The Brewster Place of SullivanTownship
|Betsey Devenport (1826--1883) and Orris Ford Brewster (1820-1898), both born in Connecticut, married in 1841 and settled in Sullivan Township. Their children were Caroline (1843-1901) who married Horace Hagar, Eunice (1845-1927) who married Stephen Godfrey Mudge, Melissa (1849-1886) who was a school teacher at Elk Run, George (1851-1853), Philo (1855-1930), Otis (1859-1859), and Leda (1862-1953). Neither Philo nor Leda married and the two of them lived on the family homestead until their deaths.|
The remodelled Old House and New Barn of the Brewster place are on opposite sides of the road in this Sepemtber 2000 photo by Joyce M. Tice. This is on the north part of Seymour Hill Road although that is not the name it went by unitl more modern times. The Brewster Burial Ground is just to the left of the spruce in the foreground.
|This excerpt from the 1874 Tioga County Atlas shows the
Brewster Homestead in the south east corner of the Red School District
of Sullivan Township.
Mr. O. T. Brewster died yesterday morning, Dec. 13, at 10:30, at his home in Sullivan, aged 78 years. Deceased had been ill for several months. He was a native of Connecticut. He was a member of the Elk Run M. E. Church and enjoyed the respect of a large circle of acquaintances. His wife died several years ago. The surviving members of his immediate family are Mrs. S. G. Mudge, Mrs. Horace Hager and Leda, at home and Mr. Philo Brewster. The funeral is to be held on Thursday at 11 o’clock from the home.
|BREWSTER After a protracted illness,
Melissa BREWSTER passed away on June 29th, 1886, aged 37 years. Her
Death Has Spread A Gloom over the community. Few young ladies have
so endeared Selves to a large circle of friends ...unselfish devotion
to the cause of Christ. Early in life she sought Christ and became a member
of the M. E. church at Chandlersburg, and from that time on until her death
she never ceased to be identified with every interest pertaining to church
and Sunday school. Naturally inclined to teaching, she began the same in
the public schools of the neighborhood, and for several years was a beloved
and successful teacher. She was unselfish as she was kind, loving her chosen
occupation, she gave it up because she considered it her duty to remain
at home and minister to the comfort of her mother who was in very poor
health. It was while taking care of her beloved mother in her last sickness
that she contracted the disease which resulted in her death.
She was a member of the school at Chandlersburg, where her loss is mourned as irreparable. She leaves a kind and loving father, three sisters and one brother to follow her to the better land.
Her funeral took place from her home in Sullivan July 1st. After Concourse of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. Rev. Fosbinder, of Mainesburg, preached an impressive discourse from John 16, 33, "I have overcome the world; the family are deeply bereaved, but they sorrow not as those who have no hope. With christian fortitude they are bearing their great grief, for they know that if our earthly house of this __________ be dissolved, we have a building of God an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens."
|Obituary: Eunice Sophia Mudge was born
in Sullivan township September 11, 1845. (Marriage and survivor data same
as Stephen) The sympathy of the community goes out to the children who
have lost both a father and mother in such a short time. See also, Eunice's
Obituary: Stephen G. Mudge
Dies at his Home Here - Stephen G. Mudge, a veteran of the civil war, dies
at his home Tuesday evening at 10:20, following an illness of about three
weeks. Mr. Mudge was born in Sullivan June 20, 1844, the son of Cornish
and Caroline Squires Mudge. February 27, 1868, he was married to Miss Sophia
Brewster of Sullivan. Mr. Mudge enlisted in Company B, 101 Pennsylvania
Volunteers in the Spring of 1861, and was in the service four years. He
was with McClelland in the army of the Potomac and was in Andersonville
prison seven months, in the Charleston prison one month and in the Florence
prison one month. He was a member of the Mansfield Post G.A.R. until it
disbanded a few years ago. He was a member of the Methodist church and
always took a great interest in its work. Mr. Mudge always
made his home in Sullivan and Mansfield and was one of Mansfield's most
respected citizens. He has been very active until taken ill about three
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