An American Family History

Thomas Brewer of Lynn

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

Thomas Brewer was born about 1658 in Massachusetts. He may have been the son of Crispus and Mary Brewer.

He married Elizabeth Graves on December 4, 1682. Elizabeth was born about 1660 in Lynn. She was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Graves.

They lived in Lynn, Essex County, Masschusetts.

Thomas and Elizabeth's children included:
Mary Brewer (1684, died young),
Rebecca Brewer (1687, died young),
Mary Brewer Perkins (1690, married Matthew Perkins the son of Matthew Perkins & Esther Burnam),
Thomas Brewer (1691), and
Crispus Brewer (1694, died young).
Old Style Calendar
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Children of Mary and
Crispus Brewer, Sr.
  • Crispus Brewer, Jr.
  • Sarah Brewer Graves
  • Mary Brewer Richards
  • Thomas Brewer
  • Elizabeth Brewer Lewis
  • Abigail Brewer Luscomb
  • Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.



    The name Crispus is Latin in origin and its meaning is crisp or curly. Crispin was the chief of the synagogue at Corinth.

    from A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers by Royal Ralph Hinman

    Brewer, Thomas, aged 14 years, living at Lynn, Mass., in 1672; a Thomas Brewer of Lynn, m. Elizabeth Graves, Dec. 4, 1652 [sic should be 1682], and had six children,
    Mary 2d,
    Thomas and


    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

    from Genealogical and Family History of Western New York, Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter [He has 2 Thomas Brewers confused]

    . . .and in 1642 [there was] a Thomas Brewer of Lynn. Massachusetts, married Elizabeth Graves. This may have been the same Thomas whom Hinman says “perhaps” a brother of Daniel Brewer (1st).

    Be that as it may, Thomas Brewer, of Lynn, Massachusetts, the ancestor of the branch herein recorded, married, December 4, 1652 [sic should be 1682], Elizabeth Graves.

    Mary Rebecca;
    Crispus, "by vote of the town had leave to sit in the pulpit on Sundays;”
    and John.

    (II) Thomas (2). son of Thomas (1) and Elizabeth (Graves) Brewer, was living in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1672, being then fourteen years of age, which would make his birth year 1658.

    He removed from Massachusetts to Glastonbury, Connecticut, where he married Sarah , July 13, 1682.

    Mary, born July 28, 1684;
    Thomas, February 17, 1687;
    Hezekiah, February 23, 1690;
    Sarah. December 9, 1692;
    Joseph, March 20, 1695:
    Benjamin, August 13, 1697;
    Daniel, March 25, 1699;
    Lydia, July 27, 170;
    "Acme" or "Naomi," September 28, 1703;

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

    Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.


    from The Essex Antiquarian, Volume 12 edited by Sidney Perley

    Thomas Brewer lived in Lynn, wife Elizabeth, 1687-1700;
    children, born in Lynn:

    Chrispus, died Aug.4,1690;
    Mary, born Nov. 10, 1684;
    Rebecca, born Dec. 2, 1687 ; died July 27, 1690;
    Mary, born June 16, 1690;
    Thomas, born May 29, 1691; died Oct. 8,1702 ;
    John, born May 10, 1700;
    Chrispus, died Dec. 11, 1706.

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