Brewster, Ebenezer, 1740-1814
The birth of Ebenezer Brewster was recorded on 25 Apr 1740 at Preston, Connecticut. He was a son of Ebenezer and Susanna (Smith) Brewster, and thus a descendant of Elder William Brewster of the "Mayflower".
Ebenezer's marriage to Hannah Avery (transcribed as "Axery") was recorded at Hanover, New Hampshire, on 17 Nov 1768 [Note: while the marriage location is Hanover, with which he was long associated, his residence throughout the Revolutionary War was his native town of Preston, Connecticut,] Recorded as "Col." and later "Gen.", he is prominently mentioned in records of Hanover -- alongside his presumed nephew-in-law, Joseph Lee -- before 1800; thereafter, both appear to have removed some miles north along the Connecticut River, to Haverhill. Ebenezer's gravestone, which is in the Dartmouth College Cemetery in Hanover, bears testimony to the appreciation of his townsmen for his character and service:
Ebenezer Brewster was in the "Lexington Alarm" from Preston; he was a second lieutenant, Col. Parson's regiment, 1775, and a captain, 1776 (Conn. Men in the Rev'n, 20, 73, 99). The family was residing at Hanover, New Hampshire, by 1784, the year in which he was made colonel of the 24th New Hampshire militia; March 27, 1793, he was made brigadier-general of the sixth brigade (New Hampshire State Papers, 20:254 and 22:513). His gravestone is inscribed with his ultimate rank, Major General.
Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:
Receipt and bill of sale for slave Lucy, aged 22, for 50 pounds.
Proposition from E. Brewster, R. Graves and Hutchinson of Hanover to Jon. Freeman to buy the college ferry. Reply by addressee stating terms.
Two-page letter from Eben Brewster at Dartmouth College to Oliver Cserny? Esq.in Payton regarding accounts that were left for him by his uncle John Brewster. He explained how he settled all the accounts but then found a mistake that he has been trying to clear up with Mr. Cserny?.
Memorandum from Eben Brewster of notes given by addessee.
Memorandum from Eben Brewster of Hanover for pew no. 53532 in the Meeting House and times of payments.
Memorandum of Eben Brewster for pew no. 5 in the Meeting House.
Bill from Brewster for supplies sold to militia was refused payment. Assembly's decision is to pay the bill.
A deed from Isaac Stanton to Ebenezer Brewster. Deed transfering title of land in Groton, Connecticut, to Ebenezer Brewster.
Mutual agreement between John Crane and Eben Brewster of Dresden, for Brewster to lease John Crane's house for six months.
Letter from Wheelock at Dartmouth to Brewster, Officer of the Board of War, stating that a strange Frenchman has enticed youths from the school to go to Charlestown. Brewster's reply: intern the Frenchman as an enemy suspect.
Order from Freeman in Hanover to Sheriff Brewster to serve notice to William Downer to answer to a charge of debt to Stephen Cobb.
Maj. Ebenezer Brewster of Dresden asking for assistance as Capt. Ebenezer Parkhurst's house at Royaltown has been burned by a large party of enemies and his family taken.
Letter from Roswell Fenton of Bredallon to Col. Ebn, Brewster informing him that he is sending his son to Dartmouth and begs addressee to take him under his personal care.