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Friday, August 9, 2013

Cemetery and Gravestone Inscriptions from the William B. Bogardus Collection (Part III)

More transcriptions, notes and files from the William B. Bogardus Collection relating to cemetery and gravestone records.

Old Cemetery, Near Maywood, New Jersey. The two pages here are photocopied from "Passaic Co., Historical Society, Paterson, N. J., Cemetery Records, William Paterson Chapter DAR, 1939." There is only one BROWER record, which pertains to a Jacob Brower, died 26 August 1784, age 58 years, 4 months and 19 days. Maywood is in Bergen County, New Jersey, which was incorporated in 1894 out of Midland Township, which itself was created in 1871 out of New Barbadoes Township. This record gives us a date of death for Jacob Brouwer, son of Abraham Brouwer and Elizabeth Ackerman, who was baptized on 17 April 1726 at the Dutch Reformed Church at Hackensack, New Jersey. Jacob Brouwer of New Barbadoes, Bergen Co., New Jersey, wrote his will on 11 August 1784, but it was not proved until 1797. His wife was Jannetje Van der Beek, and his correct placement among the descendants of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island, is covered by William J.Hoffman in "Brouwer Corrections," published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 69 (1938) page 172. While Jacob is the only BROWER found on this list, researchers of Bergen County Dutch families will recognize the other names found on these two pages - ACKERMAN, BANTA, BERTHOLF, BOGERT and DEMAREST.

Unpublished Records - Irondequoit Cemetery, Monroe County; Friends Cemetery, Ontario County. Both of these cemeteries are in western New York State. Only one page from the Irondequoit Cemetery is included here. The oldest transcription is for a Jacob Brower, 1829 to 1919 (or 1914). I have noticed this individual in the past when searching through Monroe County, New York census records, but have not had the opportunity to pursue just who this Jacob Brower is any further. They are not found on the BGD.

The Presbyterian Church, New Hamburgh (NY) Cemetery. This annotated list taken from Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York, by. J. W. Poucher (1924), was put together by one of Bill Bogardus' many correspondents. It is a list of 62 gravestone transcriptions beginning with the surname ALLEN and running through to, and including, BROWER. Many of the BROWER names have been transcribed and published elsewhere and, although I have not checked each one, most should be on the BGD.

Sparta Cemetery, One Mile South of Ossining on State Rd., Westchester County, N. Y. The source of the three entries is not given. Nicholas Brower, d. 2-14-1814, age 67 yrs., would be the son of Nicholas Brouwer and Mary Dutcher, and is found on the BGD. Although there are a handful of men named Frederick Brower, who were born in the 1800s, I am not certain who the "Mary E. Brower, wife of Frederick," is in this file.

Ocean County Gravestones: Whitesville Cemetery. Only one entry. This is from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 24, no. 2 (April 1949), page 26. The transcription is for James F. Johnson (1852-1930) and his wife Hannah E. Brower (1851-1908). Hannah has not been identified but she may be the Hannah E. Brower, age 6 on the 1860 census at Brick, Ocean Co., New Jersey, and age 16 on the 1870 census at the same place, daughter of William H. Brower and Sarah Ann Cook.

Some Burials at the Old Cemetery, West Main St., Phelps, N. Y., Ontario County. The photocopied page is from Yesteryears, volume 6, number 23 (March 1963). The one BROWER entry is for "Thedrena, wife of John, d. Nov. 23, 1840, age 43." Three sons (Joseph, John and Peter) of Johannes Brouwer (1728-1809) and Tryntje Waldron, settled at Phelps, Ontario County, New York soon after the American Revolutionary War. However, I have not been able to identify this burial record within this family.

Cemetery Records - Oneida County, New York. This group is from Tree Talks, vol. 20, no. 1, p. 50. The burials are at Lee Center Cemetery in Oneida County, New York. There are six BROWER entries and all are new to me. The eldest one here is for John Brower, d. 15 Nov 1881, age 82 yrs. 8 mos. 15 days, which would place his birth at 28 February 1799. I have not identified him, or the others in this cemetery.

Barrett Hill Cemetery, Carmel, Putnam Co., New York. The note card states that the entries in this file were taken from FHL film #4382, but this cannot be correct as that film pertains to Land Records in Glastonbury, Connecticut. A search of the FHL catalog finds film #17128, items 36-38, Putnam County Cemeteries, which does include inscriptions from Barrett Hill Cemetery. They are also found in "Graveyard Inscriptions, Putnam County, New York," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 56 (1925), page 309. I have not placed any of the names and do not know if these individuals are descendants of one of the original New Netherland BROUWER families, or is they are descendants of New England BREWER families. All will be included on the BGD with the next update.

Above are eight more files. Hopefully they will be of help to someone working at retracing their Brouwer, Brower or Brewer ancestry. If you do have any evidence as to who those who are unplaced are, please feel free to leave word using the Comments feature below.

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