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Re: Brewers in Aroostook County
Posted by: Thomas A. Murray (ID *****5502) Date: April 30, 2003 at 11:29:26
In Reply to: Re: Brewers in Aroostook County by John R. Boots, Jr. of 8988

I assume you mean:

Andrew J. Brewer b. ME ca. 1857, s/o Thomas (b. NB ca. 1819) and Esther (b. NB ca. 1823) (Clark) Brewer, in Huntsburgh, Geauga Co., Ohio in census of 1880. Thomas and Esther m. Douglas Parish, York Co., NB 6OCT1842.

There is some information on this family at:

Unfortunately, it does not mention who Thomas’ parents were, but I feel safe to assume that he was one of the Brewers from the Keswick River area of York Co., New Brunswick.
My own interest in this family is slightly more than peripheral, and needs some explanation. It has been my experience that families group in a particular area, intermarry, and in a generation or two, some move on. This may seem to be a trite and obvious statement, but what is less obvious is that, often, they move as a group. Not necessarily at the same time. One family may move to a new location, send word back home that the land where they now are is cheap and good for farming, and they are followed by siblings, in-laws and cousins. Thus, surnames appearing together in one place often appear together in a totally different place, and the process begins again. An example of this is my mother’s family, the Flewellings. They came from Westchester Co., NY, where a mingling of families from Long Island and families from Connecticut had occurred. Many were Loyalists during the American Revolution and many went to New Brunswick in 1783, where, together, and with other Loyalist families, the mingling process began again. Often in New Brunswick, Loyalists were settled by regiment, and many of the soldiers in a Loyalist regiment were already from the same place, and had been neighbours and relatives. To some extent, this is what happened in the area of the Keswick: Keswick Ridge, Mactaquac, Jewett’s Mills, Burtt’s Corners, etc. In particular, there were the Haines', Crouse’s, Boone’s, Brewer’s, Allen’s, Hanson’s, Jewett's, etc. As it turns out, one of the Haines-Boone marriages moved to northern NB in Richibucto, and were my ancestors on my father’s side, but that’s a different story.
About 1842 occurred what is know as the Aroostook War. One of the many times the United States has threatened Canada with armed invasion if we didn’t do what they wanted. When things cooled down, Aroostook Co. was opened for settlement, and a large number of New Brunswickers went there. These included the families from the Keswick area. You will notice that Thomas and Esther were just married at the time, and like many newly married couples in NB, they went to Maine to take advantage of the cheap land; New Brunswick being pretty much settled at the time. In the mean time, two branches of my mother’s family had become involved with several of the Keswick area families. Jeremiah Flewelling moved with his father to Michigan, but returned, and later joined in-laws in Maine. Some Flewellings were:

42N924. ESTELLE AMELIA FLEWELLING, d/o Frederick Dibblee and Miriam Jane (Boone) Flewelling, b. Burtt’s Corner, York Co., NB 26JUL1885, d. 16JUN1936, m. York Co., NB 25SEP1907 SPENCER BREWER

42N925. EFFIE MABEL FLEWELLING d/o Frederick Dibblee and Miriam Jane (Boone) Flewelling, b. Burtt’s Corner, York Co., NB 24JUL1888, d. 12DEC1966, m. York Co., NB 22APR1907 FRANK P. FLEWELLING [43922J] (b. JUL1883, d. 1953), s/o Jeremiah and Josephine (Allen) Flewelling. Jeremiah Flewelling was the son of Nehemiah, son of Thomas, son of John and Deborah (Denton) Flewelling; with John being the brother of Thomas Flewelling of Oak Point. However, Frank and Effie were more closely related through their mothers through the Allen/Boone families.

Now, Estelle and Effie were members of the family of Thomas Flewelling, a Loyalist, and Effie’s husband was descended from Thomas’ brother, John. I doubt if they knew how they were related as several generations had passed before they met. It was that their mothers were both members of the Allen/Brewer/Boone family that brought them together; not their Flewelling relationship. That was just coincidence.

43922J. FRANK P. FLEWELLING b. Zealand Station, York Co., NB 19JUL1888, d. Crouseville, Aroostook Co., ME 3JUL1953, m. York Co., NB 22APR1907 EFFIE MABEL FLEWELLING [42N925/4311925] (b. Burtt’s Corner, York Co., NB 24JUL1888, d. 12DEC1966), d/o Frederick Dibblee and Miriam Jane (Boone) Flewelling. Frederick Dibblee Flewelling was the s/o John, s/o Thomas and Hannah (Flewelling) Flewelling. Thomas was the son of Thomas Flewelling of Oak Point, and Hannah was the d/o James, son of John and Deborah (Denton) Flewelling. Although Frank and Effie were twice cousins on their fathers’ sides, they were more closely related on their mothers’ sides through the Boones/Haines/Allens families as Frank‘s mother, Josephine B. Allen, was the d/o Jonathan Allen, whose sister, Huldah Sisson Allen, was the mother of Miriam Jane Boone, Effie’s mother.

Frank’s father, Jeremiah married as his second wife an Allen, whose mother was a Brewer:

43922. JEREMIAH FLEWELLING, s/o Nehemiah and Sarah (Sharpe) Flewelling, b. Scotch Settlement, Queensbury Parish, York Co., NB near the Keswick Ridge 7DEC (or 7JAN)1838 (or 1839), d. Silver’s Mill, ME 23(or 21)APR1923 aet. 84 years, 4 months 14 days, Bur. Washburn, Aroostook C., ME, m. 1st Douglas Parish, York Co., NB 27AUG1862 SARAH (“SALLY”) HANSON (b. ca. 1840, d. 8JAN1868); m. 2nd Douglas Parish, York Co., NB 1868 JOSEPHINE B. ALLEN (b. Hainesville, York Co., NB 24MAY1850, d. Washburn, Aroostook Co., ME 31JUL1911, bur. Riverside Cem., Washburn, ME), d/o Jonathan and Emma (Brewer) Allen
Sarah Hanson would appear to be of the family of Jacob Hanson. Since Zealand (the island in Europe) is part of Denmark, it would seem that Jacob Hanson was part of a group of Danish settlers in New Brunswick. A web site, The Hansons, on Jacob Hanson’s family appears at:

There are two candidates for Jeremiah’s first wife: Sarah Hanson b. ca. 1838, d/o Christopher and Elizabeth (Brewer) Hanson; also, Sarah Ann Hanson b. 1840, bpt. Douglas Parish, York Co., NB 28FEB1852, d/o Michael and Maria Hanson. Both Christopher and Michael were sons of Jacob Hanson. I would suspect that the first of these was more likely Jeremiah’s wife, and that his second wife, Josephine B. Allen, was Sarah’s cousin through their Brewer mothers.

Another son of Jeremiah also married into the Brewer family. By this time, they were in Aroostook Co., ME. The Crouse’s had given their name to Crouseville. Brewer, ME I think was named after another Brewer family in Maine which had been there some considerable time.

439221. EDRICK JONATHAN FLEWELLING, s/o Jeremiah and Josephine B. (Allen) Flewelling, b. Hainesville or Keswick, York Co., NB 22JAN1869 (or FEB1870?), d. Crouseville, Aroostook Co., ME 31MAR1934 aet. 63 years, 2 months, 9 days, bur. Crouseville APR1934, m. 1st 22JUL1893 SARAH ANNE (“ANNIE”) BREWER (b. Washburn, Aroostook Co., ME APR1876, d. Washburn, Aroostook Co., ME 24SEP1896), d/o Amos Brewer; m. 2nd 24MAR1899 EFFA (“EFFIE”) A. SHAW (or EVIE MINNIE SHAW) (b. 28MAR1882)

Edrick’s son married one of the Crouse family:


the Rev. George Frederick (“Fred”) Flewelling b. Washburn, ME 23NOV1895, m. Washburn, ME 12(or 21)OCT1915 Avis M. Crouse, d/o Wilmot Crouse.
In the census of 1900 he lived with his grandfather, Amos Brewer; in 1915 he lived in Washburn, ME and was a farmer; in 1935 he was a bookkeeper/minister in Washburn, ME; in 1938 he lived in Washburn, ME and was a clergyman.

Also, there were the daughters of Jeremiah:

439224. ALBERTA JANE FLEWELLING d/o Jeremiah and Josephine B. (Allen) Flewelling, b. Hainesville, York Co., NB 24AUG1874, d. Crouseville, Aroostook Co., ME 20JUN1968, m. 13MAR1891 THOMAS ISAAC BREWER (b. ca. 1872)
439225. NELLIE MAY FLEWELLING d/o Jeremiah and Josephine B. (Allen) Flewelling, b. 14MAY1876, d. 5FEB1958, m. 1st LeBARON CROUSE; m. 2nd JERRY BREWER

So the families from Keswick can be found together on both sides of the border. I mentioned that Jeremiah’s father, Nehemiah, went to Michigan. During the same period, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio were popular destinations; and, again, they appear to have often moved with related families. In Michigan there are six or seven distinct branches of Flewellings. Some from New York State, who had remained after the Revolution, some from Ontario, some from New Brunswick, sometimes by way of other states. Thus, Nehemiah Flewelling, for example, has descendants in Michigan and Maine, some of whom are related by marriage to distant Flewelling cousins. It is not, therefore, really surprising to find Thomas and Esther Brewer in Ohio. In fact, I doubt if many Americans realize how many of them are descended from Canadians, nor that many Canadians are descended from American colonists.
Much of this was first brought to my attention through copies of a manuscript of an early Flewelling genealogist closely associated with several of these families. Below are some extracts from his work. This is valuable as George had access to family Bibles, and other information not readily available. There is the possibility that, through the Brewers, you are related to the Boones or Haines, so I’ll copy George’s writings on those families. I am not sure when he wrote it, probably about the 1940’s. I have also included some of my notes, not all of which will be relevant.



William Boone Sr. 1743-1829

William Boone and his wife, whose maiden name was Ruth Hayward, natives of Suffolk County, England, came to America and settled about the year 1765. They were people of considerable means and importance, their lands comprising most of the site of the present city of Providence, Rhode Island. The title deeds of which remained in the Boone family, and were finally in care of Mrs Robert Allen (a direct descendant); but were destroyed when their home on the Hanwell Road [Fredericton: TAM] was burned a few years ago.
William Boone and family were compelled to abandon their home and property in common with others who remained loyal to the Old Flag at the close of the war, and came to New Brunswick in 1783. Arriving at St. John, where they remained for a time, we find him applying for lands first at Swan Creek in 1786; and the next year, on the Oromocto River, where he remained for a few years.
Part of his family, who by that time were mostly grown up, settled there; but he not being entirely suited with the location, removed later with some of the family to the Keswick, receiving a grant of some 868 acres of land, at what is now Burtt's Corner. His first house being built on the farm now owned by Thomas Fowler, and standing just back of Charles Inch's residence .
He and his wife spent the remainder of their days there and are both buried in the Baptist Cemetery at Burtt's Corner. Suitable monuments mark both graves. They had a large family, and below is the record as copied from the Family Bible.

Name       Born       Married       Died
William Boone       Aug. 22, 1743              April 28, 1829
Ruth Hayward       Feb. 25, 1744              May 12, 1833


John       July 12, 1762              
Samuel       March 9, 1764       March 21, 1785       Nov. 4, 1848
William Jr       June 22, 1766       March 17, 1788       Nov. 17, 1849
Hannah       Feb. 26, 1768       Dec. 8, 1788       June 17, 1860
Mary       April 26, 1770              March 9, 1840
Lucy       Aug. 5, 1772       Jan., 1805       Aug. 13, 1842
Henry       July 4, 1774       June 8, 1798       June 14, 1846
Wightman       Feb. 26, 1776              Dec. 12, 1778
Howe       Dec. 12, 1777              Dec. 12, 1777
James (Rev.)       May 8, 1780       Oct. 7, 1806       Oct. 23, 1865
Elizabeth       Nov. 3, 1783              July 6, 1800
George Sr.       June 6, 1785       Oct. 18, 1809       Jan. 13, 1861
Anna       March 17, 1787       Oct. 14, 184442       Feb. 23, 1881

George Boone Sr. 1785-1861 Second Generation

George Boone Sr. was the youngest son of William Boone Sr., and succeeded him on the homestead. He and his wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Crane, lived all their lives at Burtt's Corner; and are buried in the cemetery at that place. They had a large family as follows:

Record of George Boone Sr., as copied from Family Bible:

Name       Born       Married       Died
George Boone       June 6, 1785       Oct. 18, 1809       Jan. 13, 1861


Austis       Feb. 3, 1811       March 19, 1839       June 8, 1844
John Calvin       May 17, 1812       Feb. 1, 1840       Jan. 24, 1884
Stephen       Jan. 12, 1814       March 31, 1838       Jan 16., 1881
Martha       June 12, 1815       April 23, 1834       Jan. 13, 1837
Henry (Rev.)        March 31, 1817       Jan. 1, 1839       Nov. 19,1886
Samuel W.       Feb. 8, 1819       Sept. 6, 1845       July 4, 1889
William H.       Feb. 18, 1821       June 4, 1845       Feb. 9, 1856
George Jr.       April 2, 1823       April 2, 1851       May 26, 1877
Richard       June 1, 1825       Nov. 28, 1849       Feb. 19, 1891
Comfort       Aug. 5, 1828       Jan. 1, 1851       June 19, 1887

George Boone Jr. was a son of George Boone Sr., and was born at Burtt's Corner. In 1851, he married Huldah Sisson Allen, also of Loyalist descent, and moved out some three miles to what was then known as Boone Settlement, and cleared up a farm out of the forest, where he and his wife spent the remainder of their days, both being buried in the cemetery at Burtt's Corner with a marble slab marking their graves. They only had two children, as follows:

Record of George and Huldah Boone (nee Allen):

Name       Born       Married       Died
George Boone       April 2, 182543       April 2, 1851       May 26, 1877
Huldah Sisson Allen       March 18, 1830       April 2, 1851       Oct., 1902


Jonathan Sylvester       Feb. 16, 1854       Dec. 25, 1882 to Bina Dumphy       
Miriam Jane       July 13, 1859       July 4, 1877       June 12, 1912

On July 4, 1877, Miriam Jane Boone and Frederick Dibblee Flewelling were married in Fredericton by the Rev. Joseph McLeod, thus uniting the two, old, Loyalist families whose fine sense of Duty and spirit of Loyalty should ever be an example for all of us, and for generations yet unborn, to live worthy of our ancestors

(signed) George H. Flewelling


William Boone was a resident of Providence, Rhode Island, and one of the seven stalwart sons of George Boone who, with their father, joined the forces of King George III during the American Revolution. He served as a Chaplain during the war, and refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the American Colonies, was forced to leave that country at the close of hostilities. His property at Rhode Island was confiscated; and, with his family, he took passage on the ship "Union" during the summer of 1783, for St. John, New Brunswick, to again hew out a home in the wilderness, but under the British Flag. As there was some twenty thousand people who left the colonies at that time, it took some little time to survey the country and get them established on the land.
William Boone's family obtained a grant of five hundred acres on the Keswick, where the village of Burtt's Corner was afterwards built. In addition to the original grant, I find a second grant of 364 acres made to Wm. and Samuel Boone, who, I presume, were the sons of the first William Boone mentioned.
William Boone's first house stood near where Charles Inch now lives, but a little further from the street. A larger dwelling was afterwards built on the site now occupied by Thomas Fowler's residence. William Boone was buried in the old churchyard at Burtt's Corner, and his grave is marked by a marble slab, and states that he was an United Empire Loyalist.
(The right to use the letters U.E.L., meaning United Empire Loyalists, was conferred upon them by the King in recognition of their services and unswerving loyalty44.)
The deeds and titles to the property owned by William Boone at Rhode Island were retained in the Boone family, but were finally destroyed when the residence of Robert Aikens was burned some 15 years ago. (Mrs. Aikens was a sister of Mrs. Isreal Burtt45), and a cousin of Mother's; and I am indebted to her for much of the information in this sketch.) Tradition says that the Boones were among the earliest settlers coming to America, and were people of means and influence. A student of the early history of the United States tells me that the famed Indian fighter and scout, Daniel Boone, undoubtedly sprang from the same stock as it was not uncommon to find members of the same family taking opposite sides in the dispute (and you know the Boones had a reputation for disagreeing among themselves); so, if when Junior gets a little larger, if he grabs a gun and takes after an Indian, don't think strange of it.
I think the courage displayed by the Loyalists in leaving their homes and enduring the hardships of the wilderness equals anything recorded by any historian of any country, and is a challenge to the descendants of such people to have the courage to back up convictions at all times. While there may be in the United States a tendency to question the wisdom of their choice at that time, there is none but must applaud their display of courage and loyalty in defense of what they conceived to be THEIR DUTY.

(signed) George H. Flewelling

[I feel that some of these notes were written as a pre-1970 application for Regular Membership in the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada. Before 1970, a simple statement, and exposition of known information was enough to qualify. Since 1970, more stringent criteria are used to prove descent from a Loyalist. Unfortunately, the relaxed standards of the earlier days of the Association has meant lost information, and a delay of decades in the gathering of historical, biographical and genealogical material which can be relied upon as accurate. TAM]


Thomas Allen and his wife, both of Loyalist stock. settled and lived all their lives on the Keswick; and both are buried in the cemetery at Burtt's Corner with a marble slab marking their graves.
They had five children as follows:
Copy of Family Records:

Name       Born       Married       Died
Thomas Allen       Oct. 2, 1798       Jan. 20, 1819       
Lydia Haines       Nov. 10, 1799       Jan. 20, 1819       


Jemima46       April 4, 1821       Aug. 27, 1834 to Jeremiah King       
Jonathan       Oct. 26, 1827       March 1, 1848 to Emma Brewer       
Huldah Sisson       March 18, 1830       April 2, 1851 to George Boone       
Jeremiah       Dec. 25, 1835       July 4, 1858 to Mary Currie       
William Henry       Oct. 13, 1838              

Thomas Allen, whose father's name, I think, was Peter, had several brothers, as follows:

1. Peter, whose children were: Thomas, Whitman, Isaac, Abner, Peter, Martha and Mary.

2. George, whose sons were: Walter, Charles, Samuel, James and Martin.

3. Nathaniel, whose children were: Daniel, Robert, Albion, Emma (Mrs. WIlliam Foster), Sarah (Mrs. James Briggs), and Angelina (Mrs. Robert McGeorge, later Mrs. Chesley Haines.)


Joseph and Peter Haines; brothers and of Loyalist stock, were granted Lots No.15 and 16 on the Keswick; the farms now being occupied by Erastus Parks and Tilly [Tilley?] Bird.
Peter married a daughter of either Israel or Isaac Estey; her mother, I think, being a Sisson (all of Loyalist stock.)
Following is a copy of their Family Record:

Name       Born       Married       Died
Peter Haines       Jan. 16, 1772       Nov. 24, 1795       
Elizabeth Estey       June 6, 1777       Nov. 24, 1795       


Salome       Sept. 12, 1796              
Mary       Nov. 10, 1797              
Lydia       Nov. 18, 1799       Jan. 20, 1819 to Thomas Allen       
George Whitman       June 17, 1803              
Isreal47       Oct. 19, 1805              
Hannah       Oct. 1, 1808              
Peter Jr.       May 19, 1811              
Jesse       June 29, 1815              

I think Urban, Duke and Mrs. Isaac Fowler were children of Peter Haines Jr., who was a government surveyor of timber, and King's masts. Any Pine tree so marked48 by him as being suitable for a mast was considered the property of His Majesty.
The rest of the Haines on the Keswick are, I think, mostly descendants of Joseph Haines. Joseph Haines' family included, I think:

1. William whose family were: Mary, Jane (Mrs. Emerson Jones), Elsie (Mrs. Abram Brewer), Sophia (Mrs. Thomas Tomilson), Hepsey (Mrs. Malcolm Brewer), Rhoda (Mrs. Richardson Jones), Samuel, Chesley, Charles and William Jr.

2. Robert, whose family were: Moses, Melbourn, Hiram, Sanford, and Mrs. Lemuel Griffith.

3. Joseph Jr.

4. Lydia (Mrs. Nathaniel Allen.)

5. Sally (Mrs. Sharp.)

P. S. I am not certain which of the Peter Haines was the surveyor of the Masts, but would rather think it would be Peter Sr., as that was one of the first industries on the Keswick; the high land, between the Keswick and Nashwaaksis streams was known as the mast hill.

Footnotes by Thomas A. Murray:

1. I have included George Havelock Flewelling’s writings on the Haines, Boones, Allens, etc. for four reasons. First, it turns out that I am descended from the Haines and Boones on my father’s side; second, it is worth preserving; third, those members of this part of the Flewelling family may find it of use and interest; and fourth, these families appear elsewhere in Flewelling genealogy.
2. Is any of O. A. Flewelling’s work known?
3. Does anyone know where this school was or is? There is some question of truth of this statement which too involved to be discussed here.
4. Possibly John, Jr. or Abel were briefly at Oak Point. There is no reason to believe that a brother of Thomas went to Upper Canada. However, several of Thomas, Jr.'s brothers did.
5. I find it so hard to believe that with so many children of standing in the community and of obvious religious conviction, that there could not have been some marker , and that if destroyed, it wouldn't be replaced .This makes me suspect that perhaps Thomas and Elizabeth might have been buried elsewhere. On their own land, or in Kingston. Even so, it seems (especially as regarding Thomas' will) that it would have been buried in a church cemetery.
6. It is clear that Ezekiel Flewelling, who died in the Reversing Falls at Saint John, was the son of Enos, son of Thomas. If Thomas Flewelling of Oak Point had a son, Ezekiel, then he was the unknown son who died in the American Revolution.
7. Tertullus Theale (Theal or Theall), rather than Thomas Thiel.
8. Caleb Flewelling also remained in Oak Point, and probably lived on the original homestead.
9. .Kathleen’s version does not have the section on Adam, but continues with Thomas, Jr.; and basically follows down to her husband, with information added.
10. She may have been called Annie, but her name was Annis , and appears as such on her headstone. I must admit that when I examined the headstone myself in 1979, I also read the 's' as an 'e'. However, her descendant, also called Anis, and church records, alike it clear that it should be 's'.
11. Suzanne P. Lissons research (as of 2002) make it far more likely that Annis’ father, James Clarke, was a Loyalist from Rhode Island.
12. If John Thomas Flewelling inherited the homestead, and this means that what is being referred to is the same homestead farm mentioned in Thomas, Sr.'s will, then there may be a means of exactly identifying the site of the first home.
13. The Anglican Cemetery at Oak Point, next to St. Paul's Anglican Church.
14. Therefore, accepting this date, the first Thomas Flewelling, Jr. died between 1776 and 1779. Probably in 1778.
15. Since Hannah Flewelling is very likely the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Jewell) Flewelling, and a sister of Abraham Jewell Flewwelling, this statement that she was Thomas’ cousin is of some interest. GHF cannot mean a first cousin, as neither Abel, nor John, Jr., had a daughter, Hannah. If GHF could have been more specific as to relationship, it could have been useful. Possibly, this comes from O. A. Flewelling. If so, then OAF's works are of some interest to us, if they exist.
16. Elizabeth Simmonds Peters was also a cousin, of sorts, being descended from Elizabeth (Flewelling) Outhouse.
17. Actually, they are sandstone. Probably from the quarry on Spoon Island.
18. Thomas, Jr. so obviously died in 1860 that, since GHF refers to Thomas' headstone, it is hard to see how the error was made. Kathleen's version, obviously as the error was known, has a blank space here.
19. Kathleen's and Hilary's versions both have this note. As mentioned before, more detail on this significant source would have been useful.
20. This Robert Cunard could only be the son of Robert and Elizabeth Ann (Flewelling) Cunard: ROBERT CUNARD b. ca. 1802 or ca. 1805, lived in Portland, Saint John Co., NB, d. 30JAN1891, bur. Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery, Thorne Ave, Saint John, NB, m. 1st 8FEB1838 JANE FISHER (b. ca. 1816, d. JUN1848, bur. Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery, Thorne Ave, Saint John, NB); m. 2nd 5SEP1850 ANN FISHER (b. ca. 1823 or 1825, d. 7MAR1904, bur. Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery, Thorne Ave, Saint John, NB.)
In the 1881 census of Portland (Saint John), Saint John Co, NB p. 107 of Book C-1 (probably PAC C-13178) is Robert (age 76) and Ann (age 56) Cunard.
It seems as if there was some confusion with Thomas Flewelling of Oak Points daughter and his granddaughter. The daughter of Thomas Flewelling, Jr. is more likely to be: ELIZABETH ANNE FLEWELLING b. 30JAN1809, bpt. Gagetown Anglican Church (St. Peter’s), Gagetown, Sunbury Co., NB (by the Rev. Richard Clark) 23JUN1809 (d/o Thomas and Hannah Flewelling of Greenwich Parish), probably m. 27MAR1835 Stephen Bulyea (Belyea.) This supposition is supported by the close, yet not exact, marriage dates for the daughter of Thomas, Jr., and the Elizabeth Anne Flewelling who m. Stephen Belyea. While the source of the record may be a family Bible, it seems as if ‘extra’ data has been added; leaving one to reflect on the necessity for precise transcription.
21. Kathleen's and Evelyn’s have 'McKiel', while Hilary's has ‘McKeil'. Other records show similar variance.
22. Hilary's has 'Johnston' , but their descendants have made it clear to me that it is 'Johnson'.
23. Kathleen's and Evelyn's have 'Suzanna', but I have opted for the conventional spelling.
24. GHF has confused their marriage with that of John Flewelling and Elizabeth Ann Bulyea in the Greenwich Parish Anglican Church Records (OL Vol. 1, No.7. p. 74.) These same records, and the Kings Co. Marriage Register Vol. 2 (OL Vol. 1, No.4, p. 30), clearly show that John and Ann (Dibblee) Flewelling were married 2JUN1846 .The church records do give the date 2SEP1847, however, the marriage register shows that date to be the date of registration by the clergyman. The Oak Point records are actually a transcription from other sources (by the Rev. H. A. Cody, I believe), and he apparently copied in the date of registration as opposed to the date of marriage. To add to this confusion, John and Elizabeth Ann (Belyea) Flewelling were actually m. 20JAN1846. I believe 2JUN1846 is correct.
25. A note in Hilary's reads, "Grandfather of F/C Lloyd M. Flewelling RCAF"; with F/C meaning 'Fight Captain'? [Probably supposed to be F/O for Flying Officer, or F/L for Flight Lieutenant.]
26 .Evelyn's has FDF dying 7DEC1927 twice. Hilary's has 7DEC1926 and 7DEC1927. Kathleen's has 7DEC1937 and 7DEC1927.
27. Only Evelyn's version has a date, and the last two digits were cut off in the photocopy.
28. These two dates are from Evelyn's version.
29. One of the curiosities of Flewelling genealogy. Frank P. Flewelling is of the Maine branch of Nehemiah Flewelling's family. Evelyn notes that their sons were: Cecil K. Flewelling, of Philadelphia, PA; Ellsworth K. Flewelling, d. in World War II (eldest son); and Carroll D. Flewelling (youngest son) of Auburn, Maine. When Effie and Frank married, did they wonder if they were related? Did they have any idea how they were related? They had met, not because they were related through the Flewelling family, but because they were second cousins through the Allen family of the Keswick area of New Brunswick, with whom the Boones are connected.
30 .Only Hilary's has these additional biographies on Cecil Karl Flewelling and George Havelock Flewelling. They were obviously added after GHF's death.
31. Kathleen's has a different version, probably more correct where it disagrees, and with additional information. It reads: "On August 23, 1881 (1881) John A. Flewellingg and Ameliia McKenzie were married and thus two old Loyalist families were united. John A. Flewelling was born at Patterson settlement, Sunbury County. Then spent his boy-hood days at Oak Point. Worked at a shingle sawing in Babbits Mill at St. Marys. Then married Amelia McKenzie on August 23, 1881 at New Jerusalem by her father, Rev. John Grant McKenzie. They moved to the farm at Glenco, York County, near Covered Bridge." In the following list of John and Amelia' s children, I have used Kathleen's list, which is more complete, and as it deals with her husband's father's family. Into this, I have added information from Hilary's version; Evelyn's not containing this segment.
32. Hilary's versions has, "died at age 2½", which would place date of death near the end of 1894.
33. Lillian Sands was connected by marriage with the family of James Brown and Mary E. (Flewelling) Gilmore; Mary being a daughter of John Flewwelling, son of Abel Flewwelling.
34. This date is in Hilary's version as, "Oct. 30, 1857". Possibly a typo, I have changed the century and included it.
35. This date is from Kathleen's version. In Hilary's it is 22 Jan., 1928.
36. A note in Hilary's version adds that Stewart and Alberta May (Flewelling) Morse had two children :
Wilford Alford Morse
Esther Morse m. Edgar Russell
37. The date for Herbert Roy Flewelling's death comes from Kathleen's version. In Hilary's, he is called 'Ray Herbert', and it is stated that, "Ray died in infancy" .He was a twin to Kathryn V. L. Flewelling.
The marriages are summarized in a closing paragraph in Kathleen's version which reads :

Frederick D. Flewelling married Lillian Sands, Giants Glen, Stanley, on April 5, 1910. David Melbourne Flewelling married Harriet Smith on June 28, 1916. Alfred Ernest married lva Branscombe in May, 1920. Alberta May married Stewart Morse July 3, 1918. Ethel Winifred married James Barclay Nov. 20, 1930. Annie Jane married Frank Wiley Dec. 23, 1913. Kathryn V. L. married Joseph McMillan November 17, 1916.
38 .The section on Frederick Dibblee Flewelling's family is only briefly covered in Hilary's version. The same is true for other children of John Alfred Flewelling. In Kathleen's version, Frederick Dibblee Flewelling's family is much more detailed, most likely based on Kathleen's research, and, therefore, generally reliable. I have taken the liberty of modifying the format of Kathleen's section on this part of the family to a large degree. Then, I will return to the short outlines of other children of John Alfred Flewelling, as found in Hilary's version.
39. I believe this should be Fyler Dibblee, rather than Tyler Dibblee.
40. Margaret Secord was the daughter of William and Ruth (Hunt) Secord. Therefore, she was the sister of Sarah Secord, who married Jacob Flewelling, son of Thomas of Oak Point.
41. In Norton Parish, Kings County, New Brunswick.
42 .The original (or, rather, the transcription I have) says Brutt's Corner. I am pretty sure that Burtt's Comer was meant. 'Brutt's' is repeated, but 'Burtt's' is used as well. I suspect that it is a typing anomaly. For example, I can never type 'Sarah'; it always comes out ‘Srah’.
41. The actual punctuation is, "George. Y, JY. and Alla". This could "George Y." and "J. Y." and "Alla".
42. This date is elsewhere given as 1804, and even 1814 (with 1804 probably being correct.) Even this date is suspected, although supported (imperfectly) by the reference to the family Bible, as their eldest son, George, is said to have been b. 1800. Anna is also known as Nancy Anne Boone, and even Willie Nancy Anne Boone. Her husband was Joseph Haines, son of a Loyalist from Westchester Co., NY, also Joseph Haines. William Boone’s wife is given as Ruth Hill, rather than Ruth Hayward; d/o Capt. Ebenezer Hill; however, William Boone’s son, William, Jr., m. Ann Hayward, and this may be the source of the confusion. The matter is of more than academic interest to me as a child of Joseph and Nancy Anne (Boone) Haines was Alexander Haines. Alexander’s great granddaughter was Margaret McKinnon Halloran, who married Alfred Norman Murray; my paternal grandparents.
As will be seen below, the relationships between the Haines, Boones, Allens and Flewellings are early and extensive. As a result, many of the persons discussed here are not only my cousins on my mother’s side, but on my father’s as well; and I am twice descended from the Boones. These are the relationships which try genealogists’ souls.
43. This date of birth disagrees with that listed under George, Sr.'s children. Since the list under George Sr. is progressive , and since Richard is indicated as having been born in 1825, I am sure that the year given here is incorrect. However, there is a limit to the kind of corrections that I can do without talking the chance of promulgating an error. Thus, the best I can say, in spite of my suspicions, is that the year of birth for George Jr. needs confirmation.
44. A Canadian myth. Actually, GHF is referring to the letters, 'UE", meant to stand for "Unity of Empire"."United Empire Loyalist" is a general term developed by historians after 1864. I could write an article on the 'right' to use the letters, 'UE' after one's name (and I have), but would be afraid to have it published because of the emotional attachment some have to this supposed Royal right. The Crown, and members of the College of Arms have indicated, by statement or by indication, that there is no reason to believe that the Crown ever awarded such a privilege. basically, the letters 'UE' are used on official lists to keep track of who was a Loyalist, and thus entitled to a free grant of land.
45. Written as, "Mrs. Isreal Brutts". There is no doubt in my mind that the surname was Burtt (or, sometimes, Burt); and that the village is Burtt's Corner. The name of the village probably derives from members of the Burtt family (Benjamin, Jr., David, and Joseph); all Loyalists from Connecticut, who settled in the Keswick area.
46. Spelled, "Jemimia' in the manuscript.
47. Should be spelled, ‘Israel’.
48. With the King's Broad Arrow, the mark of Crown property.
(End of article)

Some web sites I found dealing with some of these families include:

Philip Crouse, Jr. and Elizabeth Brewer, Robert G. Oviatt, 2000
with more on the family of John Brewer at:

John Brewer m. Elizabeth Yerxa, d/o John and Catherine (Gerow) Yerxa. (The Gerow’s and Yerxa’s were also Westchester Co. families of the sort I mentioned before.) I believe these may be Thomas Brewer’s grandparents, but cannot find which of their sons might have been his father. I am not certain of this idea, as I suspect John Brewer may have had siblings in the area. For example, at:

are mentions of another John Brewer (at least I think it’s another) in nearby Kingsclear:

2. John Day (mentioned in Will) married to Elizabeth (Hersey? Children: Mahetable & Jonathon born in Kingsclear, Samuel born in Fredericton).
3. Elizabeth Mary Day, born c.1790, NB, married to John Brewer 05 Apr 1816, York Co., Innkeeper Parish of Kingsclear. Children: Abigail, Amy, Elizabeth Brewer.
4. David Day (mentioned in land records) born c.1793 NB, 1851 census Kingsclear has a David Day living with John Brewer, Innkeeper, and family.

Or Cornelius Brewer m. Rebecca Burtt, and had a son, Cornelius, b. ca. 1803. Apparently in Queensbury Parish, York Co., NB. (I think Queensbury was once part of Douglas Parish.)

There is something on the Crouse and Burtt families at:

Crouse, by Gay Llewellyn Burtt(at least that seems to be the persons name; and I am suspicious of the ’Llewellyn’ as that is the origin of Flewelling), at:

Another interesting site is at:

Isaac Lawrence of York Co., New Brunswick, Canada, by Marlene Lawrence, at:

Ed Burton left a message at a genealogical board indicating that Thomas and Esther were still in Douglas Parish (since divided into other parishes, notably Bright Parish), York Co., NB in the 1851 census. If so, they must have moved back and forth a bit as the births of their children indicate the earliest were b. in Maine during that period.
I find it surprising that there is not more definite information on the Brewer family. I saw a hint that there is a book on them; but nothing definite like a title or author. There seems to be a confusion between John and Cornelius Brewer and an Adolph Brower. They may be related, but the assumption is made without evidence. There is the statement at message 3448 on this board:

There is still to be identified the John and Cornelius Brower who appear on the transport list of 1783 and settled on the Keswick in York County, New Brunswick. John Brower of Keswick died in March of 1817. He could be another son of Jacob and Elyse Hitchcock Brower, and thus uncle of Adolph of Swan Creek. He is obviously closely related to Cornelius as they cojointly signed the agreement to the land grant at Keswick. Adolph and Jannetje Verdon Brower had a son Cornelius born in March of 1736.

So, it appears as if Cornelius and John were related, and there may be hints of New Netherlands Dutch origins. There are also hints that they may have been from Dutchess Co., NY; which was in 1783 just north of Westchester Co.
And that’s about the best I have. Scattered references, but nothing substantial.


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