1626 The Dutch buy Manhattan from the Indians for about $23
1653 Wall Street is erected
1690 Yellow fever outbreak in New York, New York
1707 Queen Anne of England grants "Cheesecock Patent"
Later becomes Southfield, then Monroe - Birthplace of Velveeta cheese
1712 Slave Revolt in New York City
1747 Measles outbreak in CT NY PA SC
1774 William Brewster born in Cheesecocks, Orange County, NY
1774 Sarah Mapes born in Cheesecocks, Orange County, NY
1775 Beginning of the American Revolutionary War (William is one year)
1776 Washington's Battle of Long Island (William is two)
1783 End of the Revolutionary War (William is nine)
1783 Washington resigns as Commander-and-chief at Frances Tavern
1785 Ellis Island is acquired by Samuel Ellis
1789 George Washington is sworn in as first president at Federal Hall
1789 Beginning of the French Revolution
1796 After 2nd term as US president, Washington issues "Farewell Address"
1799 End of the French Revolution
1803 Napoleonic Wars Begin
1803 Yellow fever outbreak in New York
1808 Frances Rebecca Potter Brewster born 26 Mar 1808, Southfield NY
1810-1850 Peak years of Underground Railroad.
There is a safehouse in Monroe, NY
1811-1812 William marries Sarah Mapes
Sarah has twins from a previous marriage Caroline and Cornelia Mapes
1812 Beginning of the War of 1812 (Prelude to Napoleonic Wars)
1815 Treaty of Ghent marks end of the War of 1812
1816 According to age on 1850 Census this would be year John Van Cortlandt Brewster is born
(Son of William and Sarah) Southfield (Monroe), NY
1815 End Napoleonic Wars
1824 Sarah Mapes dies in Monroe, Orange County, NY
From the Independent Republican
Goshen, Orange County, NY: Mon, 2 Feb 1824-
"A woman, the wife of Wm Brewster of Monroe was found dead in the town in an open field about 40 rods from the road. She was missed on the 2nd and found on the 9th, between which periods she must have been lying in the fields. A jug of whiskey was found under her body. The jury, summoned by Robert Fowler Esq. brought in a verdict that she died in a state of intoxication.
1832 Cholera Epidemic of New York City claims 3,515 people
1835 The Great Fire burns through Manhattan
1836 William Wellington Brewster born 15 July, 1836 to JVC Brewster and Rebecca in Monroe, Orange County, NY
1840 JVC and Rebecca living together, with 1 son & 1 daughter under 5yrs (WW & Mary E.) Census: Monroe, Orange County NY
1841 Erie Railroad makes it to Monroe, provides easy access to NYC.
Monroe's Dairy and Iron business see substantial increase in demand
1848 New York Herald was the first major newspaper on east coast to report the gold rush in California
1849 Cholera Outbreak in NY
1850 JVC Brewster (34y) Rebecca (41y) living with William W. (14y), Mary E. (12y), Orilla M (10y) Census NY Ward 5
1857 John Brewster, machinist, h 126 St. Marks pl.
1858 William Wellington and Anna McConnell are married
1858 Rebecca Frances Potter Brewster Dies 28, Nov. 1858 New York City
1859 William Clinton Brewster (son of WW and Anna) born in Manhattan NY
1860 William Wellington (24y), Anna(25y), and baby William (1mo) (Census: NY Ward 17, District 8,)
1861 Begin Civil War
1862 President Abraham Lincoln issues first Emancipation Proclamation 22 Sep 1862
1862 President Lincoln's Homestead Act signed into law on May 20
1863 President Lincoln issues second order of Emancipation Proclamation 1 Jan 1863
1865 End Civil War
1867 First Tenement House Act (WW is 31 years, his son WC is 7)
1871 Boss Tweed arrested and held on $8 mil bail, dies in jail 1878
1876 Brooklyn Theater Fire kills 273–300 people in Brooklyn, NY
1879 WC and Elizabeth F. McCluskey married in Manhattan
1880 WW and Anna Residence in Manhattan, Ladies Underwear manufacturer
WW (44y), Anna (44y), Fanny (19y), Mary (13y), Elizabeth (23y) Census
1880 George Wellington Born to WC and Elizabeth in Manhattan
1880 WC and Elizabeth residence Manhattan
WC is an Embroiderer, George is 1 month old) Census Manhattan
1883 Brooklyn Bridge is completed
1886 The Statue of Liberty is dedicated
1888 The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11—March 14)
Snowfalls of 40-50 inches fell in parts of NJ, NY, MA and CT.
1889 The Wall Street Journal prints its first paper
1890 NO ONE SHOWED UP IN THIS CENSUS?
1891 1-year old John Brewster dies in Manhattan Brewster Apr 10 1891 cert#12298 Manhattan. Could this have been a son of George Wellington and Elizabeth?
I have received a copy of this certificate and the child was apparently left with only his name at the steps of the Infants Hospital in Rhode Island. Nothing was known of his parents or where he came from. He was 1 year, 12 days. Cause of death: Laryngists Catarrh
1895 Disastrous fire breaks out in Monroe Village destroying many old buildings
The town forms its own fire department the same year as a result
1899 Windsor Hotel Fire East 47th St/5th Ave Manhattan, NY, 33-45 deaths
1899 Reported in the Brooklyn Eagle on Sept 5, 1899
Aug 23 a George Brewster from Brooklyn was in Pennsylvania and had an accident while attempting to board a train. He slipped and one foot was crushed under the wheels. Was taken to a hospital and had to have a leg amputated just below the knee. (George would have been 19y at the time) Is this our George?
1900 George Wellington Brewster(20y) is living with his grandfather WW Brewster (63y) back in Monroe, NY (Census)
1904 First subway opens, estimated 150,000 passengers on that day
1905 George marries Mary A. Lowe Nov. 28, 1905 in Manhattan NY
1906 William Wellington dies April 7 1906 in Monroe, Orange County buried in Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn
1908 Dorothy Brewster is born to George and Mary on 03 Mar 1908, Brooklyn, NY
1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on 25 March, New York City: 146 workers died.
Paved way to improved factory working standards and fueled growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
1914 Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria marks beginning of WWI
1917 Zimmerman telegram, Woodrow Wilson declares war on Germany.
1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic beginning, claims over 50 million people world-wide.
1918 Signing of Armistice Treaty on 11 Nov, marks end of WWI on the Western front
1919 Versailles treaty was signed in 1919 (but final peace treaty signed 1923)
1923 Herbert and Sylvia Irene Marsans are married 10 Oct 1923 in Brooklyn, NY
1937 Hindenberg Disaster at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in NJ
1939 Beginning of WWII
1940 Herbert Alan Belin is born to Dorothy and Herbert 25 Jan 1940
1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 07 Dec 1941, US enters WWII
1942 Lt Col Herbert Alan Belin joins the Army
1945 The Empire State Building is set on fire by a B-25 Mitchell that crashed into it 28 July, 14 deaths.