In December 2011, I abstracted a number of loose documents that I had received from William B. Bogardus. The pages were photo copies of documents pertaining to persons named Brouwer, Brower or Brewer that were found in various Monmouth County, New Jersey court files and record books. They had been photocopied and collected by a correspondent of William B. Bogardus and given to me by Bill in 2008. In December 2011 I placed online links to PDFs of the abstracts I made. Access to the PDFs is via the posts of December 6, 2011; December 9, 2011; and December 12, 2011. I have now begun the process of scanning each of the photocopied documents into PDFs, and I will make them available online, one at a time, via individual posts on this blog site. The PDFs themselves will be stored in Google Drive. This is a laborious and time consuming process, and as there are a lot of pages, it will be completed slowly, at my pace, as I have the opportunity to work on it. Please do not ask me in advance for any of the documents mentioned in the abstracts of December 2011. They will all be out in due time. Please be patient. All of the blog posts pertaining to this project will be given the label, "Monmouth Co Court Papers." Please check the blog site periodically for the specific documents that may interest you.
The first set to worked on will be those found in "Part 1." The documents here pertain to descendants of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, Long Island and the abstracts were placed online on December 6, 2011.
Document 1 is a deed from Benjamin Brewer and Mary, his wife, of Shrewsbury, to Daniel Williams, dated 8 March 1799. It was originally found in Monmouth Co., Deeds, Book L, page 437. This Benjamin Brewer (or Brower) would most certainly be the Benjamin, son of Jan Brouwer and Hillitje (Helena) Van Kleef (Van Cleef) baptized on 19 Feb 1738 (Reformed Dutch Congregations of Freehold and Middletown). His wife was Maria Lane and they were married on 16 Jan 1767 at Shrewsbury, New Jersey. We have five known children for Benjamin and Maria (Mary) but have not yet located a date of death for either of them. Benjamin would be a great-grandson of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, Long Island.
1. Deed Benjamin Brewer - Daniel Williams