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~ My Brabston Families ~
This web site will have past and future generation information with reference to:

My Father's family: "Brabston/Brabson Families of East Tennessee"
My Mother's family: "Bates/Roach Families of East Tennessee"
My Wife's family: "Bowers/Pyle Families of Southwest Virginia"

This "Bates" Family has no close relationship to Anderson County Bates' with about 20 children!

~~ Anyone can count the seeds in an apple ! ~~
~~~ Only God can count the apples in a seed ! ~~~


Brabston/Brabson Family

I have grouped my Brabston/Brabson Family into four [ 4 ] different geographical regions as follows:
#1. - "Grainger County, TN" - Brabstons ( including William Frederick Brabston)
#2. - "Mississippi" - Brabstons (including Thomas & John Brabston)
#3. - "Greene/Washington County, TN" - (including Thomas J. "Old Tommy" Brabson)
#4. - "Sevier County, TN" - (including John Bowen Brabson II)

The name Brabston or Brabson was derived from the ancient name of Brabacon or Brabazon. Other variations recorded are Brabstone and Brobston. The earliest I have knowledge of was Jacques le Brabancon from Flanders and Normany in 1060. Jaques son was John who bore the last name of Brabancon. John's son Adam went by Adam la Brabazon.

Adam's son was Thomas le Brabazon and he married Amelia of Mousely (Mowsley).

The name le Brabazon later became Brabson and Brabston. There were branches in England and Ireland. One branch became the Earl of Meath.

The primary name referred to is Brabston/Brabson. The ancestry points to the family being from Ireland, not Wales as some people previously believed.

The Brabston/Brabson family is first listed in East Nottingham, PA in the early 1700s. The migration path was then to Frederick County, VA, in the mid-1700s, then into Kentucky and East Tennessee in the late 1700s and 1800s. Some family members moved to Ohio and Illinois in the mid 1800s. By the early 1900s the family started spreading all over the Eastern United States from Michigan to Texas. There are now Brabstons and Brabsons located in 18 or more states.

Currently there are more than 100 Brabstons listed nationwide and more than 270 Brabsons. But with the number of female descendants, I would think that the actual number of Brabston/Brabson descendants is much higher.

The earliest verified connection found by me is my Great Great Grandfather ~Wilson Vincent Brabston~ and his brother John F. Brabson who I believe to be the Sons of William Buchannon Brabston and the Grandsons of William Frederick Brabston and Mary Runyon. Both were in Grainger County, Tennessee in 1860 and were married to sisters, Sarah Sallie and Martha Ione Smith. Sarah and Martha were Native American (Cherokee) sisters who were adopted by a Captain John Smith during the First Indian Removal in 1812 in North Carolina according to Family Tradition.


~ Brabston Family ~
"Grainger Co. TN"
This information pertains to the "Brabston" Families from the Southwest Virginia and the East Tennessee areas from about 1710 to date.
~ Brabston Family ~
"Mississippi"

This information pertains to the "Brabston" Families from the Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Mississippi areas from about 1740 to date.
~ Brabson Family ~
"Greene & Washington Co. TN"

This information pertains to the "Brabson" Families from the Southwest Virginia and the East Tennessee areas from about 1710 to date.
~ Brabson Family ~
"Sevier Co. TN"

This information pertains to the "Brabson" Families from the Southwest Virginia and the East Tennessee areas from about 1775 to date.
~ Bates/Roach Family ~
This information pertains to the "Bates/Roach" Families from the East Tennessee area from about 1750 to date.
This "Bates" Family has no close relationship to the Bates family with about 20 children!
~ Bowers/Pyle Family ~
This information pertains to the "Bowers/Pyle" Families from the Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee area from about 1750 to date.
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