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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Elazerus Brewer and George Brewer, Debts in Monmouth Co., New Jersey

File no. 32 from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II, is a document pertaining to debts owed by Elazerus and George Brewer to Joseph Wardell.

No. 32. Elazerus Brewer, George Brewer, Debts 

The PDF will have to be downloaded and rotated for viewing. The document is someone unclear in its exact meaning, however, the judgement, action, or whatever it might properly be called, is from the January 1776 term at the Court of Common Pleas at Freehold, New Jersey. The source provided for this document was described as, Supreme Court Office of Burlington, Book H of Judgements, folio 109.

Elazerus and George Brewer were brothers. Elazerus Brewer was covered in the post of December 18, 2013

George Brewer was said to have been born 26 May 1728 in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. His wife was Lydia Clark and they were married with a New Jersey license dated 25 January 1764. Both were from Monmouth County at the time of their marriage. Thus far, one child has been discovered, a son named George.

On 7 January 1788, Lydia Brewer requested, at the Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting, a certificate for her son, George Brewer, who has been placed with Samuel Clark of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From this record it can be taken that the elder George Brewer was probably deceased by this date. His son, George, would have been a minor in 1788. This is also the first, and so far only, connection I have found for a movement for a descendant of Adam Brouwer from Monmouth County, New Jersey to Philadelphia. In 1810 a George Brewer is enumerated on the 1810 U.S. census at Northern Liberties, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, with a household of 4 males under 10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-44 and 1 female over 45.

The William Brewer/Brower of Philadelphia (post of October 29, 2013), who is a known genetic descendant of Adam Brouwer (Y-DNA testing of a descendant with the Brewer DNA Project), who may have been born between 1794 and 1805 (although an age of 77 years is recorded for him on the 1850 census), may be a son (or a brother if in fact the older age is correct) of the child, George Brewer, who was placed with Samuel Clark in 1788. To date, no other reasonable leads for the ancestry of William Brewer has yet been found.

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