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Samuel H. Brasher

SOURCE: Paddock, B. B., Capt., ed. A History of Central and Western Texas B Compiled from Historical Data Supplied by Commercial Clubs, Individuals and Other Authentic Sources. Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1911, p. 671-672.

Samuel H. Brasher was born in Virginia in 1838, and since coming to central Texas many years ago he has been a witness of very important changes in its life and achievements, and his reminiscences of the early days are most interesting and entertaining. As citizen, soldier, businessman, friend and neighbor he has commanded uniform respect. His father, Thomas B. Brasher, was born in England, but came to America and settled in Virginia in about 1816, becoming a tobacco grower there. He married late in life and Samuel Brasher was his only child. The parents both died when the son was but fourteen years of age, they having both passed away in the same year, and the lad grew to manhood among people for whom he worked at farm labor.

He came to Texas in 1851, and after spending two years in various portions of the state he located in Brazos county in 1853, where he took up farming and stock raising on a small scale, he having previously followed various occupations. At the commencement of the war between the North and the South in 1861 he joined Company F, Tenth Texas Infantry. He was captured at Arkansas Post in 1863 and taken to Camp Chase, Ohio, later being transferred to Fort Delaware, and he was exchanged at City Point, Virginia, and rejoined his command near Richmond. With it he fought in various battles, including those of Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, New Hope and the engagements around Atlanta, Georgia. But on the 22d of July 1864, he was wounded, and his services thereafter were confined to special duty until the war closed, and he surrendered at Meridian, Mississippi, in May 1865.

He returned home by way of New Orleans and Galveston, and thence on the Houston & Texas Central to Brenham, Texas, the then terminus of that railroad, and arriving home he resumed his farming and stock-raising interests. In 1874 Mr. Brasher came to Rockdale in Milam county and for a number of years was engaged in mercantile pursuits, but since 1890, when he disposed of his mercantile interests, he has devoted his time to looking after his large landed possessions. He has always taken an active interest in the success and welfare of his chosen political party, the Democratic, and is as equally active and interested in all things pertaining to the betterment and upbuilding of his town and county.

Mr. Brasher in early life wedded Miss Susan B. Long, from Bryan, Texas, and she died two years after her marriage, leaving a son, Hiram G. Brasher, whose home is now in California.

Mr. Brasher has since wedded Miss Alice Schrader, from Lafayette county, Texas, a daughter of August and Margaret Schrader.

Mr. and Mrs. Brasher have two children living: Alice C. Brasher, wife of Louis Kline, of San Marcos, Texas, and Frederick K. Brasher, living in Houston.

We must say a special thank you to Karin Galindo of Omaha, NE, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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