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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Deed of George Brewer to David Mandeville

This post will prompt changes and additions to the family of George Brewer and Lydia Clark.

File no. 44 from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II, and is a deed dated 12 August 1799 by which George Brewer and Lydia, his wife, of Shrewsbury, convey property to David Mandeville, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, clerk, and Sarah, his wife. In the deed Sarah is stated to be a daughter of the said George and Lydia.

No. 44, Deed George Brewer to David Mandeville

The core of this deed, or indenture, can be summarized as follows: George Brewer and Lydia, his wife, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, convey to David Mandeville, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, clerk, and Sarah, his wife (the said Sarah being the daughter of the said George and Lydia), for and inconsideration of natural love and affection, and in consideration of the said George and Lydia having granted certain estates to their son George Brewer, the younger, the said George and Lydia his wife have given, granted...transfer and set over to the said David Mandeville and Sarah his wife...all and singular the messuages or tenements and plantations, tracts, pieces or parcels of land, lots of ground, Rents, Hereditaments, appurtenances, and all goods and chattels, moveables, household furniture, plate, effects and estate, real, personal or mixed whatsoever and wheresoever of him the said George Brewer, situate, lying and being in the state of New Jersey or elsewhere in any part of the world...

In effect, this "deed" might be considered a substitute for a will, by which George and Lydia Brewer are transferring to their daughter Sarah, and her husband, David Mandeville, all property not already given to their son, George Brewer, "the younger."

George Brewer was a son of Adam Brewer and Deborah Allen, is believed to be a grandson of Jacob Brouwer and Annatje Bogardus, and is a great-grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island. George Brewer is said to have been born either 26 May 1728, or 20 May 1730, depending on which transcription of the same Bible record you wish to accept. Previously, I had suggested that he could have died prior to 7 January 1788, when his wife Lydia obtained a certificate from the Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting for her son, George Brewer, "a youth,"to go to Philadelphia to live with Samuel Clark. Based upon this deed, George Brewer (the elder) was clearly alive in August 1799.

This deed also adds a previously unknown daughter, Sarah, to the family of George Brewer and Lydia Clark. It appears then, that George and Lydia had two children, a son George, and a daughter, Sarah. The deed also tells us that Sarah was married to David Mandeville, and that in 1799 they were living in Philadelphia. David Mandeville and Sarah Brewer were married on 28 July 1791 at St. Paul's Church in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, Volume II, Pennsylvania Archives, 2nd Series, Volume IX, page 468). According to "The Elfreth Necrology," found in Pennsylvania Vital Records, Volume 2, page 690, David Mandeville, of Philadelphia, died "8, 20, 1843, aged 78." This date, recorded in Quaker style, would be 20 October 1843. His age of 78 would place his birth at about 1765. I have not yet located a date or place of death for Sarah (Brewer) Mandeville, nor have I placed David within the Mandeville family.

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