|Brewer's Lower Mill - view down the Cataraqui Creek and clearing made for the Rideau Canal, 1829|
|The lock at Lower Brewers nearing completion in 1831|
|View on the Cataraqui Creek, Brewer's Upper Mills in the background, 1830|
The location known as "Cataraqui" was a settlement for displaced Loyalists after the American Revolutionary War. It is today, Kingston, Ontario, in southeastern Ontario, across the St. Lawrence River from Clayton, Jefferson Co., New York.
According to History of the Rideau Lockstations, the mills referred to as "Brewer's Mills," were built by a John Brewer who had obtained water rights in 1819 and had mills built by 1826. They were located on Cataraqui River. The webpage states that John Brewer, due to financial difficulties, quit the mills in 1831, and left Canada. I suspect that this John Brewer is the son of Aaron Robbins Brower (or Brewer) and Elizabeth Cooper (Loyalists originally from New Jersey) born 24 April 1787, probably at Kingston. His wife was Ann Warner, and a descendant has participated in the Brewer DNA Project. The results demonstrate that he is a descendant of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island.