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Andrew G. Brookover

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Andrew G. Brookover

Huntington County Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 984657600000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Surnames: Brookover, Guffin, Lewis, Summers
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 470-472

Andrew G. Brookover, a prosperous farmer of Warren township, was born in Brown county, Ohio, December 29, 1838, being the oldest of a family of ten children, whose parents were George W. and Eliza (Guffin) Brookover, natives of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. Our subject's paternal great-grandfather, Jacob Brookover, was born in Germany near the river Rhine, February 29, 1738, and at an early age, with the rest of his father's family, started for America. After a long and most unfortunaate voyage, lasting seventeen weeks, during which all the family but himself and an unmarried brother died, he stepped upon the shores of the New World and found himself a stranger in a strange land.

The ship on which he sailed was manned by a desperate crew, who attempted to starve the passengers by going far out of the usual course, thinking that by so doing they could render them helpless and thus obtain what valuables were in their possession. This might have succeeded had not the passengers combined and by threats of throwing the captain overboard and seizing the vessel unless land was reached in a specified time, brought the crew to a sense of their duty.

Jacob Brookover learned the tailor's trade in Germany, and after reaching this country settled in Maryland and there married and reared a family of eight children, three of whom served in the war of the Revolution, one as an officer of the regular army.

At the close of the war he moved to Virginia and subsequently went to Muskingum county, Ohio, where he died at the age of eighty-nine.

Aseal Brookover, son of Jacob Brookover (whose arrival in America is mentioned in a preceding paragraph), and grandfather of the immediate subject of this article, was born in Maryland, July 1, 1775. He grew to manhood in his native state and later was married in Virginia to Miss Margaret Guffin, after which he took up his residence in Bracken county, Kentucky. In the year 1801 he moved to Brown county, Ohio, where George Brookover, father of Andrew G., was born on the 1st day of June, 1816. The latter was reared in the county of Brown and remained there until 1855. In September of that year he came to Huntington county, Indiana, and located a home in Warren township, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying October 2, 1879. On the 14th day of February, 1838, he was united in marriage with Eliza J. Guffin, of Bracken county, Kentucky, who is still living, her home at the present time being in the city of Huntington.

Andrew G. Brookover was sixteen years old when his parents moved to Warren township, and since 1855 he has been one of the leading citizens of this section of the county. Reared on a farm he early decided to make agriculture his life work, and his success as a tiller of the soil and as a raiser of fine live stock has been such as to make his name prominently known throughout a large area of Warren and townships adjacent thereto. He received a good common school education in the subscription and free schools of Ohio, and remained on the paternal homestead until 1862, when he was married to Miss Cordelia A. Lewis, the ceremony being solemnized September 25th of that year. Seven children have resulted from this union, five of whom are living at the present time: Eva O., Ulysses G., Cora A., Iva D. and Guy Lewis. Ina May and Jessie I. are the names of the children deceased.

Mr. Brookover has always made farming his occupation, and at the present time is the possessor of three hundred and twenty acres of finely improved land in the township of Warren. His place ranks with the best in the county, as an agriculturist he stands deservedly high, and his improvements of all kinds bespeak for him a thorough knowledge and complete mastery of every detail of his useful calling. By close attention to business and the exercise of excellent judgment he has added to his possessions from time to time until he is now in independent circumstances and ready to make the remainder of his life free from labor and care. He has long been recognized as one of the Republican leaders of Warren township, and the party is indebted to his self denying efforts for success in a number of local and general campaigns. Always ready to make any reasonable sacrifice for the party's interests, he has never been a partisan in the sense of seeking office nor has he ever antagonized any of his many friends of the opposition by offensive methods during the heat of political contests. He is a man of pronounced religious views and devotional spirit, and aims to make his daily life correspond to his profession as a member of the Church of God.

Mr. Brookover is respected by his neighbors as a man of integrity, high sense of honor, and for his wholesome influence for good in the community. He looks carefully after the interests of his home and those dependent upon him; is ever ready to give advice and assistance to any who are in need, and wherever he goes inspires confidence in his purpose and intentions.

Mrs. Brookover was born July 6, 1844, in Rush county, Indiana, and is the daughter of Thomas S. and Elizabeth (Summers) Lewis. Her parents were natives, respectively, of Bath and Bracken counties, Kentucky. The father was born January 8, 1821, and the mother on the 23rd day of September, 1823. They came to Huntington county in the year 1851, and since then have lived in the township of Warren, throughout which they are widely and favorably known.

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