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ERMINA BREWSTER (1853 - 4 Feb 1933 Athens, OH)
Posted by: JOHN SCOTT HOFF (ID *****4640) Date: June 08, 2012 at 15:17:28
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Correspondence between JOHN SCOTT HOFF and DIANE LONG, both descendants of NATHAN BREWSTER (1758 NY-1842 OH), and his daughter MARTHA BREWSTER HOFF (1802 NY-1892 IA). This concerns a grand daughter of NATHAN BREWSTER, who died in an asylm in Athens, OH, and her burial in an unmarked grave at the institution. The first part (going down) concerns the location of the place of interment location for NATHAN BREWSTER, Amr. Rev. War Vet, and the second is arranging for a marker for ERMINA BRESTER:
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Dear Lady Di:

I believe that the DAR only lists those specific Rev. War Vets that they have had membership applications made - using them as the basis for DAR membership. They do not list ALL Rev. War Vets. I am pretty sure that the DAR only tracks those vets that they have specifically “vetted” and found verifiable as part of somebody seeking actual membership in their organization. I, too, have looked in the DAR materials for NATHAN, and came up ZERO. I was told by a member of the organization that the above is how it works, and why I couldn’t find any reference to NATHAN BREWSTER, despite his well-documented service record and Pension verification and approval in 1832. If YOU (or my daughter or a female cousin of mine that was a descendant of NATHAN) made application to join the DAR, using NATHAN as the basis for their membership, then (and only then) when the documentation verifying his service was reviewed by them and found credible, would they enter the DAR’s annals and records and thereafter show him as “one of theirs”. I think that this is how it works.

So, I believe that it will STILL likely take a trip from me to the Marion Township, which I once confused with Marion, OH, and made a wasted trip up there (it is the wrong direction). Marion Township is out in the middle of no-where, not far from Athens (and New Plymouth) in the “southern hills” in far south Ohio. I Googled it, and it ain’t near nowhere. I found one old cemetery that looked potentially promising. Is was just “out in the country”, on the side of a narrow road. That said, most likely NATHAN and his wife died broke, with no money for anything but a wooden marker – which is now “LONG GONE”, sadly, once all their children and their families moved away 100+ years ago. I sure hope I am wrong. I’d very much like to find his place of interment, and have a suitable VA military marker put in-place that reflects his great status as a real Patriot that fought for our independence. Having found in the U.S. Archives and read his personal account of his actual war-time service in the N.Y. 4th Inf Rgt. in the N.Y. Militia back in Newburgh, NY, and his having actually attended chapel with General George and Martha Washington in the winter encampment in 1783, I think that NATHAN BREWSTER (1758-1842), the father of MARTHA BREWSTER HOFF (1802-1892), is without a doubt in my mind, my most interesting and historically significant ancestor that I have found thus far. As a retired military guy, he’s my true hero, and I want to be sure he is properly honored as such.

Cheers, CUZ JOHN

John S. Hoff
Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Attorney at Law
HOFF & HERRAN
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-4134
312/346-8111
312/853-3924 Fax
jsh@aviationattorney.com
www.aviationattorney.com
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From: Diane Long [mailto:chessielong@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 2:55 PM
To: jsh@aviationattorney.com
Subject: Re: Ermina Walker (Brewster line) grave marker

Dear John;

About a year ago I went to the LA Public Library to do some research and they have a many volume book that the DAR put out in the 1930s or 1940s with every name of every Rev. War burial site Nathan wasn't in there with any spelling close to Brewster/Bruster. So I am afraid he didn't get a grave marker or it was overlooked by the women that scoured every cemetery looking for veterans.

I think Marion township would be a good place to look - in fact I remember Larry saying that would be the place to look. There has to be a record somewhere - maybe in the courthouse there?

Lady Di

-----Original Message-----
From: John Hoff <jsh@aviationattorney.com>
To: 'Diane Long' <chessielong@aol.com>
Cc: 'AL SARA ZIMMERMAN' <aczimmerman@msn.com>; GoodwinWA <GoodwinWA@aol.com>; 'Becky Senti' <bsenti@windstream.net>; 'Dan and Chris Lorenz' <dclorenz@cfu.net>
Sent: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 2:55 pm
Subject: RE: Ermina Walker (Brewster line) grave marker

Dear Lady Di:

You can count on me for $50, as well, for our dearly-departed shirt-tail BREWSTER cousin - who died impecunious, and presently has an unmarked grave site.

Speaking of which, have you ever determined the grave site for NATHAN BREWSTER and his wife? I have been to several locations in Ohio looking for them (e.g., Athens, New Plymouth, etc.) looking for them, but to no avail. Any ideas or photographs? The State of Ohio is pretty good about marking any Rev. War Vet’s graves prominently, and since NATHAN BREWSTER was a fairly well documented Vet, I would have expected the SAR or DAR to have marked his grave. Occasionally, the entrance to a cemetery will also prominently list all the names of the Rev. War Veterans interred in the plot. However, I suspect that ol’ Nathan and his wife likely died impoverished, as well, and may only have had a wooden marker, which has long-since rotted and was swept away, as commonly happened. I had a case in Columbus, and every day when Depositions or a Hearing was over, I’d jump into my rental car as blast off to some location that I thought looked promising. Every time I came up empty-handed. I thought sure that they died in New Plymouth, but after a thorough search there, and a tri to the local county library, there is no trace of either of them there. My next trip will be to Marion Township, and I might fare a bit better there. Any thoughts???

Cheers, Cuz John

Sincerely, /S/ CUZ JOHN

John S. Hoff

From: Diane Long [mailto:chessielong@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 4:43 PM
To: jsh@aviationattorney.com
Cc: aczimmerman@msn.com; GoodwinWA@aol.com; bsenti@windstream.net; dclorenz@cfu.net
Subject: Re: Ermina Walker (Brewster line) grave marker

Dear John;

I have heard back from Brigitte and she stated "the exact cost is $208.16 and donations of any amount are gladly accepted! To begin this process I need a brief letter asking to have a marker placed for Ermina. The letter should also include how you are related to her."

I have sent her the letter and told her that I can contribute $50 and asked for information on how to do so. Since we are leaving on Monday for Kansas/Iowa I wanted to let her know before we leave. It's great that this group of people is doing this after almost 80 years.

Thanks, Lady Di

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 12:36 pm
Subject: Re: Ermina Walker (Brewster line) grave marker

Dear John;

Here is some more information about Ermina:

"She was born ca. 1853 and was buried February 4, 1933 in grave number 594 located in Cemetery number 2 at the Athens Asylum. She was admitted to the Asylum twice: as patient number 385 and as patient number 3633. Her admission Records show her as 22, resident of Athens Township and suicidal. Admitted February 2, 1875. Re-admitted January 2. 1902 as 48, resident of Athens Township, no occupation, single, can read and write and Protestant. The 1880 Census shows her as 28, native of Ohio, single and a patient in the Asylum. The 1910 Census shows her as 56, single, could read and write and a patient in the Asylum. The 1920 Census shows as 65, single, could read and write and a patient in the Asylum.

She is buried under a headstone with just the grave number on it: no name or dates. There is an ongoing project to give back the dignity and respect these people deserve by placing an additional flat marker at their graves with their names and dates. There is an application process to do this (pretty simple) and the marker costs about $200. If you cannot afford that, there is a pool of donated funds. Volunteers handle the labor of placing the stone. If you are interested in this, then you can contact Brigette O’Rourke".

I have contacted Brigette O'Rourke to get the exact cost and asked if any of the pool of donated funds can be used and will let you know when I hear from her. I am willing to make a contribution - she was the first cousin of your gr grandfather Hoff and my gr grandfather Hoff.

Thanks, Lady Di

-----Original Message-----
From: John Hoff <jsh@aviationattorney.com>
To: 'Diane Long' <chessielong@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 7:58 pm
Subject: RE: Ermina Walker (Brewster line)

Dear Lady Di:

Yes, I am potentially interested in a contribution to a memorial burial plaque for this long-lost BREWSTER relative. How much is the TOTAL COST of the Athens burial marker for ERMINA WALKER, and how much of a per person contribution are they (or you) looking for? Please advise. You might want to include my first cousins in your response, as they might be interested or motivated to making a contribution, as well.

John S. Hoff
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From: Diane Long [mailto:chessielong@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 3:48 PM
To: jsh@aviationattorney.com
Subject: Ermina Walker (Brewster line)

Hi Cuz John;

I received this e-mail re: Ermina Walker who was the daughter of Nancy Brewster and Alexander Walker. It seems she spent most of her life in an insane asylum in Athens and they want to put a grave marker up - which is very nice of them. They found her listed in my Ancestry family tree - I hope it is the same Ermina Walker that I have in my tree.

"Friends of Athens Asylum Cemeteries would like to purchase a small grave marker to help bring some diginity identity to Ermina Walker. Before we can purchase the grave marker we need permission from anyone with a genealogical connection and a family lineage list that shows that connection. We are asking for your help. To help us you can contact Berta Lockhart and leave a message by phone at 1-740-603-7744 or send a message by email to info@friendsofathensasylumcemeteries.com and she will contact you to get the information."

In another subject - I just this week upgraded my family tree dna to the "family finder" upgrade which should show cousins for the last 5-6 generations and also a pie chart of my origins (European, African, Indian, Asian, etc.). I don't understand dna subgroups but I really wanted the pie chart origins to see if there is anything I might not know about!

Lady Di (Diane Long, Santa Barbara, CA)




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