A few weeks back I received a copy of the May 2012 (vol. 23, no. 5) issue of The Monmouth Connection, a publication of the Monmouth County (New Jersey) Genealogical Society. Of interest in this publication is an article researched and written by Lawrence Lippert titled, "The Paper Trail of Elazarus Brewer." The editor of The Monmouth Connection, and the author of the article have generously given me permission to make it available through this website.
Elazarus Brewer was born in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, the son of Adam Brewer and his first wife, Deborah Allen. The date of his birth varies depending on the source considered. I've seen both 23 June 1730 and 23 May 1731 as dates for his birth. No record of baptism exists for Elazarus (his parents were members of the Society of Friends). He is a great-grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island.
The article was published by the Monmouth County Genealogical Society in four parts, in their newsletter, The Monmouth Connection, beginning with volume 23, no. 5 (May 2012), and continuing in volume 23, no. 6 (July 2012), volume 24, no. 1 (September 2012) and ending with volume 24, no. 2 (November 2012). The four parts have been arranged into one PDF for convenience. Descendants of Elazarus Brewer will certainly be interested, and those researching other Monmouth County, and particularly Shrewsbury families, will likely find the article to be of interest as well.
"The Paper Trail of Elazarus Brewer," by Lawrence Lippert, The Monmouth Connection vol. 23, no. 5 (May 2012). The article begins at the bottom of the right hand column and is preceded by a brief profile of the author.
Thanks to Rick Geffken for bringing this article to my attention, to Judy Bretzger, editor of The Monmouth Connection and to Lawrence Lippert, the author for their permission to make the article available, and to Liz Johnson for creating the PDF.