Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Brewster, Nelson, 1793?-1850

 Person

Nelson Brewster (1793?-1850) was a Goshen, Conn., lawyer. In 1797, he moved to Cornwall, Conn., from Stratford, Conn., with his brother George and his mother Sarah Bentley Brewster. Her husband Peter Brewster had been lost at sea with his vessel, of which he was owner and captain, in 1793. Nelson Brewster was admitted to the county bar from Cornwall in 1824, lived two years in Litchfield, and then moved to Goshen where had a limited law practice. He served as a justice of the peace 1840-1850 and a State of Connecticut Bank Commissioner 1845-1846 and 1848-1849. In 1827, he married Lucretia Hannah Root (1808-1875). They had two children, one of whom, William Root Brewster, rose to prominence in the Union Army during the Civil War. Nelson Brewster died in 1850.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Nelson Brewster papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1971-42-0
Scope and Contents The papers of Nelson Brewster (1793?-1850), a lawyer who resided in Goshen, Conn. The papers consist of approximately 125 items, including legal records, bank reports, and similar documents. Included in the collection is a set of papers (23 items) related to the administration of Putnam Bailey's estate, 1840-1841. Bailey was a successful merchant and postmaster in North Goshen and left an estate of approximately $50,000. The estate required several years for settlement. The reports to Brewster...
Dates: Created: 1811-1855; Other: Date acquired: 01/11/1971