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Samuel Brewster, Sr.

Birthplace: Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY, USA
Death: Died in New Windsor, Orange, NY, USA
Place of Burial: Montgomery, Orange, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Justice Nathaniel Brewster, Esq. and Phebe Brewster
Husband of Mary Brewster; Mary Brewster and Mary Brewster
Father of Timothy Brewster; Susannah Brewster; Charles Hudson Brewster and Abigail Williams
Brother of Justice Nathaniel Brewster; Timothy Brewster, Sr.; Ann Brewster; Henry Brewster; Phebe Brewster and 1 other

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.

From: Subject: [HudsonRV] Re: Samuel Brewster Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 10:32:11 EST

Samuel came to New Windsor about 1743 . He came here with his brother Henry. He was a Proprietor of New Windsor one of 16 who established New Windsor Village along the river 1749. Samuel setup a saw mill and later a forge of Forge Hill Road in the township of Orangeville or Moodna. He manufactured anchors at the forge, and later was occupied with constructing river obstructions. In 1763 he built a rather elegant stone house on Temple Hill Rd now Slessingers Steak House. The date of construction and his initials are on the north gable. The house originally was built for his son, Timothy who moved to Woodbridge N.J. after the Rev. War. In 1764 when the Presbyterian Church of N.W. was established Samuel was chosen one of the Deacons or Elders. He was known locally as Deacon Brewster. Samuel served in several town offices as Assessor, Overseer of the Poor, Poormaster, Roadmaster, chairman of the Committee of Safety. Samuel was married to Mary Wood , he died on 2/10/1802 83yrs, his wife on 2/3/1807 85yrs.

As for the slaves a census was taken in 1798 see below, there was a law passed in N.Y. 3/29/1799 for the gradual manumission of all slaves and generally by the time they reach majority and were able to fend for themselves. In most cases the slave ownership ceased well before the Civil War and the abolitionist movement gain ground. So the law required all to be freed, many of the manumits are recorded in town records so it is possible to see a specific individual. During the Rev. War here in N.W. more than a few were already free / voting land holders.

I do have some more facts for the Brewster family but with 3 Samuel's it gets very confusing seems the reuse of names makes it even more difficult. You are right about Nathan he seems to be a bit elusive. I've never checked out the N.J. family connections or Long Island but they possibly hold promise.

Their children: Samuel - state senator 1805 settled in Rockland Co.. Timothy - b. 11/3/1746, m Phebe Wood - removed to N.J. Hannah - married a Dubois Abagail - m. Jonas Williams Susanna - m. James Moores.

Nathaniel Brewster was the son of Timothy Brewster & Phebe Wood. Born 4/7/1782 m. 1st Keziah O Smedes d. 4/9/1853 children: William C. Nathaniel Augustus Susan Ann m. 2nd Mary Ann Browne no children Nathaniel came to Orange County about 1812 and purchased a farm in Montgomery. He served as an Elder in Goodwlll Church until his death in 1869.

Deacon Samuel Brewster's brother Timothy settled in Cornwall near murderers Creek in 1765. He married Elizabeth Clark dau. of Nathan Clark Jr. & Abigail Mills. their children: Nathan Isaac Jacob Phebe - m. John Canfield Sarah - married a Butterworth

Marriage Records N.W. Presbyterian Church 2/24/1779 Williams, Jonas & Brewster, Abigail both of New Windsor 6/18/1776 Strong, Samuel & Brewster, Experiance widow 5/29/1776 Campfield, John & Brewster, Phebe 1/13/1777 Strong, Nathan & Brewster, Ruth both of Blooming Grove 5/23/1776 Brewster, Henry Jr.& Halsey, Abigail Blooming Grove 6/1775 Brewster, Isaac & Seley, Susannah of B. Grove 5/20/1782 Brewster, Jesse & Smith, Rachel both of Blooming Grove 3/8/1790 Brewster, John & Marvin, Hannah 3/29/1774 Brewster, Nathan & Tuttle, Charity both Blooming grove 6/6/1776 Brewster, Samuel Jr. & Williams, Freelove Hunt. 6/18/1776 8/15/1780 Bewster, Nathan & Halsey, Asenath both of Blooming Grove 11/30/1807 Brewster, Richard & Moores, Anna

Baptismal Records N.W. Presbyterian Church 3/26/1786 Brewster,Anna daughter to Williams, Jonas

3/1/1776 Brewster,Elizabeth daughter of Brewster,Timothy Sr.

9/14/1777 Brewster,Freelove wife of Brewster,Samuel Jr.

9/14/1777 Brewster,Richard Wm. son of Brewster,Samuel Jr.

7/1786 Brewster,Samuel son to Brewster,Samuel Jr.

5/1774 Brewster,Sarah child of Brewster,Samuel Jr.

Members list N.W. Presbyterian Brewster,Mary 5/5/1766

Marriage Records Bethlehem Church Brewster, Edward & Stewart, Nancy 6/1816 Tuthill, Job & Brewster, Eliza Ann 1/20/1824

Baptismal Records Bethlehem Church 7/27/1783 Brewster, Fredrick son to Brewster, Henry Jr.

1/29/1785 Brewster, Mary daughter to Brewster, Henry Jr. 7/19/1778 Brewster,Jacob son of Brewster,Timothy

1798 Particular lists of slaves 28 BREWSTER, SAMUEL BREWSTER, SAMUEL New Windsor 3 females total 1

12<50 1 taxable

1802 - Liber B, p. 305, ORANGE COUNTY WILLS 3 Last Will and Testament of Samuel Brewster, yeoman, made Feb. 6, 1802, Probated Feb. 19, 1802. His wife Mary is Executrix. Mentions sons Samuel and Timothy and daughters, Hannah Dubois, Abigail, William and Susannah Moores.

Also of interest might be a Last Will andTestament of Henry Brewster of Blooming-Grove drawn in 179l and probated 1795: Liber A, p. 295. (a brother)

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


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).


Birth: Jul. 18, 1718


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."


Nathaniel Brewster (1689 - 1732),  Phebe Smith Brewster



Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery


Orange County

New York, USA

Source: Find-A-Grave

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

DAR Index:


Ancestor #: A014208

Service: NEW YORK


Birth: 7-18-1718 LONG ISLAND NEW YORK




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Samuel Brewster, Sr.'s Timeline

July 18, 1718
Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY, USA
Age 27
November 23, 1761
Age 43
Age 42
New Windsor, Orange, NY, USA
Age 51
February 10, 1802
Age 83
New Windsor, Orange, NY, USA
Montgomery, Orange, NY, USA