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Jonathan Brewster

Male - 1659


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  • Name Jonathan Brewster  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 603F3FBA99244DF38850D1B412653F43EBEC 
    Died 7 Aug 1659  New London, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I36  Bradley - Post
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2013 

    Father William Brewster, Elder,   b. 1566, Scrooby or Doncaster, Yorkshire England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1644, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Mary Wyrall or Wentworth or Unknown,   b. Abt 1569, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1627, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Bef 1593  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F34  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucretia Oldham,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1678, Preston, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Apr 1624  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Mary Brewster,   b. 16 Apr 1627, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1694  (Age > 68 years)
     2. Ruth Brewster,   b. 3 Oct 1631, Jones River, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1677, New London, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Benjamin Brewster,   b. 17 Nov 1633, Duxbury, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1710, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Elizabeth Brewster,   b. 1 May 1637, Duxbury, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1708  (Age 70 years)
     5. Hannah Brewster,   b. 3 Nov 1641,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He came to America from England aboard the ship Fortune which arrived 9 November 1621. He was a Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony 1639, 1641, and 1644.
      Eldest son of the pilgrim William Brewster, he moved from Stonington and became clerk of Winthrop's New London, or "Pequit" plantation. In 1650 he established the first Indian trading post on land that Chief Uncas had given him, across the river from Uncas' Shantok Fort, also known as "Brewster's Neck", located in the town of Preston. (see Burpee, Vol II, p. 607)
      Calkin's History of Norwich points out, though, that he was a little hasty in setting up business, as he had not procured a license from Connecticut. The General Court, in May 1650,noted:

      "Whereas Mr. Jonathan Brewster hath set up a trading-house at
      Mohigen, this Courte declares that they cannott but judge the
      thinge very disorderly, nevertheless considering his condition, they are content hee
      should proceed therein for the present, and till they see
      cause to the contrary."
      From this point on, Brewster's Neck and Trading Cove became the principal places of traffic with the Mohegan Indians.
      In May, 1657, he was selected as an Assistant for the town of Pequett.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Story of Connecticut, 974.6., , Vol II, p. 607.

    2. [S1] Register of Pedigrees, , p. 986.