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Lieut Flavius Josephus Brewer

Lieut Flavius Josephus Brewer

Strawtown, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Death 25 Feb 1926 (aged 87)
Burial Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, USA
Plot Sec F, lot 95, sp 5
Memorial ID 18688084 · View Source
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Flavius Brewer was a member of company I, 8th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War.

Residence Wabash, Indiana;
Occupation: Farmer
Enlisted on 8/25/1861 as a Private.

On 8/25/1861 he mustered into "I" Co. 8th Indiana Infantry.
He Re-enlisted on 1/1/1864.
He was Mustered Out on 8/28/1865 at Savannah, GA.

He was listed as:
* Wounded 3/7/1862 Pea Ridge, Arkansas

* Sergt
* 1st Sergt
* 1st Lieut 6/19/1865

Brewer enlisted at age 23, he stood 5'11" had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. After the war Brewer was a member of the James Emmett G.A.R. Post in Wabash, Indiana.

Son of Joel and Mary (Morris) Brewer
Came to Wabash in 1849.

From "History of Wabash County, Indiana" pub 1976, pp 331-332)
Joel Brewer, father of Flavius who settled in Paw Paw Township in 1849, was born in Virginia in 1810. Of English extraction he was educated in a trict school and as a young man migrated to Wayne County, Indiana, where he performed the functions of a school master.

In 1830 he married Mary Morris, youngest child of Aaron and Lydia (Davis) Morris. The family had lived in North Carolina until 1815 when they migrated to Wayne County where they settled at Milton and were active in politics and in their Quaker church.

Little is known of the early life of Joel and Mary Brewer, although they must have moved westward as Flavius Josephus Brewer, their fifth child was born at Strawtown, Hamilton County, Indiana, in 1838. Strawtown, at that time, was on the major road leading to Miami and Wabash Counties and was probably followed by the Brewer family when they came to Wabash County in 1849.

There were ten children in the family and they assisted in clearing the 160 acres and in building the cabin for the family. It is hard to imagine these now fertile acres as a dense wilderness. Deer abounded and furnished ample food for the family. The family later moved to lagro Township, where Joel Brewer was a bee keeper and sold honey. He was a Trustee in the Zoar Church, three miles west of Dora.

As with so many families, several of the children died at an early age, three in their early twenties. Flavius and his brother Joel enlisted in the Union Army where Joel died, but Flavius served for the duration of the Civil War.

While on furlough he married Mary Elizabeth Kunse, who was born at Connersville in 1839. Her grandparents Michael and Susan (Miller) Kunse had orginally lived in Pennsylvania, then moved to Rockbridge, Virginia where her father David Kunse was born. In 1838 he married Maria Crawford and they had began the trek that brought them to Wabash County, where they had 160 acres on the Laketon Road. David Kunse was also a brick layer, and several buildings remain in Wabash as memorials to his skill.

When Flavius and Mary were married, she had a pretty plaid taffeta dress that she intended to use as a wedding dress. Her father insisted that she have a white dress, and they went to Wabash in a spring wagon, obtained the material and made the dress by hand. Fifty years later those two dresses were worn by two granddaughters when the Brewer's celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Flavius Josephus and Mary Elizabeth Brewer were the parents of nine children:

Frank, married Alice Curry, was a homebuilder. Florence married Charles Petry, and three remaining children of their family are Ruth and Stewart, Wabash, and Ralph, North Manchester.

William H. Brewer, a farmer, married Ruth Murphy and their children are Louise (married Dr. Floyd Fouts and lives in Monticello); Helen (married Joseph Payne); Georgia (widow of Melvin Personett, resides in Miami County); and Flavius J. (married Naomi Arbuckle, resides on the farm where the William Brewer's spent their married life).

Minnie married Milo Alger of Wabash. Arthur married Abbie Niccum, and they lived in Mexico, Maine, where he was an employee of the Oxford Paper Company. Their daughter Elma Jordan still resides there.

Howard married Dollie Bishop and their children Claude and Josephine Baggs reside in Marion.

May married Arthur Sayre and they homesteaded to Oklahoma in 1908. Three of their children remain in that area.

Oren and Nora were twins. Nora married Frank Whitmeyer and their daughter Mildred Long resides in Logansport. Oren married Isabel McClellan, but had no children.

It may be interesting to note that five of the nine children celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.

While never involved in major historical events of Wabash County, the Brewer family was an honest, hard working, God-fearing group of men and women who endured many hardships, but always lent a helping hand where needed. The present generations are carrying on the traditions of their forefathers and are respected citixens of their various communities.

Written by Mrs. Flavius Brewer

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