We all wish we could just place them on a map.It is not so easy.In fact in order to determine even where they are generally located takes some work.The only way to achieve this is to accumulate the surrounding plats for their neighbors, if possible at all.You must continue this process until you get to at least the junction of two physical features.In most cases this will be creeks, rivers and sometimes roads or county lines. Once you have this you can generally place the location on a map.As you can see this is a lot of work.There are other ways involving computer software which are even more time consuming.
You are correct in that several of these land plats will be on the east side of the Ogechee River.Jewel sits mostly on the west side of the river if my memory serves me correct.In fact, once you cross the Ogechee into Warren county I found a road called Brewer Road that turns south.On one of my ventures I am going to explore this road.Noone to my knowledge lives on the road and it appears to run for at least 2 miles into the Ogeechee National Forest.I feel quite confident that an old Brewer home place is down this road.The area between the Ogechee and Oconee Rivers is called “The Land Betweeen”.The original Wilkes county encompassed most of the land east of the Ogechee river while Washington was between the rivers.This is important to keep in mind when looking at these plats.(I hope I am correct in this).Also keep in mind that there are grants associated with the plats you downloaded (I have these also).They give a more verbal description of the land in question as to its size.
One of my pet projects is plotting the land owners in Hancock county along the Oconee, Ogeechee rivers and along Shoulderbone Creek.
I have seen this before but missed picking up on something major.The John Brewer, Sr.’s and Jr’s estate sales and papers mention a John Rosser and several other Rosser’s many several times.I also think the Mangums were in this area also.The time period of them selling their lands in VA coincides with their move into GA.In fact, John Brewer Jr. took money from his fathers Estate to make a trip to VA on family business.In addition, there is a recording where they were paid in VA money from someone still living in VA that owed money to the estate.The fact that John Jr. named a daughter Bethia also makes me lean to this as these Brewer’s origin in VA.I personally think they were from Greensville county which is next door to Brunswick.If they are the same, people can quit using these land records as sources for other Brewer lines.It is clear that John Jr. had no sons.I somewhat believe that John Sr. may have left some sons in VA.
The church is Long Branch Baptist Church that I believed was formed in 1784.The church is still in existence. I will try to find the information I have.I keep thinking I obtained it from the library in Warrenton, GA.
Topo programs are wonderful software.However, I would encourage you to obtain some GA DOT county highway maps. They are $2 each and are about 36”X36”.They will show all the creeks, rivers, many cemeteries, all churches, old dirt roads, etc.I own about twenty different ones for various counties in GA.I cannot tell you how many old family cemetery plots are found by traveling these old dirt roads that were essentially the old wagon roads from the late 1700’s.