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    1. [NORTHERN-IRELAND] James Bruster/Brewster family
    2. I am searching for information on my 5th great grandparents: James Brewster an Eleanor Williamson. Family lore states that James Brewster (also found spelled Bruster or Bruister) was born about 1720 in County Derry, Ireland, perhaps near Coleraine. By the 1750s, he was living in Augusta County, Virginia, America. I believe it is likely that he married in Northern Ireland, but I have no clue as to the parents of his wife, Eleanor Williamson. The family was likely Protestant and may have come into Northern Ireland from Scotland several years before the birth of James Brewster. James Brewster died in Jessamine County, Kentucky, in 1808. James Brewster had a very good, very old friend named James Dunn, who is also said to have come from the same area of County Derry. In fact, the family story goes that James Brewster and James Dunn were born within a quarter mile of each other in Northern Ireland, lived within a quarter mile of each other in Virginia when they immigrated, and died within a quarter mile of each other in Jessamine County, Kentucky. What is proven is that members of the Brewster and Dunn families intermarried over several generations. The only tangible clue I have to their connection to Northern Ireland is a will left in Mercer County (a neighboring county to Jessamine) Kentucky in 1798 in which Robert Bruster left his whole estate to "my two brothers children to be equally divided among them my said brothers John & David Bruster who were living about three miles from Coleraine the parish of Dunbo and County of Derry in the year one thousand seven hundred & seventy three at which time I left Ireland." While I have not been able to connect Robert Bruster to my James Bruster, sons of James Dunn (the friend and relative by marriage of James Brewster) were executors for Robert Bruster's will. It seems good circumstantial evidence that James Bruster and Robert Bruster are probably related. I know that with ancestors this far back in Ireland, it is not easy to find any records. But maybe there is a Brewster/Bruster/Bruister researcher who is looking for some Brewster/Bruster/Bruister family and descendants in America? Thanks for any help! Constance T. Shotts, Ed. D., CG *The words Certified Genealogist and designation CG are registered certification marks, and the designations Certified Genealogical Lecturer and CGL are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.*

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