Many years since the post, I do not know where I got this but copied it into my Family TreeMaker, as my grandmother was Jennie Bessie Brewer b. 5 Jul 1894 Wytheville, Wise Co VA, d. 22 Apr 1951 dau of John Wesley Brewer and Louisa Ellen Testerman; m. Orgie James Morelock
I have Lewis as Mastin Lewis Sr. Brewer, and his mother as Mary Elizabeth, possibly nee Alsop
Will of Lewis Brewer Grayson County Virginia, book 2, pages 3 & 4. I Lewis Brewer of the county of Grayson and the state of Virginia, do make this my last will and testament. First I give unto my sons Martin and Rufus Brewer, the track of land I now live on, to be divided between them as I have shown them and my beloved wife Agatha to be supported by Martin and Rufus living her natural life, to have a home peaceably on the track of land I now live. House etc. at her will & the track of land I bought of John Dickerson Virginia, 100 acres or more I give to Rufus & Martin Brewer. I give unto my children namely, Sally Parks, William Brewer, Linneer Brewer, my track of land lying on the head waters of Peach Bottom and Grayson County to be equally divided or the proceeds of the same, as they choose. I give unto my wife my young man (I do not know who he meant as I never found a slave listed with him in any census) to belong to her. The balance of my perishable property and my outstanding debts to be collected and my just debts and funeral expenses paid and the remainder to belong to Rufus and Martin Brewer with the exception of my clock I give to Samuel Brewer, and my large family bible to my daughter Sally Parks and the balance of my books to be divided amongst my children as they wish. I appoint my son Martin my executor of this my last will and testament given unto my my hand this February the 21, 1839.
Steven Hale Jr. Timothy Roark, W. Hail sign with a seal.
Lewis Brewer was born about 1760 in Devonshire England. Lewis and his mother came to America when Lewis was about 14 years old. Along with them were other Brewer families. The ship they sailed on was ship wrecked somewhere near Cape Hattarras, North Carolina. Lewis and his mother Mary Elizabeth was sponsored by Samuel Russell of Burke County, North Carolina. After living on Samuel Russell's plantation for awhile Mary Elizabeth married Samuel Russell. Lewis being young and living on the farm, was sometimes referred to as Lewis Russell. In that time of history, emigrants that had endured many hardships to come to America, were about to loose their freedoms, that they had so sacrificed for. Lewis then decided he would join the war to try and keep the freedoms that were being taken from them. At the age of 18 giving his legal name joined the Revolutionary War. On July 20, 1778, Lewis Brewer enlisted in the 10th Regiment as a Private in the North Carolina, Continental Line. He was assigned to the "Ballards Company" he served 9 months (taken from the Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina, in the American Revolution).
After the war Lewis migrated into Virginia. In the tax list you will find Lewis and Agatha in 1790 in Wythe County, Virginia. In 1792 Grayson County Virginia, was formed, Lewis and Agatha decided to become freeholders of land in the new county. They went into the area that they later called Elk Creek and Peach Bottom, and staked out 583 acres land. Lewis obtained the land by drawing a hand drawn map of the land he wanted to own, and sent the homemade map to the Governor of Virginia, for the seal of the State. He paid taxes on the land, making the title approved. The survey was made on the 23 February. 1795. Lewis Brewer was known as a Pioneer Free-holder of land in Grayson County Virginia. Lewis and Agatha remained in Elk Creek Grayson County, Virginia, until their deaths. Lewis was one of the first 8 families to live in the new county and had a share in erecting the Providence Church; he was a very educated man, he also taught school on occasion.
The tax record for 1799 Lewis Brewer owned 133 acres on waters of Elk Creek West 13 miles from court house house value per acre 33 total 4443, tax 22, 100 acres on waters of Elk Creek, west 16 miles from court house, value per acre 25, total 2500.
Lewis Brewer was on the 1815 tax assessment list for Grayson County, Virginia, as follows; one farm on Elk Creek joining the lands of Lewis Hail 333 acres having theron one dwelling house of logs 30 by 18 feet, two stories one kitchen and barn valued at $700.
Lewis and Agatha bought 75 acres for 50 lbs. from Robert Nuckoll on Bull Run part of the Plantion where George Holland formerly lived deed book 2 page 32 on 26 December. 1803.
He was in the 1820 Grayson County, Virginia, census: 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 16 , 1 male 16 to 18, 4 males 16 to 26, 1 male 45 and over, 1 female 10 to 16 , 1 female 45 and over.
In 1830 Grayson County, Virginia, census: 3 males 20 to 29, 1 male 60 to 69, 1 female 15 to 19, 1 female 20 to 29, 1 female 60 to 69.
He served on the Grand Jury of Grayson County Virginia, from 1806 until 1810.
By 1850 James, Aaron, Richard, and Rufus left Grayson County, leaving Samuel with a farm valued at $1000, William with a farm valued at $88O, Martin with a farm valued at $1000, John with a farm valued at $1000, and Lineer with a farm valued at $658.
Lewis and Agatha are buried in the Rhudy Brewer Cemetery, behind the house where they all lived.
Lewis and Agatha were in Wythe County, Virginia 1790 tax list, Wythe County, was formed from Montgomery County, Virginia, in 1792 Grayson County, Virginia was formed out of Wythe and Patrick County's, Virginia.
The 1800 Grayson County, Virginia tax list Lewis Brewer one male over 21 and three horses.