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W. J. Brewer

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 498.

W. J. BREWER, a prosperous and popular farmer of Milam county, was born January 25, 1858. His paternal grandfather, Jackson Brewer, was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1828. C. C. Brewer, the father of our subject, was a native of Tennessee. He followed farming and merchandising before the war, served as Clerk of Coffee county, Tennessee, two years, was commissioned Captain of a company of infantry for service in the Confederate army, and was killed at the battle of Tullahoma, Tennessee. He married Eunice Reynolds, a daughter of Jesse Reynolds, by whom he had seven children, namely: Frank Brewer, deceased; Fannie Brewer Davis, wife of J. E. Davis, of Reagan Texas; Bettie Brewer, deceased; W. J. Brewer, our subject; Mercer Brewer, a resident of Kosse, Texas; John Brewer, of Cameron, this county; Dr. Morris Brewer, a graduate of a Baltimore institution of medicine, and practicing physician of Milam county.

W. J. Brewer came to Milam, Texas, at the age of seventeen, where he attended a country school twelve months. He first engaged in farming with his brother-in-law, J. E. Davis, working on the shares. The following two years he rented land of W. H. Askew, in this county, and during the next two years was tenant on a farm of Judge D. M. Prendergast, on the Brazos river. In 1881 Mr. Brewer purchase 100 acres of his present farm, lying in the northern part of Milam county, to which he afterward added 200 acres more. The entire farm if fenced, and 130 acres under a fine state of cultivation. During the first year Mr. Brewer came to his present location he invested in cattle buying about seventy-five head, but after three years disposed of his stock, since which time he has confined himself to feeding beef cattle, marketing about two car-loads per year. Politically, he is a Democrat, and was appointed Postmaster of Clarkson by Wanamaker, upon the recommendation of W. F. Crawford, of Cameron.

Mr. Brewer was married in 1886 to Ella Barker, a daughter of Henry and Emily (Dannelley) Barker. Mrs. Brewer is one of nine children, the others being: Emma Barker Rogers, wife of J. A. Rogers, in Mills county; Byron Barker, Judge Barker, Della Barker, Gains Barker, Walter Barker, Nettie Barker and Johnnie Barker. Mr. and Mrs. Brewer have one child, Eunice Brewer. Mr. Brewer is a member of the Masonic order, holding a membership in Little River Lodge, No. 397.

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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