AMERICA THE GREAT MELTING POT
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Frans Sijmonsen Brouwer
1. Peter Adams Brouwer b. 23/Sep/1646
2. Mathys Brouwer
3. Wilhelmus Brouwer
4. Maria Brouwer
5. Jacob Brouwer
6. Fytje Brouwer
7. Helena Brouwer
8. Adam Brouwer Abt. May/1662
9. Altie Brouwer
10. Sarah Brouwer
11. Abraham Brouwer
12. Nicolaes Brouwer
13. Rachel Brouwer
14. Anna Brower
15. Daniel Brouwer
Adam Berkhoven came to this country from Ceulen or Cologne in 1642.
"Adam Brouwer sailed in 1641 to Brazil in the ship Swol as a soldier in the
service of the West India Company. He came to New Netherlands in 1642, for when
he took the Oath of Allegiance in September 1687, being then a resident of
Brooklyn, he made the statement that he had been in this country for 45 years.
He settled first in New Amsterdam where he bought a house and garden lot from
Hendrick Jansen, blacksmith, on 21 February 1645. On that some day he had given
a power-of-attorney to collect money due him from the West India Company, which
he repeated on 21 September 1646. At his wedding party on 21 March 1645, Domine
Bogardus criticized Director Keift. Together with Isaac de Forest, Adam Brouwer
built and operated at Gowanus a flour mill on land patented 8 July 1645, to Jan
Evertse Bout. The will of Adam Brouwer Berchoven of "Bruckland" was dated 22
January 1691/92. He left his wife Magdalena his entire estate. Sons Pieter and
Jacob, and daughter Aeltje were "cut off with a shilling for disobedience, but
their children are to inherit their parents' share." He named his other
children: Mathys, William, Adam, Abraham, Nicholaes, Mary, Fytie, Helena, Anna,
Sarah, and Rachel. He left 3 pieces of eight to Adolphus, the son of William;
and 1 piece of eight each to Magdalena, daughter of Matthys; Magdalena, daughter
of Pieter; Vrouwtje, daughter of Fytie; and Magdalena, daughter of Mary.
Executors were Barent van Tilburg and William Nazareth. Witnesses were Henry
Sleght, Cornelis Siebring, and John Fredericks."
From Leslie's History of the Greater New York, 1898, Vol II Chapt 1, pg 20 "In 1661 the mill was owned by Adam Brouwer and Isaac de Forrest, but Brouwer bought out the latter's interest. The head of Gowanus Creek formed a sort of bay or pond with a narrow outlet. This was easily obstructed by a dam, with sluice gates, which kept the waters inside of the pond when the tide receded. A mill was built upon the side of the dam, and an undershot wheel placed in the way of the water, as it was allowed to follow the course of that which had gone before at the ebb. This mill was the first of many in this vicinity."
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