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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Friday, June 28, 2013

Some of Our North Carolina Brewers Migrated to Kentucky and Missouri

An older brother of our Wiley Brewer, Ambrose Brewer, was born in 1826 in Chatham County, North Carolina.  He married Elizabeth Foster before 1850.  They planned to settle in the midsections of the US, perhaps Kansas, but Ambrose died in 1860.  His passing is noted in an impressive article in the Raleigh Weekly Standard edition of Nov 21, 1860.  Ambrose's and Elizabeth's last child, appropriately named Ambrose Elizabeth Brewer (1861-1921), was born in Chatham County four months after his father passed away.  Despite her husband's death, Elizabeth and as many as ten of her children made the trip west anyway in the early 1860s.  It must have been quite an adventure. Their wagon had problems in Floyd County, Kentucky so the family settled there and never ventured farther west.  Later they migrated to Pike County, Kentucky.  You can read that story in the Family Stories section below.  

After living in Pike County and sometime between 1900 and 1910, Ambrose Elizabeth Brewer (the youngest offspring and the last to be born in Chatham County, NC) and his family boarded rafts, traveled down the Big Sandy River, and settled in Cass County, Missouri.  Below is a 1908 photo of that family.  Our information about our Kentucky and Missouri relatives continues to grow.




Elizabeth Foster Brewer (1828-1901) was a remarkable woman and the matriarch of our family in Kentucky and Missouri.  Her photo is below.  What motivated the family to move west?  Most likely it was to provide a better life for the family, and that often involved land.  Although the family never made it to Kansas, the following excerpt, from the online site Kansapedia, may provide some insight:  “The Homestead Act was one way settlers acquired land in Kansas and other parts of the west.  It was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862.  Under the provisions of the Homestead Act, settlers  could claim 160 acres of public land.  They paid a small filing fee and then had two options for getting title to the land.  If they lived on the 160 acres for five continuous years, built a residence and grew crops, they could then file for their deed for the property.  The second option was to purchase the land from the government for $1.25 per acre after living on the land for six months, building a home, and starting to grow crops. The head of the household of any citizen or a person intending to become a citizen (immigrants) were eligible to claim land under the Homestead Act.”





Benny Richard "Dickie" Brewer (1931-2014).  Dickie was the great grandson of Ambrose Brewer.  Ambrose spent his entire life in Chatham County, NC.  Dickie was a member of the third generation of Brewers who spent their entire lives in Kentucky. Dickie was instrumental in helping us connect with our cousins in that state.  He is pictured here at his 82nd birthday.





James "Jimmie" Boyce Brewer (b. 1926) and his wife Joan Summers Brewer (b. 1928) celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2017.  Jimmie is the great grandson of Ambrose Brewer whose family migrated from North Carolina to Kentucky in the early 1860s.  To our knowledge, Jimmie is the third oldest surviving member of our Brewer family.





3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I HAVE TRACED MY GGG GRAND FATHER TO JOHN BREWER BIRTH 1781 IN NORTH CAROLIMA DEATH 1878 ALCORN MISSISSIPPI MARRIAGE TO DORCAS WOODS DO NOT KNOW WHO HIS PARENTS WERE CAN YOU LINK HIM TO YOUR BREWERS.

Ron said...

The records are sketchy at best for that period of time so I cannot provide a definitive answer. If, however, John Brewer was born in Chatham/Orange County, NC, he very likely was a descendant of George Brewer and Sarah Lanier of VA. George and Sarah never moved to NC, but their offspring made the move.

Anonymous said...

I was curious who is in charge of this brewer site as I am connected and willing to share what I know

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