The Brouwer Genealogy Database website contains a page devoted to Unplaced ancestors with the surname Brouwer, Brower, Brewer and other variations such as Bruer, etc. Currently the Unplaced webpage is limited to persons who have had descendants participate in the Brewer DNA Project. A new ancestor, Elias E. Brower (b. ca, 1783) of Freehold and Marlboro, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, will be added to this list with the next update of the Brouwer Genealogy Database. A descendant of Elias E. Brower has taken a Y-DNA test and the results clearly demonstrate that he, and therefore his earliest known ancestor Elias E. Brower, is a descendant of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L. I., however, the line from Elias E. Brower back to Jan Brouwer, has yet to be discovered.
In the coming months, probably over the course of the next year, I will take space on this blog to highlight and focus on each one of these unplaced ancestors. The purpose in doing so is create some online attention with the hope that other descendants, or persons who have researched these families, will (in the spirit of freely sharing genealogical research) contact us with new leads, records, insight, or whatever, that may place or lead to placing those unplaced Brouwers/Browers/Brewers.
In addition, I will also highlight some of the many other Brouwers (etc.) that I have come across who are unplaced and lived during the 1700s, but who do not have known descendants that participated in the DNA testing.
At this time, I would like to make an offer to anyone descended from any of the ancestors found on the Unplaced page. If you are a descendant of one of the unplaced, or if you have a particular interest in anyone on the list, I would be happy to add your name, with an e-mail link, as someone who would like to be directly contacted by anyone else who is researching the same ancestor. In this way, you can have direct contact with other researchers, bypassing me. I have done this with another website I maintain (Descendants of Alice Freeman Thompson Parke) and you can get an idea of what I'm offering at the Correspondents page of that website. (Please note though, that I will not be creating direct lineage charts, instead there will be a brief description of the unplaced ancestor as seen currently). If you would like to have your name and e-mail link added, please contact me here. I will likely be updating the Brouwer Genealogy Database website in about two weeks.