Jeremiah Milton Brewer Gravesite in Ocala National Forest


This is an interesting gravesite I found in Ocala National Forest, a man name Jeremiah M. Brewer is buried here. He lived from 1844 to 1877, some of the history I found on him describes him serving in the Civil War as a Union Soldier. I find it interesting that there are both Confederate and Union Soldiers buried in this forest. As I approached the site which sits in the middle of the woods you can’t help but feel a sense of mystery here. Why was he buried here? Did he have a homestead or family nearby? So many questions come to mind. It is part of what drives me to explore the history. I try to imagine what the area looked like back then and you begin to put yourself in that moment. It is easy to get lost in the history out here but I rather enjoy it…

Here is some information I was able to find: The records indicate that he died in Paisley Florida which was established sometime in the late 1800’s. He was born in Clinton County, Ohio. He was the son of Jeremiah and Ann Matthews Brewer. Brother of Isaiah, Josiah, William B., and Mary Jane. This Jeremiah is listed in the 1870 Census in Greene Township, Clinton County, Ohio, Post Office: Sabina as a Druggist. Jeremiah served in Company D, Ohio 188th Infantry Regiment during 1865 and was mustered out in Nashville, TN on September 21, 1865. The property this grave is located on changed hands several times in the 1880’s until the United States Forest Service purchased it. Prior to 1882, the land cannot be found to have been claimed by any one person.

The grave seems to be maintained to some degree perhaps by the forest service or surviving family members could also help take care of it. I enjoy visiting the site and learning what I can about the history. It is very peaceful here in the woods and a nice resting place. Hopefully the grave remains undisturbed and can be a reminder of history for those who pass by.

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Jeremiah M. Brewer Gravesite in Ocala National Forest


Burial Record

Ocala National Forest


3 Comments on “Jeremiah Milton Brewer Gravesite in Ocala National Forest

  1. There is a burial ground in Chepachet Rhode Island in the woods on Tourtellot Hill Road. If you walk in the woods behind the houses on the lower end and walk up the hill in the woods you will find where all the Tourtellots are buried. Really old graves I walked back there once with my kids.


  2. I have been visiting that gravesite since I discovered it in 1978. It’s a shame to tell you that there was a footstone there originally, that has since been stolen. That is when the fence was erected in an effort to preserve the site. I live in Paisley and have watched the slow but sure destruction of the vegetation surrounding this site, by both locals and the USFS. I doubt it will still be there in 25 years.


    • I know how you feel and I am sure down the road as I return to some sites they will not the be the same as they once were. It bothers me how some can’t just respect the sites and leave them as they are. I wish the forestry did more to protect some of these places. I noticed ATV’s can ride right by it which increases the traffic to the area. I enjoy sharing about these places for others to learn about but then at the same time I don’t want those who would do harm using my posts for that. Thanks for you’re insight and I hope this can at least bring back good memories for you being out there. I’ll do my best to help preserve it for future generations.

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