The following information was obtained from the book, "Annals of Brown County" . . .
Colonel Everard Bierer, born January 9, 1827, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, was among the early settlers of Brown County Kansas.
As a child in Pennsylvania he was educated in the local schools, and then went on to the Madison College, where he studied higher mathematics, sciences, language and English literature. After college he read law in the office of Joshua B. Howell, of Uniontown, and was admitted to the bar in 1848 at the age of 21.
On April 8, 1852, Everard Bierer married Miss Ellen Smouse, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Smouse, at Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa. To this union eight children were born - 6 sons and 2 daughters.
When the Civil War broke out, Everard quit the law office and organized a company of volunteers. He entered the service of the Union Army as Captain of Company F, 11th Regiment of Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps. On June 2, 1862, he and his command were captured and taken to the Libby Prison. He was released from prison on August 14th and returned to duty, only to be severely wounded in the Battle of South Mountain on Sept 14th. This injury left his left arm crippled for the rest of his life.
On October 24th Everard was appointed Commandant of Camp Curtain in Harrisburg, Pa. Here he organized the 171st, 172nd, 173rd, 176th, 177th, and 178th Regiments, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and on November 18th he was commissioned Colonel of the 171st. He and his regiment mustered out of service September 26, 1863.
Colonel Everard Bierer and family moved to Brown County Kansas in October 1865, and two years later he was elected representative of the 11th District to the Kansas State Legislature.
Ellen Smouse Bierer
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