A distant cousin of mine told her husband that she knew nothing of her past. He began a journey that seems to be frightening and disheartening.
The story goes something like this:
Susan Brewer's mother (currently unknown)seemingly fell in love with an Indian (name unknown) He was forced to the reservation. Susan's mother tried to go with him but was told that she couldn't. She was confined to a farm where she was subjected to slavery.
She was raped at will and forced to live with the other slaves. Each of her children knew of no father.
Susan begat Ella Brewer b. 1878 and died Oct. 13th, 1911. Each ofthe children were subjected to the same treatment. Raped and abused beyond mention. None of Ella's children knew of a father.
Ella bore 7 known children, Early Mae b.1898 d.1973, Jesse b. 1899 d. unknown, James Chalmus b. 1903 d. 1978, Annie Pearl b.1904 d. 1980, Johnny (Benny) b. 1907 d. ?, Margaret Virginia b. ? d. ?, Hattie b. 1910 d. Oct. 12, 1911.
The rumor is that Hattie was black. Ella faced ridicule and seemed to take all she could. The story says that she threw the baby into the fireplace and the next day killed herself. No factual information on that story. The two are buried together in Alabama.
The other children were placed on the court house steps. If someone wanted a child, they came by and picked one up. They stayed at the court house steps until they were all gone. Some of the stories following this are terrible. It is believed that Early M. was old enough to fend for himself. James C. took the name 'Blake' at around 7 or 8 years old. James C. Blake is my grandfather.
The Brewers associated with this clan stemmed from a boat trip soon after the Mayflower. This boat reportedly came to Georgia. The family then migrated to Alabama.
Early Mae (male) was old enough at this time to know exactly what happened. James C. knew as well but refused to talk about the issues due to embarrassment. Early Mae had a lineage. Leonard Mae b. 1921,Ester Lee b. 1924 married James Thomas Hornsby, Patricia Jean b. 1943 begat Brenda, Stacy and Wendy. The wherabouts of these individuals are unknown to me at this time.
I would appreciate any information concerning any of the family mentioned above.