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A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
7: Adult Freeholders — Hendrick Willemse Brouwer

Prof. Jonathan Pearson

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[This information is from p. 100 of A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley by Jonathan Pearson, A. M. and others, edited by J. W. MacMurray, A. M., U. S. A. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell's Sons, Printers, 1883). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 P36, and copies are also available for borrowing.]

[Copies of this book are available from the Schenectady County Historical Society.]

[The original version uses assorted typographical symbols to represent footnotes. To improve legibility, the online version uses the form (page number - note number.)]

One Willem Brouwer came to Beverwyck at or about the time that Philip Hend. Brouwer settled there and was probably a connection. In 1655 he owned property in New Amsterdam. His death occurred about the 3d of Aug., 1668; the following entry is found in the Deacon's book of the church at Albany. "Tot die begraevenisse van Willem brouwer 40 guilders, 15 [stuivers]." He left two sons Hendrick and Willem, both of whom settled in Schenectady. The former the progenitor of those bearing this name in Schenectady married Maria Pieterse, daughter of Pieter Jacobse Borsboom and widow of Teunis Carstense of Albany. Brouwer died about the beginning of the year 1707, having made his will Dec. 12, 1706, proved Feb. 16, 1707/8. Later his wife married ———— Van Vleck, by whom she had a son Benjamin.

Hendrick Brouwer owned a lot on the east side of Church street, beginning at a point 108 feet north from the church lot and extending probably to Front street, and through his wife came into possession of one quarter of hindmost lot No. 8, which she inherited from her father. (100-3) He left six sons and two daughters, one of whom, Jacob — born 1700, — an Indian trader, was barbarously murdered at the falls on the Oswego river in the spring of 1730, by an Onondaga Indian. (100-4)

In 1724 Mrs. Brouwer was also called an Indian trader. (100-5)

Notes

(100-3) See Borsboom.

(100-4) Note, Col. Doc., IX, 1019.

(100-5) Albany Annals, VIII, 293.

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