back of this photo was written: "Mildred, Mary Agnes," and below
that, "Mildred Big Eagle."
Bellzona sewed for the
Osage people, for men, women and children, They had their pictures taken
by a photographer and then sent them to Bell.
According to Jake Waller of
the Osage tribe who works with The Whitehair Museum between Hominy and
Ralston, Oklahoma, there was a photographer in the area whose last name
Elizabeth Ann, Bell's
mother, was a Brewer. The family says they had Scottish and Irish blood.
John Brewer, Elizabeth Ann's father was said to have lived on a land grant
which was divided and sold.
This information will be
found in Polk county, Missouri for those who are avidly interested in
America Hunter had a sister
named Hulda Hunter. Hulda married William Clark, who was an older man. He
had a grown family and children. They were: John, Sarah, Maranda and Jane.
William's first wife was Rachel. Rachel Clark was born September 10, 1799,
died September 8, 1856. She is buried at the Reed Cemetery, Polk County,
Hulda Hunter was William
Clark's second wife. It is told that Hulda was married previously.
Hulda and William Clark's
marriage certificate show them to have been married April the ninth, 1857.
The 1860 Polk County, Missouri Federal Census, Benton township lists them.
This William Clark is the
gentleman who went with Eda Brewer to pick up her son from Fort Girardeau
after the civil war in 1865. Eda Brewer, wife of Jacob Brewer, with
William Clark's help, brought her son home in an oxcart. He was ill with
the small pox and died shortly after he arrived home. William Clark would
have been sixty one years at the time. William went with her since the
younger men could not be allowed out in the open for fear of being shot
America Brewer is listed as
the head of household on the Polk County, Missouri, 1870, Federal Census,
Benton township. Her children are listed as: 1. Jeremiah, 19, born in
Illinois, 2. Angeline 17, born in Illinois 3. Ede (named after her
grandmother) 16, born in Missouri, 4.John W. (Wesley), 15, born in
Missouri 5. Sarah M., 14, born in Missouri. Middleton is listed as being
23, born in Illinois.
Family records show also a
Jake, Linda, Dode and, of course, Elizabeth Ann, mother of Bellzona. The
Middleton shown above is probably Jacob, or Jake, since his full name was
Jacob Middleton. Jeremiah's full name was Jeremiah Seabrom.
Mary America's calculated
birth date is 1814, born in Kentucky. Elizabeth Ann Brewer, mother of
Bellzona, Elizabeth Ann was a granddaughter of Jacob Brewer, calculated
birth date 1790, born in Georgia. His wife Eda, calculated birth date,
1794, born in Georgia also. Three of their children were: 1. John W.
married to Mary America 2. Samuel, married to Lucinda (Nance?) 3. Jacob
Fletcher, married to Maranda Clark, daughter of William and Rachel Clark.
Records of land sales to the children for nominal amounts can be found in
Polk County, Missouri.