Walter Williams Brim was born in Troy Township, Wood, Ohio, on December 9, 1843. He was the second of nine children born to his parents, George Brim and Betsy Marie Loop. Walter's older brother was James J. Younger brothers were George, Jr. and Gilbert B. Sisters were Emaline and Emily (twins, with Emily dieing in infancy), Laney, Betsy and Clara. His father was born in Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England and immigrated to this country in the spring of 1835., settling near Stoney Ridge in Wood County. First working in a brickyard and later working in lumbering, along the Maumee River. During the years 1837 to 1848, he labored in the building of the Western Reserve and Maumee Turnpike. Walter Brim's mother was born in New York State, March 13, 1813, the daughter of Peter Loop and Rebecca Gilbert Loop.

Five years after Walter's birth, 1848, his father purchased forty acres of land in Sandusky County. It was here that Walter received his early education. Later he attended the seminary at Maumee, Ohio. The Seminary was a Methodist Episcopal denominational school and after completing three terms of study, left the school in the spring of 1863. He was nineteen years of age when he enlisted in Co. L, 3rd Cavalry, under Col Charles Seidell and Col. Howland. He served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, taking part in the battle of Mission Ridge and the siege of Knoxville (in which he was among the advance troops) and among the first to break through the lines and communicate with Burnside. After following Longstreet into North Carolina, he went with his regiment into winter quarters on the Hiawassee River. In the spring of 1864 followed Bragg into Georgia, charging the enemy at Dalton. In the Atlanta campaign he was in many skirmishes, and just before the march to the sea, in the fall of 1864, when the Cavalry force was divided, he returned to Louisville under Wilson. The next spring he took part in the Wilson raid through Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, also to Columbus and Macon, George. At Columbus, Wilson's command captured twelve hundred Confederates, with a loss of thirty men. Walter Brim's company was a portion of the force detailed to capture Jeff Davis and though he was not with the party that took possession of that noted leader, he rode over one hundred miles in pursuit of him. At the close of the War he held the rank of First Corporal, and was discharged at Edgefield, Tenn., August 4, 1865. Four years after returning from the South, Walter engaged in farming during the summer and teaching in the winter, after which he devoted himself entirely to the management of his father's homestead. In 1876 he moved to a farm near Millbury, and was a member of George Douglas Post No. 183, G.A.R., of Millbury. He served as Mayor and Councilman of Millbury and served as director of the school.

Walter Brim was married to Harriett S. Brahm, on February 4, 1875. Harriett was born in Loudon, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 1847, and was the daughter of David and Sarah Lookinbill Brahm, native of the Keystone State, and of Dutch descent. She moved to Fremont, Ohio with her parents, when she was about fourteen years of age. She became the mother of four children. Mary Emma (July 12, 1876), who was married to Edwin E. Dancer. Thomas Earl Brim (February 4, 1879) married to Gertrude Chambers. Walter Rolla (October 19, 1891) drown in stony quarry, September 3, 1898. and David Raymond (June 1, 1891) married to Esther C. Gross.

Walter Brim died in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio on August 9, 1934 (at the age of ninety) and is buried in the Lake Township Cemetery, Walbridge, Ohio, along with his wife, Harriett, who died April 10, 1920, in Millbury, Ohio.

 

 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Toledo and Wood County, OH