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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Estate of Isaac Brower

File no. 40 from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II, is from Monmouth County Orphans Court, Book L, pages 234-235.

No. 40, Estate of Isaac Brower

Isaac Brower, or Brewer, appears to have been the eldest son of David Brewer and Ann Morris. This would place him as a great-great-great grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island. Isaac was probably born about 1783 (no record of baptism has been found) and he apparently lived out his life in Monmouth County. His wife was named Margaret. Her family name has not yet been discovered. Input regarding her identity is welcome. Three sons of Isaac and Margaret have been identified. They are David Brewer, Morris Freeman Brewer, and Robert D. Brower (or Brewer). As of this writing only descendants of Robert D. Brower have been identified. Robert D. Brower was the father of Mary Elizabeth Brower (d. 1914) who married George Colville Smith, who was featured in the post of October 17, 2013.

The document found here is a request by Annaniah Gifford and his wife, Elizabeth, for the division of real estate formerly belonging to David Brewer, which had been devised to Isaac in his (David's) will. Elizabeth, the wife of Annaniah Gifford, was a daughter of David Brewer and Isaac's sister. Annaniah Gifford, and Margaret, the widow of Isaac Brewer, were granted administration on Isaac's estate on 1 July 1816. This document is from the April 1845 term, implying that 29 years after his decease, Isaac's estate, or at least that much that had been received from his father, had not been settled. The document is useful for identifying the family of Isaac's sister, Rebecca Brewer, who had died in 1839. She was married to Thomas Bullock and had six children. Rebecca and Thomas were divorced in 1829.


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