Submitted by PHGS member, Pam Davis

JARED AUGUSTUS BREWER 

     The father of Mr. Brewer was of German, and his mother of Scotch descent, his grandfather emigrating from German, and settling on the Hudson River.

     Jared A. Brewer, the only son of Jacob T. and Esther (McIntyre) Brewer, natives respectively of Stillwater, Saratoga Co., N.Y., and of Vermont, was born in New Berlin Chenango Co., N.Y., March 5, 1811.  His father moved to Cattaraugus County, in May, 1833, from Chenango Co., N.Y., and located a farm in the town of Farmersville, where he died Feb. 23, 1850, aged sixty-six years, having been born Sept. 2, 1784.  After his death his widow went to reside with her son, Jared, the subject of this sketch, who had previously (in 1848) purchased the farm he now occupies.  He was married in New Hartford, Oneida Co., N.Y., in 1830, to Miss Sybil Emeline Porter, a native of that county, which was also the home of Mr. Brewer for the twenty years preceding his advent in Cattaraugus County.  The farm upon which he resides was the first deeded land in the town, having been originally patented by an army pensioner named Vaughan; it originally contained one hundred and thirty-two acres, but its area has been extended by Mr. Brewer’s subsequent purchases, until it now comprises four hundred and two acres in four contiguous lots, all located in Machias, and northwest of the village. 

     Two daughters came to cheer and bless the home of Mr. Brewer; but after they had attained to womanhood, wifehood, and motherhood, he was bereft of both.  Esther Eliza was born Aug. 4, 1831, married Jesse E. K. Button of Machias, and died Jan. 7, 1872, leaving two sons and two daughters.  Maria Jennett, born June 24, 1833, married Luther A. Beckwith a resident of Ischua, this county.  She departed this life Oct. 23, 1861, leaving two sons and one daughter.

     Ira Porter, the father of Mrs. Brewer, was of English ancestry, and moved from Connecticut with his parents, when but six years of age, to Oneida County, where he and his wife, Lurancy Dean spent their days, and died ‘full of years,’ – she in the year 1861, he in 1866.  Her maternal grandfather and grandmother lived and died in Onondaga County.

     Mr. Brewer was brought up o a farm, and has always followed the farmer’s vocation and deserved success.  He is now, and has been from the days of Jackson, a Democrat.  He has been called upon to fill various local offices; was assessor for three years, and in 1855 was elected to represent his town in the Board of Supervisors, and re-elected in 1856 by a considerable majority, when the town was strongly Republican, showing his popularity, and the esteem and confidence of his townsmen of both political parties.  He is one of the three load commissioners of his town for the Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railroad.  Both himself and his estimable wife are honored and esteemed resident of Machias.

*The above information was obtained from the History of Cattaraugus County, New York by L. H. EVERTS, 1879.



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