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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Two Documents Related to the David Brewer Family

I'm using this post to list two files from Abstracts of Early Monmouth County Court Papers, Part II. They are file nos. 48 and 50, and relate to the family of David Brewer and Ann Morris. Though out of sequence, file no. 49 will follow in the next post.

File no. 48 is a deed dated 20 June 1804, in which David Brewer and his wife Ann, conveyed a lot of land and meadow in Howell Township to John Brewer and Samuel Hulet.

File No. 48, David Brewer to John Brewer

David Brewer and his wife Ann Morris have been covered in numerous past posts involving this collection of court documents from Monmouth County. The John Brewer to who they are conveying this land is most likely David's brother. John Brewer was born about 1761 and died either in late December 1811 or early January 1812. John Brewer's wife was Miriam Allen, and she was a distant cousin of John Brewer's mother, Sarah Allen. Among the children of John and Miriam is a daughter Elizabeth who married Samuel Hulett on 14 May 1808. Although David Brewer also had a son named John Brewer, it seems likely here that he is selling the lot of land to his brother and his brother's future son-in-law. David Brewer wrote his will only two months after this sale and was deceased by September 19th of 1804. The deed is found in Monmouth County Deeds, Book O, pages 928-930.

File no. 50 is a petition filed by Richard M. Freeman. It is found in Monmouth County Orphans Court, Book G, page 69.

File No. 50, Petition of Richard M. Freeman

This petition was filed during the April 1825 session of the Monmouth County Orphan Court. Richard M. Freeman's petition begins at the bottom of the first page in the file. It is short. He is asking to be appointed guardian of David Brewer, Morris Freeman Brewer and Robert Brewer, "infant" children of Isaac Brewer, deceased. In the vernacular of that day, an "infant" was a legal term for a child under the age of 14.

The deceased Isaac Brewer was a son of the above mentioned David Brewer and Ann Morris. He had died in 1816. His wife was named Margaret, but nothing else of her identity has yet to be found. Their three sons, David, Morris Freeman, and Robert, are identified by this short petition. Records of their births or baptisms have not been found, and so I estimate that the sons David and Morris Freeman were likely born between 1810 and 1816. Robert D. Brewer is found on the 1850 census at Brick in Ocean County, New Jersey, and his age is given as 32. He may well have been born posthumously in early 1817 or late 1816. While some descendants of Robert D. Brewer have been researched, the same cannot be said of his brothers. David is mentioned in the April 1845 division of the estate of his grandfather, David Brewer (Brower), but Morris Freeman is not mentioned. Morris Freeman Brewer may have died previous to April 1845.

More details and source citations for those mentioned above can be found on the Brouwer Genealogy Database website.

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