William Brewer, putative father of Wyche Brewer, was in Conecuh County, Alabama in 1818 and through at least 1824. I have not located him definitely in the 1830 Census for Alabama. Since Wyche Brewer was born in Georgia, 1796, I have looked for William Brewer in Georgia around that date. The 1800 Census shows two men named William Brewer in Oglethorpe County. In Lexington were William Brewer [20101-12200-00] and William Brewer [11001-21201-00] The tax lists show a William Brewer in Oglethorpe Co. in 1805 and 1815, and also one in Greene Co., Ga., 1805 and 1815. There is also a William Brewer in Elbert Co., Ga., who married Charlotte Easter. However, this family seems well documented, and it does not seem possible that he is the father of Wyche Brewer.
“While George Brewer was not one of the early settlers who had settled in the Goosepond District, he was the first to settle on Long Creek, then in Wilkes, but now in Oglethorpe, near the present town of Lexington.
Records show that George Brewer and other families of Yankin (sic) N. C. with their herds and household goods moved to Georgia and settled in this county. They obtained under head rights 640 acres of land for each family. They erected log cabins and opened up fields.
The Indians being troublesome, a fort or block house was erected which was named "Fort Brewer." The Indians had promised not to come below Cherokee Corner, but many stories are told of their attacks upon these settlers. In fact, the inhabitants had trouble until after the battle of Jack's Creek September 21, 1787.”
On the other hand, the name “Wyche” suggests a family connection between the Brewer and the Wyche families, of which the best documented is the marriage of George Brewer II and Abigail Wyche in Brunswick Co., Va. This George Brewer had a number of sons, including a George and William who disappeared from Brunswick Co., and may have ultimately moved to Georgia.
Presently, I have no evidence to link the William & George Brewer of Brunswick Co., Va., with the George and William Brewer of Oglethorpe Co., Ga., and no proof of a connection with William Brewer of Conecuh Co., Ala., 1820, or with Wyche Brewer of Butler Co., Ala., in 1830. The connections are plausible, though, so does anyone have evidence about one or more of the links in this chain?
(References available on request.)
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