Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Will of John N. Brower of New York City, 1828

The will of John N. Brower, dated 21 February 1828, is found in New York County, Surrogate's Court, Wills, volume 62, pages 37-38. Digital images can be found online at FamilySearch, New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971, New York Wills 1828-1829 vol. 62 beginning with image 50.

A summery of the will: John N. Brower of the City of New York, Grocer. Devises and bequeaths to his wife, Susan, "so long as she remains my widow, all right title and interest in and to the following leases of lots of ground belonging to me and the buildings thereon erected, to wit the lease of a lot of ground in Stanton Street and the house thereon erected and lease of the lot adjoining thereto (together with the appurtenances) in Stanton Street, all in the City and County of New York..." also all wearing apparel, beds, bedding, the "said Susan had when I married her," and all household furniture purchased by his wife Susan after their marriage, "to be held and used or dispossed of by the said Susan for her own benefit in lieu of the said Susan's right and interest in my estate so long as the said Susan shall remain my widow." He next orders that his executors dispose of, either at public or private sale, the remainder of his estate both real and personal, with the proceeds to pay for funeral expenses and to pay off just debts with the remainder to be given to my "now brothers and sisters and not to my half brothers and sisters," but does not record their names. Should his wife die or remarry, the property devised to her is also to be given to "my now brothers and sisters." Appoints as executors "my true and faithful friends Benjamin Riggs, Matthew Curtis St. John and Hiram King, all of the City of New York." Witnesses: William S. Sears, William E. Sewall, Samuel H. Miller.

John N. Brower can be identified as the son of Nazareth Brouwer (1756-1817) and his first wife Ginny Brouwer, a.k.a. Jane Brouwer (1757-1795), who were first cousins. John N. Brower is a great-great-great grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island. John N. Brower was born 14 March 1779, probably at or very near to Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., New York, where his parents lived. The "middle initial" N is most certainly a reorganization of his father's name, and was likely used to differentiate him from others named John Brower. John N. Brower is found on the U.S. census in 1810 and 1820 at Poughkeepsie. His household in 1810 has a male age 26-44, one female age 10-15, and one female age 26-44. In 1820 the household consists of one male age 26-45 and one female age 26-45, and he is "engaged in manufactures." If the female aged 10-15 on the 1810 census is a daughter of John's, she may have died prior to the date he wrote his will which does not mention any children or grandchildren. He apparently went to New York City soon after 1820 where he was a grocer in partnership with his nephew Nazareth Brower Taylor. Their names, along with that of Bernard McCloskey are found in the minutes of the Common Council of New York City under the date of 2 August 1824. The Reciept Book, 1828-1834, of Nazareth B. Taylor, which begins with entries for "Brower and Taylor" is archived in the New York Historical Society Manuscript Collection (see this entry at WorldCat).

The will of John N. Brower was proved 25 February 1828, therefore he died sometime between the 21st and 25th of February 1828. An exact date of death has not yet been found. John N. Brower does not mention any children in his will, and no other evidence has been found, with the exception of the 1810 census mentioned above, that he had children. In the will he names his with Susan, and from the fact that she brought property of her own to their marriage, it is probable that she had been married previously. A marriage record for John N. Brower and Susan has not been located, and her family name is not yet known. The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church includes the record of the baptism of Sarah Warmer (baptized 4 April 1811, born 13 Oct 1775) the wife of Jno. Brower. "Jno." was a common abbreviation for John, and it may be possible, although far from certain, that John N. Brower was Jno. Brower. If this is the case than John N. Brower's marriage to Susan would have been a second marriage.

Also mentioned in the will, receiving the residue or remainder of the estate as well as the real and personal property left to Susan should she die or remarry, are "my now brothers and sisters," who are differentiated from "my half brothers and sisters." John's father, Nazareth Brouwer, was married three times and had seven children (including John) by his first wife, and eight children by his third wife, Deborah Wiltsie, who was twenty years his junior. His second wife was Catharina Dolson, and Nazareth had no children by her. The will does not state the names of John N. Brower's brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Will of John J. Brower of New York City, May 14, 1822

The Last Will and Testament of John J. Brower, dated May 14, 1822, is found in New York County, Surrogate's Court, Wills Vol. 58, page 92 (old liber, page 82 new). Images are available online through the Family Search website beginning at the very bottom of this image.

John J. Brower is found variously in records and published accounts as Johannes Brouwer, John Brouwer, John Brower and John Brewer. In his will he signs his name as John J. Brower. He was a son of Jacob Brouwer and Jannetje Hartje, a grandson of Abraham Brouwer and Lea Demarest, great-grandson of Pieter Brouwer and Petronella Kleyn, and great-great-grandson of Adam Brouwer and Magdalena Verdon. John J. Brower was an upholsterer who lived on Broad Street in New York City. He died 12 April 1823, age 73 years, according to the New York Evening Post. No record of baptism has been located for John J. Brower. He is placed in the family of Jacob Brouwer and Jannetje Hartje based upon relationships stated in his will.

John J. Brower was married to Catharine Duryea, a daughter of Johannes Duryea and Antje Voorhees. They were married on 23 March 1769 in the New York City Reformed Dutch Church. Catharine died in Oct 1812. The couple had nine children, all baptized in the New York Reformed Dutch Church between 1770 and 1796. It appears that John J. Brower outlived them all.

William J. Hoffman discusses John J. Brower (Johannes Brouwer) and Catharine Duryea in "Brouwer Notes No. II," published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, volume 72, no. 4 (October 1941), pages 332-337. In this article Hoffman presents evidence that corrects earlier published account which claimed that John J. Brower was a son of the couple Johannes Brouwer and Susanna Deroilhet (Droilhet). The incorrect ancestry of John J. Brower had previously been published in Cuyler Reynolds, Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York (p. 951 ff) and in the St. Nicholas Society Genealogical Record (1923, p. 6). The incorrect lineage is also on record with the Holland Society of New York. Hoffman reads John's name in his will as John I. Brower. The copy available at Family Search with the image link above is not the original, but is instead a clerk's copy done around 1900 or so. Here the initial looks more like the letter J. Hoffman does not specify that he reviewed the original will, and it is true that the letters I and J were sometimes used interchangeably (we occasionally find Jsaac for Isaac for example), but in the case of John Brower, I suspect that the initial J is more correct and it most certainly represented his father's name, Jacob.

The first person John J. Brower names in his will is his sister Leah. Her surname is not stated. She was baptized in 1732 at Schraalenburgh, New Jersey and so was about 18 years older than John. Leah was married to Johannes Van der Heyde by 15 August 1756 when the two appeared, as husband and wife, as sponsors for a child of her sister Maria and her husband Jan Loosje.
Next named is John's sister Jane Vredenburgh. Jane (Jannetje) Brower was married to Jacob Vredenburgh in the New York Reformed Dutch Church with banns published there on 23 October 1769. She was executrix of her husband's will dated 9 November 1799. Jacob's will did not name any children and he left much of his estate to his wife. His brothers-in-law John Brower and Teunis Jeralman are also named.
The third person left a legacy in John Brower's will is his niece "Jane V. Jorelmin," who can be identified as Jannetje Loosje, baptized in 1766 at New York, the daughter of Jan Loosje and Maria Brower (John's sister). Jane V. (Jannetje) was married to Teunis Joraleman, who was named in Jacob Vredenburgh's will.
Fourth named is Ann Eliza Pettit, "niece of my late wife." I have not researched the family of John's wife, Catharine Duryea, sufficiently enough to place Ann Eliza Pettit at this time.
John J. Brower then names his executors as James Forrester, of New York City, teacher, William Leveridge, of New Town in Kings County, Esquire, and Samuel Ward, of New York City, grocer, and appoints the three as trustees of the estates of his grandchildren. Here John mentions children of his deceased son John Brower, deceased daughter Jane, former wife of George Forman, and deceased daughter Catharine, former wife of William Galatian. As mentioned above, John Brower and Catharine Duryea had nine children baptized in the New York Reformed Dutch Church. There were two named Hannah, and two named Abraham, and it is assumed that the first born of each name had died early in childhood. This leaves four children, Hannah, Maria, Abraham and Jacob Vredenburgh Brower (the youngest, baptized in 1796), who are neither named, nor have heirs that were named in John J. Brower's will. While it is probable that all four died previously to their father, and without heirs, this cannot be considered certain. It is possible that John Brower provided for one or more of the unnamed four prior to writing his will. Land records in New York City (County) should be checked for deeds relating to the family of John J. Brower

John J. Brower's will was proved 14 April 1823.

A Family Group Sheet for John Brouwer and Catherine Duryea is online.

(Update September 4, 2014: A second copy of John J. Brower's will is found in NY Co. Wills, vol. 65, p. 504. The will is proved again under the date of 30 November 1835, and there is a notation in the margin directing one to see Lib. 3, Proceedings to Probate Wills of Real Estate. Here in the index we find John J. Brower at page 229. The document found here names as the heirs of John J. Brower - John J. Brower, John B. Galatain, James Quackinbush and Effie his wife and Catharine Forman).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

John G. Brewer (1795-1886) of Miami, Greene Co., Ohio

The "Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997" database/index at includes a record for John G. Brewer, b. 1795 at Trenton, New Jersey, d. 27 Jan 1886, age 91, at Greene Co., Ohio. We do not know who the parents of John G. Brewer are, and we do not know his complete Brewer ancestry, but, thanks to Y-DNA testing of a direct descendant, we do know that John G. Brewer is a descendant of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island.

The descendant of  John G. Brewer who joined the Brewer DNA Project and took a Y-DNA (111 marker) test is represented by kit #342692, and results and comparisons can be seen on the Y-DNA Chart page under the Adam Brouwer, Gowanus, L.I. Group. Although the descendant has tested at the 111 marker level we can only compare him at 67 markers, as no other descendant of Adam Brouwer has yet tested at 111 markers. At the 67 marker level, our descendant matches kit #s 30185 and 159021 on 67 of 67 markers. He also matches kit #50688 on 66 of 67 markers. Direct lineages for kit #s 30185 and 159021 can be found on the Pieter Brouwer Y-DNA chart at the Brouwer Genealogy Database website, while the lineage of kit #50688 is found on the Jacob Brouwer Y-DNA chart. The lineage for the descendant of John G. Brewer will be added to the Adam Brouwer Group Y-DNA results page with the website's next update (probably this coming winter). Adam Brouwer descendant pedigrees are also found online here.

Of the above mentioned matches, kit #s 30185 and 159021 are descendant's of Adam Brouwer's eldest son, Pieter Brouwer, while kit #50688 is a descendant of Adam's son Jacob Brouwer. Although the descendent of John G. Brewer is slightly more closely related genetically to the descendants of Pieter Brouwer than to the descendant of Jacob Brouwer, based upon what we know from traditional genealogical research, I am of the belief that John G. Brewer is more likely a descendant of Jacob Brouwer.

According to his death certificate, John G. Brewer was born in 1795 at Trenton, New Jersey. In 1795 Trenton was within Hunterdon County and today it is within Mercer County. Trenton is the capitol of New Jersey. We can never be one hundred percent certain that birth information recorded on death records is accurate, but until proven otherwise we will take this as being accurate or at least close to accurate. The first hint to John G. Brewer's identity is his middle initial, G.

In 1795, the use of "middle names" which are common today, was very rare. When we find someone from that time period, and notice that he has a middle initial (or name, but usually it is only an initial), what we are most likely seeing is the initial of the given name of the individual's father. It is in a sense, a holdover or transition from the time when patronymics were more common. An exception might be when a child is named for a famous person, which was a practice that began to become popular after the founding of the United States. So, for example, we find males named "George Washington Brewer," or "Benjamin Franklin Brewer," or "John Wesley Brewer" born in the late 1700s and into the 1800s. Technically, I don't know that we should call (in the above cases) "Washington," "Franklin," and "Wesley," middle names. At least not in the same context in which they are used today. Still, in and around 1795, when a male is seen with a middle initial, that initial most often represents his father's given name. In the specific case of our John G. Brewer, my guess is that the G. stands for George, and that John was very likely a son of a man named George Brewer (or Brower).

It is noted above that the descendant of John G. Brewer was a match to two different descendants of Pieter Brouwer on 67 of 67 markers. However, I do not think John G. Brewer's line back to Adam Brouwer is found within either of the two lineages that are matches to John G. Brewer's descendant (again, the lineages can be seen on this chart page). In the case of #159021, the ancestry traces back to Pieter Brouwer's son Matheus Brouwer/Matthew Brewer who lived in the vicinity of Albany, New York and the descendants in this line are found in the Mohawk Valley region of New York, Illinois and finally Wisconsin. John G. Brewer, on the other hand, was born in New Jersey. The lineage for kit #30185, has a better chance of being John G. Brewer's line as well, there is even an ancestor named John G. Brewer (born in 1814) found in this lineage, but still I'm not convinced. This lineage begins with Pieter Brouwer's grandson, Daniel Brouwer, who lived first in Bergen County, New Jersey, then spent a short period of time at the Conewago settlement near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, before settling in Mercer County, Kentucky. In 1795, at the time when our John G. Brewer was born, in New Jersey, Daniel Brouwer's direct descendants were all living in Kentucky. It may be that John G. Brewer is a descendant of Pieter Brouwer through one of his other sons or grandsons, but what gives me hesitation is that the given name, George, which we are assuming is the most likely name of John G. Brewer's father, is just not found among Pieter Brouwer's known descendants.

The 66 out of 67 match with kit #50688 is, in my opinion, more promising. #50688 is a descendant of Adam Brouwer's son Jacob Brouwer and the lineage is online in this chart. If you look at the lineage of the other tested descendant of Jacob Brouwer (kit #32376) you will see an ancestor named George Brewer (b. 1770, d. 1851). I believe that it is this George Brewer who is most likely the father of our John G. Brewer. Unfortunately kit #32376 has only tested at the 25 maker level (he is one of the earliest participants in the Brewer DNA Project) and so an advanced level comparison is not possible. George Brewer, also known as George Brower, was a son of Elazerus Brewer and Frances Morris of Monmouth County, New Jersey. He was married twice and as far as we know lived his life in Monmouth County. There is no known birth or baptism records for the children of George Brewer. He is a grandson of Adam Brewer of Monmouth County, who had joined the Quakers. Adam's children were either Quakers, Baptists, or possibly did not practice any religion, but at any rate, records of baptisms for children are just not found within the Reformed Dutch Congregations in Monmouth County. George Brewer's children are known from his will which was written 1 December 1841 and filed 26 April 1851 in Monmouth County. George Brewer died 23 March 1851. Among his children named in the will is one, John Brower (the Brewer and Brower surnames are both seen in records regarding descendants of Adam Brewer of Monmouth County). I have previously estimated his birth as about 1793, this based simply on how he might fit in with his siblings for whom much more is known. To date, nothing other than the fact he is named in his father's will, is known of George's son, John Brower (or Brewer). He has not been identified as an adult in records in Monmouth County, although we do know he was living in 1841. Taking into consideration all that is known to date regarding the descendants of Adam Brouwer, I think that he most likely scenario is that our John G. Brewer, of Miami, Ohio, is Georger Brewer's son, called John Brower in his will. Although this is not conclusive, and not certain, we could never have gotten at least this far without the participation of a descendant of John G. Brewer in the Brewer DNA Project. And so, I'd like to extend a thank you to that descendant.

We do know more about John G. Brewer. He was married in Greene County, Ohio to Sarah Miller, and apparently lived his entire adult life in Miami Township, Greene County, Ohio. John G. Brewer and Sarah Miller had nine children born between about 1824 and 1847. Their eldest son was named George Brewer. The eldest daughter was named Rebecca, and it should be noted that John Brower/Brewer's mother, the first wife of George Brewer of Monmouth County, was Rebecca Schenk. The participant who took the Y-DNA test is a descendant of John G. Brewer's son, Charles Brewer, born in 1836, and died 30 January 1897 at Xenia, Greene County, Ohio.

We would very much like to hear from other descendants of John G. Brewer who may have more information on his possible ancestry. Perhaps there are Bible records, or family records and memoirs out there that are not a part of the public records, that could add some insight into John G. Brewer's origins. In addition, land records in New Jersey that may involve the sale of land previously belonging to George Brewer, and perhaps sold by his heirs, should be searched for evidence of a family relationship.

Details and sources on all of those mentioned above can be located on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website. A lineage chart on the Adam Brouwer Group DNA Results page, for John G. Brewer, will be added with the next update. And once again, thanks to the participating descendant.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Court Appearences for William Brewer in Monmouth County

The final five files from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part III, those being numbers 58 through 62, all deal with a man named William Brewer.

No. 58, William Brewer in the Court of Common Pleas. (My apologies here as two of the pages in the PDF are upside down). This is a case at Freehold in which William Brewer, late of Monmouth County, is ordered to appear on 10 April 1735 to answer to a complaint of Jacob Janeway and John Broughton, merchants, for a debt of seventeen pounds.

No. 59, William Brewer, Trespass, 1735. This file dates from the October 1735 term at Freehold. Here William Brewer, late of Monmouth County, yeoman, is to answer to Jacob Janeway and John Broughton on charges of trespass.

No. 60, William Brewer, Trespass, 1734. (Again, the pages in this file need to be flipped). This case is from the January 1735 term at Freehold, in which William Brewer, late of Monmouth County, is to answer to a charge of trespass filed by Aaron Lowgada (or Longada, the name is not familiar to me), merchant, from 4 November 1734.

No. 61, William Brewer of Readington, New Jersey, Debt. In this case Casparus Vanostrandt (Van Nostrandt) files a complaint against "William Brower otherwise called William Brewer, of Readington in the County of Hunterdon, yeoman, in the custody of Bernardus Verbryck, High Sheriff of Monmouth County." The case centers on a debt of fifty pounds, eight shillings, incurred by William Brower/Brewer on 15 December 1733 at Freehold.

No. 62, Casparus Vanostrandt v. William Brower. This file appears to be dated from the October 1735 term at Freehold. It is a second complaint by Casparus Vanostrandt against William Brower, in custody of Bernardus Vanbryck, High Sheriff of Monmouth County. The case is in regard to a debt of twenty-eight pounds due for smith work performed by Casparus Vanbryck for William Brower.

It is impossible to say with certainty whether the above five cases relate to one man named William Brewer/Brower, or if there are two different men of the same name. I suspect the former, that this is one man. The cases all involve events from the same short period (December 1733 thru October 1735), and in the first three William Brewer is called "late of Monmouth County" (implying that he used to live there but no longer does), and in the last two, William Brower ("sometimes Brewer") is called of Readington, Hunterdon County, but the transactions in which he incurred debts to Casparus Vanostrandt took place in Monmouth County. I'm left with the impression that William Brewer/Brower left Monmouth County and moved to Readington in Hunterdon County, about 1734 or 1735.

It is also not possible, with certainty, to say just who this William Brewer is. However, the only known man named William Brewer found in Monmouth County at this time would be Willem, the son of Jacob Brouwer and Annatje Bogardus, baptized on 8 May 1687 at Brooklyn. As mentioned in previous posts, Willem married Maritje Van Oort, and moved to Middletown, Monmouth County, where he is generally seen as William Brewer. The last record we have for William in Monmouth County is a deed dated 13 May 1726, in which William and his wife Mary, sell to three Hoffmire brothers, land in Monmouth County. On 19 June 1746, William Brower conveyed to Jacob Brower, of Mansquan in Monmouth County, land in Monmouth County. This deed does not state William's current place of residence.

Although this is subject to change in the event that more and clearer evidence appears, I would say that the above cases imply that Willem Brouwer/William Brewer of Middletown, relocated to Readington in Hunterdon County about 1734 or 1735. No date of death, or final settlement of estate, has yet been found for Willem Brouwer/William Brewer.

This post concludes the exercise of making available the original files from which "Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers" was constructed. Thanks again to William B. Bogardus who originally provided me with the pages, and to any unknown or unmentioned correspondents of his who first provided Bill with the pages.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A New Location for Abstracts of Early Monmouth Co. Court Papers

I'm sure many of you are aware that the RootsWeb Free Pages have been down for some time now. The source of this problem is with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on back on June 16th, which is addressed (to a degree) on the Blog site (June 17th). As of today (June 23rd) there still seems to be problems with's main website. There currently is an advisory banner at the top of the main page, and my own experience (today) is that the site is slow to respond. is a privately held, for profit company (it was formerly a publicly traded, shareholder owned, for profit company). Among the subsidies it owns is RootsWeb which it (or more accurately the original parent company, acquired back in 2000. Over the years has continued to support and provide free access to RootsWeb. The DDoS attack took down all sites maintained by which includes sites and pages hosted by RootsWeb Free Pages. As of today, seven days after the attack, RootsWeb is still down.

Unfortunately many of the documents and pages, not to mention the Brouwer Genealogy Database, are hosted by RootsWeb Free Pages. Many of the links found in the posts on this blog (since 2011) link to pages hosted by RootsWeb. Currently none of them can be accessed. In addition I cannot access the account maintenance page used to upload or change the files that are responsible for what you find online. The "Abstracts of Early monmouth County Court Papers," documents (PDFs) are among those that cannot be accessed. Since I am still working with this set of files (probably just one or two more posts regarding them), I have posted the three to a new location online (a Google Drive account). So for the the time, at least these three can now once again be accessed.

Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part I

Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II

Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part III

All of the links for the original files which have the scanned images of the original documents, are not effected by the problem at RootsWeb. They were, and still are, available through the Google Drive account. has been placing periodic updates on their Facebook page.

Longer term, I do have some concerns with the possibility that will drop RootsWeb. Recently the company did announce that they were "retiring" some services including, which is also still down. Although there has been no mention of this happening from, the recent events, both the announcement of the retirement of some services and the length of time it has taken to recover from the DDoS attack, does not evoke a sense of confidence. In do course, I may have to relocate many of the pages that were originally hosted by RootsWeb. In the meantime, if and when RootsWeb is back up, I would suggest that you download and save and PDFs that you might have a particular need for. The day may come when they will no longer be available online.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Deeds Involving William Brewer in Monmouth County

Here are two files from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part III pertaining to William Brewer of Monmouth County.

No. 55, Mott to Hoffmire Deed

No. 57, William Brewer to Hoffmire Deed

File no. 55 is from Monmouth County Deeds, Book G, page 43. It is a typed transcription of a deed (or indenture) dated 18 February 1721, in which Charles Mott of Hempstead, Queens County, Long Island conveyed to Samuel Hoffmire, Benjamin Hoffmire and William Hoffmire, of Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, a 150 acre parcel of land adjoining Henry Tilton and Samuel Tilton and now in the possession of William Brewer, "made over unto me the said Charles Mott by Samuel Hoffmire deceased father of the said Samuel Hoffmire, Benjamin Hoffmire and William Hoffmire."

File no. 57 is from Monmouth County Deeds, Book H, pages 84-85. It is dated 13 May 1726 and is a photocopy of what appears to be the original indenture (its not a transcription). Here William Brewer of Middletown, Monmouth County, yeoman, and Mary his wife convey to the same Samuel Hoffmire, Benjamin Hoffmire and William Hoffmire, also of Middletown, Monmouth County. There is a very lengthy description of the property, and William Brewer signs the deed with his mark.

The William Brewer in the above deeds would be the Willem Brouwer, baptized 8 May 1687 at Brooklyn, a son of Jacob Brouwer and Annatje Bogardus. He is a grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island. His wife Mary, mentioned in the 1726 indenture, is Maritje Van Oort, or Van Noordt (Van Nord, Van Nort), who was a daughter of Goosen Van Oort and Maria Peek who were early settlers at Schenectady. Maritje was probably born in the early 1680s. No record of her baptism survives. She was first married to Pieter Hennion on 9 January 1700 at the Reformed Dutch Church in New York, and had two children with him. William and Maritje were married 19 May 1709 at the New York Reformed Dutch Church and had three children baptized there in 1710, 1712 an 1714. It appears that William then relocated his family to Middletown in Monmouth County, New Jersey soon after 1714. A daughter of Willem Brower was baptized by the Reformed Dutch Congregation of Freehold and Middletown in 1723. The child's name is not stated in the record. Two other sons, Jacob and William, believed to have been born between 1715 and 1720 are also included in the family. Further explanation regarding their placement will be reserved for a future post. For now, here is a Family Group sheet for Willem Brouwer/William Brewer and Maritje/Mary Van Oort.

Family Group Sheet: Willem Jacobsz Brouwer and Maritje Van Oort