Does anyone have information about John Brew and Nellie (O'Neil) Brew?

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John Brew and Nellie (Ellen, Helen) O’Neil were my maternal grandmother’s parents. They both were born in Ireland. John (Brew-77) was born around 1863 and Nellie (O'Neil-601) was born around 1869. John became a naturalized citizen of the United States, probably in the 1880s (I found a record that might be his), and Nellie became a citizen when she married John (probably in 1892: they appear in the 1892 NY census). Nellie immigrated to the United States in 1890 (give or take a year or two). I don’t know when John immigrated to the United States. They lived in Brooklyn, NY, and gave birth to three children: Lilian (my grandmother) on April 26, 1895, and Theresa and William, who were twins born on September 12, 1898. John Brew apparently died between 1898 and 1902 (Nellie  is listed as “widowed” in the 1902 Brooklyn City Directory). My grandmother, Lilian, was sent to Ireland around 1898 to live with an aunt. I think that Theresa was sent to an orphanage in 1898 and probably adopted as an infant. William lived with his mother, apparently until her death. I can’t find a marriage certificate for John and Nellie, nor can I find death certificates for either of them. If anyone has more information about either John or Nellie (Ellen, Helen) Brew, I would very much appreciate getting it.

ADDENDUM 05/28/2015: I think that Nellie (Ellen/Helen) was born in County Longford, Ireland, in 1868 or 1869. My grandmother appeared in the 1911 Irish Census, living in the home of Hugh Boyce. His wife, Bridget Boyce, was the aunt who raised her. Someone named Bridget O'Neil was my grandmother's godmother in 1895. I suspect that Bridget is Nellie's younger sister (she married Boyce seven years after my grandmother's baptism). In the 1911 census, Bridget reported that she was born in County Longford (about 1871). If she is Nellie's younger sister, then Nellie also probably was born there.
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John Brewer
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Name: John Brewer
Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1898
Event Place: Brooklyn, Kings (Brooklyn), New York, United States of America
Death Date: 22 Aug 1898
Affiliate Record Identifier: 2585739
Cemetery: Cypress Hills National Cemetery
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"Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV7-LBJD : accessed 27 May 2015), John Brewer, 1898; Burial, Brooklyn, Kings (Brooklyn), New York, United States of America, Cypress Hills National Cemetery; citing record ID 2585739, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
 
John Brewer
Memorial
Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 22, 1898
 
Burial: Cypress Hills National Cemetery 
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 03, 2000 
Find A Grave Memorial# 2585739
 
 
John Brewer
Memorial
 
Birth: unknown
Death: unknown
 
Burial: Cypress Hills National Cemetery 
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot: , 5624
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 03, 2000 
Find A Grave Memorial# 2585738
 
No. plot number is shown for the first John Brewer, but the unknown one has a plot number. Maybe they are close together in the cemetery. 
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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Thank you for your answer. I'm curious, however, about the difference in the surnames. His last name is Brew in all the records I have found: the birth certificates of his three children, the baptismal certificate of one of those children (my grandmother), and multiple years of the Brooklyn City Directory. Was ‘Brewer’ a spelling of the surname 'Brew' that would be used in some cases?
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Do you have these?  No images available, but you might be able to order from NY or see if another site might have.
Birth records (NY) for Theresa & Edward shows parent's ages

Event Date       12 Sep 1898; Event Place      Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States

Father's Name John Brew; Father's Birthplace Ireland; Father's Age  38

Mother's Name  Nellie O'Neil; Mother's Birthplace Ireland; Mother's Age 29

"New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W86-56Y : accessed 3 October 2015), John Brew in entry for Theresa Mary Brew, 12 Sep 1898; citing Birth, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,984,421.

"New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W86-5N3 : accessed 3 October 2015), John Brew in entry for William Edward Brew, 12 Sep 1898; citing Birth, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,984,421.

(P.S. Sorry for the bad formatting - can't seem to make it just single space)

 

 

by Sandy Edwards G2G6 Mach 7 (72.5k points)
Thank you, Sandy. I'm sorry that I didn't respond before this, but I've been unable to participate here since July.

I do have the birth certificates of my grandmother's brother and sister. I found these last year. We knew about William (he never married and lived with my great-grandmother, probably until her death). We did not know about his twin sister until I found the birth certificate. I suspect that she was adopted as an infant: it seems that my great-grandmother was unable to care for all three children. We also don't know what was happening with my great-grandfather at this time, although I did discover that he died some time before 1902. It's a big mystery and my grandmother told none of her children about any of this. If I ever retire, I plan to take a trip back to Brooklyn and spend time searching through records.

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