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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.

These are the land description owned by Jacob Fletcher Brewer,

Family of Jacob Fletcher Brewer Sr.

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, Arthurís 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 Arthurís son Thomas, would marry Jacob and Edeithís 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 Marandaís 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 Crockerís, Wakefieldís, Hooperís & Moore families all migrated to Illinois sometime around 1808. Arthur Crocker and several sonís 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:


1820 Census:

Males: 2 under 10. 1- 18 to 25.

Females: 1 under 10. 1- 16 to 25.

1830 Census:

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.

1840 Census: 

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.

1850 Census:

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 census)

probably born before census was taken in 1830.


1860 Census:

Jacob Sr. age 65 born in GA canít read or write

Edeith age 66 born in GA canít read or write



1.      Surena Laraney Brewer born Aug.26, 1814 in Illinois died .April 7, 1856 in Illinois. Married to Hanson Middleton.

2.      Seaburn Brewer, born C1816 died after 1870 married January 23, 1838

to Mariah Walis born C1819

3.      John Wesley Brewer, born C1817 in Illinois died August 1863 in Polk County Missouri. Married to Mary America Hunter born 1814 in Kentucky

4.      Samuel T. Brewer, born1819 in Illinois died after 1900 in Missouri. Married  first to Lucinda Nance and later to Emaline Stillins.

5.      Lucinda Brewer born 1823. Married to Jackson Price.

6.      Jacob 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.

7.      Margrett Brewer born C1830. No information has been found on what happened to Margrett. She was last found on the 1850 census for Shelby County Illinois.


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 Hansonís age. Hanson was listed living next to Arthurís 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.


1.      Polly, born 1834 Illinois

2.      Hanson, born 1837 Illinois

3.      Jane, born 1839 Illinois

4.      Amos, born 1845 Illinois


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 Mariahís age. Seaburn was mentioned in Arthur Crockerís 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. Seaburnís 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 Americaís sister Hulda being part of the household. Hulda was married to Jacob Jr.ís 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.


1.      Elizabeth 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

2.      Jacob 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, b.1852, Illinois

         6.   Eda Brewer, born 1852, Missouri

7.   John W. Brewer, born 1855, Missouri

8.   Sarah M. Brewer, born 1856, Missouri


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 Samuelís date of birth being in 1827(?).


1.      Elizabeth Brewer, born 1844, Illinois

2.      Artissima Brewer, born 1846, Illinois

3.      Eda Brewer, born 1848, Illinois

4.      Amos B. Brewer, born March 1850, Illinois

5.      Lafayette Brewer, born 1859, Missouri

6.      Samuel Laycent Brewer, born 1860, Missouri.

Married to Martha Frances Julian Lakey

7.      Nancy C. Brewer, born 1862, Missouri

8.      Pleasant M. Brewer, born 1862, Missouri

9.      Kisiah A. 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.ís 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 Brewerís and Tipswordís were neighbors.  Ruth was born around 1832 as she was 18 years old on the 1850 census. Jacobís brother John W. signed an oath stating Ruthís age. They were married in Fayette County Illinois on July 10, 1851. Ruth probably died given birth to Julia or shortly there after.


1.      Julia Brewer, born July 28, 1852, Missouri.  Married to William Smith on August 25, 1870 in Nodaway Co., Missouri.


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 Jacobís 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 Jrís 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 Sylvesterís 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 babyís 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 (Sarahís husband). Maranda died November 10, 1903 and is buried in the Belvedere cemetery in Monona Co., Iowa next to Jacob Jr.


1.      Hannah Jane Brewer, born  January 25, 1857, Polk Co., Missouri; died March 12, 1934, married to Andrew Jackson Hutcheson on December 4, 1873, Mills, Iowa.

2.      Zara Leonides Brewer (Lee), born February 24, 1859, Polk County Missouri; married on February 22, 1883 in Monona Co.,Iowa to Hannah Kesterson

3.      Christopher Columbus Brewer (Lum), born February 13, 1861, Missouri; married September 17, 1881 to Ellen Troth, born 1861 Mills, Iowa

4.      Elmer Elsworth Brewer, born June 28, 1863 (no info on this child, not found on census).

5.      William Sherman Brewer, born February 20, 1866, Nebraska; died 1929, married September 17, 1887 to Dora Jane Piatt b. January 18, 1869, died  November 20, 1952.

6.      George McCllen Brewer(Twin), born March 11, 1868, Nebraska: married December 24, 1891 in Onawa, Monona Co., Iowa to Elsie Bell, born 1874, Iowa.

7.      Sarah Ellen 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, Iowa.

8.       Sylvester Enoch Brewer born March 20, 1872, Missouri; married December 2, 1894 in Onawa, Iowa to Libbie Piatt, born 1876. Divorced before 1920.

9.      Jacob Oscar 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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