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Notes for Samuel Brewer

Census 1: Bef. 1810, where?
Census 2: 1820, Mercer Co, KY
Census 3: 1830, Mercer Co, KY

1780, Jacobs Creek, Tyrone Co, PA
Military Service: Revolutionary War
Courtesy of Mary Bittick Gallano:
Shelby County, KY HISTORY OF SHELBY CO, KY by Geo L Willis,Sr; Shelby Co Genealogical Historical Society's Committee on Printing, 1929; p50-51:
...a Low Dutch Colony came from Mercer Co into Shelby Co between 1784-86, and settled around Pleasureville. BREWERS and Vanisdals [VanArsdalls] were among those who moved to Shelby Co.

MERCER COUNTY, KY SECTION 29: BREWER, Samuel Under Captain Stokely in the Militia of PA, I was not with my brother, but I know he went out and did not return until after six months and I have always heard him speak of his services at Fort Crawford.

A letter from Robert B. McAfee of Harrodsburg KY 28 Nov 1832 says ... Samuel Brewer walked 90 miles and back to get his brother Peter Brewer's affidivat, he said he applied to him to try to secure his pension for him in 1818. Rebecca Brewer made application for Widow's Pension in Mercer Co, 2 Sep 1838, states that she is now a resident of Garrard Co, KY aged 76 [ca1764], states she is the widow of Samuel Brewer. Says she did not marry him until after the Revolutionary War. Says they were married in Mercer Co, KY 13 May 1787, by Rev David Rice, and that he died 1 Jan 1835 [or 31?]. She states that she knows also of her husband being in two indian campaigns. -- Affidivat Captain John Bull, say he was well acquainted with Samuel Brewer and know he was a pensioner as he used to bring his pension over from Lexington, KY to him. -- The maiden name of Rebecca Brewer was Rebecca Smith, as is shown by a certified copy of the marriage record filled with the papers as follows: May 13, 1787, Samuel Brewer and Rebekkah Smith were married by David Rice. -- DECLARATION
of Rebecca Brewer made in Anderson Co, KY, 28 June 1843, at which time she was a resident of Anderson Co, aged 79 [ca1764].

June 26, 1981 Myrtle M. Freeman:
I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim W. 8401 it appears that Samuel Brewer was born in 1757 in Sussex County, New Jersey. While living on Jacobs Creek, Tyrone County, Pennsylvania he enlisted in the spring of 1780 and served three months as spy and scout in Captain David Vanoe's Company, Colonel Robert Vance's Pennsylvania Regiment. Soon after he enlisted and served three months as a private in Captain David Vance's Company. He enlisted in March 1781 and served six months as a private in Captain Thomas Stokely's Pennsylvania Regiment. He was also in two campaigns against the Indians subsequent to 1787. He was allowed pension on his application executed October 1, 1832 while living three miles south of Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky. He died in said county January 31, 1835. Soldier married May 13, 1787 in Mercer County, Kentucky, Rebekah or Rebecca Smith who was allowed pension on her application executed September 3, 1838 while a resident of Garrard County, Kentucky aged seventy-five years. In 1843 she was living in Anderson County, Kentucky. Son, William, referred to in 1841.

FROM: Janet Brewer TO: Debra J. Schmidt, DATE: 3/10/96 11:41 PM -
... I have in my notes that Samuel moved to Mercer Co. KY about 1784.. not sure where that info came from. According to Mrs. Kenneth Kuhns:
Samuel sold real property in Westmoreland Co, Penn. to Benjamin Brewer in February 1783. I believe she sent me a copy of the deed or some other proof... Mrs. Kuhns & I have corresponded a bit & we believe that Samuel, Benjamin & Peter could all be brothers. Mrs. Kuhns believes their father was also named Benjamin. She referred me to: "Virginia Court Records in Southwestern Pennsylvania" by Boyd Crumrine p221, states:
"Administration of the estate of Benjamin Bruer deceased is granted to Mary Bruer she having complied with the law. Ordered that Joseph Beeler Sr., Christopher Hayes, John Mellender & John Morecroft or any 3 of them... appraise the goods", etc. That was done at a Court held for Yohogania County May 25, 1778. (As you may know, at that time Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all claimed the Westmoreland Co. area of PA). I believe that Peter's mother was named Mary, based on a Pennsylvania tax list that I found--Peter Brewer ("single") is listed in the Westmoreland Co., PA 1783 Census as living in Huntington Township (3d Series PA Archives) and owning 2 horses. Mary Brewer also is listed there as owning 150 acres of land, 1 horse, 2 cattle & 2 sheep (since it was unusual for women to own land in their
own names, she most likely inherited it from her husband or her father prior to 1783, don't you agree?). Peter was associated with the following family names:
He served under Robert Ritchie in the PA Frontier Rangers. Maybe some of these names will help you:
Peter first appears in the KY tax lists (Nelson Co.) in 1788. He's in the Pottinger Creek settlement with several Howbacks & Mellenders. The Pottinger Creek settlement was a Catholic settlement.
(*1788--Peter Brewer, Felty Hawback (Hoback), Isaac Hawback, Rody (James Rodolph) Siscell, John Baptist Siscell & Phillip Lee are listed under Capt. Charles Reed's Co. (Pottinger's Creek, July 19, 1788, Tax List)
John Cissel &
Rhody Cissell
are in Capt. Reed's Co., but
Peter Brewer,
Felty Hawback &
Isaac Howback
John B. Cesil,
Jeremiah Sisel &
Wm. Sisel
are in Chas. Ewing's Co. (Aug. 17, 1790)
Capt. Mastersons & Willetts Co (July 13, 1790) lists
Peter BRUSER (1 tithable),
David Millinger (2 tithables-himself & John Millinger),
Felty Howback (3 tithables-himself plus Michael & Isaac Howback),
Andrew Howback Sr. (2 tithables-himself & Andrew Jr.),
John Howell,
William Brewer (having 2 tithables-himself & James Brewer) *
1791--Capt. Ashby's and Willetts & Mastersons Co (June 15, 1791) lists
Peter Brewer (2 tithables-himself & SAM BREWER),
Felty Howback (3 tithables-himself plus Michael & Isaac Howback),
Andrew Howback Sr. (2 tithables-himself & Andrew Jr.),
John Howell,
William Brewer (having 2 tithables-himself & James Brewer) and
David Millinger (2 tithables-himself & John Millinger).
Rhodey Sissell & Phillip Lee also listed in this company. I'm not sure whether the Sam Brewer listed in 1791 is Peter's son or his brother. Interestingly (to me), Peter's great grandson married John B. Sissell's great granddaughter--my great grandparents!

Courtesy of Janet Brewer

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