Notes for Sarah Lanier: [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 19, Ed. 1, Tree #0229, Date of Import: Dec 10, 2000]
Lanier Family Line: Ambrose BREWER's grandmother Sarah Lanier is where this family joins the BREWERs. The Laniers were Huguenots (French Protestants) who fled France to avoid persecution. Their chance came when the Earl of Hereford, visiting Paris, met Nicholas Lanier, who had been a flute player in the Court of King Henry II of France. The Earl proceeded to hire him as flute player for Queen Elizabeth I of England. Although it was against the law for Protestants to leave France, sometime in 1561 Nicholas slipped away and arrived in London p 9: where he became the founder of this renowned musical family and ancestor of all American Laniers. This includes the poet Sindney Lanier and James Franklin Doughty Lanier. James Lanier was the banker from Madison, IN, who singlehandedly financed the state government of IN under Republican Governor Oliver P Morton during the Civil War. This prevented the Democratic majority in the IN General Assembly, which favored secession, taking IN out of the Union. When Governor Morton called out the IN Home Guard (National Guard, today) in support of the Union, the Genral Assembly responded by refusing to appropriate any money for him to operate on. James Lanier came to the rescue and carried the burden of state finance two years until the next election when Union sympathizers were elected to the General Assembly. These two Laniers are not in the direct line but would be distantly related cousins. Back to the direct Lanier line, in 1604 King James I (the same one who ordered the Bible translated into English) named Nicholas Lanier "Musician of the Flutes," an office held until his death in 1612. His son Clement Lanier, talented on the recorder, a type of flute, was a Gentleman of the King's Chamber. His son, John Lanier, is the first of this Lanier line to come to America. They arrived before 1656. John Lanier supported Bacon's Rebellion and is said to have camped at Jordon's Point with the leader of the rebellion, Nathaniel Bacon. This may actually have been his son John Jr who at age 21 would be more likely be "roughing it" with the young 30-year-old leader of this first rebellion against British rule which took place in 1676, exactly one hundred years before the successful American Revolution. At the critical point of this revolt, Nathaniel Bacon died of pneumonia and the movement died with him. Some historians, pondering the effect of George Washington's death at a critical point in the American Revolution, say that the United States might have been born one hundred years earlier had Bacon lived. However, that would have resulted in a p 10: capital city named Bacon, DC., so maybe things do work out for the best, after all.
Lanier, by Louise Ingersoll, US/CAN 929.273 272 at Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah gives Lanier descendants. Information on p. 378. Sarah Lanier was born abt 1686, Charles City Co, VA, the d/o John Lanier, Jr. and his second wife Sarah, the widow of William Edmunds. Sarah Lanier married about 1705 in Surry Co. George BREWER, The will of George BREWER, dated July 2, 1744, and presented in Court August 2, 1744 by Alice BREWER, his second wife, and his son Howell, executors. His will names his ten children by Sarah, and speaks of "our young children" by my wife Alice. Sarah Lanier died between 1724 and 1729. Buried in Meherrin Parish Page 385 gives the following information: "George BREWER's son Burwell BREWER, by his second wife Alice, was born 1730 Surry Co., VA and died 1799 Wilkes Co., GA m. Elizabeth Patrick who died 1800. Only known son of George and Alice BREWER.
More About Sarah Lanier: Date born 2: Abt. 1686, Charles City County, Virginia.41 Died 2: Abt. 1724, Brunswick County, Virginia.41
More About Sarah Lanier and George Brewer: Marriage: Abt. 1705, Surry,Va..
Children of Sarah Lanier and George Brewer are:
+Lanier Brewer, b. Abt. 1716, Surry,Virginia, d. Bet. 1756 - 1807.