William BREWER was born abt 1774 in NC and was in Georgia by 1798. He moved to Conecuh Co., AL about 1818, when he appears on the tax list for that county. In the 1820 Census for Conecuh Co., AL., he was head of a household containing two men over 21, five boys under 21, one woman over 21 and girl under 21. He was living next to William McPHERSON. Conecuh Co., AL is a "burned record" county prior to the Civil War, so only a few records are available. However, those records that do exist show that William McPherson and his children were living in the area around Sparta, Conecuh Co., AL, probably along the waters of Sepulga Creek.
In 1830 William BREWER is again in Conecuh Co., AL, aged 50-60, with two boys 15-20; two boys 5-10; one woman 30-40; one woman 20-30; one girl 10-15; and one girl under five. Wyche BREWER and his wife, Flora McPHERSON, along with three children are living in Butler Co., AL, near Malcolm McPHERSON. Again, the McPhersons seem to be near Garland, Butler Co., AL, again on the waters of Sepulga Creek. Butler Co., AL, too, is a "burned record" county prior to the Civil War.
William BREWER bought a number of land parcels in Sumter Co., AL in 1837 in township 19N, Range 2W, St. Stephens Prime Meridian, (Livingston) including in sections 8 and 26. Wyche BREWER bought a 40 acre tact in section 13. In the 1840 Census for Sumter Co., AL, William BREWER with 1 male 60-70; one 20-30; and one 15-20; one woman 50-60; one 20-30; and one girl 5-10 is separated from Wyche BREWER, age 40-50, by the household of Reuben Jones.
In 1850, Wyche BREWER is in Scott Co., MS, where he and Flora remained for the rest of their lives. They are buried in the Amis cemetery, five miles north of Conehatta, Mississippi. William BREWER, 76, NC, farmer, is on p. 330, Livingston, along with Mary, 72, VA, William P. BREWER, 25 AL, and the BRIGGS family, consisting of William E., 20, Henry, 16, Ann, 14, Leroy 11, and Mary A., 10.
William BREWER wrote his will 26 Dec 1850, and it was probated 15 January 1851. He left his estate to his wife Mary, who was still alive in 1860. William P. BREWER, son, was executor. William P. BREWER moved to LA after the Civil War, but returned to Sumter Co., about 1875, and reportedly stayed there the rest of his life. Syrena JONES named her "beloved brother" William P. BREWER as her executor in her will 11 Nov 1862/5 Jan 1863. (Is she a daughter-in-law of Reuben Jones?) He was also the executor for William H. Jones.
William P. BREWER was bondsman at the wedding of Syrena BRIGGS to Pheaston K. SUMMERLIN 2 Mar 1848. Given the Briggs children in William’s household, this suggests a second marriage. There is also a marriage bond for Sarah BREWER and William D. SUMMERLIN 8 Sep 1838, in which William BREWER consented for his daughter, Sarah. Finally, William BREWER gave consent for the marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth BREWER to William H. BEZLEY(BEASLEY?) on 10 May 1844.
Analysis of the census data reported above, suggests that William BREWER potentially had at least eight sons and three daughters. Presently, the children identified include:
1. Wyche BREWER, b. GA, 1798, d. 1876 Scott Co., MS
2. William P. BREWER, b. AL, 1825
3. Syrena BREWER, m. Jones, d. 1862 Sumter Co., AL
4. Sarah BREWER, m. William D. Summerlin
5. Elizabeth BREWER, m. William H. Beasley
Other possible leads include the fact that William BREWER bought land in conjunction with Samuel H. COFFMAN, (as did Seaborn BREWER) whose wife was reportedly Susan BREWER, b. 18 Dec 1818 in Alabama. Susan might be another daughter.
Not all of the parcels of land bought by Brewers in Sumter Co., AL 1837 were purchased by men resident in the area, at least judged from the 1840 census. Of the others in the 1850 census, two seem likely to be related to Mathew BREWER, b. 1774, SC. There is a letter, written in 1911, by Willis BREWER, b. 1842 Sumter Co., AL, which outlines his family. He says that his great-grandfather was William1 BREWER, who “lived on one side of the Savannah River in the early part of the last century. With a rifle on his shoulder he walked alone through Georgia and Alabama, then occupied mostly by Indians, to Washington County. He left there to return home and was never heard from after. He had three sons, Matthew, Willis, and William. Willis, your grandfather, who fought at the Battle Autussee, as I suppose you already know. He left two sons, William George and Sam. Matthew BREWER had three sons, the name of one I have forgotten, but he went westward and I do not know what became of him. Thos. J. BREWER died in Sumter leaving children. The third son, George W. BREWER, lived in BREWERsville, merchandized there and the place is named for him.....My grandfather, W. BREWER, the third son, had two surviving sons, Robert W. BREWER (my father) and Capt T.C. BREWER.”
The 1850 Census for Sumter Co., AL, shows Thomas G. BREWER, 42, GA, with sons John H., Seborn F., Thomas G., Philemon H., and with Mathew H. BREWER, age 76. This is probably the man referred to as “Capt. T. C. BREWER.” Robert W. BREWER, 31, AL along with his wife Jane, 27, SC, Lewis W., 8 [author of the letter] and Constantine W. 6, all born in AL. There is also an Andrew J. BREWER, 25, clerk, GA, with wife Mary, 19, AL, and children Louisa 2, and James 1, who are not accounted for.
Analysis of the information for the various William BREWERs outlined by Willis BREWER shows none of them fit the available information about 1850 William BREWER of Sumter Co., AL. Mathew BREWER, who died in Choctaw Co. in 1853, appears to be the Matthew being described by Willis as the father of George W. BREWER and Thomas J. BREWER, a fact supported by the census, but the copy is unclear, and it is not absolutely certain that Matthew H. is 76, and the enumerator did say he was born in Alabama, although his obituary certainly said he was born in SC. It seems likely that Willis’ great-grandfather was William2 BREWER, son of George1 BREWER and Sarah Lanier. George1 BREWER died 1744 Brunswick Co., VA. Burwell2 BREWER, son of George1 BREWER (1744 Brunswick Co., VA) and his second wife, Alice Burwell, went to Wilkes Co., NC, then to SC and ultimately to Georgia. He had a son named William, who reportedly died in Oglethorpe Co., GA in 1818, and a grandson named William, son of William, who was reportedly born in 1795. William2 BREWER and wife, Susanna, also went to Wilkes Co., NC, and probably went to Washington Co., GA, before going to Washington Co., AL. He had a son named William who married Phana Risdin in Wilkes Co., NC, 19 Apr 1781. Unless this William were married previously, he could not be the father of 1850 William BREWER of Sumter Co., AL. Both William2 and Burwell2 BREWER were associated with a George BREWER, in both cases described years later as a brother. However, most of the data suggest that George2 BREWER, son of George1 BREWER died 1760 Brunswick Co., VA. Who is this George BREWER?
Working the other way, many of the early settlers of Conecuh Co., AL came from Hancock Co., GA. Analysis of the extant tax lists show men named William BREWER living in Greene Co., Oglethorpe Co., and Jones Co., GA who might or might not be more than one man, who are potential candidates to be the man who moved to Conecuh Co., AL in 1818. IF Wyche BREWER is the eldest son, was Mary a Wyche? The loss of records from Washington Co., GA makes it difficult to separate the descendants of the George1 BREWER line from the Edmund1 BREWER line of Elbert Co., GA, who were contemporaneous. Does anyone who has studied the GA or NC BREWER lines have data that suggests an identity for William BREWER, b. 1774 NC, d. 1850 Sumter Co. AL?
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