Re: Drake Family-Paul H.
The is the first time I have come across Abshier/ Absher outside of North Carolina (Josiah Absair was head of an Anson County, NC household of 6 "other free" in 1810 [census p. 57] and Jonah (Josiah?) Absher was head of an Anson County household of 3 "free colored" in 1820. Josiah Abshier was a rifleman and corporal in the 3rd N.C. Regiment according the roster of soldiers from NC in the Revolution by the DAR.
Looking back now at Sweat Families of the South, I see that Marion Cecil Sweatt, b. 1887 in Lamar Co., Texas, died 1958 in N. Mexico, married Mary Ethel Brewer, daughter of Henry Lee Brewer and Martha Angeline Abshier.