Daniel Brewer III
The third Daniel Brewer was born on February 7, 1669 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Although we know little about his parents, the family must have prospered enough for Daniel to devote much of his time to school work, and as a result he graduated from Harvard University in 1687 with a degree in divinity. About seven years later he was ordained as the third minister of the Episcopal church of Springfield, Massachusetts.
In 1699 Daniel married Katherine Chauncey (or Chauncy) who was the granddaughter of Charles Chauncy, the second president of Harvard. Perhaps the couple had met when Daniel studied there although Katherine was seven years younger than her husband. Life in the Connecticut River Valley must have seemed challenging to those from respectable families in the Boston area. Farming, fur trapping, and trading with Indians are listed as typical pursuits of pioneers in the Springfield area at that time. The Brewers raised a large family and kept one or more slaves as part of their household as did many other well-to-do citizens in Massachusetts of the colonial era. Daniel died on November 5, 1733 and Katherine died in 1754.
Of the children listed below, Nathaniel became a deacon of the first church of Springfield, and Charles became a farmer and cabinetmaker. Daniel IV died as a young man while preparing for the ministry. Catherine married a Springfield judge named Col. William Pynchon, but she died rather young when struck by lightning.
(1700 – 1747)
Daniel (1702 - 1704)
Abigail (1705 - ?)
Eunice (1707 - 1767)
Daniel ( 1707 - 1733)
Nathaniel (1711 - 1796)
Isaac (1713 - 1788)
Charles (1717 - 1793)
Questions for further research:
1. What property did Daniel inherit from his parents when they died?
2. How did Daniel advise his parishioners to relate to Indians in their community?
3. What did the Brewers provide in the way of educational opportunities for their children? Were the daughters educated as well as the boys?
4. Did the Brewers make periodic trips back to Boston?
5. How did the Brewers reconcile their Christian values with their ownership of slaves?
The sources for this biographical sketch:
The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, (three volumes) by Ancestry.com
Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650–1855, by Joseph Carvalho, 1984
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Joseph Carvalho, Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts, 1650–1855 (Westfield, Mass., 1984)