Samuel Brewster, Sr. (1718 - 1802) MP

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Birthplace: Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY, USA
Death: Died in New Windsor, Orange, NY, USA
Occupation: Minister, Owner of a Forge and Anchorage, Served as a member of the Provincial Convention 1775-6, Assisted in forging the chain which was stretched across the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War
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About Samuel Brewster, Sr.

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) about Samuel Brewster

Name: Samuel Brewster

Birth Date: 1718

Birthplace: New York

Volume: 18

Page Number: 282

Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 26 Jan 1927, 5076


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Samuel Brewster was born on July 18, 1718 in Brookhaven, New York and died in New Windsor, Orange County, New York. He was the son of Nathaniel Brewster and Phebe Smith. He had two brothers, Timothy and David. Nathaniel graduated first in his class at Harvard College in 1642, after which he studied theology in Norfolk, England, receiving later a Batchelor of Divinity Degree from Dublin University, Ireland. Returning to America he became, in 1663, minister of First Church at Boston, then in 1665 minister at Brookhaven, Long island, for 35 years.

Samuel Brewster was among the original patentees of the town of New Windsor in 1751 and he was a member of the Committee of Safety during the American Revolution. He built a saw-mill, forge and anchor shop and assisted in forging the chain which was stretched across the Hudson River in the hope of checking the movement of British vessels up that stream!

In 1775 Samuel built a residence which tradition says sheltered Lafayette as a headquarters during the American Revolution. His first wife bore the name of Mary. His second wife was Mary (also) Wood, who survived him and who died at New Windsor, Feb. 3, 1807. Their children were Samuel, Timothy, Hannah (married Joseph Dubois), Abigail (married Jonas Williams), Susannah (married (?) Moores).

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Birth: Jul. 18, 1718

Setauket

Suffolk County

New York, USA

Death: Feb. 10, 1802

New Windsor

Orange County

New York, USA

SAMUEL is a great-grandson of the Rev. NATHANIEL BREWSTER who settled in Setauket, Suffolk County, NY, and left many descendants.

SAMUEL is a son of NATHANIEL BREWSTER (a grandson of the Rev. NATHANIEL BREWSTER) and PHEBE SMITH of Setauket, and they both are buried there.

SAMUEL's second wife was MARY WOOD, daughter of TIMOTHY WOOD and HANNAH OLDFIELD. MARY is also buried in this cemetery.

"History of the Town of New Windsor, Orange County, NY", Edward M. Ruttenber, Newburgh, NY, 1811, p. 155:

"Samuel Brewster, ... became a resident of the town of New Windsor about 1743. On his removal to New Windsor he was accompanied by his brother, HENRY, who, with himself, formed two of sixteen proprietors of the "Township of New Windsor" ... in 1749. He established a saw mill at the foot of Forge-hill, now in the village of Moodna, and subsequently a forge and anchorage, which he conducted for several years, and at which he constructed in part the obstructions to the navigations of the Hudson (at Fort Montgomery and at West Point) during the war of the Revolution. ... In 1763 he erected a stone house on the Forge-hill road, a short distance north of Temple Hill, now or lately on the farm of the late Francis Weygant. A stone in the north gable bears the initials of his name and date. It is presumed that it was erected for his son TIMOTHY, who removed to Woodbridge, NJ, after the Revolution. The house is marked on the DeWitt Map of the cantonment of the army in 1783, and has remained as an unmistakable landmark. From his first advent in the town he seems to have taken the rank of a man of substantial character and to have maintained it. On the organization of the Presbyterian Church of New Windsor, September 14, 1764, he was chosen one of its Elders, and in 1773, served as Trustee of the united congregation of Bethlehem and New Windsor for the Murderer's Creek district and also for the New Windsor district. In 1763, he was one of the Assessors of the town. He was active in promoting the success of the Revolution, and filled the post of Chairman of the Committe of Safety of the town during the entire period, and served as a member of the Provincial Convention, 1775-6, and of the Committee of Safety of that body in which was vested all authority during the recess of the Convention. His more pressing duties in the construction of the river obstructions compelled his retirement in 1777. He died February 10, 1802, in his 83d year, and his wife, MARY WOOD, died February 3d, 1807, in her 85th year."

Parents:

Nathaniel Brewster (1689 - 1732),  Phebe Smith Brewster

 

Burial:

Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Montgomery

Orange County

New York, USA


Source: Find-A-Grave

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U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Samuel Brewster

Name: Samuel Brewster

SAR Membership: 28215

Birth Date: 1718

Birth Place: New York

Death Date: 10 Feb 1802

Death Place: New York

Spouse: Mary Wood

Children: Susannah Brewster

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DAR Index:


BREWSTER, SAMUEL SR

Ancestor #: A014208

Service: NEW YORK

Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE

Birth: 7-18-1718 LONG ISLAND NEW YORK

Death: 2-9-1802 ORANGE COUNTY NEW YORK

Service Source: HIST OF ORANGE CO NY BY CLARK, P 65, CHAINING THE HUDSON HIST OF ULSTER CO NY BY SYLVESTER, P 84; BY DIAMANT, P 155

Service Description: 1) CHM COMM OF SAFETY;MEM 2ND 3RD PROV 2) CONG;OBSTRUCTED HUDSON FROM BRITISH

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Samuel Brewster, Sr.'s Timeline

1718
July 18, 1718
Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY, USA
1761
November 23, 1761
Age 43
1761
Age 42
New Windsor, Orange, NY, USA
1802
February 10, 1802
Age 83
New Windsor, Orange, NY, USA
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Montgomery, Orange, NY, USA