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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Petition of Tylee Brewer

The Petition of Tylee Brewer to the Inferior Court of Common Pleas at Freehold, is item no. 19 in Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Records. The petition was considered in the January 1820 term, when Tylee Brewer was confined to goal (jail) for unpaid debts, brought on by a suit initiated by John Robinson. This file is a scanned image of a photocopy of he original documents.

no. 19. Petition of Tylee Brewer

In his petition, a list of creditors is presented, and a Peter Brewer is appointed to oversee the liquidation of assets to satisfy the creditors. The appointment of Peter Brewer is dated 15 March 1820.

Tylee Brewer, a.k.a. Tyle Brower or Tyler Brower, was born 24 February 1794. He is a son of Peter Brower and his wife Anne (surname presently unknown). This information comes from a Family Bible records collected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was placed online a few years ago. This file was from the William B. Bogardus Collection and does contain some incorrect information regarding Peter Brower's ancestry (he was not a son of Cornelius Brouwer and Hester Bodine). On the same file is a Bible record of the family of Peter Brower and Catharine Post. This second family is unrelated to the family of Peter Brower and Anne.

According to George C. Beekman, "A Branch of the Van Brunt Family in Monmouth County, New Jersey," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol. 35 (1904), pp. 33-37, Tyle Brower was married to Deborah Tysen, a daughter of Peter Tysen and Anne Gray, by 1818. On the 1830 U. S. Federal Census, Tyler Brewer is found at Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, with a household of 1 male aged 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 30-40.

As per the Family Bible record mentioned above, Peter Brower and Anne had eleven children whos's dates of birth are given in the record. Peter's date of birth is simply given as 1760. He died 13 February 1821. Anne, who's family name is not stated, was born 22 February 1761 and died 11 October 1811, when her youngest child would have been only four years old. "Tylee" and "Tyler" are both uncommon given names from this period and both are known surnames. I would suspect that Tylee Brewer was given a family name, and it may well be the family name of his mother who is otherwise simply known as, Anne.

The parents, and ancestry, of Peter Brower (Tylee's father), are not known with certainty, but given his date of birth is given as 1760 in the Family Bible record, I would first suspect that he is the son baptized as Petrus, on 23 September 1759, at Freehold-Middletown, the son of Pieter Brouwer and Antje Van Dyk (see the post of September 17, 2013). Additional research is needed to confirm this possibility. The court did appoint a Peter Brewer to administer the liquidation of the assets of Tylee Brewer, but whether that Peter Brewer was Tylee's father (who was still living in March 1820), or his brother named Peter (born 22 September 1790), is impossible to say from this petition alone. The petition was originally grouped (by William B. Bogardus) with other documents pertaining to the descendants of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, L. I., and if the suspicion that Tylee's father, Peter Brower, is the son of Pieter Brouwer and Antje Van Dyk is correct, then the placement of this document with that of other descendants of Jan Brouwer, would be correct.

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