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Re: George BREWER of Brunswick Co., VA
Posted by: Dean Williams (ID *****4146) Date: April 26, 2003 at 09:23:01
In Reply to: Re: George BREWER of Brunswick Co., VA by Christia Causbie of 8988


You throw a lot of information out there. I will only provide brief comments at this time. These are only my assumptions based on the records that I have.

As I mentioned previously, there were several George Brewers in GA at the turn of the century in 1800. It is possible that some of these Georges could be the same men. AS I mentioned earlier I believe the George Brewer Sr. and Jr. from Greene county stayed in GA.

Concerning the George Brewer from Warren County, GA. I believe he is the one, along with many others including John and a George Jr. who moved with the Mounger family into the MS territory and shows up along the Tombigige (This is how it is spelled in the GA Passports) River that is currently in the state of Alabama. The Moungers, Brewers and other allied families went to church together in Warren County along the Ogeechee River immediately next door to Hancock County. In fact I believe George was excommunicated from the fellowship in around 1796. This is in contrast to the Hancock County George Brewer who lived along Log Dam Creek on the Oconee River. I somehow believe this is where a lot of confusion comes in. I could be wrong, however, there were more than one George Brewer Sr. who moved into the MS Terriotory. One moved inot what is now Alabama while one was further west in LA.

Now we come to the George Brewer, Sr., Jr, John Brewer and others from Hancock County. These Brewers, based on tax records were not a wealthy group of people. In some tax records they are not shown owning any land and no slaves. In my opinion, this is in contrast to the Brewers in MS Territory (now Alabama) before 1800 who seemed to own large sums of land and cattle.

The problem with sorting a lot of this out is that many of these families share similar allied or closely associated families. Case in Point. A Rawleigh Green witnessed a land sell by a Ozborn Brewer in 1798 in Hancock County. The land was along the Oconee in the same general area of the George Brewer I referenced earlier. A Rawleigh Green shows up in the early MS territory along with the George Brewer (from Warren County GA) who is referenced in early records prior to 1800 . There are a lot of things to sort out. In my opinion people tend to want to jump directly to a link to the Brewers in VA without closely studying the points in between, NC, SC, GA. Georgia is rich in information on Brewers. It is just that so many shared the same names. Two that have unique names and who show up in MS and LA are a Balumn and Ozborn. These men seem to be linked with the Brewers you are searching and maybe mine also and they lived in Hancock County at one time.

Another name that seems allied is the Catoe family. I have seen where people descended from the Tombigee (Alabama) are Brewers who were married into this family. This is very interesting in that the Catoes also seemed to be linked with some Hancock county Brewers. There was a John Brewer Sr. and Jr who both lived an died in Hancock county. John Sr died in 1798 and owned land both on Richland Creek in Green County and on Shoulderbone Creek in Hancock County. He bought the land on Richland Creek at a Sheriffs sale in I believe 1784. John Sr. was one of the largest slave owners in Hancock County before 1900. He owned 15 slaves as stated in his estate papers. The papers give no indication that his wife was still alive. I believe that John Brewer moved from Greensville VA into Hancock County. Land references in this county show several familiar names, Jeter, Mitchell, Catoe, Hunt, Choice, etc. This area is next door to Brunswick County VA. John Jr. died in 1803 in Hancock County. His LWT lists only three daughters and a wife (Mary or Polly). Interestingly one of his daughter was named Bethia and she married a Catoe. You will see a Bethia listed in some of the postings concerning the Tombigee (Alabama Brewers). They use a land sell reference from a Bethia as a link to VA. It is possible that John Brewer, Sr.ís wife was named Bethia. Two weeks ago I think I found old John Brewer Jr.s home place along Shoulderbone Creek. A daughter named Nancy who married a Dr. Kendall was buried there.

Concerning the will you reference that George is referred to. The Harper family lived along Log Dam Creek in Hancock County. Andrew Jeterís name is prominent in many wills in Hancock County. Interestingly, he was the executer of John Brewer Jr.s Estate. I have a hunch that John Brewer Sr. and George Brewer Sr. of Hancock County were brothers. Maybe I will prove this some day. You would probably get a kick out of the Digital image I took of where George Brewer registered his cattle mark at the courthouse.

Well I have likely created more confusion than any help. I am gone!

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