Our family migrated from Virginia to Chatham/Orange County, North Carolina in the late 1700s. From the 1830s to 1860s, branches of our family moved to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alexander County, NC. But many members stayed and flourished in Chatham County. Below is a Brewer family home in Chatham County. The house was built about 1895 and was owned by the descendants of Terrell Brewer, Jr. and Ada Alice Phillips Brewer.
Terrell Brewer, Jr.'s father was Terrell Brewer, Sr. Terrell, Sr. married Mary Brewer, a lady with the same surname and who probably was distantly related. Terrell, Sr. was the brother of our Wiley Brewer. Wiley and Terrell, Sr. both fought in the Civil War.
Next door to the Brewer homestead above was Brewer's Grocery and Grill until the 1960s when it burned. Today Brewer's Grill, owned by Raymond Brewer, is located about six miles away in Bear Creek, Chatham County. We dined at Brewer's Grill in December 2013. Today a Brewer's Grocery is in Mooresville, NC and in the 1940s Brewer's Garage was located in Florida--both owned by members of our family. You can see pictures of these businesses on this blog.
The Fall Creek Baptist Church, established in 1799, in Bennett, Chatham County plays a big part in our family's history. Terrell Brewer, Jr.'s house, no longer standing, originally was across the street from this church.
You seldom see pictures of cemeteries on this blog, but the cemetery behind the Fall Creek Baptist Church is special. At least 57 of the stones bear the surname of Brewer, more than any other we've found in this nation. We can be sure many with other surnames in the cemetery are from related families. We're identifying those markers now. The neighboring pasture seems to add to the peace.
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