Caleb Brewster Papers, 1755-1976
Ms 33

Summary Information

Repository
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Title
Caleb Brewster Papers, 1755-1976
ID
Ms 33
Date [inclusive]
1755-1976
Extent
0.75 Linear feet 1 box
Language
English
Maps [Box]
Oversize Manuscripts Box 1--Item A

Preferred Citation note

Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Biographical/Historical note

Caleb Brewster, born at Setuaket, New York, in 1747, settled in Black Rock after many seafaring years. He was notable for his role as a Revolutionary War spy, commanding a fleet of whale boats from Black Rock Harbor. After the war he married Anna Lewis and became a large land owner and captain of a revenue cutter for the district of New York. He died in Black Rock in 1827. For further information, see Folder I in this collection.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of one box and three oversize items. Folders A through C hold deeds; Folder D probate papers; Folder E maps and military papers; Folder F financial and legal papers; Folder G legal papers and correspondence; Folder H an address by William Brewster Minuse; and Folder I a family Bible which belonged to Caleb Brewster. The oversize items are maps which are stored in the Fairfield Historical Society map case. For further details, see the Table of Contents.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT
203-259-1598

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

Use of the material requires compliance with the Fairfield Museum and History Center regulations.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Martha Rockwell, August 1984

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Brewster, Anna Lewis
  • Brewster, Caleb, 1747-1827
  • Minuse, William Brewster

Subject(s)

  • Bible records.
  • Correspondence.
  • Deeds--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Fairfield(Conn.)--History--Maps.
  • Probate records.
  • Writs--Connecticut.

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Collection Inventory

 Series A Deeds, 1783-1787   14 items

John Squire, III and Caleb Brewster from Samuel Smedley and Jonathan Sturges 1784 

John Squire, III and Caleb Brewster from Samuel Smedley 1784 

Robert Brush and Caleb Brewster from Israel Bibbin (collector) 1786 

Robert Brush and Caleb Brewster from Richard Hubbell (collector) 1786 

Caleb Brewster from James Hoyt 1787   2 items

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 Series B Deeds, 1792-1796   13 items

Caleb Brewster from Robert Brush 1792   3 items

Caleb Brewster from Robert Wilson 1792 

Caleb Brewster from Samuel Squire 1792 

Caleb Brewster from Ebeneezer Silliman 1793 

Anna Brewster from Lothrop Lewis 1793 

Lothrop Lewis from Caleb Brewster 1793 

Anna Brewster from Caleb Brewster 1794 

Caleb Brewster from Nicol Floyd 1794 

Anna Brewster from Sam and Ellen Squire 1796 

Anna Brewster from Samuel Burr, et al. 1796 

Caleb Brewster from Jonathan Sturges 1796 

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 Series C Deeds, 1798-1818   15 items

Anna Brewster from Thaddeus Benedict 1798 

Anna Brewster from Sarah Malcom, et al. 1798 

Caleb Brewster from Daniel Tolles 1802 

Caleb Brewster from John Wheeler 1802 

Anna Brewster from James Knapp 1803 

Gershom Burr from Caleb Brewster 1803 

Gershom Burr from Caleb Brewster 1803 

Anna Brewster from William Wheeler 1804 

Anna Brewster from William Wheeler 1806 

Anna Brewster from Samuel Read 1804 

Caleb and Anna Brewster from Lothrop Lewis 1809 

Caleb Brewster to Jonathan L. Brewster 1815 

Sturges Brewster from Caleb and Anna Brewster 1815 

Sturges Brewster from Caleb Brewster 1818 

Anna Brewster from Sturges Brewster 1818 

Empty deed packet n. d. 

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 Series D Probate Papers, 1755-1870   7 items

Caleb Brewster will 1827 

Clarina Brewster will 1849 

Jonathan Lewis will 1792 

Court appointments for Clarina Brewster's will 1870 

Jonathan Bulkley real estate distribution 1796 

Obediah Wheeler real estate distribution 1755 

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 Series E Maps and Military Papers, 1778-1799   9 items

Ezra Wheeler map n. d. 

Hulls and Lords lot map 1793 

Captain Hoyt map n. d. 

Caleb Brewster homestead map 1799 

Caleb Brewster homestead map n. d. 

Misc. map n. d. 

Military certificate for Caleb Brewster re: provisions 1783 

Bill to Caleb Brewster from Jonathan Lewis re: rations 1778-1782 

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 Series F Financial and Legal Papers, 1761-1799   34 items

Bills receipted to Caleb Brewster 1787-1801   4 items

Miscellaneous bills 1790-1794   3 items

Caleb Brewster promissory note 1787-1788   3 items

James Hoyt promissory note 1786 

Ezra Wheeler promissory note 1783-1802   4 items

Orders and notes of Caleb Brewster 1787-1799   5 items

Property appraisals 1787-1799   9 items

Caleb Brewster farm lease to Ezra Wheeler 1788 

Caleb Brewster farm lease to Grudus Bulson 1793 

Caleb Brewster farm lease to Peter Marks 1793 

Caleb Brewster wharf right payment 1795 

Ichabod Wheeler wharf permission 1761 

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 Series G Legal Papers and Correspondence, 1794-1811 1794-1811   16 items

Subpoena, Caleb Brewster vs. Ezra Wheeler 1802 

Bill to Caleb Brewster for Wheeler case 1806 

Subpoena, David Allen et al. 1800 

Petitions of Caleb Brewster 1794-1795   5 items

Summons, Ebeneezer Jessup et al. 1799 

Writ, Caleb Brewster vs. Thomas Nash 1790 

Writ, Caleb Brewster vs. David Matbie 1806 

Joshua Davis testimony 1780, n.d.   2 items

Certificate, Daniel Tolles vs. Ezra Wheeler 1802 

Invitation to Captain Brewster from Governor Tomkins, N. Y. 1811 

Letter, Brewster Hackley from Lewis Brewster n.d. 

Letter, David Gilster from Caleb Brewster (photocopy) 1809 

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 Series H Address by William Brewster Minuse re: Caleb Brewster, 1976 

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 Series I Caleb Brewster family Bible with family records (photocopy), 1793 

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Oversize Items: Maps, 1783-1806   3 items

Land swap between William Wheeler and Caleb Brewster 1806 

Land belonging to heirs of Jonathan Lewis 1793 

Land belonging to Ebeneezer Wakeman 1783 

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