Simon's Family History

TENTH GENERATION


Abraham BRASIER / BRASHER was christened on 25 Nov 1668 in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York1
He died about 1717. Also known as Brasher.

Abraham was involved in what is known as the Leisler Rebellion in New York :-
During the period of twenty-four years from the English Conquest, until the Revolution [1664 to 1688.], when James was driven from the throne, democratic ideas rapidly expanded, and democratic principles worked powerfully in New York. When, early in 1689, the people heard of the overthrow of the bigot James, and the accession of William and Mary, they appointed a Committee of Safety, and with almost unanimous voice approved the act of Jacob Leisler, the commander of the militia, in taking possession of the fort in the name of the new Protestant sovereigns. Nicholson, the royal governor, departed, and with the consent of the people Leisler assumed the reigns of local rule until the king should appoint a successor. This whole movement was the spontaneous act of the people, in their sovereign capacity of self-governors. The aristocracy were offended; denounced Leisler as a usurper; and when Governor Sloughter came, they represented the popular leader as an enemy to the king and queen. Never was a man more loyal than Jacob Leisler; never was an accusation more false. His enemies resolved on his destruction, and succeeded.
Leisler and his son-in-law, Milborne, were arrested, tried under a charge of treason, and condemned to be hung. Sloughter withheld his signature to the death-warrants until the leaders of the aristocracy made him drunk at a dinner party. He then signed the fatal instrument, and before he was sober, Leisler and Milborne were suspended upon a gallows [May 16, 1691.] ……….
Amongst the committer of 100 named was Abraham Brasher.
[Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution, Vol II. by Benson J Lossing (1850), Ch.3 in part.]

17 Dec 1689 (No. 53) 
Commission – Abraham Brasher, ensign of foot, in De Brown’s company, New York. Vol.XXXVI, pg.142 
['Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, New York'. - O’Callaghan Vol .II, pg.]

8 Jan 1690
Commission – Abraham Brasher, Sheriff, New York. Vol.XXXVI, pg.142
['Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, New York'. - O’Callaghan Vol .II, pg.]

 1 Sep 1692
Petition – Gerardus Beeckman, Johannes Vermilye, Thomas Williams, Myndert Coerten, Abraham Brasher and Abraham Gouverneur, prisoners, under conviction for treason, for pardon. Vol.XXXVIII, pg.175 
['Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, New York'. - O’Callaghan Vol .II, pg.]

pg.240
May 1694
Petition. Sarah Schouten, of New York, butcher, in behalf of her son-in-law, Abraham Breser. Vol. XXXIX, pg.157
['Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, New York'. - O’Callaghan Vol .II, pg.]

1698 - Freemen of New York :-
6 Sept - Abraham Brazier, Pump-maker, R.
[Collections of the New York Historical Society for the year 1885 - V.18, pg.68]

1703 - A list of inhabitants of New York :-
Head of Families -Brazier, Abraham, Family & Domestic Household - 1, male, 1 female, 2 children.
['History of the city of New York' by David Thomas Valentine 1801-1869, pg.346]

Probate :-
In the name of God, Amen, June 15, 1717  I  Abraham BRASHER, of New York, turner, being weak in body.
To son Luke - all my working tools as belongs to my trade, and my largest gun.
All the rest to my wife Elizabeth during her widowhood, upon remarriage to resign all lands, tenements and goods to children, but no division to be made until youngest son Ephraim is of age.
Executors - wife, Mary Bickley, Dr. John Norbury
Witnesses - Abraham Bertrand, John Brashier
Proved - 20 June 1727

He married Lysbet SCHOUTEN on 12 Nov 1690 in the Reformed Dutch Church of New York1.

Children were:

child i. Henry was born circa 1691 (listed as first child but date torn off paper).2 
child ii. Susanna was born on 6 Jul 1693.2 She was christened 28 Jan 1700 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1. She died on 9 Sep 1694.2
child iii. John was born on 17 Dec 1694 about ten at night.2 As Johannes, christened 25 Dec 1694 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1. He died on the 10 May 1699.2
child iv. Abraham was born on 24 Feb 1696 at about 8 at night.2 He died on 13 Mar 1700.2
child v. Lucas "Luke" BRASHER was born on the 20 Dec 1697 at about 11 at night.2  It was commonly believed that his daughter Susannah married John Stites. This has now been disproven and it was his brother Abraham's daughter Susannah who married John Stites. See Abraham below.
child vi. Susanna was born on 21 Jan 1700 at about 10 in the morning.2 She was christened 28 Jan 1700 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1.
child vii. Elizabeth was born on 12 May 1701 about 6 & 7 in the morning.2 She was christened 24 Jun 1701 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1. She died on 14 Jan 1702.2
child vii. An unnamed daughter was born on the 21 of (month blank) 1702 about 10 in the morning and died the same day.2
child ix. John Schouten Brasher was born on 12 Mar 1704 at about 9 at night.2 He was christened as Johannes on the 15 Mar 1704 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1.
child x. Abraham BRASHER  was born on 22 Dec 1705.2 He was christened 30 Dec 1705 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1. His daughter Susannah married John Stites.
child xi. Ephraim, christened (as Efrom) 2 Jun 1710 Reformed Dutch Church of New York1.

Sources
1. Register transcripts of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York.
2. Brasher genealogy from the Colgate Family Papers - Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives - MS#144
    These papers are hand written notes apparently made at the time or transcribed from a bible or other writings. 
    They seem to be of the time as the entries change handwriting as children are added.


  
 


 

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