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William Brewster

William Brewster left Cambridge University in 1583 to be employed by the Court of England. His employer was William Davidson. Davidson quickly rose in the Queen's favor and this was a promotion for Brewster also. In 1586 Queen Elizabeth appointed Davidson to a principal Secretary of State. This could have been a tremendous boost in the career of Brewster but the Queen had other plans for Davidson. It seems that the Queen needed a liaison between herself and Mary Queen of Scotts who was imprisoned for plotting Elizabeth's death. Elizabeth used Davidson for her innocence in the death of her sister. Davidson witnessed the signing of the execution warrant by the Queen and sent it on its' way to Fotheringhay Castle where Mary was imprisoned. When the Queen learned of Mary’s' execution she was furious at Davidson and said it was never her intention to have her sister executed. Davidson was locked up in the Tower of London where he remained for 3 years. Meanwhile Brewster returned home to Scrooby. Brewster probably knew all about the lie the Queen had spun but was helpless to protest lest he find a home in the Tower. Had these events not happened the Mayflower might never have sailed.


The Pilgrims stayed in Leyden for 10 years while trying to obtain rights to passage to the New World. They were in correspondence with Sir Edwin Sandys who was a Puritan sympathizer and influential in financing the Virginia Colony. There were many trips from Leyden to England where Carver, Cushman, and Brewster negotiated with Sandys on getting a grant. Brewster had to keep in hiding since he was a wanted man. James was stubborn on the issue since he did not want to give the Pilgrims the right to their own form of worship. They eventually got their grant to colonize as a hunting and fishing colony with the profits going back to a joint stock company which put the money up to finance the voyage. They were now called the Adventurers, and since there were not enough people to fill the ship 80 people were recruited fill the need of the new colony. On July 21, 1620 William Brewster , his wife and children left the friendly city of Leyden on their great adventure.


Now that Christmas time is upon us I would like to relate to you what our Pilgrim fathers were going through on their first Christmas after they set sail. These dates are from November and December 1620. Nov. 19 First sighted Cape Cod. Nov. 21 Signed "The Compact" anchored in Cape Cod harbor. Went ashore. Nov. 23 Took the shallop ashore for repairs. Nov 25 First exploring party set out by land. Nov 26 Discovered Truro Springs, Pamet River, Cornhill. Dec 7 Second exploring party set out with the shallop. Dec 10 found the wigwams, graves,etc. Dec 16 Third exploring party set out with the shallop. Dec 18 First encounter with the Indians. Reached Clark's Island at night. Dec 20 Third exploring party spent the Sabbath on Clark's Island. Dec 21 Third exploring party landed on Plymouth Rock and explored west coast. Dec 25 The Mayflower set sail from Cape Cod for Plymouth but was driven back by wind. Dec 26 The Mayflower arrived at Plymouth harbor. Dec 27 First Sabbath passed by whole company in Plymouth harbor. Dec 28 A party landed and explored. Dec. 30 Decided to settle near what is now Burial Hill, Plymouth.


Colonel Isaac Allerton

Colonel Isaac Allerton 3 b. about 1630, Fear Brewster 2, William 1, married first Elizabeth ? “As early as 1652 he had a wife Elizabeth.” (N.E/. Reg., xliv. 292); married second in Virginia, about 1663, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Thomas and Margaret (Herbert) Willoughby, of Lower Norfolk, VA. and widow of Major George Colclough. Isaac Allerton died between October 25 and December 30 1702.
Isaac lived many years with his grandfather, Elder William Brewster, by whom he was being educated. After graduating from Harvard College in 1650, he became associated in business with his father, Isaac Allerton Sr. at New Amsterdam, New Haven CT, Virginia, and elsewhere, and after the death of the latter in 2659, Isaac Jr. settled in Virginia where he became a wealthy and influential planter and was prominent in the civil and military affairs of the colony. His plantation is laid down on Hermann’s map of Virginia and Maryland, made in 1670.
He was a justice of Northumberland county, VA in 1663; was several times a member of the House of Burgesses, and a member of the Governor’s Council; was a major under Col. John Washington (great-grandfather of President George Washington), in the expedition against the Indians in 1675; was appointed with Col. St. Leger Codd and Col. George Mason to superintend the erection of a garrison or store-house on the Potomac River in 1679; was lieutenant colonel of the Westmoreland Militia in 1683, and in 1699 was naval officer and receiver of the Virginia duties in Westmoreland County, including Yeocomico River. His children were from his first wife Elizabeth b. 9-27-1653 d. 11-17-1740, Isaac b. 6-11-1655, Second Wife Willoughby b. about 1665, Sarah b. about 1670, Frances.

Deacon Wrestling Brewster

Deacon Wrestling Brewster4, Wrestling3, Love2, William1, married July 12, 1722, Hannah, daughter of James and Mary(Tilden) Thomas, of Duxbury, MA. She died at Kingston, MA. August 20, 1788, “Aged 90 years wanting 21 days” The inscription on his gravestone at Kingston reads: “In memory of Deacon Wrestling Brewster who Decd Janry ye 1st 1767 aged 72 years 4 months and 28 days.
Deacon Wrestling Brewster lived at Pembroke MA from 1722 to 1741, when he became the owner, through an exchange with Ephriam Holmes (son of Lieutenant Holmes), of the homestead, now called “Woodside,” at Kingston, which was built about 1696, by Major William Bradford (son of Governor William Bradford of the Mayflower), for his daughter, who married Lieutenant Holmes. Deacon Brewster built an addition to the little Holmes house and, when it passed into the possession of his son, Thomas Brewster, he again enlarged it by building a T. This homestead passed to Thomas’ son Elisha, and now is occupied by the family of Elisha Brewster (1900).
In 1780 a farm hand, employed at this homestead, conceived the idea of attaching curved pieces of wood to the legs of a common high-back chair for the comfort of the invalid lady of the house, the widow of Deacon Wrestling Brewster. This, the first and now celebrated rocking-chair, is still preserved at “Woodside.”
Wrestling Brewster was a farmer and cordwainer, and he served for many years as a deacon of the church at Kingston. He is designated as “:Wrestling Brewster 3rd” in the marriage certificate and court records.


Jabez Fitch

Lieutenant Jabez Fitch6 b. 15 February, 1737, Jabez Fitch4, Mary Brewster5, Benjamin Brewster3, Jonathan Brewster2, William1, married June 3, 1760, Hannah, daughter of Jabez Perkins of Norwich, Conn. She died at Hyde Park, VT. August 13, 1808, aged 74 years. He died at Hyde Park, 29 February 1812.
Jabez Fitch removed from Norwich, CT. to Vermont in 1780. He was one of the first settlers and one of the committee of the proprietors of Hyde Park, who attended the Legislature at Bennington and obtained a grant for that town. He was a farmer, constable, and legal advisor, although not a lawyer. Jabez Fitch served tow years in the French War. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1775; was lieutenant of the 8th Company, 8th Connecticut Regiment; was taken prisoner at the battle of Brooklyn Heights and held for eighteen months, and is known as the “Prison Ship Sufferer.” He kept a diary for forty years, a part of which has been published.


Elder Timothy Brewster

Elder Timothy Brewster6 b. 12 September 1759, William5, Nathaniel4, William3, Love2, William1, Married 5 July 1781, Temperance Andrus, born at Pawlet, VT., 29 October 1759; died at Ellisburg, N.Y. 17 December 1831.  He died at Ellisburg, 28 June 1848.
 Timothy Brewster settled at Pawlet in 1784 and was licensed to preach by the Baptists of that town in 1791.  He removed to Ellisburg in 1813 and became the pastor of the Baptist Church in that place.  Later he joined the Disciples and continued preaching, and was known as “Elder Timothy Brewster.”  He was also a farmer and owned land in Ellisburg near that of his son Ephriam, who settled there in 1816, and his sons Elisha and William settled on adjoining farms, which gave the vicinity the name of “Brewster Settlement.”  The cemetery there, in which he and his wife rest, was presented by him to the community.
 His son Ephriam narrated the following story about regarding him.  “In early youth, upon a Sabbath afternoon, Timothy Brewster and a few ungodly friends were in an old sugar-house engaged in playing cards, when suddenly the pasteboards disappeared and the most careful search failed to find them.  This was thought to be the work of the devil and the young men were seized with consternation, renounced their sinful lives and became good Christians, and Timothy Brewster was eventually led to enter the ministry of the Blessed Gospel.”
 He was a selectman of Pawlet in 1812-1813, and served tow short terms as private in the Revolutionary war.
 Timothy Brewster owned a dictionary which, traditionally had belonged to his Ancestors, William5 Brewster, and Nathaniel4 Brewster, and probably William3 Brewster and love2 Brewster. (Love Brewsters inventory included 3 dictionaries)  The last known Brewster heir to have this dictionary was Morris William Brewster9  This dictionary has the autographs of  four persons named William Brewster, Nathaniel Brewster, Timothy Brewster and A.J. (W.A.J.) Brewster  The book is 8 inches high, 5 inches wide, and 2 ¾ inches thick.  The earliest date printed on it is A.C. 782 and the latest is A.C. 1591.  Morris resided in Milan WA in the late 1800s.


Zachary Taylor

General and President Zachary Taylor7, Richard Taylor6,Elizabeth Lee5, Sarah Allerton4, Isaac Allerton3, Fear Brewster2, William Brewster1, born Sept 24, 1784, married in 1810, Margaret, daughter of Walter Smith of Calvert County, MD. She was born in 1790, and died in Louisiana, August 18, 1852. He died in Washington DC July 9, 1850, and was buried near Louisville, KY. In 1808 Zachary Taylor was appointed a lieutenant of infantry and in 1810 promoted to captain. In 1812 he was appointed to the command of Fort Harrison, near the present city of Terre Haute, IN., which he defended with his troops from the attack of a large force of Indians, for which he was brevetted major. He served in the Black Hawk War of 1832, and in 1837 was given full command in Florida, where he defeated the Indians in the battle of Okechobee, thereby putting an end to the Indian War. In 1840 he was given command of the southwest. When Texas was annexed he marched to Corpus Cristi. In 1846 he was ordered to the Rio Grande, the Mexican invasion having already been planned. He established a camp opposite Matamoras. The Mexicans claimed that the Mueces was the actual Texas boundary, and the Mexican commander ordered Taylor to withdraw. Acting under orders form his government, he refused. Fearing his base of supplies at Point Isabel would be cut off, Taylor marched for that place. On the way he was attacked, and won two victories of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, on two successive days. Having been ordered to send his best troops to reinforce General Scott, he wan the victory of Buena Vista, nevertheless, in 1847, with a force much inferior to the enemy’s. This victory created the greatest enthusiasm, and General Taylor, popularly called “Old Rough and Ready,” was nominated in 1848, by the Whig party for the presidency, and triumphantly elected the twelfth President of the United States. He was inaugurated March 4, 1849, and died sixteen months later. One child Sarah Knox Taylor married Jefferson Davis who was subsequently President of the Confederate States of America. One son General Richard Taylor served under Stonewall Jackson in the Confederate Army and after the war was in the US army.


Honorable James Brewster


Honorable James7 Brewster (Joseph6, Simon5, Benjamin4, William3, Love2, William1) married at New Haven Conn., September 18, 1810, Mary Hequembourg of New Haven, whose father was a French Revolutionary soldier. She died at New Haven, in 1867. He died at New Haven November 22, 1866, and he and his wife are buried there.
Soon after the death of his father, James Brewster apprenticed himself as a mechanic, and by his skill and high principle won the esteem of his employer. In 1809 Mr. Brewster started for New York to seek his fortune, but, while passing through New Haven, he strolled into a carriage shop, accepted an engagement whish was offered him and thus, by an apparent accident, began a career which, for more than a half century was identified with the progress of the Elm City. He became, as was said at his death, “the pioneer of the carriage business.”
Although Mr. Brewster had no schooling in his youth, save that of a common school, he was always deeply interested in educational matters. He founded the Mechanics’ Institute of New Haven, providing courses of popular lectures on science, etc., by Professor Benjamin Silliman and others of the faculty of Yale College. Thus he anticipated the principles of modern “University Extension.” He also purchased and presented to Yale College a Mineralogical Cabinet; built and endowed the New Haven Orphan Asylum, at a cost of over $20,000, and moreover, he made himself the personal friend of all the children in the institution. When the Civil War broke out he was an ardent supporter of the Union and fitted out, at his own expense, a company of volunteers. Mr. Brewster furnished most of the funds for publishing the book Chief of the Pilgrims, or Life and Times of William Brewster. He was one of the first directors of the New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company and for its success he risked nearly his entire fortune. He served one term as mayor of New Haven.
During the hours of the funeral services of Mr. Brewster, places of business were closed by common consent and citizens displayed their flags at half-mast. The New Haven Palladium of November 26, 1866, at the close of a long article upon his funeral obsequies, says: “Thus has gone to rest one of the vest citizens of New Haven or any other city ever had. ‘He, being dead, yet speaketh, his deeds do follow him.’ Hundreds about our city called him blessed, and a hundred households are happier and better today for his having lived. The public blessings, which he was instrumental in obtaining, are lasting mementos to his worth-more enduring than tablets of stone or graven memorials of ever-during brass.”


Honorable Henry Brewster Stanton

Honorable Henry Brewster Stanton b. 6-27-1805 d. 1-14-1887 Susan Brewster 7, Simon 6, Simon 5, Benjamin 4, William 3, Love 2, William 1) married at Johnstown, N.Y. May 11, 1840, Elizabeth, daughter of Honorable Daniel and Margaret (Livingston) Cady of New York State, born 12-11-1815; died at New York City 10-26-1902.
“A little red schoolhouse in Pachaug (Griswold) and a rickety academy in Jewett City, Conn., furnished Mr. Stanton his education before he entered public life...
“Henry Brewster Stanton was one of the early anti-slavery agitators and won many honors in journalism. He became one of the most effective platform orators who defended human rights in the great controversy preceding the war, and in 1834, at the anniversary in this city (New York) of the american Anti-Slavery Society, of which he was secretary, he faced the first of the two hundred mobs he battled against in his devotion to the cause of freedom. As a public speaker he was ranked with Wendell Phillips, but his taste for politics early drew him into the Liberty party. He took sides with the Democracy in New York local contests at this period, but was an ardent Republican when the issue of slavery and secession became paramount in National affairs. In the early anti-slavery contest Mr. Stanton spoke for the relief of the oppressed in the principal cities of England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. He was a member of the Free Soil party and served in the Massachusetts Senate for two terms. He was also a member of the New York Senate in 1850. He helped to launch the Republican party in 1855, and took the stump for Governor Seward. In 1847 he made his home at Seneca Falls, NY, and being admitted to the bar there, soon acquired a reputation as a successful lawyer in patent cases. He did a great deal of valuable work on newspapers. He wrote for the Tribune when Mr. Greeley was its editor, and subsequently for the Sun, with which he had a close connection up to the time of his death. He published a book called “Sketches of Reforms and Reformers in Great Britain and Ireland,” after his trip to Europe in the forties. His autobiography was engaging his attention when his fatal illness began.”_New York Tribune
Mr Stanton’s wife, Elizabeth (Cady) Stanton, was the celebrated lecturer and president of the National Woman Suffrage Association. She was co-author with Susan B. Anthony of “The History of Woman Suffrage or History of the Progress of Women,” and was the author of other publications. Her father was a distinguished lawyer, judge, and congressman in New York State.
“If the intellect of Elizabeth Cady Stanton had been possessed by a man he would have had a seat on the Supreme Bench or in the Senate of the United States...In intellectual power she was a peer among men and unequaled among women...In personal life Mrs. Stanton was the calmest, sunniest, and most evenly poised of mortals, with an unfailing fund of humor that made her a most delightful companion. She possessed a fine philosophy, which enabled her to bear with fortitude the heaviest blows and keenest disappointments.”_Ida Huster Harper
They had seven children all who went to prestigious colleges and went on to become lawyers, judges, legislators, and authors.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth9, Zilpah Wadsworth8, Peleg Wadsworth7, Susanna Sampson6, Pricilla Bartlett5, Benjamin Bartlett4, Sarah Brewster3, Love Brewster2, William Brewster1. (b.2-27-1807 d. 3-24-1882) The most popular of American poets in the 19th Century. Longfellow attended private schools and the Portland Academy. He graduated from the Bowdoin College in 1825. At college he was attracted especially to Sir Walter Scott’s romances and Washington Irving’s Sketch Book, and his verses appeared in national magazines. He was so fluent in translating that on graduation he was offered a professorship in modern languages provided that he would first study in Europe.
On the Continent he learned French, Spanish, and Italian but refused to settle down to a regimen of scholarship at any university. In 1829 he returned to the United States to be a professor and librarian at Bowdoin. He wrote and edited textbooks and translated poetry and prose, and wrote essays on French, Spanish, and Italian literature, but he felt isolated. When he was offered a professorship at Harvard, with another opportunity to go abroad, he accepted and set forth to Germany in 1835. On this trip he visited England, Sweden and The Netherlands. In 1835, saddened by the death of his first wife, whom he had married in 1831, he settled at Heidelberg, where he fell under the influence of German Romanticism.
In 1836 Longfellow returned to Harvard and settled in the famous Craigie House, which was later given to him as a wedding present when he remarried in 1843. His travel sketches, Outre-Mer (1835) did not succeed. In 1839 he published Hyperion, a romantic novel, and Voices of the Night, containing the poems “The Psalm of Life” and “The Light of the Stars,” which became immediately popular. In 1842 Ballads and Other Poems, containing “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” swept the nation, but his Poems on Slavery (1842) were less successful. He was more at home in Evangeline (1847), an idyll of the former French colony of Acadia.
After presiding over Harvard’s modern-language program for 18 years, Longfellow left teaching in 1854. In 1855, using Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s two books on the Indian tribes of North America as a base and the trochaic metrics of the Finnish epic Kalevala as his medium, he fashioned The Song of Hiawatha. Its appeal was immediate.
The death in 1861 of his second wife after she accidentally set her dress on fire plunged him into melancholy. Driven by the need for spiritual relief, he translated the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, producing one of the most notable translations to that time, and wrote six sonnets on Dante that are among his finest poems.
The Tales of a Wayside Inn, modeled roughly on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and published in 1863, reveals his narrative gift. The first poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” became a national favorite. He published in 1872 what was intended to be his masterpiece, Christus: A Mystery, a trilogy dealing with Christianity from its beginning, and followed this work with two fragmentary dramatic poems, Judas Maccabaeus” and “Michael Angelo.” But his genius was not dramatic, as he had demonstrated earlier in The Spanish Student (1843). Long after his death in 1882, however, these neglected later works were seen to contain some of his most effective writing. There is a memorial to Longfellow in Westminster Abbey. (Encyclopedia Britannica 1991)

Theron Daniel Brewster

Theron Daniel Brewster8 b. 29 February 1812,Daniel7, Daniel6, John5, Daniel4, Banjamin3, Jonathan2, William1, married first, at Peru, Ill. January 25, 1844, Phebe A Mann, born in Pennsylvania, and died at Peru, January 22, 1849; married second, at Peru, May 20, 1850, Margaret, daughter of Henry and Arabella (Newman) Jones of Pittsburgh, PA., born there January 28, 1830. He died at Peru, March 2, 1897.
Theron D. Brewster attended the academy at Westfield, CT. In 1835 he located at Peru, IL, commenced trading in real estate, and the same year he laid out “Ninawa Addition” to the city of Peru. From 1843-46 he engaged in mercantile business, and “then began dealing in grain, and built a large warehouse on the bank of the Illinois River, where he carried on an extensive business…. At the end of five years he rented his warehouse and engaged in the dry-goods business for several years. In 1856 he sank the Peru Coal shaft, which was owned by a stock company, of which Mr. Brewster was President, and the shaft was worked about seventeen years. He then became connected with the Peru Plow Company, which he managed until 1882, when it was organized as a stock company, and Mr. Brewster was one of the principal stockholders. After the organization of this company he retired form active business.
“Mr. Brewster served as the first mayor of Peru, being elected in 1851, and was re-elected in 1852 and 1854. He was treasurer of the School Board for eight years and in 1838 was town trustee. He held the office of president of the old Peru Bank during its entire existence from 1853-1880. He was one of the first directors of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Company, was a member of the executive committee and one of the principal men in working up the enterprise.”
In 1841 Mr. Brewster presented a stone church to the Presbyterian congregation at Peru, which, in 1853, changed to Congregational, and he was a liberal supporter of that church.
What is known as the “Ninawa Addition,” upon which most of the business part of Peru is now situated, was originally owned by Lyman D. Brewster7 (uncle of Theron D.), Theron D. Brewster, Pelatiah Brewster9, Calvin Brewster9, and four others. He had 8 children.

Colonel James Monroe

Colonel James Monroe Gere b. 11-15-1824 (Lovisa Brewster 8, Frederick 7, Stephen 6, Joseph 5, Jonathan 4, Benjamin 3, Jonathan 2, William 1) married at Amboy, NY October 8, 1856, Helen, daughter of Anson and Jerusha (Whitney) Hopkins of Amboy, born there July 7, 1832.
They reside at Belle Isle, NY. James M. Gere has been a farmer, salt manufacturer, civil engineer, and surveyor. He enlisted in the Civil War, August, 1862, as captain of Co. H, 122d Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry. After an exciting experience in the field he was captured in the battle of the Wilderness; was confined in several prison camps; escaped twice and re-captured both times, once by the aid of bloodhounds. The third attempt, at Columbia, SC, he was successful, and after a journey of sixty days, mostly by night in the enemy’s country, he reached the Union lines, rejoined his regiment and served to the end of the war, when he was promoted to the rank of colonel. He was with the Army of the Potomac from Antitam to Appomattox.


John M. Schofield

John M. Schofield (b.9-29-1831 d.3-4-1906)(Caroline McAllister 8, Sarah Brewster 7, Elisha 6, Elisha 5, William 4, William 3, Love 2, William 1) entered the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. June 1,1849, and was graduated July 1, 1853, in the class with McPherson, Sill and Sheridan, who, like himself, afterwards became famous on the Union side in the Civil War. In that class, too, was General Thomas M. Vincent, his “beloved classmate,” afterwards the able and energetic assistant to Secretary of War Stanton, while on the Confederate side the class was represented by General John B. Hood, Schofield’s antagonist at Franklin in 1864.
Cadet Schofield was appointed brevet second lieutenant and promoted to second lieutenant and first lieutenant prior to the outbreak of the war. While holding the rank of second lieutenant he was assigned to duty at the Military Academy as assistant professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, and on his promotion to first lieutenant was assigned as principal assistant professor of Philosophy at the Academy until August 28, 1860, when he accepted the chair of Physics in Washington University at St. Louis, MO.
In the Civil War, from beginning to end, General Schofield was at the front, taking advantage of every opportunity that presented to preserve the Union. He was chief of staff to General Lyon in the early operations in Missouri and in the battle of Wilson’s Creek, august 10, 1861 (in which General Lyon was killed), and was awarded a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the battle. He was appointed brigadier general of Volunteers Nov. 21, 1861, and brigadier general of the Missouri Militia on the same date, and was assigned to command the District of Missouri Feb. 15. In September, 1862 he organized the Army of the Frontier, driving Hindman out of SW Missouri and south of the Arkansas River.
On May 2, 1864, General Schofield joined General Sherman, and his army became the left wing of Sherman’s army, and in the long and brilliant campaign that followed he was a trusted advisor of Sherman and possessed his utmost confidence. He participated with his command and was conspicuous in all the engagements and operations of that ever memorable campaign ending in the capture of Atlanta.
When General Sherman started on his “March to the Sea” he left Schofield with his command to help General Thomas “take care of Hood” in Tennessee. General Schofield was then in immediate command of troops opposed to Hood, Thomas being at Nashville organizing and concentrating his command. When Hood crossed the Tennessee and advanced toward Nashville, Schofield with a greatly inferior force retarded his advance by skillful maneuvering from the 24th to the 30th of November, 1864, when was fought the decisive battle of Franklin, in which Hood was badly defeated. For this battle General Schofield was promoted to brigadier general and to brevet major general in the Regular Army. On Dec. 15 and 16, having joined General Thomas, he commanded his corps in the battle of Nashville and the subsequent pursuit of Hood.
In January, 1865, Schofield with his command was transferred to North Carolina. On Feb. 28th he assumed command of the Department of North Carolina and the Army of the Ohio. Operations were begun at once, resulting in the capture of Fort Anderson Feb. 19th, Wilmington Feb. 23rd, battle of Kinston March 8-10th, and the march to Goldsboro, where he united with General Sherman March 22nd, and was present with him in the second interview with General Joseph E. Johnston, when he surrendered at Durham Station N.C., General Schofield being entrusted with the execution of the military convention of capitulation.
From June 1, 1868 to March 10, 1869, he was Secretary of War, under President Johnson and President Grant, and was appointed major general, U.S. Army, March 4, 1869, and commanded several important military divisions and departments until August, 1888, when, in the death of General Sheridan, he was appointed to command the Army of the United States. He Was appointed lieutenant general of the U.S. Army Feb. 5, 1895, and having reached the age of 64, was retired Sept. 29, 1895. By special act of Congress he was created a lieutenant general, being the 6th to hold the rank above major general--Washington, Scott, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, and Schofield.
General Schofield was noted as a teacher, a soldier, a diplomat, and a statesman. His knowledge while varied was profound, and he patriotically served his country with marked distinction for nearly half a century and during a most momentous epoch. In 1897 he published his memoirs, “Forty-six Years in the Army.”


                                           William Cullen Brewster

William Cullen Brewster, b. July 19, 1832 William7, Seabury6, Wrestling5, Wrestling4, Wrestling3, Love2, William1, Married at Muscatine Iowa, June 23, 1857, Georgiana, daughter of Judge Joseph and Mary Roget (Meason) Williams of Muscatine, born at Chester, PA, April 17, 1838. He died at New York City, May 30, 1900.

William C. Brewster was graduated from Yale College in 1853, and later studied law at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was admitted to the bar. He located at Muscatine, Iowa, in 1857, and became junior partner in the banking firm of Isett and Brewster of that place. In 1867 he removed to New York City, where he continued to reside. Mr. Brewster was one of the founders of Plaza Bank of New York City and its first president, serving until about 1895. Although he had retired from most of his active business he was, at the time of his death, the president of the Fifth Avenue Safe Deposit Company, a director of the Second National Bank, and was connected with many other financial institutions in New York.

Mrs. Brewster’s father was a descendant of Roger Williams, a founder of Providence, RI. Judge Williams was the first territorial judge of Iowa, and the first chief justice of that State when admitted to the Union. He met his future wife, Miss Meason, at a ball given at Pittsburg to Marquis de Lafayette, upon his last visit to this country, when Miss Meason was selected to open the ball with the distinguished guest.


George Thomas Brewster

George Thomas Brewster (Altheus8, George7, Martin6, Wrestling5, Wrestling4, Wrestling3, Love2, William1) b. 2-24-1862, married at New York City 8-17-1885 to Addie Lina Margueritte De Courtney b. at Passy, near Paris France.
George T. Brewster is a sculptor in New York City. He attended the State Normal Art School, Boston MA, 1877-81, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1881-84. While studying at the latter school he won the first prize ever awarded an American by that institution. During the third year he modeled a statue of “David before the Combat,” which was shown in the Salon, and attracted the favorable attention of the artists and critics. This “David” was in bronze at the Chicago World’s Fair. He returned to this country in 1884, and during the first year worked with Mr. J.Q.A. Ward of New York City, on his statue of President Garfield. During his second year, Mr. Brewster became connected with the Art Students’ League, and to him was given the important task of starting the first modeling class in its history. In 1891 he received the commission for the statue of Liberty for crowning the State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument at Indianapolis, IN, and in the competition for the astragals on the same monument he won three. He was unanimously chosen from among four competitors to build the Soldiers’ monument at Malden MA, spent three years on the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument at Cleveland OH, designed and executed the Soldiers’ monument at Athens PA, and his work is famous throughout the country.


Honorable Charles Brewster Benedict

Honorable Charles Brewster Benedict9, Sarah Brewster8, Joseph7, Joseph6, Joweph5, Jonathan4, Benjamin3, Jonathan2, William1, married at Darien, Genesee County, NY, August 4, 1853, Sophronia B., daughter of Hiram and Alvirna Matteson of Darien, born there 6 January 1834; died at Attica, NY, 13 April 1902. He died at Attica, 3 October 1901.

Charles B. Benedict received an academic education, and in early life taught school and worked a farm. In 1849 and later he traveled for an insurance company, and was justice of the peace, 1853-60. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1857, and in 1859 engaged in the banking business, in which he continued for more than forty years. He organized and was president of the Attica National Bank, also Bank of Attica and the First National bank of Moorhead, MN.

Mr. Benedict served as a member of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors, 1869-76, part of which time he was chairman of the board; was a member of the Democratic State Committee in 1875, a presidential elector in 1876, and was elected a representative from New York to the Forty-fifth Congress.

His land holdings in Minnesota and North Dakota were very extensive. Clay County, MN, owes much to him for its present fine state of cultivation, and he did much to develop Moorhead, the count seat. Many of the finest farms in Clay County were worked by him, and he was known as the largest wheat producer in the county.

Harriette Maria Arnold

Harriette Maria Arnold (Harriet Wells, Lucy Brewster, Ichabod, Ichabod, William, William, Love, William) married at New York City, November 14, 1866 Justice Rufus William Peckham, son of Judge Rufus Wheeler Peckham and Isabella Peckham of New York, born at Albany, November 8, 1838.
Rufus William Peckham was educated in the Albany Academy and in Philadelphia, and was admitted to the bar in 1859. He served as a district attorney of Albany County, N.Y. , for three years; was a representative to the Democratic National Conventions of 1876 and 1880; became corporation counsel of Albany in 1881; was justice of the New York State Supreme Court from 1883-86, and while justice of the State Court of Appeals in 1895, was appointed associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, at Washington D.C. He was nominated to be Supreme Court Justice by President Grover Cleveland and in January 1896 took office. He served until his death in 1909. He was best known for the majority opinion he wrote in Lochner v. New York (1905) where he upheld that an employer could contract with employees longer than 10 hour working days. This decision was overturned in the 1930s.

Even though Justice Peckham was not a descendant of William, He was married to one and had children which are so we include him in our family.




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