I passed the word on to Wyoline about Burrell B. Brewer. Back to square one on that one.
I don't know anything about the American State papers but I sure would like to get hold of a copy. I'll ask my library or try to find it online.
There are different George Brewer lines out there, that's for sure. At least past George and Sarah Lanier Brewer. I know there's a northern line but I haven't gotten into that at all. As far as a two lines in GA, there could be. I think it will all come to light with each new person we add into this mix of researchers. Do you have access to these land records from the Mississippi Territory that I've been talking about? If not, I can send you some of the pertinent records and maps by snail or else put them on the website. Let me know what you want me to do.
The "East of the Pearl River" is the LA boundary between present day Mississippi and Louisiana. The Pearl forms the boundary between Louisiana and Mississippi. The Tombigbee and the Alabama rivers come together at the site of old Fort Stoddard and form the Mobile and Tenehaw rivers that drain into Mobile Bay. The Tombigbee is well inside western Alabama. So the area of these old Spanish grants and claims is quite large and includes the Pascagula in Mississippi. These guys who lawyered for the claims, John Brewer and George Brewer, Jr., had a pretty large area to cover representing these claimants. There were more lawyers working it than just them. The northern boundary of these territories, from looking at Louisiana county maps and their progression, is the same parallel as the present day northern bounday of that lower toe of Louisiana where it borders present day Mississippi. That parallel would run through Mississippi and Alabama today to meet up with Florida if the two panhandles weren't there. It's like they just drew a line from the northern boundary of Florida straight across to the Mississippi River by Baton Rouge when the Spanish claimed Florida long ago. That was the Spanish claim. Mississippi Territory extended way over into Alabama and up to the Choctaw nation.
There is a site on Genweb that shows the progression of the Louisiana counties and I'll find it and post it later.
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