BREWER, LOUISA ANN FREEMAN (1858 ~ 1945). Louisa Ann "Lou" Freeman Brewer, Confederate widow, was born September 29, 1858, in Talladega County, Alabama to Frank and Fannie Freeman. At age 12, Lou Ann married Henry Dallas Brewer, a confederate veteran, on February 28, 1870, in Talladega County, Alabama. Together, they had twelve children, four of whom were living at the time of Lou Ann's death in 1945. Their names were Ben, D. C., Dallas R., and Joe Ed.
Slowly moving west, the Brewers left Alabama and settled in Louisiana and by 1899, they were living in Texas. They settled in Mabank, in Kaufman County. Sometime after settling there, Henry returned to Louisiana and died in Claiborne Parish on February 5, 1917. It is not known if he was buried in Louisiana, or if the family had him buried in Mabank. After her husband's death, Lou Ann continued to live in Mabank. On February 13, 1923 she successfully applied for a Confederate Widow's Pension from the State of Texas.
She lived in Mabank until her children made her sell her home and live with them. For a while, she lived with her son Joe Ed in Dallas, but eventually moved to Burleson to live with her other son, Dallas, who was a widower with two sons of his own.
According to the records of the Confederate Women's Home, she spent a great deal of her time in Burleson alone and was prompted by a friend to move to Austin to live in the Confederate Women's Home. She moved into the Home on September 7, 1943, and lived there until her death on August 17, 1945. She was buried in the Texas State Cemetery two days later.
Information taken from: Descendant Adam Miller; Widow's Application for a Pension # 38827; Application for Admission to the Texas Confederate Woman's Home; National Park Service website at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss; and death certificate # 37352.