Items nos. 12 and 13 from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Records, Part I, are petitions of Benjamin B. Brewer, "an insolvent debtor confined in goal" (jail). Items nos. 14 and 15, are the petitions of Benjamin D. Brewer, also an insolvent debtor confined in the Monmouth County jail.
The petitions of Benjamin B. Brewer are dated 24 April 1832 and 24 July 1832, while those of Benjamin D. Brewer are dated 28 July 1840 and 21 September 1840. There is no genealogical information in the petitions, but they do include lists of creditors of each of the two Benjamin Brewers, who are, two different men.
12. Petition of Benjamin B. Brewer (1)
13. Petition of Benjamin B. Brewer (2)
14. Petition of Benjamin D. Brewer (1)
15. Petition of Benjamin D. Brewer (2)
Both of the Benjamin Brewers are descendants of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands. They would be cousins, but exactly how they are related as not been determined.
Benjamin B. Brewer was born about 1800 and is a son of John A. Brower/Brewer and Deborah Errickson*. He was married to Marinda Downs, was found on the 1840 census at Howell, Monmouth Co., New Jersey and died on 29 July 1850, age 50, at Estelville, Ocean Co., New Jersey. His ancestry back to Jan Brouwer has been determined through traditional genealogical research.
Benjamin D. Brewer was born 29 Dec 1806 and baptized 12 Feb 1810 (Records of the Reformed Congregations of Freehold and Middletown), and is a son of Isaac Brewer and Styntje Van Brunt. His ancestry back to Jan Brouwer has not yet been determined using traditional genealogical research, however, a direct male descendant of Issac Brewer, through Benjamin D.'s brother Elias, has participated in the Brewer DNA Project, and results of his Y-DNA test have confirmed that Jan Brouwer is their ancestor.
*Thanks to Carole Leishman for the identification of Deborah Errikson. See Comments to the post of August 18, 2013.