After doing some checking, I'm nearly convinced that our Lewis Brewer is probably the son of Lanier Brewer Sr. I am told that Lanier died in Moore County, NC in 1795. I wish I could find more data on him.
We are looking at two different Lewis Brewers. Ours married Agatha Holland, dau. of George Holland of Montgomery County, VA about 1787. Lewis was born about 1760 and died 1839 in Grayson County, Virginia.If the "other" Lewis Brewer is still shown on the 1840 TN census, then these are definitely two different individuals.
The Holland connection is striking - as is the RUSSELL connection.
In Moore County, there is a Brewer-Holland cemetery, where is buried an Edmund Holland born 1791 and his wife. Edmund was the son of a Richard Holland and grandson of Jacob Holland of Nansemond County, Va (who died Edgecombe County, NC with a will).Also, there is an Ambrose Brewer will circa 1860 in Chatham County, NC I am curious about. I do not know who this man is. Perhaps the one in TN had his will recorded in Chatham????
Our Lewis Brewer had a son named "Linnier" (Lanier) Brewer, so it seems obvious to me that our Lewis is probably a son of Lanier Sr. I do not believe Lanier Jr. would have been old enough to have been our Lewis Brewer's father.
Charity Brewer, alleged daughter of Ambrose Brewer who married John Hollon (Holland), did have a son named "Ambrose" Hollon, from what I have seen. She could very well have been his daughter, though I have not seen definite proof.
However, John Hollon's father was William HOLLAND, who was the BROTHER to my gggg grandmother, Agatha (Holland) Brewer. Some claim that William Holland's wife was Rebeckah RUSSELL, possibly a daughter of a Phillip Russell of Wythe/Montgomery or Grayson County, VA area. Again, no proof.
Another interesting fact concerns a Russell Brewer of Ashe County, NC. He seems to be son of the Henry Brewer found on the 1800 Ashe County, NC census. I wished I could find some info on him.
Russell Brewer was born about 1785 as was his wife, Nancy Toliver, supposed daughter of John Toliver and Tabitha HOWELL. Now, Tabitha was the daughter of old James Howell of Grayson County, VA, and sister to my ancestor, Capt. George Howell who married Polly Osborne, dau. of Enoch Osborne.
George's son, John Howell (1788-1861) married Nancy Jane Brewer (1792-1886), daughter of Lewis and Agatha (Holland) Brewer of Elk Creek, Grayson County, Virginia. John and Nancy were married March 12, 1811 in Grayson County, and were in White County, TN by August of the following year with Richard Cole and John's brother Calvin Howell.
Also, in the will of George Holland (d. 1802 Grayson County, VA), George refers to his daughter Agatha as "Agathy Brewer or Russell" twice. Lewis Brewer was presumably the step-son of a Russell. A few years ago, I was given data claiming that William Holland's wife Rebecca claimed that Lewis was her "step-brother".Perhaps Lanier Brewer's second wife survived him and she married a Russell? We don't know. There was a George Russell in both Randolph County, NC in 1790 and then in Moore County NC in 1800. I have no info on him, but he appears to be the only Russell in that area.
I hope I haven't confused you too awfully much. I believe we will eventually get to the bottom of this, but I do tend to agree that Howell Brewer was probably the father of Ambrose. Lewis was probably the son of Lanier Sr. If so, then the two men were first cousins rather than brothers.
So, there are several family links here that are of great interest to me - Brewer, Howell, Holland, and Russell.