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OUR BREWER ANCESTORS OF THE SOUTH

Keeping their legacy alive, one branch at a time...


Have you ever come across an ancestor that just strikes a chord with you? Well, Isaac Brewer (1763-1852) is one of those for me. He is believed to be my 5 greats grandfather, yet he feels more like part of my immediate family.  I decided to create this website in honor of him, as a place to post his life history as well as any supportive documents that I have. I will also include information on some of his ancestors and descendants.  I will be adding to this website on nearly a daily basis, so feel free to check back regularly.

Isaac's branch of the Brewer line lived in Virginia back in the early Jamestown era and later migrated to North Carolina. Many were in the Revolutionary War while living there in the vicinity of Haw River in Orange and Chatham Counties, and were notorious for being unflinching Patriots.

Isaac was born in the Creek and Cherokee Nation in an area which later became Wilkes County, Georgia.  He grew up in Orange and Chatham County, North Carolina, where he also served in the Revolutionary War.  He was a prisoner of the British for a short time following the Battle of Camden and was shot in the back during and ordered retreat during the Battle of Cane Creek, after which he continued to run a fair distance, despite the severity of his injury, before his body finally gave way and he fell to the ground.  When a companion turned him over, it was said that he lost close to a gallon of blood.

Following the war, Isaac ranged about among his relatives for a few years, and then moved back to Georgia as a young man thereafter.  It was there, near the frontier fort of Cedar Shoals, that he saved a young woman from death at the hands of an Indians brave, drawing his gun and shooting the man before he could even pull his trigger. He then carried her back to the fort and saw to it that she was cured of her fright.

"THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH IS THAT OF KINDNESS, BUT STRENGTH."
-- Talon Andersen

In Georgia, with the Oconee Indian War coming on, Isaac soon found it necessary to again join the fight to protect his neighbors and way of life, and became in Indian spy along the Oconee River.  In one skirmish he suffered from severe stab wounds in the left hand and left thigh.  While in this frontier region he married his first wife, whose name is not known, when he was about 30 years old (ca. 1793) in Hancock County.  She died young, and he married Sarah (maiden name unknown) before 1800 in Hancock, Washington, Warren or Jackson County, Georgia.  Once the War of 1812 hit, itching to be of help, he served in the conflict as well.

Isaac later moved his family to eastern Tennessee ca. 1819 and then to Talladega County, Alabama in about 1842. After having been in a frail state for several years, he died there at his humble home, up in the spurs of the mountains, in the vicinity of Silver Run, Alabama 25 May 1852.