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BREWER, John III & Sons William & George
Posted by: Bassett/Richardson Researcher Date: September 08, 1998 at 16:21:46
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After much digging in Brunswick Co., VA records, found a 1759 Deed of William Brewer and Susannah, his wife that supports the records of Spanish West Florida and the Mississippi Territory.

Brunswick Co., VA, Deed Book 6, Page 388: William Brewer & Susannah, his wife, convey to Samuel White of Amelia County, 292 acres on Pigeon Roast Creek. Susannah relinquishes her dower rights in said property on 8/27/1759.

Spanish West Florida Census in 1796 for the Year 1797 (just prior to declaration of the Mississippi Territory and formation of Washington Co. (now AL) east of the Pearl River in 1800):
Elizabeth Brewer, Widow, Age 94
Anne Brewer, Widow, Age 62
Mr. & Mrs. John Brewer, both Age 50
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Brewer, ages 33 and 32 respectively.
It has been my experience that ages listed in early Census records are not exact but rather a ball-park date.

1804: Recorded in Deed Book A of Washington County, AL Probate Court: Susannah Brewer records Power of Attorney to her SON George Brewer; to conduct her business affairs and to conduct the affairs of the Estate of William Brewer, deceased in behalf of the heirs. Susannah is explicit in this document.

Earliest Birth and Deaths, including Mobile, from 1702:
The deaths prior to 8/1804, of William Brewer, and Charlres Brewer, residents of the Territory since prior to 1797.

Diary (from 1803-1847) of Walter W. Woodyard, son-in-law of George Brewer. Walter W. Woodyard, a surveyor, b. 1778 in Prince William Co., VA, came to Washington County, MS Terr in 1803. There he surveryed in the same year land belonging to George Brewer who was married to Nancy Bird (see Will of Richard Bird Bibb Co.., AL 1819) had the following children: eldest son George Brewer, Jr., Micajah Brewer (a Beau Brummel of St. Stephens), and daughters Mary Brewer, who became the wife of Walter Woodyard in the year 1810; Elizabeth Gilly Brewer who married a Brewer cousin believed to be Burwell Brewer; Sally Brewer who married Daniel Coleman; and the beautiful Anna Brewer who married Levin Gayle, brother of Alabama Gov. John Gayle, both sons of Matthew Gayle. Anna Gayle, daughter of Levin and Anna Brewer Gayle married Robert B. Owens born 1828 in Mobile.

George Brewer's LWT was written Oct. 5, 1821 and recorded in the Probate Court of Washington County, AL Nov. 3, 1840. In his will George Brewer names the following:
Spouse: Nancy
Daughters: Mary Woodyard, Elizabeth Gilly Brewer, Sally Coleman and Anny Gayle
Son: Micajah Brewer, who he names as Executor
Mentions: Walter Woodyard to help manage the property
Grandsons: George W. Woodyard, William H. Coleman, George M. Brewer and John Gayle. (eldest male children of each daughter)

Walter Ward Woodyard, son-in-law, husband of Mary Brewer b. 1790, was a good businessman and kept meticilous notes in his diary: it is clear from the notes that he married Mary Brewer, daughter of George Brewer and that George Brewer, Jr. was the son of George and Nancy Brewer. (Nancy, age 75, is living with daughter Anna Gayle in the year 1850, Wash. Co., AL Fed. Census) He mentions another son, Micajah Brewer, "a Beau Bruummel of old St. Stephens", Levin Gayle, brother of John Gayle (who became gov. of Alabama). "Levin married beautiful Anna Brewer, daughter of George Brewer, Sr., Daniel Coleman, who married Sarah Brewer. Francis S. Bassett (brother of my ggg-grandmother who married Elmina Woodyard, daughter of Walter and Mary Brewer Woodyard), William Brewer, Cillia Brewer, John Brewer, B. B. Brewer, Robert bowling and his wife Barbara [Bassett] Bowling, William and Eli Bowling, Cornelius Sullivan [who married Mary Bassett] and John Richardson, an inidan fighter and gin wright from Georgia, who married Lucinda Bassett [my ggg-grandparents].

Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of the aforementioned William Brewer, Cillia Brewer, John Brewer (not clear to me whether a brother or Uncle of George, Sr.), B. B. Brewer. It is my feeling that they are probably brothers but could be children of either John and Bethia Brewer or Charles and Elizabeth Brewer.

DeWitt C. Gayle, son of Levin and Anna Brewer Gayle, married Frances Sullivan, niece of Cornelius and daughter of Stephen Sullivan; lost in service of C.S.A.

Other Brunswick Co., VA Deeds:
Deed Book 14, Page 270; Indenture between John Brewer of the County of Brunswice and Bethia, his wife, and Nickolas Brewer of the one part and Ethreldred Taylor of the County of Southampton of the other part...........signed by John Brewer, Bethia [her mark] Brewer, and Nicholas [his mark] Brewer on the 23 day of April 1787, the same being acknowledged by them in Court. [Bethia examined privately and did consent to the sale thereof]

Another indenture recorded Deed Book 15, Page 73; 20 October 1790 between John Brewer and William Brewer of the County of Brunswick and State of Virginia of the one part and William Vaughan of the County & State as aforesaid of the other part. Signed by John and William Brewer, acknowledged in Court, April 25, 1791.

All of the foregoing documents, examined together with the Wills recorded in Brunswick County, VA for George Brewer married to Sarah Lanier in 1744; George Brewer, Jr. in 1761; and various ofther documents and things, the William and Mary Quarterlys, etc. I believe the following is a fair representation of the lineage.

John Brewer, III married to Elizabeth, the Widow, age 94 in Spanish Census.; parents of George Brewer m. (1) Sarah Lanier and (2) Alice Burwell.

Children of George and Sarah Lanier Brewer:
William Brewer m. Susanna "Anne", Widow, Age 62 Spanish Census
Oliver Brewer m Rebecca Smith
Henry Brewer m. Mary
Nathaniel Brewer m. ?
Sarah Brewer m. John Vick
Lanier Brewer m. Joanna
George Brewer m. Abigail Wyche
Nicholas Brewer m. Sarah
John Brewer m. Bethia
Howell Brewer m. ?

Children of George Brewer and ALice (m. abt. 1729) Burwell: sons, Burwell, Joseph and Boyce Brewer.

William and Susannah "Anne" Brewer, sons George Brewer, SR. married Nancy Bird 1810; Charles Brewer who was married to an Elizabeth are found in the records of Spanish West Florida, at the Tombecbe Settlements in 1795-1797 along with John BREWER [brother of William] and his wife Bethia (both born 1722-1726).

Even with all of the foregoing information, am still unable to prove parentage of my ggg-grandmother Julia Brewer who married George F. Salle', attorney, born Chesterfield Co., VA. According to Salle' Bible, Julia Brewer was born 7/19/1805 - died St. Stephens 1/3/1883; married George F. Salle' 2/8/1821.

Anyone looking for the descendants of George and Abigail Wyche Brewer who married into the Cato (Catoe) family should check the early records of Washington County, AL as well as those of (I think) Montgomery and Coosa Counties. Particularly, Wyche Cato and Burrell Cato. The Cato's were another prominent family of Washington County, AL.

Interested in sharing information with others researching these lines.


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