I recently located Philotha's parents, Joseph & Ophelia (???) Brower, in the 1880 Federal Census They were still in Marshall Co., IN (where they had been enumerated in 1870), but they had moved from North Twp. (P.O. Walnut Ridge) to Teegarden, Polk Twp. The surname is written "Bower", rather than "Brower":
Bower, Joseph41Hengineer at grist millIN/NY/NY Ophelia33WIN/NY/VA Filotha16DIN/IN/IN
As Charlene Reinhart pointed out in a previous post, Philotha was also enumerated as a housekeeper in the household of David & Martha Arter, in Union Twp., St. Joseph Co., IN, in the 1880 Federal Census. The two counties, Marshall & St. Joseph, border each other. There are rather serious discrepancies in Joseph Brower's age & place of birth and of Ophelia Brower's place of birth in the two enumerations. In 1870, Joseph was age 25, born in Ohio, Ophelia age 24, also born in Ohio. But in 1880, Josephwas 41, born in Indiana, while Ophelia was 33, also born in Indiana. I have not been able to find this Joseph Brower in either the 1850 or 1860 Censuses, nor have I been able to locate a marriage record for Joseph & Ophelia. They would have been married circa 1863.