Henry Brewer Family Papers, 1820-1987 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Henry Brewer Family Papers, 1820-1987Add to your cart.

ID: A/11

Primary Creator: Brewer, Henry (1776-1865)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Subjects: Brewer, Henry, 1776-1865 -- Correspondence, Business records, Family records, Land grants, Land titles, Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Texas, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Henry Brewer Family Papers consist of business, personal, Civil War and Reconstruction correspondence; land grant and title papers; deeds, field notes, and plats; accounts, promissory notes, receipts; testimonials; Baptist Church session minutes and other publications; Brewer Family Bible [too fragile to handle]; and genealogical materials.

Collection Historical Note

According to a family tradition, Henry Brewer first arrived in Texas in 1816, three years after the Magee-Gutierrez Expedition. Settlers from the United States were just beginning to venture back into East Texas, having been driven across the Sabine by the Spanish in 1813. The Nacona Indians had a settlement northwest of Nacogdoches near the base of Flowery Mountain and it was near this peaceable tribe that Henry Brewer supposedly located. However, no supporting documentation for Henry Brewer's presence in Texas has been found prior to 1833, when he bought a tract of land from Joseph Durst.

The 1850 Census for Nacogdoches County indicates that both Henry Brewer and his wife, Susan Mitchell, were natives of North Carolina. They resided for a number of years in Hinds County, Mississippi, where several of their children were born, and a Henry Brewer appears there on a census as late as 1830. His first wife died in 1853, and Brewer married Mrs. Sarah Jane Smith on August 13, 1854. His son, Henry Mitchell Brewer, participated in the Battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Henry Brewer died in Nacogdoches County on January 23, 1865, and was buried in the Brewer Cemetery.

(White, Mrs. Perry L. "Brewer, Henry Family." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas: Curtis Media Corp., 1985. P. 178; "Henry Brewer Family Papers." East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Subject/Index Terms

Brewer, Henry, 1776-1865 -- Correspondence
Business records
Family records
Land grants
Land titles
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Texas
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Bundle 1: Henry Brewer Family Bible],
[Bundle 2: Land papers, 1833-1850],

Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1863-1867Add to your cart.

1.  Exchange Certificates issued to John Brewer, 1864. (3 docs.)

2.  Furlough issued to John Brewer, 1864.

3.  Oath of Amnesty by John Brewer, 1865.

4.  Register's Office for Electors, certificate to John Brewer, 1867.

5.  Tithe estimates for John Brewer, 1863. (2 docs.)

6.  Senatorial District 3, announcement of candidacy by F. Voight, 1866.

Folder 2: Letters, personal, Mississippi & Texas, 1830s - 1850sAdd to your cart.

1.  Parker, William to George Brewer, 26 September 1837.

2.  Nichols, Marthann McVay to Mrs. Ellender Brewer, 5 January 1845.

3.  Brewer, Bethany to Henry Brewer, 2 August 1858.

4.  Brewer, T. J. to Henry Brewer, 16 December 1858.

Folder 3: Letters, personal, Mississippi & Texas, 1860sAdd to your cart.

1.  Brewer, Bethany to Henry Brewer, 8 June 1860.

2.  Brewer, G. W. to John Brewer, 7 December 1868.

3.  Brewer, G. W. to John Brewer, 4 January 1869.

4.  Brewer, Henry W. to ____, 29 February 1867 [1879?]

5.  Brewer, Michael to John Brewer, 23 September 1863 [1853?]

6.  Prince, W. F. to Henry & Sarah Brewer, 6 February1864. 7.  Taylor, Susan to "Dear Brother and Sister," 11 August 1868.

8.  Taylor, William W. to "Dear Old Friend," 26 August 1860.

Folder 4: Letters, personal, Mississippi and Texas, 1870s-1880sAdd to your cart.

1.  Brewer, G. W. to John Brewer, 22 June 1871.

2.  Brewer, Henry to "Dear Uncle," 30 November 1872.

3.  Brewer, W. F. to John Brewer, 2 February 1882.

4.  Hammond, B.G. & Sarah to John Brewer & Mrs. Brewer, 12 April 1889.

5.  Hammond, B. G. & Sarah to John Brewer & Mrs. Brewer, 1 July 1889.

6.  Jackson, J. C. to C. N[?] King, 7 February 1887.

7.  Mitchell, R. V. to John Brewer, 9 April 1885.

Folder 5: Letters, personal, Mississippi and Texas, 1900sAdd to your cart.

1.  Brooks, E. A. to John Brewer, 27 December 1903.

2.  McKinzie, P. A. to John Brewer, 28 December 1903.

3.  Fragments: no date, no place, no addressee; one signed Fannie Brewer, one signed B.R. Brooks, one unsigned.

4.  Envelopes: addressed and used but without accompanying letter. (11 docs.)

Folder 6: Personal letter, testimonials & photographs, 1833- ca.1850Add to your cart.

1.  Henry Brewer to sons and daughters on Revolution, 1836. (fragment)

2. Testimonials of character and residence of Henry & George Brewer, 30 October 1833. (2 docs.)

3.  Photographs, no dates, no names. (3 photos)

Folder 7: Wallet & purse, ca. 1850Add to your cart.

1.  Wallet of Henry Brewer which contained original land grant papers, 1850.

2.  Purse belonging to John Brewer.

Folder 8: Baptist Church, Nacogdoches Baptist Association, 1893-1905Add to your cart.

1. Proceedings of the 7th annual session, 23 Sep. 1893.

2. Proceedings of the 8th annual session, 22 Sep. 1894.

3. Proceedings of the 9th annual session, 26 Oct. 1895.

4.  4. Minutes of the 15th annual session, 24 Oct. 1901.

5.  5. Minutes of the 17th annual session, 23 Oct. 1903.

6. Minutes of the 18th annual session, 22 Oct. 1904.

7. Minutes of the 19th annual session, Oct. 1905

Folder 9: Baptist Church, 1853-1887Add to your cart.

1.  Louisiana and Texas Regular Predestination Baptist Association: Minutes of 10th annual meeting, Salem Church, Tyler County, 9-11 September 1853.

2. Judson Baptist Association: Minutes of 5th annual meeting, Rusk County, 23-26 August 1856.

3. Mt.Zion Baptist Association: Minutes of the 16th annual session, Six-Mile, Texas, 13 September 1872.

4.  Mt.Zion Baptist Association: Proceedings of 31th annual session, Clayton, Texas, 17-19 September 1887.

Folder 10: Baptist Church, 1904-1905Add to your cart.

1.  Quarterly and the Teacher Manual: January 1904, March 1904; Advanced Quarterly, 1904 & 1905; Senior Quarterly, 1905.

2.  Secretary's Notes of a church meeting (probably Nacogdoches County as names of those present are: Ed. H. Owens, Bro. Isabell, L. Callay, A.H. Owens, Sarah Brewer, Bro. John Sitton, Sister Elizabeth Sitton, Bro. John Brewer, Robert Brewer, Sister E.L. Brewer), Undated

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