Sunset at Gowanus Bay

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Miscellaneous Records Pertaining to Brewers and Browers in Monmouth Co., N.J.

A few years ago I received a number of documents from William B. Bogardus. They are largely photocopies of original court records and in some instances transcriptions were made. The collection can best be described as a set of court records and deeds pertaining to various persons named Brewer or Brower, found in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The period of time is largely from the late 1700s through the early 1800s, although there is one deed, a conveyance from John Johnston to Elias Brewer, dated 1725. Bill had arranged the documents into groups based upon is best assumption as to whether the principal person involved was descended from Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L.I., or from Adam Brouwer (there are also a few smaller groupings). After a couple of years I have finally gotten around to reviewing the documents and have begun writing abstracts of varying lengths for each of them. The first group, "Part 1" are those documents that most likely pertain to descendants of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L.I. A number of his grandchildren were among those Kings County, Long Island families who made a move to Monmouth County, New Jersey during the early years of the 1700s. The PDF is available online:
Abstracts of Early Monmouth County, N.J. Court Papers, Part 1, papers likely pertaining to descendants of Jan Brouwer.

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