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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Brewer Probate Files in Madison County, Tennessee

The following files for persons named BREWER are found in the Probate Court Files in Madison County, Tennessee. The links below are to digital images found at Family Search, Tennessee Image Only Historical Records. [You must sign in to Family Search to view the records that follow. There is no charge].

Found in "Tennessee, Probate Court Files," under Madison County:

Name - Year - File No. - Image no.- Brief description
James William Brewer - 1846 - No. 182 - 199. Minor over age 14 and under age 21. Oliver H. Willis appointed guardian. John J. Brewer and William White, securities. The order is recognized in the September 1846 term of the court in Lawrence Co., Alabama.

Winifred Brewer - 1844 - No. 183 - 204. Deposition of Absolom Deberry, assigns of John and Benjamin Brewer, heirs and "distributus" of Winifred Brewer, deceased, who received from Elizabeth Rogers, "Administratrix De-bonus-non," of Winifred Brewer, deceased. Settlement of the account of "Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers, administratrix De-bonus-non, of Winifred Brewer, deceased, late of the State of Georgia. Amount due upon settlement with James H. Rogers, dec'd, former administrator of said Winifred Brewer. Shares of John and Benjamin Brewer ($287.24). Share of Eliz Rogers administratrix of Jas. H. Rogers, dec'd ($287.23). Final settlement with Elizabeth Rogers (etc.) - paid J. J. Brewer atty in fact for Susanna Brewer ($143.60); paid Absolom Deberry ($50); allowed administratrix ($20), paid clerks for recording ($2); paid clerks for report & settlement ($2.75). Receipt of Absolom Deberry (Jan 1847) witnessed by Oliver H. Willis, guardian for "Wm Brewer a minor."

Found in "Tennessee, Probate Court Books," under Madison County, and then Wills, 1822-1835: (Note: this is a book of typed copies of the wills and not the originals)

Will of Benjamin Brewer of Madison Co., Tennessee, dated 24 June 1833, pages 283-284, images 358-359. First: Just debts to be paid. Second: to my granddaughters Rebecca Rogers children (not named) one fifth of estate, and remainder to Benjamin Brewer, Winford (sic) Brewer, John Brewer and William Brewer heirs of my son Buckner Brewer. Third: Estate to be kept together until grandson Benjamin Brewer comes to age of 21. Appoints Benjamin Brewer and James F. Roberson as executors. Witnesses: Elisha Dismukes, James McCauley. Proved November 1833 by James McCauley. Inventory and sale of property is found at page 293, image 368.

Administrator's settlement of the Estate of Benjamin Brewer, Wills, 1839-1843, Vol. 3, p. 87 (image 73). Account of Absalom Rogers, Administrator of the estate of Benjamin Brewer. Includes note on Benjamin Bridges. "Balance due on note given by B. Brewer to Benj. Brewer and assigned by said Benj. Brewer to Martha R Rebecca Brewer now the wife of A. Rogers including int and all."

The Benjamin Brewer of Madison Co., Tennessee (will above) is mentioned by Foy E. Varner, Jr. in Brewer Families of Southeast America (2003) at page 442. He cites a 2003 post by Carol Brewer to genforum.genealogy.com who believes that this Benjamin Brewer is  Benjamin3 Brewer (Nicholas2, George1) who is found in Greensville Co., Virginia on the 1810 U.S. census. From some cursory research it appears that this link is likely. Benjamin was found on the 1830 census in Chatham Co., North Carolina, and is not found on that same census in Madison Co., Tennessee where his will was written and proved. Buckner Brewer would then be his son. Buckner married Susanna Robinson in Greensville Co., Virginia in either 1803 or 1808 (depending on which record is consulted) and their children, as named by Benjamin, would be Winifred, Benjamin, William and John. Benjamin's granddaughter, Rebecca (a.k.a. Martha R.) Brewer was married three times, first to Absolam Rogers who died in 1840 or 1841, second to Gideon Kirksey in July 1841 in Madison Co., Tennessee, and third, in 1852 at Lawrence Co., Alabama, to John McMichael. Rebecca's father, apparently a son of Benjamin, has not been identified. The James Willliam Brewer, mentioned in the first record above, is somehow related to this family, but exactly how is not yet clear. It may be that he is the grandson called William Brewer, in Benjamin's will, but that is not certain. James William Brewer can be found in Lawrence Co., Alabama in the household of John J. Brewer (apparently the son of Buckner), and in 1860 he is in Freestone Co., Texas where he appears to have remained for the remainder of his life, dying there in 1892. His household in 1860, includes Susanna Brewer, age 74, born in Virginia. She is apparently the Susanna Robinson who had married Buckner Brewer. Additional info and sources regarding this family will be found online with the next update of the Brewer-Lanier Database.

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