You'll find the Cato (Catoe) family in Washington Co. Alabama, formerly the Mississippi Territory, along with the families Bassett, Brewer, Bowling, Lucas, Richardson and Sullivan.
George and Abigail Wyche Brewer descendants allied with the Catos are found there as are members of William and Susannah Brewer, brother of George, both sons of George and Sarah Lanier Brewer.
It seems that many of the prominent families of the Tombecbe Settlements of Spanish West Florida, later of Washington County, Miss. Terr. descend from the Bassett, Brewer and Bowling families of Virginia. The Bassetts of Eltham, New Kent Co.; Brewer's of Brunswick Co. and the Bowlings of Isle of Wight.
A native of Washington County, the preceding families are part of my ancestral tree. The early records of the Mississippi Territory and Washington County, AL; as well as some "OLD" Baldwin County records provide a wealth of documentation of what, to many, might be considered the "lost or mis-placed" generations.
If you're seeking further information on the Brewer line, see my 9/8/1998 post "BREWER, John III & Sons William & George. Actually, it is John III (& Elizabeth, age 94, documented in Spanish Census, Tombecbe Settlemens, 1796), son George Brewer m. Sarah Lanier; their sons William, George and John and their descendants.
You'll find them as they migrate Westward across Mississippi into Louisiana and Texas. A few even returned to the Carolinas and Georgia. The majority, however, remained in the area of what is present day Washington, Clarke, Choctaw and Mobile Counties in Alabama, and Lauderdale, Wayne, George and Perry Counties, Mississippi.
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