I am related by marriage to David Brealey one of the signers of the Constitution. Here is how:
Lydia Colbern Brealey married my ancestor Thomas Hamilton. Thomas Hamilton's first wife was Sarah Westfall.
Lydia's first husband was Joseph Brealey. Joseph Brealey and Sarah Westfall died on the same day while crossing the Swatara River in Pennsylvania. Lydia and Thomas married one another a couple of years later and had more children together.
Joseph Brealey, Lydia's first husband was the son of John and Phoebe Brealey. John was the son of Joseph Brealey, who was an aide to George Washington. Joseph's brother was David Brealey, a Delegate from New Jersey, and one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.
The first Brealey John Brealey settled in N.J. 1680. He owned 1600 acres at Trenton New Jersey. 100 acres on the Delaware River and several thousand acres near Lawrenceville, N.J. He died 1720.
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