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Sarah Lanier (b. 1686, d. Bet. 1724 - 1729)Sarah Lanier (daughter of John Lanier and Sarah Edmonds)41 was born 1686 in Charles City,Prince George,Virginia, and died Bet. 1724 - 1729 in Brunswick,Virginia.She married George Brewer on Abt. 1705 in Surry,Va., son of John Brewer III and Elizabeth Rice.
Notes for Sarah Lanier:
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 19, Ed. 1, Tree #0229, Date of Import: Dec 10, 2000]
Lanier Family Line: Ambrose BREWER's grandmother Sarah Lanier is
where this family joins the BREWERs. The Laniers were Huguenots (French
Protestants) who fled France to avoid persecution. Their chance came when
the Earl of Hereford, visiting Paris, met Nicholas Lanier, who had been a
flute player in the Court of King Henry II of France. The Earl proceeded to
hire him as flute player for Queen Elizabeth I of England. Although it was
against the law for Protestants to leave France, sometime in 1561 Nicholas
slipped away and arrived in London
p 9:where he became the founder of this renowned musical family and
ancestor of all American Laniers. This includes the poet Sindney Lanier and
James Franklin Doughty Lanier. James Lanier was the banker from Madison,
IN, who singlehandedly financed the state government of IN under Republican
Governor Oliver P Morton during the Civil War. This prevented the
Democratic majority in the IN General Assembly, which favored secession,
taking IN out of the Union. When Governor Morton called out the IN Home
Guard (National Guard, today) in support of the Union, the Genral Assembly
responded by refusing to appropriate any money for him to operate on. James
Lanier came to the rescue and carried the burden of state finance two years
until the next election when Union sympathizers were elected to the General
Assembly. These two Laniers are not in the direct line but would be
distantly related cousins.
Back to the direct Lanier line, in 1604 King James I (the same one who
ordered the Bible translated into English) named Nicholas Lanier "Musician
of the Flutes," an office held until his death in 1612. His son Clement
Lanier, talented on the recorder, a type of flute, was a Gentleman of the
King's Chamber. His son, John Lanier, is the first of this Lanier line to
come to America. They arrived before 1656. John Lanier supported Bacon's
Rebellion and is said to have camped at Jordon's Point with the leader of
the rebellion, Nathaniel Bacon. This may actually have been his son John Jr
who at age 21 would be more likely be "roughing it" with the young
30-year-old leader of this first rebellion against British rule which took
place in 1676, exactly one hundred years before the successful American
Revolution. At the critical point of this revolt, Nathaniel Bacon died of
pneumonia and the movement died with him. Some historians, pondering the
effect of George Washington's death at a critical point in the American
Revolution, say that the United States might have been born one hundred
years earlier had Bacon lived. However, that would have resulted in a
p 10:capital city named Bacon, DC., so maybe things do work out for the
best, after all.
Lanier, by Louise Ingersoll, US/CAN 929.273 272 at Family History
Library, Salt Lake City, Utah gives Lanier descendants. Information
on p. 378.
Sarah Lanier was born abt 1686, Charles City Co, VA, the d/o John Lanier,
Jr. and his second wife Sarah, the widow of William Edmunds. Sarah Lanier
married about 1705 in Surry Co. George BREWER,
The will of George BREWER, dated July 2, 1744, and presented in Court
August 2, 1744 by Alice BREWER, his second wife, and his son Howell,
executors. His will names his ten children by Sarah, and speaks of
"our young children" by my wife Alice. Sarah Lanier died between 1724 and 1729. Buried in Meherrin Parish
Page 385 gives the following information: "George BREWER's son
Burwell BREWER, by his second wife Alice, was born 1730 Surry Co., VA
and died 1799 Wilkes Co., GA m. Elizabeth Patrick who died 1800.
Only known son of George and Alice BREWER.
More About Sarah Lanier:
Date born 2: Abt. 1686, Charles City County, Virginia.41
Died 2: Abt. 1724, Brunswick County, Virginia.41
More About Sarah Lanier and George Brewer:
Marriage: Abt. 1705, Surry,Va..
Children of Sarah Lanier and George Brewer are:
- +Lanier Brewer, b. Abt. 1716, Surry,Virginia, d. Bet. 1756 - 1807.