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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Few Brouwer and Brower Death Notices from Westchester County and New York City, New York

This short list of death notices as transcribed from the Eastern State Journal, and published in Lives Well Spent: Westchester County Obituaries and Death Notices in the Eastern State Journal, May 1845 - April 1875, compiled by Elizabeth Green Fuller (Elmsford, NY: Westchester County Historical Society, 1994), was found in the collection of material gathered by William B. Bogardus. The document is a photocopy of page 86, scanned to a PDF and placed online.

The deaths found here are not included in the current edition of the Brouwer Genealogy Database, and therefore this is new material. They will be added with the next update. Three of the notices have been identified, one has a possible identification, and the remainder have not been identified with known individuals.

From the top, "Jeremiah Brouwer, formerly of Mt. Pleasant," who died 1 July 1849, age 73, at New York City, can be identified as the son of Theophilus Brouwer (1753-1818) and Maria Bogart (1755-1809). He was baptized on 24 June 1776 at the New York Reformed Dutch Church. Jeremiah Brouwer was married to Elizabeth Fisher, and among their children is a son Elijah H. Brower, whose wife, Jannetje (family not yet identified) is also among the notices as "Janette (Mrs. Elijah H. Brower) of New Castle," who died in New York, 31 December 1861 of consumption. Their son, Dr. Jeremiah Brower, died 20 July 1863 in a railroad accident on the Long Island Railroad at Jamaica, Long Island.

At the bottom is the notice of the death of a John Brower, "patriot of the Revolution," who died in New York on 22 August 1845, age 73. The age at death places his birth at about 1762, which would indicate that if he in fact did serve in the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) he would have done so during his teens. I have tentatively identified him as the Johannes Brouwer, baptized 21 August 1763 at New York, son of Jeury Brouwer (1728-1776) and Elizabeth Van de Water, who is mentioned in his father's will of 1776, but otherwise has not been traced. If correct, John (Johannes) would be a brother of the above mentioned Theophilus Brouwer.

The remaining entries have not been placed. They are a Rachel Ann (Mrs. George Washington Brouwer) who died 5 January 1853, age 32; Elizabeth Brower (colored) who died 5 July 1873 at Port Chester; Freddie G., the only child of Harvey and Nettie Brower; and an infant son of George Brower of Mamaroneck.

The Eastern State Journal was published out of White Plains, New York, and ran from May 1845 until 1918.

Brouwer and Brower, page 86 in Lives Well Spent... (1994).

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