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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Brouwer, Brower, Brewer and Bruere in Monmouth County Wills

Links for recorded wills found in Monmouth County, New Jersey for individuals with the surname Brouwer, Brower, Brewer and Bruere have been added to the "Links to Pages at FamilySearch.org - Probate and Estate Records" page of this website. The database being accessed is "New Jersey, Probate Records, 1678-1980 > Monmouth."

The above referenced page presents the links in alphabetical order by first name, and includes individuals from various locations. The Monmouth County links are separated out here and are arranged in groups.

Descendants of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, L. I.:
David Brouwer, of Monmouth Co., will dated 16 Aug 1804, Vol. A, p. 48.

George Brower, of Howell, will dated 31 Dec 1841, Vol. F, p. 58.

John Brewer, of Dover, will dated 6 Dec 1811, Vol. A, p. 457.

John E. Brewer, of Howell, will dated 29 Jul 1836, Vol. D, p. 73.

William H. Brewer, of Howell, will dated 4 Dec 1855, Vol. F, p. 383.

Descendants of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L. I.:
Aaron Brower, of Howell, will dated 12 Jan 1869, Vol. K, p. 240.

Benjamin Brower, of Shrewsbury, will dated 17 Feb 1863, Vol. H, p. 108.

Elizabeth Brewer, of Marlborough, will dated 19 Jul 1856, Vol. F, p. 458. [She appears to be a sister of Elias E. Brewer, also of Marlborough (Marlboro) who is known to be a descendant of Jan Brouwer by means of Y-DNA testing of one of his descendants].

Gilbert Brewer, of Howell, will dated 26 Nov 1857, Vol. G, p. 86.

Descendants of Jacques Bruyere (surname commonly seen as Bruere, but on occasion, Bruer or Brewer):

John Bruere, of Upper Freehold, will dated 18 Feb 1875, Vol. O, p. 41.

John H. Bruere, of Upper Freehold, will dated 22 May 1826, Vol. D, p. 264.

John H. Bruere, of Upper Freehold, will dated 7 Feb 1862, Vol. H, p. 204.

Price Bruere, of Upper Freehold, will dated 30 May 1828, Vol. C, p. 76.

Other (ancestry known) and Unplaced (ancestry unknown or uncertain):
Abraham Brower, of Middletown, will dated 18 Oct 1821, Vol. B, p. 435. [Ancestry unknown].

Hendrick J. Brower, will dated 11 May 1849, Vol. G, p. 285. [His residence is not stated, and the initial J. may be for "Joseph" as seen on page 286. Ancestry unknown.]

Joseph Brewer, of Monmouth Co., will dated 6 May 1857, Vol. G, p. 36. [His residence is not stated. Might he be the father, or a brother of Hendrick J., above? No children are named in either will. Ancestry unknown.]

Lucretia Brewer, of Marlboro, will dated 2 Oct 1860, Vol. K, p. 149. [She is Lucretia Campbell, b. ca. 1799 in Connecticut, the widow of Bela Brewer (1789-1827) of Westchester Co., New York. Bela Brewer is a descendant of Daniel Brewer (d. 1646) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.]

Also of note:
Jacob Burdge, of Middletown, will dated 7 Jan 1831, Vol. C, p. 366. [His will mentions his daughter, Elizabeth Brewer. She was the wife of John A. Brouwer/Brower (1788-1860) a son of Adolph Brouwer and Aeltje Hulst. Elizabeth is the mother of Nehemiah Brower, of Middletown.]


Each of the Monmouth County Will books includes an index of testators which is found at the beginning of each volume. Recording of wills in the counties of the State of New Jersey began in 1804. Wills dated prior to 1804 are found in the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton. For more background on New Jersey Probate Records please see this wiki page at Ancestry.com (subscription not required). Also see the Monmouth County Surrogate's Office page at the New Jersey Department of State website.

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