Malinda Brewer, was a daughter of Matthew Brewer, one of the early settlers of the Mississippi Territory. Matthew Brewer participated in a petition to the President and Congress by the residents of Sims'es settlement on the Elk River in 1810.The petition reveals that the petitioners had settled during the Winter and Spring of 1807 on land which they believed to have been ceded by the Indian Nations. They were subsequently informed that, although the Cherokee claim to the land had been negotiated, the Chickasaw Nation still laid claim. The petition implored the President and Congress to grant them title to the land they had occupied. It was asserted that they (the settlers) had but little land while "...they (the Chickasaws) have by estemation nearly 100,000 acres of land to each man Of their nation and of no more use to government or society than to saunter about upon like so many wolves or bares..." Matthew Brewer also signed a petition to Congress by "Purchasers of Public Lands East of Pearl River" in 1815. In 1816 he was listed as an inhabitant of the Mississippi Territory; in the same year, he purchased 160 acres of public land in Clarke County, Mississippi Territory. The purchase was registered at the St. Stephens Land Office. Brewer sold the land in 1817. The area in which Matthew Brewer settled became part of the new state of Alabama when it was admitted to the Union in 1817.
Marengo County Alabama was formed from territory acquired from the Choctaws by the treaty of October 24, 1816. The original boundaries were, on the north Tuscaloosa County, on the west the Tombigbee River, on the south the ridge dividing the waters of Chickasaw Bogue and Beaver Creek, and on the east the main ridge dividing the waters of Black Warrier and Cahaba Rivers. By legislative act February 12, 1818, all the tract lying west of Dallas County, north of Clark County, east of the Tombigbee was added. The 1830 census of Marengo County enumerates Matthew Brewer. He died in Marengo county on 28 August 1832. His nuncupative will mentions only his wife Polly (Mary) and his son George, to whom he left a negro woman by the name of Bat and Abram her son. Other legatees are not specified by name, but the estate settlement mentions Ransom Brewer, Mary Brewer, and Malinda Brewer, who received a feather bed and a saddle.
I believe Matthew had the following five children:Ransom, Sebern, Eliza Ann Caroline, Malinda, and Matilda.
I would appreciate any input from anyone who might know how this Matthew fits in to the big scheme.