Multiracial Families/Communities

Post on Nancy Brewer, a Free Woman of Color

For those of you interested in North Carolina Civil War history, please visit my latest post at Robert Moore’s Southern Unionists Chronicles. Nancy Brewer’s application for compensation from the federal government for property confiscated by Yankees during the Civil War is a wonderful example of how many people in the South suffered at the hands of both Union and Confederate soldiers. But it offers even more–a tantalizing glimpse into a marriage between a free woman of color and an enslaved man.

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  1. Vikki, thanks for all your work. I wonder if you have any information on Brewers in Jones county. My GGGgrandfather was married to a woman named Hattie Morning Star Sylvester Brewer (his name was Nathan Lafayette “Fate” Pearson). He died in 1915 is buried at East View baptist church just east of Laurel. She apparently died in 1862, and I always wonder if she died in childbirth or of complications soonafter since that is the year her only son was born. On one of the genealogy websites it was suggested she may have gone to Choctaw co. Alabama at that time. There seems to be no information on her parents. Any suggestions to follow up on?


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