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John Brewer, Sudbury, MA 1620-1684
Posted by: Kathi Date: September 06, 2001 at 08:29:26
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To renew the debate on John Brewer's parentage, here is my input. We know John came over on the Lyon in 1632, or at least we know there was a John Brewer, bound for Cambridge, and it seems agreed that this is the same John. He was listed as being from Sussex, England. The IGI has old Sussex christening records as part of its database, and there are a couple of likely John Brewers listed there. The first is John Brewer, christened 11 Mar 1623 in Birdham, Sussex to Richard Brewer. The second is John Brewer christened 21 Jan 1613 to Richard and Elizabeth Brewer. I think the second one worth looking into, since if John Brewer was born in 1620 (as is commonly assumed, and so listed in "Colonial Families of America), he would have only been 12 years old when he came over on the Lyon. If he was born in 1613, he would have been 19, which seems a more likely age to leave home and go to a new country. There were others Brewers on board the Lyon, but John is not listed as a son. Of course, do we know for sure this John Brewer did come over on the Lyon?


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