Theodore Frelinghuysen Brewer. From
the time he was transferred to the Indian .Mission Conference in 1878
until the year 19U8, Doctor Brewer was one of the most active,
influential missionaries among the Indians of old Indian Territory
and the new Oklahoma. Doctor Brewer is now pastor of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, at South Wagoner. His has been a long life, filled
with service to the church and to humanity.
Born in Gibson
County, Tennessee, January 20, 1845, he is a son of Dr. James Moody
and Rebekah Green (Richardson) Brewer. His father was reared and
educated in Nashville, Tennessee, and his mother in Gibson County.
The paternal grandfather was Sterling
Brewer and the maternal grandfather Samuel Richardson.
Frelinghuysen Brewer was educated in the Yorkville Academy and in
1866 graduated with the degree Master of Arts from Andrew College. In
the meantime he had been through the varied experiences and hazards
of a soldier’s life. He was a member of the Twenty-first Tennessee
Cavalry under Gen. N. B. Forrest in the Confederate army, and was in
twenty-nine engagements, beginning with Shiloh and concluding with
Franklin, though he was also in a skirmish near Selma, Alabama, just
before the surrender at Gainesville, Alabama, to General Canby. After
the surrender he was paroled by General Canby at Gainesville, and
soon afterwards resumed his studies.
From early youth a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, he was licensed to
preach at Humboldt, Tennessee, in October, 1866, by W. H. Leigh,
presiding elder. He was admitted on trial into the Memphis Annual
Conference at Jackson, Tennessee, November 10, 1866, with Bishop
Robert Paine presiding. Since then, during a period of nearly half a
century, he has filled the following appointments, for the first
twelve years among the regular churches and circuits of the church,
and since 1878 in the missionary and pastorate field of Indian
Territory and Oklahoma: Dyersburg Circuit, Brownsville Circuit,
Vinton Circuit, Corinth Station, Lewisburg Station, Arkansas
Conference, Boonsborough Circuit, Eufaula and Muskogee Station,
Indian Mission Conference, Muskogee Station, McAlester District,
McAlester Station, Guthrie Station and Wagoner Station.
Hand in hand with
his work as a missionary and pastor he has performed important
educational services, and has not infrequently filled two positions
at the same time. Doctor Brewer edited “Our Brother in Red,”
the conference organ for eleven years. He was principal in the Asbury
Manual Labor School two years; president of the Willie Halsell
College two years; president of the Spaulding Female College twenty
years; and was high school visitor in Oklahoma University three
years. For four years he was a member of the Oklahoma State Text Book
Commission. During the period from 1886 to 1910, Doctor Brewer was
elected to seven general conferences of the church.
In his political
views he is a democrat, and has attained thirty-two degrees in
Scottish Rite Masonry. At Corinth. Mississippi, on March 26, 1873,
Doctor Brewer married Mary Elizabeth Webster, daughter of James M.
Webster of Danville, Mississippi. To their marriage have been born
two children: Robert P. Brewer, who married Lucile Barnett: and
Bessie, who is the wife of Joseph J. McOonnell, Jr., of Cedar Rapids,