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George Brewer


George Brewer, a son of Thomas and Maria (Tucker) Brewer, was born in Central Township, Perry Co., Mo., on September 13, 1832. [For the early history of the Brewer family see sketch of Judge Robert Milton Brewer.]

The children of Thomas and Maria Brewer are Richard, who died unmarried; Leo, who wedded Mary A. Tucker, and lived in Texas; William, who married Elizabeth A. Hagan; George; James H., who married Virginia Matthens; Mary C. the wife of Patrick O'Mara, and J.T., who married Mary E. McAtee.

After the death of the mother of these children, Thomas Brewer married Mrs. Rosana Miles, who bore him two sons, Edward C., who married Louise Stark, and William D., who married Victoria Tucker. Thomas Brewer was born in 1802, and died in July 1880.

George grew to manhood on his father's farm, receiving his education in the district schools, and in 1856 was married to Teresa A. Layton, a sister of Maj. Layton, a well known gentleman of Southeast Missouri.

When the war broke out, Mr. Brewer enlisted in Company B, Fourth Missouri Militia, in which he served as third sergeant until the regiment mustered out of service. He then enlisted in the Sixty-Fourth Regiment, State Militia, and was at first appointed orderly sergeant, but a few days later was promoted to first lieutenant, and served until the close of the war.

He has been a resident of Saline Township, Perry Co., Mo., since November 12, 1852, and has accumulated considerable property. He now owns 390 acres of land.

To him and wife have been born ten children, eight of whom are living: Narius P, who married Louise Holster; Joseph T., who married Mary M. Moore; Mary H., Mary I., Joseph E. , Henry F., James M., and Joseph A. Those who died are James M., and George T., both of whom died in childhood. Mrs. Brewer died in October, 1886. She was a devout member of the Catholic Church, as are also her husband and children.

Mr. Brewer takes but little interest in local politics, and has never been a candidate for office. He is a member of one of the best known families in Southeast Missouri, and is highly esteemed and honored.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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