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Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Complaint of Elias Brewer, Junior

Document no. 4 in Early Monmouth County Court Papers part 1, is a complaint brought forward by Elias Brewer, Junior, against Joseph Vronk (or Vrenck), the constable for the Township of Middletown. You will have to download this PDF and use your computer's tools to rotate it for better viewing.

4. Complaint of Elias Brewer Junior

Elias Brewer's complaint is that Joseph Vronk (or Vrenck, the surname here is not clear) attempted to extort money from members of, what appears to be, the John Brewer, Junior, household. The Brewers mentioned are John Brewer, Junior, Matthias Brewer, Anne Brewer, Elizabeth Brewer, Patience Brewer and Elias Brewer. No relationships are specifically stated. Although not stated, I would assume that they lived in Middletown, as it was the constable of that Township who is involved here. It is not clear as to where these Brewers fit in among the families descended from either of the two Brouwer progenitors, Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, or Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, Long Island. Both of these Brouwer progenitors had descendants who lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey at the time this complaint was recorded. Based upon the fact that the complainant's name is Elias Brewer, we have to first suspect that this group of Brewers are descendants of Jan Brouwer. We also have to suspect that either one or both of two men named Elias Brewer who were featured on earlier posts may somehow be associated with this group of Brewers. Elias Brewer (posted on October 31, 2012) was married to Elizabeth Palmer, and Elias E. Brewer (posted on November 15, 2012) are the two that I am referring to. The court record is dated 19 March 1806, and includes Elias Brewer's signature. Any information or original records concerning any of the above mentioned Brewers would be welcomed.

For an introduction to this series of postings see the posts of June 6, 2013 and December 6, 2011.

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