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Adam Brouwer

Also Known As: "Berkhoven", "Berchoven", "Berckhoven", "Adam Brower"
Birthplace: Köln, Erzbistum Köln, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Death: Died in Brooklyn, Kings County, Province of New York
Place of Burial: New York City, Kings County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Father Adam Brouwer and Unknown mother Adam Brouwer
Husband of Magdalena Jacobse Verdon
Father of Rachel Adamdr Hendrickson; Aeitje Adams Drats; Matthys Adamse Brouwer; Neltje Adams Brower; Marritje Adamse Pietersen and 13 others

Occupation: Dutch West India Company soldier. Built and operated a flour mill at Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York.
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About Adam Brouwer

Adam Brouwer seems to have come from Cologne, Germany. According to Totten [Totten01 67:105], Adam Brouwer was described as "a young man from Ceulen [Cologne]" when he married Magdalena Jacobs Verdon.

William Brower Bogardus (Anneke Jans and Everardus Bogardus Descendants Association, 1121 Linhof Rd., Wilmington, OH 45177-2917) has been working with Prof. Frijoff from the Amsterdam Free University on the question of Adam Brouwer's origin. Mr. Bogardus wrote in his Holiday Season 1997 "Dear 'Cousin'" letter:

"Incidentally, for those who have been seeking the correct parents and ancestry of Adam Brouwer (proof of those already allegedly identified not having been presented)... there is a very high probability that Adam was not only from Cologne but also of German rather than Dutch origin. His birth name may have been "Adolph" and it is possible that the Berchoven name had nothing to do with his family's origin at all."

  • Immigrated: First to Brazil in 1641, on the ship Swol (serving as a soldier for the Dutch West India Company), then to New Netherland in 1642. [Hoffman01 23:194]
  • Occupation(s): Dutch West India Company soldier. With his business partner Isaac de Forest, built and operated a flour mill at Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York. [Hoffman01 23:195]

Adam and Magdalena had 14 children, Nicholas was the 13th.


Adam Brouwer Berkhoven emigrated in 1642. He was before 1645 a Soldier in the Dutch West India Company, Brazil. Marriage banns for Adam Brouwer Berkhoven and Magdalena Jacobs Verdon were published on 19 March 1645 at Dutch Reformed Church, New Amsterdam, New York County, New York. Adam Brouwer Berkhoven married Magdalena Jacobs Verdon, daughter of Jacob Verdon and Mary Badie, on 21 March 1645.

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Adam Brouwer's Timeline

January 18, 162
Hoorn, Netherlands,
January 18, 1621
Köln, Erzbistum Köln, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
January 18, 1621
Katwijk, S Holland, Netherlands
Age 20
Age 20
From Cologne, Germany
Age 26
Gowanus, Long Island, Nieuw-Nederland
May 30, 1649
Age 28
Nieuw-Amsterdam, Nieuw-Nederland
March 5, 1651
Age 30
New Amsterdam, New Netherland
Age 29