Mary was born about 1800 in North Carolina. Mary Louisa married Nimrod Brewer about 1817 in Madison Missouri. It is said that she was full Cherokee Indian and that her Cherokee name is "Little Deer". She is on the roll for the "Trail of Tears". The name Little Deer is on 1817 Cherokee Reservation Roll. It is said she was named Short because she really was short. They called her "Grandma Short" She and Nimrod were the parents of 15 children.
1830 Madison Co, MO, Liberty Township, p349:
Brewer, Nimrod - 211001-011001 (6 children)
. . . . head - 30-40 (Nimrod-37)
. . . . wife - 30-40 (Mary Louisa-31)
. . . . 1 girl - 10-15 (Nancy-12)
. . . . 1 boy - 10-15 (William-10)
. . . . 1 boy - 5-10 (John-9)
. . . . 1 girl - 5-10 (Mary-7)
. . . . 2 boys - 0-5 (Nimrod Jr-5, Howell-4)
Some of this story seems unlikely because the Trail of Tears happened in 1838-39, though in 1812 about 1/4 of the Cherokee Nation was moved to Arkansas. She had married Nimrod in about 1817. So if her family was Cherokee, they must have moved earlier.
Nimrod and his father Howell were on the 1815 tax list of Lawrence Co, MO. There doesn't seem to be any reason to believe the Brewers were Indian, but perhaps the Shorts were.
1840 Madison Co, MO, Liberty twp, p 38
Nimrod Brewer - 212101-111101
. . . . head - 30-40 (Nimrod-47)
. . . . wife - 30-40 (Mary Louisa-41)
. . . . 1 girl - 15-20 (Nancy 22)
. . . . 1 boy 15-20 (John-19)
. . . . 1 girl 10-15 (Mary-17, Eliza-11)
. . . . 2 boys 10-15 (Nimrod Jr-15, Howell-14)
. . . . 1 boy 5-10 - (Nicholas-5)
. . . . 1 girl 5-10 - (Hetty-6)
. . . . 1 girl 0-5 - (Nancy Jane-3)
. . . . 2 boys 0-5 - (Jackson-1, Joseph-0)
In 1850 they (& 3 of their married sons: Nimrod, Howell & William) were also in Madison Co., p. 231A, line 17
Brewer, Nimrod - 56 Georgia
. . . . Mary L - 40 Mo (b 1810; she prob was 50/51 instead)
. . . . Hetty - 19 Mo
. . . . Nicholas - 15 Mo
. . . . Jane - 13 Mo
. . . . Jackson - 11 Mo
. . . . Joseph - 9 Mo
. . . . George - 5 Mo
. . . . Martha A - 4/12 Mo
. . . . Jackson W - 11 Mo
. . . . Nimrod W - 9 Mo
In 1860 they were in Black River twp., Reynolds Co., Mo.; [Black River in NW of Lesterville though all the land the boys bought was SE of Lesterville, unless Black River twp was larger at that time]
Brewer, Nimrod - 69 Ga
. . . . Mary - 56 Mo (should be 60/61)
. . . . Hettie - 26 Mo
. . . . Jane - 21 Mo
. . . . George - 15 Mo
. . . . Martha - 11 Mo
1870 still in Reynolds Co. living in Lesterville, Mo.
Brewer, Nimrod - 77, b Ga, farmer
. . . . Mary - 71, b Mo
. . . . Hetty - 34, b Mo.
Loydd, Lewis - 20 Mo
. . . . Martha - 20 Mo
She passed away about 1877. It is unknown where she is buried, but they were living in Lesterville, Reynolds Co, Mo in 1870.
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