Hi Guys, Carolyn Baker here again: it might be very argumentive to some of you, but My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Brewer Sanders, oldest child of "Jerry" and "Peggy" Brewer, born March 23, 1878, died January 22, 1972, told me many times that her fathers real name was Emerson Harlen Brewer. Jerry was a nickname same as Peggy for Martha. My fathers name is Emerson Harlen, "Jack" nickname, Granny named him after her father "Jerry". the Alabama Department of Archives and history have his first name Emerson, no middle name. I'm sure you all know at this point that he enlisted on Nov 11, 1861. Was a Private in the 42nd Tenn Regiment,Co.H,Infantry; served until captured at Fort Donaldson Tenn abt Feb 16,1862; Exchanged in Sept 1862; Reinlisted as Private in Sept 1862 at Vicksburg Miss.in the 55th Alabama Infantry,Co 1 served until the latter part of 1865. Remark, ADAH, Jackson County, Deserted the CSA 1863/07/04, and was released 1865/02/15 at Nashville, Tenn, taking the oath of allegiance.Citation #2674.ADAH has his birth year as 1842, but his Mother Mary had him listed as 6 years old in the 1850 census of Jackson County Alabama, His birthday was Feb. 20, and the census was enumerated on Nov 28,1850, approximately two months after Joseph,his father had died in Sept. So being, if born in 1844, sure Mama would know, then he had his 18th birthday four days after he enlisted. Some notes of interest maybe; Lillie Mae Sanders Thrower, born Feb 18,1905, died March 14,2004, daughter of "Mollie", my Grandmother, Daughter of Jerry and Peggy celebrated her 99th birthday less than a month before she died. Lived in Atmore Alabama. She was the last surviving Child of my Grandmother "Mollie"and Grandfather James Wiley "Red Jim" Sanders. Last grandchild of Jerry and Peggy Brewer from their daughter Mary Eliz. "Mollie". I might add a fun thing here, My Granny told me her Daddy,(She called them Mammie and Pappy to me), gave her the nickname "Boy", and called her that as long as he lived; She said she became quite "busty" at an early age, and she wrapped her bust to hide it, so Pappy Jerry started calling her "Boy". She said they all loved to ride their horses, and when she was 16, and my granddaddy Jim was 18, she slipped out of their home there in Paint Rock Vally, got on her horse and met Jim at midnight on his horse, and rode across the mountain to Tenn and got married.Granny was very timid,"Mollie" and blushed very easily, said "I didn't want the family tieing tin cans to my bedsprings like they did when any of the family members got married. She laughed alot about this and partook in this joke along with everone else after her own marriage. Granny Mollie said her mammie Martha Jane "Peggy"
could recall as a very very young child that when the Civil war broke out, that her Mama Elizabeth Pogue would boil the dried corn cobs saved from the harvest, to feed the old milk cow in the winter to keep her from going dry, "cause" times were hard, and Nobody had nothing" One more tidbit before I hush: We know that Ggrandpa Jerry married his brother George W.'s widow Rebeccah, raised hers and Georges children, together they were blessed with Hannah and Joe L.. Now, Rebeccah died, and here he is with all these children to raise, "told to my Granny Mollie by her Pappy Jerry:" "A mans got to have a wife, specially if that man has a houseful of youngins to feedand see to". So being, he went to James P.Pogue and simply told him "I need a wife", explained his circumstances, GGGrandpa gave him Martha. Want a physical description of "Jerry" Emerson when he joined the war? Here it is for you who might not know: Dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair,5'7 1/2" tall. He signed with an X, and stated he had no family. In 1911 when Jerrys and Peggys daughter my G-Aunt Walter died, she had a twin brother named Warnie by the way, died at birth, strange but true,they switched the childrens names, giving Aunt Walter her twin brothers name and his name became Warnie! My Granny Mollie told me this, so did my Aunt Lillie. But back to where I should be, when Aunt Walter died in or about 1911,she was buried in the Miller Cemetary on the side of Miller Mountain in Paint Rock Vally:My Grandmother Mollie Brewer Sanders had her daddy Jerry exhumed from the Old Bostick Hill Cemetary and moved to the Miller Mountain Cemetary. So, Jerry is not buried with Peggy. Jerry, Aunt Walter, and Uncle Baude Miller her husband are all buried side by side. Jerry Emerson has a Military headstone, the Cemetary is inexcessable except by a fourwheeler or darn good Jeep now, My brother Ray Sanders told me the last time he went there to the cemetary, took a good two hours up and around the mountain , cant get there from the main road, land company bought the land at the main road and put up a fence with a lock on it. So sad but true. Well well, I shall ramble on, here it is: My Great Uncle Richard Harvey,"Harve" he was called by the family, is buried in the Trenton Cemetary in Paint Rock Vally, his Military marker reads as follows"Richard H. Brewer 10-21-1932 AL PVT 1CL Coast Artillary Corps. My Grandmother Mollie Brewer Sanders, Uncle Harves sister and My Grandpa Jim Sanders are buried there also. My Granny's youngest child was born June 13, 1923, her name was Clara, last husband was named Mike Yosin who shot her 5 times in the chest with a rifle right in front of one of her brothers named Arlen ,Mollie had turned 43 March 23, had Aunt Clara less than 3 months later. I followed in Grannys footsteps I guess, had my last child 3 months before I turned 44! My baby was 13 July 25th of this year, perfectly healthy , A B student in school. Got a Granddaughter was 17 this year. My Oldest child Letha Camille Prince was 35 this year on Jerry Emersons birthday, Feb 20th, My son, Jarred Gabriel Porter was 23 on April 22. Have my grannys pictures, some of Uncle Harve, Brother Ray has my pix of Jerry, Peggy, Aunt Walter and Uncle Baude Miller all posing together, I'll stop here, E-Mail me any of you curious Brewers: email@example.com