Brewster, Zephaniah H.

Brewster and his wife, Jane, joined the Mormon Church while living in Chautaqua County, New York. The Brewsters' young son, James Collins Brewster, claimed to receive visions from God and eventually became the leader of one faction of Mormons. The Brewsters moved west with the church to Kirtland, Ohio, where Zephaniah, a carpenter, helped build the church's first temple. In July 1838, they followed Joseph Smith west from Kirtland to Dayton, Ohio. In September 1838, Brewster moved his family to Springfield, Illinois. They soon followed the Mormon migration west to Independence, Missouri, and in 1850 they departed for New Mexico. After they helped to establish a Mormon colony there in New Mexico, Zephaniah and Jane returned to Illinois.

Roger D. Launius and Linda Thatcher, eds., Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994), 120-22, 124, 131-32, 134; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Montgomery County, IL, 141.