Who was Caleb Brewster?
Caleb Brewster was a member of the Culper spy ring during the American Revolutionary War. He commanded a fleet of whale boats from Black Rock Harbor, New York, and used these to run messages from the Culper Spy Ring to General George Washington. After the war he married Anna Lewis and became a large land owner and captain of a revenue cutter for the district of New York. He died in Black Rock in 1827.
The Culper Spy Ring is said to have been instrumental in the disclosure of the Benedict Arnold and John Andre plot to surrender West Point and the attempted capture of General George Washington in 1780.
Caleb Brewster's ancestry can be traced back to a couple of Magna Carta Sureties which includes a connection to King Henry VIII and to today's British royal family including Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana. With his American revolutionary spy credentials, it seems only fitting that he is also related to a number of American patriots from that war. These include a fellow Culper Spy ring member, a number of signers of the Declaration of Independence, and his commander-in-chief General George Washington. Caleb Brewster is also a descendant of Thomas Ludlow and Jane Pyle, and through them to a number of notable Americans including General Robert E. Lee, both Presidents Harrison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd.
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