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Re: James Brewer-Deborah Moore Boylston,Mass
Posted by: Wendy in CT Date: June 07, 1999 at 19:54:13
In Reply to: Re: James Brewer-Deborah Moore Boylston,Mass by Bud Brewer of 8988

This family is making me crazy. Other than the History of Worcester County and other sources which use that reference as a source, I have been unable to prove that James Brewer married Deborah Moore (daughter of Jacob). James Brewer did marry Betsey Moore, daughter of Jacob. They are both buried in the Old Burying Ground in Boylston, MA. Also buried in OBG are James Brewer and Deborah. The record of burials there are posted on the Boylston Historical Society page. The surname Moore attached to Deborah also uses the above record as a source. Given that James and Deborah died in 1830 and 1837 respectively, and James and Betsey died in 1859 and 1878 respectively, it is impossible that one James married Betsey AND Deborah, as suggested in the History of Worcester, particularly since all sources which claim this have Betsey as the first marriage, and Deborah the second. According to The Hastings Memorial, (Lydia Nelson (Hastings) Buckminster, 1866, pg. 120, Charity Brewer, dau of James and _______ (Pratt) Brewer m. Aaron Hastings abt. 1816. Boylston VR show Aaron Hastings m. Charity Brewer 14 Sep 1815. Now, for the point of all this rambling.... Bolton VR has a Deborah Pratt b. 4 Jun 1762. That would make her 75 years old in 1837 (the age of Deborah, wife of James buried in OBG) Try as I might, I have been unable to locate a primary source for a record of a marriage of James Brewer to Deborah Moore, and all evidence I have found in the attempt points to Deborah as being Deborah Pratt, Dau of Abijah and Mary. I would gladly entertain any other ideas regarding this family, or any primary sources anyone may have located.

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