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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Petition of Hendrick Brewer

Number 5 on the Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, part 1, is the petition of Hendrick Brewer who is confined to the "goal" (jail) at Monmouth County for failing to pay debts.

This Hendrick Brewer is most likely the son of Hendrick Brouwer (1735-1802) and Abigail (Abigeltie) Hunt. Hendrick Brewer was baptized 12 February 1775, recorded in the register of the Dutch Congregations of Freehold and Middletown. He lived at Middletown, New Jersey. His wife was Ledia Hendrickson and the couple had four known children baptized between 1799 and 1814. The fifteen year time frame for only four children, with a gap of six years between the first and second, may be a sign that Hendrick and Ledia had other children that have not yet been accounted for. Hendrick is a descendant of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, Long Island.

Among those listed as Hendrick's creditors are Benjamin Brewer and Benjamin Brewer, Jr. Assuming that the above identification is correct, then the two would be Hendrick's uncle and his son, who would be Hendrick's first cousin.

William Truax is appointed to oversee Hendrick's estate, and the petition is dated 17 March 1807.

5. The Petition of Hendrick Brewer, with my apologies for the first page appearing upside-down (just download the PDF and use your computer's tools to rotate the image).

See the posts of June 6, 2013 and December 6, 2011, for background on this series of posts. For details and source citations for Hendrick Brewer and the others mentioned above, please consult the Brouwer Genealogy Database website.

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