Carl moved to Portsmouth, Virginia before 1915 to work for the railroad in that port city. He married Annie A. Lindauer and raised a family. He told them little of his childhood or relatives, but they do remember making ocassional trips to visit "relatives" in Rural Hall. The photo is from 1945.
To help you identify the region, one of the larger cities in this area would be Winston-Salem, N.C. He may have been orphaned at an early age, along with an older sister named Mary Ellen Brewer and a brother, John Meyers Brewer, both of whom are mentioned in Carl's obituary. Ellen's grave has been found at Morris Chapel, in Kernerville, N.C., but no living family members. Brother John has not been found; we only know that he lived in North Carolina in 1955. The names Carl, Hughes, Robert, Walter and Earl, among others, were used in naming his children, and may be reflected in other relatives' families.
Carl's sister, Mary Ellen Brewer was born on May 15, 1879, and died at age 85, in Forsythe County, N.C., on October 7, 1964. She married Arthur Dewayne Peebles, who died prior to 1964, and lived near Graham, N.C. when brother Carl Levi Brewer died in 1955. Her death was reported by a daughter, Iola Peebles West, (Mrs. Robert L.West) who lived in Richmond, Virginia in 1964. Ellen's obituary also identified two other children; Roscoe Peebles of Greensboro, and Mrs. S.L.Burton of Hialeah, Florida, all of whom are likely dead by 1999.
On the two death certificates examined, the parents are variously described as "Carl and Jane Brewer" and as "John and Mary Myers Brewer", but neither couple has been identified through marriage or census records in Forsythe County, N.C.
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