Item no. 10 from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, is a mortgage agreement between Aaron Brewer of Shrewsbury and Thomas Henderson of Freehold. The agreement, dated 13 December 1790, is found in Monmouth County Mortgage Book B, pages 233-234. The image is not of the original document but rather of a transcription of that document. I have not reviewed the original and so cannot attest to the accuracy of the transcription. Needless to say, any one researching Aaron Brewer is advised to locate the original themselves.
No. 10 Aaron Brewer Mortgage
The Aaron Brewer of this document, also known as Aris Brower, is probably a son of Jan Brouwer and Helena Van Cleef, and is a descendant of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands. Aaron/Aris was probably born around 1724-1726 and was married twice. On 21 June 1724, and on 11 April 1726, Jan Brouwer and Helena Van Cleef had two children baptized. The records, which are found with the Reformed Dutch Congregations of Freehold and Middletown, do not record the child's name or gender. Either one may well be Aaron Brewer (see GMNJ 22:12, and 22:43). Aaron was first married to Neeltje (or Elenor) Cooper and had seven known children born between 1756 and 1767. His only known son was named John, and his eldest known daughter was named Helena, which leads us to place Aaron as a son of Jan Brouwer and Helena Van Cleef. His second wife was Martha Stillwell. His will dated 7 April 1800, was proved 13 June 1800, although the inventory of his estate was taken on 22 April 1800, and he probably died just a few days before that date.
The mortgage describes property owned by Aaron Brewer. Although the transcription isn't specific as to just which party is taking a mortgage from the other, I would assume that since it is Aaron's property that is being described, it is he who is taking a mortgage from Thomas Henderson.
What might be noted here is that Adam Brewer, a grandson of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, also settled at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, and had descendants living there into the late 1700s as well. Here is an example of two families with a shared surname, living in the same town at the same time during the colonial and recent post colonial period, who are not even remotely related.
Additional details and source citations regarding Aaron Brewer/Aris Brower can be found on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website.