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Thursday, February 13, 2014

John Brewer and Adam Brewer, Debtors

File no. 38 from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II, is the case of John Brewer/Brower and Adam Brewer, debtors in Monmouth County.

No. 38, John Brewer, Adam Brewer, Debt

The case is recorded in the Monmouth County Court of Common Pleas and dates from April and June 1815. Britton Cook of Monmouth County is owed $1000 from John Brewer and Adam Brewer, and his request is for the sheriff to bring them before the court. John Brewer is referred to as both John Brewer and John Brower in the record. At one point he is called John E. Brewer. Adam is referred to only as Adam Brewer. All of the parties are from Shrewsbury and Howell Townships in Monmouth County.

I would assume that the John E. Brewer is a son of Elazerus Brewer (1730-1820). Elazerus Brewer's son John E. Brewer was born 16 September 1754 and died 6 February 1837. His wife was Constant Hulet/Hewlett, and they had ten children. In the case of John, the middle initial, E., is most likely a reference to his father's name, Elazerus. It is not a middle name in the same sense of how we think of middle names today. The practice of giving children middle names was not common in the 1700s.

Elazerus Brewer also had a son named Adam Brewer, but he died on 30 May 1775, and cannot be the Adam Brewer named in this case. The Adam Brewer mentioned here is more likely John E. Brewer's son, Adam Brewer, who was born 19 May 1785 and was named in his father's will of 9 July 1836. I have not researched this Adam Brewer any further and at this time do not know of a wife or children.

Details and source citations for the above mentioned can be found on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website.

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