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Benoit Brasseur (abt. 1620 - 1663)

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Benoit (Benjamin) "Benois" Brasseur aka Brassieur, Brashear, Brashears
Born about in Francemap
Husband of — married about in Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Calvert County, English Colony of Marylandmap
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Benjamin Brasseur was a Huguenot emigrant (1540-1790).

Name: This French surname is variously seen as Brasseur, Brasher, Brashear, Brashears, and Brassieur, among others. One source claims there are more than 35 variant spellings among the various descendants. The original French spelling is most frequently given as "Brasseur," but even this is less than completely certain. His given name appears as Benois, Benoit, Bennet, and Benjamin, and there may be others.

Birth: His birth date ranges from about 1590 to about 1630. Nearly everyone agrees he was born in France, but several different specific locations in France are given. One of the merged records had "Pernes, [Comtat] Venaissan, Vaucluse, France," b. 1616. That birthplace is associated with the apparently erroneous connection of Allemand De Jocas Brassier and Madeline De Cheilus as his parents. This was thoroughly debunked in Brashear & McCoy in a segment of the book titled, The deBrassier Nonsense, which is also available on the web. Birth date/place in the data section is about 1610, France, because nothing more precise has been documented [too early if father born ca. 1597; used 1620 as most-likely; his sister was born in 1622.].

Family connections: Robert is said to be the name of his father and his younger brother, who accompanied him to America.

Immigration Record: Benjamin Brashear,Year: 1637, Virginia, Source Publication Code: 1262, Primary Immigrant: Brashear, Benjamin. Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America.[citation needed]

The following notes are copied in full or in part on several different web pages. They may or may not be originally from Cheryl Grubb's website. Source references are those shown on that page, except "Tonsing" which indicates another website which might be the original source for this information.

1637 - Benjamin arrived in the English American Colonies sometime before 1638 and settled in the Upper Norfolk County which soon became Nansemond County, Virginia. At the time of Benjamin's arrival with his brother Robert, there were only few thousand persons in these colonies. Source: Back p.6

1653, 14 April - A land claim is issued for "Benjamin Brasseure" for three hundred acres on "or being at the head of a Creeke called Indian Creeke being a branch of the western branch of Nancemond river...joining the land of M. John Ganat." This grant was made for paying the cost of transporting six persons into the Colony. These transportation costs gave the person "headrights" to fifty acres a person. Although the patent itself was dated as 12 April 1633 it wasn't registered until 14 April of 1653. Signed by Edward Diggs Esq. Source: VA Land Patents, Book 3, p.33

1658 - Probably due to Maryland's more liberal laws on religious freedom, Benjamin and his brother, Robert Jr., move to Calvert County, Province of Maryland. He may have moved up the Chesapeake Bay by boat to settle on 1150- acres plantation known locally as "Upper Bennett." The plantation had been surveyed in 1651, for Richard Bennett, a Virginia merchant and a devout Puritan. This deed was one of several plots that seem to have been reserved for Puritan believers under Richard Bennett's guidance. Source: Back, p.6

1660 - Benjamin is called for jury duty. (this is the earliest known remaining record of Benjamin in Maryland, most other records were probably destroyed in one of several fires in Calvert Co. Court House). Source: Maryland Archives, Vol 41, p.419

1661, 14 June - He is employed asa Justice of the Peace and is named a Member of Calvert County's Commissioners, Maryland. Source: Tonsing

1662, 4 December - Benjamin Brassieur was naturalized at Maryland. Source: Tonsing

1663, 25 May - Benjamin Brassieur died on 25 May 1663 at near Chesapeake, Calvert County, Maryland, USA. Source: Tonsing

May 1663 - Benjamin Brassieur was buried at Calvert County, Maryland, USA. Source: Tonsing


Date: ABT 1620
Place: Pernes, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France


Date: 1663
Place: Calvert, Maryland

Note: When Benjamin "Benoit" or "Benois" Brasseur and his twin brother Thomas were born in 1620 in France, their father, Robert, was 23. Benoit or Benjamin Brasseur had three sons and five daughters with Mary Richford. He died in December 1662 in Calvert, Maryland, at the age of 39. [he died in May 1663].[citation needed]

Benoit anglicized his name to Benjamin Brashear about the time he applied for English citizenship in the Province of Maryland in 1662. He died shortly afterwards [25 May 1663].[citation needed]


  • Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Meredith B. Colket, Jr. 2nd rev. ed. / revision editor, Keith M. Sheldon. Cleveland, Ohio : Ohio Society with the authority of General Court of The Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 2002. xiv, 443 p. : ill. (some col.), map.
  • Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors of members of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, 1915-1975. Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, comp. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1983, c1976. viii, 317 p. Contents: Supplement no. 1: 1975-1979. -- Supplement no. 2: 1979-1988. Reprint. Originally published: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Edwards Brothers, 1976.
  • Source: S83 VA Land Patents, Book 3, p.33, RootsWeb
  • Benoit-Bennet Brasseur on Includes well-researched and sourced biography. Cites a French genegalogist's research that he was an ancestor of USA President Barak Obama's mother!
  • [Council Proceedings, Hall of Records of Maryland, Liber HH, Council Proceedings, Book HH, ff. 157, 158; Archives of Maryland, v. III, p. 485
  • Source: S82 Maryland Land Patents, Book BB, p. 238; Maryland Archives, v. 41, pp. 178, 419.
  • Nansemond County, Virginia Genealogy. Please clarify this source. The title shown is all that was given by the person who entered it. has a web page with that title, but that is basically just a bibliography and guide to resources. Other researchers need a better idea what is being referred to here.
  • Source: S81 The First Two Hundred Years of Brashears in America (A Brashear(s) Family History, Vol. 1 of eight proposed volumes). Brashear, Charles and McCoy, Shirley Brasher. Excerpt from, courtesy of the authors.
  • Provincial Court Proceedings, 1663-1664, Maryland (Bound volume in DAR Library, Wash, DC, p. 178).
  • Boren, Kerry Ross & Lisa Lee. The Boren Family: An Irish Legacy. K&L Boren Partnership. Salt Lake City, UT, 2010. p 135.
  • Source: S2438 OneWorldTree. User submitted. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. (
  • Source: S393 Ancestry Family Trees. User submitted. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network.
  • The Brashear--Brashears Family 1449-1929, Henry Sinclair Brashear, Texarkana, Ark.-Tex., First Edition, May 1929.


  • Wikitree profile Brasseur-2 was created through the import of mcdougle 2010-06-30.ged on 01 July 2010. See the Changes page
  • Wikitree profile Brashears-2 was created on 01 July 2010 through the import of mcdougle 2010-06-30.ged. See the Changes page for details of edits.
  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-34 was created through the import of Murdock _ WarrenFamilies.ged on May 29, 2011 by Jerry Murdock. See the Changes page for details of edits.
  • WikiTree profile Brassieur-1 was created through the import of export.ged on Jul 19, 2011 by Chérie Woodlief. See the Changes page for details of edits.
  • WikiTree profile Brasseur-61 was created through the import of Oblate.ged on Jan 13, 2013 by Anonymous F.. See the Changes page for details of edits.
  • Wikitree profile Brasseur-67 was created through the import of Ledbetter01.ged on Jun 8, 2013 by Scott Ledbetter. See the Changes page for details of edits.
  • Wikitree profile Brashear-262 was created through the import of buchroeder.ged on Feb 27, 2015 by Scott Ledbetter. See the Changes page for details of edits.
  • Wikitree profile Brasseur-82 was created by Steven Frank through the import of Karen Family Tree.ged on Jul 4, 2014.

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On 18 Jul 2018 at 11:24 GMT Fred Remus III wrote:

Brassieur-21 and Brasseur-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife, son, death date/place.

On 24 Jun 2018 at 23:23 GMT Becky (Lawson) Gouge wrote:

I just discovered him on my tree.

On 6 Apr 2018 at 21:35 GMT C Handy wrote:

Not the son of "Elizabeth Florence Fowke". An Elizabeth Fowke, daughter of Chandler Fowke and granddaughter of Gerard Fowke, married Zachariah BRAZIER in 1759. These are the same names that appear in the presumed ancestry of "Elizabeth Florence Fowke", claimed to be the wife of Robert Brasseur, Huguenot immigrant. This is a pretty clear case of genealogical fraud or error.

On 24 Feb 2018 at 00:06 GMT Pamela (Henderson) LeCroy wrote:

Brassier-15 and Brasseur-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse.

On 2 Jun 2017 at 05:31 GMT Patricia (Charles) Stockley wrote:

Brashear-171 and Brasseur-2 do not represent the same person because: not the same person.

On 6 Apr 2017 at 08:32 GMT Patricia (Charles) Stockley wrote:

Brashear-171 and Brasseur-2 appear to represent the same person because: merge will eliminate a totally empty profile with no sources and will eliminate the Guest profile thereby clearing useless clutter.

On 13 Oct 2016 at 10:44 GMT Fred Remus III wrote:

"Benois" may or may not be his proper first name. See the section "Name" under Notes,in the bio section.

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