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Re: Solomon Brewer in NC and IL
Posted by: Anna Brewer (ID *****0239) Date: October 19, 2008 at 18:36:28
In Reply to: Re: Solomon Brewer in NC and IL by Virginia White Dawes of 8988

I hope this helps someone:


"Solomon Brewer born 1794 (father of Joseph Brewer) in North Carolina. According to the Ross Coun ty Historical Society, this Brewer family came to Ross County, Ohio about the same time several Quaker families came to Ross County from North Carolina.

The Brewers settled in Springfield and LIberty Townships, according to Tacy Arledge, 11000 Judas Road, New Holland, Ohio. Forty families from Randolph and Chatham Counties, North Carolina, formed a Quaker wagon train in 1804 and moved to Ross County, Ohio.

The quakers were very unpopular in the South due to them being very anti-slavery. So as soon as the Northwest Territories opened up for settlement--Ohio, Illinois, et cetera---many Quakers and others opposed to slavery fled the South.

Many of these families not practicing Quakers. But most seemed to have Quaker roots or connections.

This Brewer family was not on any of the Quaker records, but many were disowned Quakers if they married 9outside of the religion or missed one meeting, seems they were disowned.

At any rate, Mrs. Robert Geisler (Betty Jane Brewer), 34 Club Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio, the great-great granddaughter of Willis Brewer, born 1798 at Randolph County, North Carolina, believed to be a brother of Solomon Brewer. Mrs. Geisler has a picture of Willis Brewer and wife. She says they are dressed in Quaker garb.

Solomon Brewer married Betsy (Elizabeth) Moots (Motes) at Chilicothe, Ohio, Ross County, May 7, 1813 by Justice of the Peace John Greave, Court of Common Pleas of Ross County. Chillicothe was the capital of Ohio in 1812.

In teh 1820 census, the first census in Ohio, Solomon Brewer, Enoch Brewer, Willis Brewer, and a Jess Brewer all living next to each other in Jackson County.

IN 1816, Jackson County was made from part of Ross County, Solomon Jackson County, Jackson T.W.P.; Enoch, Jackson Coutny, Harrison T.W.P.; Jess, Jackson County, Fraqnklin T.W.P.; and Willis Brewer, Jackson County, Harrison T.W.P.

This 1820 Willis Brewer age listed over 45 years old with six children, three boys and three girls, from under 10 years to 16. No female near Willis' age. This Willis, I believe, the father of Solomon, Enoch, and the younger Willis. No proof has been located."

"Solomon Brewer married Betsy Moots, May 7, 1813, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. Solomon born 1794, North Carolina. Enoch Brewer born 1789, North Carolina, married Susannah James, February 1, 1816, Pike County. Pike County next to Ross.

Jess Brewer married Rachel Wells, May 9, 1816, Pike County County."

"Solomon Brewer must have died between 1850 and 1856. Elizabeth Brewer, a widow, living in Poweshiek County, Iowa."

"In Baxter Cemetary off W. Junction Road clost to Richmondale, grave of Elizabeth Moets, died May 1, 1820, age 46, born in 1774."

Please let me know if any of this looks familiar to anyone.

Thanks and God bless,


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