from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1885
Edwin Brashear, Hancock County, was born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, December 29, 1842, and is a son of R. A. S. and Margaret (Cox) Brashear. The father was born in Breckinridge County about 1812. Subject’s grandfather, Joseph Brashear, moved from Washington County to Breckinridge County, in 1806. The great-grandfather, William Brashear, came from Maryland, and settled at the old fort at Louisville, in 1782, where he remained until killed by the Indians. The father began life for himself as a merchant at Stephensport, and for upward of twenty years was one of the magistrates of the county. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and died in 1859. The mother was also a native of Breckinridge County, having been born there in 1814, and her people were natives of Virginia. She was a member of the Baptist Church and died in 1874. Subject was the third of a family of eight children, seven of whom are now living: James C.; Mehitable, wife of Richard Robinson, of Jacksonport, Arkansas; Edwin; Bettie; Nannie, wife of Wilbur Sills; R. A. and Josie. Subject began farming for himself when fifteen years of age, in Breckinridge County. He moved to Hancock County in 1867, and settled on his present farm, where he owns about 300 acres, with about 250 acres in cultivation. Mr. Brashear was married September 12, 1867, to Miss Jennie, daughter of George Younger, of Hancock County. She was born in Breckinridge County in 1844, and was the mother of four children, one of whom, Minnie, is now living. This lady died in 1875. Subject was next married June 7, 1877, to Mrs. Bettie Bowlware, daughter of Joseph Wright, of Daviess County. This marriage has resulted in four children, of whom three are now living: Nannie, Nora and Lummie. Mr. Brashear is a member of the Baptist Church. His wife is a member of the Methodist Church.