Great information!!Thanks for sharing. By any chance have you ever found death info for Jeremiah? I've searched the Harlan county, Ky site without much luck. I descend through his daughter, MARY BREWER THOMAS b. September 1824--- d. Aug 1910 (not sure of location) possibly Springfield, Greene co, Mo. She and her husband, JAMES THOMAS jr., have a headstone erected at Hazelwood cemetery, Springfield, Mo.(The cemetery assistant director relayed the info to me.She said it was noted that James is not actually buried there but that the headstone was erected in memorial.-- He served in the Civil War as a scout - a "staunch Union man.")
Per Mary's 1900 census enumeration, they had had 11 children-8 of whom were still living.
In 1850 Harlan county, Ky. census enumerations -- James and Mary had three children:Eliza, Martha and Mary.And interesting note:Also in the household is 23 year old William Brewer.....he may have been 33 - hard to read.born Ky. He might be Mary's brother.I followed him with the age of 23 years -- to Breathitt county, Ky -- he married, raised a family and on the 1900 census there is a William Brewer who lists his age/born May 1830.....although, that date is inconsistent with his earlier 1860-80 age enumerations where he indicated his age consistent with being born 1827.
In 1900 Mary is listed Mary H. Thomas.A romantic story in itself.From an old book (the information was provided by my great grandfather, Daniel Winfield Thomas, one of the sons of James and Mary) ---- Neither James nor Mary had a middle name.So in honor of the place they were born, met and married, they both took the name Harlan as their middle name(s). James and Mary left Harlan county in 1854, moving to Carroll county, Arkansas where James worked as a shoe maker.After the Civil War, the family moved to Campbell township, Greene county, Missouri.The book says he and his father, James Thomas snr, were both noted hunters and trappers. Again, thanks so much for sharing your info.If you find anymore about Jeremiah Brewer and/or anything about his 1st wife -- would sure enjoy a post. Take Care. Lynn Thomas Wood