Female 1679 - 1761  (82 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Mary BREWSTER was born 10 Feb 1678/9, Kingston, Massachustts (daughter of Wrestling BREWSTER and Mary HOLLAND); died 17 Apr 1761.

    Mary — Joseph HOLMES. Joseph (son of John HOLMES and Mary WOOD) was born 09 Jul 1665, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died 26 Jun 1753, Kingston, Massachustts. [Group Sheet]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Wrestling BREWSTER was born , Duxbury or Yarmouth, Massachusetts (son of Love BREWSTER and Sarah COLLIER); died Between 01 Jan 1696 and 1697, Duxbury or Yarmouth, Massachustts.

    Wrestling married Mary HOLLAND Bef 1678. Mary was born Nov 1661; died 12 Nov 1742, Kingston, Massachustts. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Mary HOLLAND was born Nov 1661; died 12 Nov 1742, Kingston, Massachustts.

    Other Events:

    • Name: Mary ?

    1. Abigail BREWSTER was born 20 Mar 1683, Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; died 06 May 1721, Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
    2. Elizabeth BREWSTER was born Abt 1690; died 05 Dec 1741, Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
    3. Hannah BREWSTER was born Abt Sep 1688; died 08 Jan 1763, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
    4. 1. Mary BREWSTER was born 10 Feb 1678/9, Kingston, Massachustts; died 17 Apr 1761.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Love BREWSTER was born Bef 1611, Holland (son of Elder William BREWSTER and Mary ?); died Between 06 Oct 1650 and Jan 1651, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Admitted a Freeman of the Colony
    • Fact 1: Served on the grand jury from Duxbury
    • Military Service: 1637; Served as a Pequot War volunteer
    • Military Service: 1643; Member of Captain Myles Standish's Duxbury Company


    Love and Sarah had 4 children: Sarah m. Benjamin Bartlett, Nathaniel m. Sarah, William m. Lydia Partridge and Wrestling m. Mary.

    Abstracts of the Earliest Wills:

    LOVE BREWSTER (Duxbury)

    Will dated October 1, 1650, and exhibited at Court, March 4, 1650. To children, NATHANIEL, the heir apparent, the estate in Duxbury; WILLIAM, WRESTLING, and SARAH. And to his three sons jointly "all such land as is of right due to mee by purchase and first coming into the land, which was in the yeare, 1620." His wife SARAH, executrix. Witness by MYLES STANDISH.
    Invemtory (including books to the number of 30 volumes) taken January 31, 1650, by WILLIAM COLLIER and CAPT. STANDISH. Amount, L97.7.1.

    A Passenger of the "Mayflower".

    Love married Sarah COLLIER 15 May 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. Sarah (daughter of William COLLIER and Jane (Widow) CLARKE) was born 30 Apr 1616, Duxbury, Plymouth, Ma; died 26 Apr 1691, Plymouth, Plymouth, Ma; was buried 06 May 1691, Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Sarah COLLIER was born 30 Apr 1616, Duxbury, Plymouth, Ma (daughter of William COLLIER and Jane (Widow) CLARKE); died 26 Apr 1691, Plymouth, Plymouth, Ma; was buried 06 May 1691, Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: W9JJ-0D
    • Baptism: 30 Apr 1616, St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England

    1. 2. Wrestling BREWSTER was born , Duxbury or Yarmouth, Massachusetts; died Between 01 Jan 1696 and 1697, Duxbury or Yarmouth, Massachustts.
    2. William BREWSTER was born Bef 1645, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 03 Nov 1723, Duxbury or Yarmouth, Mass.; was buried , Old Cemetery, South Duxbury.
    3. Nathaniel BREWSTER was born Bef 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died Bef 11 Oct 1676, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA.
    4. Sarah BREWSTER was born Bef 1635, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; died Between 05 Mar 1667 and 21 Jan 1678, Duxbury or Yarmouth, Mass..

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Elder William BREWSTER was born Between 1566 and 1567, Doncaster, Yorkshrie, England (son of William BREWSTER and Mary SMYTHE); died 10 Apr 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; was buried , Buriel Hill, Plymouth, Mass..

    Other Events:

    • Death: 16 Apr 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
    • Death: 20 Apr 1644


    Elder William was educated at Cambridge University and became an attach, in the suite of William Davidson the English Ambassador to the Court of Holland, and afterwards with him suffered the displeasure of Queen Elizabeth. After spending some time in Leyden, he came to America in the MAYFLOWER, which landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1620. His wife's name was Mary and she was known as "Dame Brewster."
    The following interesting account is from Governor Bradford's list of Mayflower passengers:
    "The names of those which came over first in ye year 1620 and were (by the blessing of God) the first beginners and (in a sort) the foundation of all the plantations and Colonies in New England (and their families)."
    "Mr. William Brewster, Mary his wife with 2 sons whose names were Love and Wrasling and a boy was put to him called Richard More and another of his brothers the rest of his children were left behind and came over afterwards."
    Elder William Brewster was Chaplain of the first Military Company organized at Plymouth under command of Captain Myles Standish. He served in the Indian wars. His son Jonathan Brewster was a member of the same company and took part in the Pequot War.

    Abstract of his will:

    Letters of administration on the estate were granted to his sons, Jona, and Love, June 5, 1644
    Wearing apparell, household utensils & appraised by Capt STANDISH and JOHN DONE. May 10, 1644
    Articles at his house in Duxbury, by STANDISH & PRENCE, May 18.
    His Latin books by MR. BRADFORD, MR. PRENCE and MR. REYNER, May 18, sixty three volumes
    His English books by MR. BRADFORD and MR. PRENCE. Between three and four hundred volumes

    Excerpt from "Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines": William Brewster, son of William and Prudence (--) Brewster of Scrooby, England, lived a life of amazing variety, of infinite loyalty to principle, of marvelous endurance, and of great meekness and righteousness. He was born about 1566-1567, probably at or near Crooby, where his family certainly lived by the time he was five years old. As a youth, having prepared himself by the study of Latin and Greek, he matriculated on December 3, 1580, at St. Peter's more commonly called Peterhouse, the oldest of the courteen colleges which at that time formed the University of Cambridge. He did not complete the course (which then required seven years, sometimes twelve, fourteen, or more), and, indeed, he probably left the university by 1583-4, for about that time he entered the employ of William Davison, then an ambassador for, and later Secretary of State to, Queen Elizabeth. Inregard to this relation, it is said of William Brewster that Davison "trusted him above all other that were aboute him, and only imployed him in all matters of greatest trust and secrecie. He esteemed him rather as a sonne then a servante...... With Davison, William Brewster went into Holland in August, 1585, on a diplomatic mission, returning soon after January 22, 1585-6. Davision was presently deliberately and wrongfully accused by the Queen with responsibility for the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and in consequence was, on February 14, 1586-7, thrown into the Tower. Wiolliam Brewster remained near for some time to comfort and, if possible, to aid his friend and patron, but this occurrence definitely colsed his career in the political or diplomatic field. "Afterwards he wente and lived in ye country....," which doubtless meant at Scrooby.
    It is recorded of him that "He did much good in ye countrie where he lived, in promoting and furthering religion, not only by his practiss & examply, and provoking and incouraging of others, but by procuring of good preachers to ye places theraboute, and drawing on of others to assiste & help forward in such a worke; he him selfe most comonly depest in ye charge, & some times above his abilities... After they were joyned togither in communion, he was a spetiall stay & help unto them. They ordinarily mett at his house (Scrooby) on ye Lords day, (which was a manor of ye bishops,) and with great love he entertained them when they came, making provission for them to his great charge." It seems, therefore, to have been the income from his interests and services at Scrooby which enabled William Brewster to entertain and aid the Separatists as he did.

    William married Mary ? Abt 1590, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England. Mary was born Between 1565 and 1569, England; died 17 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Mary ? was born Between 1565 and 1569, England; died 17 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Also Known As: Mary Love
    • Death: 27 Apr 1627


    Notion: The name of Mary Wentworth has been proposed for the wife of William Brewster. "The American Genealogist", " The Mayflower Descendant: A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim History and Genealogy" and the" New England Historical and Genealogical Register", all confirm that additional research must be done before accepting this surname as fact. In addition, a privately published pamphlet by John G. Hunt, "Of Mary Brewster, Wife of William Brewster of the Mayflower, from Plymouth, England to New Plymouth, New England" (1985) suggests that William Brewster's wife was named Mary Wyrall of Loversall, near Doncaster. This has yet to be proved. ( This taken from William Brewster of the Mayflower and His Descendants for 4 Generations by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

    "Mayflower Quarterly:vol. 75, No. 4 - December 2009": Mary Brewster - Mother to Millions of Americans
    Written by Kathleen M. (Kathy) Myers -13th generation descendant of Mary and William Brewster, through their son, Love Brewster.

    Throughtout North America the early settlers planted lilacs. A Hardy plant, lilacs provided beauty in the lives of those who cleared the land, built homestead, tilled the soil, and raised families. Toda, lilacs are still found growing in the places where these early people planted them, some hiding the foundation of byildings that vanished long ago. Such a location is one-acre plot of land in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where there is a "...huge lilac bush covering the cellar hold of the last house t this location. The acre plot, now owned by tghe Duxbur Rural and Historical Society, is practically the same one-acre that Elder William Brewster bought from Francis Eaton in 1631... on which he built his house." "Tradition holds that either the Elder or his son Jonathan ordered the lilacs from Holland, for the flower is not native to North America. I like to think they were planted in memory of Mary Brewster.

    Not a lot is known about Mary Brewster's early life, not even her maiden name. She may have been a Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire girl. the year of her bith, 1569, is based on an affidavit she filed in Leiden, Holland in 1609 where her age was listed as 40.
    Elizabeth I of England had been on the throne just a year when mary was born. I can only speculate whether mary brewster received an education beyond the wifely skills her mother would have taught. In Tudor England,"...the education of girls was for the privileged and the rish. Its aim was to produce wives schooled in godly and moral precepts....Most girls were taught the wifely arts, how to manage a household, neddlework, herbs and wild plants that oculd be used in healing, meal preparation, and their duty to their futher husband. But foremost was their strong religious training."
    To the Pilgrims, "...marriage was a civil affair...a contract, mutually agreed upon by a man and a woman. Marriage was created by God for the benefit of man's natual and spiritual life. Marriages were considered important for two main reasons: Procreation of children to increast Christ's flock; and to avoid the sin of adultery. Paster John robinson taught that the important characteristics to find in a spouse are (1) godliness, and (2) similarity - in age, beliefts, estate, disposition, inclinations, and affections. In marriage, "the wife is specially required a reverend subjection in all lawful things to her husband,' and the husband is 'to give honor to the wife,' as the Lord requires 'the love of the hsband to his wife must be like Christ's to His church.'
    William Brewster found in Mary a spouse that was close in age, shared his beliefs, and may have shared his estate in life, meaning they were of the same social class. The record does not reveal whether or not theirs was an arranged marriage as many were in those times. In Tudor England educating women to read was considered a waste of time but often educated men, such as William Brewster was, taught their spouses and daughters to read. Compatibility and affection was key to a marriage contract that lasted until her death 35 years later. Brewster never remarried, living 17 years beyond her.
    As a typical 16th Century wife, Mary Brewster was responsible for the household. She was assigned the tasks of baking bread, brewing beer (drinking water was not fit to drink), curing and salting meats, cooking vegetables, preserving fruits and making pickles and jams. While candles and soap may have been purchased, country women made their own. They spun wool and linen for use in the household and for clothing. Mary, along with the assistance of her older children, would have milked the cows, gathered the eggs, and grown and tended the garden.
    Life with William Brewster was filled with joy and anxiety. The early years at Scrooby Manor were joyful. Her first two children, Jonahtn (b.1593) and Patience (b.1600) were born there. By 1602 William Brewster had become more involved in the Separatist movement, and Scrooby Manor became a meeting place for the dissenters. mary Brewster would have found friends among this group of people. by 1606 the dissenters had formed the Separatist Church of Scrooby and the authorities were pressuring the. 1606 was the same year that Mary gave birth to their daughter who they named Fear. Just over a year later, the family fled to Holland.
    During their time in Holland, Mary gave birth to three more children, sons Love and Wrestling and a child who died. It was in Holland that Mary Brewster was first introduced to the lialac bush. "The lilac is native to Eastern Europe and grows wild in the forests of Hungary and Romania." Popular on the continent, the lilac did not make its way to England until "....sometime before 1629 when the first record of its existence appears in wirting."
    While the crossing began with good winds and good weather, many of the passengers were sea-sick at first. They had to contend with a crew of 30, some of who danced on the deck, and made fun of their seasickness, some who used profanities. About half way through the voyage, the "Mayflower" ran into strong storms which caused water to leak into the ship, dripping and falling on the 102 passengers squeezed in the deck below, a space seventy-five feet long and not quite five feet high. It was the space between the upper deck and the hold which contained their provisions.
    As the wife of the appointed Elder of the group and as one of the oldest women on the voyage, Mary was a respected member of the community. She mothered the younger women and children with her strong religious faith and moral influence. As women in that era depended on other women or mid-wives to deliver their babies, she may have been called upon to assist with the birth of Oceanus Hopkins aboard the "Mayflower" as it crossed the Atlantic, and again with the birth of Perigrine White, the son of Susanna and William White, while the ship was anchored off of Cape Cod.
    Shortly after the arrival of the "Mayflower", Dorothy Bradford, wife of William Bradford, fell off the ship and drowned. Mary (Norris) Allerton gave birth to a stillborn son. Soon, what has been called "the dying time" began. When it was over Mary Brewster was one of just five adult women to survive the first winter. By the first Thanksgiving, only four adult women survived. Mary Brewster, Eleanor Billington, Elizabeth Hopkins and Susanna White Winslow. With so few remaining, the skills Mary Brewster learned at her mother's knee were vital to the survivors.
    I reflect on the courage of mary Brewster and the other women of the "Mayflower". I believe it was their great love of God and gtrust in His promises that carried them through. How many of us today have that kind of courage? To endure religious persecution; to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a small ship; to be deposited on a hostile shore during a New England winter; to lose half of the company in a few short months; to wather the "Mayflower" sail away to England leaving them with no means to return; to be self-relient and self-sufficient.
    Mary Brewster died in 1627 and never lived in the house built by her husband on the one acre of land in Dusbury where the lilacs still gro."...With him came his sons, Love and Wrestly, and Richard ore, the little boy who grew up in the Brewster household. to his father's house Love brought his bride, Sarah Collier, and here were born their children, William, Nathaniel, Wrestling and Sarah. Nearby, on the west side of the creek, the Elder's oldest son, Jonathan, lived in a house he had built on his father's land. The Elder William Brewster died in 1643 and his estate was divided between his two sons, Love getting all east of the creek, and onathan west of the creek. How long the Brewster house stood is not known, but by 1648 both Jonathan and Love had left the Nook and the Brewster lands had been sold out of the family."
    These were the people who tended the plants and watched the lilacs grow - her loving children and grandchildren whose descendants today number in the millins. The Brewster lilacs, planted in moemory of Mary Brewster.

    1. Jonathan BREWSTER was born 12 Aug 1593, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England; died 07 Aug 1659, Norwich, New London, Conn.; was buried , Brewster Cemetery, Brewster's Neck, Preston, Conn..
    2. Patience BREWSTER was born Bef 1600, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England; died 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; was buried , Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
    3. Fear BREWSTER was born Bef 1606, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire,England; died Bef 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
    4. Child BREWSTER was born Bef 1609, Holland; died 20 Jun 1609; was buried , Leyden, Holland.
    5. 4. Love BREWSTER was born Bef 1611, Holland; died Between 06 Oct 1650 and Jan 1651, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
    6. Wrestling BREWSTER was born Bef 1614, Leyden, Holland; died Between 22 May 1627 and 05 Jun 1644.

  3. 10.  William COLLIER was born , St. Olave, South, Surrey, England (son of Abraham COLLIER and Mrs. COLLIER); died 05 Jul 1671, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • AFN: 8J0Z-9W

    William married Jane (Widow) CLARKE 16 May 1611, St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England. Jane (daughter of John CLARKE and Elizabeth HOBSON) was born 1590, London, London, England; died 02 Dec 1661, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

  4. 11.  Jane (Widow) CLARKE was born 1590, London, London, England (daughter of John CLARKE and Elizabeth HOBSON); died 02 Dec 1661, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Name: Jane Curtes
    • Birth: 20 Oct 1591, London, Middlesex, England

    1. Joseph COLLIER was born Abt 1625, Pinefield, Hartford, Connecticut; died 06 Nov 1691, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. Mary COLLIER was born 1604, London, Middlesex, England; died 07 Sep 1672, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    3. John COLLIER was born 1630, Watertown, Litchfield Co., Connecticut; was christened 23 Mar 1620, St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey Co., Eng; died Abt 1670; was buried 06 Aug 1625, St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey Co., Eng.
    4. Arthur COLLIER was born 1621, Of Pinefield, Hartford, Ct; died Abt 1670.
    5. Edward COLLIER was born 1619, Of, Pinefield, Hartford, Ct; died Abt 1670.
    6. Mary COLLIER was born 1612; was christened 18 Feb 1612, Of, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died Bef 08 Dec 1662, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA; was buried 11 Dec 1695, Yarmouth, , Massachusetts.
    7. Ralph COLLIER was born 1623, Pinefield, Hartford, Connecticut; died Abt 1670.
    8. Rebecca COLLIER was born 1614, Of, London, Middlesex, England; was christened 10 Jan 1615, St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England; died 29 Dec 1698, Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts.
    9. 5. Sarah COLLIER was born 30 Apr 1616, Duxbury, Plymouth, Ma; died 26 Apr 1691, Plymouth, Plymouth, Ma; was buried 06 May 1691, Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
    10. Elizabeth COLLIER was born 1616, Southwark, England; was christened 09 Mar 1619, Saint Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England; died 05 Apr 1670, Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
    11. ? COLLIER