Love Brewster

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Love Brewster
Born Love Brewster
abt 1611
Massachusetts, England
Died bef 31 January 1650/1.
Duxbury, Massachusetts, British Colony
Nationality English Subject
Occupation about the age of 10 yrs old he volunteered for the militia under Myles Standish an English Guard to protect the Colony.
Known for Signatory of the Mayflower Compact, the first Saints led by Elder William Brewster
Spouse(s) Sarah Collier
Children Sarah Brewster
Nathaniel Brewster
William Brewster
Wrestling Brewster
Parent(s) William Brewster
Mary (----)

Elder Love Brewster (born ca. 1611) was an early American settler, the son of Elder William Brewster and his wife, Mary Brewster. He traveled with his father, mother and brother, Wrestling, on the Mayflower reaching what became the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620. Brewster had two sisters, Patience and Fear, and two brothers, Jonathan and Wrestling, along with an unnamed sister who died young. He was a founder of the town of Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


Early life

Love Brewster[1][2] was born at Leiden, Holland, in about 1611, although no birth records have been found, and died at Duxbury, Massachusetts, sometime between October 6, 1650, and the "last day" of January 1651. This latter date is based on the date of his will and when the inventory of his estate was taken. He was the son of Elder William Brewster, (ca. 1567 – April 10, 1644), the Pilgrim colonist leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and his wife, Mary. At the age of 9, he traveled with his father, mother and brother, Wrestling, on the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts.[3]


He married at Plymouth, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1634, Sarah Collier,[4][5] Sarah was baptized on April 30, 1616, at St Olave's Church, in the parish of Southwark St Olave, an area of south-east London in the London Borough of Southwark, England; and died on April 26, 1691 at Duxbury, Massachusetts. She was a daughter of Jane Clark and William Collier, one of the investors, or Merchant Adventurers, and an initial shareholder in the Plymouth Colony. She was the sister of Mary Collier, the wife of Thomas Prence, a co-founder of Eastham, Massachusetts, a political leader in both the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, and governor of Plymouth (1634, 1638, and 1657–73). Thomas' first wife, Patience Brewster, was a sister of Love's. Sarah, Love's widow, married sometime after September 1, 1656, Richard Parke of Cambridge, Massachusetts,[6] and he died there in 1665. He also gave her a life's interest in his estate, which was later sold to Thomas Parke in 1678.[5][7]


He was admitted a Freeman of the Colony on March 2, 1635/1636, which granted him the right to own land and to vote. Love and Sarah settled in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, around 1636/7 next door to his father. Love was a successful farmer through his adult life. He served in the Pequot War as a volunteer in 1637, and was a member of Captain Myles Standish's Duxbury Company in 1643. He served on the grand jury from Duxbury in 1648 and was one of the founders of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, although it is believed that he never lived there.


He died about January 1650/1 in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Governor William Bradford reported that "Love lived till this year 1650 and dyed, & left 4 children, now living". He was probably buried in Duxbury, but his place of burial is unknown.[5][8]


Love Brewster and Sarah Collier had four children:[2][9]

  • Sarah, born ca. 1635
  • Nathaniel, called "eldest son," born ca. 1637
  • William, born ca. 1645[10]
  • Wrestling


Love and Sarah's descendants number in the thousands today. Some of their notable descendants include:


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Merrick, pp. 14–15
  3. Jones, pp. 26–33
  4. Jones, p. 26
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Merrick, p. 14
  6. Parks, pp. 25–30
  7. Jones, p. 27
  8. Love Brewster at Find A Grave
  9. Jones, pp. 30–33
  10. William Brewster at Find A Grave
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  17. Jones, p. 782
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  24. Jones, p. 627
  25. Jones, p. 189
  26. Jones, p. 86
  27. Schmidt, p. 9
  28. Burt, p. 71
  29. Jones, pp. 143–44
  30. Jones, p. 280
  31. Ralph Owen Brewster, William Edmund Brewster, Abiatha, Morgan, William, Icabod, William, William, Love, William, of the Mayflower.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Roberts, Gary Boyd (2000). "#48 Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: The Ancestry of Novelist Thomas Pynchon". New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 2010-04-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Lisle, pp. 1–5
  34. Doris Batcheller Humphrey, Horace Buckingham Humphrey, Simon James Humphrey, Rebecca Brewster Humphrey, Simon Brewster, Jr., Simon Brewster, Sr., Benjamin, William, Love, William of the Mayflower.
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  39. "Yale Divinity School-News: Prof. Gaylord Noyce Dies at 83", Yale Divinity School.
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