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Susannah Warner Brewer

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

Susannah Warner Brewer was born in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Daniel Warner and Elizabeth Dane.

Susannah married John Brewer in January, 1674. John was born on October 6, 1653 in Ipswich. His parents were John Brewer and Mary Whitmore. John inherited his father's homestead.

Susannah died on November 20, 1788 when she was 34.

After she died, John married Martha Perkins on June 3, 1689. Martha was the daughter of Abraham Perkins and Hannah Beamsley.

John died on October 4, 1697. After his death Martha remarried.

Children of Daniel Warner
and Elizabeth Dane
  • Ensign Daniel Warner
  • John Warner
  • Captain William Warner
  • Nathaniel Warner
  • Elizabeth Warner Heard
  • Abigail Warner Dane
  • Susannah Warner
  • Simeon Warner
    Daniel's subsequent wives:
  • Faith Browne Warner
  • Eleanor Pell Boynton Jewett Warner
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Dane is also spelled Dayne, Deane, Dene, Denne

    Alcohol played a significant role in the daily lives of colonists; even children. They feared polluted water and believed in alcohol's nourishing and medicinal properties.



    The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

    from The Essex Antiquarian, Volume 12 edited by Sidney Perley

    John Brewer, sr., lived in Ipswich, 1647-1684. He mentions "My father Bruer of Hamton," 1684; married Mary Whitmore 23 : 8: 1647, m Ipswich; he died June 23, 1684, in Ipswich; his estate was appraised at £186, 12S., 5d.; she died Dec. 10, 1684, in Ipswich;

    children, born in Ipswich;
    1. Mary, born Sept. 23, 1648; m. Simon Chapman March 21, 1666; and died before 1684

    2. John, born Oct. 6, 1653; tailor; lived in Ipswich ; had his father's homestead married, first, Susanna Warner Jan. 1674; she died Nov. 20, 1688; he married, second, Martha; he died before Oct. 4, 1697; his estate was valued at £225, 8s.,10d.; his wife Martha survived him, and married, secondly, Ingals before 1701;

    children, born in Lynn:
    1. Hannah (twin), born Feb. 19, 1689-90; probably died young;
    2 Martha (twin), born Feb. 19, 1689-90; died young (?);
    3. John, born about 1692; mariner; lived in Ipswich; married Abigail; she died Sept. 27,1723; child,born in Lynn : Abigail, baptized Nov. 19, 1721;
    4. Mary, born about 1695; married Matthew Perkins, jr., of Ipswich, husbandman, before 1734;
    5. Martha, born May, 1697, posthumous; and died in or before 1701;

    3. Sarah, born March 27, 1658; probably died before 1684.

    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."

    The town clerk was one of the first offices in colonial America. The clerk recorded births, marriages, and deaths.

    The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1876

    John Brewer, Jr., of Ipswich, and Susanna Warner, were married at Ipswich, January, 1674, as the court records show. He was chosen clerk of the writs (or town clerk) of Ipswich, 27 Nov. 1683. Susanna, wife of John Brewer, died Nov. 20, 1688. (Town records.)

    He married, secondly, 3 June, 1689, Martha, dau. of Abraham Perkins, and had:
    i. Hannah and Martha b. 19 Feb 1689.
    iii. John, b. 1692 ; aged 5 years in 1697.
    iv. Mary,b. 1695; d. age d 2 years in 1697
    v. Martha, b. June, 1697; aged 4 months in 1697; d. young.

    Oct. 4, 1697, his widow Martha was made administratrix; her bond, as guardian of the three children, gives their names and ages. She afterwards made return as administratrix, 8 Oct. 1701, as Martha Brewer, alias Ingols (Essex Wills, vii. 101). She was also appointed guardian to John Brewer, minor, son of John B. of Ipswich, and mentions that his sister Martha was deceased.

    Jan. 18, 1702-3, Abraham Perkins of Ipswich was made guardian of the children of John Brewer, viz.: John, aged about 10 years, and Mary, about 8 years. He was unquestionably their uncle, and their mother had married secondly Ingols.

    These two grandchildren of Mary (Whitmore) Brewer both married; and there were also living their cousins, the children of Mary Chapman, two being mentioned in the will of John Brewer, Sen., viz.: Edward and John Chapman.

    Guardianship is when a court gives an adult custody of a child and/or the responsibility of managing the child's property. Before women could own property, guardians were appointed for their minor children if their husband died.
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