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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Samuel Brewer, Mortgage in Somerset Co., New Jersey, 1766

This file is from the William B. Bogardus Collection. It was labeled as LAN SS-238. It is a copy of a page from the Somerset County Genealogical Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 1, "First Book of Mortgages, Somerset County."

First Book of Mortgages, Somerset Co., Samuel Brewer

The mortgage names "Samuel Brewer and Margaret, his wife, of Millstone...Innholder." The abstract does not include some of the details of this agreement. My assumption is that Samuel and Margaret Brewer are taking a mortgage out on their property, and the lender is Peter Schenk, also of Millstone, a merchant. The abstract describes the property, and lists his neighbors as Edmund Lesley (Leslie), Peter Wilson, Benjamin Thomson, Samuel Reed (deceased), William Spader, and Smith (possibly Adam Smith, as per the footnote). Samuel Brewer had pchased the property from Teunis Rynierson, but the date of the purchase is not given.

This Samuel Brewer is believed to have been the son of Willem Brouwer and his second wife Martha Boulton. Samuel was baptized on 25 August 1706 at Breuckelen (Brooklyn). William J. Hoffman, in "Brouwer Beginnings," The American Genealogist, vol. 23, pp. 205-206, citing an account of Samuel in Our Home, equates Willem Brouwer's son Samuel with the Samuel Brewer whose wife was Margaret and who had a child baptized at Raritan (in fact they had two, one in 1732 and one in 1735, both named Annate). Assuming Hoffman is correct, Samuel would be a grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, L. I.

In the past I had theorized that Samuel could be a son of Derck Brouwer and Hannah Daws, and a grandson of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands. This was based on the purely circumstantial evidence that Samuel had his children baptized at Raritan and during the same period in which sons (or believed sons) of Derck Brouwer also had children baptized there. As of yet, no factual evidence has been found to back this theory, and for now I would defer to Hoffman, and continue with the assumption that Samuel is a son of Willem Brouwer.

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