1st generation:

William Brewer was born 1520 in England and died 1618 (age 98).  He married Deannes Baker. 

They had a son: Thomas

2nd generation:

Thomas Brewer was born in 1540 in Somerset, England and died in 1637, probably in London. 

He married Mary Drake (or Anne ?). His son, John’s will mentions “uncle John Drake.”

He lived in Chard, England and later moved to London. 

His sons were John & Thomas.

3rd generation:

John Brewer I was born in 1565 (or 1594) and died in 1635 in Virginia. He married Mary Grove (daughter of Ralph) (or Mary Butler).  

He was a merchant and grocer in Bartholomew Lane, London, and a citizen of eminence and respectability in the City of London. John and Mary could have emigrated to Virginia with their 3 children before 1622 as there was a Petition in that year of Captain Francis West, Captain William Claybourne, John Brewer, Robert Sweet and William Capps, gents, ancient planters and adventurer in New England, for the remission of heavy duties on tobacco.  

John Brewer was the owner of two large estates, Brewers Neck (which is between Brewer's and Chuckatuck Creeks) and a tract in "Stanley Hundred" or "Brewer's Burrough" on Warwick River, Virginia, just across the James River from Jamestown. He was a Representative from Warwick in 1629-30 to the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was a member of the Governor's Council 1632-34, and a man of power, wealth, and influence. 

John Brewer made his will Sept. 4th 1631 as a 'citizen and grocer of London' which was filed in London 06 May 1635. for there was no recognized probate court in Virginia.  It was probated 13th May 1636 as follows:

     "To be buried without any mourning apparel or gowns given to any but those of mine own household.

     To my dearly beloved father Thomas Brewer, eight pounds yearly [..as long as h shoul live]

     To my son John Brewer my plantation in Virginia called 'Stanley hundred' also 'Brewer's Burough' only the third part of the profits thereof during the life of Mary my wife I give to her and also the third part of my goods and chattels, beside which is also due by the custom of London.

   To my son Roger Brewer and my daughter Margaret Brewer forth pounds apiece payable at marriage or when 21.

   To my brother Thomas Brewer 40 sh and to each of his children 10 sh.

   The residue to my said children John, Roger and Margaret, they to be executors, but as they are now young, I appoint my wife Mary and my loving uncle Roger Drake, citizen and clothmaker of London, to be overseers and guardians of my children; to each of them 40 sh to buy them a ring.

   [Testator died in Virginia]"

John Brewer I died at Isle of Wight County, Virginia May 13, 1635 and his widow soon afterwards married Rev. Thomas Butler "Clark and Parson of Denbie" or later Warwick County. Thomas Butler died in 1637.

See John Brewer I’s will at - Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol 3.

John & Mary Brewer had 3 children: John II (m Anne Skinner), Roger & Margaret (? Skinner).

It appears (from his will) that they were all minors when he died.

See also this page on the Brewer family line: The Brewer Family

4th generation:

John L. Brewer II was born April 11, 1614 in London, England. He married Anne (Skinner).  He settled on the 1000-acre grant of his step-father, Rev. Thomas Butler.  He also held his father's plantation "Stanley Hundred" in Warwick and “Brewer’s Borough.” (Not sure why his brother, Roger didn’t get one of these plantations.) 

He served in the House of Burgesses from 1637 to 1658 (like his father). 

From a Brewer page: “An inventory of his estate was filed June 15,1669, by his relict and executrix, Mrs. Ann Holiday. She must have re-married within a week or two of his death. There is an entry, dated May 20, 1671, in an old record book of the Virginia General Court, the only one now remaining later than 1640, that John Harloe informed the Court that Mr. Anthony Holiday (of Nansemond, in Isle of Wight), who married the widow of John Brewer, held more land in Warwick County than the probate called for. John Brewer left a very large estate which was valued at eighty-seven thousand six hundred and twenty-one pounds of tobacco (then used in the Colony as a standard of valuation). It included £155 in gold and silver money, and seventy-eight ounces of valuable plate. His son may have been the John Brewer who held the estate of ‘Stanley Hundred,’ in Warwick County, Virginia, though he lived in Nansemond, in 1717.”

See also Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol 3.

He died June 23, 1669, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

Children: John Brewer III, Thomas, Paul, Ann, Nathaniel, Mary, and John.

5th generation:

John (Drake?) Brewer III was born in Oct 10, 1635,  Isle of Wright, Virginia. He died in 1701 in Isle of Wight County, Va.  His wife's name is unknown.  He possibly had sons: George, John, Peter, James, Horace & William.

John III died Mar 10, 1701 (or 1705, or Feb 21, 1698), Brunswick, Virginia


There seems to be DNA evidence that George is NOT the son of John Brewer III (as some think), so I am starting over at 1st generation since it is the 1st generation we are sure of for this line.

George G. Brewer

1st generation

George G. Brewer (maybe son of John Brewer III)  b abt 1685 (or 1670) in Isle of Wight Co, VA, married Sarah Lanier.  Sarah was born abt 1686 in Charles City County, Virginia abt 1686, the daughter of John Lanier, Jr. and Sarah Edmunds, the widow of William Edmunds.  Sarah died between 1724 and 1729.

George then married 2nd  to Alice M. Burwell in 1729 and had 2 more children (Burwell and Joseph)

George's will (1744) names ten children by his wife, Sarah. 

George died July. 2, 1744  (or Dec 7, 1743) in Brunswick Co, VA, buried in Meherrin Parish Graveyard

See also this page on the George Brewer family: The Brewer Family

Children: (birthdates vary)

  1. 1. William Brewer, 1706-1794, m Ann ?

  2. 2. Oliver Brewer, 1708-1792, m Rebecca Smith, d 1792

  3. 3.Henry Brewer, b abt 1710, m  Mary ? ; His will was written in 1778.  He patented land in North Carolina in 1756 & 1759.  He was on the poll Tax list for 1755 Orange Co, NC. 

  4. 4.Nathaniel Brewer,  b abt 1712;

  5. 5. Sarah Brewer,  b abt 1714; m Matthew Vick 

  6. 6. Lanier Brewer, b abt 1716; m Joanna ?; ch: Lanier Brewer Jr, b abt 1746. Lanier Jr is said to have had 30 sons, but only John and George are certain, others may be Henry M, Wiley, Solomon, Cornelius & Julius

  7. 7. George Brewer Jr. , b abt 1718, m Mary ?, d 1757; ch: Rawle, George III, Matthew, John

  8. 8. Nicholas Brewer, b abt 1720, m Sarah ?, ch: William 

  9. 9. Howell Brewer (see below), b abt 1722, m Marian ?

  10. 10. John Brewer, 1724-1765, m Mary  ? 

Children with 2nd wife, Alice Burrell:

11. Burwell Brewer, 1730-1799

  1. 12.Joseph Brewer, b abt 1732

In 1743, Howell was co-executor of his father’s will with his step-mother Alice

  Howell Lanier Brewer, Sr.

2nd generation

                                                                                                    Map of Orange County, NC ........

Howell Brewer was probably born about 1719 in Surrey Co, VA. , the son of George Brewer and

Sarah Lanier.  

There is quite a bit of discrepancy about Howell Brewer. See this article.

Howell Brewer was born in the vicinity of Brunswick County, Virginia to George and Sarah (Lanier) Brewer before the year 1723.

George Brewer’s will names Hoel (sic) as a son.

“Howell was given power of attorney by Thomas Cowman on 9 June 1740 in Surry County, Virginia. He would have been at least 21 years old at the time, which places his birth date as early as 1719.”

Actual record: On July 16, 1740, Thomas Cowan of Bartie Precinct, NC appointed Howel Brewer of

Brunswick County, Va as his attorney to represent him over some cattle he had raised for

James Wyche. Witnesses were: William (x) Brewer and James (x) Wise.?

He married 1st to Rebecca Willis? in 1742 and had Ann and James

In 1743, in Brunswick Co, Va, Howell was co-executor of his father’s will with his step-mother Alice.The inventory was not filed until the 4 September 1746 Court.

In 1747 there was a suit of Trespass, assault and battery against Howell by Charles Collier. Though he admitted the offense, the case was dropped later that year.

Also in 1747 he was charged in Sept with owing a debt for 41s and 4p. the record said he “absconded so that process could not be served on him.” Evidently, he fled the area, possibly leaving Rebecca.

He was probably in Orance Co, NC as early as Feb. 1747.

In 1749 he got 200 acres in then Bladen Co, NC and 200 acres on the NE side of Deep River.

1754 he got a land grant (dated Feb 27).

He was on the 1755 tax list of Orange County, NC with his brother Henry.

In 1758 in Cumberland county, NC, he sold his 200 acres on both sides of Dee River to Zachariah Green. There was no wife’s signature or mark.

Some time around 1755 he moved to Orange County, North Carolina.

(He doesn’t show up on the records there until 1758.)

Orange Co, NC was formed in 1752 (parts of it were later broken down into new counties).

In 1755, Orange Co, NC there was a Howell Brewer living alone. Perhaps Rebecca had died by then, or he abandoned her, or perhaps she joined him in NC, had more children and died there.

There was also a Henry Brewer (probably his brother) living there (with 3 people in his household). This was probably his brother.

Howell married about 1757 to Marian May and had more children.  Sept 3, 1757, Sept - A deed of gift from John May to Howlet (sic) Brewer for 100 acres of land was proved in open court. 10 June 1769, Howell and Marian sold this land to Joseph Dixon.

We don’t know whether some of the following records were for Howell Sr or Howell Jr.

Orange County Court Records

1756, Dec - A deed of sale from Henry Brewer to Charles Clinton for 156 acres of land was proved in open Court. . .

1756, Dec - A deed of sale from the Earl of Granville unto Henry Brewer for 456 acres of land was proved in open court. . .  [these 1st 2 records are from 2 different books, the first one doesn't make sense; seems like he would be buying land]

1757, Sept - A deed of sale from John May to Howlet (sic) Brewer for 100 acres of land was proved in open court . . . [not sure if this was Howell.  [this was probably his father-in-law]

1758 - Henry Brewer was bondsman for Philemon Edwards

1758, Dec - Howell Brewer accused by John Williams (for assault?), Brewer found guilty, ordered to pay 1 pound 10 shillings.

1759, June - William Spruce sues Howell Brewer for unpaid debt.  Brewer says he has paid it, but when a jury is assembled he admits he has not, and is ordered to pay 3 pounds 14 shillings plus court costs.

1761 - Henry Brewer was bondsman for Joseph Fooshee

1765, Feb - Howell Brewer admits the he owes Nathaniel Edwards 2 pounds 12 shillings and 1 penny, ordered to pay plus court costs.

1765 - "ordered that the following Jurors (Henry Brewer, Oliver Brewer, etc.) lay our a road. . . from Wm. Johnston's Store on Little River to Henry Brewer's ford on Haw River. . ."   "Charles Saxon appointed overseer of Road in the room of Howell Brewer". . . . Sackfield Brewer appointed overseer of road.

1772 - Capt. Joab Brooks’s company of the Chatham County Militia in 1772 were Howel Brewer and Howell Bruer, 14 names apart

There are huge discrepancies on the internet about this man, his wives and his children.  But here are some ideas:

children of Rebecca:

  1. 1.Ann, b abt 1754, m Joseph Moon

  2. 2. James, b abt 1755

Children of Mary:  (or some of these could be children of Howell Jr)

  1. 3. Orville, b abt 1757

  2. 4. Howell Jr., b 1762

  3. 5. Isaac, b 1763 Wilkes Co, VA, m Sarah (he said in his Rev. War pension application that his father was Howell and he has a brother named Howell. Isaac swore that he served in that war with his father, Howell, and uncles, John and Bill.)

  4. 6. John

  5. 7.Willis or William

  6. 8.Reuben, b abt 1768

  7. 9.Livicy, m William Hunsucker

  8. 10.Drury

  9. 11.Simon, b abt 1775

  10. 12.George, b abt 1788


  1. Polly,

  2. Ambrose, b 1753 Brunswick Co, VA, m Sarah Cobb.  Was with Col. Cleveland in the Battle of King's Mountain in Catawba Co, NC.   He died 1873 Hancock Co, TN.   His son Howell Cobb m Nancy Short.

  1. William and Dorothy Brewer were married in 1765 in Chatham county.

  2. Chatham (NC) Regimental Return made Sept.  23, 1772 - [Chatham was part of Orange Co until 1770, and it is just to the east of Randolph Co, which makes it seem that the Brewers lived in the SE corner of Randolph & maybe the SW corner of Chatham.]

  3. A List of Men on the Muster role of Capt. Joab Brooks Company included Howel Brewer

  4. A Role of Captain Isaiah Hogans Company at a Muster Sept 19th 1772 included Henry Brewer

  1. Phillip Howell and Mary Brewer were married Oct.17, 1782 in Orange Co., N.C.

  2. William Brewer and Dorothy moved to Orange Co. from Brunswick Co.,Va. According to the will of William.

  3. William Brewer moved to Orange Co, NC 1787. Isham Brewer, his son, died in Orange Co in 1816.  his son Joseph Brewer moved to Carroll Co Tn by 1830.

The petition mentioned below lists several Brewer men.  Some of them could have also been Henry's sons.

petition signed in Randolph Co, NC in 1785 had several Brewers on it: (the east 1/4 of Randolph Co had been part of Orange Co until 1770)

  1. Howell Brewer, Sr.

  2. Nimrod Brewer

  3. Howell Brewer  

  4. Isaac Brewer    

  5. Reuben Brewer   

Their complaint was that they lived at a large distance from the courthouse which was then located in the NE corner of the county, and they wished the courthouse to be moved closer to the middle of the state. [so maybe they lived in the SE corner of Randolph Co?]

[1790 legend: men 16+ / boys -16 / women / other free / slaves] 

1790 Randolph Co, NC, Hillsborough district - 

Brewer, Howell  - 3-0-8 (p290)

Brewer, John        - 20211 (p278, had 1 slave)

[John Brewer b abt 1774, sons were: Elijah & Howell Athen (b 1790 Randolph Co, NC, m Patience Strickland).  

Howell Athen's children were: James Henry, Jackson, Greenberry, Drury, Howell (1824), William Nathaniel, Mary Catherine, & Simeon.]

1790 Moore Co, NC, Fayette district -

Nimrod Brewer   - 1-0-0 (p164, b bef 1774)

Ambrose Brewer - 2-3-4 (p162)

Drury Brewer      - 1-3-3 (p164)

Lanier Brewer      - 2-4-4 (p162)

1790 Orange Co, NC, St. Thomas district:

Ezekial Brewer

Sackfield Brewer [1793 was executor for will of Richard Cate]  [Ezekiel Brewer had son Sackfield Brewer who died after 1880.]

Thos Brewer   (p31)

Caswell district:

Henry Brewer   (p23)

Evidently Howell Jr. moved south to Georgia before 1793 where his son Nimrod was born.

In Telfair County, Georgia there are two cemeteries that seem to be 

named  "Green Brewer" and  "Henry Brewer"

See:    http://www.familytreedna.com/public/BrewerDNA/


[Joel Brewer, b 1780, Ga; d bef 1840 in GA, m Nicy (Elizabeth, Betsy) abt 1800.

had 1 son  "Green" who m Sarah Bennett]

Henry Brewer, b abt 1777, m Nancy Dole; ch:

    Henry Brewer Jr, b 1808, ch:

        Green Brewer, b 1820, m Sara Bennett; d abt 1866

Green Brewer, b1826-1830 Ky; moved to Ark. in 1860 census has in his home Isaac Brewer, age 73, b NC (1787)

Howell (Nimrod?) Brewer, Jr.

Howell Jr. brought his family to Missouri Territory bet 1793-1815.

1815 Tax List Lawrence County, Missouri Territory:

(Lawrence Co, Mo was created in Jan 1815 from New Madrid Co and included the southern strip of Missouri and all the northern part of Arkansas; Arkansas Territory was then created in 1819)

List included Nimrod Brewer

Howell sold land to Babtiste Deguire in Jan 1826, this land is said to be "the same land" purchased from Joseph Lachance. [Baptiste was probably his son-in-law, and Joseph Lachance-Colyott was his granddaughter’s husband. Colyott had married Mary Louisa Brewer in 1817 in Madison County, MO]

Howell died by Feb 1828 without a will. His son, Nimrod Brewer was assigned as the administrator of his estate.

Nancy [Brewer] & John B. Dequire, and Mary Louisa & Nimrod Brewer are listed as Howell's beneficiaries in 1832 probate records.

Howell Brewer’s estate record:

State of Missouri, County of Madison

The county court of the county of Madison.

To all who shall see these presents Greeting:

Whereas Howell Brewer lately died without any will as is sworn to,

and whereas Nimrod Brewer hath given bond with security, and taken the oaths required b y law, full power is therefore granted to the said Nimrod Brewer to administer according to law, all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased and to pay his debts as far as his assets will extend and the law direct, and the said administrator is hereby required to make a true and perfect inventory of all the said good and chattels, rights and credits, and the same to make exhibit into the office of the county court of Madison County at or before the second Monday in May next, and to make settlement with said court, at least once in every year until his business be fully completed.

Witness Thomas Moseley, Clerk of said Madison County court this 13th day of February AD 1828, being the third day of February term year aforesaid, Tom Mosley Clerk

Filed and recorded this 21st day of February, 1828, Tom Mosley, clerk


1.     Nimrod BREWER Sr., b: 1793 in Georgia; married Mary Louisa ?

2.     Nancy BREWER, m John Baptiste Deguire

3.     Green? BREWER, must have died before 1832 since he wasn't in Howell Jr's probate records.



There was a Howell Prentiss Brewer in Kentucky, who married Elizabeth "Betsy" Barger, 1846 Kentucky. Betsy died in KY in 1892.  See:    http://suzid.tripod.com/FGS-10385.html

This Howell was later in Perry Co, Mo (Campbell district) in 1850:

Howel BREWER 23 M Farmer 500 Tenn.

Elizabeth 23 F

Hannah 3 F

George 3 M

Polly 2 F

Martha BREWER 16 F

Polly BARGER 62 F

(Jesse Barger & family was living next door)

There is also a Howell Brewer (& other Brewers) in 1840 Hawkins Co, Tn:

Howel Brewer            1110001000000 * 0101010000000

This Howel was witness to the will of John Vaughan, Apr 10, 1820, Hawkins Co, Tn.

Also in 1840 Wayne Co, Tn:

p87 - Howel Brewer    00001-/-

and many other Brewers

There also was a Howell Brewer, b 1790 in Green Co, MS; d 1829 Wayne Co, Mo.; married Patience Stickland