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],

Bundle 2: Land papers, 1833-1850Add to your cart.

1. Deed of sale, from Juan Tobar to G. Brewer, 1835.

2.  Land grant to Henry Brewer, Cherokee County, Certificate #377, 1850.

3.  Land grant to Henry M. Brewer, Cherokee County, (donation warrant #882, 14 May 1839, for participating in the Battle of San Jacinto) 15 January 1850.

4.  Land grant to Henry Brewer, Nacogdoches County, (conditional certificate, 4 July 1839, and unconditional certificate, 5 May 1841 to William R. Carnes, and transferred to Brewer, 4 June 1841) 14 January 1850.

5.  Plat of sitio of land sold to Henry Brewer by Jospeh Durst, 29 October 1833. [typescript of Spanish document of sale in R.B. Blake Collection, vol. IV, pp. 90-92.]

6. Plat of Henry Brewer's land grant, title granted 13 January 1835.

Browse by Box:

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


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