Margaret Jane Moore

Margaret Jane Moore[1]

Female 1816 - 1896  (80 years)

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  • Name Margaret Jane Moore 
    Born 4 Feb 1816  Preble County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Marriage Record 6 Apr 1837  Henry County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Wilson Brewer-Margaret Moore marriage 
    Wilson Brewer-Margaret Jane Moore marriage, 06 April 1837, Henry County, Indiana [WB 32.]
    Wilson Brewer-Margaret Jane Moore marriage, 06 April 1837, Henry County, Indiana [WB 32.]
    Census 1850  Howard County, Howard Township, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1850 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 34 
    Wilson Brewer household, 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Howard Township, Howard County, Indiana. [WB 06.]
    Wilson Brewer household, 1850 U. S. Federal Census, Howard Township, Howard County, Indiana. [WB 06.]
    Wilson Brewer and Family: His wife, Margaret Jane Moore Brewer; His and their children: Andrew, Benjamin Roland "Rol", Sarah, John, Julia, and Nancy.
    Census 1856  Iowa State Census, Boone township, Hamilton (Webster) County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    1856 Iowa State Census 
    Age: Abt. 40 
    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.
    Personal Property 9 Jan 1857  A listing of the property reserved for Margaret Brewer as widow of Wilson Brewer Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1860  Hamilton County, Boone Township, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    1860 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 44 
    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.
    Petition 21 Sep 1866  County Court of Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Petition Granted 6 Oct 1866  Petition of September 21, 1866 to the court of Hamilton County was granted. The homestead upon which Margaret Brewer lives was granted as her dower. Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1870  Webster City, Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    1870 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 54 
    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  Webster City Hamilton County, Boone Township, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    1880 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 64 
    Lafayette Meeks household; 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [LMe 02.]
    Lafayette Meeks household; 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [LMe 02.]
    Lafayette Meeks; his wife, Margaret Brewer Meeks; their daughter, Myrtle Meeks; and Margaret's mother, Margaret J. Moore Brewer, widow of Wilson Brewer.
    Census 1885  Webster City Hamilton County, Boone Township, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    1885 Iowa State Census 
    Age: Abt. 69 
    Lafayette Meeks household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [LMe 07.]
    Lafayette Meeks household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [LMe 07.]
    Lafayette Meeks; his wife, Margaret Brewer Meeks; their children: Myrtle, Carol Meeks; and Margaret J. Brewer, Margaret Brewer Meeks' mother.
    Census 1895  Boone Township, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    1895 Iowa State Census 
    Age: Abt. 79 
    Lafayette Meeks household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Webster City, 2nd Ward, Hamilton County, Iowa.  [LMe 04.]
    Lafayette Meeks household, 1895 Iowa State Census, Webster City, 2nd Ward, Hamilton County, Iowa. [LMe 04.]
    Lafayette Meeks; his wife, Margaret M. Brewer Meeks; their children: Margaret, Carroll, Myrtle, Leroy; and, Margaret J. More Brewer, the mother of Margaret M. Brewer Meeks.
    Died 26 Mar 1896  Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Buried Brewer Burial Mound, Wilson Brewer Park, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Plaque on the Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, Iowa
    The Plaque on the Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, Iowa
    Here are buried: Wilson Brewer (1804-1856); his wife, Margaret Moore Brewer (1818-1896); His Son-in-Law, Thomas Bonebright (1836-1921); His daughter, Sarah Brewer Bonebright (1836-1930); His Grandson, Frank Bonebright (1868-1934); Frank's wife, Kathryn Poe Bonebright (1873-1939); Granddaughter, Harriet Bonebright Carmichael (1861-1940)
    Find A Grave Memorial ID 104653286.
    Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, IA.
    Brewer Burial Mound, Brewer Park, Webster City, IA.
    Burial Site for Wilson Brewer (1904-1856); his wife, Margaret Moore Brewer (1818-1896); Son-in-Law, Thomas Bonebright (1836-1921); Sarah B. Bonebright, daughter (1837-1930); Frank A. Bonebright, grandson (1968-1934); Kathryn Poe Bonebright, Frank's wife (1874-1939); Harriet B. Carmichael, granddaughter (1861-1940)
    Person ID I930  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 28 May 2019 

    Father John Moore,   b. Abt 1782, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1862, Henry County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth J. Galyean,   b. Abt 1784, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1862, Henry County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 23 Nov 1803  Grainger, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Family ID F391  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Married 6 Apr 1837  Henry County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Children 
     1. John T. Brewer,   b. Abt 1839, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1856 and 1860, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)
     2. Julia Ann Brewer,   b. Abt 1844, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1870, Webster City, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 16 years)  [Birth]
     3. Nancy Brewer,   b. Abt 1849, Howard County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1856 and 1860, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)  [Birth]
     4. Leander Brewer,   b. Abt Jan 1850, Newcastle, Iowa, now Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Aug 1850, Newcastle, Iowa, now Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +5. William Granville Brewer,   b. Abt Feb 1853, Webster City, Boone Township, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, Unkown - disappeared (See Notes) Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Walter Wilson Brewer,   b. Abt 1855, Webster City, Boone Township, Webster County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Probably Hot Springs, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +7. Margaret M. Brewer,   b. 20 Jun 1857, Webster City Tribune, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1907, Marshalltown, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [Birth]
    Photos
    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

  • Photos
    Brewer, Wilson, Founder of Newcastle, later Webster City, Iowa
    Brewer, Wilson, Founder of Newcastle, later Webster City, Iowa
    Explorer, entrepreneur, settler
    Moore, Margaret Jane
    Moore, Margaret Jane
    2nd Wife of Wilson Brewer

  • Notes 
    •        Margaret J. Moore (Brewer) became a widow with the death of Wilson Brewer in December of 1856. In her petition to the Court of Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa (MJM 10), it appears that Wilson Brewer died in the month of December 1856. With the document, dated September 21 1866, Margaret was petitioning for land as dower since Wilson died intestate. This petition comes almost 10 years to the date of Wilson Brewer's death. The estate took over 15 years to resolve. [MJM 10.]
      On October 06, the property described in the petition of September 21, 1866 is granted to Margaret Brewer. It is the land that she is living on. In a sense, her future is now assured. [MJM 11.]
             In the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Margaret or Jane (Jane was the name of an older sister who died in 1836. She may have used the name in her honor; further, her middle name is Jane) was 38 years old; she listed her birth place as Ohio; she is the wife of Wilson Brewer; listed under her are six children: Andrew J., male, and 18 years old; Bolen or Benjamin Roland, male, 15 years old; Sarah, female, 10 years; John T., male, 11 years; Julia, female, 5 years; and an unnamed child, female at 2 years of age. The place of birth for all is Ohio. [Ted Crayne tcrayne@ec.rr.com] and Dale Lange have had a lengthy discussion in several Email messages discussing the accuracy of this information including years of birth, place of birth, names of individuals, but concluding that, while lacking accuracy, this is probably the Wilson Brewer family. [See WB 06.]
             In the 1856 Iowa State Census, Margaret is living with her husband, Wilson Brewer, and seven children: Roland (20), John G. (18), Sarah J. (17), Julia A. (12)., Nancy E. (7), William E. (2), and Walter Brewer (1). The record indicates that Margaret is 35, but that age does not agree with other information given either by Ted Crayne or by the obituaries at her death. [WB 20 & DLL.]
             In the 1860 Census, Margaret is a widow since her husband, Wilson Brewer no longer is listed. She is a 42 year-old, white female. The value of her real estate is $2.000; the value of her personal estate is $400; she was born in Indiana; she cannot read and write. Living with her is Julia Ann, who is a 16 year-old, white female who was born in Indiana and is attending school. Next is William G. who is a six year-old, white male; he was born in Iowa and is attending school. Then comes Walter W., a five year-old, white male; he too was born in Iowa. Finally, there is Margaret, a three year-old white female who also was born in Iowa. [MJM 03.]
             In the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Margaret Jane Moore Brewer was living in Hamilton County, Webster City, Iowa with three children: William, male, 16 years of age white, a farm laborer, born in Iowa and who had attended school within the year; Walter 15, white and male who had not attended school within the past year; and, Margaret 13, white and female who was at school; she was born in Iowa. Margaret Jane Moore Brewer was 52 years old, female and white. She was keeping house. The value of her real estate was $2,500 and her personal property was valued at $100. She was born in Indiana; and, she cannot read or write. Her parents were not foreign born; she was not deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, and was not a pauper or convict. She was a widow at this time since her husband, Wilson Brewer, had been murdered as the result of a bet on the presidential election in 1857. [MJM 02.]
             In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Margaret Jane Moore Brewer was living with Lafayette Meeks, a son-in-law, husband of Margaret Brewer. Margaret probably was disabled because column 20 was checked; and, she could not read, nor write. She indicated that she was born in Indiana and that her mother was born in Virginia. [MJM 04.] The obituaries below do testify to the fact that Margaret was an invalid in the last years of her life.
             In the 1885 Iowa State Census, Margaret J. Moore Brewer is a 69 year old, white, widowed female. The record indicates that she was born in Indiana, but we know that her birth state was Ohio. She lives in Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa with the Lafayette Meeks family: Lafayette, his wife, Margaret M. Brewer Meeks and two Meeks siblings: Myrtle and Carroll. [LMe 07
             In the 1895 Iowa State Census, Margaret Brewer is living with Lafayette and Margaret Meeks in Webster City, Iowa. Margaret is 76, according to the data given in the census. [LMe 04.]
             What I would call two obituaries appeared in the Webster City Freeman on 01 April 1896, pp. 02 and 05. They are reproduced here:
             "Death of Mrs. Wilson Brewer
             THE PASSING OF A PIONEER.
             Mrs. Wilson Brewer died Friday last in the 80th year of her age. She has been failing for several years, but was confined to her bed only about a week when the grim messenger called. Mrs. Brewer came to Webster City with her husband and family in 1852. Mr. Brewer died in 1857. Deceased was the mother of eleven children, and was a woman universally respected and beloved. She possessed those sturdy qualities so necessary to frontier life and was a noble example of that type of womanhood that assisted in wresting this country from what appeared a barren wasteland converted it into a veritable garden of Eden. The older settlers of Hamilton county feel a sense of personal loss in the death of Mrs. Brewer, and will join the family around her bier in expressions of sincere sympathy, sorrow and condolence.
             The funeral of the late Mrs. Wilson Brewer was held at the family home Saturday afternoon, Rev. L. N. Call conducting the service." [MJM 05.]
             Obituary
             Margaret Morr [sic] Brewer was born February 4, 1816 in Virginia. When eight years old her parents moved to Henry county, Ind. In 1832 [NB, DLL, 23 June 2004: actually 06 April 1837], she was married to Wilson Brewer. They moved to Hamilton county in 1849. The country was then wild and uncultivated and uninhabited. During those days there were many hardships to be endured, but these brave people surmounted all difficulties, and did much toward making Webster City what it is now. In those days Mrs. Brewer never knew such a thing as fear. She spent many a night with no friend save her little children and a trusty dog within many miles. But she bore all this cheerfully, and if perchance a tired traveler should come that way a hearty welcome, a warm meal and a shelter was always awaiting him. In 1856, Mr. Brewer died, and three of the children were taken within six months of his death. And, still the strong willed woman struggled and worked and worked and raised the family. And then traces of time could be noticed in the silvery hair and the drooping form. The last two years of her life she was an invalid. Her home was with her youngest child, Mrs. F. L. Meeks. She was a great charge the last few months of her life. Mrs. Meeks was untiring in her attentions and faithful in her duties. Mrs. Brewer passed away very quietly and to all appearances very happy." [MJM 06.]
             Died.
             At her home in South Webster City, Thursday, March 28th, Margaret Brewer, aged 80 years. Mrs. Brewer was the first white woman who ever set foot in this county, 47 years ago, and her son, William [sic. Leander] was the first white child born here. she was a woman possessed of many noble traits of character, loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves five children to mourn her departure. Peace to her ashes. [MJM 09.]
             The Passing of Our Oldest Settler
             Mrs. Margaret Brewer, the first settler in Webster City, who had lived in Hamilton county for 47 years, died at her home in the south part of this city Thursday night, March 28th, aged 80 years. She had been in feeble health for several years, but was confined to her bed but a few days when the death angel called her home. Margaret Moore was born in Virginia in 1816 and moved with her parents to Indiana in 1824, where she was married to Wilson Brewer in 1839. They came west ten years later and located in Hamilton county in 1849. [Sic. 1850.] Eleven children were born to them, 4 girls and 7 boys, 5 of whom are still living. Mr. Brewer died in 1857, since which time she has lived with her children. She was universally respected and was beloved by every Hamilton county pioneer, by whom her death will be deeply mourned. When she located in this picturesque bend of the Boone river 47 years ago there was no evidence whatever of even civilization where Webster City now stands. In the intervening years she has seen this "desert bloom and blossom like the rose," a city of over 5,000 spring up around her and grand old Iowa become one of the greatest and richest states in the union. Shall we who are young witnesses great a change in the 47 years lying before us? Probably not. Her life had not been spent in vain, for aside from being an actor in these swiftly changing scenes she sank to her death honored and respected by all.
             The funeral service was held at the late home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with sermon by Rev. Call. [MJM 09.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2906] Crayne, Ted, Lema Gaul, Noreen Shelton, Karen S Buriff, Stephanie Krienke, Peggy M. Haynie, Violet Guy, and Dale L. Lange. (ND). Descendants of James Moore, Sr.: A Genealogy. Jacksonville, NC: Self published [Ted Crayne). [MjM 01.].

    2. [S2907] Crayne, Ted, et. al. (2003). Descendants of James Moore, Sr. Jacksonville, North Carolina, p. 4. [An electronic file, printed out, bound, on my shelf at 2315 Madre Drive NE. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503. [MJM 01]. See also Margaret Moore Brewer, obituaries, 01 April 1896, Webster City Freeman, p. 02, column 5 and p. 05, column 6. [MJM 05 and MJM 06.] The latter are probably a more accurate indication of her birth.

    3. [S9600] Wilson Brewer-Margaret Moore marriage, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXFT-M2Y : 10 December 2017), Wilson Bresser and Margaret Moore, 06 Apr 1837; citing Henry, Indiana, United States, Marriage Registration, Indiana Commission on Public Records, Indianapolis; FHL microfilm 004170997. [WB 32.].

    4. [S2909] Wilson Brewer household, 1850 U.S. census, Howard County, Indiana, Howard township, page 406, dwelling 13, family 23; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 151. [WB 06.].

    5. [S2910] Wilson Brewer household, 1856 Iowa State Census, Boone twp, Hamilton (Webster) County, Iowa, residence 10, family 12, page 459. [WB 20.].

    6. [S2919] Margaret J. (Moore) Brewer, list of property reserved by Margaret Brewer after the death of Wilson Brewer, A. W. Robertson & Jacob M. Funk, 09 January 1857, Webster City, Webster County, Iowa [MJM 12.].

    7. [S2911] 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.].

    8. [S2917] Margaret Brewer, by her attorney, N. J. Cerrf, petition to the Court of Hamilton County, September 21, 1866, to recognize certain property as hers and to petition the court for dower since Wilson Brewer died intestate. [MJM 10.].

    9. [S2918] County Court of Hamilton County, Webster City Iowa, 06 October 1866, Petition of Margaret J. Moore Brewer, 21 September 1866, granted. [MJM 11.].

    10. [S2912] Margaret Brewer household, 1870 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Webster City, p. 263, dwelling 124, family 127; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 394. [MJM 02.].

    11. [S2913] Lafayette Meeks household, 1880 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Iowa, Boone Township, ED 103, SD 11, dwelling 116, family 118; National Archives micropublication T9 roll 342. [MJM 04.].

    12. [S2953] Lafayette Meeks household, 1885 Iowa State Census, Hamilton County, Webster City, 2nd Ward, Boone Township, page 56, line 19, dwelling 114, family 130; Family History Film 1021473, Volume 193. [LMe 07.].

    13. [S2914] Lafayette Meeks household, 1895 Iowa State census, dwelling 316, household 389, second ward, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa. [LMe 04.].

    14. [S2908] Margaret Moore Brewer, obituaries, 01 April 1896, Webster City Freeman, p. 02, column 5 and p. 05, column 6. [MJM 05 and MJM 06.] See also Lee, J. W. (1912). History of Hamilton County, Iowa. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. [MJM 07.] A search for a death certificate in 1999 proved unsuccessful. See MJM 08.

    15. [S2920] Harriet M. Bonebright (Closz, Carmichael). Bonebright Burial Mound, December 19, 1932, Wilson Brewer Park, Webster City, Boone Township, Hamilton County, Iowa. [HB 05.].

    16. [S7429] Crayne, Ted, et. al. (2003). Descendants of James Moore, Sr. Jacksonville, North Carolina, p. 4. [An electronic file, printed out, bound, on my shelf at 2315 Madre Drive NE. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112-2503. [MJM 01].

    17. [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.].


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