Brimer/Russell  Family
Germany, SC, NC, TN, VA

Hans Michael Jurig Brimer
 Benjamin Brimer
Joseph Brimer
(Brother of William and Jesse Brimer)

Joseph Brimer of  NC/GA
Grandson of Hans Brimer;  Son of Benjamin Brimer
Revolutionary War Soldier;  Husband of
Celia Heard

 The Brimer webpages are contributed in large part by Michael L. Brimer, California. If you have questions, please feel free to contact him at
and he will try to help you personally.  Thanks Mike!

All information is as accurate as we can make it at this point in time, but mistakes do occur, for which we welcome your corrections, questions, suggestions, and updated information.  Our goal is to continue to make these web pages interesting and as accurate a portrayal of this line of Brimers as we can.

Click HERE for an amazing summary written by Mike Brimer on Joseph Brimer

GENERATION #3   Joseph Brimer of  NC/GA
Hans' Grandson and Benjamin's Son
Born 1760 (Rowan County, NC); Died Sept. 1823 in GA
Husband of Celia Heard

Sons of the American Revolution registration number: P-123881
Daughters of the American Revolution registration number: A-201348

1760:  Born in Rowan County, NC to Benjamin and Rebecca Will Brimer.  Brother of Jesse and William (twins) Brimer.

1761:  Future wife, Celia Heard, was born January 17, 1761 in the Abbeville District of SC to parents Thomas Heard (1719-1774) and Polly McDonald (1723-) who married in 1738 in Pennsylvania.

1780 Feb.:  Joseph Brimer and Celia Heard marry in February in Ninety Six District, Abbeville, Greenwood County, SC by acting magistrate Mr. Moore.  She was 19.  Marriage celebration held following day.  Joseph was a farmer.  They would have nine children. 

Over a period of approximately 7 months, Joseph Brimer volunteered as a militia man in the Revolutionary War, serving in 4 major battles:

1780 Battle of Kings Mountain:  Soon after their marriage, Joseph Brimer volunteered to serve in the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War, serving as a Private for a total of about 7 months between late 1780 and late 1781.  He participated in four (4) major battles during his service.  He initially joined a North Carolina militia group commanded by Thomas Sumter sometime in September, 1780 when the call went out to destroy the British who were advancing to burn out the backcountry patriots.  As the group trekked toward the Cow Pens to meet up with the OverMountain Men,  Sumter left the group, transferring shared command to Colonels Edward Lacey and James Hawthorn.  Nearing the Cow Pens, Joseph's group met up with a group commanded by Colonel James Williams, who then took command of the entire group of about 450 men, and led them to Cow Pens.   Apparently Joseph was under the command of Colonel Williams during the actual Kings Mountain battle of 7 October 1780, fighting on the south side of the mountain, although he may have been excluded due to illness or injury.  He returned home and resumed farming.

1781 Battle at Guildford's Courthouse: Joseph Brimer volunteered when called upon by rejoining the NC militia.  Brimer was one of the Patriots battling Lord Cornwallis. 

1781 The Seige of Ninety-Six:  Joseph, who had returned home, became involved in battle again as one of Greene's Patriot again when the Seige of Ninety-Six began just four miles from his home.  He would slip home every few days, but then rejoin this difficult and failing battle.

1781 The Battle of Eutaw Springs: This was a the last major battle of the Revolutionary War in the SC  and ended when the British  forces vacated to Moncks Corner.   Joseph Brimer was lucky to have survived this battle; many did not.   He was lucky to have survived all of these 4 battles.  About a month following the Eutaw Springs battle, Joseph and Celia's first child, William, was born on October 13.  Just a week later Lord Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown.

A MUST READ!!  Click HERE for more on Joseph Brimer's war narrative written by Mike Brimer.  Thank you so much Mike!


1790 Census Pendleton SC for Joseph Brimer:

1800 Census Pendleton SC for Joseph Brimer:  2 Free White Males Under 10; 1 between 10 and 15; 1 between 26 and 44.  1 Free White Female 10-15; 1 between 26 and 44.  Total number in household under 16 is 4.  Total number in household over 25 is 2.  Total household: 6.

1808:  Joseph and his family moved from the Pendleton District to Hall County GA.

1820 August 7: Census Pendleton SC for Joseph Brimer  1 Free White Male between 10 and 15; 2 between 16 and 25; 1 over 45.  1 Free White Female over 45; 1 between 10-15.  Foreigners not naturalized: 4  Total number in household under 16 is 2.  Total number in household over 25 is 2.  Total household Free White Persons: 6.




1823 Sept.:  Joseph Brimer died at age 63 in Chandlers Creek, Hall County, GA.  Buried there.  Celia Heard Brimer received a Widow's Revolutionary War Pension (#W5947) by State of Georgia in Hall County. Pension listing

1853 Feb. 22:  Celia Heard Brimer passed away in Chandler Creek, Hall County, Georgia at age 92.


1)  Benjamin Brimer b. Oct. 13, 1781 and died after 1850 in Blount County, Alabama.  Per 1850 Census Benj. Brimer and his wife Anna live in Blount County, AL where he is a farmer and is 70; Anna 68.  Next door to them is Joseph Brimer's family (wife Eliza, children Wm, Anderson, Benj., Daniel). 

Joseph and Celia's grandson Joseph married Eliza LNU who are both 30 in the above census (born about 1820). Joseph and Eliza had a son, David Milton Brimer b. Feb. 2, 1853; died June 14, 1925 in TN.  David married Rebecca (Becky) Cummins.  At one point David and Becky lived in Screamer, Giles County, TN in this home per Aguilar/Brimer Family Tree on

David's tombstone:








2) Mary Brimer b. June 13, 1782 and died after 1860 in Gilbert County, GA.  Married 1811 to Gilbert Hayes. 

1850 United States Federal Census for Mary and Gilbert Hayes
  See also:

3) William Nelson Brimer b. 1797 and died 1872; m. Jane McCreight or McWright or McRight in 1834. She died 1880 in Heflin, Cleburne County, AL and is buried at the Black Cemetery which was originated by the Black Family.  Other Brimers are also interred there. See this for origin of the cemetery and internments.  Also this is from  Jane born 1805.  Children: Peggy, Emaline (Emma), Wm. Henry Harrison (Dute), Sara Jane, John F., ZT, and Jonathan Greenbury Brimer.  

1860 Census Calhoun AL for Nelson and Jane Brimer states Nelson was 63, born about 1797 and Jane 56 born about 1804/5. 

findagrave information on Jonathan Greenbury Brimer:  Born January 1849 and died June 18, 1929.  Son of William Nelson and Jane Brimer.  Jonathan and Adeline Brimer (1848-1931) had children: Robert Lee Brimer, William M. Brimer, Whitlock Brimer and Rosetta Brimer.  Jonathan is buried at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Choccolocco, Calhoun County, Alabama.  The findagrave site shows these two with same birth/death years.  The flat stone calls him Green J. Brimer; the regular tombstone called his J. Green Brimer.  The small flat one indicates "Green" was in the Confederate States Army, Pvt. Co. C., Hardies Ala, Cav. Bn.

4)  Joel H. Brimer b 1798 in GA.  Married Elizabeth Martin Sept 8, 1825 in Hall County, GA per GA Marriages to 1850.

5)  James Brimer, b. about 1803 and died about 1860. Wife: Charity Maddox per K K Brimer Tree on

6)  Stewart Brimer, b. 1805 and died 1870 in Calhoun County, AL.  Stewart married (1) Sarah Colliers (2) Mary LNU. 

June 6, 1843 Heard County, GA:  Georgia Land Lottery Papers 1805-1914, Heard Co., Lot 131-13 Carroll. Pers. app'd Stewart Brimer, husband of one of the orphans of James Colliers, dec'd to claim lot 131-13 of Carroll County. Includes app't of Wiley Kird as att'y. Signed. Stueart Brimer (his mark?).  Per Hamilton-Alford-Ivey tree on

7)  Rebecca Brimer, b. 1807

8)  Elijah H. Brimer, b. 1810 and died 1861 in Cobb County, GA; m. Lydia Elizabeth Carroll. Elijah Brimer (spelled Bremer) is located in the 1850 Cobb County census in the Powder Springs district. HH#1144:  Bremer, Father Elijah H., age 40, overseer, born GA; Mother Lydia, age 38; Son William, age 13; Daughter Lucinda, age 11; Daughter Amanda, age 9; Son Simeon, age 7; Son Alexander, age 5; Son William (another one?), age 3; Daughter Rachel, age 1 - all born in Georgia per Linda Smith Murray.

Elijah's daughter Amanda  born around 1841 married Henry Mitchell 15 Aug 1867 in Cobb County. She died 3 Jul 1922 and is buried at Bethel Baptist Church on Spring Road near Smyrna in Cobb County. 

Per the Conn/Minor Family Tree on they had three children: Simeon B. Brimer born 1843, Tarpley Brimer (b. 1855), and an Elijah David (Dee) Brimer born 1859 died 1905

Elijah and Lydia's son Levi Tarpley Brimer was born Oct 1853 in Cobb County, GA and died Aug 6 in 1929 at Fulton, GA. He married Naomi F. Abernathy  Their children were Elijah Thomas Brimer (1884-1964), Pearl Brimer (1890-_), Edgar Brimer (1892-), Earl Brimer (1896-), Agnes Brimer (1899-), Newton Brimer (1903-) and Albert Henry Brimer (1905-1985).  For a wonderful old picture of the Brimer family taken before 1910, click HERE.  The people in the flickr picture (all rights reserved) are:  Bottom Row L to R: Newton Brimer, Levy Tarpley Brimer, Albert Brimer, Naomi Abernathy Brimer (part American Indian; a midwife; had several brothers who were doctors), Pearl Brimer.  Back Row L to R:  Earl Brimer, Edgar Brimer, Elijah Thomas Brimer, Agnes Brimer.  Here is a pic of Tarpley and Naomi Brimer plus a picture of Elijah Thomas Brimer who was born 1884: 





Elijah's son Simeon Brimer born about 1843 married Analine Rutherford December 31, 1871, Book A, page 369 of the Cobb County GA marriage index.

9)  Samuel Brimer, b. 1814 and died 1869



NAVIGATION - Click on the following buttons to go to a selected generation of this Brimer lineage: 

OUR LINE:  TO GEN. #1:  Hans Brimer Immigrant

OUR LINE:  TO GEN. #2:  Benjamin Brimer (m. Rebecca Will) Hans' Son

OUR LINE:  TO GEN. #3:  William BrimerTwin (m. Eliz. Elgin) Hans' Grandson 
                                               Wm Brimer Kids Children of Wm & Eliz. Elgin Brimer

   TO GEN. #3:  Jesse BrimerTwin (m. Eleanor) Hans'Grandson

   TO GEN. #3:  Joseph BrimerBrother of William & Jesse Brimer; m. Celia Heard; Hans' Grandson

OUR LINE:  TO GEN. #4:  John & Sally Brimer Includes:
    OUR LINE: GEN. #4  John Brimer and Sally Parrott(e) of TN - Hans' GGrandson 
    OUR LINE: GEN. #5  Vineyard Rhoten "Rip" Brimer & Rhoda Miller of  TN - Hans' GGGrandson 
    OUR LINE: GEN. #6  George Washington Brimer & Emmaline Mount of TN - Hans' 4th GGrandson 
    OUR LINE: GEN. #7  Cora Eliza Brimer & John Wesley Russell of TN -  Hans' 5th GGranddaughter         

MIKE's LINE: TO GEN. #4: William S. Brimer  Hans' GGrandson
MIKE's LINE: GEN. #5  John Stewart BrimerJohn Stewart Brimer & Sparks Sisters of MO - Hans' GGGrandson 
 GEN. #6  
Stephen R. Brimer Stephen R. Brimer & Willa Angelina Inlow of MO - Hans' GGGGrandson 
 GEN. #7  Paul Tinsley BrimerPaul T. Brimer and Darlene Daniel of MO - Hans' GGGGGrandson

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