|BREWSTER, Daniel (Captain )
BREWSTER, Daniel (Captain )
I believe that William Richard Cutter is mistaken in his claim that Daniel Brewster married Dorothy Morgan Witter, widow of Deacon Ebenezer Witter. Evidence indicates that Daniel actually married Dorothy Witter, the daughter of Ebenezer and Dorothy [Morgan] Witter. To date, I have found no evidence of children from the Brewster/Witter marriage, although Daniel had a number of children from his first marriage to Hannah Gager.
Daniel married Dorothy WITTER, daughter of Deacon Ebenezer WITTER and Dorothy MORGAN, on 19 Dec 1727 in Preston, New London County, Connecticut.1 (Dorothy WITTER was born on 11 Dec 1702 in Preston, New London County, Connecticut,4 5 died on 30 Apr 1779 in Preston, New London County, Connecticut and was buried in Apr 1779 in Brewster's Neck Cemetery, Preston, New London County, Connecticut 6.)
1 Barbour, Connecticut Town Marriage Records, Barbour Collection (Preston Vital Records Part I - 1687-1850), p. 254. Surety: 4. Dorothy [Witter], m. Daniel BREWSTER, Dec 19, 1727.
Cutter, William Richard, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911), Vol III, The Brewsters. Surety: 4. (IV) Captain Daniel Brewster , son of Benjamin Brewster , was born at New London, Connecticut , March 1, 1666-67 , died at Preston, Connecticut , May 7, 1735 . He settled at Preston . He was a justice of the peace for New London county , 1717-20-23-25-28 ; representative to the general assembly of Connecticut , 1704-19-21-23-25-31 ; lieutenant of the militia company of Preston in 1704 and captain in 1716 ; deacon of the First Church of Preston , He married (first) December 23, 1686 , Hannah , born February, 1666 , died September 25, 1727 , daughter of John and Elizabeth Gager . He married (second) December 19, 1727 , Dorothy Witter , probably a daughter of Lieutenant Joseph and Dorothy (Parke) Morgan and widow of Ebenezer Witter , all of Preston . Children of first wife: Daniel , born October 11, 1687 ; Hannah , December 2, 1690 ; Mary , January 2, 1692 ; John , mentioned below: Ruth , June 20, 1700 ; Joshua , November 18, 1701 ; Bethia , April 5, 1703 ; Jonathan , January 6, 1705 ; Jerusha , October 15, 1710 ; Ebenezer , September 19, 1713 .
. I suspect that Cutter is mistaken in his belief that Daniel married Dorothy Morgan Witter, the widow of Deacon Ebenezer Witter. Although Cutter's assumption may be correct, evidence appears to suggest that the marriage was actually between Daniel and Ebenezer Witter and Dorothy Morgan Witter's daughter, Dorothy:
1. Dorothy Morgan Witter is buried beside Ebenezer Witter at Avery Cemetery (in Ledyard) as "Mrs. Dorothy Witter," not as Dorothy Witter Brewster. No mention of a second husband is made in her epitaph.
2. A burial record exists at Brewster's Neck Cemetery (in Preston) for Dorothy Witter Brewster, whose birthdate exactly matches that of Ebenezer and Dorothy's daughter.
More research is needed to confirm or disprove my hypothesis.
Barbour, Connecticut Town Death Records, Barbour Collection (Preston Vital Records Part I - 1687-1850), Vol. 1, p. 102. Surety: 4. BREWSTER
Daniel, m. Dorothy WITTER, Dec. 19, 1727; d. May 7, 1735.
4 Barbour, Connecticut Town Birth Records, Barbour Collection (Preston Vital Records Part I - 1687-1850), p. 254. Surety: 4. Dorothy, d. [Ebenezer & Dorothy], b. Dec 11, 1702.
Witter, Harold John, The Descendants of William Witter and Hannah Churchman of Lynn, Massachusetts (1991. Gateway Press, Inc: Baltimore.), p. 10. Surety: 4. Children [Ebenezer] WITTER:
11. i. ELIZABETH, b. Preston, CT March 3, 1694
12. ii. MARY b. Preston, CT March 2, 1696
iii. JOSIAH b, Preston, CT June 12, 1698; baptized Stonington, CT August 14, 1698; d. Preston, CT September 20, 1698
13. iv. JOSEPH b. Preston, CT June 12, 1698; (twin of Josiah)
14. v. EBENEZER b. Preston, CT November 30, 1700
15. vi. DOROTHY b. Preston, CT December 11, 1702
16. vii. HANNAH b. Preston, CT February 26, 1704-5
17. viii. WILLIAM b. Preston, CT May 24, 1707
ix. ABIGAIL b. Preston, CT January 24, 1711; bapt. February 14, 1711; d. Preston, CT February 16, 171
x. JOSIAH b. Preston, CT January 24, 1711 (twin of Abigail) d. young
Brewster's Neck Cemetery (Burial record transcription.) Surety: 2. Dorothy Witter Brewster
b. Dec. 11, 1702
d. Apr. 30, 1779