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Brashear is a city in Salt River Township, Adair County, Missouri, United States. The population was 273 at the 2010 census.
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The town of Brashear was laid out in 1872. It was named after Richard Matson Brashear(1846 1933), who was a prominent farmer and businessman in the area. Richard Matson Brashear was the son of William Gowan Brashear(1807 1862), who is said to have been one of the first white settlers in the area in 1842. However, the Brashear community dates back prior to 1872 by several years. Approximately one mile north of the current location, there once stood a prosperous small village named Paulville, also known as Paultown, which was established around 1855 by a man named Walker Paul(1816 1888). Paulville served as a trading hub for the farms of eastern Adair County, along with several other businesses, one of which was a grist mill. Sometime during the Civil War, the grist mill was put to the torch to prevent Confederate recruits from being resupplied. The coming of the Quincy, Missouri& Pacific Railroad in 1872 saw a wholesale population shift. The building of a rail depot at the newly platted town of Brashear caused a very large portion of Paulville's population and business to migrate the short distance south. Through the latter half of the 19th century and first few decades of the 20th, Brashear's business district ebbed and flowed as many farm communities are wont to do. Similarly, the Great Depression and post World War Two mobility of the American public led to many changes. In 1950 Brashear had a population of only 152, however that number has been on a slight rise ever since. A few business concerns remain today, but most residents travel west to Kirksville or east to Edina for their shopping and employment.
Brashear is located on Missouri Route 6 3.5 miles west of Hurdland and 13 miles east southeast of Kirksville. The community lies on Hog Branch one mile east of the North Fork of the Salt River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of, all land.
Brashear is part of the Kirksville Micropolitan Statistical Area.
As of the census of 2010, there were 273 people, 120 households, and 71 families residing in the city. The population density was. There were 133 housing units at an average density of. The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 3.3% from two or more races.
There were 120 households, of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.
The median age in the city was 37.5 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24 20.5% were from 25 to 44 32.4% were from 45 to 64 and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 280 people, 124 households, and 73 families residing in the city. The population density was 796.7 people per square mile(308.9/km). There were 142 housing units at an average density of 404.1/sq  mi(156.6/km). The racial makeup of the city was 97.14% White, 0.36% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.
There were 124 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 26.1%
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