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Caleb Brewster

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Caleb Brewster

Member of the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution


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.

Famous Kin

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.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Caleb Brewster

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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DuBose Heyward

Author of Porgy (Porgy & Bess)

9th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Thomas Blount

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Henry III, King of England

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

16th cousin 5 times removed
via William de Braiose

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

16th cousin 5 times removed
via John, King of England

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Ali Wentworth

TV Actress and Comedienne

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Upton Sinclair

Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Ted Danson

TV Actor - “Cheers”, “CSI”

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Samuel Prescott

Completed Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

13th cousin 2 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Warren Buffett

Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Catherine Howard

5th Wife of King Henry VIII

7th cousin 6 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Glenn Close

Movie, Television, and Stage Actress

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Douglas Trumbull

Film Special Effects Pioneer

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Guy Ritchie

British Filmmaker

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Story Musgrave

NASA Astronaut

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Thomas Jefferson

3rd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

13th cousin 2 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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James Taylor

Singer-Songwriter

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Tilda Swinton

Movie Actress

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

13th cousin 6 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Jack London

Author of “The Call of the Wild”

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Francis Scott Key

Author of “The Star Spangled Banner”

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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John Marshall

4th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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