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Brashears Choctaw Family – List of Mixed Bloods

The Brashears family represents one of the most industrious and influential included in this study. The genealogical thread running through this line can be traced back to the early Scotch trader, Lachlan McGillivray, and his father-in-law, the French trader aptly named Marchand, in Creek country in the mid-eighteenth century (see Chart 4). This family spans the Creek, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. Samuel Brashears was an early trader with the Creeks and married Rachael Durant, the mixed-blood daughter of Ben Durant (another trader) and Sophie McGillivray (the mixed-blood daughter of trader Lachlan McGillivray and mixed-blood Sehoy Marchand).1 His presence was marked by the naming of Brashears Landing on the Alabama River at the spot where he lived.2 Another Brashears, Turner, is documented as the pro-Spanish trader — among the Chickasaws at Muscle Shoals on the Tennessee River — who furnished liquor to the Indians. During a meeting with the American commissioners there in 1792 some Indians went on a drunken spree which resulted in “a black eye and a dead horse.”3 This is probably the same Turner Brashears who for some years had a stand on the Natchez Trace just to the northeast of present-day Jackson, Mississippi.4 The likelihood of these men being the same is enhanced by the fact that a Turner Brashears traveled early in 1792 through Choctaw country with Stephen Minor, a Spanish adjutant in Natchez, thus linking the two areas with his name. The same Turner Brashears also played a role in the Spanish negotiations with the Choctaws at Walnut Hills concerning the earlier British Treaty of Pensacola. Brashears also was an informant to the Federalist surveyor, Andrew Ellicot,...

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