For all those Brewer descendants out there, I finally acquired William H. Brewer's second wife Mary Freeman's death certificate from Niagara Falls, NY. She was born 31 August 1819 to Alexander Freeman and Mary Gould, born in Canada. She died at the home of her grandson on Main Street in Niagara Falls on 16 March 1918.
With proof of Mary's parentage, the following biography I found in the Lockport library adds more information about Mary's family. It is the biography of her younger brother John who was evidently a wealthy and respected resident of the area and public figure:
Samuel T. Wiley and W. Scott Garner, editors, Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Niagara County, New York, (Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, IND, Chicago, ILL: Gresham Publishing Company, 1892), pp 546-549, including portrait page.
John G. Freeman, an old and popular citizen and business man of Lockport, who has traveled extensively abroad and occupied many positions of honor and trust at home, was born in the town of Cambria, Niagara county, New York, April 3, 1821, and is a son of Alexander and Mary (Gould) Freeman. Alexander Freeman was born January 27, 1796, in Ontario county, this State, and came to Niagara county with his parents in 1806, when a lad of only ten years. He grew to manhood here and became one of the early, hardy, honest, enterprising pioneers of western New York. On February 20, 1817, he married Mary Gould, daughter of the late John Gould, Sr., of Cambria, and settled on a tract of land purchased of the Holland Land Company. This land was then a wilderness, but he cleared up a fine farm and erected comfortable buildings thereon, and lived here until his death, April 9, 1869, when seventy-three years of age. His wife had preceded him some thirty years, dying August 16, 1840.
John G. Freeman received his early education in the public schools of his native county, and, afterward, at the age of twenty, supplemented this instruction by a course of two terms in the acadmey at Millville, Orleans county. To this broad foundation in general knowledge he has added by wide reading and a close study of events. After leaving school he engaged in the occupation of farming, and altogether has passed a quarter of a century on the farm. In 1856 he embarked in the dry goods business in the city of Lockport-his store being located on Main street-and was thus engaged two years, when he came half owner of what was then known as the Journal and Courier newspaper, and spent some six years as an editor and publisher. Later he began buying and shipping grain, becoming one of the principal grain and produce dealers of that city. He conducted this business for a period of six years, after which he removed to his farm in the town of Cambria, and for some years again engaged in the cultivation of the soil and in fruit growing. He afterward moved into the town of Lockport and had charge of the poor house in that town for two years. In 1888 he was president of the Niagara County Pioineer association, and was prominent in organizing the Niagara County Justice of the Peace association, and is now secretary of the Niagara County Protective association.
In his political faith and affiliations Mr. Freeman is a republican, giving that party a loyal and active support at the polls and elsewhere. He served as superintendent of schools in the town of Cambria for twelve years, and has always taken an active interest in the great cause of popular education. He was also elected and served in the capacity of justice of the peace for the extended period of sixteen years in the town of Lockport, and four years in the town of Cambria, few of his decisions ever having been reversed. He was endorsed twice by both parties in the town of Lockport, in his race for justice of the peace. He is at present serving as supervisor of the town of Lockport, this being his third term in that position. An election to a third term in this office is unusual in that town, and the present instance may be regarded as a fitting tribute to the fidelity and good judgment that has characterized his administration of that and other offices which he as so frequently been called upon to accept.
While attending school at Millville, Mr. Freeman became acquainted with Sarah Owen Thomas, and on Spetmeber 12, 1842, they were married. She died October 25, 1891, greatly beloved by a wide circle of friends.
For nearly half a century Mr. Freeman has been connected with the Masonic fraternity, being now a member of the lodge at Lockport. He has been quite a traveler in his day, having visited most of the points of interest in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and France, and was a regular weekly correspondent to the Journal. He has always been active and enterprising, and now, at the age of seventy-one, is hale and hearty, and bids fair to see many more years of pupularity and usefulness.
-- Adrian Benjamin Burke, Esq. of New York City