William Granville Brewer[1]

Male Abt 1853 - UNKNOWN


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  • Name William Granville Brewer 
    Born Abt Feb 1853  Webster City, Boone Township, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1856  Iowa State Census, Boone township, Hamilton (Webster) County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1856 Iowa State Census 
    Age: Abt. 3 
    Wilson Brewer household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Boone Township, Webster County, Iowa.  [WB 20.]
    Wilson Brewer household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Boone Township, Webster County, Iowa. [WB 20.]
    Wilson Brewer and Family: His wife Margaret J. Moore Brewer; His and their children: Andrew Jackson, Roland, John, Sarah, Julia, Nancy, William, and Walter.
    Census 1860  Webster City, Hamilton County, Boone Township, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1860 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 6 
    Margaret J. Moore Brewer, household; 1860 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [MJM 03.]
    Margaret J. Moore Brewer, household; 1860 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [MJM 03.]
    Margaret J. Moore Brewer, widow of Wilson Brewer; their children: Julia A., William G. Walter W. and Margaret Brewer.
    Census 1870  Webster City, Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    1870 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 16 
    Margaret J. Moore Brewer (widow), household; 1870 U. S. federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [MJM 02.]
    Margaret J. Moore Brewer (widow), household; 1870 U. S. federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [MJM 02.]
    Margaret J. Moore Brewer, widow of Wilson Brewer; their children: William G., Walter, and Margaret Brewer.
    Census 1880  Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    1880 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 27 
    William Granville Brewer household, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [WGB 03.]
    William Granville Brewer household, 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [WGB 03.]
    William Granville Brewer; his wife, Evaline McKowan Brewer; their children: Mabel and Edward Brewer.
    Census 1895  Iowa Census, Fourth Ward, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    1895 Iowa State Census 
    Age: Abt. 41 
    William Granville Brewer household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Webster City, 4th Ward, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [WGB 09.]
    William Granville Brewer household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Webster City, 4th Ward, Hamilton County, Iowa. [WGB 09.]
    William Granville Brewer; his wife, Estella Comley Brewer; their children: Lula, Myrtle, Elva Brewer.
    Census 1900  Webster City, Hamilton County, Boone Township Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    1900 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 41 
    William Granville Brewer household, 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [WGB 04.]
    William Granville Brewer household, 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [WGB 04.]
    William Granville Brewer; his wife, Harriet Estella Comley Brewer; their children: Lulu M., Myrtle, and Elva C. Brewer.
    Guardian M. Sweeney, guardian of the minor children of Wilson Brewer: William G., Walter W., and Margaret M. Brewer Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Died UNKNOWN  Unkown - disappeared (See Notes) Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Buried UNKNOWN  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Person ID I575  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 

    Father Wilson Brewer,   b. Between 1804 and 1806, Probably North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Dec 1856, Webster City, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret Jane Moore,   b. 4 Feb 1816, Preble County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1896, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 6 Apr 1837  Henry County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
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    Brewer, Sarah Jane
    Brewer, Sarah Jane
    Narrator of Reminiscences of Newcastle, Iowa, 1848: A History of the Founding of Webster City, Iowa. Des Moines, IA: Historical Department of Iowa, 1921 with her daughter, Harriet Bonebright Closz Carmichael.
    Wife of Thomas B. Bonebright
    Family ID F240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Evaline Elizabeth McKowan,   b. 9 Sep 1855, Lakin's Grove, Iowa, an unincorporated village that no longer exists Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1909, Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1873  Baptist Church, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Notes 
    •        The date and place of the divorce between William and Evaline is as yet unknown, but William remarried in 1878.
    Children 
    +1. Mabel Clair Brewer,   b. 14 Jun 1876, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1958, St. Francis Hospital, Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Edward Wilson Brewer,   b. 18 Nov 1877, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1936, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [Birth]
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    Brewer, Mabel C.
    Brewer, Mabel C.
    Wife of Frank O. Pierce
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriet Estella Comley,   b. 12 Aug 1858, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1934, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1888  Missouri Valley, Harrison County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Children 
    +1. Lulu Brewer,   b. 14 Jul 1889, Missouri Valley, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1974, Hamilton County Hospital, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Myrtle Brewer,   b. 26 Jul 1891,   d. Jan 1970, Possibly Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Elva Corrine Brewer,   b. 13 Aug 1894, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1993, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    •        According to Brewer-Bonebright and Bonebright-Closz [WGB 01], William Granville Brewer was named for W. G. Berkley, a lawyer who had located in Homer [Iowa]. According to Lee (Lee, J. W. History of Hamilton County Iowa, Volume 1. Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1912; pp. 97, 274, 288), W. G. Berkley was a defense lawyer in several prominent cases in Hamilton County, as well as a Captain in Company F, Second Iowa Cavalry during the Civil War.
             There is no death date for William G. Brewer. The story that is told, and I have it in a letter from a granddaughter of William G. from a second marriage to Estelle Comley, Margaret Strachan, which goes as follows: "My mother related to me that her Dad had left to go on a cattle drive to Texas. He never returned. It was my understanding that they didn't know where in Texas." [MMS 01.] It appears that William G. Brewer never returned to Iowa. No one knows where or when he died. This is somewhat of a mystery. However, It is claimed that he died in 1910. The 1910 U. S. Federal Census for his wife, Harriet Estella Comley Brewer indicates that she is a widow. However since there appears to be no death record and no grave, certainly not in Webster City, where is he???
             In her 1985 article in the History of Hamilton County, Iowa, 1985, Nedra Brewer wrote the following about William Granville Brewer: " In February of 1853, William Granville Brewer was born and joined the other sons and daughters in hunting for the family food, plowing, planting, and doing all the things necessary to live off the land.
      To the south and east of Newcastle were two other new communities, Lakins Grove and Homer. the latter was the larger and more enterprising, but the former is important in this family because it was the home of Evelyn McKowen. Evelyn and William met, were married and had two children: Mabel who married into the Pierce family, and a son, Edward Wilson. Mabel moved to Minnesota but Edward lived in and around the area and married Emma Smith, the youngest daughter of Isaac Smith. Isaac Smith was another pioneer. [EWB 05.]
             In the 1856 Iowa State Census, William G. Brewer is two years old, living with his mother, Margaret, his father, Wilson, and six siblings. He was born in Iowa. [WB 20.]
             In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, William G. Brewer is a six year-old, white male, born in Iowa, and going to school. He is living with his mother.
             In the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, William Brewer is 16 years old, white, male, and a farm laborer; he was born in Iowa; he had attended school within the year. And again, he is living with his mother. [MJM 02.]
             In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, William Brewer is head of household in Webster City, Iowa. He is white, male, married, 28 years old, a laborer. He was born in Iowa and indicated that both his parents were born in Indiana. (I know that his mother was born in Indiana, but his father may have been born in North Carolina, according to Brewer, Warren H. (1936). History of Brewer Family of North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois and McKnight, Galyean (Gallion), Barr, Hutton, Bloxom, Lamb, Lewis and related families; also Woodworth, Newkirk, Crossland, Finley, Hatch, Hubbard and Carter. Terre Haute, IN: Self-published. [Can be found in Library of Congress; can also be purchased through Higginson, Salem Massachusetts.] With William are Eva[line] McGowan, his wife, 23 years of age, who is keeping house and whose parents were born in Illinois. Included are Mabel, a four year old daughter; and, Edward, a two year old son. The children's parents, William and Eva, were both born in Iowa.
             In the 1895 Iowa State Census, William Brewer is head of household in the 4th ward of Webster City. He is 41. In this household are Estella, his wife (35) and three daughters: Lulu (5), Myrtle (3), and Elva (1). William is a laborer, subject to military duty, and entitled to vote in elections. Both Estella and William are of protestant orientation in religion. Estella was born in Wisconsin and William was born in Hamilton County, Iowa. [WGB 05.]
             In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, William Brewer is head of household in Boone Township, Webster City, IA. William is white, male, and born in February of 1854; he is 46 years old, married, and has been married 12 years. He was born in Iowa; did not give the birthplace of his parents; he is a day laborer who has been out of work for two months (The census was taken on June 4, 1990). He owns the house that he and his family live in, free and clear. He must have divorced Evaline McGowan, probably in 1877/78. Then, he and Estella Comley married soon thereafter. Estella Comley is a white, female who is 41 years old. She was born in August of 1858 and has been married 12 years. She is the mother of three children, who are living. She was born in Wisconsin, her father in England, and her mother in Ohio. There are three white, female children from this family: Lulu 10 - July 1889, Myrtle 8 - July 1891, and Elva 5 - August 1894. They were all born in Iowa as was their father; their mother was born in Wisconsin. Of the five people in this family, the two adults can read, write, and speak English. Lulu is also literate since she is in school. It is not clear that Myrtle and Elva cannot read, write, and speak English. The census does not give that information.
             I have checked the U.S. Census in 1910, 1920, and 1930, but I have not found him in any state. He seems to have disappeared. And, for some reason, maybe that is what he wanted to do. But I, for one, would like to know the motive.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1722] Sara Brewer-Bonebright, narrator; Harriet bonebright-Closz, author. Reminiscences of Newcastle, Iowa, 1848: A History of the Founding of Webster City, Iowa. Des Moines, Historical Department of Iowa, 1921; p. 167. [WGB 01.] [This book can be found in the genealogy library of Dale L. Lange.].

    2. [S1723] Brewer-Bonebright and Bonebright-Closz. Reminiscences of Newcastle, Iowa, p. 167. [WGB 01.] See also, Adams, Nedra Brewer. (1986). "Brewer, Edwin Wilson," 372 in The History of Hamilton County, Iowa: 1985. Dallas, TX: Curtis Media. [EWB 05.] See also Wilson Brewer household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Boone twp, Hamilton (Webster) County, Iowa, residence 10, family 12, page 459. [WB 16.].

    3. [S1726] Wilson Brewer household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Boone twp, Hamilton (Webster) County, Iowa, residence 10, family 12, page 459. [WB 16.].

    4. [S1727] Margaret Brewer household, 1860 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Boone township, page 574, dwelling 112, family 102; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 574. [MJM 03.].

    5. [S1728] Margaret Brewer household, 1870 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster City, page 263, dwelling 124, family 127; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 394. [MJM 02.].

    6. [S1729] William Brewer household, 1880 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, town of Webster City, ED 102, page 187B, dwelling 14, family 19, National Archives micropublication T9, roll 342. [WGB 03.].

    7. [S1730] William Brewer family, 1895 Iowa State Census, Fourth Ward, Webster City, p. 204. [WGB 05.].

    8. [S8734] William G. Brewer household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Hamilton County, Webster City, page 204, line 3, family 896, dwelling 951; DHL mixeodilm 1020357. [WGB 09.].

    9. [S1731] William Brewer household, 1900 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, town of Webster City, ED 102, SD 40, sheet 9 dwelling 219; Nation Archives micropublication T623, roll 435, page 63. [WGB 04.].

    10. [S1732] William G. Brewer, Walter W. Brewer, and Margaret M. Brewer, M. Sweeney was their Guardian, probably from 1857- the 1880s, as the protector of their inheritance from Wilson Brewer. [WGB 06.].

    11. [S1724] No grave or death record has been found [2004].

    12. [S1725] No grave or death record has been found [2004].

    13. [S7343] Copy of statement by Justice of the Peace, John Hodgson declaring that Wilson Brewer and Margaret Moore were legally joined in marriage on April 06, 1837. The copy also includes an afidavit of Nichals Bidwell (his mark) to attest that there be no reason why Wilson Brewer and Margaret Moore should not be joined in marriage. [WB 05.] See also See also, Ridler, Alice C., comp. (1979). Early Marriage Records, 1823-1839. Beach Grove, IN: The compiler, p. C-258. [WB 07.].

    14. [S7190] William G. Brewer and Evaline McKowan, 28 July 1973, marriage license 505, p. 176, Marriage Record, Book 2, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [WGB 02; EEM 02.].

    15. [S8732] Brewer, William G. and Eve E. McKowan Marriage, 28 Jul 1875, Wbster City, Hamilton County, Iowa, FHL Film No. 1404699, Reference ID: 2:3C0XRP1; [WGB 07.].

    16. [S8733] William G. Brewer and Harriett E. Comley marriage, 22 Dec 1888. FHL Film Number 1513294, Reference ID: 2:3FZ1KS1; {WGB 08.].


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