I am not related to any Brownmillers, but I am one of the web masters for the 48th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment web site. The 48th OVVI was a Union infantry unit during the Civil War. http://www.48ovvi.org
After the war the regiment was stationed in Texas and one of their soldiers, Jerry (Jeremiah) Brownmiller, was murdered by a New York cavalryman. We are writing a brief history of the incident for our site. I sent for Jeremiah Brownmiller's service record and pension file and it contains a complete transcript of the court-marshal of his murderer. Very interesting reading! It appears Jeremiah was never married, but his father, Reuben Brownmiller, applied for a father's pension. The family lived in Delaware, Delaware Co., Ohio before and after the Civil War. Rueben's wife was Lydia (nee Synder) Brownmiller who died before the war on 14 March 1858. They were married in Moxatony, PA on 28 Nov 1833. Here is the family as listed in 1861:
Mary Brownmiller, daughter, born Aug 15th 1836
Louis Brownmiller, son, born June 7th 1838
Reubin Brownmiller, son, born Aug 16, 1841
Joseph Brownmiller, son (twin), born Apr 12, 1844
Lydia Brownmiller, daughter (twin), born Apr 12, 1844
Jerry Brownmiller, son, born Sept 20th 1846 [this would be the murdered soldier]
Isaac Brownmiller, son, Nov 28 1848
Joel Brownmiller, son, Oct 21, 1851
Reubin had five sons in the Civil War. Jerry was murdered, Reuben Jr. died of disease while in the army, Louis was MIA - presumed killed, and Joseph and Isaac both returned home disabled. What a sad time for Reuben!
I would be interested if there are any connections to anyone else's Brownmillers. I noticed that Delaware, Ohio was mentioned in your post, so I suspect there are.
I would be happy to share the information I have on the murder if you are interested.
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