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Re: George BREWER of Brunswick Co., VA
Posted by: Dean Williams (ID *****4146) Date: June 05, 2003 at 09:45:35
In Reply to: Re: George BREWER of Brunswick Co., VA by Christia Causbie of 8988

Hello Christia,

Yes I believe I have looked at that book before. However, it does no contain the actual land plots either does it? If my memory serves me correct it does not contain the level of detail as the book I refered to you. I copied nearly 80 pages concerning BREWER, MOUNGER, and WHEAT that were referenced.

With the absence of Federal Census in 1790, 1800 and 1810 one is left with little information as far as number of children in each family. The tax records are a valuable resource. However, those published in books are spoty and tend to jump years and counties in their abstracts. One is then left looking at microfilm records. From my reseqarch there are a large number of Brewers in the years prior to about 1805 and then a large number disapeared from the rolls.

Concerning your Ellender, what is the approximate birth date for her. Most of the Headright and Bounty Grants in Warren (Old Wilkes) show the Brewers obtaining their land around 1784.

Concerning Doris's post, I noticed it with some interest. Anytime someone references GA my ears perk up. I have a tendency to use what I call the heard technique when doing research. Families tended to move with families living nearby that they were closely associated with are married into. This makes for a lot of data collecting as I always look at these additional surnames. It can be quite a headache at times. My biggest problem with the Brewers is who were these associated families. The ones I keep a close eye on are SIBLEY, WHEAT, GREENE, MITCHELL, MOUNGER, BANKSTON and to a leser degree JETER, CHOICE, HUNT, HARRIS and others. COulkd you let me know other families you know of. It is very easy for me to check names in published sources concerning tax records.

I almost forgot about ANIMAP. It is about a $50 program which basically records every boundary changes related to the US, States and counties. I use it in a sort of creative way in that I plot Brewer references per year on maps that I export into word. It really helps in sorting them out as the counties changed over time. Case in point is when people refer to Wilkes county. This county was extremely huge and it is easy to think that all of the Brewers lived near each other and were one big family. However, once you plot the references per the appropiate year you can see that many were located some distance away from each other. As the state was enlarged you will see where they dissapear from some areas and moved west as new lands in GA became available. I will e-mail you some of the maps I have created. The information concerning the software can be found at Maybe it is a little over priced, however, it sure makes things simpilar in my opinion.


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