The English-born Pilgrim leader William Brewster (ca. 1566-1644) was the ruling elder of the Separatist group at Scrooby, England, before he and the congregation migrated to Holland and, finally, to New Plymouth in America via The Mayflower.
William Brewster was the 9th Great Grandparent of Carrie "Cree" Probst. Making him the 10th Great Grandparent of the Probst Children and the 11th Great Grandparent of the Probst Grandchildren.
William BREWSTER 1560-England
Johnathan BREWSTER 1593-England
Mary BREWSTER 1627-MA
Mary TURNER 1658-MA
Onner PRINCE 1701-Mass.
Honora LOUD 1727-Mass.
Thomas RUSSELL 1758-VT
Thomas Baldwin RUSSELL 1789-N.E.
Alonzo Havington RUSSELL 1821-VT
Sophia Isadora RUSSELL 1849-NH
Laura Jane MORRIS 1871-UT
Carrie Sophia WRIGHT 1898-UT
The harassment of religious dissenters by James I convinced the Scrooby congregation to search for religious freedom in Holland, and certainly Brewster influenced that decision. Imprisoned while trying to emigrate, he was one of the last to reach Holland. The congregation eventually settled in Leiden, where Brewster taught English to students at the university. In 1617 he entered the printing business, specializing in Puritan tracts whose publication was prohibited in England. More importantly, Brewster was the congregation's ruling elder, second only to the minister, John Robinson. As elder, he would have influenced the important decision to leave Holland for North America, but he was unable to participate in the preparations for emigration because the King's opposition to his printing activities had forced him into hiding.
Smuggled aboard the Mayflower, Brewster next appeared as one of the leaders of the infant Plymouth Colony in New England. He was one of the few who remained healthy during the early months of settlement, and he ministered to the many sick and dying. A trusted confidant in all matters regarding the colony's survival and progress, Brewster served as its religious leader. He led prayers and preached sermons, but without a university degree he could not become an ordained minister and thus could not administer the sacraments of communion and baptism. Despite this deficiency, however, he led the church well.
Of Brewster's life in Plymouth little else is known. Like virtually all other men in the colony, he was a farmer. Certainly he assisted Governor William Bradford in making major political and economic decisions. However, perhaps because he was one of the oldest of the Pilgrims, had a large family to care for, and bore the responsibility for the religious life of New Plymouth, his name rarely appears in the records of the colony. At his death in 1644, Governor Bradford praised him for being "sociable and pleasant amongst his friends, of a humble and modest mind, and tenderhearted and compassionate."
There is no recent biography of Brewster. One of the best sources for information, especially on his contribution to Plymouth, is William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647, edited by Samuel Eliot Morison (1952). Specific information as well as general background is in George F. Willison, Saints and Strangers, Being the Lives of the Pilgrim Fathers (1945); Bradford Smith, Bradford of Plymouth (1951); and George D. Langdon, Jr., Pilgrim Colony: A History of New Plymouth, 1620-1691 (1966).
Harris, J. Rendel (James Rendel), The Pilgrim press: a bibliographical & historical memorial of the books printed at Leyden by the Pilgrim fathers, Nieuwkoop: De Graaf, 1987.
Sherwood, Mary B., Pilgrim: a biography of William Brewster, Falls Church, Va.: Great Oak Press of Virginia, 1982. □
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In 1580, William Brewster (1563-1644) matriculated at Peterhouse College, in Cambridge, where it is believed he acquired his earliest Separatist ideas. The Separatists held the view that "the worship of the English Church is flat idolatry; that we admit into our Church persons unsanctified; that our preacher have no lawful calling; that our government is ungodly; that no bishop or preacher preacheth Christ sincerely and truly; that the people of every parish ought to choose their bishop, and that every elder, though he be no doctor nor pastor, is a bishop; --- that set prayer is blasphemous."These were radical views, which struck at the very roots of the government established English church. In Cambridge William BREWSTER joined the Separatist"underground" teachers and students who militantly refused to attend the compulsory services in the state-controlled churches.
William BREWSTER, upon receiving news of the illness of William BREWSTER, Sr., returned to Scrooby in early 1589. Upon the death of the Senior William BREWSTER, Sir William DAVISON recommended his former aide, William BREWSTER (Jr.), for the bailiff and postmaster positions previously held by BREWSTER's deceased father. During his father's illness, young BREWSTER served more than eighteen months as his father's deputy. On 22 August 1590, a letter was sent from Mr. John STANHOPE to Sir William DAVISON, Queen Elizabeth's secretary. Mr STANHOPE sent his regrets that he could not comply with DAVISON's request. On the death of old BRUSTER, one Samuel REVERCOTES wrote to STANHOPE for the place of postmaster at SCROOBY, and STANHOPE had complied. He stated his reasons for not conferring the place on young BRUSTER, who had served in that place for his father, old BRUSTER. Secretary DAVISON returned the letter with notes in his own hand in defense of young BREWSTER, and pointed out that since, young BREWSTER had held the positions for over a year-and-a-half during his fathers illness, that he should be allowed to continue. Secretary DAVISON apparently was persuasive and/or able to use his influence. BREWSTER got the positions, which he held until he departed for Holland in 1609. CALENDAR OF STATE PAPERS, DOMESTIC SERIES, 1581-90, P.686; THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST,v.41, pp.1-5; George F. Willison's SAINTS and STRANGERS (1945), pp.11-101, passim; Sherwood, Mary B. PILGRIM, A BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM BREWSTER (1982), 83-85.
1607 - The Puritan persecution intensified under James I, and William BREWSTER, William BRADFORD and other Scrooby Separatists, at last decided to escape to Holland. "In Autumn 1607, those who had not yet been arrested and thrown into prison resolved to smuggle themselves out of the country. Packing their personal belongings and led by their pastor, Richard CLIFTON, the Separatists set out for the port of Boston, Lincolnshire,England (sixty miles from Scrooby). At Boston, they were betrayed by the captain of the ship that was to have transported them; their goods were ransacked; and they were imprisoned for a month or more. BREWSTER, BRADFORD, and CLIFTON were the last to be set free having served about a year in the prison at Boston, England. Cowie, Leonard W., THE PILGRIM FATHERS, (London, 1970 -American edition,1972) p.26; Sherwood, Mary B., PILGRIM, A BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM BREWSTER (1982); pp.79-110.
"On 1 December 1607, William Brewster of Scrooby was cited before the High Court of Commission on information that he was a Brownist and disobedient in matters of religion. He was fined 20 pounds." (And apparently he went to prison in addition to the fine.) THE MAYFLOWER QUARTERLY v.57, No.2, pp.106-109.
A diary entry of 1608 reads, "Seeing themselves thus molested, and that there was no hope of their continuance there, by a joynte consente they resolved to go into the Low Countries, where they heard was freedome of Religion for all men." Their exile to a new and foreign land was not easy. "The ports and havens were shut against them. So as they were fain to seek secret means of conveyance; and to bribe and fee the mariners, and give extra-ordinary rates fo their passages. And yet were they often-times betrayed, many of them; and both they and their goods intercepted and surprised, and thereby put to great trouble and charge." Cotton Mather's LIFE OF GOVERNOR WILLIAM BRADFORD; Bradford, William, HISTORY OF THE PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT
1609 - In February 1609 permission was granted by the Burgomasters of Leyden Holland for 150 persons, or thereabouts, to re-settle in Leyden,"provided such persons behave themselves and obey the laws and ordinances. Elder William BREWSTER removed to Leiden, Holland, where he was chosen a ruling elder in the new church. He, at first, made a living as "ribbon maker" in a silk factory, but, as an educated man, he soon was able to earn money by teaching. "His outward condition was mended, and he lived well and plentifully. For he fell into a way, by reason he had the Latin tongue, to teach many students who had a desire to learn the English tongue, to teach them English; and by his method they quickly attained it with great facility; for he drew Rules to learn it by, after the Latin manner. And many Gentlemen, both Danes and Germans, resorted to him, as they had time from other studies; some of them being Great Men's sons." Morton Dexter's ENGLAND and HOLLAND of the PILGRIMS; Bradford's LIFE OF WILLIAM BREWSTER; George F. Willison's SAINTS and STRANGERS (1945), pp.11-101, passim; THE ELDER BREWSTER PRESS (Summer 1980), v.2, No.1, pp.4-6.
1616 - William BREWSTER, with the aid of John REYNOLDS, a master printer from London and his 22-year-old assistant Edward WINSLOW, printed several anonymous Puritan pamphlets and books, that were smuggled into England for sale there. The publishing house (an extension on the rear of William BREWSTER's house which faced the Stincksteeg, or Stink Alley) was financed by his young friend, Thomas BREWER. King James's government regarded these publications as treasonable; and the English ambassador to Holland insisted that the Dutch authorities imprison Thomas BREWER. William BREWSTER had to go into hiding to avoid arrest and the printing equipment was seized and impounded. THE MAYFLOWER QUARTERLY, v.49, no.4, pp.168-9; ibid, v.52, No.3, p.118; A list of books printed by William BREWSTER at Leiden is shown in THE MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTv.23, pp.97-105 Sherwood, Mary B., PILGRIM, A BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM BREWSTER (1982), pp.128-136; James Riker, REVISED HISTORY OF HARLEM (1904), pp. 80-81.
The Mayflower Compact As the ruling elder and only university trained passenger on the Mayflower, it is likely that William Brewster drafted the Mayflower Compact, the first constitution written and adopted in North America. The following is the text of the Compact:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents,solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth, Anno. Domini, 1620.
Mr. John Carver Mr. Stephen Hopkins Mr. William Bradford Digery Priest Mr. Edward Winslow Thomas Williams Mr. William Brewster Gilbert Winslow Isaac Allerton Edmund Margesson Miles Standish Peter Brown John Alden Richard Bitteridge John Turner George Soule Francis Eaton Edward Tilly James Chilton John Tilly John Craxton Francis Cooke John Billington Thomas Rogers Joses Fletcher Thomas Tinker John Goodman John Ridgate Mr. Samuel Fuller Edward Fuller Mr. Christopher Martin Richard Clark Mr. William Mullins Richard Gardiner Mr. William White Mr. John Allerton Mr. Richard Warren Thomas English John Howland Edward Doten Edward Liester
Elder William Brewster died at Plymouth, 10 April 1644, without having made a will, and on 5 June, 1644, his "onely two sonnes surviveing," Jonathan and Love were appointed administrators of his estate.
Court Orders, II: 101. Under date of 5 June, 1644. The administraton of all the goods and cattells of mr Willm Brewster deceased are graunted by the Court to Jonathan Brewster and Love Brewster And A true Inventory thereof was exhibited to the Court upon the Oathes of the said Jonathan & Love.
Plymouth Colony Wills, I: 53. Lres of Administracon of all the goods and cattells of mr Willm Brewster Deceased were graunted to Jonathan Brewster and Love Brewster at the genrall Court holden at Plymouth the fift Day of June in the xxth yeare of his said Mas now Raigne of England &c and a true Inventory thereof was exhibited to the Court upon the Oathes of the said Jonathan and Love the same Court.
The totall is 107 0 8 Myles Standish Tho: Prence.
The totall of both latten & English books amounts to the sum of 42 .19.11 The totall both of goods & bookes amounts in all to 150 . 00 . 27 Wm Bradford Tho: Prence
Plymouth Colony Deeds, I: 198 Bradford Govr Whereas William Brewster late of Plym gent deceased left onely two sonnes surviveing vizt Jonathan the Eldest and Love the yeonger And where as the said William dyed intestate for ought can to this day appeare The said Jonathan and Love his sonnes when they returned from the buriall of their father to the house of Mr Willm Bradford of Plymouth in the prsence of mr Raph Partrich Pastor of Duxborrow mr John Reynor Teacher of the Church at Plymouth and mr Edward Buckle Pastor of the Church at Marshfeild and many others being exhorted to honor their Revrend father wth a peaceable proceeding about the division of his estate between them.
The said Jonathan first answered for his part that although hee were the elder yet was willing to devide lands and goods equally betweene himself and brother. And if in case any differrence should arrise betweene them that it might be soone suppressed said he heere are four of my fathers deere and auncient frends vizt mr Willm Bradford then Govrnor of Plymouth mr Edward Winslow of Marshfeild mr Thomas Prence of Plymouth aforesaid and Captaine MilesStandish of Duxborrow And if my brother please to accept my motion whereinsoevr we shall differ we will stand to their award wch shalbe as firme as if it had beene done by your father &c
To all wch the said Love Brewster condiscended to the greate satisfaccon of the whole Assembly the said friends of his father being there also prsent who willingly engaged themselves therein to the utmost of their power
And whereas afterward differrence arose betweene the said brethren Jonathan and Love in divers prticulers about the late dwelling house of their said father at Duxborrow wherein the said Love dwelt and had donn from his marriage to that instant also about certaine accompt wherein Jonathan was made debtor to the estate in a large sume &c Hereupon according to promise theyre ferring themselve to the said speciall and most intimate frends of their said father the said Edward Winslow afterwards Govrnor of Plymouth mr Willm Bradford mrThomas Prence and Captaine Miles Standish aforesaid haveing heard divers thinges alleadged on Loves behalf to prove that the said House and half the Lands of the said Willm belonging thereunto as well as any other the lands of the said Willm devidedor to be devided wth an entire half part of the estate of the said Willm was given to the said Love and Sarah his wyfe upon a Covenant of Contract of marryage to be due at the death of the said Willm Brewster now deceased.
All wch was offerred to be prooved legally if neede require by solemne prmise though not in writing The said Jonathan also offerring to take off upon oath the greatest part of the said debts also &c The said Edward Winslow Willm Bradford Thomas Prence & Captaine Miles Standish being well acquainted wth their said case as well by divers thinges heard from their revrend father in his life as by the evedence now offerred to be prduced on both sides deter myned as followeth
And first of all for the said debts wch were alleadged against the said Jonatha the elder brother by the said Love the yonger as aforesaid we conceive that if their father had not acquitted them before his death yet hee would nevr have charged his Eldest sonn wth them in regard of his greate charge of children and so beleeveing it was donn actually or intensively or both we discharged Jonatha of all the said debt his brother made him debtor to thee state aforesaid except foure pounds sterling wch wee award him to pay his brother Love inconsideracon of the wintering of some cattell wch the said Jonathan had the sommering upon the division and for the dyett of Isaack Allerton a grandchild of the said Will wch he had placed wth his sonn Love to table And because hee was the first born of his father we gave him his fathers Armes and also a two yeare old heiffer over and above his part of the devideables of the said estate.
And for the Dwelling house aforesaid of the said Willm wherein the said Love Brewster resided we were so well acquainted wth the purpose of the sd Willm now deceased and the evidence offerred for proofe seemed to us so strong as wee beleeveing the said Willm had actually or intentively or both given the said house to his sonn Love and Sarah his wyfe and their heires &c Wee the Edward William Thomas and Myles awarded the said dwelling house to the said Love and Sarah his wyfe and their heires &c together wth half the said Estate of Lands goods and cattells except before excepted and as well such other lands as are no yet divided blonging to the said Willm as a Purchaser of the Patent & Plantacon of New Plymouth aforesaid as that at Duxborrow whereon hee lived
And whereas some differrence might have arrisen about the division of the said Lands at Duxborrow mr Willm Vassell being requested to survey the said Lands he made a division of yt in two parts being an hundred & eleaven acrees of upland or there abouts vizt to Jonathan Brewster an sixtie eight acrees or thereabout wch lay entire together next a dwelling house wch the said Jonathan had built o the said land by the leave of his said father and all the meadow on that side a creeke (wch divided the greatest part of the said land) below a Bridgon the was betweene the houses of Jonathan and Love his brother
And to Love Brewster fourty three acrees of upland or thereabouts adjoyneing to his dwelling house whereof thirty acrees was cleered land and almost all in tillage the other thirteene being woodland as it was devided in the said Plott drawne by the said Surveighor and marked out and allowed by us except a prcell of land about three quarters of an acree prte in the garden of the said Jonatha and prt in a Swamp adjoyneing wherein onely the said Jonathan had Water to his house as it was marked and staked by us
Also we gave unto Love Brewster all the meadow on that side the Creek adjoyne in to his land where he liveth and also that smale prcell wch lyeth above the Brid betweene their two houses before expressed
And the reason wherefore we gave Love the lesse quantitie was and is because th quallity of Loves land in goodnes is equall to the quantitie of Jonathans as we judg And that this is the full determinacon of us the said Edward Willm Thomas and Myles upon the referrence aforesaid of the said Jonathan and Love as wee ar prswaded in our consciences to be equall and just haveing to our best abillitie faythfully discharged our duties towards God their deceased father our former worthy frend and towards Jonathan and Love his onely children remayneing
In witnes thereof we have put to our hands and ordered it to be put Upon the Records of the Gover meet. ffinished at Plymouth the xxth August 1645 William Bradford Edw: Winslow Tho: Prence Myles Standish
Chest thought to have been brought to America
by William Brewster on the Mayflower.
Photo courtesy of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.
William Brewster died intestate*
*without a will
L s d
Inpris 4 paire of stockings 00 04 00
It 3 wascoasts and a pair of drawers 00 06 00
It 1 old gowne 00 09 00
It 1 blew cloth suite 00 15 00
It 1 old suite turned 00 05 00
It 1 black coate 00 01 06
It old cloathes 00 03 00
It 1 black cloth suite 00 06 06
It 1 paire of greene drawers 00 01 00
Item 1 paire of leather drawers 00 00 06
It 1 list wascoate 00 00 06
It 1 trusse 00 00 06
It 1 black coate 00 10 00
It 1 black stuff suite 00 10 00
It 1 black suite & cloake 01 15 00
It 1 dublett 00 01 06
It 1 peere of stockings 00 01 00
It 1 black gowne 02 10 00
It 1 black hatt 00 04 00
It 2 pere of gloves 00 01 00
It 1 paire of shooes 00 03 06
It 2 paire of shooes 00 01 00
It 1 sheete 00 01 00
It paire of canvas sheets 00 12 00
It 1 paire of old sheets 00 06 00
It 1 paire of sheets 00 07 00
It 1 old paire of canvas sheets 00 04 00
It 1 paire of little sheets 00 09 00
It 1 single sheete 00 06 06
It 1 diapr cloth 00 07 00
It 1 sherte 00 04 06
It 1 shert 00 01 00
It 1 canvas sheete 00 06 00
It 1 pillow beere 00 02 00
It 1 paire of fine sheets 00 15 00
It 1 paire of courser sheets 00 12 00
It 1 paire of pillow beers 00 06 00
It 1 towell 00 01 00
It 1 pillow beer 00 02 00
It 1 towell 00 01 00
It 12 handkercheefs 00 08 00
It 14 handkercheefs 00 03 00
It 1 fine handkercher 00 03 00
It 1 table cloth 00 03 00
It 1 little table cloth 00 02 00
It 6 towells 00 04 00
It 1 old pillowbeere 00 01 00
It 3 hand kerchers 00 00 08
It 1 wrought capp 00 06 00
It 1 laced capp 00 02 00
It 1 quilted capp 00 01 06
It 2 old capps 00 00 06
It 1 ruffe band 00 02 00
It ruff ript out 00 02 00
It 6 bands 00 01 00
It 1 red capp 00 00 08
It 1 bundell of linnen raggs 00 00 04
It 2 gerdles 00 01 00
It 2 paire of thinn stockings 00 01 00
It 1 knitt cap 00 01 00
It 1 paire of garters 00 00 04
It 1 knife 00 00 03
It a table and forme 00 15 00
It 1 pistoll 00 07 00
It 1 silvr beaker & a spoone 01 05 06
It 1 little trunck 00 00 06
It 1 bagg & a felling axe 00 00 10
It 1 little desk 00 01 00
It 1 chest 00 10 00
It 1 brod chest 00 08 00
It 3 cusheons 00 06 00
It 1 greene cusheon 00 00 06
It 1 settle bed 00 10 00
It 1 chaire 00 04 00
It 1 paire of bellowes 00 01 06
It a fire shovell & tongues 00 02 00
It 1 chamber pott 00 03 00
It 1 pewter bottle 00 00 06
It 2 pewter cupp & spoons 00 02 00
It 1 combe 00 00 04
It 2 brushes 00 00 04
It 1 candle stick and snuffer 00 02 00
It 1 lampe 00 00 09
It 1 boxe 00 00 03
It sizzers 00 00 04
It 1 paire of black silk stockings 00 01 06
It a dagger & knife 00 02 00
It tobaccoe case 00 00 03
It 1 case of bottles 00 04 00
It 2 boxes 00 02 00
It 1 rapier 00 01 00
It 2 hammers 00 00 06
It 1 earthen pott 00 00 04
It a feather bed & bolster 02 05 00
It 1 blankett 00 10 00
It a little table 00 02 00
It 1 settle bed 00 02 00
It 2 chaines 00 08 00
It 2 old shares & 1 Coulter 01 00 00
It 1 yeok of oxen 10 yeare old 16 00 00
It 2 yoke of oxen yeonger 28 00 00
It 1 two yere old stere 02 10 00
It 1 old cowe 04 10 00
It 1 red cowe 04 10 00
It 2 yeong Cowes 08 00 00
It 1 lame cowe 01 10 00
It 2 yearling heiffers 02 10 00
It 1 calf unweaned 00 08 00
It half a yeong sowe 00 08 00
It 1 shoare & a half 00 09 00
It a pigg 00 01 00
The totall is
107 0 8
Myles Standish Tho: Prence
An inventory of the latten books L s d
Inpris Nova testamenti Malarato 01 04 00
It Tromelius & Junius biblia sacra 00 18 00
It Beza nova testament lat & Cre 01 00 00
It Centuria Selecta 00 08 00
It Calvin duodecim prphet 00 15 00
It Clavis scriptura flacio illirico 00 15 00
It Peter Martyr Com prio ad Corinthos 00 08 00
It Musculus Isaiam & Romanos 00 12 00
It Regneri prandini 00 02 06
It Gecolumnadij in Jeremia 00 03 00
It Crisostm mattias & Joannes 00 06 00
It Musculus Psalmos David 00 12 00
It Calvi ad Daniel 00 05 00
It Calvi on Isaye 00 15 00
It musculus ambos Epist ad Corinthos 00 08 00
It Molleri ad Psalmos 00 10 00
It Lanaterus Esechieli 00 05 00
It Zanchij ad Ephe 00 06 00
It Syntagma amudo polo Syntagmatis theologia Christianos 00 10 00
It sulteti Isaiam 00 05 00
It Purei Hoseam 00 01 00
It Gualterin Delverin nov testa. 00 02 08
It Psalm Pagnij 00 02 06
It Pareus in Genosa 00 08 06
It Piscator in Nova Testament 00 17 00
[The list continues with a
further 39 books in Latin]
An inventory of the English bookes
It 1 English Bible lattin letter 00 08 00
It 1 English bible 00 06 00
It a new Testament 00 05 00
It mr Ainsworths Psalmes in prose & meter 00 02 00
It 1 new testament 00 01 04
It Major Coment new testament 00 12 00
It Hexapla upo Daniell 00 05 00
It 2 volumes of mr Perkins 01 10 00
It mr Hernes works 00 05 00
It Babingtons works 00 08 00
It Cartwright against Remists 00 08 00
It Byfield on Coloss 00 05 00
It Dodoner Herball 00 06 00
It mr Rogers on Judges 00 06 00
It mr Richardson on ye state of Eur 00 04 00
It Knights Concord 00 05 00
It Calvin on Isay 00 06 00
It Willett on Roman 00 06 00
It Grensames workes 00 10 00
It Bodens Comon weale 00 08 00
It Willet on the 1st Samuel 00 04 00
It Surveyor by Ratborne 00 03 00
It Willet on Genesis 00 07 00
It Senaca workes 00 06 00
[The list continues with a further
288 books in English]
The totall of both latten & English books amounts to the sum of 42 19 11
The totall both of goods & bookes amounts in all to 150 00 07
Jonathan Brewster - William Brewster's son and Carrie Sophia Wright Probst's 8th Great Grandparent