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The Brewer's -
John Wesley Brewer & America Brewer


This is the 1860 Federal Census records, Missouri, Township: Benton, Polk co. Listed here is John W. Brewer, his wife, America and their children.

John W. Brewer was the son of a prosperous landowner, patriarch of the Brewer clan, Jacob Fletcher Brewer,  whose wife was Eda Crocker Brewer.

Eda was the daughter of Authur and Elizabeth Wakefield, Crocker

Authur and Elizabeth had. 
1. Edieth :  Born GA 1794, married Jacob Brewer
2. William : Born GA ca.1797. Married Nancy?, born 1813, Tn.
3. John : Born GA ca.1800. Married Mary Polly?, born 1811, Ky.
4  Jeroushia: B. April 3, 1808, GA. Married William Hooper, May28,1826 Fayette County, Ill.
5. Keziah Matilda: B.c. 1819 GA. Married James Carson, December 18, 1828 Boiling Springs, Cold Spring Twp.Shelby Co. Ill.
6. Clark: Born in Ill., c. 1811. May 28, 1826 he married Anna Carpenter.
7. Thomas:  B. 1816 Ill. On March 26, 1828 in Shelby Co. m. Nancy Middleton

Ragan Brewer, 2001, in his studies of this family makes mention that these men were noted hunters, frontiersmen.

Where Lee Otis Jones, gggrandson of Jacob Fletcher Brewer, ggrandson of John Wesley Brewer learned these skills is not known. They are skills. Lee knew how  to be able to target this tiny creature high in a tall pecan tree and drop it to the ground with one shot. After that time knowing how to skin and clean it, using the flesh for food and the skin for a hat or some other decorative part of a costume, was just part of the completed cycle of survival.

Lee could identify every tree of the forest and just shortly before his death taught the slippery elm tree to his children, grandchildren.  He knew how and what plant to use for soap. My father knew the plant to yield up fibrous roots to weave tight baskets.

These same skills to mention but a few are what made his ancestors prosperous.

Polk County, Missouri - 1860 Federal Cencus Census Records

The above edited photo of Jeroushia does show that it was touched up with chalk, which dates it in a time frame for a photo of her.

Jeroushia and Editha Crocker resembled, as they were sisters.

Editha Crocker was the wife of Jacob Fletcher Brewer, father and mother of John Wesley Brewer who was married to Mary America Hunter. John and Mary were father and mother to Elizabeth Ann Brewer Collins, Mrs. Nathaniel Stewart Collins. Elizabeth and Nathaniel were mother and father to Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones, Mrs. Joseph Hubbard Jones, my grandmother and grandfather.  Donna Jones Flood, Mrs. Rodney Flood 2005.

America (correctly Amerika) Brewer is listed on the U.S. Federal Census documents as living in Washington, Township, June 5, 1880, Boone County, Arkansas. She is 66 years old at the time. She has a son, two years old living with her. America was married to John W. Brewer. He died in Missouri from Civil War illness of Small Pox and was buried in Missouri.

Peggy Boone, a cousin,  contributed this information. She deserves thanks