- Francis J. Bremer
Brewster, William (1567–10 April 1644), a leader of the Pilgrims and of the Plymouth Colony, was born in England, the son of William Brewster and Prudence (maiden name unknown). His specific place of birth has not been determined. The first mention of a William Brewster is in the Scrooby parish records for 1571. At about that time his parents had moved to the Nottinghamshire village, where in 1575 William’s father became bailiff and receiver of Scrooby Manor, a property held by the archbishop of York. Archbishop Edmund Grindal appointed the elder Brewster to the posts, and Archbishop Edwin Sandys continued him in office. In 1588 the elder Brewster also assumed the position of postmaster when the town was made a postal stop on the London to York road and, as required, operated a tavern for use of the post riders and other travelers. These positions made him one of the more affluent members of the small community and gave him the opportunity to provide a quality education for his son....