Jane Means Appleton was this nation's most tragic First Lady. Known as the "Shadow of the White House," she spent the much four years of her husband's presidency in her room. Her first son Franklin died on the third day after his birth and second son, Frank, died at the age of five. Jane believed their demise was punishment from God for her husband's political involvement, and she convinced her husband to resign from the Senate and return home to New Hampshire. He even turned down President Polk's offer to the post of Attorney General, but then accepted the nomination of the Democratic-Republican Party's presidential candidate in 1852. Jane prayed for his defeat. On a return trip from Boston to New Hampshire in early January 1853, the train the Pierce family was riding on derailed and went over a fifteen foot embankment. Franklin and Jane survived, but son Benjamin was found crushed beneath one of the cars. She never recovered. Jane did not attend Franklin's inauguration and when finally joining him in the White House refused to leave her room. She attended no social functions during her first two years as First Lady. Her aunt, or a close friend, often assumed her role. Jane often sat crying by the fireplace while writing letters to her deceased son, Benjamin and did little to help her beleaguered husband. He was not offered the nomination for a second term. She endured the four year term and upon leaving Washington was so weakened by tuberculosis that she had to be carried out. The Pierces sailed to the Caribbean on board the U.S.S. Powhatan, a government ship loaned to them by President Buchanan seeking relief from the tuberculosis and the chronic depression which had engulfed Jane. She lived almost the rest of her life in Andover, Massachusetts with her sister looking after her until her death at age fifty seven.2,3
Jane Means Appleton died on 2 December 1863 Andover, Massachusetts.1
She was buried Old North Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack Co., New Hampshire.4
[S4325] Jean Brewer, "Hiram Brewer FGS", Numerous source citations including census and deed records, correspondence with descendants, obituaries, cemetery records, etc. Hard copy received from Jean Brewer, October 2011.
[S232] 1860 US Census,NARA Ser. M653, Roll 1197, page 157, FHL film #805197. Hiram Brewer household.
[S106] 1880 US Census,NARA Ser. T9, Roll 1205, page 86A, ED 129. FHL film #1255205. Hiram Brewer household.
[S1033] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Retrieved September 2011. "Elizabeth Brewer" Mem. #52001487. May 4, 2010.
Abigail Baldwin appeared on the census on 10 September 1850 Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, as Abigail Crittenden, age 60, born in Massachusetts. Head of Household. In the household are Homer Crittenden (age 34, farmer), Jerome Crittenden (24, laborer), Franklin Crittenden (22, laborer), Mary Crittenden (17) and Ellen Daily (20).1
He appeared on the census of 13 August 1850 in the household of Albert Brewer Roxbury, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; Albert Brewer, age 39, born in Massachusetts. A grocer. Real estate valued at $1500. In the household are Elizabeth Brewer, age 70; Mary McDonald, age 45, born in Scotland, a doemstic; Charles Beaumont, age 60, born in England, an artist.2
Frederick J. Benjamin appeared on the census on 7 June 1900 Ward 12, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, Frederick J. Benjamin, age 23, born in New York. Both parents born in New York. Married for one year. Candymaker.1
[S59] 1900 US Census,NARA Ser. T623, Roll 1803, page 10A, ED 100, FHL film #1241803. Franklin Brewer household.
[S3365] Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930, online www.pilot.familysearch.org, Retrieved March 2012. Fred S. Benjamin (parents Nathan Benjamin, Sarah Brokaw); Lizette A. Brewer (parents: Franklin Edwin Brewer, Carcie Horton).
F, b. 10 July 1714, d. 21 September 1774
Hannah Bent|b. 10 Jul 1714\nd. 21 Sep 1774|p3.htm#i16930|John Bent|b. 29 Nov 1689\nd. 1759|p3.htm#i15889|Hannah Rice|b. 5 Jan 1691/92|p55.htm#i15884|John Bent|b. 24 Jan 1635\nd. 15 Sep 1715|p3.htm#i16764|Hannah Stone|b. 6 Jun 1640|p57.htm#i16765|David Rice|b. 27 Dec 1659\nd. 16 Oct 1723|p55.htm#i15706|Hannah Walker|b. c 1669\nd. 18 Dec 1704|p59.htm#i15713|
John Bent|b. 4 May 1730|p3.htm#i137150|John Bent|b. 29 Nov 1689\nd. 1759|p3.htm#i15889|Hannah Rice|b. 5 Jan 1691/92|p55.htm#i15884|John Bent|b. 24 Jan 1635\nd. 15 Sep 1715|p3.htm#i16764|Hannah Stone|b. 6 Jun 1640|p57.htm#i16765|David Rice|b. 27 Dec 1659\nd. 16 Oct 1723|p55.htm#i15706|Hannah Walker|b. c 1669\nd. 18 Dec 1704|p59.htm#i15713|
Martha Bent|b. 7 Mar 1719/20\nd. 5 Jan 1797|p3.htm#i12691|John Bent|b. 29 Nov 1689\nd. 1759|p3.htm#i15889|Hannah Rice|b. 5 Jan 1691/92|p55.htm#i15884|John Bent|b. 24 Jan 1635\nd. 15 Sep 1715|p3.htm#i16764|Hannah Stone|b. 6 Jun 1640|p57.htm#i16765|David Rice|b. 27 Dec 1659\nd. 16 Oct 1723|p55.htm#i15706|Hannah Walker|b. c 1669\nd. 18 Dec 1704|p59.htm#i15713|
[S407] Thomas W. Baldwin, Framingham Vital Records to 1850.
[S439] Marcia L. Membrino and Paul A. Russell, Paxton, Mass., BMD, 1748-1850, "Brewer, Mrs. married, 1797, 05 Jan, wife of Samuel Brewer." Paxton Deaths, 1756-1850. .
M, b. 2 July 1712
Mathias Bent|b. 2 Jul 1712|p3.htm#i137148|John Bent|b. 29 Nov 1689\nd. 1759|p3.htm#i15889|Hannah Rice|b. 5 Jan 1691/92|p55.htm#i15884|John Bent|b. 24 Jan 1635\nd. 15 Sep 1715|p3.htm#i16764|Hannah Stone|b. 6 Jun 1640|p57.htm#i16765|David Rice|b. 27 Dec 1659\nd. 16 Oct 1723|p55.htm#i15706|Hannah Walker|b. c 1669\nd. 18 Dec 1704|p59.htm#i15713|
Her will was dated on 10 July 1840 Rene Brewer of the City, County and State of New York, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and judgement... To youngest son James Brewer, the one half of all that usage and piece of land formerly owned by said James lying and being in Greensburg, County of Westchester...lands bounded by Dr. Vanderhoof, dec'd, formerly the property of Joseph H. Hall, and the highway that leads from Tarrytown to White Plains. To daughter Sally the wife of John W. Purdy, the use of the other half of said tenament and lot of land during her life and then to be equally divided between her children. To daughter Clarissa wife of Simon McGowen, all that lot and piece and parcel of land adjoining said lot (describes boundaries). To daughter Polly Brewer, the use of the remainder of my property on the north side of the road leading from Tarrytown to White Plains, bounded by lands of said Vanderhoof, dec'd, lands of Daniel Ackerman, on the west lands of Stephen McGowan, on south by the highway. To daughter Patty the wife of Jacob Shaffer, the equal third part and parcel of that land lying on the south side of said highway (bounded by lands of William Van Wart and Elisha Purdy). To grandchildren Rene Brewer and Bela Brewer, the next one third of said lot. To daughter Lucinda the wife of Clark Williams, the other third of said lot. To son Horace Brewer and his children, a lot adjoining the western part of the property and adjoining the lands of Elisha Purdy. Directs that her personal property be desposed of and all moneys due me by note or otherwise collected and added into one sum, including a note for ninety nine dollars given to my late husband Solomon Brewer...to be divided, after funeral expenses and other necessary charges, into seven equal sums or shares. The seven shares to be given, one each to, daughter Sally wife of John W. Purdy, then to her children; to son Horace Brewer, then to his children; to son James Brewer; to daughter Patty wife of Jacob Schaffer; to Clarissa wife of Simon McGown; to daughter Lucinda wife of Clark Williams, then to her children; all instructed to pay to daughter Polly Brewer, 3% in quarterly payments during her life. Executors instructed to use the seventh share to build a house upon the lot set apart for grandchildren Rene, Maria and Bela Brewer (Bela stated to be under age 21). Appoints as sole executor, Clark Williams. Witnessed by Enoch Morgan, John Niles, William Byley. Proved 10 June 1842 by Enoch Morgan and 15 Nov 1842 by William Byley who in a deposition states that John Niles "is a lunatic and incompetent to testify...and he is informed that he is now residing in Poughkeepsie in the County of Dutchess."5
Bela Brewer was named in her grandmother Rene Benton's will on 10 July 1840; (under age 21).5
Rene Brewer was named in her grandmother Rene Benton's will on 10 July 1840.5
Maria Brewer was named in her grandmother Rene Benton's will on 10 July 1840.5
She died on 28 December 1841 ; "aged 77 years 2 months 3 days."6
She was buried Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow, (Tarrytown), Westchester Co., New York.6
On 15 November 1842 Appearing before the Surrogate's Court, New York City, concerning the matter of the will of Rene Brewer, deceased, are James Brewer, Clarissa McGown wife of Simon R. McGown and Rene Brewer and Isaac Fitz the special guardian of Bela Brewer a minor, all residing in the City of New York; Patty Schaffer wife of Jacob Schaffer and Polly Brewer, residing in the City of Brooklyn; Sally Purdy wife of John W. Purdy and Horace Brewer, residing in Greensburgh in the County of Westchester; and Lucinda Williams wife of Clark Williams of New London in the County of Oneida.5