Biography of Alpheus Brewer
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ALPHEUS BREWER, who has been a resident of Mendon for several years, is a prominent and influential citizen of Union township. He was born September 17, 1849, in Auglaize County, Ohio, and is the son of Simon and Elizabeth (Powell) Brewer and a grandson of Isam Brewer.

Isam Brewer was born in the South and became one of the pioneers of Clinton County, Ohio. His wife was also a native of the South. They were the parents of six sons and four daughters, as follows: Nicholas; Lewis; David; Thomas; Simon; Delaney, who married O. V. Casperson and resided in Auglaize County; Celia, now deceased, who was married when very young to James Robbins, of Auglaize County, being the first of the family to locate in that county, which was then a part of Mercer County; Sinia, deceased, who was the wife of Lewis Driscoll; Maria, who married Lewis Driscoll, after her sister's death.; and Rebecca Ann, who is the wife of John Driscoll.

Simon Brewer, father of our subject, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, March 8, 1816, and there grew to manhood. In 1837 he moved to Auglaize County and settled in Salem township, where he entered land to which he continued to acid from time to time. He was married to Elizabeth Powell, who was born in Virginia, August 30, 1823, and came to Ohio with her parents at an early age. Mr. and Mrs. Brewer had five daughters and four sons: Sarah A., the wife of J. M. Watts, who was born and resides in Union township; Syrena A., who married J. B. Kennedy, of Lima, Ohio; Alpheus, our subject; Benjamin Franklin, a farmer of Van Wert County, Ohio, who married (first) Mary Rider, of Mercer County, and (second) Wealthy Griffis, a resident of Augliize County; Hugh H., a farmer of Auglaize County, who married Sallie Albert; Mira, the wife of W. W. Anderson, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Union township, Mercer County; Carrie, who married B. W. Griffis, of Sidney, Ohio; Isam, who died aged 18 years; and Laura, who married W. F. Hayer and lives east of Mendon. Mrs. Brewer died September 1, 1887, and Mr. Brewer died December 25, 1874, aged 58 years.

Alpheus Brewer was reared and educated in Salem township, Auglaize County, attending the district schools of the township. He has for a number of years been a resident of Mendon, and is at present manager of the C. B. Collins farm, which consists of 288 acres of productive land. He was married December 19, 1872, to Mary E. Davis, a daughter of Justin B. and Susan (Murlin) Davis; and they are the parents of four children: Celia, Orin A., Albert and Dollie, all of whom have attended the Mendon High School, from which all have graduated but Dollie, who will finish in 1907. Celia married Walter Barber, June 11, 1896; and resides on the old Barber place; they have four children: Vaughn, Kenneth, Janice and Keeth. Orin A. married Blanch Severns, a daughter of William Severns, and has three children: Beatrice, William Burdett and Mary Leah. Albert, who is single, is engineer of Station No. 208, Albany, Indiana.

Justin B. Davis, Mrs. Brewer's father, was born March 18, 1825, in Miami County, Ohio, and settled in Mercer County in 1833, locating in Union township. He died April 20, 1900, aged 75 years. Three daughters and one son were born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis, namely: Sarah, residing in Union township, who married S. S. McGee, and after his death married W. A. Archer; Mary E., wife of our subject; Ella, who married Byron E. Wollam and lived and died at St. Marys, and S. S., residing on the Davis home place in Center township, who married Clarissa Wines, now deceased; his mother, who lives with him, is in her 75th year, her birth having occurred in 1832. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Brewer, Samuel Davis, was born in Ontario County, New York, and died in 1868, aged 82 years; he was a soldier of the War of 1812. The great grandfather, Frank Davis, was killed in the battle of Cowpens during the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Brewer and all the. Brewers with one exception are Democrats. He is a member of the Mendon Lodge, No. 586, F. & A. M., and also of Mendon Lodge, No. 750, I. O. O. F.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
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