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Edward Allegretti

It shows Frederick Brewer and his wife and children.  My Grandmother Flynn cut and pasted those who weren't in the original photograph.   Jeremiah Brewer is 5th from the left.
It shows Frederick and Rebecca Brewer (Eidson) with their children about 1875.  Actually Jeremiah is the 6th from the left. Frederick was a farmer in Pleasant Ridge, Iowa where he was also one of the founders of the town and a councilman.
So, Frederick and Rebecca had a son Jeremiah, he had a daughter Stella, she had a daughter Rena, who had a daughter Shirley, my mama.  Thus, Nick and Tammy, Frederick and Rebecca Brewer are your great-great-great-great-grandparents.
I joined the Sons of the American Revolution through Frederick's maternal grandfather, Charles Ripley, who was also an officer in the French and Indian Wars.  Rebecca Brewer's grandfather was the Rev. Boyce Eidson, a Methodist minister, constable and planter in Virginia.  I have a copy of his will which states who received, amongst other things, his farm equipment, animals and slaves.


The attached gives some further information on Frederick Brewer.  His wife, Rebecca, was actually and Eidson.  Her father was Gross Scruggs Eidson, also an early settler in Lee County.  Another source lists Frederick as one of the founders of Pleasant Ridge and an early trustee.  Another source says Rebecca died in 1895, and after that date Frederick left the farm and moved in with a daughter in Ft. Madison.  They were married in Lee County in 1841.

What I found, after doing a search, on the Lee County site.

Marriage Record

Obit _ Ft Madison Paper

Excerpts from 1914 Biography
Captain Frederick Corwin Chambers has been a lifelong resident of Fort Madison, where he was born on the 4th of September, 1869, his parents being Thomas C. and Mary A. (Brewer) Chambers. The father is a native of Ohio and being left an orphan when quite small, was brought to Iowa by an aunt and has since been a resident of Fort Madison. During his entire business career he has been connected with steam boating on the Mississippi river. For forty-seven years he was an engineer and was licensed as chief engineer. During the dark days of the Civil war he manifested his patriotism by enlisting in 1861 as a member of Company F, Nineteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for nearly three years. He was wounded at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and was sent to a hospital at New Orleans, where he remained until sufficiently recovered to be discharged and then returned home. Although the family always supported the democratic party he became a stanch republican and has since given his allegiance to that organization. He is an honored member of the Grand Army of the Republic and is connected with the Christian church.

In early manhood Thomas C. Chambers married Miss Mary A. Brewer, who was born in Pleasant Ridge township, this county, where she spent her entire life. Her parents were Frederick H. and Rebecca (Eidson) Brewer, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. They were married in Lee county, Iowa, having come here during the '30s. For a time her parents lived in a log cabin in Pleasant Ridge township, where the father had entered land from the government, and he continued to engage in agricultural pursuits up to within the last few years of his life, when he removed to Fort Madison. There both he and his wife died. He was a democrat in politics and was a leader of the party in his locality. In religious faith he was a Methodist and fraternally was connected with the Masonic , order. To Thomas C. and Mary A. (Brewer) Chambers were born five children, as follows: Frederick Corwin, of this review; John P., a traveling salesman for a shoe firm and a resident of St. Louis ; W. T., who lives in Rock Island, Illinois, and is employed in the United States engineer's office there; Charles B., who is manager for a rubber tire company in Buffalo, New York; and Robert R., who died in Fort Madison at the age of twenty-three years.

Census 1870
Name: F H Brewer
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1813
Age in 1870: 57
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Pleasant Ridge, Lee, Iowa
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View Image
Post Office: West Point
Household Members: Name Age
F H Brewer 57
Rebecca Brewer 50
Sallie Brewer 27
William Brewer 22
Jeremiah Brewer 20
Francis Brewer 17
Cate Brewer 14
Luella Brewer 12

E-Mail from
Edward Allegretti

Jeremiah Brewer, son of Frederick, married Anne Newton.  She was the daughter of Edward and Emily Richards Newton.  Maybe kin to the Newtons on the 1916 map?  I have photographs of Jeremiah and Anne Newton and of her mama.  I have many old tin types but thus far have only been able to identify Frederick and Rebecca Brewer amongst them.  They were somewhat younger than in the photograph I emailed to you.   

Lee County Burials

Pleasant Ridge Twp,
William W. Brewer, d 21 Jan 1847, agd 51y.  Buried in Williamson Cem.
Denmark Twp,
Sarah J. Brewer Newton, b 17 Feb 1841 d 7 Jan 1889, w/o Jasper Newton
William H. Brewer, b 1748 d 6 Feb 1950, 102y 1m 13d
Wealtha Eveline Spicer, b 1845 d 11 Nov 1927, w/o Wm.
These three in Denmark Cem.
Frederick H. Brewer, b 9 Nov 1812 d 2 Aug 1897
Rebecca Eidson, b 28 Dec 1819 d 4 Feb 1895, w/o Frederick
Frances Rebecca Brewer Young, b 1852 d 11 Jun 1936, w/o James H. Young
These thess buried in Elmwood Cem., Fort Madison, IA
(J)Gerald Lee Brewer, b 1 Aug 1920 d 7 Apr 1987, Oakland Cem., Ft. Madison, IA



WPA Cemetery Records
Edison, Grass D. 1786 - 1844; Denmark Cem., Denmark
J. S. Oct. 2, 1821 to Oct. 22, 1899; City Cem., Ft. Madison

27 October 1899
EDISON, J .S. died at his home in Ft. Madison, Sunday.


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