Daniel A. Brewer and Nancy Smith

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Daniel Brewer adjusted

Daniel A. Brewer
Courtesy Nancy Benton

Daniel A. BREWER was born 31 Aug 1784 in KY and died 9 April 1881 in Coatesville, Hendricks, IN. Daniel married Nancy SMITH.

The family history on Daniel A. BREWER SR. (at least in our branch) had him born August 31 1784 in Germany or Holland, and that he’d moved to Putnam Co. Indiana. This account was based on a bio in Weik’ History of Putnam County, Indiana.

“Within the next two years (from 1826) the population was increased by the arrival of…Daniel BREWER…Among the old settlers who have died within the past thirty years were…and Daniel BREWER of Coatsville. The last named was born in Holland on August 31, 1782, and came to Kentucky when two years old. From that state he moved to Putnam County, where he lived until almost a hundred years old.”

Weik’s History of Putnam County, Indiana, B.F. Bower & Co. Publishers, pages
170-171

Well, don’t believe everything in print, for it seems that Daniel A. BREWER was the 2nd son and 2nd of 6 children born to John (Johannas) BREWER, who was born in New Jersey, and Jane VAN ARSDALE also born in New Jersey. John was about 23 and Jane about 27 when Daniel was born. The BREWER family had been in America for multiple generations.

Another peculiar bit of misinformation occurring in this generation is that in the family history Nancy SMITH was originally given as Nancy GARNETT (by Pansy BREWER NOYES) and Nancy GURNET by another relative. It was eventually found that she was Nancy SMITH, but with at least with some of her children she went by the maiden name of GARNETT or GURNET, which was a brick wall in research that no one could get past (well, no wonder). Some scandal or something had already been hinted at by relatives, Nancy reports, but what could it have been? It has been wondered if she was previously married to a GARNETT and, if there was a scandal, it had something to do with this–but she was married to Daniel BREWER under her maiden name of SMITH, and it seems if her using the name of GARNETT was because of something she preferred to not have known then this had something to do with her being a SMITH. Besides, it seems fairly peculiar that she would have presented herself for posterity as a GARNETT if a previous marriage was what she wanted to hide.

Nancy Benton writes:

The “cousin” who gave me the family sheet of Daniel which listed his mother as “Nancy Gurnet” said there was some scandal about her, but she didn’t know what it was. In some of mother’s writings I found mention of Nancy Garnett as wife of Daniel.

In corresponding with other researchers (including Steve Brewer and Debbie Schmidt) I found that Nancy Smith who md. Daniel Brewer in 1805 in Mercer County was mentioned as a daughter in George Smith’s probate records. George had been married previously and had five children before marrying Nancy’s mother and having six more.

Isom: “Marriage Bonds and Consents, Mercer Co., KY 1786-1820, p. 13–“Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith; Consent of Mary Smith for her daughter, same date, witnessed by Narney Smock and Abraham Brewer.

His will (Missouri 1810) mentions his daughter Rebecca married to Samuel Bruer (Brewer) and Doras married to Alexander Varardsale (Vanarsdall). Mercer County marriage records give George Smith as father of these two women. The will
packet contains a letter from a DANIEL BREWER, son-in-law of George Smith, who was resident in Shelby County, Kentucky. In the will, George gives Nancy as yet unwed, and yet she had married in 1805.

The Court Record hasn’t been viewed but there was a case between Mary SMITH (Nancy’s mother) versus her father and his son George W. SMITH Jr. in 1801. By 1802 George Sr.’s name appears in Saint Louis, which is a while before his death.

As it is, Nancy SMITH, born 4 December 1785, was actually the daughter of George Washington SMITH Sr. and his second wife, Mary.

Supporting documentation is given that she is mentioned in her father’s probate records. And the Marriage Bonds and Consents Mercer county, KY 1786-1820, by Isom, p. 13, shows Consent of Mary Smith for her daughter, same date, witnessed by Narney Smock and Abraham Brewer.

These revelations were made during exchanges on the Rootsweb Brewer Mailing List 1999. Steve BREWER noted that Nancy’s marriage bond only has her mother Mary listed as giving consent, whereas one would normally find a father or guardian listed, but that Debbie SCHMIDT, another researcher, reported that George SMITH died before 1810 in the St. Louis Territory, Missouri.

Daniel A. BREWER Sr. and Nancy SMITH had 9 children.

Children:

1) John b. 1806 d. unknown m. Lucinda HANKINS on 27 Oct 1829 in Shelby Co. KY. (Vicki Deer writes at Genforum, Hankins forum, that Lucinda’s father was William HANKINS and her mother was Mary “Polly” HEDDEN. Mabry Benson wrote in that another child was Gilbert who married American ARMSTRONG, sister to William F. Armstrong, from Shelby Co. KY, moved to Hendricks Co. IN, next to Putnam, and married in 1846.

2) Mary b. 1808 m. Nathaniel STRAUGHN b. abt. 1810 KY

3) Jane b. 1810 m. David HUNTER b. abt. 1814 KY. (Jerusha SMITH, sister of Nancy SMITH, wife of Daniel, married a John HUNTER. Susannah HEDDEN, daughter of Abraham HEDDEN and Charity MUNSON, married Charles HUNTER abt. 1808. Anne HEDDEN, another daughter, married Carter HUNTER 1818 KY. M. Christiansen, wrote into Genforum May 14, 1999 that Henry HUNTER SR., of Shelby Co. KY, married to Ann (deed 17 May 1796) gave as children: Jemima m. Jonathan P. BRADY 23 May 1800, Shelby Co. KY; Polly m. Major WILLS, Oct. 1807, Shelby Co. KY, Henry Jr. m. Sally ECCLES 6 Jan 1807 in Merder, John m. Jerusha SMITH 1. Sep. 1804 in Mercer, died by 1818; Charles m. Susy HEDDEN 2 Jan 1818 in Shelby Co. KY; Carter m. Anne HEDDEN 15 February 1818 in Shelby. A Karen Perry wrote in response that Jemima HUNTER., b. 1783 TN or NC, first married Jonathon P. BRADY, then married Moses R. D. SMITH 28 May 1808 in Knox Co. TN. Karen Perry writes also that Henry HUNTER, b. 1749 in Rowan Co. NC, was a son of Charles HUNTER Sr. and Mary of Rowan Co. NC.)

4) George b. 1813

5) Charity b. 1815 m. Jesse VANCLEAVE b. abt. 1813 KY married January 11, 1839 Putnam Co. IN View Indiana marriage database. (William HEDDEN married Rachel VAN CLEAVE. Charity, sister of Daniel Levi BREWER, married a Jesse VAN CLEAVE.)

6) Jerusha b. 1818 m. Alexander HODGE April 4 1838 Putnam Co. IN.

7) Garret b. 1820 m. Maria LUNTSFORD b. abt. 1810 KY, married December 9 1841 Putnam Co. IN. View Indiana marriage database. (LUNSFORDS are in the 1850 and 1860 census near the BREWERS.)

8) Daniel Levi b. 1823 or 1827 m. Catherine HEDDEN b. 21 Feb 1822, KY, married March 30 1843 Putnam Co. IN

9)Nancy b. 1826 to 1827 m. James COOPER, 23 Dec. 1860 Putnam Co. IN.

After the death of Nancy, Daniel married Charity BRIDGES.

The burial place of Daniel is unknown. The Mt. Carmel Cemetery shows his wife, Nancy and Nathaniel STRAUGHAN and Mary Polly BREWER, his wife. Daniel isn’t shown. He is perhaps buried with Charity, who burial place also unknown.


Husband: Daniel A. ++ Brewer Sr.


Born: 1784 Aug 31 – , York, Pennsylvania (1)
Christened:
Died: 1881 Apr 9 – Coatesville, Hendricks, Indiana
Buried: – Mount Carmel Cemetery, Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana
Father: Johannes (John) + > Brewer (1761-1822) (1)
Mother: Jane + Van Arsdale (1757-1793) (2)
Marriage: 1805 Oct 5 Place: , Mercer, West Virginia
(3)


Other Spouse: Charity Bridges (Cir 1809-1896) Date: 1863


Events


1. Birth: 1784 Aug 31.
Daniel A. is given by the family genealogy as born in Kentucky, but the
history of Conewago and the migration to Kentucky of the old Dutch
settlers indicates that he was born instead in Conewago, York County,
Pennsylvania.

2. Migration: Cir 1786, , , Kentucky. (4)
Given by Weik’s History of Putnam County Indiana as having migrated with
his parents at the age of two to Kentucky. The initial migration from
Conewago occurred 1780, in which his Uncle Abraham had taken part, so
1786 seems a plausible date.

3. Marriage: Marriage Bond For Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith, 1805 Oct 5.
(5)

Isom: “Marriage Bonds and Consents, Mercer Co., KY 1786-1820, p.
13–Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith; Consent of Mary Smith for her daughter, same
date, witnessed by Narney Smock and Abraham Brewer.

Nancy is mentioned in George Smith’s will as being yet unmarried, which
means he appears not to have seen his family for five years.

4. Child’s Birth: John born., Cir 1806. John will marry Lucinda HANKINS,
October 27 1829 in Shelby Co., KY.

5. Child’s Birth: Mary is born, 1808. She will marry Nathaniel STRAUGHN,
October 11, 1830 in Shelby Co. KY.

6. Census: Pg. 239 1810 Shelbyville, Shelby, Kentucky, USA. (6)

BREWER Daniel, 1 male under 10 (John abt.
4), 1 male 26 to 44 (Daniel A.), 2 females under 10 (Mary and Jane), 1
female 16 to 25 (Nancy).

Daniel and Nancy are located between an Archibal CAMERON and a John
RIOUS.

7. Child’s Birth: Jane born., Cir 1810. Jane will Mary David HUNTER Sept
17, 1835 in Putnam Co. IN.

8. Child’s Birth: George is born., Cir 1813.

9. Child’s Birth: Charity is born., 1815 Jan 28.

10. Child’s Birth: Jerusha is born., Cir 1818. She will marry Alexander
HODGE April 04, 1838 in Putnam County, Indiana.

11. Census: Possible for Daniel BREWER. Page 89. 1820 , Mercer, West
Virginia. (7)

BREWER John A. 3 males under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 1
female under 10, 2 females 16 to 18, 1 female 18 to 26, 1 female 45 and
up
BREWER Daniel 4 males under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1
male 16 to 18, 3 males 16 to 26, 1 male 45 and up, 1 female under 10, 1
female 10 to 16, 1 female 16 to 18, 1 female 18 to 26, 1 female to 45, 1
female over 45 (and slaves, but the column arrangements make it difficult
for me to tell what ages)

BREWER, Abraham: 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 1 female 45 and up
Other names of interest:
SMITH James 2 males under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 2 females
under 10, 1 male slave over 45, 1 male slave over 45
SMITH, James 1 male 16 to 26, 2 females under 10, 1 female 16 to 18
HAWKIN or HANKIN, Samuel 3 males under 10, 2 males 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to
45, 2 females under 10, 1 female 18 to 26, (these may not be right) 2
male slaves 14 to 26, 1 female slave to 14, 1 female slave 45 and up
HUNTER Joseph 1 male 45 and up, 2 females 10 to 16, 1 female 26 to 45
HUNTER Zachariah 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 45 and up, 1 female 10 to 16, 1
female 26 to 45

12. Child’s Birth: Garrett is born., Cir 1821. He will marry Maria
LUNTSFORD, 9 Dec. 1841 in Putnam Co. IN.

13. Child’s Birth: Daniel Levi is born., 1823 Sep 25. DIRECT LINE He will marry Catharine HEDDEN, March 30, 1843, in Putnam Co. IN.

14. Land Patent: 20 May 1825?.

15. Child’s Birth: Nancy is born., Cir 1826. She will marry James COOPER,
Dec. 23, 1860 in Putnam Co., IN.

16. Census: 1830 , Shelby, Kentucky. (8)

Samuel HEDDEN 1 ” 2 3 1 1 1 – – – – – – / ” 2 1 ” ” ” 1 2 male slaves 10
to 24
Elizabeth RICKER ” ” 2 – – – – – – – – – – / ” 2 2 ” ” 1
Daniel BREWER ” 2 ” 1 ” ” 1 – – – – – – / 1 ” 2 1 1
” 1

Carter HUNTER ” 2 1 ” ” 1 – – – – – – – / 1 1 ” ” 1 (1 male slave 10 to
24)
Abram HEDDEN ” – – – – – – – – 1 – – – / ” ” ” ” ” ” 1 ” 1
William HEDDEN ” ” ” ” ” 1 – – – – – – – / 2 2 ” ” ” 1
James HEDDEN – 2 1 ” ” 1 – – – – – – – / 2 1 ” ” ” 1
Joseph SHADEN? ” ” 1 2 2 ” ” 1 – – – – – / ” 1 1 ” 1 ” ” 1 ( 2 male
slaves 10 and under, 1 male slave 24 to 35, 1 female slave 24 to 35, a
female slave 35 to 55)
Nancy TILLEY ” – – – – – – – – – – – – / ” ” 1 ” ” ” ” ” 1 (2 male slaves
10 and under, 1 male slave 24 to 35, 1 female slave 24 to 35, a female
slave 35 to 55)
John REDDICK ” ” ” 1 ” ” ” 1 – – – – – / ” ” 1 2 3 ” ” 1 (1 male slave 24
to 35, female slave 35 to 55, 1 female slave 55 to 100)
Henry TILLEY 1 2 1 ” ” ” ” 1 – – – – – / 1 1 1 3 1 ” 1 (1 male slave 24
to 35, female slave 35 to 55)

Daniel’s household thus shows 2 males 5 to 10 (Daniel Levi and Garret), 1
male 15 to 20 (George), 1 male 40 to 50 (Daniel A.), 1 female under 5
(Nancy), 2 females 10 to 15 (Jerusha and Charity), 1 female 15 to 20
(Jane), 1 female 20 to 30 (Mary), 1 female 40 to 50 (Nancy SMITH
BREWER).

Carter HUNTER, living next door, was married to Ann HEDDEN b. abt. 1802,
daughter of Abraham HEDDEN and Charity MUNSON. Another sister of hers,
Susannah, married a Charles HUNTER abt. 1818. Their brother, Gilbert
HEDDEN, was father of William, father of Catherine HEDDEN who will marry
Daniel Levi BREWER.

Jerusha SMITH, a sister of Nancy SMITH BREWER, married a John HUNTER.

Another sister of Ann HEDDEN HUNTER and Susannah HEDDEN HUNTER was yet
another Catherine (b. abt. 1784) who marries a Lazarous TILLEY. Their
daughter, Ann, b. 1812 in Shelby Co. KY, will marry a John HEDDEN, son of
Samuel, son of Abraham HEDDEN and Charity MUNSON. Another child of
Catherine HEDDEN TILLEY and Lazarous TILLEY is Abraham M. TILLEY who will
marry a Charity HEDDEN, daughter of Samuel, son of Abraham and Charity
HEDDEN. A number of TILLEYs and HEDDENS will also migrate from Shelby Co.
KY to Putnam Co. IN.

Lazarous TILLY b. 17 Jan 1787 in NC, wife of Catherine HEDDEN, was
perhaps a brother of a man named Joel TILLEY, b. 1765, who married a
Nancy Elizabeth HARRIS, both perhaps sons of Lazarus TILLY b. abt. 1744
in VA, died 1814 in Shelby Co. KY, who married an Elizabeth. The grandson
of Joel and Nancy Elizabeth HARRIS, Joel A. TILLEY, b. 1831, applied to the Guion Miller Commission in an attempt
to claim funds appropriated by Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906 in
favor of the Eastern Cherokees (Guion Miller Application No. 40846). Joel
A. Tilley said his grandmother Elizabeth Harris was a daughter of William
Harris who he said was thought to be 1/2 Cherokee Indian. The Guion
Miller Commission rejected his claim, but it is still interesting.

17. Census: Pg. 319 1840 , Johnson, Indiana. (9)

John DAWSON
Aaron WEBB
McQUINN
John McQUINN
Alexander WILSON
Robert HENRY
Daniel A. BREWER – – 1 – 2 – – – 1 – – – -/- – – –
1 – – – 1

Major TOWNSEND
Benj. TETRICK ?
Patrick BEARD
Moses FREEMAN

In the BREWER household there was 1 white male 10 to 15 (seems it would
be Daniel Levi though he was born 1823), 2 white males 20 to 30 (Garret
and George), 1 white male 60 to 70 (Daniel A.), 1 white female 20 to 30
(Jane or Charity or Jerusha), 1 white female 60 to 70 (Nancy).

18. Child’s Marriage: Daniel marries Catherine HEDDEN., 1843 Mar 30, , ,
Kentucky.

19. Census: 1850 Indiana, Putnam County, Marion Township. (10)

62/62 Daniel SMITH 53 farmer $1000 b. KY
Lavina 48
Abraham B. 15
John N. 16
Martha 15
James H. 12 b. IN
Sarah E. 9
Keith A. 6
63/63 Peter LUNSFORD 64 farmer $1000 b. KY
Sarah 63
Ramona 21 b. IN
Pauline 15
Mary STORM? 14
NOTE: Erni Lunsford writes into Genforum that the wife of Peter was Sarah
O’Neal.
64/64 Samuel SMITH 60 farmer $1500 b. VA
Betsey 51 b. KY
Samuel 18 b. IN
Martha 16
James 13
65/65 Edward SMITH 30 b. KY
Elizabeth b. IN
Mary M. 7 b. IN
Edward 5 b.
William H. 4
George N. 2
James S. 1
66/66 William HEDDEN 51 farmer $1500 b. KY
Mary 36
Elizabeth 28
Emily J. 25
Mary E. 1 b. IN
67/67 Bailey B…? 60 farmer $1000 b. KY
Ruth A. 56
Martha 28
Nancy 26
Pauline 22
Mary A. 18
David A. 15
Ruth A. 12
68/68 Daniel BREWER 65 farmer $900 b. KY
Nancy 63
Nancy A. 23?

69/69 Jarett BREWER 29 farmer
Maria 27
John A. 9 b. IN
Martha 5
Afford 2
70/70 James SMITH 50 farmer b. KY
Hannah 43
Amanda 23
William 21 b. IN
Aeneth 17 (f)
James E. 15

pg. 458
108/109 Daniel BREWER 26 $300 b. KY
Catherine 26
Sarah 6 b. IN
William 5
Nancy 3
James D. 1

NOTE: A “Paul” at the Smith Genforum board mentions another SMITH in the
Putnam Co. area who, having a son named Hadden, may be a possible link to
Nancy SMITH. “Jacob SMITH,using that name on the 1860, & 1870 census, was
called Isaac SMITH in the 1850 census. He m. Nancy WILSON in 1825, in
Washington Co IN. she was b. ~1807 in KY. They lived in Putnam Co. IN and
had children Minerva, Hadden (or Haddon), Margaret, and Elihu. I am
looking for Jacobs parents.” He also gives,at the Hadden forum, “Susannah
HADDEN/HADDON, m. James WILSON in 1805, in Franklin Co. KY. Later they
were in Putnam Co. IN. I am looking for the parents of this James WILSON,
or children of this pair.”

20. Wife’s Death: 1859 Nov 9, Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana.

21. Census: 1860 Indiana, Putnam County, Marion Township. (11)

100/100
Daniel BREWER Jr. 33 farmer land value 1800 or 1100
and illegible sum for personal value, b. KY
Catherine 33 b. KY
Sarah E. 16 b. IN
William C. 12
Nancy 12
James P. 11
David N. 9
Rachel 7
Martha 2

101/101
John BREWER 34 farmer 640 personal KY can’t read or write
Lucinda 32 KY can’t read or write
George S 17 farmer married within the year marked?
112/112
Daniel BREWER 76 farmer 2400? 2300? KY
Nancy A. 33? KY
103/103
Sally LUNTSFORD

22. Matrimony 2: Marries Charity BRIDGES., 1863.

23. Photo: Daniel Brewer and the Dunlavy Family, Cir 1877, , , Indiana.
(12)

24. Census: 1880 Coatesville, Hendricks, Indiana. (13) And the 1880
census for IN, Hendricks, Coatsville shows Charity in the household, page
639B

Daniel BREWER self male white 95 b. HOL retired farmer father b. unknown
and mother b. unknown
Charity BREWER wife female white 69 b. NJ father and mother b. NJ

25. Death: 1881 Apr 9 Coatesville, Hendricks, Indiana.

26. Cemetery: ? After 1881 Apr 9. Remains unknown.

27. Edit : 2003 Nov.


Wife: Nancy ++ Smith (14)


AKA: GARNETT OR GURNET
Born: 1785 Dec 4 (2)
Christened:
Died: 1859 Nov 9 – Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana
Buried: – Mount Carmel Cemetery, Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana
Father: George Washington + Smith Sr. (Abt 1740-Bef 1810) (15)
Mother: Mary + (1759-Bef 1810)


Events


1. Birth: 1785 Dec 4.

2. Parentage: (15)
Nancy is given as mentioned in George Smith’s probate records.

3. Marriage: 1806 Oct 5. (5)
I have two notes on the Marriage Bond for Nancy SMITH, daughter of George
W. SMITH, whose sister Jerusha married John HUNTER.

Marriage Bonds and Consents Mercer county, KY 1786-1820 by Isom, p
13–Consent of Mary Smith for he daughter, same date, witnessed by Narney
Smock and Abraham Brewer.

Also

Marriage Bond–Jonathan Brady as Surety, Consent of Mary Smith for her
daughter, witnessed by Henry Hunter and Nancy Smith.
Source: Nancy
Benton.

The Henry HUNTER mentioned is possibly the father of some HUNTERS who
married into the SMITH family. Charles HUNTER, son of Henry, married
Susannah HEDDEN, sister of Catherine HEDDEN’s grandfather, Gilbert
(Catherine married Daniel Levi BREWER, son of Daniel A. and Nancy Smith
BREWER).

A sister of Susannah and Gilbert, Anne, married Carter HUNTER 1818 in Kentucky.

A sister of Susannah and Gilbert, Anne, married Carter HUNTER 1818 in Kentucky.

Jerusha SMITH, another daughter of G. W. SMITH, married John HUNTER, a son of Henry HUNTER.

Jane BREWER, daughter of Nancy SMITH and Daniel A. BREWER, married David HUNTER.

Nancy is mentioned in George Smith’s will as being yet unmarried, which
means he appears not to have seen his family for five years.

4. Child’s Birth: John born., Cir 1807. John will marry Lucinda HANKINS,
October 27 1829 in Shelby Co., KY.

5. Child’s Birth: Mary is born, 1808. She will marry Nathaniel STRAUGHN,
October 11, 1830 in Shelby Co. KY.

6. Census: Pg. 239 1810 Shelbyville, Shelby, Kentucky, USA. (6)

BREWER Daniel, 1 male under 10 (John abt.
4), 1 male 26 to 44 (Daniel A.), 2 females under 10 (Mary and Jane), 1
female 16 to 25 (Nancy).

Daniel and Nancy are located between an Archibal CAMERON and a John
RIOUS.

7. Child’s Birth: Jane born., Cir 1810. Jane will Mary David HUNTER Sept
17, 1835 in Putnam Co. IN.

8. Child’s Birth: George is born., Cir 1813.

9. Child’s Birth: Charity is born., 1815 Jan 28.

10. Child’s Birth: Jerusha is born., Cir 1818. She will marry Alexander
HODGE April 04, 1838 in Putnam County, Indiana.

11. Census: Possible for Daniel BREWER. Page 89. 1820 , Mercer, West
Virginia. (7)

BREWER John A. 3 males under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 1
female under 10, 2 females 16 to 18, 1 female 18 to 26, 1 female 45 and
up
BREWER Daniel 4 males under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1
male 16 to 18, 3 males 16 to 26, 1 male 45 and up, 1 female under 10, 1
female 10 to 16, 1 female 16 to 18, 1 female 18 to 26, 1 female to 45, 1
female over 45 (and slaves, but the column arrangements make it difficult
for me to tell what ages)

BREWER, Abraham: 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 1 female 45 and up
Other names of interest:
SMITH James 2 males under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to 45, 2 females
under 10, 1 male slave over 45, 1 male slave over 45
SMITH, James 1 male 16 to 26, 2 females under 10, 1 female 16 to 18
HAWKIN or HANKIN, Samuel 3 males under 10, 2 males 10 to 16, 1 male 26 to
45, 2 females under 10, 1 female 18 to 26, (these may not be right) 2
male slaves 14 to 26, 1 female slave to 14, 1 female slave 45 and up
HUNTER Joseph 1 male 45 and up, 2 females 10 to 16, 1 female 26 to 45
HUNTER Zachariah 1 male 10 to 16, 1 male 45 and up, 1 female 10 to 16, 1
female 26 to 45

12. Child’s Birth: Garrett is born., Cir 1821. He will marry Maria
LUNTSFORD, 9 Dec. 1841 in Putnam Co. IN.

13. Child’s Birth: Daniel Levi is born., 1823 Sep 25. DIRECT LINE He will marry Catharine HEDDEN, March
30, 1843, in Putnam Co. IN.

14. Child’s Birth: Nancy is born., Cir 1826. She will marry James COOPER,
Dec. 23, 1860 in Putnam Co., IN.

15. Census: 1830 , Shelby, Kentucky. (8)

Samuel HEDDEN 1 ” 2 3 1 1 1 – – – – – – / ” 2 1 ” ” ” 1 2 male slaves 10
to 24
Elizabeth RICKER ” ” 2 – – – – – – – – – – / ” 2 2 ” ” 1
Daniel BREWER ” 2 ” 1 ” ” 1 – – – – – – / 1 ” 2 1 1
” 1

Carter HUNTER ” 2 1 ” ” 1 – – – – – – – / 1 1 ” ” 1 (1 male slave 10 to
24)
Abram HEDDEN ” – – – – – – – – 1 – – – / ” ” ” ” ” ” 1 ” 1
William HEDDEN ” ” ” ” ” 1 – – – – – – – / 2 2 ” ” ” 1
James HEDDEN – 2 1 ” ” 1 – – – – – – – / 2 1 ” ” ” 1
Joseph SHADEN? ” ” 1 2 2 ” ” 1 – – – – – / ” 1 1 ” 1 ” ” 1 ( 2 male
slaves 10 and under, 1 male slave 24 to 35, 1 female slave 24 to 35, a
female slave 35 to 55)
Nancy TILLEY ” – – – – – – – – – – – – / ” ” 1 ” ” ” ” ” 1 (2 male slaves
10 and under, 1 male slave 24 to 35, 1 female slave 24 to 35, a female
slave 35 to 55)
John REDDICK ” ” ” 1 ” ” ” 1 – – – – – / ” ” 1 2 3 ” ” 1 (1 male slave 24
to 35, female slave 35 to 55, 1 female slave 55 to 100)
Henry TILLEY 1 2 1 ” ” ” ” 1 – – – – – / 1 1 1 3 1 ” 1 (1 male slave 24
to 35, female slave 35 to 55)

Daniel’s household thus shows 2 males 5 to 10 (Daniel Levi and Garret), 1
male 15 to 20 (George), 1 male 40 to 50 (Daniel A.), 1 female under 5
(Nancy), 2 females 10 to 15 (Jerusha and Charity), 1 female 15 to 20
(Jane), 1 female 20 to 30 (Mary), 1 female 40 to 50 (Nancy SMITH
BREWER).

Carter HUNTER, living next door, was married to Ann HEDDEN b. abt. 1802,
daughter of Abraham HEDDEN and Charity MUNSON. Another sister of hers,
Susannah, married a Charles HUNTER abt. 1818. Their brother, Gilbert
HEDDEN, was father of William, father of Catherine HEDDEN who will marry
Daniel Levi BREWER.

Jerusha SMITH, a sister of Nancy SMITH BREWER, married a John HUNTER.

Another sister of Ann HEDDEN HUNTER and Susannah HEDDEN HUNTER was yet
another Catherine (b. abt. 1784) who marries a Lazarous TILLEY. Their
daughter, Ann, b. 1812 in Shelby Co. KY, will marry a John HEDDEN, son of
Samuel, son of Abraham HEDDEN and Charity MUNSON. Another child of
Catherine HEDDEN TILLEY and Lazarous TILLEY is Abraham M. TILLEY who will
marry a Charity HEDDEN, daughter of Samuel, son of Abraham and Charity
HEDDEN. A number of TILLEYs and HEDDENS will also migrate from Shelby Co.
KY to Putnam Co. IN.

Lazarous TILLY b. 17 Jan 1787 in NC, wife of Catherine HEDDEN, was
perhaps a brother of a man named Joel TILLEY, b. 1765, who married a
Nancy Elizabeth HARRIS, both perhaps sons of Lazarus TILLY b. abt. 1744
in VA, died 1814 in Shelby Co. KY, who married an Elizabeth. The grandson
of Joel and Nancy Elizabeth HARRIS, Joel A. TILLEY, b. 1831, applied to the Guion Miller Commission in an attempt
to claim funds appropriated by Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906 in
favor of the Eastern Cherokees (Guion Miller Application No. 40846). Joel
A. Tilley said his grandmother Elizabeth Harris was a daughter of William
Harris who he said was thought to be 1/2 Cherokee Indian. The Guion
Miller Commission rejected his claim, but it is still interesting.

16. Census: Pg. 319 1840 , Johnson, Indiana. (9)

John DAWSON
Aaron WEBB
McQUINN
John McQUINN
Alexander WILSON
Robert HENRY
Daniel A. BREWER – – 1 – 2 – – – 1 – – – -/- – – –
1 – – – 1

Major TOWNSEND
Benj. TETRICK ?
Patrick BEARD
Moses FREEMAN

In the BREWER household there was 1 white male 10 to 15 (seems it would
be Daniel Levi though he was born 1823), 2 white males 20 to 30 (Garret
and George), 1 white male 60 to 70 (Daniel A.), 1 white female 20 to 30
(Jane or Charity or Jerusha), 1 white female 60 to 70 (Nancy).

17. Child’s Marriage: Daniel marries Catherine HEDDEN., 1843 Mar 30, , ,
Kentucky.

18. Census: 1850 Indiana, Putnam County, Marion Township. (10)

62/62 Daniel SMITH 53 farmer $1000 b. KY
Lavina 48
Abraham B. 15
John N. 16
Martha 15
James H. 12 b. IN
Sarah E. 9
Keith A. 6
63/63 Peter LUNSFORD 64 farmer $1000 b. KY
Sarah 63
Ramona 21 b. IN
Pauline 15
Mary STORM? 14
NOTE: Erni Lunsford writes into Genforum that the wife of Peter was Sarah
O’Neal.
64/64 Samuel SMITH 60 farmer $1500 b. VA
Betsey 51 b. KY
Samuel 18 b. IN
Martha 16
James 13
65/65 Edward SMITH 30 b. KY
Elizabeth b. IN
Mary M. 7 b. IN
Edward 5 b.
William H. 4
George N. 2
James S. 1
66/66 William HEDDEN 51 farmer $1500 b. KY
Mary 36
Elizabeth 28
Emily J. 25
Mary E. 1 b. IN
67/67 Bailey B…? 60 farmer $1000 b. KY
Ruth A. 56
Martha 28
Nancy 26
Pauline 22
Mary A. 18
David A. 15
Ruth A. 12
68/68 Daniel BREWER 65 farmer $900 b. KY
Nancy 63
Nancy A. 23?

69/69 Jarett BREWER 29 farmer
Maria 27
John A. 9 b. IN
Martha 5
Afford 2
70/70 James SMITH 50 farmer b. KY
Hannah 43
Amanda 23
William 21 b. IN
Aeneth 17 (f)
James E. 15

pg. 458
108/109 Daniel BREWER 26 $300 b. KY
Catherine 26
Sarah 6 b. IN
William 5
Nancy 3
James D. 1

NOTE: A “Paul” at the Smith Genforum board mentions another SMITH in the
Putnam Co. area who, having a son named Hadden, may be a possible link to
Nancy SMITH. “Jacob SMITH,using that name on the 1860, & 1870 census, was
called Isaac SMITH in the 1850 census. He m. Nancy WILSON in 1825, in
Washington Co IN. she was b. ~1807 in KY. They lived in Putnam Co. IN and
had children Minerva, Hadden (or Haddon), Margaret, and Elihu. I am
looking for Jacobs parents.” He also gives,at the Hadden forum, “Susannah
HADDEN/HADDON, m. James WILSON in 1805, in Franklin Co. KY. Later they
were in Putnam Co. IN. I am looking for the parents of this James WILSON,
or children of this pair.”

19. Death: 1859 Nov 9 Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana.

20. Cemetery: Mt. Carmel Plat Marker showing Nancy Brewer, wife of
Daniel. (16)

21. Edit : 2003 Nov.


Children


1 M John > Brewer (17)
Born: 1807 (18)
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse: Lucinda > Hankins Or Hawkins ( – ) (1)
Marr. Date: 1829 Oct 27 – , Shelby, Kentucky
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Edit : 2003 Nov.


2 F Mary “Polly” Brewer (18)
Born: Sept 1808 (19)
Christened:
Died: 1883 Mar 25 – , Putnam, Indiana
Buried: – Harwick Cemetery (near Clinton Falls), Putnam, Indiana (19)
Spouse: Nathaniel Sanford Straughan (1810-1898) (2)
Marr. Date: 1830 Oct 11 – , Shelby, Kentucky (1)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Census: 1840 Madison, Putnam, Indiana. (20)
1840 IN PUTNAM MADISON
William EVANS
James CONNELLY
David HUNTER 3 – – – 1 / – – – – 1
NOTE: David married Jane BREWER, aunt of Daniel Levi BREWER who married
Catherine HEDDEN.
William HEDDEN – – – – – – – 1 / – – 2 2 – – 1
NOTE: WIlliam 40 to 50, 2 females ages 10 to 15 and 2 females 15 to 20,
with Rachel as 40 to 50
Henry SHEILDS
Samuel CEICIL
Isaac HOPE
Andrew C. EVANS
Nancy BIRD
Alfred LUNSFORD
Nathaniel STRAUGHN – 1 – 1 1 1 / 1 1 1 1 – 1 – 1
NOTE: Mary Polly BREWER married Nathaniel STRAUGHN. She was an aunt of
Daniel Levi BREWER.

2. Census: Pg. 458 1850 Indiana, Putnam County, Marion Township. (10)

pg. 458
103/109 Daniel BREWER 26 $300 b. KY
Catherine 26
Sarah 6 b. IN
William 5
Nancy 3
James D. 1
104/ Nathaniel STRAGN 40 farmer $1000 b. KY
Mary 42
John W. 18 b. IN
Nancy 16
Margaret A. 12
Mary C. 5

3. Photo: Daniel Brewer and the Dunlavy Family, Cir 1877, , , Indiana.
(12)

4. Photo: Nat Straughan and Polly. (21)

5. Edit : 2003 Nov.


3 F Jane > Brewer (18)
Born: 1810
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse: David > Hunter (Abt 1814- ) (2)
Marr. Date: 1835 Sep 17 – , Putnam, Indiana
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Census: 1840 Madison, Putnam, Indiana. (20)


4 M George Brewer (18)
Born: 1813
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Census: Pg. 319 1840 , Johnson, Indiana. (9)


5 F Charity > Brewer (18)
Born: 1815
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse: Jesse > Van Cleave (Van Cleef) (Abt 1813- )
Marr. Date: 1838 Jan 11 – , Putnam, Indiana
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


6 M Jerusha Brewer (18)
Born: 1818
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse: Alexander Hodge (1811- ) (2)
Marr. Date: 1838 Apr 4 – Putnam Co., IN
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Census: 1880.

Jerusha HODGE Self W Female W 62 KY
Keeping House — KY
Russel HODGE Son S Male W 29 IN Farmer KY KY
Maggie OAKLY GDau S Female W 15 IN At Home IN IN

Source Information:
Census Place Franklin, Hendricks, Indiana
Family History Library Film 1254283
NA Film Number T9-0283
Page Number 647B


7 M Garret Brewer (18)
Born: 1820-1821 (2)
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse: Maria Luntsford (Abt 1810- ) (22)
Marr. Date: 1841 Dec 9 – , Putnam, Indiana
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Census: Pg. 319 1840 , Johnson, Indiana. (9)

2. Census: 1850 Indiana, Putnam County, Marion Township. (10)

68/68
Daniel BREWER 65 farmer $900 b. KY
Nancy 63
Nancy A. 23?
69/69 Jarett BREWER 29 farmer
Maria 27
John A. 9 b. IN
Martha 5
Afford 2
70/70 James SMITH 50 farmer b. KY
Hannah 43
Amanda 23
William 21 b. IN
Aeneth 17 (f)

3. Census: 1880 IN, Owen Co., Jennings.

Garret BREWER Self M Male
W 59 KY Farmer KY KY
Ann M. BREWER Wife M Female W 58 IN Keeping House ENG
KY
Daniel BREWER Son S Male W 25 IN KY IN
Charles L. BREWER GSon S Male W 7 IN IN IN

Source Information:
Census Place Jennings, Owen, Indiana
Family History Library Film 1254302
NA Film Number T9-0302
Page Number 245A


8 M Daniel Levi + Brewer (1)
Born: 1823 Sep 25 – , Mercer, West Virginia
Christened:
Died: 1868 Apr 20 – Osage Mission, Neosho, Kansas (1)
Buried:
Spouse: Catherine (Catharine) + Hedden (1822-1903)
Marr. Date: 1843 Mar 30 – , , Kentucky
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Birth: 1823 Sep 25 , Mercer, West Virginia.

2. Photo: Daniel Levi Brewer. (23)

Courtesy of Nancy Benton.

3. Census: pg. 319 1840 , Jefferson, Indiana. (9)
In household of father, Daniel A. BREWER.

4. Marriage: Married to Catherine HEDDEN., 1843 Mar 30, , , Indiana. (24)

5. Photo: Daniel Levi Brewer and Catherine Hedden, c. 1840s?. (25)

6. Child’s Birth: Sarah Elizabeth is born., 1843 Dec 22.

7. Child’s Birth: William H. is born., 1846 Nov 18.

8. Child’s Birth: Nancy is born., 1847 Nov 22.

9. Child’s Birth: James Daniel is born., 1849 Apr 13.

10. Census: 1850 Indiana, Putnam County, Marion Township. (10)

62/62 Daniel SMITH 53 farmer $1000 b. KY
Lavina 48
Abraham B. 15
John N. 16
Martha 15
James H. 12 b. IN
Sarah E. 9
Keith A. 6
63/63 Peter LUNSFORD 64 farmer $1000 b. KY
Sarah 63
Ramona 21 b. IN
Pauline 15
Mary STORM? 14
64/64 Samuel SMITH 60 farmer $1500 b. VA
Betsey 51 b. KY
Samuel 18 b. IN
Martha 16
James 13
65/65 Edward SMITH 30 b. KY
Elizabeth b. IN
Mary M. 7 b. IN
Edward 5 b.
William H. 4
George N. 2
James S. 1
66/66 William HEDDEN 51 farmer $1500 b. KY
Mary 36
Elizabeth 28
Emily J. 25
Mary E. 1 b. IN
67/67 Bailey B…? 60 farmer $1000 b. KY
Ruth A. 56
Martha 28
Nancy 26
Pauline 22
Mary A. 18
David A. 15
Ruth A. 12
68/68 Daniel BREWER 65 farmer $900 b. KY
Nancy 63
Nancy A. 23?
69/69 Jarett BREWER 29 farmer
Maria 27
John A. 9 b. IN
Martha 5
Afford 2
70/70 James SMITH 50 farmer b. KY
Hannah 43
Amanda 23
William 21 b. IN
Aeneth 17 (f)
James E. 15

pg. 458
103/109 Daniel BREWER 26 $300 b. KY
Catherine 26
Sarah 6 b. IN
William 5
Nancy 3
James D. 1
104/ Nathaniel STRAGN 40 farmer $1000 b. KY
Mary 42
John W. 18 b. IN
Nancy 16
Margaret A. 12
Mary C. 5

11. Child’s Birth: David Nathaniel is born., 1850 Oct 31. DIRECT
LINE

12. Child’s Birth: Rachel Jane is born., 1852 Oct 6.

13. Child’s Birth: Unknown child is born., 1854 Oct 3.

14. Child’s Death: Unknown child dies., 1854 Oct 3.

15. Child’s Birth: Matilda is born., 1856 Jan 31.

16. Child’s Birth: Unknown child is born., 1858 Jan 13.

17. Child’s Death: Unknown child dies., 1858 Jan 13.

18. Census: 1860 , Putnam, Indiana. (11)

100/100
Daniel BREWER Jr. 33 farmer land value 1800 or 1100 and illegible sum for
personal value, b. KY
Catherine 33 b. KY
Sarah E. 16 b. IN
William C. 12
Nancy 12
James P. 11
David N. 9
Rachel 7
Martha 2
101/101 John BREWER 34 farmer 640 personal KY
Lucinda 32 KY can’t read or write
George S 17 farmer
112/112 Daniel BREWER 76 farmer 2400? 2300? KY
Nancy A. 33? KY
103/103
Sally LUNTSFORD

19. Child’s Marriage: James Daniel marries Maude OULMAN, 1864 Sep 17.

20. Child’s Marriage: Rachel Jane marries Atwell HENDERSON., 1866 Aug 29.

21. Child’s Marriage: Sarah Elizabeth marries Elizas WHITE., 1867.

22. Migration: 1867, , Neosho, Kansas. (26) “At some point both families
moved to Illinois where on August 21, 1866, Atwill Henderson and Rachel
Jane Brewer were married. Shortly there after In 1867 by means of covered
wagon and walking the Henderson’s and some Brewers, grandmas and all,
moved to Missouri for a time then on to Neosho County, Kansas near
Erie.”
SOURCE: Ed Henderson

William G. Cutler’s “History of the State of Kansas” relates the
following on Osage Mission:


Previous to the organization of a town company or the laying out of a town site two buildings had been erected here, one by L. P. Foster & Co., a log one, in which a store was opened and managed by the “Morgan boys,” and a framebuilding erected by S. A. Williams, of Fort Scott, in which his son, Augustus D. Williams, kept a store. The movements were made in 1866, in anticipation of the starting of a town. A Town Company was organized consisting of George A. Crawford, S. A. Williams, C. W. Blair, Benjamin McDonald and John Nandier, a town site laid out and called Osage Mission., in December, 1867. By the side of it and to the west another town site was laid out and called Catholic Mission. On this town site a small store was opened by S. J. Gilmore, in a log building known then and still remembered as “Castle Thunder;” this store was opened in 1865. On Osage Mission townsite the Town Company erected a building on the corner of County and Market streets into which A. D. Williams moved his stock of goods in 1867, in which he kept the postoffice, with C. H. Howard as deputy. About the same time L. P. Foster & Co., erected a two story frame building across the street and a little north of the present site of the Southern Hotel. Joseph Roycroft built a log saloon near where now stands the City Bank; Middaugh and Dohnan came down from Topeka, and built a store where L. Steadman’s store now stands, in 1867; James Roycroft erected a boarding house, the first in town, on the southeast corner of County and Market Streets, and during the summer John Nandier built the first hotel, the Neosho House, a large two story frame, long known as the finest hotel building in Southern Kansas. Not long after this Nathaniel Tucker started a store near “Castle Thunder,” in the building now occupied as a dwelling by Daniel Zehner, and about the same time, perhaps a short time previously, Dr. J. B. Lamb started a store also in Catholic Mission. Marston & Ulmer, from Iowa, opened a furniture store in 1868. J. M. Boyle, from Fort Scott, opened a hardware store just north of L. P. Foster & Co.’s store, and on the southwest corner of County and Main streets, Ryan & Roycroft started a general store about the same time.

The first lawyer in the town was C. F. Hutchings, in 1867, the first physician, Dr. A. F. Neely, about the same time, and the first Protestant minister was Rev. A. Hitchcock. The first birth was that of a son to Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Noble, 1868. From the first the growth of the town was vigorous and rapid. In August, 1868, it contained eight dry goods stores, three drug stores, one hardware store, two boot and shoe stores, four blacksmith shops, and numerous other business establishments, and a population of nearly nine hundred. From this time until the building of the railroad the growth of the town was steady. It was the center of three lines of stages; one to Fort Scott, one to Humboldt and the other to Chetopa. When these stages arrived all was life and animation. Each stage was a Concord coach drawn by four fine large horses, and the driver’s voice and importance, and the crack of his whip served to raise the excitement to the highest pitch, and is still vividly remembered. A more complete history of the town will be seen in the sketches of its individual industries and institutions…

…The first school in Osage Mission was the Mission School, begun by Father Schoenmakers in 1847. This, however, was an institution devoted to the education of Indians and in the interests of the Catholic Church.

23. Death: 1868 Apr 20.
There is some uncertainty as to place of Daniel Levi Brewer’s death. In
a family sheet Nancy Benton was given, Daniel was given as dying in
Filmore IN. “Why, if he had moved to IL and then to KS? Did he go back
for some reason and die there and Catherine and the kids stayed in KS?
Also, the story mother told about him being killed when the oxen ran
off–did she possibly have the grandfathers mixed up? According to the
story in the McClean County, IL, history, that is how Robert Johnson,
grandfather of Delana died. It seems strange that both of them would have
died the same way.”
Source: Nancy Benton, Email 11 May 2003

24. Alt. Death place: Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana.

25. Edit : 2003 Nov.


9 F Nancy Brewer (18)
Born: 1826-1827 (2)
Christened:
Died: Unknown
Buried:
Spouse: James Cooper ( – )
Marr. Date: 1860 Dec 23 – Putnam Co., IN (2)
Spouse:
Marr. Date:


Events


1. Marriage:



Sources

1. Nancy Benton genealogy database drawn from various sources, some unnoted.
Grace Noyes Pinkerton b. 1892, did much recording during the mid 1900s,
Nancy Benton assisting and later augmenting. Pansy Noyes Bryant
contributed greatly, mother of Nancy Benton, Noyes-Brewer Genealogy with
Associated Families (2003 Word document).
2. Nancy Benton.
3. Isom, Marriage Bonds and Consents, Mercer Co., KY 1786-1820.
4. Weik, Jesse Willian, 1857 -, Weik’s History of Putnam County, Indiana
(Indianapolis : B. F. Bowen & Co., 1910).
5. Marriage Bond for Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith, 5 Oct 1805, Kentucky
(Digital copy courtesy of Nancy Benton, 2003).
6. Kentucky, Shelby County, 1810 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule
(Images at Ancestry.com).
7. Kentucky, Mercer County, 1820 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule
(Images at Ancestry.com).
8. Kentucky, Shelby County, 1830 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule.
9. Indiana, Johnson Co, 1840 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule.
10. Indiana, Putnam CO, 1850 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (Images at
Ancestry.com).
11. Indiana, Putnam Co, 1910 U. S. Census Population Schedule.
12. Unknown photographer, Daniel Brewer and the Dunlavy Family, c. 1877
(Digital image courtesy of John Houk, possessor of the original image in
2003.)
13. Indiana, Hendricks County, 1880 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule
(Images at Ancestry.com).
14. Nancy Benton. …. Rootsweb mailing list.
15. Debbie Schmidt, Debbie Schmidt’s Genealogy Data on the Smiths and Brewers.
16. Mt. Carmel Plat Marker (Digital copy courtesy of Nancy Benton, 2003).
17. Rootsweb mailing list. …. Nancy Benton genealogy database drawn from
various sources, some unnoted. Grace Noyes Pinkerton b. 1892, did much
recording during the mid 1900s, Nancy Benton assisting and later
augmenting. Pansy Noyes Bryant contributed greatly, mother of Nancy
Benton, Noyes-Brewer Genealogy with Associated Families (2003 Word
document).
18. Rootsweb mailing list.
19. John Houk, John Houk on Edwin Wesley Dunlavy’s Straughan Record. (Email
2003 from John Houk to jk).
20. Indiana, Putnam Co, 1840 U.S. Federal Census Population Schedule (Images at
Ancestry.com).
21. Photo of Nathaniel Straughan and Polly Brewer.
22. Mitchell family record.
23. Unknown photographer, Daniel Levi Brewer in bowtie (Digital copy courtesy
of Nancy Benton, possessor of the original in 2003.)
24. Marriage license of Mrs. Catherine Brewer and John Foster, 22 Dec 1869.
25. Unknown photographer, Daniel Levi Brewer and Catherine Hedden (Digital copy
courtesy of Nancy Benton 2003).
26. Henderson, Ed, Henderson Pioneers, Henderson Reunion 2002, “The Henderson
Pioneers to Kansas” (27 Aug 2002).

The Five Grandfathers Photo Showing Daniel A. Brewer

Daniel Brewer with family


Courtesy of John Houk

Retouched

L to R top, John Wesley Dunlavy (“Grandfather Dunlavy” b. 7/9/1831, d. 5/27/1916), Nathaniel Sanford Straughan (“Great grandfather Straughan”, b.4/42/1810 d.10/28/1898), Morris Henderson Oliver (“Grandfather Oliver”, b.3/6/1809, d.11/22/1890)
First row L to R Francis Dunlavy (“Great grandfather Dunlavy”, b.1/6/1803, d ?1885), Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, age 5, Daniel Brewer (“Great great grandfather Brewer”, b. 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881).

John Houk writes the following on the this photo and another related to it:

I call this the “Five Generation” photograph. There are actually two copies. Both are tintype. One copy is about 2×3 inches. Dark but beautifully preserved. The hand-tinted pink is easily seen on the cheeks. The second copy is larger, 5×6 inches. It is a mirror image of the larger photo. Not as well preserved.

The photos were found January 2003 in a cardboard moving box in the basement of my mother’s home, Bernice Wuethrich Houk. Howard Jacob Houk (b 10/13/1912, d. 12/30/1990), my father, was the executor of the estates of his maternal aunt and uncle, Lora Dunlavy (b. 9/11/1877, d.6/8/1958) and Edwin Wesley Dunlavy (b 6/25/1874, d.3/6/1953). Neither had any direct descendants, my father was their closest relative, and explains why I am currently in possession of the photo. The basement boxes contain some of what he saved from their homes. The photo was probably found in Lora Dunlavy’s home in 1958. The “Five Generation” photos were found in a smaller keepsake box within the larger box and contained other seemingly prized mementos and the Dunlavy photos, particularly baby photos of Lora and Edwin. The “Five Generation” photo had no identification with it so what I state below is educated speculation.

Next to the “five generation” photo was another tintype photo within an envelope with handwriting on it. I call this the “Five Grandfathers” photo. Knowing who is in this photo is critical to understanding the “Five Generation” photo. On the envelope is written, “Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, Grandfather Dunlavy, Great Grandfather Dunlavy, Grandfather Oliver, Great Grandfather Straughan, Great Great grandfather Brewer.” In the photo is a young boy with four men in beards. The handwritten note does not state which bearded gentleman is which grandfather. A letter written by Edwin in 1940 states, “I have a photo standing beside my Great grandfather Dunlavy”. I believe this is the photo he alluded to. I believe, based on other identified photos, that the gentleman in this photo are Top row, L to R top, John Wesley Dunlavy (“Grandfather Dunlavy” b. 7/9/1831, d. 5/27/1916), Nathaniel Sanford Straughan (“Great grandfather Straughan”, b.4/42/1810 d.10/28/1898), Morris Henderson Oliver (“Grandfather Oliver”, b.3/6/1809, d.11/22/1890), First row L to R Francis Dunlavy (“Great grandfather Dunlavy”, b.1/6/1803, d ?1885), Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, age 5, Daniel Brewer (“Great great grandfather Brewer”, b. 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881). All of the men were known to be living in Putnam or Johnson Co., Indiana in 1879, the year I believe this photo was taken.

Returning to the “Five Generation” photo, a young man is in the lower left. He appears to be Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, judged by other identified photos taken at the same time of Edwin. The old man in the center appears to be Daniel Brewer (b 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881), based on the identity of “Great Great Grandfather Brewer” being in the above mentioned “grandfathers photo”. Behind Edwin is apparently Howard Huston Dunlavy (b.6/17/1854, d.1/23/1922), again based on similarity to other identified photos of the same period. Standing next to Daniel Brewer appears to be Nancy Jane Straughan (b.5/10/1834, d. 2/21/1901), mother of Howard Dunlavy, again based on identified photos of her about the same time. The women to her right is not found in any other photos. When I first found the photo and pieced together the first four I wondered who the this person to be. It was only when I kept looking at my family tree that I discovered that it must be Mary “Polly” Brewer (b.9/1808, d.3/25/1883), mother of Nancy Straughan, daughter of Daniel Brewer, and husband of Nathaniel Sanford Straughan. This would make this a five generation photograph. All of these persons were living and residing in Putnam or Johnson Co, Indiana in the 1870s.

I believe the photo was taken in 1877 maybe at Christmas time. Edwin was born in June 1874. Daniel Brewer died in 1881. So we know the photo is taken between those dates. In the “Five Grandfathers” photo Edwin appears to be a year or two older and Daniel Brewer is in that photo too. Howard Huston Dunlavy left for Missouri to preach as a Methodist circuit rider in December 1877. It would be a good time to have such a photo taken, as it was uncertain when Howard would return or how long Daniel might live. Christmas might be a time when all the family would gather, especially if Howard was leaving for Missouri. If the photo were taken December 1877, then Edwin would be 3 years 6 months, which is consistent with his appearance in the photo.

I think John Wesley Dunlavy and his wife Nancy Straughan may have been the moving forces behind the “Five Generation” and the “Five Grandfathers” photo. We know that John Wesley Dunlavy was interested in genealogy, and he may have recognized the significance of photographing the five grandfathers together. Nancy Straughan was the middle person in “Five Generation” photo, in her prime and probably with the assets and wherewithal to make such an event happen. But this is pure speculation on my part. I do have a few boxes of thus far mostly unread correspondence written by the ancestors in the photographs. Maybe one of these letters will shed more light on the subject.

5 Generations of Brewers

Courtesy of John Houk


5 Generations of Brewers, courtesy of John Houk

Tinted

The photo was sent by John Houk, who identifies the individuals, from left to right, as Howard Huston Dunlavy (b. 1854), Edwin (child) (b. 1874), Daniel A. Brewer (b. 1784), Nancy Jane Straughan (b. 1834), and Mary “Polly” Brewer (b. 1808).

Daniel A. Brewer is in our direct line. He lived to 1881. This photo would have been taken about 1877.

John Houk writes the following on the this photo and another related to it:

I call this the “Five Generation” photograph. There are actually two copies. Both are tintype. One copy is about 2×3 inches. Dark but beautifully preserved. The hand-tinted pink is easily seen on the cheeks. The second copy is larger, 5×6 inches. It is a mirror image of the larger photo. Not as well preserved.

The photos were found January 2003 in a cardboard moving box in the basement of my mother’s home, Bernice Wuethrich Houk. Howard Jacob Houk (b 10/13/1912, d. 12/30/1990), my father, was the executor of the estates of his maternal aunt and uncle, Lora Dunlavy (b. 9/11/1877, d.6/8/1958) and Edwin Wesley Dunlavy (b 6/25/1874, d.3/6/1953). Neither had any direct descendents, my father was their closest relative, and explains why I am currently in possession of the photo. The basement boxes contain some of what he saved from their homes. The photo was probably found in Lora Dunlavy’s home in 1958. The “Five Generation” phon tos were found in a smaller keepsake box within the larger box and contained other seemingly prized mementos and the Dunlavy photos, particularly baby photos of Lora and Edwin. The “Five Generation” photo had no identification with it so what I state below is educated speculation.

Next to the “five generation” photo was another tintype photo within an envelope with handwriting on it. I call this the “Five Grandfathers” photo. Knowing who is in this photo is critical to understanding the “Five Generation” photo. On the envelope is written, “Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, Grandfather Dunlavy, Great Grandfather Dunlavy, Grandfather Oliver, Great Grandfather Straughan, Great Great grandfather Brewer.” In the photo is a young boy with four men in beards. The handwritten note does not state which bearded gentleman is which grandfather. A letter written by Edwin in 1940 states, “I have a photo standing beside my Great grandfather Dunlavy”. I believe this is the photo he alluded to. I believe, based on other identified photos, that the gentleman in this photo are Top row, L to R top, John Wesley Dunlavy (“Grandfather Dunlavy” b. 7/9/1831, d. 5/27/1916), Nathaniel Sanford Straughan (“Great grandfather Straughan”, b.4/42/1810 d.10/28/1898), Morris Henderson Oliver (“Grandfather Oliver”, b.3/6/1809, d.11/22/1890), First row L to R Francis Dunlavy (“Great grandfather Dunlavy”, b.1/6/1803, d ?1885), Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, age 5, Daniel Brewer (“Great great grandfather Brewer”, b. 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881). All of the men were known to be living in Putnam or Johnson Co., Indiana in 1879, the year I believe this photo was taken.

Returning to the “Five Generation” photo, a young man is in the lower left. He appears to be Edwin Wesley Dunlavy, judged by other identified photos taken at the same time of Edwin. The old man in the center appears to be Daniel Brewer (b 3/1/1784, d. 4/9/1881), based on the identity of “Great Great Grandfather Brewer” being in the above mentioned “grandfathers photo”. Behind Edwin is apparently Howard Huston Dunlavy (b.6/17/1854, d.1/23/1922), again based on similarity to other identified photos of the same period. Standing next to Daniel Brewer appears to be Nancy Jane Straughan (b.5/10/1834, d. 2/21/1901), mother of Howard Dunlavy, again based on identified photos of her about the same time. The women to her right is not found in any other photos. When I first found the photo and pieced together the first four I wondered who the this person to be. It was only when I kept looking at my family tree that I discovered that it must be Mary “Polly” Brewer (b.9/1808, d.3/25/1883), mother of Nancy Straughan, daughter of Daniel Brewer, and husband of Nathaniel Sanford Straughan. This would make this a five generation photograph. All of these persons were living and residing in Putnam or Johnson Co, Indiana in the 1870s.

I believe the photo was taken in 1877 maybe at Christmas time. Edwin was born in June 1874. Daniel Brewer died in 1881. So we know the photo is taken between those dates. In the “Five Grandfathers” photo Edwin appears to be a year or two older and Daniel Brewer is in that photo too. Howard Huston Dunlavy left for Missouri to preach as a Methodist circuit rider in December 1877. It would be a good time to have such a photo taken, as it was uncertain when Howard would return or how long Daniel might live. Christmas might be a time when all the family would gather, especially if Howard was leaving for Missouri. If the photo were taken December 1877, then Edwin would be 3 years 6 months, which is consistent with his appearance in the photo.

I think John Wesley Dunlavy and his wife Nancy Straughan may have been the moving forces behind the “Five Generation” and the “Five Grandfathers” photo. We know that John Wesley Dunlavy was interested in genealogy, and he may have recognized the significance of photographing the five grandfathers together. Nancy Straughan was the middle person in “Five Generation” photo, in her prime and probably with the assets and wherewithal to make such an event happen. But this is pure speculation on my part. I do have a few boxes of thus far mostly unread correspondence written by the ancestors in the photographs. Maybe one of these letters will shed more light on the subject.

Brewer Burials at Mount Carmel Cemetery

Find-A-Grave has two Brewer burials at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana, Daniel A. Brewer and wife Nancy Smith.

Daniel A. Brewer Sr. was born Aug 31 1784 in York, Pennsylvania to Johannes (John) Brewer and Jane Van Arsdale.

On October 5 1805 he married, in Mercer County, West Virginia, Nancy Smith, who was born Dec 4 1785. She died Nov 9 1859 in Fillmore, Putnam, Indiana.

Daniel married 2nd Charity Bridges in 1863. She died June 22 1896 in Coatesville, Hendricks, Indiana.

Daniel also died in Coatesville, Hendricks, Indiana, on April 9, 1881 but was apparently returned to Putnam to be buried with Nancy.

They were the parents of Daniel Levi Brewer who married Catherine Hedden.

There are images of the headstones but they are a little too distant to read.

The cemetery can be viewed below. The town of Fillmore is only a short way north of it. It’s an itsy bitsy teeny place with a town hall that is about the size of a couple of garages stuck together. I guess it is primarily a farming community. I wonder if it was ever larger than this.


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George Washington Smith and Mary

It was for a while believed by the family that Daniel BREWER’s wife was Nancy GARNETT or GURNET, but we now know otherwise.

Nancy Benton writes:

The “cousin” who gave me the family sheet of Daniel which listed his mother as “Nancy Gurnet” said there was some scandal about her, but she didn’t know what it was. In some of mother’s writings I found mention of Nancy Garnett as wife of Daniel.

In corresponding with other researchers (including Steve Brewer and Debbie Schmidt) I found that Nancy Smith who md. Daniel Brewer in 1805 in Mercer County was mentioned as a daughter in George Smith’s probate records. George had been married previously and had five children before marrying Nancy’s mother and having six more.

Isom: “Marriage Bonds and Consents, Mercer Co., KY 1786-1820, p. 13–“Daniel Brewer and Nancy Smith; Consent of Mary Smith for her daughter, same date, witnessed by Narney Smock and Abraham Brewer.

So, we know George Washington Smith was father of Nancy.

George Washington Smith, what an odd name for a man born about 1740. It wasn’t like he could have been named for George Washington.

Things get confusing with George Smith so I’ll set it out in dates, the bulk of this research via Debbie Schmidt and Irma Korbitz.

Abt. 1740 he is born.

Before 1762 he marries a Jerusha or a Jessica Jerusha.

1762 circa, Rebecca is born. Will marry a Samuel Brewer in 1787.

1774 circa, George Washington Smith is born. Will marry Mary Fulkerson in 1794 and move to St. Louis.

Milley Smith born unknown. Marries Isaac Carson.

Catherine Smith b. unknown. She will marry Jacob Wilmore in 1786.

1779 Dec 29, concerning land.

Debbie Schmidt gives from Irma Korbitz:


PIONEER KENTUCKY BY Willard R. Jillson , Frankfort, 1934, p. 101 – Smiths station…is shown by Filson west of the Dicks River on the trail from the Low Dutch station to the juncture of the Dicks and Kentucky River.

EARLY KENTUCKY LAND RECORDS 1773-1780 by Neal O Hammons, published by Filson Club gives that settlers were allowed only one Settlement and Preemption entry so that would indicate the George Smith had a settlement claim of 400 acres on 12-29-1779 on Harrods Run and 600 acres Settlement Preemption on 10-15-1780 on Harrods Run.

There is a 1000 acre entry from a treasury warrant on Silver Creek which was sold/passed on to Andrew HANNAH. There is also a land commission record of this land dated 1804 and the land had an area called Gerusha’s Grove. It was at St Alsaphs just below Danville.

According to Irma (IKATHRYNK) who did this research, there was a treasury warrant purchased from the state. Treasury warrants could not be entered until May 1780 giving those with settlement certificts and preemption
warrants the opportunity to make earlier entries.

Debbie Schmidt gives Irma Korbitz’ notes having George Smith as appearing in Kentucky County, Kentucky records as early as 1780 with land grants, then later in Lincoln county from which Mercer County was formed in 1786.

1780 Dec 22, Dorcas Dobitha is born. She will marry Alexander Vanarsdall.

After 1780, George marries Mary.

Debbie Schmidt: Second Wife: Mary married before 1793 ( Mercer Co. KY Deed Book II, p. 58-60.)

Irma Korbitz notes she has a record of a marriage in January of 1785 of a George SMITH to a Polly GORDON in Lincoln County Kentucky. Polly was a common nickname for Mary. She tried checking GORDONS in Lincoln County Kentucky and came up with two GORDON men who died, one of whom had a wife Mary in Mercer County Kentucky Court Records–1801, Mary SMITH vs. George SMITH Sr. and George SMITH Jr.

1785 Dec 4, Nancy Smith is born who will marry Daniel A. Brewer Sr. in 1805. His mother is Jane Van Arsdale. Unknown relationship to the above Alexander Vanarsdale but I bet there is one. DIRECT LINE.

Jerusha Smith b. unknown date will marry John Hunter in 1804. He’s a son of Henry Hunter. His brother Charles marries Susannah Hedden, daughter of Abraham Hedden and Charity Munson. His brother Carter Hunter, in 1818, will marry Anne Hedden, daughter of Abraham Hedden and Charity Munson. This Hedden family marries into our Brewers with Catherine Hedden (a descendant of Abraham and Charity) marrying Daniel Levi Brewer, son of Daniel A. Brewer and Nancy Smith, in 1843.

1787 census in Mercer County, Virginia

1787. Debbie Schmidt gives this from Irma Korbitz: In 1787 George Smith entered himself as special bail for Henry Hunter (whose son John Hunter marries Jerusha Smith, George’s daughter in 1804) in the suit of Henry Hart in an action for debt.

Elizabeth Smith, born unknown date,will marry David McEwin in 1817.

1790. Mercer County, West Virginia. Margaret S. Henson records on the Rootsweb Mercer Co. KY Deeds board, Wed., 30 June, 1999, that Charles McKinney came to then Lincoln Co in 1785 and located unknown date on Harrods Run. Court Order book July 1789 says he wants road moved to the west side of his property. Neighbors were James Harrod and George Smith.

1791. Debbie Schmidt gives this from Irma Korbitz: In 1791 Mary James and Jeremiah Tilford were appointed guardians to Sarah James, Leah James and George James, orphans of Abraham James, dec`d. George and Thomas Smith were sureties.

1792. Debbie Schmidt gives this from Irma Korbitz: In 1792 Thomas Vincent, 7 years old was bound to George Smith.

1794. In 1794 George Smith entered into bond with Frederick Baker to keep a tavern at Danville.

1794. An indenture from George Smith to John Allin was proved by George S. Smith and William Gaines in 1794.

1795, appears on the tax list in Mercer, West Virginia.

1795. An indenture from Daniel Bulger to George Smith was proved by George Smith Jr. and Thomas Freedman and David Black in 1795.

Levi Smith, b. 1797 in Kentucky, will die 1851 in St. Louis.

James Smith b. 1799 in Kentucky, marries Elizabeth Ellis in 1819 in St. Louis.

According to (HISTORY OF SHELBY COUNTY, KY; Geo. L. Willis, Sr.; Shelby County Genealogical-Historical Society`s Committee on Printing; 1929; p 50, 51) a Low Dutch colony came from Mercer County into Shelby county between 1784-1786 and settled around Pleasureville. Brewers and Vanisdals were among those who moved to Shelby Co. James Smith, son of George Smith was reportedly born in Shelby Co, in 1799. George evidently moved there for a brief time before moving on to the St. Louis area.

1800 March 18, a land transaction in Powhattan, Virginia.

Irma Korbitz records:

18 March 1800 a Benjamin Sublett of Pohattan Co, VA to George Smith, also of Powhattan, 1oo pounds for 1,178 2/3 acres in Lincoln Co on the waters of the Cumberland River, a miles below Stinking Creek, and north. This was recorded in Powhattan Co, Va. Other land owned by George was on Stinking Creek.? Powhattan may have been the county he came from in VA.

1800, appeared on the tax list in Mercer, West Virginia.

1800 Sept 3. Deed in Mercer Co.

Irma Korbitz notes:

Deed in Mercer Co, Deed Book,4, p 220,3 Sept 1800, Power of Attorney from George Smith sr to George Smith jr. “to sell or transfer to Milly Smith, daughter of said Smith sr. .. all the property of the Said George Smith Sr, now in the Elynoy grant, northwest of the Ohio, except land, and the said land, to be sold now whereby the said George Smith jr is empowered to transact all any any of my business whatever..”

The Illinois grant was the land given to George Rogers Clark to give to the men who fought with him. There were two George Smiths, one fortunately, died early. The other I believe to be our George. In THE FIRST AMERICAN FRONTIER, CONQUEST OF THE COUNTRY NORTHWEST OF THE RIVER OHIO ; 1778-1783, VOL I AND II, William Hayden English; Arno Press and the New York Times, 1971.

The plats of land are displayed on a map and George Smith was granted 104 acres. I have not been able to find where the land was sold. It was actually in Clark County Indiana.

1801, May 25. George Smith is appointed an assistant to Joseph McKinney, Captain of Patrollers, to patrol the companies of Moore, Walls and Davis.

1801. In 1801 Josiah McKinney was appointed Constable in place of George Smith. Irma Korbitz notes it has not been found where George Smith was appointed constable and wonders if this means he was on the move in 1801.

1801 in Mercer, West Virginia. A court case with his wife. Mary Smith vs George Smith Sr. and George Smith Jr.

Wait…what? Mary Smith in court against her own husband and stepson? Things aren’t looking so good between Mary and George.

1802. George is in St. Louis. Maybe things were looking soooooo not good that George decided it was time to leave.

The first record of George Smith in the St. Louis area is 18 Dec 1802 when he claimed 300-400 arpents of land, adjoining the fields of St. Ferdinand (claiming as assignee of Peter Payan) producing to the Board a special
permission to settle, from Charles D Delassus, same date, and a survey of four hundred and seventy-Three arpents taken Nov 25, 1805 [sic] and certified 5 Jan, 1803; and a deed of transfer of the same, dated 14 Feb., 1805. In testimony on 15 Sept 1806, John Ellis, probably brother of Peter and Abraham, says Peter Payan settled the said land in 1800 and prior to and on 20th Dec. 1803 actually inhabited and cultivated the same. On 15 Sept, 1806 the Board granted George two hundred arpents of land, situated as said, provided so much be found vacant there. George Smith most likely came to Ky from VA. A letter was left at the St. Louis Post office July 1, 1808 for George Smith and Simon Vanarsdal. Simon was from Mercer/Shelby Ky. and it was possibly his son who married Dorcas Smith.

1803 Feb 7. Receipt for sale of two slaves named Sam and Rachel from Uriah Taylor to George Smith of Kentucky. (Notation on the back of the document states that the document was recorded in St. Louis County, Missouri Territory.)

1804 Jan 9 he’s in St. Louis, Missouri Territory.

EARLY SETTLERS OF MO AS TAKEN FROM LAND CLAIMS IN MO TERRITORY

Vol 4 p. 54 9 JAN. 1804. George Smith bought from William Musick 475 arpens on river(cold water) and bordering on lands of Daniel Musick and the Royal Denesue. Signatures are William Musick. G.W. Morrison, John Long and Santiago Mackay. From the Recorder of Deeds, Room 126 City Hall, 12th and Market. St. Louis, MO.

SOURCE: Debbie Schmidt

1804 Feb 14, again in St. Louis.

EARLY SETTLERS OF MO AS TAKEN FROM LAND CLAINS IN MO TERRITORY
P 474;F465 E17,1986
St. Louis County; Grantee Index no. 4; p 47; 14 FE 1804. George Smith bought from Thomas Jones, 240 Arpens. S. side of the Missouri River, corner of Creuve Coerve banded west by Missouri and on all other sides by the Royal Deneseau, for $320. George Smith signed name. From the Recorder of Deeds, Room 126 City Hall, 12th and Market. St. Louis, MO.

Source: Debbie Schmidt

1804 Feb 21. Again in St. Louis.

EARLY SETTLERS OF MO AS TAKEN FROM LAND CLAINS IN MO TERRITORY
Vol 4 ;p 103 21 Feb. 1804 George Smith Bought from Baptiste Belille a piece of land , 3 arpens ? , bounded N. by Baptiest Crely, S. by Peter Ellis, E by Little River, W. by River Missouri. From the Recorder of Deeds, Room 126 City Hall, 12th and Market. St. Louis, MO.
Source: Debbie Schmidt

1804 Sept. 1.

in Mercer Co, John Hunter and Jerusha Smith, daughter of Mary Smith and son of Henry Hunter, married. Teste is Nancy Smith. This indicates that Mary was not living in Mo and that George was no longer in Ky to give his consent. However, in George`s will date 17 February, 1810 he mentions daughters Nancy Smith, yet unmarried, daughter of Mary Smith with Jerusha Smith daughter of Mary Smith. He does not give Jerusha`s married name or name her husband. Possibly, the marriage bands were published and the marriage never took place. Wife Mary is mentioned in the will only as mother to her children and does not appear to be provided for indicating she may have been dead.

1805. Eli Smith is born. An Eli Ruth (Smith) and Elizabeth Ruth (abt. 1806) are said to be children fathered out of wedlock, mother being a Leah Ruth. Estate papers concerning Levi Smith seemed to have something about his guardianship over his half-brother, Eli Ruth, alias Eli Smith. Someone wrote about this…

Eli and Elizabeth…were children he had with Leah Ruth and he admits in the deed (he wrote to them) that the children were born out of wedlock.

1805, Oct 5 in Mercer, West Virginia, daughter Nancy is married to Daniel A. Brewer. Nancy’s mother signs. George isn’t there for the nuptials.

He died before Feb 17, 1810 in St. Louis.

SOURCE: Debbie Schmidt

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of George Smith naming his wives and children.

GEORGE SMITH, SR.

Be it remembered that I GEORGE SMITH of the district of St Louis in upper Louisana territory being weak of body but of sound mind and memory. Blessed be Almighty God for for the same do make and for ________________ last will and testiment hereby revoking all other wills by me made. that is to say first my will is that all my just debts be paid by my excutors. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my son GEORGE SMITH son of JESSICA SMITH one dollar he having received his portion of my estate heartofore – – – – I give and bequeath unto my son LEVI SMITH son of MARY SMITH my __________________ athon where I now live containing four hundred and seventy five acres of Land as by the platt with appears to ________ the said LEVI his heirs and assigns forever togeather with one rifle gun – – – – – – – – – – – – – – I give and bequeath unto my son JAMES SMITH son of MARY SMITH one ________ or parcel of land lying in the St Ferdinan Field ___________ two hundred and thirty arpants bounded on the upper side by a tract of landbelonging to AUGUST CHOTAU to the __________ of the said JAMES his heirs and assigns forever I give and bequeath unto my daughter MILLEY CARSON daughter of JESSICA SMITH one dollar She having received her share of my estate heartofore – – – – – – – – – I give and bequeath unto my daughter ROBECAH BREWER wife of ___________ BREWER and DARCUS VANASDALL wife of ALEXANDER VANASDALL and my daughter NANCY SMITH yet unmarried daughter of MARY SMITH with JESSICA SMITH daughter of MARY SMITH all my estate real ____________ which I have not disposed of before this my Last Will as that the above mentioned property be sold in due time after my demise at twelve months _______ the amount of which to be equally divided between the above named daughters all excepting the heirs of my daughter —- CATHERINE WOOLMORE who I gave and_________________________ the __________ received her portion of my estate heartofore futhermore my will is that a certain deed of ___ft be exicuted ________ date the fifteenth day of august where I have given a certain tract or parcel of land containing three hundred and fifty acres to geather with one smooth bored rifle gun unto ELI SMITH his heirs and assigns forever as well as a certain ________ of the property I have ____________________ my daughter ELIZABETH SMITH as by the _______ deed of gift will appear Shall __________ force and virtue without any alteration whatsoever further more I do hearby appoint my trusty friends ALEXANDER CLARK and JOHN BROWN ______ both living in the district of St Louis to be my executors to this my last will and testement in writing where of I have set my hand and seal this 14th day of february in the year of our lord one thousand and eight hundred and ten.

Signed Sealed
and ___________ by said GEORGE SMITH GEORGE SMITH {seal}
in the presance of ____ who hearunto set our names as witness to the same
JOHN HOWESHELL
JOHN MUSICK
WILLIAM MARTIN

LOUISIANA TERRITORY – DISTRICT OF SAINT LOUIS SCT

Before me the undersigned Judge of Probate for the District aforesaid personally came & appeared JOHN HOWESHELL and JOHN MUSICK who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almight God deposes & says that they were present when GEORGE SMITH signed sealed and executed the written last will & Testament for the purposes & effect therein contained & mentioned, that he said GEORGE SMITH was at the time of signing the same in his perfect memory and understanding, that they at the same time subscribed their names thereto as witnesses and that they saw WILLIAM MARTIN subscribe also the same time his name to the same as witnesses Sworn to & Subscribed before me Judge of Probate aforesaid given under my hand this 7th day of March A.D. 1810.

M. E. HOUC {SEAL} Judge of Probate
JOHN HOWESHELL JOHN MUSICK

Though George Smith was one of the early St. Louis settlers, his line down through Nancy wouldn’t set foot in Missouri until some 60 years after his death.