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Monday, March 17, 2014

Will of John Erickson of Monmouth County

File no. 42 in Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II, is the will of John Erickson of Monmouth County.

No. 42, Will of John Erickson of Monmouth County

This will, dated in 1806, is found in Monmouth County Will Book A, page 164. The image is also available online at FamilySearch in their "New Jersey Probate Records, 1678-1980" database. Here is a direct link to the image at that site.

In the will, John's surname is spelled with two r's - Errickson. He states that he is sick and weak in body, but of perfect memory. He signs his will with a mark. The will, which is abstracted in Hutchinson, Elmer T., Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey First Series Vol. 40; Calender of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc. Vol. 11 1806-1809. (Trenton, New Jersey: MacCrellish & Quigley Co., Printers, 1947), mentions his wife, Lois, sons John and Daniel, and daughters, Deborah Brewer, Jerusha Giberson, Suzanor Vennot (Vannote) and Jedida Barklow. John Errickson's will was dated 4 Dec 1806, and proved 15 Jan 1807. John Errickson did not specifically name which of his sons he was appointing executor (along with his wife, Lois), and at the Jan 1807 term of the Orphan's Court in Monmouth County, it was mutually determined that Daniel was intended, and he was sworn as executor on 7 Feb 1807.

I have not researched the ancestry of John Errickson, and I do not have any further work on the families of his sons or daughters with the exception of "daughter Deborah Brewer," who was identified by Carole Leishman in a comment to the post of August 18, 2013, as the wife of John Brower/Brewer, born 7 May 1762, died 6 March 1845, son of Aris/Aaron Brower and Neeltje Cooper. John Brower, a.k.a. John A. Brewer, was a descendant of Jan Brouwer of Flatlands, Long Island. John Brower/Brewer and Deborah Errickson had two sons. Aaron Brower (1794-1872) was married three times and lived at Howell, Monmouth County. Benjamin B. Brower was born about 1800, and died 29 July 1850 at Esteville, Ocean County, New Jersey. In 1840 he is found on the U. S. census at Howell, New Jersey. Benjamin B. Brower's wife was Miranda Downs. Some research on descendants of the two sons can be found on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website. It would be premature to state that research on the family of John and Deborah Brower/Brewer is complete. The couple may well have had other children that have not yet been recognized.

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