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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Brower Family Circle, Volume 6

Volume 6 of The Brower Family Circle, written and published by Jay H. Brower, has four issues bearing the dates April, July and October 1981 and January 1982. Below is a summary of what is found in the four issues. Links to the originals as PDFs can be accessed on the Brower Family Circle page.

No. 1, April 1981 (10 pages): Information on the Jacob Brower family of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (page 1. Jacob Brower, 1799-1846 is a descendant of Adam Brouwer. His wife was Martha Mackie. More on the family and descendants can be found on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website). The family and lineage of Peter Brower of Parke County, Indiana (page 2. He is a descendant of Christian Brower, d. 1771, Chester Co., Pennsylvania). Notes contributed by Mrs. Lawrence G. King including Abraham Brower of Union Twp., Pennsylvania, "Diderick Brouwer of Early Palatine 1709," a Van Horn-Banta marriage, seeking more info on the Demarest family (page 3). Lineage of Hollis H. Brower, a descendant of Christian Brower, b. 1754, d. 1819 Randolph Co., North Carolina (page 4). Lineage of Merritt Ralph Ermey back to Hubert Brower (page 5). Research by Mrs. Edna E. R. Brewer on Isaac I. Brower, 1781-1857, married Schicha (sic) Van Brunt (pages 6-9. She incorrectly states that Isaac is a descendant of Adam Brouwer. He is not, as Y-DNA testing of a descendant demonstrates that Isaac is a descendant of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L. I. She sites a "Brewer Bible" in her possession, descendants are listed and this should be of interest to those researching this family, but use this source with caution and seek to independently verify all claims).

No. 2, July 1981 (15 pages): Lineage of Kenneth P. Brower back to Hubert Brower (page 1). Lineage of David W. Brower back to Hubert Brower (page 2). "An Historical Sketch of the Ancestors and Descendants of David Brower, Born 1779" by Narcissa Brower Herron (pages 3-14. Unfortunately it starts off with that too familiar tale of "three brothers coming from Holland," however, the descendants presented here would be of interest to those researching this line of Hubert Brower descendants. Narcissa Brower Herron, born in 1847, lived to over 100 years and died in 1948).

No. 3, October 1981 (13 pages): Abram Brower of Hamilton Co., Ohio, born 3 April 1838 (pages 1-2. He is a descendant of Adam Brouwer. This account is from some unspecified "County History"). From History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana, 1885, Dr. Jeremiah H. Brower, born in New York City in 1798 (page 3. A descendant of Adam Brouwer and uncle of the just mentioned Abram Brower). A "Genealogical abstract of the Anneke Jans Bogardus family," by Thomas B. Wikoff (pages 4-5, with an error in the lineage on page 5. Once again a reminder to use information regarding Anneke Jans with caution. It's value mostly lies in it's use as an example of how false and incorrect information is passed on). A biography of Jacob Brower from "A History of the Church of the Brethren in Southern Iowa," 1924, with a lineage (pages 6-9). Mentions of other persons named Brower in "A History of the Church of the Brethren in Southern Iowa" (pages 9-10). A lineage from a John Brower, b. 28 May 1834, d. 17 June 1920, wife not known, who had four children, two of whom were born in Amsterdam, Holland (page 10). Queries: John Henry Brower, son of Jacob Mott Brower of Mt. Kisco, New York; Mary Brower, b. 1 Oct 1728, married Jan Willemse, 10 Jan 1745; Annie G. Hastings, b. 21 March 1855, Ohio, married Jacob J. Brower, 2 April 1874; a request for the "Eichenberg Genealogy"; Christian Brower, b. 5 September 1792, d. 28 February 1851, married 1st Susan/Susannah Wine, 2nd Sallie Miller (all on page 11). Queries on page 12: Parents of Abraham V. Brewer, b. 19 April 1791, Mercer Co., Kentucky, married 1st Anna Cozine, 2nd Delilah Rice; Parents of Susannah Brewer/Brower, b. 22 March 1808, Ohio, d. 9 January 1880, Henry Co., Indiana, married George Moyer/Myers.

No. 4, January 1982 (29 pages): Lineage of John Martin Brower (page 1, a descendant of Adam Brouwer. The lineage published here is incomplete, it has since been completed in part by the aid of Y-DNA testing, see the line for #252546 here). A lineage for a Brower family from Friesland who immigrated in the late 1800s (pages 1-2). Lineage of Benjamin Brower, 1881-1942, a descendant of Adam Brower and Charity Foust of Randolph Co., North Carolina (page 2). Lineage of Merle Seth Brower (page 3). Lineage of Orval Sheridan Brower, b. 14 March 1895 (page 3). Anneke Jans in Fact and Fiction (pages 4-22, with note that some page numbers are duplicated. This appears to be a verbatim copy of George Olin Zabriskie's article of this title which was published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 104 [1973]: 65-72, 157-164, including footnotes. See the post of September 19, 2012). Query on page 23: Albert Brower, son Carl Brower married Elsie Bierly, had Stanley Blaine Brower, all of West Alexander, Ohio. A note that 41 Browers can be found in "History and Genealogy of the Peter Eikenbery Family" (page 23). Lineage of Rick Watson, a descendant of Hubert Brower (pages 23-24). A note from William B. Bogardus regarding his research on the descendants of Anneke Jans (pages 24-28).

As with previous volumes of The Brower Family Circle, please use caution with the information found in these issues. Follow up on leads with additional research and make an effort to verify all claims with actual documentation.

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