Saturday, April 2, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ BREWER of Roxbury, Massachusetts and Hampton, New Hampshire


There has been a lot of confusion online about Thomas Brewer of early Massachusetts.  He appears in early records of Roxbury and Hampton, New Hampshire.  No one knows his wife’s name.  His origins are a mystery.

According to records in Boston “Wiliam Lane was married to Mary Brewer, the daughter of Thomas Brewer of Roxbury, 21: 6: 56”   The following year in Hampton, New Hampshire there is a record that Sarah Brewer and Thomas Webster married on 29 November 1657.  Also in the Hampton records “ould goodman Brewer dyed 23 March 1690.  In all probability, this was Thomas Brewer, who died at the home of his daughter Sarah (Brewer) Webster.

According to the NEHGS Register, Volume 30, pages 424 and 425 “The son of Mary (Brewer) Lane married at Boston, 21 June 1680, Sarah Webster of Hampton, dau. Of Sarah (Brewer) Webster.  If Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Webster were sisters, these children would be first cousins; and the fact that Mrs. Webster lived at Hampton would account for her father’s removing to that town.  This view was urged in the Register, ix, 160, and is in every respect most probable.”

The two sisters, Sarah Brewer and Mary Brewer are BOTH my ancestresses.  The John Brewer of Ipswich who married Mary Whitmore on 23 October 1647 is the son of Thomas Brewer.  His three children are Mary, born 23 September 1648; John, born 6 October 1653;  and Sarah, born 27 March 1655.  

More BREWER sources:

Descendants of Thomas Brewer, Connecticut to Maine 1682-1996 with Allied Families , by Dorothy Brewer Erikson,  (Boston: New England Historic Genealogy Society, 1996.

My BREWER genealogy:

Generation 1:  Thomas Brewer,  died 23 March 1690 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married to Unknown.  Three children- John, Mary and Sarah.

Lineage A:

Generation 2: Mary Brewer, born about 1636; married on 21 August 1656 in Boston to William Lane as his second wife.  He was born about 1621 in England and died 5 June 1715 in Hampton.  Four children with Mary Brewer. 

Generation 3:   William Lane born 1 October 1659, died 14 February 1749;  married on 21 June 1680 to Sarah Webster (his first cousin),  daughter of Thomas Webster and Sarah Brewer.  She was born 22 January 1661 in Hampton and died 6 January 1745 in Hampton.  Seven children.

Generation 4: Samuel Lane m. Elizabeth Blake
Generation 5: Samuel Lane m. Hepzibah Sleeper
Generation 6: Sarah Lane m. Elisha Batchelder
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings ( my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2:  Sarah Brewer, born about 1637; married on 2 November 1657 to Thomas Webster, son of Thomas Webster and Margery UNKNOWN.  He was born about 1632 in Ormesby, Norfolk, England and died 5 January 1715 in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Nine children.

Generation 3: Sarah Webster m. William Lane (see above)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ BREWER of Roxbury, Massachusetts and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 2, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. I spent a wonderful year working in Cambridge, Mass. and was pleased to find your blog on New England history and families. One of my favourite books has been Anya Seton's "the Winthrop Woman" about the early settlers there. I look forward to reading more.

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