughter Martha (Brasseur-11 and Brassieur-16) also appears to be duplicated with possibly two marriages (William Moseley and George Taylor). There is another set of profiles that appear to duplicate this family (Brassieur-14 and Fowke-115). This pair has a daughter Mary (Brassieur-13) that may be a duplicate of Brasseur-15.
posted by Bruce Runk
Brasseur-19 and Brasseur-87 appear to represent the same person because: Same general dates and places of birth and death. Brasseur-87 doesn't have any additional relationship data so this won't effect any other profiles. Please consider merging.
posted by James Evans
Brassier-9 and Brasseur-19 are not ready to be merged because: The birth and death places do not match. I am inclined to believe that this is the same person, but the differences need to be reconciled first.
Thank you, Chet. This is my major problem with the collaborative format. Wishful thinking becomes fact.
posted by Jerry Murdock