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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Heirs of Hendrick Brewer, Monmouth Co., New Jersey

Item no. 18 in Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, is from the records of the Monmouth County Orphans Court, volume 2, page 379. The record involves the heirs of Hendrick Brewer, "late of the County of Monmouth," who died intestate (without a will). This document is dated 1 May 1829.

18. Heirs of Hendrick Brewer

Hendrick Brewer was a son of Jan Brouwer and Helena Van Cleef, and was a great-grandson of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, Long Island. He was baptized 25 December 1735 at Freehold-Middletown (GMNJ 24(1949):46). Hendrick married Abigail Hunt with New Jersey License dated 12 November 1763 (Marriage Records, New Jersey Archives, v. XXII, p. 32). Both were from Middletown, Monmouth County. Hendrick and Abigail had nine children, eight of whom are identified by baptism records of the Reformed Dutch Congregations at Freehold and Middletown. Their eldest son, John, is identified through this record in the Monmouth County Orphans Court. John Brewer had died 2 February 1800, aged 36 years, 2 months and 21 days, and this document identifies five of his children. Hendrick Brewer had died 12 February 1802, aged 67 years. The document mentions some of Hendrick's children and the spouses of two daughters.

This file is a transcript, provided to William B. Bogardus by a correspondent. It consists of one page of handwritten notes and a two page typed transcription of, what apparently is, most of, but not all of the court record. The purpose of the court hearing was to ask the court to order a division of the real estate of Hendrick Brewer among his heirs.

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