Honoring Our Ancestors

This blog is dedicated to the Brewer Family of North Carolina. These pages present our recent family gatherings and more distant family history.
We have an ongoing effort to capture the Brewer genealogy to best honor our ancestors. We've identified our ancestors who moved from Mecklenburg County, Virginia to Orange and Chatham Counties, NC as early as 1750. In the 1800s, we saw a migration to Alexander and Iredell Counties in NC, Tennessee, and Kentucky. By the 20th century our family made their homes all over the nation.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Willet Family Of Chatham County

The Brewer, Willet, and Stout families are interwoven.  All three lived in Chatham County in the early 1800s.  Branches of these three families moved to Alexander and Iredell County together in the 1860s.  Many members of the Willet family remain in those two counties today.

Varina Eloise Willet Rhyne (1924-2014) was the great granddaughter of John C. Willet and Sarah Ann Stout.  She was a member of the third generation born after the migration from Chatham County.

Jay Van Gussie Dolly Willet (1900-1993), son of Daniel Henry Willet and Margaret Elizabeth Kerley Willet.  Jay Van was the nephew of Mary Elizabeth Willet who married Jerry Milton Lee Brewer.  Below is Jay in his more senior years and then in his younger years.

Daniel Henry (1866-1944) and Margaret "Maggie" Kerley Willet (1860-1939) married in 1890.  Daniel was the brother of Mary Elizabeth Willet who married Jerry Lee Brewer.  Daniel's and Margaret's photo is below.  

Jerry's father, Wiley Brewer, and Mary Elizabeth's father, John C. Willet, both served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War.  Both were taken as prisoners of war.  John survived the war, but Wiley died in a Union POW camp.


Anonymous said...

For the Willet grandchildren;
Jay Van Willet (1900-1993) married
Martha J Elizabeth Clark (1900-1973)
Martha Clark was the daughter of Isaac Newton Clark and Beaulah Elizabeth McKay (my descendants)

The Brewer wouldn't be any relatiion to me but the McKay's would be to the Willet and Brewer grandchildren

Buelah Elizabeth McKay's parents were James Alexander McKay and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Litten.

You can find them all in Irdell and Mecklenburg Cnty.

Alot of them are in the North Carolina death cert's. That's how I found Daniel Jay Van Willet

Nancy Sloop said...

We are happy to have the Willet Family join us on the blog. We met a few of you at the mini-reunion in October, and we look forward to working on our family histories together.

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