Welcome to the bandwagon.Your George interests me very much as he lived in LA in the very early 1800's.This is the same area where my mysterious John Brewer lived. Researchers on my side believe that John Brewer actually lived in the household with George and his family during the first census in LA. You will notice two older males in the household so many have assumed that John was a younger brother to George.When viewing early LA census records you often see the Brewers, Sibleys and Bankstons living near each other.All of these are GA names. I am assuming that your George is the one who moved from LA to Hinds County MS in the early 1800;s.My John seemed to have died at a somewhat young age leaving his wife, three daughters and one son named John also.His son John eventually moved to Pearl River County MS and married a Wheat girl (another one of the GA families). Patience ended up in Pike County MS living with one of her daughters who had married a Simmons.John Brewer, Jr’s. descendents eventually ended up in the same area..
Concerning Burwell Brewer.If my memory serves me correct, he did not have a son George referenced in his estate papers. Although there was a reference to a John, Paschall family papers associated with this family have him moving back to SC.Researchers of my line state that my John was the son of William Brewer, son of Burwell.However, I have never seen a reference to this fact.There is a possibility that that you’re George and my John might have lived in Hancock County GA for some period of time. There are references to a George Sr., George Jr. and a John in early tax records for the county.The last tax record I have that shows them (they could have been there a few more years) is 1804. There was also a reference to a George Brewer in neighboring Warren and Greene counties in GA in the late 1700’s.The George in Green county appeared to die there and his son moved to a neighboring county.The George Brewer from Warren County is likely the George who shows up in Washington County MS Territory in the late 1700’s.This is based on land and Church records in Warren County that have this George associated with the Mounger family.Based on the above evidence I think your John may have lived in Hancock County GA for a short period of time.You will find many Brewer researchers having many Brewers jumping from VA to LA/MS without having any stops in between.I believe this is a serious mistake when trying to sort these Brewers out.Most people would say that the Brewers in GA are well documented.This may be true, however, many of the documents have not been revealed at this time.
This fact I do know. There were a number of Brewers in Hancock County in the late 1700’s.There were also some Bankston and Wheat families also in the area.You must keep in mind that the original Wilkes county in which many Brewer families came from was very large in size before its break-up.The same could be said for Washington county.For this reason tax and land records are critical in determining which group lived where.There are definitely a large number of Brewers in GA in the late 1700’s.The records suggest that many moved from the state around 1800.They were definitely a moving people.
My biggest problem in sorting my line (and maybe yours) is the association of the Brewer and Sibley families.The Sibleys had moved from SC into Chattman, Effingham counties around Savannah.There was a Joseph Brewer in this area in the late 1700’s.My problem is where did Patience Sibley and John Brewer marry.He is listed as having been from Glynn County near Brunswick when he won land in the Lottery.He sold this land while living in Baldwin County in 1810.This fits nicely with his moving to LA.There are also references to a Balumn and John Brewer as having fought in the War of 1812 in New Orleans on a Monument in Washington Parish.
I know I have been quite long winded in my response. However, I always hope that someone will comment on my theories concerning these families.My mother lives in Hancock County so I work these resources hard when I can.I also try to visit the GA State Archives since I live in the Atlanta area.I have a lot of original source material that I share on a Yahoo Group I started.I have a lot of information to still upload and I have to rotate the material due to size limits.Several of our members have transcribed Old Isaac Brewer’s Rev War pension records from digital images of microfilm that I took at the National Archives that were quite interesting.I have numerous newspaper articles from the late 1700’s to early 1800’s in GA.I also have the original bounty grants and plats for the first Brewer Land owners in GA.The earliest was 1769 (Joseph Brewer). Also available are numerous land records, War of 1812 index cards, WWI registration cards, wills and estate papers.Let me know if you are interested in viewing any of these records.I would be very interested in knowing more of your George, especially any associated family names that appear with them.They may be the key in figuring some of this out.