A Biographical Sketch of Howell Cobb Brewer at his home Owsley Co, KY from August 13, 1885
Howell Brewer, age 94, 9 months, 13 days was born in the state of North Carolina, Moore Co, Deep River in the year of our Lord, October 20, 1790.He married there (Nancy Louisa Short) on the 10th of September 1810.Emigrated from there to Hawkins Co.East Tenn in 1814, then 24 years old.Wife had 12 children, one born in N.C.We lived together about 24 years and in the year 1834, April 22 she died.Enter to the 2nd wife (Mary Cope), the 12, September 1834.I had no children by her.She died June the 16 1837.She lay about 16 months of that time that she was scarcely able to walk alone.
On September 3, 1838 I married my 3rd Wife (Mary Polly Wolfe).We had 5 children, 4 sons & 1 daughter and all of these children are still living.I raised 11 of my first children and 5 of my last children to man and womanhood which makes 16 in all and I never had to part (with) any of them.
I joined the Missionary Baptist Church in 1832 and have lived in my duty most of my time.I have been in public life, civil and military, upwards of 50 years.I had 2 sons that volunteered in the Fla War and served 6 months.Then I had 2 sons that went into the war (with) Mexico and served until peace was made.
At the commencement of the late war I had 9 sons living and out of the 9, 6 entered the Federal Army.5 of who served 3 years.I furnished in the late war sons, sons-in-law, and grandsons the 5th part of a captains company (20).I have lived to to see the 4th and might say the fifth generation.I have 133 grandchildren now living and grand children and great grandchildren.I might say 200.I emigrated from East Tennessee in the year 1848 to Owsley Co, KY and have lived here since.
Written by V.S. Brewer August 13, 1885 for Howell Brewer.