Descendants of Adam Brouwer are found today with either the surname BROWER or BREWER.
Richard Brewer, Administrator of the Brewer DNA Project has published two knew pages to his website, Genetic Descendants of Adam Brouwer Berckhoven. Both pages should be of great interest, not only to descendants of Adam Brouwer, but also to anyone who has an interest in the relatively knew field of genetic ancestry as it applies to the old field of genealogical research. Start with Ancestral Signature of Adam Brouwer Berckhoven which provides a general primer on the field as well as some specific points that apply to Adam Brouwer’s DNA profile. Then go to Adam Brouwer’s Haplogroup E-V13 which explores the “deep ancestry” of Adam Brouwer and offers a plausible answer to the question of just how Adam Brouwer came to be found in the German city of Cologne.
We are especially interested in finding confirmed descendants of Willem Brouwer of Beverwijck, and of Hubert Brower of Chester Co., Pa. to participate in the project. Discovering a genetic signature for those two Brower/Brewer ancetsors will go a long way towards solving many genealogical brick walls.
We are also interested in finding confirmed descendants of some of the New England Brewer families (Daniel Brewer and John Brewer of MA, and Thomas Brewer of CT) who would like to participate in the Brewer DNA Project. Beginning in the late 1700s many descendants of the original New England Brewers began settling in New York State, Pennsylvania, and further west. Their lines often criss-crossed with many descendants of the New Netherland Brouwer progenitors whose families are found with the surname BREWER. Establishing genetic signatures for the original New England Brewers could help to untangle some of these lines.