|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1836|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 1928|
Source: Greensburg Daily Tribune, 1928-06-27, page 1
Civil War Dies At Home
Stephen John Brinker, 91 years, eight months and five days old, a Civil War veteran and a resident and a resident of Greensburg for many years died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. R. Bowers, Painter street at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. He had been in declining health for nearly a year. He is survived by the following children: Harry L. Brinker of Youngstown, Ohio; Mrs. Laura J. Griffith, Uniontown; William H. Brinker, East Pittsburgh; Samuel P. Brinker, Uniontown; Mrs. Lottie E. Bower, wife of A. R. Bower.
Mr. Brinker was born October 31, 1836 in Butler County. The Brinker family originally came from Switzerland and settled in Maryland. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John M. Brinker. In 1840 the Brinker family moved to the southern part of the Ligonier valley where the members of the family resided for some years. Mr. Brinker was well acquainted with most of the farmers of Cook Township where he learned the shoemaker and carpenter trades.
When the Civil War broke out Mr. Brinker enlisted in Co. K, 11th Pennsylvania infantry, April 1, 1861, and saw active service until the fall of 1863, when he was honorably discharged in Washington. In the spring in 1864 Mr. Brinker enlisted in Co. E, 211th Pennsylvania infantry and served to the close of the war and saw General Lee surrender to General Grant at Appomattox. He was in the grand parade at the close of the war and was mustered out at Arlington Heights.
After the Civil War, Mr. Brinker located at Pleasant Unity; then at Tarr and finally moved to Greensburg. In later years, he was employed as a carpenter. He and Miss Alice Jane Leezer of McKeesport were married October 26, 1865, who died November 8, 1915. Mr. Brinker was a member of the local Grand Army post and until later years took part in the activities of the post.
The funeral services will be held at two o'clock Friday afternoon at his late home, 812 Painter street, his pastor, Rev. F. D. Esenwein, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating.
Captain George A. Cribbs, Post No. 276 G. A. R., assisted by the Sons of Union Veterans will conduct a military burial for the deceased.
Alice Jane Leezer Brinker (1846 - 1915)*
Harry L. Brinker (1867 - 1933)*
Laura Jane Brinker Griffith (1869 - 1952)*
William H. Brinker (1871 - 1955)*
Samuel Peter Brinker (1876 - 1955)*
Lottie Elizabeth Brinker Bower (1888 - 1957)*
Created by: K. Bowers
Record added: Oct 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30554871