Sunset at Gowanus Bay

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

John Brewer - Methodist Episcopal Church Deed

Item 17 of Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part I, is the deed of John Brewer to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury.

No. 17. John Brewer ME Church Deed

The deed, dated 5 January 1801, was recorded 27 January 1801 in Monmouth County Deed Book M, page 434. The file consists of a handwritten abstract of the deed (author unknown) and a hand drawn map of the property, followed by images of the actual deed as it appears on a microfilm of the deed book. Unfortunately, the microfilm was a negative, so the deed is difficult to read. The land conveyed by the deed to the Methodist Episcopal Society is to be used for a churchyard and John Brewer and his family is to be buried there. The cemetery is now known as the Adelphia Cemetery, Adelphia being an unincorporated village in the township of Howell, which was created out of Shrewsbury in February, 1801, just a month after this deed was recorded.

John Brewer, as stated in this deed, was a son of Aaron Brewer (Aris Brower) and Neeltje Cooper. He was baptized 30 April 1764, recorded in the register of the Reformed Dutch Congregations of Freehold and Middletown. In 1834, John A. Brewer, applied for a pension based upon his service during the Revolutionary War. In his deposition he gave his date of birth as 7 May 1762, and stated that he was born at Shrewsbury. He died 6 March 1845, his gravestone stating he was aged 80 years, 9 months, which placed his birth date at 6 June 1764, which when compared to the date of his baptism, must be incorrect.

John Brewer, also known as John A. Brewer, and as John Brower, was married to Deborah Erickson (or Errickson). Two, known children have been found. Son, Aaron Brower/Brewer (1794-1872) appears to have been married three times, and son, Benjamin B. Brewer (ca. 1800-1850) who married Marinda Downs. Both left descendant. See the Brouwer Genealogy Database for more info and sources.

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