William BREWSTER

William BREWSTER

Male Abt 1566 - 1644  (~ 78 years)

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  • Name William BREWSTER 
    Born Abt 1566  Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1620  Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Mayflower. 
    Immigration 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Apr 1644  Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I28803  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2011 

    Family Mary,   d. 17 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1593  Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Jonathan BREWSTER,   b. 12 Aug 1593, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Patience BREWSTER,   b. Abt 1603,   d. 1634  (Age ~ 31 years)
    +3. Fear BREWSTER,   b. Abt 1605
    +4. Love BREWSTER,   b. Abt 1607
     5. BREWSTER,   bur. 20 Jun 1609, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Wrestling BREWSTER,   b. Abt 1611,   d. Bef 1651  (Age ~ 40 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9580  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1566 - Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1593 - Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Aboard the Mayflower. - 1620 - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Apr 1644 - Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor' by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
    "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

  • Notes 
    • Great Migration Begins, pgs. 227-230: William Brewster left Leiden, Holland in 1620, and emigrated to Plymouth, Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower. He later moved to Duxbury. His occupation in Leiden was printer.

      "Morison summarized Brewster's church activities prior to 1620: 'One of the original members of the separatist congregation at Scrooby which became the nucleus of the Pilgrim church, he emigrated with them to Holland in 1608, and became elder and teacher of their church at Leyden' [Morison 368]. With no minister at the Plymouth church for most of the years before Brewster's death, he was the lay leader and preached to the congregation regularly, and continued in this manner after his move to Duxbury. In the course of relating the controversy surrounding John Lyford, Bradford recounts how 'our reverend Elder hath labored diligently in dispensing the Word of God to us, before he came: and since, hath taken equal pains with himself, in preaching the same' [Bradford 162]. Included in the inventory of his library were '7 sermons by W B,' which may have been his notes for some of his own sermons."

      William Brewster is listed as a freeman in the 1633 Plymouth list.

      "Administration on the estate of William Brewster was granted on 5 June 1644 to Jonathan Brewster and Love Brewster [MD 3:15, citing PCR 2:101]. The inventory of the estate of William Brewster, taken 18 May 1644, totalled L150 7d., with no real estate included [MD 3:15-27, citing PCPR 1:53-59].

      "'Whereas William Brewster late of Plymouth, gent., deceased left only two sons surviving vizt. Jonathan the eldest and Love the younger and whereas the said William died intestate for ought can to this day appear,' the two sons requested William Bradford, Edward Winslow, Thomas Prence and Myles Standish to assist them in coming to an agreement, and on 20 August 1645 a division was made. Jonathan Brewster was excused the debt he had owed to his father, except L4 'in consideration of the wintering of some cattle which the said Jonathan had the summering upon the division and for the diet of Isaack Allerton a grandchild of the said Will[ia]m which he had placed with his son Love to table and because he was the first born of his father we gave him his father's arms and also a two year old heifer over and above his part of the dividables of the said estate,' and Love received his father's dwelling house. The lands were divided equally, except for a dispute over the lands at Duxbury, of which sixty-eight acres went to Jonathan (along with a 'dwelling house which the said Jonathan had built on the said land by leave of his said father') and forty-three acres went to Love 'and the reason wherefore we gave Love the less quantity was and is because the quality of Love's land in goodness is equal to the quantity of Jonathan's as we judge' [MD 3:27-30, citing PCLR 1:198-99; PCR 12:115-17]."

      "In his list of passengers on the Mayflower Bradford included 'Mr. William Brewster, Mary, his wife, with two sons, whose names were Love and Wrestling' [Bradford 441]. In the accounting of 1651 we find that 'Mr. Brewster lived to very old age; about 80 years he was when he died, having lived some 23 or 24 years here in the country. And though his wife died long before, yet she died aged. His son Wrestling died a young man unmarried. His son Love lived till this year 1650 and died and left four children, now living. His daughters which came over after him are dead but have left sundry children alive. His eldest son is still living and hath nine or ten children; one married who hath a child or two' [Bradford 444].

      "A number of other children have been proposed for William Brewster. Jacobus in 1936 disposed of the claimed connections between William Brewster of Plymouth and Francis Brewster of New Haven and his son Nathaniel [TAG 12:199-210, 13:8-21, 113-116]. Mary Walton Ferris proposes a son Edward [Dawes-Gates 2:151].

      "Emma C. Brewster Jones published early in this century a serviceab le genealogy of the family [The Brewster Genealogy, 1566-1907 ..., 2 volumes (New York 1908)]. Among the many versions of the family published in all-my-ancestor volumes the most complete is that of Mary Walton Ferris [Dawes-Gates 2:142-56].

      "The General Society of Mayflower Descendants published in 1995 the Brewster volume of its 'in progress' series, prepared by Barbara Merrick.

      "Many biographies of William Brewster have appeared, but mostly of the filiopietistic school; an example from the nineteeth century is that written by Ashbel Steele: Chief of the Pilgrims: or The Life and Time of William Brewster ...(Philadelphia 1857). An exception is Dorothy Brewster, William Brewster of the Mayflower: Portrait of a Pilgrim (New York 1970)."

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 228.