Rev George Evans Brewer

Rev George Evans Brewer

Newton County, Georgia, USA
Death 23 Jan 1922 (aged 89)
Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Burial Opelika, Lee County, Alabama, USA
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"The LaFayette Sun" - January 25,1922:

Death of Prominent Baptist Minister.

Rev. George E. Brewer, one of the best known Baptist ministers in Alabama, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. W. Allen, Columbus, Ga., last Monday night after an illness of about two weeks. Mr. Brewer was in his 89th year and had been a minister of the Baptist Church since 1860. He entered the Confederate states military service as Captain of the company from Coosa County in 1862, and from May, 1863 to the time of the surrender he commanded the Forty-Sixth Alabama regiment.
The deceased was well-known in LaFayette and throughout the county, having served as pastor of the Baptist church at this place, at Milltown and at County Line. He is survived by three sons - E. Brewer, of Miami, Fla.; C. M. Brewer , of Tulsa, Okla.; S. O. Brewer, of Quannah, Texas; three daughters - Mrs. Sallie Bradford, Mrs. B. W. Allen and Mrs. Mamie Gautier, all of Columbus.
The remains were carried to Opelika this morning and the funeral was conducted from the depot. Interment was in Rosemere Cemetery.
1921 Confederate Soldier's Affadavit by Geo. E. Brewer, who was living with his daughter Mrs. Mattie Allen at Wynnton, Columbus, Georgia.

George Evans Brewer was born in Newton County, Georgia on October 31, 1832. Then lived in South Carolina 1833-1847; Alabama 1847-1852; Georgia 1852-1853; Alabama 1853-1919.
Enlisted in the Confederate Army on February 24, 1862 in Montgomery, Alabama. Highest rank was Captain of the 46th Alabama Infantry Company "A", serving under Col. M. L. Woods.
Some of the battles he participated in were: Tazewell, Tennessee 1862; Vicksburg 1863; and all of the battles of the western Army from Lookout Mountain until the surrender in 1865.
Wounded 1863 in the Battle of Resaca.
Discharged by surrender under Johnston at Salisbury, North Carolina in 1865.

Married Laura Ann Suttle in 1854 in Coosa County, Alabama. Living children in 1921:

Mrs. Sallie Bradford – Columbus, Georgia. Widow age 67
Mr. Edgar Brewer – Miami, Florida. Merchant age 65
Mr. S.O. Brewer – Quanah, Texas. Cotton Buyer
Mrs. Mattie Allen – Columbus, Georgia. Drug Store. Widow
Mrs. M. Gautier – Columbus, Georgia. Teacher. Widow
Rev. C.M. Brewer – Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Minister

Signed by Geo. E. Brewer on October 1, 1921.
Witness Mrs. M. Gautier, Wynnton, Columbus, Georgia
Abstract of the life of Rev. George E. Brewer, from the "History of East Liberty Baptist Association":

While a boy living in Edgefield District, South Carolina, in 1845 at Bethany Church, during a sermon preached by Elder James E. Childs, by God's grace he was brought from darkness to light, from death to life. He did not then unite with the church but in September 1854, he was baptised by Elder Madison Butler and united with the Baptist Church at Rockford in Coosa County. In 1856 ordained deacon; 1859 licensed to preach; and October 1860 ordained as a Gospel Minister.
During the fall months of 1860 accepted the pastoral care of the church at Wetumpka two Sundays a month. The other two he served Concord and Poplar Spring.
After the War he taught school in Tallapoosa County and served as pastor of Mount Zion, Liberty West, Tallapoosa, and Lebanon churches.
In 1871 he became pastor of the Baptist church at Tallassee. He also preached on other Sundays at Notasulga, Loachapoka, Cubahatchie and Bethany churches.
In 1876 he became pastor of Opelika in Lee County. After three years he resigned and accepted the pastoral care of County Line, Rock Spring and Bethlehem in Chambers County, and one Sunday a month at Mount Meigs in Montgomery county. He also preached one year at Antioch, west of LaFayette.
In 1880 he became the pastor of LaFayette Baptist Church for two Sundays a month through 1886. He served Milltown Church 1884-85, and Providence 1883-1888.
1860 Coosa County, (Post Office-Mount Olive) AL Census:


George E. Brewer 27M Farmer R$700 P$1,000 Born GA
Laura Brewer 20F Born AL
Sally T. Brewer 4F Born AL
Edgar Brewer 2M Born AL
Rosa E. Brewer 1F Born AL
1870 Coosa County, (Rockford) AL Census:


G. E. Brewer 37M Minister of Gospel R$250 P$300 Born GA
L. A. Brewer 31F Keeping House Born AL
S. T. Brewer 14F Born AL
Edgar Brewer 12M Born AL
S. O. Brewer 8M Born AL
G. F. Brewer 4M Born AL
M. L. Brewer 1F Born AL
A. G. Brewer 75M Born NJ
Delany Harper 45F Born NC
1880 Chambers County, (Woods Shop) AL Census:


G. E. Brewer 47M Minister of the Gospel Born SC
Laura A. Brewer 40F Wife Keeping House Born AL
Sallie T. Brewer 24F Daughter Born AL
Samuel O. Brewer 19M Son Born AL
G. F. Brewer 14M Son Born AL
Mattie L. Brewer 10F Daughter Born AL
Mamie L. Brewer 9F Daughter Born AL
Charlie M. Brewer 2M Son Born AL
1900 Henry County, (Columbia-River St.) County AL Census:


Geo. E. Brewer 68M Minister Born Oct. 1831 in GA (Both parents born NJ)
Laura A. Brewer 60F Wife Born Aug. 1839 in AL (Mother of 8 children; 7 living)
Charles M. Brewer 22M Son Teacher in Literary School Born Dec. 1877 in AL
Chattie V. Brewer 20F Daughter-in-law Born Aug. 1879 in GA
1910 Montgomery County, (Montgomery-Cramer Ave.) AL Census:


George E. Brewer 77M Baptist Minister Born GA
Laura A. Brewer 70F Wife Born AL (Mother of 9 children; 6 living)
Mamie L. Espy 39F Daughter Born AL (Widow. Mother of 0 children)
1920 Muscogee County, (Boseman's Dist.-Wynnton Road) GA Census:


Mattie Allen 50F Drug Business Born AL (Widow)
GEORGE E. BREWER 87M Father Born GA (Widower)
Mrs. J. M. Allen 75F Mother-in-law Born GA (Widow)
Sallie Bradford 65F Sister Born AL (Widow)
Mamie Gautier 48F Sister Born AL (Married)
"History of Coosa County, Alabama", by George Evans Brewer:

Rev. Mr. Brewer was educated in the country schools and at Robinson Springs Academy, Elmore County. He taught school from 1851 to 1856. In 1856 he was elected superintendent of education of Coosa County, being the first under the new school law and was a member of the House of Representatives from the same county, 1857-59, and a member of the State Senate, 1859-63. In the fall of 1860 he was ordained to the ministry of the Missionary Baptist Church, and served his first pastorate at Wetumpka. In February 1862, he was elected captain of an infantry company raised in Coosa County, and was first on detached duty at Pensacola, but in June 1862, was assigned to Co. A, 36th Alabama infantry regiment, C.S.A. With this organization he served until the close of the War Between the States, much of the time in command. He was adjutant general of Alabama during 1866, but resigned before the close of the year. He then returned to the active ministry, in which he continued without interruption until 1901, when he was appointed to the position of chaplain of convicts, by Gov. Wm. J. Samford, being retained in office by Gov. Wm. D. Jelks. After expiration of his term in 1907, he again took up his ministerial work. He served as moderator at various times of the Central, the Tuskegee, and the Harris Baptist Associations. He was a potent influence in the establishment of the School for the Deaf and Blind at Talladega and the hospital for the insane, now Bryce Hospital, at Tuscaloosa.
Mr. Brewer's deep interest in history was manifested by numerous writings both published and unpublished. Among the former was his "History of the Central Baptist Association," (1895) and History of the 46th Alabama Regiment, C.S.A., which appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser, 1902. He was employed in the State Department of Archives and History for several years, including 1917-18, at which time he wrote the History of Coosa County published herewith. The military files of the Department were enriched by voluminous notes from his pen.
*************************************************Served with Company A 6th Alabama Inf CSA

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