JAMES M. BREWER. He whose name heads this sketch has been a resident of Searcy County, Arkansas, since 1871, and during that time he has made a comfortable income for himself and family, has shown that he is a man of public spirit, liberal, generous and highminded, and has made numerous warm friends. His birth occurred in Franklin County, Tennessee, September 21, 1833, a son of Zadock and Mary (Brumley) Brewer, who were also born on Tennessee soil, and with them he moved to Arkansas in his boyhood and settled on a farm in Polk County. Later the family moved to Conway County and there the father was called from this life in 1865, his widow surviving him but one year. Of a family of ten children born to them but five are living at the present time: William C., Minerva, wife of John Sowers; Sally (Counts), Sarah (Casper), and James M. Those deceased were: Joseph D., John E., Zadock, Henry C. and Jacob.
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James M. Brewer resided for a long term of years in Johnson County, Arkansas, and was married there to Emeline Weeks, daughter of J. M. Weeks. She was born in Tennessee and has borne her husband the following children: James M.; Lou, wife of Henry Prechet; Margaret E., Bell, wife of William Bradley; John H., Callie, Ida, William, Lillie and Victoria. Through the exercise of brain and brawn and much good judgment Mr. Brewer has become the owner of a good property and is justly considered one of the well-to-do men of the county. He has resided on his present farm ever since coming to the county and his estate, which comprises 300 acres, is admirably tilled, no one portion being cultivated and another neglected. The soil is fertile, repays the toil and attention bestowed upon it by the owner and yields abundant harvests. Mr. Brewer is a Republican in politics, has always been prominent in the public affairs of his section and socially affiliates with Snow Ball Lodge of the A. F. & A. M. His home is located about nine miles from Marshall and is one of the very best of Bear Creek.