Glad we had a hit!Also, looking back at my former posting about Franklin and Wilkes Co., GA, I found that 1790 Franklin Co, GA reconstructed census lists John Bankston; George Brewer and William Brewer; Grant, Joseph and Robert Taylor; and Abraham and Peter Thompson. I don't know where some of these guys fit in but they must be a part of my family of Taylors and Thompsons somewhere. (Source is Rootsweb, file: 1790rc01.txt, contributedfor use in USGenWeb Archives by Katie A. Vickers )
Secondly, concerning the will I told you about. It's from Hancock County, not Franklin or Wilkes. Before I get into the will itself, the http://www.segenealogy.com/georgia/ga_mapshttp://www.segenealogy.com/georgia/ga_mapsshows the county formations.
Here's a recap:Wilkes formed out of unorganized territory in 1777, Franklin and Washington formed in 1784 out of ceded Cherokee and Creek lands alongside Wilkes. Greene formed out of northern Washington in 1790. (I think my George moved to GA just prior to 1790 because of the above census.)Then, Hancock formed out of southern Greene in 1793. By the date of this will - 1804, George was still in GA because I have his youngest son, Green Berry, being born in GA on 7-30-1806, but his last daughter, Nancy,was born in LA in 1814.
The Land claims in the MS Territory, p. 657, Schedule N. Claims Presented, shows that on Feb 22, 1804 Notice was given of a claim by Richard S. Bryan and Geo. Brewer, Sr. as the original claimants for 319 acres on Tolla Creek. The title was pre-empted and the date of patent, order of survey, or settlement was Mar. 3, 1803,recorded in Vol. 1.The commisioners' decision allowed it but it was not entered into the register.(source: "Amite County, Mississippi, 1699-1890" Vol. IV, by Albert Eugene Casey, published and bound privately for the Amite County Historical Fund, 2236 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL, 1957 in Calcasieu Parish Public Library System, Lake Charles, LA)
Either George, Sr. was in MS Territory (ie. the lands under dispute known as Western Florida which later included east Louisiana)in 1803, or he was in GA and Richard S. Bryan did all the paperwork for the land for them, or his son Green Berry was not born in GA in 1806. I'm inclined to not believe Green Berry's birth date, or place, because that is a secondary source from someone else that I haven't proven.
George Brewer, Jr. and John Brewer had been in East LA - So. MS Territory since 1797 occupying land right and left.
John occupied 640 acres on Johnston's Creek; another 1,440 acres on the west side of the Tombigbee, part Spanish; and finally he had land on the Pascagula river in March 1813 and another purchase in St. Helena County in October 1812(which was established from Spanish Florida in 1810 along with Feliciana, East Baton Rouge and St. Tammany in Louisiana). George Jr., had 2,029 acres on the Tombigbee in 1797, three different claims.
I'm not sure which John this is. Do you know? Could he be the son of William Brewer and Ann, son of George and Abigail Wyche Brewer?All I have under William is Henry who married Susannah Mitchell. And Henry and Susannah ended up in Nacogdoches County, TX along with my Olivia Brewer's husband, Thomas B.Taylor and some other kin. John Brewer, b. 4-14-1819 in Hinds Co., MS, son of Henry and Susannah, married my Thomas B. Taylor's sister, Nancy Octavia Taylor and stayed in Hinds Co., MS. I'm wondering if Henry might have named his son for his brother, if he had a brother named John.
Here is the will reference I told you about:
Hancock County, GA, off Rootsweb. File name: ingramw 1.txt, contributed by: Carolyn L. Harper Johnson,
"Last Will and Testament of William Ingram:
In the name of God, Amen.I, William Ingram, being porly in Body & sencible of the Mortality man is insident to, & I do make and ordain this my last will & testament.
Item It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid.
Item I lend unto my beloved wife Lucresa Ingram during her widowhood my land & plantation but in case she maries, one third part during her natural life with two negrows (to wit) barrel & little hannah, two feather beds & furniture, one sorrel mare______til which I had of George Brewer & two cows & one calf, seven head of my best hogs & one sow and pigs with the lone of the rest of my negrows for a term of years that my Executors say ____ ____ to support cloth and educate & it is my desire that as soon as my son Benjamin Ingram arrives to the age of twenty one years my negrows Davey, aga, Big Hannah, George & Nancy be equally divided among my surviving children, Benjamin Ingram, Robert Ingram & the one my wife's pregnant with if it lives.All the balance of my estate not mentioned to be sold for the benefit of my heirs & creditors & I do ordain & appoint Andrew Jeter & Benjamin Harper Executors to this my last will & testament in witness whereof I have ____ ____ my hand this seventeenth day of November one thousand eight hundred & four.
Int he presents of Seth Kennedy, William Emerson, Benj. Harper, Andrew Teter, Signed William Ingram."
Oops!It was a mare, not a stallion!Big difference!
One question leads to another, doesn't it?!Fascinating!