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Sheriff Stephen Wiley Brewer

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21st Sheriff of Chatham County

21st Sheriff of Chatham County

Served: Dec 1880- Dec 1890

Appointed/Elected: Elected

Age taking office: 45

Population: 23,453 in 1880/ 25, 413 in 1890

Birth date: September 26, 1835

Birth place: Unknown

Died: March 1, 1897

Buried: PITTSBORO BAPTIST CHURCH cemetery located in the Town of Pittsboro at 201 West Salisbury Street and Fayetteville Street in Chatham County, NC 


Mother: Anna Bray, b. 1799 in Chatham County

Father: Jerimiah Brewer, b. 1797, in Watertown, Mass

Wife: Mary Catherine Paschal, b. January, 16, 1846, d. December 29, 1922 (Daughter of Sheriff Richard Bray Paschal)



Tenure Notables


Siler City is chartered on March 7, 1887.

Sheriff S. W. Brewer carried out the last execution by hanging in Chatham County on March 28, 1890.


Military Experience


The second company organized in the county was the “Chatham Guards,” which became Company “E” of the 26th Regiment. S.W. Brewer became Captain of this company. The total number of men belonging to this company was 204, and it lost 63 killed and wounded.

S. W. Brewer was injured in “Picket’s Charge”, but the extent of the injury is unknown.


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