Henderson County, Kentucky Biography
BRASHEAR, a contractor and builder, of Henderson, Kentucky, was born
in that city April 28, 1867. He is the son of Barack and
Sarah BRASHEAR, both native Kentuckians, and a great-grandson of that
Captain Richard BRASHEAR who was with General George Rogers
CLARKE in the conquest of the Northwest, and who served with distinction
in the Revolutionary war. At the close of the war he received a
captain’s allotment of seven sections of land in Clark County, Indiana,
which can be seen in the “Original Book of Surveys” in the clerk’s
office at Jeffersonville. He married Lucy PHELPS, it being
the first marriage in Louisville. She survived him, being ninety-one
years of age at death. Captain BRASHER came to Kentucky in
the days of Daniel Boone and located near Shepherdsville, where
he owned a large tract of land. There his son Richard, the
grandfather of Walter, was born and reared, and there passed his whole
life, being a prominent farmer and influential citizen.
Barack BRASHEAR became a contractor and builder on reaching manhood,
and was for some time located in Louisville. About 1840 he came
to Henderson, where he carried on the same business until his death in
1887. He was
enthusiastic Odd Fellow and was one of the charter members of the Henderson
Lodge. He was politically a Democrat. His wife died in 1875.
During her life she was a devoted member of the Baptist church.
They had eight children, only three of whom are now living. Robert
is a wholesale paper dealer in St. Louis, MO; Ella is the wife
of S. W. GIBSON of Corydon, KY; Walter is the subject of this sketch.
He received a common school education. Learned the business of his
father and at the age of twenty years commenced contracting for himself.
Today he is one of the best known contractors in the Lower Ohio Valley.
He has built several courthouses in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama.
Mr. BRASHEAR is a Democrat in his political views, served as a
member of the city council in 1896-97, and though always willing to do
what he can to further the interests of his party, he can scarcely be
called a politician. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and
with his wife belongs to the Baptist church. He was married in 1892 to
Maude JOHNSON, daughter of Monroe and Jennie JOHNSON,
of Henderson and has had three children. Jennie died in infancy;
Walter, Jr., is five years of age and Sarah is still in
her first year.
Ohio Valley, Federal Publishing Company, 1905
Sarah J. Brashear
(inf), 1854, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 1
Richard Brashear (inf), 1855, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 2
Lillie Trunnell Brashear, 1862, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 12
Jeffie Brashear (inf), 1865, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 3
Sarah E. Brashear, 1874, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 4
Lulie Brashear, 1881, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 11
Barak Brashear, 28 Dec 1887, Fernwood, Age unknown, 86, 5
Virginia Brashear, 28 Jul 1893, Fernwood, Age unknown, 348, 5
Ben Brashear, 1896, Fernwood, Age unknown, 1032, 6