Please keep in mind that the tax lists you are using are not complete.I can show you a few Georges in Hancock county in this time frame and it was never a part of Wilkes.As far as the lottery lists, a lot of Brewers were gone to MS/AL/LA before 1805, particularly the Warren County Brewers.Concerning the Banklstons and Wheat families.I believe there were a few living in Hancock county before 1800.I will have to check my records.Please keep in mind that the published tax records I have seen are scattered. Many microfilm records were not used and some tax records were lost. Case in point, the 1794 Hancock County Tax digest I refered to came from copies of the actual tax records I made at the courthouse. It lists two George Brewers in Hancock County.If I remember correctly, on the early tax records the various lands owned would be listed on the tax records in which the owner resided.John Brewer, Sr. of Hancock County owned land in neighboring Greene on Richland Creek, some 40 miles from where he lived on Shoulderbone Creek in Hancock COunty.Both lands are listed on the 1794 Tax digest of Hancock.The original tax records will often state the quality of land, neighbors, who the land was originally granted to, and the water course that the land flowed into, taxes paid and whether slaves were present.In most transcribed records you will rarely get this information.Also equally import is when you see names only paying a poll tax.This usually means the individual was 18 years of age and owned no land.
Your reference to Amite County is confusing.Are you stating that some of the old Spanish Grants were located in this county?I believe this area was originally Wilkinson County MS before breaking up.I have deep roots in this county also as both the Andrews and Reeves families my Brewers married into were from there before 1810.