Person:Ebenezer Bruster (1)

Ebenezer Bruster
d.1774 Virginia
m. Abt 1694
  1. Ebenezer BrusterEst 1698 to 1700 - 1774
  2. Peter Brewster1705/06 - 1802
m. 13 November 1721
  • HEbenezer BrusterEst 1698 to 1700 - 1774
m. bef. 1741
  1. Comfort Brewster, of Wythe County, VA1741 - 1799
  2. Ebenezer BrusterBef 1745 -
Facts and Events
Name Ebenezer Bruster
Alt Name Ebenezer Brewster
Gender Male
Birth? est. 1698-1700 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut
Marriage 13 November 1721 Windham, Connecticutto Elisabeth DeWolfe
Divorce 23 May 1739 Windham, Connecticutfrom Elisabeth DeWolfe
Marriage bef. 1741 to
Death? 1774 Virginia
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    EBENEZER BREWSTER was born at Lebanon, son of WILLIAM and PATIENCE, and he had five siblings.

    There is very little information presented in "The Brewster Genealogy" about EBENEZER and ELIZABETH other than scant information about their children together.

    Although we know nothing more of the personal events of EBENEZER and ELIZABETH's life together, we did discover that theirs was not a happy union, when on the 23rd of March, 1739, ELIZABETH filed a petition for divorce from EBENEZER. From this petition, we learn that EBENEZER deserted his family in 1729, and she indicated that EBENEZER had broken his marriage covenant and had been "gone a full ten years last past..." indicating that he had deserted them in 1729. Their last child, ELIZABETH, was born March 7, 1728/29, so he may have left just after her birth or perhaps even before she was born. Seeing as ELIZABETH (DeWOLFE) BREWSTER waited ten years to file divorce, perhaps it was necessary to wait at least 10 years before one was eligible to file, or it took her that long to save up the money. At any rate, we do know that ELIZABETH's divorce was granted sometime before June 1740 because it was in that month and year that she married CALEB OWEN in Lebanon. She then gave birth to another son, CALEB OWEN JR., May 20, 1741, at Lebanon.

    Petition for Divorce, Windham County, Connecticut:

    "Elizabeth Brewster Petition 19

    Elizabeth (DeWolfe) Brewster vs. Ebenezer Brewster 1739

    To the Honorable Superior Court, Now Sitting at Windham In & for Said County of Windham this 23rd day of March AD 1739. The Petition of Elizabeth Brewster of Lebanon in Sd County of Windham, Humbly Sheweth. That Your Petitioner was married to one Ebenezer Brewster of Said Lebanon on the Thirteenth day of November AD 1721 and Lived With him for Sundry years Discharging the Duties of a Loving Wife to him, according to my Ability, till He most Injuriously to me & His Children which he had by me, wilfully Deserted & left us, and Ran away from us, and hath now Been Wilfully & wrongfully Separated and gone from me, full Ten Years Last past, Nor at all Minding or [Proguarding?] of his Marriage Covenant with me and totally Neglecting his Duty Towards me, Whereby He hath Broken the Marriage Covenant. Whereupon Your Poor Petitioner Prays that Your Honors would take her case aforesaid into your consideration & Thereupon Declare your Petitioner Discharged from her said Marriage Covenant with Sd Brewster, and that the same is Null & Void; and a Bill of Divorce be granted me from Him accordingly and your Petitioner as is Duty Bound, shall Ever Pray ye.

    Dated in Windham this 23rd day of March AD 1739.

    Elizabeth {her mark} Brewster"


    Proof of Marriage submitted with Petition for Divorce:

    "Ebenezer Bruster & Elisabeth DeWolfe were married by Mr. Sam'll Welles November thirteenth 1721.

    A true copy of Record taken out of the Church book of the First Church in Lebanon.

    Solomon Williams, Pastor

    Lebanon: March 17, 1738/9"


    Per Index to Divorce Records of Windham County (1726-1907), Part 1:

    "Ebenezer Brewster & Elizabeth (DeWolf); 278."


    Petition and Proof of Marriage microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990.

    Title: Divorce papers, 1726-1907. Authors: Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County)

    Microfilm of original records in the Connecticut State Library, Hartford.

    Subject: Connecticut, Windham - Divorce records.

    Film: Divorce papers Boulay-Burdick 1726-1907 - FHL US/CAN Film[1638586]