Bellzona's Picture Book
The Brewer's - Land
of Jacob Fletcher Brewer, Father of John W. Brewer
These are the land description owned by Jacob
Fletcher Brewer, father of John Wesley Brewer who was married to
America. This is in Missouri public records.
America was still conducting business as to
land after the death of her husband John Wesley Brewer. There are records
of her purchasing land from a son in law, Henry Lightle, and his wife,
Nancy Brewer Lightle, America's daughter. The records are hand
written with a flourish, which makes them difficult, but not
impossible to read.
The total amount of the lands here listed
is 40,000 acres. It was largely timbered land. The extended
family was living on it with their own families. America was listed
as 56 years old on the 1870 Federal census. John had to be close to her
age when he died at the end of the civil war in 1865.
Since John Wesley Brewer's father's name
was Jacob Fletcher Brewer, the Fletcher name may be the tie to the Osage
since there are those of the Osage who are Fletcher's and they were the
descendants of Fletcher's whose pictures were saved in Nancy Bellzona's
Pictures. This is where the skills of survival as to the native
culture could have been learned, the hunting, the drying of food, the
weaving of baskets and many many other survival skills.
Family of Jacob Fletcher
Jacob Brewer Sr. and Edeith Crocker
Jacob Fletcher Brewer Sr. is shown on census to have been
born in Georgia in 1794/95. He is first found in Washington Co., Illinois
in 1820 married to Edeith Crocker daughter of Arthur Crocker and Elizabeth
Wakefield. Jacob served on the first Grand Jury in Shelby County on
September 16, 1828. On the 1830 census he is found again living next to
Arthur and brother-in-laws John and William Crocker along with James
Carson who was married to Keziah Crocker, Arthurs daughter. This was in
precinct 2 of Shelby County where Elijah Bankston Jr. and Hanson Middleton
were also living. Elijah Bankston Jr. married Rachel Crocker, daughter of
Arthur, on November 28, 1809 in St. Clair County Illinois. Hanson
Middleton, found living next to Arthurs son Thomas, would marry Jacob and
Edeiths daughter Surena in 1833.Jacob purchased land in Shelby County on
March 21, 1837. And he is said to have purchased 40 acres from his son
Seaburn and wife Mariah on December 31, 1838 with Mariah signing release
of right and dower to the sale. Jacob and Edith and family remained in
Shelby County Illinois until about 1852.
Jacob Sr. and son John W. are listed in an 1854 tax
assessment book for Polk County Missouri. By 1860 Jacob Sr. and Edeith
are found in Polk Co. Missouri along with their sons John Wesley, Samuel,
and Jacob Jr. with their families. On the 1860 census of Polk County
Missouri it shows that neither Edeith nor Jacob could read or write. Jacob
Sr. did well as a farmer with land value of $2,000 and $1,000 in other
assets reported. In 1862, Jacob Sr. and Edeith are listed among many of
the citizens of this area who signed loyalty oaths to protect, support and
defend Provisional Constitution and Government of the U.S. It is believed
that Jacob Sr. died sometime before 1865. Some time before August in 1863,
Edeith along with Marandas father William Clark, traveled by horse and
wagon to Cape Girardeau Missouri to bring home John W. who had been
injured in the war. John W. died before August 13, 1863 when America filed
for pension. On a tax assessment taken in September 1863 a Jacob Brewer is
listed with total property value of $500. Neither Jacob Sr. nor Edeith are
found on the 1870 census. Arthur Crocker was the son of Thomas Crocker who
was found as early as 1773 in the Wilkes County Georgia area. Arthur was
found on tax records in Hancock County Georgia in 1796 and land lottery
in 1805. He was last found on a 1807 Baldwin County tax record in 1807.
Elijah Bankston Jr. was born in 1792, son of Elijah Sr. who resided in
Clarke County Georgia. The Crockers, Wakefields, Hoopers & Moore
families all migrated to Illinois sometime around 1808. Arthur Crocker and
several sons along with Elijah Bankston Jr. were all listed on muster
rolls in the war of 1812. They served from February 1813 to May 1813.
Thomas Crocker first purchased land in St. Clair Illinois on September 10,
1814. Jacob Brewer Sr. was not found until the 1820 census although He and
Edeith would have had to marry sometime in 1813. It is part of the
Moultrie County Illinois history that Elizabeth Crocker would not allow
her daughter Keziah to be married at home because her other daughters had
ran off to get married against her wishes and considered it bad luck for
Keziah to be married at home. It has not been proven which family in
Georgia that Jacob Sr. descended from and whether or not they migrated the
same time as the other families mentioned. So for now it can only be
speculated. Here are the census for 1820-1860:
Males: 2 under 10. 1- 18 to 25.
Females: 1 under 10. 1- 16 to 25.
Males: 1 under 5. 1- 5 to 10. 2-
10 to 15. 1- 30 to 40.
Females: 1 under 5. 1- 5 to 10. 1-
15 to 20. 1- 30 to 40.
Males: 1- 10 to 15. 1- 15 to 20. 1-
20 to 30. 1- 40 to 50.
Females: 1- 10 to 15. 1- 15 to 20. 1-
40 to 50.
Jacob Sr. age 56 born in GA
Edeith age 56 born in GA
Jacob Jr. age 21 born IL
Margrett age 18 born IL (age had to be wrong according to 2 previous
probably born before census was taken in 1830.
Jacob Sr. age 65 born in GA cant read or write
Edeith age 66 born in GA cant read or write
Laraney Brewer born Aug.26, 1814 in Illinois died .April 7, 1856 in
Illinois. Married to Hanson Middleton.
Brewer, born C1816 died after 1870 married January 23, 1838
to Mariah Walis born C1819
Brewer, born C1817 in Illinois died August 1863 in Polk County Missouri.
Married to Mary America Hunter born 1814 in Kentucky
Brewer, born1819 in Illinois died after 1900 in Missouri. Married first
to Lucinda Nance and later to Emaline Stillins.
Brewer born 1823. Married to Jackson Price.
Fletcher Brewer Jr., born June 4, 1829 Illinois, died November 15, 1878
Iowa, married first to Ruth Tipsword, born1831, Fayette, Illinois;
died.C1852. . 2nd marriage was to Maranda Clark, born August
16, 1834, Ohio; died November 3, 1903, Monona County Iowa.
Brewer born C1830. No information has been found on what happened to
Margrett. She was last found on the 1850 census for Shelby County
Surena Laraney Brewer and Hanson Middleton
Surena Laraney was the oldest child of Jacob Brewer and
Edeith Crocker. Hanson was most likely the son of Rueben Middleton who
served in the war of 1812 in the same company as Arthur, John & William
Crocker. Rueben was found in Washington County in 1820 with a son Hansons
age. Hanson was listed living next to Arthurs son Thomas on the 1830
Shelby county Illinois census. This Thomas Crocker was the son of Arthur
who married Nancy Middleton on March 26, 1827 in Shelby County by Simeon
Wakefield. Nancy may have been a sister to Hanson. Seaburn Brewer and
Hanson both were shown buying land in Shelby County in the same area but
neither was found on the 1840 census. Hanson Middleton was born in 1803
and died December 10, 1856. He married Surena on October 24, 1833 in
Shelby County and they are both buried side by side at Ridge Cemetery in
Cold Spring Township where they were found on census in 1850.
Seaburn Brewer and Mariah Walis
It is not known what family Mariah descended from but
possible her surname may have been misspelled on the marriage certificate
since this there are various ways of spelling that sound the same such as
Wallace or Wallice. Jacob Sr. served on the first grand jury, in 1828,
with a James Wallice who was found in Sangamon County Illinois in 1830
with daughters of Mariahs age. Seaburn was mentioned in Arthur Crockers
will receiving one yearling dated February 27, 1835. Seaburn is shown
purchasing land in Shelby County on March 16, 1837 and August 13, 1839.
Their youngest child, Samuel T., was shown being born in Illinois in 1859
but were not found on census until they are found in Webster County
Missouri on the 1870 census. It shows that neither Seaburn nor Mariah
could read or write. The oldest child still living at home was Esther who
was born C1848 in Illinois also. They were married on January 23, 1838 in
Shelby County Illinois so there are surely more children. Seaburns name
was mistakenly transcribed by some as Izburn on the marriage license, but
viewing it myself it was written as Seburn.
1. Esther A., born1848 Illinois
2. James P., born 1851 Illinois
3. Alexander W., born 1851 Illinois
4. Mary, b.1858 Illinois, born 1858
5. Samuel T. born 1859 Illinois
John Wesley Brewer and Mary America Hunter
America Hunter was born in 1814 in Hopkins County Kentucky,
daughter of David Hunter. John W. and America were married in Fayette
County Illinois on February 25, 1841. John W. was shown purchasing land in
Shelby County on August 13, 1839 but was still living at home when the
1840 census was taken. Their first three children were born in Kentucky
from 1844 to 1848. Then they are back in Shelby County Illinois by the
1850 census with Americas sister Hulda being part of the household. Hulda
was married to Jacob Jr.s father-in-law, William Clark, after his first
wife died in 1856. According to the place of birth for daughter Eda, they
were in Missouri by 1852.
Ann Brewer, born February 19, 1844, Hopkins Co., Kentucky; died November
4, 1926, Ralston, Oklahoma. Married to Nathaniel Stewart Collins, b. May
19,1845; d. August 22, 1902
Fletcher (Middleton?) Brewer, born.1847, Kentucky; d.?, married first to
Allsa Elizabeth Collins, June 3, 1866. 2nd marriage was to
Lydia Matilda Peters in 1880.
3. Nancy Brewer, born 1848, Kentucky
4. Jeremiah Seborn
Brewer, born 1850, Illinois
5. Angeline Brewer,
6. Eda Brewer, born 1852, Missouri
7. John W. Brewer, born
8. Sarah M. Brewer, born
Samuel T. Brewer and Lucinda Nance
Samuel T. was never hard to find but was the most difficult trying to
determine his age. He may also have outlived all his siblings or was just
the last that was still to be found. Samuel married Lucinda Nance in
Shelby County Illinois on April 21, 1842. Lucinda was born in Illinois on
September 22, 1823.It is not known who Lucinda descended from but is
assumed that the Elizabeth Nance that was born C1799 in Ohio was her
mother. Elizabeth was living with Samuel and Lucinda on the1860 census in
Polk County then the 1870 census in Dallas County Missouri. Lucinda died
on May 1, 1891 and Samuel re-married to the widow Emaline E. Stillins
sometime before 1896 when they showed up on Christian County Missouri tax
index along with Pleas and a J. T. Brewer. They were last found on the
1900 Christian County census with Samuels date of birth being in 1827(?).
Brewer, born 1844, Illinois
Brewer, born 1846, Illinois
born 1848, Illinois
Brewer, born March 1850, Illinois
Brewer, born 1859, Missouri
Laycent Brewer, born 1860, Missouri.
Married to Martha Frances
Brewer, born 1862, Missouri
Brewer, born 1862, Missouri
Brewer, born.1865, Missouri
Jackson Price and Lucinda Brewer
Lucinda Brewer married Jackson Price December 11, 1842 in Shelby County
Illinois. Jackson may have descended from Thomas Price who was living in
the same area of Shelby County with 2 sons of the right age. Thomas
purchased land February 2, 1836 and. Jackson purchased land on December
19, 1838 in Shelby County in the same area as Seaburn Brewer and Hanson
Middleton. I have not found Jackson and Lucinda together on census.
Lucinda and son Sylvester show up on the ledger from Thomas A. Peters that
listed loyalty oaths given by residents of Polk County in 1862. It is
assumed Jackson may have died in the war. Lucinda is found living in
Nemaha County Nebraska in 1870. Lucinda, head of household with 2 sons, is
listed between George and Enoch Clark who were brothers to Jacob Jr.s
wife Maranda. She is then found living with Maranda and children in Monona
County Iowa in 1880. The only known children of Jackson and Lucinda are
the sons listed with her in 1870.
1.Sylvester, born 1847 in Illinois
2.Gerome, born 1854 in Illinois
Jacob Brewer Jr. and Ruth Tipsword
Jacob Jr. was first married to Ruth Tipsword daughter of Isaac and Lucinda
Tipsword of Effingham County Illinois. Although they lived in separate
counties according to land records the Brewers and Tipswords were
neighbors. Ruth was born around 1832 as she was 18 years old on the 1850
census. Jacobs brother John W. signed an oath stating Ruths age. They
were married in Fayette County Illinois on July 10, 1851. Ruth probably
died given birth to Julia or shortly there after.
born July 28, 1852,
Missouri. Married to William Smith on August 25, 1870 in Nodaway Co.,
Jacob Brewer Jr. and Maranda Clark
Maranda Clark was the daughter of William Clark and Rachel
Starkey. She was born in Ohio on August 16, 1834. Jacob and Maranda were
married in Polk County Missouri on December 15, 1855 not long after the
family migrated there. They are listed on the 1860 census still in Polk
County with three of their children plus Jacobs daughter Julia. According
to the place of birth of several of their children they were in Nebraska
from 1866 to 1868. Jacob Jr. and family are found in Nodaway Co., Missouri
on the 1870 census where Jacob Jr. is listed as a shingle maker. From
there they moved to Monona Co., Iowa where Jacob Jr. died of Typhoid fever
on Nov.15, 1878. He is buried in the Belvedere Cemetery in Monona Co.,
Iowa. Jacob Jrs widow, Maranda, and family remained in Monona Co., Iowa.
Two of their sons, William and Sylvester, would eventually marry sisters
Dora and Libbie Piatt. They were the daughters of Lafayette Piatt and
Eliza Cole. William and Sylvesters brother, George, was engaged to Katie
Piatt. She was said to already have the wedding dress when it was called
off. Supposedly George was not well liked by Lafayette. Sylvester and
Libbie would eventually divorce which was uncommon for the time. Will and
Dora remained in Monona Co. and are both buried there along with their son
Aaron and daughter Maude. Sylvester lived with Will and Dora at the time
they were expecting their son along with a farm hand named Aaron. They
both told Dora if she named the baby after them they would buy the babys
first outfit. So she named their son Aaron Sylvester and both had to live
up to his word. December 2, 1886, Maranda married Charles Henry Cooper,
father of her son-in-law Charles Leroy Cooper (Sarahs husband). Maranda
died November 10, 1903 and is buried in the Belvedere cemetery in Monona
Co., Iowa next to Jacob Jr.
Brewer, born January 25, 1857, Polk Co., Missouri; died March 12, 1934,
married to Andrew Jackson Hutcheson on December 4, 1873, Mills, Iowa.
Leonides Brewer (Lee), born February 24, 1859, Polk County Missouri;
married on February 22, 1883 in Monona Co.,Iowa to Hannah Kesterson
Columbus Brewer (Lum), born February 13, 1861, Missouri; married September
17, 1881 to Ellen Troth, born 1861 Mills, Iowa
Elsworth Brewer, born June 28, 1863 (no info on this child, not found on
Sherman Brewer, born February 20, 1866, Nebraska; died 1929, married
September 17, 1887 to Dora Jane Piatt b. January 18, 1869, died November
McCllen Brewer(Twin), born March 11, 1868, Nebraska: married December 24,
1891 in Onawa, Monona Co., Iowa to Elsie Bell, born 1874, Iowa.
Brewer born March 11, 1868, Nebraska; died September 12, 1925, Castana,
Monona Co., Iowa; married May 7, 1887 Onawa, Iowa to Charles Leroy Cooper
b. April 29, 1860, Oswego Co., New York; died July 1, 1924, Castana,
Enoch Brewer born March 20, 1872, Missouri; married December 2, 1894 in
Onawa, Iowa to Libbie Piatt, born 1876. Divorced before 1920.
Brewer, born August 23, 1874; died November 11, 1876.
10. Nancy M. Brewer, born
December 4, 1877, Iowa; died April 18, 1878
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