Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Friday, June 13, 2014

Deeds Involving William Brewer in Monmouth County

Here are two files from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part III pertaining to William Brewer of Monmouth County.

No. 55, Mott to Hoffmire Deed

No. 57, William Brewer to Hoffmire Deed

File no. 55 is from Monmouth County Deeds, Book G, page 43. It is a typed transcription of a deed (or indenture) dated 18 February 1721, in which Charles Mott of Hempstead, Queens County, Long Island conveyed to Samuel Hoffmire, Benjamin Hoffmire and William Hoffmire, of Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, a 150 acre parcel of land adjoining Henry Tilton and Samuel Tilton and now in the possession of William Brewer, "made over unto me the said Charles Mott by Samuel Hoffmire deceased father of the said Samuel Hoffmire, Benjamin Hoffmire and William Hoffmire."

File no. 57 is from Monmouth County Deeds, Book H, pages 84-85. It is dated 13 May 1726 and is a photocopy of what appears to be the original indenture (its not a transcription). Here William Brewer of Middletown, Monmouth County, yeoman, and Mary his wife convey to the same Samuel Hoffmire, Benjamin Hoffmire and William Hoffmire, also of Middletown, Monmouth County. There is a very lengthy description of the property, and William Brewer signs the deed with his mark.

The William Brewer in the above deeds would be the Willem Brouwer, baptized 8 May 1687 at Brooklyn, a son of Jacob Brouwer and Annatje Bogardus. He is a grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island. His wife Mary, mentioned in the 1726 indenture, is Maritje Van Oort, or Van Noordt (Van Nord, Van Nort), who was a daughter of Goosen Van Oort and Maria Peek who were early settlers at Schenectady. Maritje was probably born in the early 1680s. No record of her baptism survives. She was first married to Pieter Hennion on 9 January 1700 at the Reformed Dutch Church in New York, and had two children with him. William and Maritje were married 19 May 1709 at the New York Reformed Dutch Church and had three children baptized there in 1710, 1712 an 1714. It appears that William then relocated his family to Middletown in Monmouth County, New Jersey soon after 1714. A daughter of Willem Brower was baptized by the Reformed Dutch Congregation of Freehold and Middletown in 1723. The child's name is not stated in the record. Two other sons, Jacob and William, believed to have been born between 1715 and 1720 are also included in the family. Further explanation regarding their placement will be reserved for a future post. For now, here is a Family Group sheet for Willem Brouwer/William Brewer and Maritje/Mary Van Oort.

Family Group Sheet: Willem Jacobsz Brouwer and Maritje Van Oort

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