Descendants of William Brewster
Generation No. 1
1. WILLIAM1 BREWSTER was born Abt. 1510 in England. He married MAUD MANN.
Notes for MAUD MANN: Determination of maiden name:
Maud Mann Brother's Will: Will of Christopher Man, dated 11 Oct. 1558, proved 13 Jan. Following (York P & E Court, vol. 15, pt. 3, Fo. 186): "my bodie to be buried within the church or churchyard of St. James in Scrowbie...to my daughter Christian ioys (?wys) 3/6/8...to Wm. Watson xl s... to Isabel my sister 6/8... to Annis my sister 6/8... to my sister Maud Bruister 6/8... to my brother Wm. Man 6/8... Alixe my wife... Avery and John and John (!) my children. " Witnesses: Mr. Thomas Simkinson, William Bruister (!) and John Simkinson.
Child of WILLIAM BREWSTER and MAUD MANN is:
2. i. WILLIAM2 BREWSTER, b. Abt. 1535, England; d. 1590, England.
Generation No. 2
2. WILLIAM2 BREWSTER (WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1535 in England, and died 1590 in England. He married MARY SMYTHE, daughter of WILLIAM SMYTHE.
Notes for WILLIAM BREWSTER: William Brewster was the Postmaster of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire. He died in the summer of 1590.
Child of WILLIAM BREWSTER and MARY SMYTHE is:
3. i. WILLIAM3 BREWSTER, b. 1566, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, England; d. April 10, 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Generation No. 3
3. WILLIAM3 BREWSTER (WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1) was born 1566 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, England, and died April 10, 1644 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married (1) MARY ? Abt. 1591 in England.
Notes for WILLIAM BREWSTER: Was the leader of the PILGRIMS, who established Plymouth Colony.
William Brewster, b. 1567, d. Apr. 10, 1644, was a leader of the PILGRIMS, who established Plymouth Colony. In England he studied briefly at Cambridge, the only Pilgrim Father to have some university training. A member of the local gentry in Scrooby, Yorkshire, he helped organize a separatist religious congregation in 1606 and financed it's move to Holland in 1608. His influence was instrumental in winning the approval of the Virginia Company for the proposal to resettle the congregation in America, and he was one of the few original Scrooby separatists who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. As the church's ruling elder in Leyden and then in Plymouth, Brewster shared with William Bradford and Edward Winslow in the leadership of the Pilgrim enterprise.
Notes for MARY ?: She immigrated on Saturday, 16 December 1620 to Plymouth, New Plymouth Colony, on the Mayflower. She died at the age of about 59 on Tuesday, 17 April 1627.
William Brewster was the Reverend Elder of the Pilgrim's church at Plymouth, since their pastor John Robinson remained behind in Leyden, Holland with the majority of the congregation which planned to come to America at a later time. Brewster was a fugitive from the King of England, because he had published a number of religious pamphlets while in Leyden which were critical or opposed the tenets of the Church of England. He had been a member of the Separatist church movement from its very beginning, and was the oldest Mayflower passenger to have participated at the First Thanksgiving, in his early fifties.
William Bradford wrote a lot about William Brewster in Of Plymouth Plantation, some of which follows:"After he had attained some learning, viz. the knowledge of Latin tongue, and some insight in the Greek, and spent some small time at Cambridge, and then being first seasoned with the seeds of grace and virtue, he went to the court, and served that religious and godly gentleman, Mr. Davison, divers years, when he was Secretary of State; who found him so discreet and faithful as he trusted him above all other that were about him, and only employed him in all matters of greatest trust and secrecy . . . he attended his mr. when he was sent in ambassage by the Queen into the Low Countries . . . And, at his return, the States honored him with a gold chain, and his master committed it to him, and commanded him to wear it when they arrived in England, as they rid through the country, till they came to the court . . . Afterwards he went and lived in the country, in good esteem amongst his friends and the gentlemen of those parts, especially the Godly and religious. He did much good in the country where he lived, in promoting and furthering religion not only by his practise and example, and provocating and encouraging of others, but by procuring of good preachers to the places thereabouts, and drawing on of others to assist and help forward in such work; he himself most commonly deepest in the charge, and sometimes above his ability. . . . They ordinarily met at this house on the Lord's day, (which was a manor of the bishops) and with great love he entertained them when they came, making provision for them to his great charge. He was the chief of those that were taken at Boston, and suffered the greatest loss; and of the seven that were kept longest in prison, and after bound over . . . After he came into Holland he suffered much hardship, after he had spent the most of his means, having a great charge, and many children; and, in regard of his former breeding and course of life, not so fit for many employments as others were, especially as were toilsome and laborious. But yet he ever bore his condition with much cheerfulness and contention. Towards the later part of those 12 years spent in Holland, his outward condition was mended, and he lived well and plentifully; for he fell into a way to teach many students, who had a desire to learn the English tongue, to teach them English; . . . He also had means to set up printing, by the help of some friends . . . and by reason of many books which would not be allowed to be printed in England, they might have had more then they could do. . . . And besides that, he would labor with his hands in the fields as long as he was able; yet when the church had no other minister, he taught twice every Sabbath . . . For his personal abilities, he was qualified above many; he was wise and discreet and well spoken, having a grave and deliberate utterance, of a very cheerful spirit, very sociable and pleasant amongst his friends, of an humble and modest mind, of a peaceable disposition, undervaluing himself and his own abilities . . . inoffensive and innocent in his life and conversation . . . he was tender-hearted, and compassionate of such as were in misery, but especially of such as had been of good estate and rank, and were fallen into want and poverty, either for goodness and religions sake, or by the injury and oppression of others; . . . "
The maiden name of William Brewster's wife has not been proven. The claim it was Mary Wentworth rests solely on the fact that Mary Wentworth happened to live somewhat close to William Brewster in Scrooby, Nottingham. That is very shaky evidence to say the least. Further, it has been proposed that William Brewster may have married Mary Wyrall, but the evidence is just as flimsy for that marriage. There are no fewer than seven marriages from 1590-1610 that have been located in parish registers showing a William Brewster marrying a Mary. All, however, have been satisfactorily eliminated as probable candidates for the William and Mary (Brewster) who came on the Mayflower. So at present, there is no evidence to document who William Brewster's wife Mary actually was.
Children of WILLIAM BREWSTER and MARY ? are:
Generation No. 4
4. JONATHAN4 BREWSTER (WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1) was born August 12, 1593 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, England, and died August 07, 1659 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He married LUCRETIA OLDHAM April 10, 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, daughter of WILLIAM OULDHAM and PHILIPPA SOWTER.
Notes for JONATHAN BREWSTER:Came to America in the ship "Fortune" November 9, 1621 to Cape Bradford one of the first prominent settlers at Duxbury. buried in Brewster's Neck, Preston, Connecticut.
Notes for LUCRETIA OLDHAM:
Anne & Little James Passengers
Children of JONATHAN BREWSTER and LUCRETIA OLDHAM are:
Generation No. 5
5. BENJAMIN5 BREWSTER (JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1) was born November 17, 1633 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and died September 14, 1710 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He married ANN ADDIS February 28, 1658/59 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, daughter of WILLIAM ADDIS and MILLICENT WOOD.
Children of BENJAMIN BREWSTER and ANN ADDIS are:
Generation No. 6
6. BENJAMIN6 BREWSTER (BENJAMIN5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)1 was born November 25, 1673 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, and died January 1755 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut. He married MARY SMITH December 17, 1696 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, daughter of EDWARD SMITH and ELIZABETH BLISS.
Notes for MARY SMITH: "New England Families Genealogical and Memorial", Vol IV, p. 1808:
Children of BENJAMIN BREWSTER and MARY SMITH are:
Generation No. 7
7. COMFORT7 BREWSTER (BENJAMIN6, BENJAMIN5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)1 was born December 02, 1711 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut1, and died November 30, 1771 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut1. He married DEBORAH SMITH1,2 December 03, 1736 in Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut3,4,5, daughter of FRANCIS SMITH and HANNAH HUBBARD.
Notes for DEBORAH SMITH: I searched through the Lebanon vital records for all Rogers and Brewsters and only was able to find the marriage record of Comfort Brewster of Lebanon and Deborah Smith of Bolton, CT., married 20 Dec 1736. Also the birth record of Ann Brewster as 10 May 1741, the 2nd child. These records were found on page 26 of the FHL film # 1312154 containing the Lebanon CT Vital Records.
Children of COMFORT BREWSTER and DEBORAH SMITH are:
Generation No. 8
8. ANN8 BREWSTER (COMFORT7, BENJAMIN6, BENJAMIN5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)9 was born May 10, 1741 in Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut9,10, and died February 21, 1824 in Whately, Franklin County, Massachusetts11. She married GEORGE ROGERS11, son of BENJAMIN ROGERS.
Children of ANN BREWSTER and GEORGE ROGERS are:
9. COMFORT8 BREWSTER (COMFORT7, BENJAMIN6, BENJAMIN5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, WILLIAM1)12 was born August 21, 1745 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut12, and died May 27, 182212. He married ELIZABETH ABELL12 February 15, 1770 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut12.
Children of COMFORT BREWSTER and ELIZABETH ABELL are:
William BREWSTER - Maud MANN | William BREWSTER - Mary SMYTHE | Elder William BREWSTER - Mary ? | Jonathan BREWSTER - Lucretia OLDHAM | Benjamin BREWSTER - Ann ADDIS | Benjamin BREWSTER - Mary SMITH | Comfort BREWSTER - Deborah SMITH | Ann BREWSTER - Benjamin ROGERS
1. The Brewster Genealogy 1566-1907 by Emma C. Brewster Jones.
2. Bolton Connecticut Congregational Church records, found at LDS History center in Las Vegas..
3. The Brewster Genealogy 1566-1907 by Emma C. Brewster Jones.
4. Bolton Connecticut Congregational Church records, found at LDS History center in Las Vegas., Town of Bolton incorporated in 1730. The Congregational Church organized October 27, 1735. Rev. Thomas White pastor from 1735 to 1763. Marriages recorded as follows.Comfort Brewster of Lebanon & Deborah Smith, Dec. 3, 1736.
5. Bolton Connecticut Congregational Church records, found at LDS History center in Las Vegas..
6. The Brewster Genealogy 1566-1907 by Emma C. Brewster Jones.
7. The Grafton Press, 1908,, page 79, Deborah Brewster died November 5, 1819 unmarried.
8. The Brewster Genealogy 1566-1907 by Emma C. Brewster Jones.
9. History of the Town of Whately Massachusetts, including a narrative of leading events from the First planting of Hatfield;1661-1899, By James M. Craft.
10. The Brewster Genealogy 1566-1907 by Emma C. Brewster Jones.
11. History of the Town of Whately Massachusetts, including a narrative of leading events from the First planting of Hatfield;1661-1899, By James M. Craft.
12. The Brewster Genealogy 1566-1907 by Emma C. Brewster Jones.
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