Jonathan Brewster (1593 - 1659) MP

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Birthplace: Scrooby, Nottingham, England
Death: Died in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: ribbon maker and exporter, Son Jonathan joined the family in November 1621, arriving at Plymouth on the ship Fortune, and daughters Patience and Fear arrived in July 1623 aboard the Anne., Deputy to General Court, Assistant to the Governor of Connecticut
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About Jonathan Brewster

Jonathan Brewster was born August 12, 1593 in Scrooby, Nottinhamshire, England to William Brewster. He moved with his family to Leiden in Holland around 1610. It was there he accepted citizenship on June 30, 1617 and where married his first wife on April 27, 1618. She and their infant son died around 1620. He later married Lucretia Oldham in Plymouth, Massachusetts on April 10, 1624. They had eight children:

  • William Brewster, born 9 March 1625
  • Mary Brewster, born 16 April 1627
  • Jonathan Brewster, born 17 July 1629
  • Ruth Brewster, born 3 October 1631, married John Pickett 14 March 1651.
  • Benjamin Brewster, born 17 November 1633
  • Elizabeth Brewster, born 1 May 1637
  • Grace Brewster, born 1 November 1639
  • Hannah Brewster, born 3 November 1641

He died August 7, 1659 in New London, Connecticut. Jonathan and Lucretia are both buried in Brewster Cemetery, Brewster’s Neck, Preston, Connecticut. A monument was erected there in their memory by their descendants.

Coming to America

His family came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Jonathan decided to stay behind in Holland with his wife. When she and their infant son died, however, he came to America on the ship Fortune on November 9, 1621 which docked at Cape Cod.

He moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts around 1630. Jonathan was also one of the men who undertook to discharge the debts of Plymouth Colony. A freeman in 1633, he was active in the settlement of the town of Duxbury, incorporated 7 June 1637. Records indicate that he served as a surveyor, laid out highways, practiced as an attorney, and was styled a “gentleman.” He served as Deputy to General Court 1639, 1641, 1643-1644. He was on a committee to raise forces during the Narragansett Alarm of 1642, and was a member of Captain Myles Standish’s Duxbury Company in 1643. He served as a military commissioner in the Pequot War of 1637. In 1638, Jonathan Brewster established a ferry service to transport passengers and cattle across the North River. In 1641, he sold this to Messrs. Barker, Howell and others. He also practiced as an attorney and was the master and owner of a coasting vessel plying as far south as Virginia. This was evidently unprofitable, according to a letter written by Roger Williams to John Winthrop, Jr.:

“Sir, (although Mr. Brewster write me not a word of it) yet in private I am bold to tell you that I hear it hath pleased God greatly to afflict him in the thorne of his life: He was intended for Virginia, his creditors in the Bay came to Portsmouth and unhung his rudder, carried him to the bay, where he was forced to make over house, land, cattle, and part with all to his chest. Oh how sweet is a dry morsel and a handful, with quietness from earth & heaven.”

He also had a trading post in Connecticut in 1635.

"Sometime before Sept 1649 he moved to Connecticut, being appointed town clerk of Pequot (New London) and obtained a grant of land from the Mohegan Sachem, Uncas, in that town. By Nov. 30, 1652 a large tract, still known as Brewster's Neck, from the Mohegan tribe was confirmed to him from which he operated a trading post with the Indians." (Brewster Book, by Milton Terry, 1985)

Because Jonathan set up a trading post without the authority of the local government, he was censured, but the deed was confirmed by the town on 30 November 1652.

The Brewster Book

Jonathan Brewster left an invaluable legacy to the Brewster family known as "The Brewster Book," a record in his own handwriting of the deaths of his mother and father, the birth dates of each of his children, and the marriage dates of his daughters, Mary and Ruth, his son, William, as well as his own birth and marriage dates. He apparently began the record after the marriage in Plymouth of his daughter, Mary, to John Turner in 1645, perhaps after he moved to Connecticut, leaving Mary and his grandchildren behind in Plymouth Colony, but before the date of his second entries, which follow the 1651 marriage of his son William. All of the entries in this book were contemporary and made by three persons, Jonathan, his son Benjamin, and Benjamin’s great-grandson Jabez Fitch, Jr. The book has been of inestimable value to the Brewster family.

Sources:

  • “Brewster Book,” Milton Terry, 1985

Unverified sources:

-------------------- Jonathan arrived at Cape Cod on the ship "Fortune" on 9 November 1621. -------------------- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11415606 h/o Lucretia Oldham; s/o William & Mary Brewster Burial: Brewster Cemetery, Brewster's Neck, Preston, CT Citizen: 30 June 1617, Became Dutch Citizen Immigration: 09 November 1621, On "Fortune" "Lintwerker" or ribbon maker in Pieterskerhof, Holland Surveyor (laid out highways) Military commissioner in the Pequot War in 1637 Tradesman Started a Ferry company Lawyer -------------------- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11415606

Birth: Aug. 12, 1593 Nottinghamshire, England Death: Aug. 7, 1659 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA

Husband of Lucretia Oldham; Son of William & Mary Brewster, Burial: Brewster Cemetery, Brewster's Neck, Preston, CT, Citizen: 30 June 1617, Became Dutch Citizen, Immigration: 09 November 1621, On "Fortune," "Lintwerker" or ribbon maker in Pieterskerhof, Holland, Surveyor (laid out highways), Military commissioner in the Pequot War in 1637, Tradesman, Started a Ferry company, Lawyer .


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Parents:
 William Brewster (1566 - 1644)
 Mary Brewster (1570 - 1627)

Spouse:
 Lucretia Oldham Brewster (1600 - 1671)*

Children:
 Mary Brewster Turner (1627 - 1691)*
 Ruth Brewster Hill Pickett (1631 - 1677)*
 Benjamin Brewster (1633 - 1710)*
 Elizabeth Brewster Bowen (1637 - 1713)*
 Grace Brewster Wetherell (1639 - 1684)*
 

Burial: Brewster's Neck Cemetery, Preston, New London County, Connecticut, USA

 

Find A Grave Memorial# 11415606 -------------------- Birth: Aug. 12, 1593 Nottinghamshire, England Death: Aug. 7, 1659 Norwich New London County Connecticut, USA

h/o Lucretia Oldham; s/o William & Mary Brewster Burial: Brewster Cemetery, Brewster's Neck, Preston, CT Citizen: 30 June 1617, Became Dutch Citizen Immigration: 09 November 1621, On "Fortune" "Lintwerker" or ribbon maker in Pieterskerhof, Holland Surveyor (laid out highways) Military commissioner in the Pequot War in 1637 Tradesman Started a Ferry company Lawyer

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Jonathan Brewster's Timeline

1593
August 12, 1593
Nottingham, England
1600
January 4, 1600
Age 6
Derby, England
1621
November 9, 1621
- present
Age 28
Plymouth Colony
November 1621
Age 28
Plymouth, Massachusetts
1621
Age 27
1624
April 10, 1624
Age 30
Plymouth, MA, USA
1625
March 9, 1625
Age 31
Plymouth, MA, USA
1627
April 16, 1627
Age 33
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1629
July 17, 1629
Age 35
Plymouth Colony
1631
October 3, 1631
Age 38
Jones River, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States