BRUA, Peter
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BRUA, PETER, the son of John Peter Brua, was a native of Berks county, Pa., where he was born in 1771. He learned the trade of a carpenter, and came to Harrisburg about 1792. He served as director of the poor from 1818 to 1821; was a member of the borough council in 1824, 1826 and 1829; commissioned county treasurer January 7, 1824, and was one of the county commissioners from 1827 to 1829. While in the latter office he was a prime mover in establishing the Lancasterian system of education, which preceded that of the common schools. Mr. Brua was a gentleman of sound practical sense, hones and upright, and highly honored in the community. He died at Harrisburg on the 1st of January, 1842, in his seventy-first year. He married Catharine Rupley, of Cumberland county, Pa., who died on the 19th of January, 1833, aged sixty years. They had six children: Margaret,married Hon. Simon Cameron; Lucetta, married Jacob Hoyer; Mary, married Isaac McCord; Catharine, married Andrew Keefer; Jacob, who went as a private in the Cameron Guards to Mexico, and died at Tampico, a few hours after receiving his commission as a lieutenant in the United States army; and John Peter, who was a paymaster during the late Civil war and now on the retired list of the United States army.