Sunset at Gowanus Bay

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

Friday, February 22, 2013

Jeremiah Brower, Part VI: Jeremiah Brower and Margaret Hedickie, and Some Questions

The couple, Jeremiah Brower and Margaret Hedickie had two sons baptized, eight years apart, at the Dutch Reformed Church at Schaghticoke, which was then in Albany County, and is now in Rensselaer County, New York. Whether or not this Jeremiah Brower is one and the same with the Jeremiah Brower who later, with wife Hannah Thomas, had a daughter Polly baptized at this same church (1776), is not certain.

What is known of this couple comes solely from two records. Willem, son of (J)eremia Brouwer and Margarita Hedickie, born 11,7br (September), was baptized in October of (presumably) 1766. This record is published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, volume 60, no. 2, page 127. The year for this baptism, as printed in the NYGBR is given as October 1776 which consists of a group of seventeen baptisms (nos. 664 to 680). However, the preceding group of  baptisms were dated June 1766, while the group of baptisms following are dated June 1767.  In looking over the collection of baptism records from the Schaghticoke church, it is apparent that baptisms were conducted twice a year, in the months of June and October (there are exceptions but this is the general pattern). Other then this instance where the year is recorded as 1776, all other records are in sequential order by date. Although I have not had the opportunity to check this against the original records, I believe that it is apparent that in this situation the year 1776 was a typographical error for 1766, and my assessment is that Willem was born 11 September 1766 and baptized in October 1766. The sponsors at the baptism were William Penier and Elisabeth Hooper (neither of whom have been researched further).

Abraham, son of Jeremia Brower and Marget Hegger (Hidickie), born 1 February 1774, was baptized in that year, the exact date not given. Abraham's record is one of the few in which no sponsors are recorded. (NYGBR vol. 60, no. 4, p. 360).

No other records have been found or identified as pertaining to this couple, Jeremia Brouwer/Brower and Margarita/Marget Hedickie/Hegger/Hidickie. Margaret, in fact, is not even included in the extensive index of names to the NYGBR that was compiled and published by Jean Worden in the 1990s.

Of interest is the appearance of a William Brewer and an Abraham Brewer on the 1798 assessment list at Plattsburgh, Clinton Co., New York. Plattsburgh, New York is on the western shore of Lake Champlain, directly across the lake from Alburgh, Vermont where Jeremiah Brower was enumerated on the 1790 (1791) U. S. census (in 1800 he was at Highgate, Vermont). William Brewer (Bruwer?) can be found on the 1800 U. S. census at Plattsburgh (Platts Borough), New York, with a household of 1 male under 10, 1 male 26-44, 2 females under 10 and 1 female 26-44.

William Brewer, 1800 US census, Platts Borough (Plattsburgh), New York
Abraham is not found on the 1800 U. S. census at Plattsburgh, and neither William or Abraham are found there in later years.

In an indenture dated 1 February 1800, Rachel DeLong of Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., New York, widow and Lawrence Delong and Elizabeth his wife, Isaac Delong and Julia his wife, Abraham Delong and Electa his wife, Jacob Delong and Eunice his wife, all of Plattsburg in the County of Clinton and State aforesaid, also William Brewer and Hannah his wife, and James Delong all of Amsterdam aforesaid on the first part, and John Pierce of Plattsburg aforesaid on the second part...for consideration of the sum of fifteen hundred dollars...have conveyed...a certain Trace or parcel Land lying and being situate in the Town of Plattsburgh aforesaid being the west half of Lot number thirty nine in the allotments of Beeckman Patent...
The William Brewer in this deed has not been placed among the known Brouwer, Brower or Brewer families. His wife, Hannah (or Annatje) DeLong, was baptized on 29 August 1773 at the Reformed Dutch Church at Hopewell, Dutchess County, New York, the daughter of Peter DeLong and Rachel Lewis. William Brewer and Hannah DeLong had eight children born between 1793 and 1812, and Hannah died in 1813. By 1815, William was married to Asenath Hatch and they had five children born between 1815 and 1823. William Brewer is found on the 1810 U. S. census at Amsterdam, New York. In 1820, there are two men named William Brower found in Amsterdam, New York, both over the age of 45, and both with large households (one with nine persons, the other with eleven). In 1830 there are no men named William Brewer or Brower found at Amsterdam, New York. In 1840, William is enumerated at Copley, Summit Co., Ohio, with a household of nine persons. In 1850, William Brewer, age 80, born in New York, is at Copley, Ohio, with his wife, Asenath Brewer, age 68, and two daughters, Electa and Sarah, both born in New York. William Brewer died on 18 March 1856, age 86 and his buried at the Copley Cemetery.

All that is mentioned above is simply a group of facts that can be documented (see the profiles for each, with source citations, at the Brouwer Genealogy Database). We can add to this collection the mentions in previous posts of Isaac Brower (February 2, 2013), and Jacob Brewer, husband of Hannah Brandigo/Brandige (February 13, 2013), and with all of this, we have a list of questions still to be answered:

1- Is the Jeremiah Brower who married Margaret Hedickie (last known child in 1774, baptized at Schaghticoke), and the Jeremiah Brower who married Hannah Thomas (first known child in 1776, baptized at Schaghticoke) the same person? Common name, and same location at roughly the same time, coupled with the fact that no other known men named Jeremiah Brower have left evidence that they were in the area of Schaghticoke in the 1760s or 1770s, might lead us to conclude that they are. However, we still need that elusive piece of evidence that could link these two families with certainty.

2- Are the brothers William Brower and Abraham Brower, baptized in 1766 and 1774 at Schaghticoke, the same William Brewer and Abraham Brewer who appear on the same assessment list at Plattsburgh, New York in 1798?

3- There is an eight year gap between the baptism records of William (1766) and Abraham (1774). Were other children, unrecorded, born to Jeremiah Brower and Margaret Hedickie? Could the Isaac Brower/Brewer who appears with Jeremiah Brower on the 1795 roll of those who took the oath of allegiance, be an unrecorded son of Jeremiah Brower and Margaret Hedickie born between the years of 1766 and 1774?

4- Who is the Jacob Brewer who was married to Hannah Brandigo/Brandige, as mentioned in the will of Hannah's father, William Brandige? We believe that Jacob Brewer, born in 1782, son of Jeremiah Brower and Hannah Thomas, was married at Highgate to Elizabeth Stickney in 1802. Did Elizabeth die early on, and did her widower husband, Jacob Brewer, then marry Hannah Brandigo? Or, is this Jacob Brewer some other relation to Jeremiah Brower (a brother, nephew, or cousin)? Where did Jacob Brewer and Hannah Brandigo live, and what became of them after 1808?

5- Who are the members of Jacob Brewers household as recorded on the 1810 U. S. census at Highgate, Vermont? There was one male under 10, one male 10-15, one male 15-26 (presumed to be the head of household, Jacob Brewer, age possibly understated), two females under 10, one female 10-15, and one female 15-26. Could some of these persons (presumably children of Jacob) actually be children that have since been attributed to the family of Jeremiah Brower and Hannah Thomas?

6- Is the William Brewer who married Hannah DeLong, whose family had property in Plattsburgh, New York, the same William who was assessed there in 1798?

7- And finally, what did become of all those mentioned above? What actually became of Jeremiah Brouwer and Margaret Hedickie's sons William and Abraham? What became of Isaac Brower/Brewer? Did any of them leave descendants who are searching for their ancestral Brower or Brewer connection today?

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