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About John Brookover

Burial record:


This grave was catalogued and pictured by Jeff Smith, Williams District coordinator for the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society's Rural Cemetery Alliance committee.

The source of the commemorative plaque and its dating is not yet clear. Local SAR did not have records on it. Some other records, such as an 1835 census of pensioners, indicate that this John Brookover might have been alive shortly after 1833.

This John Brookover Sr. definitely owned property in today's Boaz, WV, along the Big Run, a creek that runs from the Ohio River across from Marietta, Ohio (Washington County). This cemetery is also known as the Owen-Brookover Cemetery. This John's son Peter (by John's second wife) married Sarah Owen, and this cemetery's occupants evidently are descendants.

According to a grave memorial for this John's father, this John had two siblings who also served in the Revolution. One was his brother Aseal. It is not clear which other brother served. His sister Catherine's husband, William Braithwaite, also served. His brother Thomas died in Frederick County VA where Catherine is. There also was a brother Richard, who went to Muskingum County with John's father.

John's parents immigrated from Germany to Maryland. He lived east of Washington, D.C. Later, he took his own family to the Middletown VA area -- today being 45 minutes west of Dulles Airport, still part of the greater District area. The family then went to near the Winchester VA area of Frederick County VA, and from there to the Uniontown PA area of Greene County PA that is just above Blacksville in today's Monongalia County WV, then still VA and even disputed for ownership between VA and PA. The family went through Cumberland in western MD and then up to get there. John's descendants mostly later went down from there into north-central WV. His father and some siblings, however, had continued west far earlier, settling in the Adamsville area of central Muskingum County, around Zanesville.

John was married twice: First to Elizabeth Pertley, with whom he had children John, Christina (Haynes), Mary Margaret (Tennant), Eli, Jacob and Josiah -- all living in WV, mostly Monongalia. With his second wife, he had Peter, David, Daniel, Asa, George W., Calvin, Martin and Thomas. Descendants of Peter's say his second wife was a Kate/Catherine, others say maybe he was married a third time or that his second wife was his former landlord, the previously twice-widowed Sarah Mundell/Mondel Henrie Brown. She had previously been married to pioneer surveyor Daniel Henrie (with whom she had four children) and Jeremiah Brown (with whom she had a daughter). All of those surnames had been in the same Uniontown/Blacksville area and then came to early Wood County before its official formation.

All early Brookovers in the area descend from this one German family that immigrated to Maryland but divided into Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia.

This John Sr.'s son, Dr. John Brookover, emigrated with his second wife, Sarah Jennings Patterson Brookover, from the Uniontown PA/Blacksville WV area to the Mid-Ohio Valley in the 1840s, well after this John Brookover had settled and died here at Boaz WV. John Brookover Jr. was a physician who settled in the Clarington, Salem Township, Monroe County, Ohio, area.

It is not yet clear where that Dr. John Jr. and Sarah Patterson Brookover are buried, but some of Sarah's children by her first husband are buried in Grandview and Independence townships in Washington County, across the river and slightly upstream from here. Dr. John's children by his first wife (who died in Monongalia County, grave unknown) are buried mostly in Monongalia and Wetzel counties.

This John Sr.'s Revolutionary War pension text cited this of his history:

On this 4th day of October 1832 - personally appeared before Henry L. Prentis, Bonnet Cook, Paisley Woodyear, and Mathias Chapman, Justices of the Peace for the said county John Brookover a resident of the said county aged about seventy-two years. Who being duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832 that on or about the year 1780 he being about 18 years of age he was an apprentice to a blacksmith by the name of Jacob Dunkle, he hired himself as a substitute and served in the Maryland Militia about seven months. He does not recollect the names of his officers but that they marched from the Three Springs in Maryland (where his master resided), that he went direct from there to Little York in Virginia and was at the siege of York and after Cornwallis surrendered he assisted in guarding the prisoners to Fredericktown in Maryland and there was discharged. That the day after he was discharged he enlisted in the regular service of the U.S. under Captain Francis Smith with whom he marched to Williamsburg, Virginia. He was there after under the said Smith's command under Col. Alcot who took the command and with the French Military and the said Brookover drove one of the ammunition wagons from Williamsburg, Virginia, to Fredericksburg. From thence to Alexandria, from thence to the Head of Elk, Maryland, from thence to Wilmington, Pennsylvania from thence to Philadelphia, from thence to Trenton, New Jersey from thence through Mileston to the North River at the Red Bank fort after crossing North River, saw General Washington's army and went to a place called Crum Pond where he laid about a month during which time General Washington went and visited and reviewed our troops. From thence he marched to Now England but was taken sick and does not distinctly remember to what place, but there he was discharged by Col. Alcot who handed him his discharge out of his own hands and written and signed by himself.

"Before receiving my discharge the Col. advised me to enter the hospital which I refused He then gave me a letter to his brother-in-law _______Black, Esq. On our way Captain Smith was taken sick - I think at Wilmington and I saw him no more in service. A Capt. Erow commanded in his stead. I handed my dis-charge to my father for safe keeping when I returned home. He at that time resided on Carroll Manor in Maryland, but afterwards removed to the state of Ohio and has since died, and the discharge has never been found by me. I believe I was born near Bladensburg, Maryland at a place called The Woodyard. I have no record of my age. Some years after the war I married and settled near Winchester, Virginia. From There I moved to Muddy Creek near Uniontown Pennsylvania, from thence I removed to this Wood County, Virginia where I have resided for about twenty years and do now reside. I do not remember the name of the man for whom I was a substitute, but believe it sounded like Ball or some such name. I know of no person now living who knew me in actual service, but soon after my return I became acquainted with a man by the name of Ezekiel Carter [ who married this John's sister Ann Nancy, and is buried not far from her father, at Dresden, Ohio, as memorial # 30331151 ] who I was satisfied had served at the same time with me in another company but at that time or in the service we were not acquainted with each other. But Nancy Carter the wife of the said Carter did know of my enlistment and discharge. I received all my pay for the times I was in the regular service which was as near as I can recollect about eleven months but received no pay for my service in the Militia either from principal or government.

"And I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declare that my name is not on the pension list roll of the Agency of any state and this is the first application I have ever made of this kind

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John Brookover's Timeline

"The Woodyard", near Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland
October 25, 1789
Clay, Monongalia, West Virginia
October 25, 1789
Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 8, 1797
Carmichaels, Greene, PA, United States
Greene, PA, United States
June 19, 1812
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States
Monongalia, VA, United States
July 1, 1814
West Virginia, United States