Sunset at Gowanus Bay

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

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Will of George Brower (Brewer) of Monmouth County, 1841

George Brewer, born 20 November 1770 (Bible record) was a son of Elazerus Brewer and Frances Morris, a grandson of Adam Brewer and a great-great grandson of Adam Brouwer. He is a brother of John E. Brewer whose will was featured in the previous post. George Brewer died 23 March 1851 and is buried in the Brewer Cemetery at Squankum in Monmouth County. He was married twice, first to Rebecca Schenck and second to Lydia Hulet. In his will he is called George BROWER. Other records referring to George call him George BREWER.

A photocopy of his will dated 1 December 1841, filed 26 April 1851, was found in the William B. Bogardus Collection (Box 5, WIL WW-103). I have placed a scanned image online (Will of George Brower). George lived at Howell Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, likely right along side his brother John E. Brewer (George and John E. Brewer's eldest son William, who inherited his father's property, are enumerated in succession at Howell on the 1850 U.S. census). In his will, George mentions his son Daniel, who has "not been blessed with a sound mind," appointing his executors as guardians, and that he should be supported comfortably. George's son Samuel is to inherit the farm and premises, and son John who is given five dollars. Executors are to sell all the moveable estate and proceeds are to be divided equally among his children namely, Jimima Parkes, wife of John Parkes; John Brower; Aaron Brower; Alehy Latt,, wife of Henry Latt; Ellen Teal, wife of Robert Teal; Elizabeth Reynolds, wife of Samuel Reynolds; Susan Mathews, wife of John Mathews; Rebecca Hardy, wife of James Hardy; Catherine Horner, wife of Caleb Horner. His son Samuel Brower and friend Benjamin LaFetra are appointed as executors.

George Brewer (1770-1851) can be found on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website. The profile of his family will be updated with the next update to the BGD. A direct male descendant has participated in the Brewer DNA Project, and results of his Y-DNA testing do confirm a descent from Adam Brouwer.

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