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Daniel Brewer, Sr.

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: England
Death: March 28, 1646 (42-50)
Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of NN N Brewer
Husband of Joanna Brewer (Unknown)
Father of Daniel Brewer; Anne Brewer; Joanna Brewer; Nathaniel Brewer and Sarah May
Brother of Thomas Brewer, d. Hampton, Rockingham, NH

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About Daniel Brewer, Sr.


  • born about 1600 Parents and origins unknown
  • Death 28 Mar 1646 Roxbury, MA
  • Married Joanna ____ by 1625 and she died 7 Feb 1688/9
  • Children: Daniel, Anne, Joanna, Nathaniel and Sarah
  • See notes below about his children


The evidence provided by Anderson in The Great Migration Beginsp 225 suggests his origins and parents are unknown. We presume he was born in England. He had five known children the first three born in England before he arrived and the last two born Roxbury: Daniel, Anne, Joanna, Nathaniel and Sarah.

There is also an account in Dawes-Gates 1:108-11

He did not have children named George, Hannah, Thomas, or Thomas John.

His daughters did not marry.


His children and wife are mentioned in his will. Children (note birth dates are circa):

  1. Daniel Brewer Jr 1625 – 1708 married Hannah Morrill dau of Isaac
  2. Anne BREWER 1628 – 1658 unmarried
  3. Joanna BREWER 1631 – 1682 unmarried
  4. Nathaniel Brewer Deacan 1635 – 1661 married Elizabeth Kingsbury who d 25 Jun 1661 and married second in 1661 to Elizabeth Rand
  5. Sarah Brewer 1638 – 1670 married John May

No other children are listed. It is speculated that Hannah Brewer c 1630 – 1717 was also a daughter by many authors as she married in Roxbury. However, it has never been proven.

He is thought to be the brother of Thomas Brewer or Roxbury. The identity of their parents have not yet been researched.

He came over in the "lion" with wife, arriving in Boston Sept. 16th, 1632. Settled in Roxbury. Freeman, may 14th 1634. Will dated Jan. 12th, 1645/5 From Sussex, England.

Excerpt from the History of Bridgeport:

"The ancestry in the paternal line is traced back to Daniel Brewer, who came from England on the 16th of September, 1632, and located at Roxbury, Massachusetts, bringing with him his family of seven and two servants. He had been a resident of Somersetshire, England, and he embarked at London on the ship Lion. Daniel Brewer, the progenitor of the family in the new world, was the grandfather of Daniel Brewer III, wlio became the pastor of the First Congregational church at Springfield, Massachusetts.

"Daniel Brewer1 came in the ship Lyon from England in 1632. Governor John Winthrop recorded the arrival in Boston of the vessel Lyon piloted by its celebrated master William Peirce: "1632 Sept. 16 being the Lord's day. In the evening Mr. Peirce, in the ship Lyon, arrived and came to an anchor before Boston. He brought one hundred and twenty-three passengers whereof fifty children, all in health; and lost not one person by the way, save his carpenter, who fell over board as he was caulking a post. They had been twelve weeks aboard and eight weeks from Land's End. He had five days east wind and thick fog, so as he was forced to come, all that time, by the lead; and the first land he made was Cape Ann."

Daniel Brewer took the oath of allegiance before leaving England and brought to America with him his wife Joanna and three older children. They soon joined the Roxbury church and May 14, 1634, Daniel was sworn a freeman. He had a home lot, an orchard and some 95 acres. Roxbury was described as a "faire and handsome countrey town, the inhabitants of it being all very rich." Later, "they have goodly fruit trees, fruitful fields and gardens, their heard of cows, oxen and other young cattell....their streets are large and some fayre houses yet they have built their house for church assembly destitute and unbeautiful.." Daniel did jury duty in December 1640, each jury member receiving one shilling. He was one of about sixty citizens who subscribed annually to the support of the Free Schools in Roxbury; the annual payment in 1645 was five shillings. A husbandman, Daniel, in his will dated January 12, 1646, named his wife executor and arranged that she have during her life "the use of the house, half of the barn and other outhouses, timber for repairs, firewood, a red steer, all the swine, three Cowes, sufficient hay, fresh and salt, for the keeping of three Cowes, and the plowing and soweing of the said home lott, etc." On March 28, 1646, "Brother Brewer dyed of an Ulcer in his longes which pced through into his bowels & emptyed thither to his great swelling and torment." His widow died February 7, 1689, aet 87

He married Joanna Morrill before 1624. Daniel Brewer died on 28 March 1646 in Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Daniel Brewer and Joanna Morrill immigrated on the Lyon, departing from London, England September, 1632, arriving circa November 1632 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony.


In his will, dated 12 January 1645/6 and proved 20 May 1647, Daniel Brewer of Roxbury, husbandman, divided his lands between his wife Joanna and his son Daniel, and bequeathed money and movables to son Nathaniel and daughters Ann, Joanna and Sarah; Daniel and the three daughters are stated to be unmarried; Isaac Morrell and Edward Bridge to be overseers; witnessed by William Dennison and Edward Bridge; signed by mark ("D B") [SPR NS 1:25].

Abstracts of Early Wills" NEHGR V ol 7 pp 170 - 171:

Daniel Brewer of Roxbury - 12:11:1645. Husbandman. Unto wife, Joanna, my dwelling howse with the buildings, reserving one chamber, & halfe the barne, and halfe the other outhouses, wch I give unto my sonne Daniell, soe longe as he shall remaine unmaried. Unto wife myhome lott, five acres more or lesse; also sufficient T;ymber for repations of the buildings & fences fo her to sell & fetch off from my sonn Daniell's lands hereafter given to him, and sufficient ffier wood. Unto my sonn Daniell two Oxen, one Steere Calfe, wth one Carte & Plowe, wth the furniture thereunto belonging, and six accres of Land lying neere the greate Lotts, And Sixe accres of swamps ground, wth the wood thereupon, lying neere unto the howse of Edward Bridge, and forty accres, more or lesse, lyin in two p cells, sixteene accres thereof lying neere my meadow at Stony river, the other pte beiond Rocky swampe, neare the greate Meade; all my mowing ground, fresh & salt, containing flower acres & a halfe lying in two p cells; also my best Bed & bedstodd, furnished, and my Iron pott after his mothers decease, he paying these legacies hereafter mentioned; to sonn Nathaniel, Tenn poundes; to my dau. Ann, tenn poundes; dau Joannna, five; dau Sarah five; to be paid in Cattell or Corne; one third pte of each within one yeare after the death of their mother; one third pte the yeare next enesueing; the last third pte the next year after that. If any of my dau dy before the dayes of payment, the surviving dau to enjoy their pte. Unto wife sufficient hey, fresh & salt, for the keeping of three Cowes and the plowing & soweing of the said home lott, she finding seed & halfe the dunge, & the bringing in of herr corne into the barne; also sufficnet Wood for fiering. Legacies to be paid by sonn Daniell. Also fower foundes & Tenn shillings to John Watson, when it is due, it being for his two oxen before mentioned. Unto sons Daniel, my houwse with all the buildings and the home lott with a Table & a Cupboard, after my wifes decease. To my daus at day of marriage or after my wives decease, these legacies: to dau Ann a flock bed furnished, & my biggest Chest, one little Iron pott, & one pewter dish; to dau Joanna, my great kettle, & my next great chest, one flock bed furnished, & a pewter dish; to dau Sara a flock bed furnished, my new kettle, & a pewter dish; Unto wife, my three Cowes, and my Redd Sgteere, and all my Swine. The residue of my goodes to mywife, whom I make my executrix. I heartily intreate myloving brethren in Chris, Isaac Morrell and Edward Bridge, to be Overseers of this mylast will. It is my will that my sonn Daniell, shall not onely plowe his mother's ground sufficiently & well for her seed, but shall also Cutt downe & abring in her corne, & her fier wood to her howse, & lay out the dung all of it if he keeps his owne Cattell ese where. Witnesse heereunto Willm Denyson. the marke ____ ) of Edward Bridge. Proved by Wm Denison & Edward Bridge 20 (3) 1647 William Aspinwall V. Record.


  1. Dawes-Gates 1:108-11
  2. NEHGS Register V.2 p.53 27.5 acres in Roxbury
  3. NEHGS Register v.3 p. 92: Freeman May 14, 1634 Boston Genl Court
  4. NEHGS Register v.7 p. 171 Will of Daniel Brewer "to my dau Sarah, a fflock bed furnished, my new kettle, a pewter dish" March 20 1647
  5. Daniel Brewer in the New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 by Anderson p 255+ Link to 225
  6. Genealogy, descendants of William and Dorcas Fallass of Boston, Massachusetts ... : both male and female lines, brought down... p 236
  7. "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern, Massachusetts" section on Webester, pg. 338
  8. "History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire", pg. 375.
  9. See also Kingsbury Genealogy 83 for Nathanial Brewer
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Daniel Brewer, Sr.'s Timeline

Age 25
Age 28
Age 31
England, (Present UK)
May 1, 1635
Age 35
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 8, 1638
Age 38
March 28, 1646
Age 46
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 23, 1929
Age 46
November 18, 1931
Age 46