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Major Surnames from LI History
Setauket Long Island, NY March 2002
of Rev. Nathaniel BREWSTER and ________ REYMES were.
2. Abigail m.c 1668, Stamford, CT to Daniel BURR; d.c.Dec 11, 1678.
3. Sarah b.c. 1656; m.c1674 Jonathan SMITH.
4. (possibly) Timothy b.England c.1660 m.c 1685 to Mary HAWKINS.
The Children of Rev. Nathaniel BREWSTER and Sarah LUDLOW were.
Timothy b.England c1660: m.c.1685 to Mary HAWKINS.
5. Daniel bap. Alby, Norfolk, England, Oct 31, 1662; m.c 1693 to Anna JAYNE; d.c. 1742
7. Dinah b.c.1666; m.April 6, 1685, Brookhaven, LI, to Joseph TOOKER.
8. Hannah b.c. 1669; m (1st) John MUNCY; m. (2nd) to Samuel THOMPSON.
NOMINATED TO AMERICA'S FIRST FAMILIES ANCESTOR ROLL OF HONOR BY;
REV. NATHANIEL BREWSTER'S 13TH GENERATION GREAT GRANDSON
of ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Reverend Nathaniel Brewster was born in England, probably London. He was a bright student and was a member of the first graduating class at Harvard in 1642. He then went to England and was a Church of England cleric. He married Abigail Reynes in 1644 who bore 3 children. Abigail died and Nathaniel attended Trinity, Dublin University attaining a B.D. in 1656. While there he married Sarah Ludlow who bore 7 children. The Oliver Cromwell regime was threatening and Nathaniel returned to America in Boston in the fall of 1663. Rev. Brewster then became the first minister of the Presbyterian Church at Setauket, Long Island (Brookhaven Twp.) on the North shore of L.I. One daughter, Hannah Brewster Thompson is buried in the church cemetary, but others cannot be determined as the cemetary was desecrated during the Revolutionary War.
Daniel Brewster was born in Alby while his father was minister there. Upon coming to America he apparently took up farming. His wife bore 9 children and he is likely buried in the Brewster burying ground, Brewster Hill, E. Setauket, L. I.
A copy of Benjamin Sr. Brewsters will (which itself is a copy of the original probated will originally documented in Suffolk County) can be found among all the early probated wills of New York State in the archives of New York County. It is a copy of this probated will found in New York County archives, volume 35 (1782-1783), pages 6-8, that is presented below:
James Robertson, Esquire, Captain General and Governor
in and over the Province of New York and the Territories depending
in America, Chancellor, and Vice Admiral of the same, and Lieutenant
of his Majesty's Forces.
To All to whom these Presents shall come or may in any wise concern Sendeth Greeting.
at Suffolk County on the on the fourteenth day of March last
before Nathan Woodhull Esquire, Thereunto Delegated and appointed, the
Will and Testament of Benjamin Brewster Deceased (a copy whereof is
annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by me; and the
Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his Death, Goods
and Credits within this Province by means whereof the proving and
the said Will, and the granting Administration of all and Singular the
Goods Chattels and Credits, and also the Auditting allowing and final
the Account thereof doth belong unto me, The Administration of all and
the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased, and any way
his Will is granted unto Benjamin Brewster, one of the Executors in the
Will named, who is duly sworn well and faithfully to Administer the
and to make and Exhibit a true and Perfect Inventory of all and
the said Goods Chattels and Credits, and also to render a just and true
thereof when thereunto required,_In Testamony whereof I have Caused the
Prorogative Seal of the Province of New York to be hereunto affixed at Fort George in the City of New York the Twenty second Day of May One
thousand seven hundred and eighty two.
Sam Bayard Junr; Secry
of Brookhaven in the County of Suffolk and Province of New York, having
understanding good, and being of perfect mind and Memory, do this ninth
of January in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and
Two, make and Ordain this present Writing to be my last Will and
in the manner and form Following; First I do Order all my Just Debts
Funeral Charges to be paid by my Executors herein after mentioned and
I give to my Wife Mehetable a living in my now Dwelling House, for so
a time she Remains my Widdow, I give unto my son Benjamin Brewster to
his Heirs and and assigns for ever, all the following Articles and
of Land and Meadow, First all that Tract of Land Called my home lot,
with my House Barn Orchards and all other improvements thereon, also my
of Land lying on the West side of the Road that leads from my Barn to
as far South as the Sheep Pasture path, Also all my Tract of Land lying
the East side of Nassekeig Road leading from my Barn, Commonly Called
Nassekeig, together with the Lot Joyning to the same Commonly Called
East Lot, Also my share of Meadowat the West Meadows, lying on the East
of the said Meadows together with the up Land or Spreading yard Joyning
the same as it is now with in Fence, also the equal half of my share of
lying on the northward part of the said West Meadows to be Equally
in quantity and Quallity, and the Equal half of the Spreading yard
to the same as it is now within fence, Also I give to my son Benjamin
my farming tackling. I give unto my Son Caleb Brewster to him his heirs
assigns for Ever, all the following Rights and Tracts of Land and
first one Whole Right and one third part of a Right of Commonage
the Township, Also all my Right or Lotts of meadow on the South Beach,
also one third part of a Lot in the Old Mans Sheep pasture drawn on the
Thomas Bigg Junr, also a Lot on One third part of a Lot in Sheep
the Southeast part of the Town, also a Lot and one third part of a Lot
the the little Division near Nassekeig swamp. Also the third part of a
Acre Lot lying Over the Hills at the southwest part of the Town, drawn
Thomas Biggs Junrs, Right. Also a Lot in the little Division at South,
the Equal half of my share of meadow lying in the Northward part of the
Meadows, to be equally divided in quantity and quallity, together with
equal half of the Spreading Yard Joyning to the same as it is now
fence. further it is my will and I do Order and Authorize my Executors
after mentioned to sell all my Movable Estate, Except what is given to
son Benjamin, and to pay all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges out of
Money arising from the same, and if
any thing Remains after paying my said Debts, It is my Will and I do Order the same to Equally Divided between my two Daughters Peninah and Orpha or their Children, and if either of my said Daughters should Die, leaving no Issue, then her part to go to the surviving one of her Children. Lastly I do Constitute and appoint Nathan Woodhull, Elnathan Satterly and my son Benjamin Brewster, Executors of my last Will and Testament. Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Benjamin Brewster, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of Benj. Brewster (LS) -- Elijah Smith, John Tyler, Amos Smith, -- Suffolk County)
Caleb Brewster - Captain in Revolutionary War
The Refugees of 1776
Long Island to Connecticut, Pages 278-279 Steele Memorial Library,
all persons to whom these presents may come I Caleb Brewster of the
and County of Fairfield in the State of Connecticutt do make this my
Will and Testament viz - Sect 1st I order my Executor hereafter named
pay all my Bills that may be legally due at the time of my decease out
such of my Estate as he may think to be most beneficial for my Estate-
Sec.2d. next, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann Brewster one horse and Carriage & harness for the same & one Cow which horse carriage harness and Cow shall be Just as she may choose among them which I may own at my decease. And so ["must" crossed out] much of the provissions on hand at my death as she may Judge needful for herself and such Family as she may think proper to have the property thus given to my said Wife to be her own forever and exempt from the payment of Debts expenses and Legacies and in lieu of all dower in my Estate in this state - the state of New York and Elsewhere and of all other claim in my Estate whatsoever_
Sec.III. Next I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sally hereafter named the sum of one hundred dollars over and above what I shall hereafter give her to be paid out of my Estate before a divission thereof be made as her own forever - and to be paid to her within one year after my decease with the Interest Thereon as long as the same may remain unpaid to be computed after the expiration of said year until paid --
Sec. 4th. Next, I give and bequeath to my grandson Caleb B. Brewster the sum of Fifteen hundred dollars to be paid with the interest that may arise thereon when he arrives to the Age of Twenty one years - unless such Interest be applied from time to time for his education but in case my said Grandson shall die before he arrive to the age of twenty one years, leaving no issue of his Body this legacy and such part of the Interest as may then be unexpended for education is to be and belong equally to my surviving children & grand children and their representatives - and to be divided between them in such manner and portions as I hereafter give and provide for them in this Will; but in case of his leaving Issue on his death before he arrives at the age of twenty one this legacy is to be considered as having vested in my said Grandson, and if he attains to the age of twenty one the same to be his forever whether he leaves issue or not -
Sec. 5th, Next if any devise or legacy in this Will shall not take effect by reason of any event hapening before my death the same shall be considered as part of the rest and residue of my Estate
Sec 6., Next after my debts, funeral expenses, the said legacies or Charges of settling my Estate are paid (the legacies be the same I hereby my sd Wife & daughter) my Will is that all my Estate both Real and personal in what state or place where the same may be (although I know of no Real Estate belonging to me except in the State of New York) shall be divided into four parts equal in value. And I give devise and bequeath to my son Sturges Brewster the one of said parts which he shall choose to be his own farm, to be set off and aparted to him by metes and bounds so far as regards my real Estate by persons hereafter named in this Will - This fourth part however I make Subject to and chargable with the payment of the one fourth part of the legacy hereafter given hereafter given to my Grandson Caleb B Hackley, and in case his legacy not vesting in the said Caleb B Hackley by reason of the happening of any event before mentioned, then the said fourth part of that legacy with the unexpended Interest thereon shall be and belong to my said ["for" crossed-out] son Sturgis forever --
Sec 7th next I give devise and bequeath to my Daughter Sally forever one other of one said fourth part; and the real Estate contained in sd part shall be set off to her by wetes and bounds by the same persons before refered To this fourth part given to my daughter Sally I make also subject to and chargeable with the payment of one fourth part of the legacy heretofor given to my Grandson Caleb B Hackley and in case his legacy not vesting in the said Caleb B Hackley by reason of the hapening of any Event before mentioned then the said fourth part of that legacy with the unexpended Interest thereon shall be and belong to my said Daughter Sally --
Sec 8th Next I give devise and bequeath to my said son Sturgis subject to and chargeable with one fourth of said legacy to said Caleb B Hackley one other fourth part of the said [another "of the said" crossed out] fourth part of my Estate and the Real Estate contained in said fourth part shall be designated and set off by metes and bounds by the same persons before referd to and the said fourth part thus given to my said son Sturgis he is To hold in trust for the following Uses, Intents and
purposes (viz) the said Sturgis Brewster shall use occupy and improve the same both real and personal in such manner as shall be most in the benefit and Value thereof, and the clear profits and products of the same after deducting all necessary charges and expences incident to the management thereof - he shall account for and pay over to my son Jonathan L Brewster for so long a time as the said Jonathan shall live and be personally entitled to the same and no longer - but if he shall die or in any way to cease to be personally entittled to the same, my will is that two third parts of said clear profits and products thereof which shall thereafter accrue shall be paid to the Children of said Jonathan & their issue or to their legal Guardians respectively in equal parts respectively -- the issue of any child to be entitled to such part as such Child would have been entitled to if living - And the other third thereof to the present Wife of said Jonathan to her sole and separate Use so long as she shall live and be personally entitled to the same and no longer, and whenever neither the said Jonathan nor his said Wife shall be living or whenever they both in any way cease to be entitled to my part thereof of the said fourth part shall go over to and vest equally in the Children of the said Jonathan and the issue of such as shall then be dead - the issue to have such part as the parent would have been entitled to if living - and thereupon the trust hereby vested in the said Sturgis shall thereafter cease and determine and if there be no issue of said Jonathan then living the said Fourth part shall enure to and follow such of the bequests, devises and trusts herein made and declared of the other three fourths of the said residue of my Estate as relate to any of my issue then living -
Sec 9th Next, I give, devise and bequeathto my sd son Sturgis Brewster subject to and chargeable with the one quarter part of the said Caleb B Hackley, one other fourth partof said Residue of my Estate, and the Real Estate contained in such fourth part shall be set off by metes and bounds by the same personsbefore alluded to them the said Fourth part thus given to my said son Sturgis he is to hold in trust for the following uses - Intents and purposes viz, the said Sturges Brewster shall use occupy and improve the same both real and personal in such manner as shall be most for the benefit and Value thereof -- and the clear products and profits of the same after deducting all necessary charges and expences incident to the management thereof - he shall account for and pay over to my daughter Ann, the wife of Robert Anderson to her sole and Separate use for so long a time as she shall live and be perssonaly entitled thereto and no longer, And if she shall die and the said Robert shall survive her, the clear profits and products which shall thereafter accrue shall be paid to my son in law, the said Robert Anderson, for so long as he
shall live and be personally entitled to the same and whenever the said Robert and Ann shall die, or both shall cease in any way to be entitled to said profit and products, the said Fourth shall go over and vest equally to the Children of the said Ann and other issue of any of such as are then dead - the issue to take such part as the parent of such Issue if living would be entitledto, and thereupon the trusts hereby vested in said Sturgis in regard to this fourth part shall cease and determine, but if there be no issue of the said Ann then living this fourth partshall enure to and follow the bequests, devises and trusts herein made and declared as to such of the other three fourths of said Residue as relates to any of my Issue then living --
Sec 10th next, I order and direct that in case of the said legacy hereafter given to my Grandson Caleb B Hackley shall not vest in him by reason of the happening of any Event before mentioned then the two fourths of said legacy chargeable in the two devises under the Eighth and ninth paragraphs of this Will shall with the unexpended Interest thereon, he and tiling(?) to such devises respectively, and be considered as parts thereof, subject to the same trusts and be treated in the same manner as is directed respecting under the said two devises --
Sec 11th I order and direct that if any of my Children shall exhibit for payment for any account or demand against my Estate that such Child shall be deprived of the Gift therein and hereafter given them and the Property within the devises or devise to such Child or children shall go to and be considered as belonging equally to be under the same conditions and trusts as heretofore mentioned as regards each devisee respectively -
Sec 12th next, in order to make a just divission of said residue of my said real Estate in the State of New York agreeable to the directions and provissions of this Will I do hereby nominate and appoint and enpower Thomas Paines Esqr and Mr. Robert Shoemaker of the Town of German Flatts - Jonas Bleeland(?) Esquire - Dut(?) Rufus Craine and Nicolas Shoemaker of the Town of Warren all in the County of Herkimer in said State of New York, any three or more of whom to have the Power of the whole, to make the aforesaid divission (and after the choice of said Sturges as to his part) to set off and apart the other three parts and designate to whom each separate three parts shall belong to severally - having reference to the equal Value of each part, to make the divission equal and Just betwean my said Children, and such designation to be meted and bounded by plain monumental marks &c and in case any one or more of the above nominated and appointed Gentleman die before or refuse at the time when their services may be wanted to perform the duties of this appointment by me desired - I then do request authorise and enpower the surrogate or Judge of Probate to return(?) office(?) in the probation of this Will in the State of New York, shall might or may appurtain, to fill up such ["the" crossed out] vacancy whether by death or refusal as aforesaid, with such Person or Persoons as such Surrogate or Judge for the time being may Judge proper for the purposes intended --Sec 13th Next, if by the death of my son Sturges Brewster or any other cause it should so happen that their should be no constituted Trustee to perform the trusts herein before declared at any time before the same are fully executed and accomplished, then I do devise and bequeath the
premisses mentioned in the Eighth and ninth paragraphs or sections of the Will to such Person or Persons in succession as the said Judge or Surrogate shall from time to time appoint administrator with the Will annexed or Trustee for the purposes therein named, and do hereby devise and bequeath to such person for the time being all the trusts and duties and confer on him all the powers which are in said sections or paragraphs theresaid --
Sec 14th next, I order and direct that there be charged as part payment of the legacy hereafter given my said Grand son Caleb B Hackley the sum of two hundred fifty dollars having advanced his dead Mother that sum before her death - Also I order and direct that there be charged as part payment of the legacy, bequest and devise made under the ninth Section of this Will to my sd son Sturges in trust for Mrs Anderson the sum of five hundred dollars having advanced her that sum before my decease. And I hereby discharge all my Children & Grandchild from any demand I may have or ought to have against them or either of them in book --
Sec 15th Next I hereby order and direct that if the said Sturges Brewster which trustee as aforesaid, be disposed to sell said two fourth parts to him given in trust as aforesaid, or any part or parts thereof and convey the same in fee simple or any less Estate and to invest the avails in Bank stock, Canal stock or any other safe stock he is hereby fully authorized to do the same and the stock in which he shall invest the avails of such sale or sales shall be and remain for the same uses, trusts, bequests, devises Limitations and Import as the property so sold was subject to - Finally I hereby nominate appoint and empower my said son Sturges Brewster to be the Executor of this my Last Will and Testament annuling and revoking all former Wills by me made - in Testimony whereof I have hereby set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of Februy Anno Domini 1825 Signed sealed declared and pronounced as the last Will and Testament of the Testator in presence of -
Joseph O Nichols Caleb Brewster (Seal)
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