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The Brevards and Ingrams of Thomasville, GA & Camden, SC

Updated March 2, 2004

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The earliest known origin of the Brevard and Ingram family began in Camden, SC. A Camden Court document stated "When old man Doby bought her with two children, Allen and Louisa Fagen. When he bought them they came from Alabama." Hettie Fortune, Louisa's daughter said she was born on the Old Doby English Plantation. Alfred Brevard married Sarah English Doby of the Enlish Doby Family. An 1862 Bill of Sale listed Alfred Brevard as selling nine slaves to Alfred Doby for 1,000. Louisa and family lived on land owned by Alfred Brevard. These two families owned my ancestors.

Janie Fagen had two children: Allen and Louisa Fagen. Janie married Julius Bynum. To this union one child was born: Carter. Carter had no known decendants. Allen married Betsy. To this union eleven children were born: Louvenia, Mary A., Silvy, Josephine, Lilly, Allen, Henry, Jacob (Jake), Louisa and Caroline.

Louisa, Janie's daughter, had seven children: Dinah Jones, Hettie Fortune, Carter Brevard, Allen Fagen, Julius Ceasar Brevard, and Grace and Richard Ingram. They lived along the Wateree river in Lugoff, SC located in Kershaw County. Camden is the County Seat.

The father of Dinah and Allen are unknown. William Fortune was the father of Hettie. Robert Ingram was the father of Grace and Richard. Carter and Julius Brevard were the children of a former slave owner, Alfred Brevard. Alfred Brevard served in the Civil War for the Confederate. His father was Dr. Alfred Brevard of Camden. His grandfather was Joseph Brevard who served as a U.S. Congressman. Joseph was the son of John and Jane McWhorter of Iradell, NC. The Brevard name is of French origin.

Dinah, Hettie, Allen and Julius remained in Kershaw County. Carter and Richard made Thomasville, GA their home.

Dinah Jones had several children: Alice, Rebecca, Simon, Tom and Patsy Jones.

Hettie Fortune had several children: Lona, Jernice, Marshall, Mary, Arthur, Betsy, Sallie D., Beverly, Frank and Patsy.

Carter Brevard married Mamie Ida Kearse of Thomas County, GA on March 26, 1896. To this union fifteen children were born. Only ten lived past infancy: Alfred, Marie, Elvin, Eva, Carter, Winnie Lee, Arthur (who died as a child of diptheria), Daisy, Rossie Byrd and Archie.

Mamie Kearse (Karce) (Kerce) was the daughter of Emma Kearse and Sam Gatlin of Thomas County, Georgia. Emma had three sisters: Rebecca, Marzella aka as Murville, Lisa Ann and a brother. Marzella married William Quick. Lisa Ann who owned and operated a store in Thomasville married John Thomas Gaskins.

When Mamie married Carter Brevard a Kearse family member who was unhappy about the marriage of Mamie to a colored man shot through the house.

Allen Fagen married Rena. To this union several children were born: Elsie, Pearl, Clara, Marlon, Arthur, Edward, Jesse, and Sarah.

Julius Ceasar Brevard married Alice Cantey, daughter of Reverend Samuel and Nancy Cantey in 1890. To this union five chidren were born: Christopher Columbus, Julius Ceasar, Clara Hattie, Samuel Cantie, and Alice Hattie.

Grace Ingram married Marion Smith of Orangeburg, SC. Their were no children born to this union. However, she cared for several of her deceased sister, Dinah's children: Mary, Patsy and Simon Jones.

Richard Ingram married Cora Sadler, daughter of Issac and Anna Sadler. To this union seven children were born: Hattie Lou, Essau, Roy, Corina, Victoria, Isabelle and Rosa Lee.

The Brevards and Ingrams began their Family Reunions in 1971 at the home of Jannie Lee Brevard Knaff in Thomasville, GA. In 1983 after the death of Eva Brevard Armstrong, Patricia Knaff Brown, Sandra Griffin Outing and Gail Brevard White formed the Mamie and Carter Bevard Family Reunion. In 1987 the Brevard and Ingram Family Reunion became the name of the Reunion. In February 2003 the copyright for the revised and updated Brevard/Ingram Family History was approved by the Library of Congress.

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