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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Land Given by Adam Brewer to George Brewer

Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II, File no. 39, is from Monmouth County Mortgage Book G, pages 64-65.

No. 39, Land Given by Adam Brewer to George Brewer

The mortgage is dated 3 January 1825, and is between Jacob Harring and his wife, Margaret, of Howell, and Robert Evelman, of Shrewsbury. The document refers to land of Adam Brewer given to his son George Brewer.

"All these tracts of land given by will of Adam Brewer to his son George and his heirs namely that which which said Adam Brewer bought of William Burley as by his deed bearing date of 24 June 1745, and bought of Joshua Gifford dated 12 March 1746 and that bought of Peter Arnott dated 5 December 1746, except a small piece of meadow sold to John Brewer, and another small piece sold to George Brewer, sons of Elazerus, and now in the possession of David Harring."

The Adam Brewer mentioned is presumed to be the son of Jacob Brouwer and Annatje Bogardus. Adam Brewer settled at Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey and joined the Quakers. He would be a grandson of Adam Bouwer of Gowanus, Long Island. His will was written 22 August 1768. Adam Brewer's son, Georger Brewer, appears to have died prior to 7 January 1788, when his son, George, was placed with Samuel Clark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

During the colonial period recording deeds with the county, or some other jurisdiction, was not required. Most deeds were never recorded. When a transaction involving real estate was made the seller would give the buyer a deed which he would then hold on to, but not necessarily record with the town or county in which he lived. I have not found any of the land transactions mentioned above in the land records of Monmouth County, and this document may well be the only surviving record of them having taken place.

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