8. Jacob Brewer married Lavinia Smith on 14 March 1815 at Chatham, Lower Canada, on the north side of the Ottawa River. Today, Chatham is in the Argenteuil R. C. M., Laurentides Region of the Provence of Quebec. The dates of his birth and death are not known but he likely died about 1824 as his wife is called "widow of Jacob Brewer" on the 1825 census of Lower Canada. Lavinia was born about 1794 or 1795 in Vermont, so perhaps Jacob was born about that time or a bit earlier. Four children have been identified. Born between 1816 and 1823, three were sons who have numerous descendants. 34 grandchildren of Jacob the Brewer surname. Our one Y-DNA tested descendant is a descendant of Jacob and Lavinia's son John Alexander Brewer who was married twice and had sixteen children. John lived at Renfrew, Canada West/Ontario, Canada and relocated to Seattle, King County, Washington by 1904. Descendants are numerous in the Pacific northwest. Lavinia Smith was remarried to Samuel Dodge (probably about 1825) and had at least two children, but possibly more. She married for a third time to John Shoswood Donaldson and had two Donaldson children (born in 1837 and 1839). Other than his marriage and the census mention of his widow in 1825, we only have a record of a grant of land to a Jacob Brower at Barnston, Stanstead, which is in Quebec across the international border from Derby, Orleans County, Vermont. It is not near Chatham, and the record may belong to a different Jacob Brower/Brewer. See the post of February 26, 2013.
9. John G. Brewer, said to have been born in 1795 at Trenton, New Jersey, died 27 January 1886, age 91, in Greene County, Ohio. His gravestone with the same date of death gives his age at death as 91y 5m 8d which calculates to a date of birth of 19 August 1794. The 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 census records all agree in stating his place of birth as New Jersey. He was at Miami, Greene County, Ohio on the 1830 U. S. census and his marriage to Sarah Miller on 6 March 1823 is recorded in Greene County. John and Sarah had nine children born between about 1824 and 1847. Our one Y-DNA tested descendant is a descendant of their son Charles Brewer (1836-1897) who remained in Greene County through his entire life. Charles was married to Rosanna Nevius whose surname will be recognized by anyone familiar with the families of the greater New York City area during the colonial period (her surname is also recorded as Nevis, Neves and Nevins). Middle names, as we know them and how they are used today, were not common at the time John was born. A middle initial (such as John's "G") usually referred to the name of the individual's father. Sort of a remnant from the days of patronymics. Could John's father have been named George? John and Sarah named their eldest son, born about 1824, George A. Brewer. Other sons were named William H., John G. and David Russell Brewer. Middle names were more popular as the 1800s progressed. The daughters were Rebecca, Paulina G., Sarah E., and Martha L. See the post of July 10, 2014.
10. John Brewer, of Broadalbin, New York, died 13 August 1849, age 53y 10d. His calculated date of birth is 3 August 1796. He was likely born in New York, but exactly where is not known. His wife was Elsie Mosher who is found as a head of household on the 1850 U. S. census at Broadalbin. In 1860 she is in the household of her daughter Mary and son-in-law David Carson at Victor, DeKalb County, Illinois. She died in 1878 or 1879 in Chariton County, Missouri where she is buried. John was originally buried in the North Broadalbin Cemetery and then removed in 1930 to Union Mills Cemetery when the Great Sacandaga Lake was created. Our one Y-DNA tested descendant is a descendant of John and Elsie's son James Brewer, born about 1825 in New York and died in 1877, presumably in Chariton County, Missouri where he was living in 1870. James Brewer's first wife was Sarah Reeves. Broadalbin was formed out of the town of Caughnawaga, Montgomery County, in 1770. Johnstown and Mayfield were created from Broadalbin in 1793 and Fulton County was set off from Montgomery County in 1838. Present day Broadalbin is in Fulton County, New York. The area around Broadalbin saw a large migration of families to it in the years following the Revolutionary War. The rise of the manufacturing of leather goods, particularly gloves, attracted people from other parts of New York, New Jersey and New England. James Brewer died prior to 1880 when the birth places of parents were first recorded on the U. S. census. However, his brother John Brewer did live long enough to be recorded in both 1880 and 1900. The census records for both of these years give John's parent's places of birth as "New York." The larger Mosher family, whose origins were in Rhode Island, did have branches found in Dutchess County during the second half of the 1700s. Elsie, a daughter of a Samuel Mosher, is said to have been born in Saratoga County, New York. See the post of March 15, 2017.
Insight and factual information into the origins, and identity of the parents of any of the above is welcomed and hoped for. Please use the Comments option below or send an e-mail to Brouwer Genealogy's new e-mail address.
In addition, of the ten mentioned above and in the previous post, four descendants have taken the advanced Big-Y test with Family Tree DNA. The four are the descendant of John G. Brewer, and three of the descendants of Peter Brewer. We are also awaiting Big-Y test results for the descendant of John Brewer of Broadalbin. Our use of the Big-Y test for potentially identifying lines of descent from Adam Brouwer has been hindered by the fact that (to date) we have a Big-Y test from only one member who can prove his complete ancestry back to Adam. That member is a descendant of Adam's son Abraham Brouwer. The Project very much needs other previously tested descendants of Adam Brouwer's sons Pieter, Jacob and Nicholas, to step up and take the Big-Y test. If we can get enough tests from those proved descendants, we may be able to help out their cousins who are still looking to complete their ancestries. For more info on Big-Y, please contact the administrators of the Brewer DNA Project.
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