History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 498
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498 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
there and in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Dean
have had nine children: Genevieve, now deceased;
Olivia May, the wife of Dr. C. M.
Thurston, of Louisville, Kentucky; Edna,
deceased; Ira; Alwin, deceased; Annie, deceased;
Myrtle Jennett; Enmmna; Mary; and
In politics Mr. Dean affiliates with the
Democratic party, and he and his wife are
members of the Methodist Church.
\W\ \ J. BREWER, a prosperous and
popular farrier of Milam county,
was born January 25, 1858. His
paternal grandfather, Jackson Brewer, was
born in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1828. 0. 0.
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 infant.
ry for service in the Confederate army, and
was killed at the battle of Tullahoma, Tennessee.
He married Eunice, a daughter of Jesse
Reynolds, by whom he had seven children,
namely: Frank, deceased; Fannie, wife of J. E.
Davis, of Reagan Texas; Bettie, deceased; W.
J., our subject; Mercer, a resident of Kosse,
Texas; John, of Cameron, this county; Dr.
Morris, a graduate of a Baltimore institution
of medicine, and practicing physician of Milam
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. HRAskew,
in this county, and during the nexf two
years was a tenant on a farm of Judge D. M.
Prendergast, on the Brazos river. In 1881Mr.
Brewer purchased 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 is 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
Mr. Brewer was married in 1886 to Ella, a
daughter of Henry and Emily (Dannelley)
Barker. Mrs. Brewer is one of nine children,
the others being: Emma, wife of J. A.
Rogers, in Mills county; Byron, Judge,
Della, Gains, Walter, Nettie and Johnnie.
Mr. and Mrs. Brewer have one child, Eunice.
Mr. Brewer is a member of the Masonic
order, holding a membership in Little River
Lodge, No. 397.
\t LEXAN DER ANDERSON.-Among
M&i the most thrifty and independent people
who have sought homes in this
v/ country are the Swedes. They come
from a densely populated region, where life
is sustained only by continuous employment
among the laboring classes, and when turned
loose on the broad, naked surface of our rich
western country the same efforts and economy
put forth soon produce prosperity and in time
great wealth. A most worthy representative
of this hardy race is Alexander Anderson, of
HITO YOF TXS
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