Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Church Records (Part VIII): Everything Else

This post will complete all of the files described as "Church Records" in the William B. Bogardus Collection. The files below are for locations outside of New York City, New York State and New Jersey.

Pennsylvania German Marriages: Marriages and Marriage Evidence in Pennsylvania German Churches.  Despite the title, this book also includes records from the North and Southampton Dutch Reformed Church at Churchville, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. The book, by Donna R. Irish, was published in 1982, and has apparently been re-published in 2009.

Records of the Kingston Presbyterian Church: Marriages, 1794-1850. Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 29, nos. 3/4 (Jul/Oct 1954). This file was missed during the first go-around and should have been grouped with the other New Jersey files in Part V. Sorry for the oversight. There are four marriages here and I will point out that the "Brewers" of Allentown are actually Brueres. The John H. Brewer is John Horsful Bruere, whose first wife, Mary Blackwell died during the birth of her only child in early 1802. He then married Elizabeth Blackwell. Price Brewer is Price Bruere. The Edward Brewer who married Rachel Ann Lake was from Somerset Co., and is found in Middlesex Co. on the 1850 census. I do not know is ancestry.

Picton Methodist Church Baptisms, Prince Edward County, Ontario. From the Ontario Register, vol. 3, 1970. Two baptisms of children of Martin and Lovina Brower. This is a second file for the same source, however, it includes six photocopied pages.

History of Tonoloway Baptist Church. The photocopy of pages are from a book of this title by Harry Stuart Holman, published in 1980. The Tonoloway Baptist Church is in Bethel, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania and is the immediate area in which Mathew Brower who was the subject of posts from September 11, 2013; September 18, 2013; and September 28, 2013. The Brewers mentioned in the profiles, however, are not descendants of Mathew Brower. They are descendants of Henry/Henrich Brewer/Brauer, a German immigrant who settled in Bethel Twp. A descendant of Henry/Henrich participated in the Brewer DNA Project and his results confirm that there is no family relationship between Henrich and the descendants of Mathew Brower. Here is an excellent example of two families who share the same surname, and live in the same location, but who are not in anyway related.

This post concludes the set covering "Church Records" from the William B. Bogardus Collection.

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