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Broer Seneke

Male Abt 1650 - 1708  (~ 58 years)


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  • Name Broer Seneke  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Abt 1650  Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Broer Sinnexon 
    Name Broer Sinnick 
    Name Broer Sinnickson 
    Residence 1677  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1677  Upland Co, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1693  Deer Point, Christiana Hnd, New Castle Co, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 25 Nov 1708 
    Will filed 
    Died New Castle Co, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 2 Dec 1708  Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, New Castle Co, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I20465  default
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2011 

    Father Sinnick Broer,   d. Abt 1671, Deer Point, New Castle Co, New England (Now USA) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7099  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sophia,   d. 1717 
    Children 
    +1. James Sinnickson, Sr.,   b. Abt 1678, Wilmington, New Castle Co, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Feb 1709  (Age ~ 31 years)
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F7094  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Old Swedes Church [22 Mar 2006]
    Old Swedes Church [22 Mar 2006]
    Photo of the west side of Old Swedes Church at Wilmington, Delaware; Prominent family names at this church include Derickson, Robinson, Sinex, Stidham, and Woodward; Immediately in front of the church on this side is "Stidham Row," where 8 Stidham family members are buried. John Sinnickson (Sinnexon) and Ingeborg TOSSAWA married here 1726. John Sinex and Anna ROBINSON were married here in 1754. Abraham Mendenhall and Elizabeth WELLS were married here in 1798. Some of the christenings at this church: John Sinex (1730), Ingeborg SINEX (1762)
    Old Swedes Church [interior]
    Old Swedes Church [interior]
    Photo of the interior of Old Swedes Church at Wilmington, Delaware; Prominent family names at this church include Derickson, Robinson, Sinex, Stidham, and Woodward; Underneath the altar section is buried Brewer Sinex (Broer Seneke). Abraham Mendenhall and Elizabeth WELLS were married here in 1798
    Old Swedes Church [interior, pew]
    Old Swedes Church [interior, pew]
    Photo of the interior of Old Swedes Church at Wilmington, Delaware; Prominent family names at this church include Derickson, Robinson, Sinex, Stidham, and Woodward; The pulpit was built in 1698 with wood contributed by Lucas Stedham, Brewer Seneke, Asmund Stedham, and others

    Headstones
    Burial Location [22 Mar 2006]
    Burial Location [22 Mar 2006]
    Burial location of Brewer Seneke (Broer Sinex, Broer Sinnickson); According to Old Swedes Church records Brewer was buried underneath the altar section without a marker

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. [online] www.nicholslibrary.org 7783 S 4950 W West Jordan, UT 84081 USA) (Reliability: 3).
      1671 Land Deed - 002878
      Old Swedes Church - 002852, 002853, 002854
      Burial Location - 002855

    2. [S288] 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware, Craig, Dr. Peter Stebbins, (Winter Park, Florida : SAG Publications 1993) (Reliability: 3).
      pp 98-99
      Soon after the census Broer became a warden of the Crane Hook Church, a position he retained when the congregation moved to Christina.
      [Research by Chad G. Nichols]

    3. [S93] New Jersey Census, 1772-1890, Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., ([database on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1999-) (Reliability: 3).
      p 8
      Broer Sinnex in 1677 New Jersey Territory Tax List; Also Broer Sinnex in 1677 Upland Co, Delaware Tax List
      [Research by Chad G. Nichols]

    4. [S174] Swedish Colonial Society, a.k.a. Colonial Swedes, ([online] www.colonialswedes.org) (Reliability: 3).
      Broer Sinnicksson, born in Sweden c. 1650, stayed on Sinnick Broer's former farm at Deer Point following his father's death and later re-acquired all of his father's land. The chain of succession was a bit complex. After acquiring the plantation from Sinnick Broer, Justa Andersson had sold the entire property to Hans Peterson, the miller of Skilpot Creek. Peterson, in turn, sold half of the land (including the house) to Anders Jöransson, a Finn, on 27 Sept. 1672. Peterson sold the other half (undeveloped) to Matthias Matthiasson, a Swedish blacksmith.

      Anders Jöransson died in late 1675, survived by his widow Sophia and five small sons. By early 1678 Sophia had married Broer Sinnicksson. On 8 May 1678, "Broer Sinnexe, husband of Sophia, relict of Andrew Jurianson, deceased," was granted the land of her former husband on condition that he pay his five sons 500 guilders apiece when they reached the age of 21. Meanwhile, the other half of Sinnick Broer's plantation was reconveyed by Matthias Matthiasson to Hans Peterson, who conveyed it to Anders Sinnickson, who conveyed it to his brother Broer.

      Upon resurvey in 1684 by the new government of William Penn, Broer's land was found to be 460 acres, for which he was granted a patent on 7 June 1686. He remained on his plantation until his death in 1708, specializing in the raising of sheep and horses as well as grain crops. With the arrival of Ericus Björk as pastor of the Swedish church, Broer was named to the Church Council and served as a faithful lay leader of the church until his death.

      In 1703, Broer Sinnicksson made a deed of gift to his only son James of half of his plantation. In his will of 25 November 1708, Broer left the other half (including his house) to his wife Sophia for life, and after her death, to their son James for life, then to James' eldest son Broer. The will directed that £10 be given to the church and that his young mare be given to Pastor Björk "for the funeral service which I desire him to make." On 2 December 1708, Pastor Björk held the funeral and Broer was buried in the church under his own pew.

      Sophia, Broer's widow, died in 1717 at the home of her daughter-in-law Mary Anderson, widow of her son Jöran Andersson.

      Broer and Sophia Sinnicksson had one child: James Sinnexon, who was born c. 1678. Shortly after 1700, he married Dorcas Harmensen (Dutch), daughter of Jan Harmensen of New Castle, Delaware. In 1703, they sold her father's house in New Castle and made their home on the other half of his father's plantation at "Middleburgh." Shortly after the death of his father, James Sinnexon also became ill. His will, dated 29 January 1708/9 and proved 8 March 1708/9, left his half of his father's land to his two youngest sons, John and James, after his wife Dorcas's demise.

    5. [S381] Grave Marker, UNDER THE ALTAR (Reliability: 3).
      Photo by Chad G. Nichols; There is no grave marker for Broer, as he was buried under his own pew the area to the south of the altar in Old Swedes Church

    6. [S121] Old Swedes Cemetery Records: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, Genealogical Society of Utah, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Utah, 3 Nov 1948) (Reliability: 3).
      p 49
      SENEKE, Brewer, d. 2 Dec 1709
      [Research by Chad G. Nichols]

    7. [S135] Records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, Wilmington, Del., from 1697 to 1773, The, Burr, Horace, (Wilmington, Delaware : 1890) (Reliability: 3).
      p 130
      The 2nd of December I buried Brewer Seneke in the church under his own pew at the south side of the Altar, who was the second that was buried in the church, 1709
      [Transcription by Chad G. Nichols]