Vera Mae Brewin

Female29 August 1893–December 1968

Brief Life History of Vera Mae

When Vera Mae Brewin was born on 29 August 1893, in Burlington Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States, her father, Franklin P. Brewin, was 25 and her mother, Caroline L. Haines, was 21. She married Charles A. MacDonald on 15 June 1918, in Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, United States. She lived in Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1905 and Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1910. She died in December 1968, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 75.

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Sylvester Scheetz Allen
Vera Mae Brewin
Marriage: 14 November 1936

Sources (8)

  • Vera MacDonald in household of Chas MacDonald, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Vera Brewin, "New Jersey, Births, 1670-1980"
  • Mrs Vera Brewin Allen in entry for Sylvester S Allen, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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  • Marriage
    14 November 1936Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 3

    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


    Age 20

    A strike led by silk mill workers in Paterson, New Jersey. The primary demands of the strike were focused on improved quality of working conditions and establishing an eight-hour workday limit. Two protestors were killed during the strike, and over 1,850 workers were arrested. The strike ultimately ended in failure, due to the manufacturers' inability to accept the demands of the strikes.

    Name Meaning

    English (mainly Leicestershire): variant of Bruin .

    Irish (Sligo): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Braoin ‘descendant of Braon’, a byname meaning ‘moisture, drop’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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