Thomas Dewey and Frances --

Thomas Dewey was born by 1613 (according to Great Migration Begins (GMB), this is indicated by the date of his becoming a freeman and his marriage date). While it has been claimed that he came from Sandwich, Kent, England, there is no primary evidence for this. In GMB, it’s stated that he was more likely to have come from the West Country of England, as many Dorchester settlers came from that area.

Thomas settled in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts in 1633 (see GMB; another source says 1631 in Boston but there doesn’t seem to be primary evidence of this) and became a freeman in Massachusetts 14 May 1634. He later moved to Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He served as a jury member for the Particular Court of Connecticut on several occasions.

He married Frances — 22 March 1638/9 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. According to GMB, Frances was a widow at the time of this marriage and had married first — Clark. This Clark was not Joseph Clark (see GMB).

Thomas died and was buried 27 Apr 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. An inventory was taken 19 May 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. According to GMB, this inventory implied no occupation other than “agricultural activity at a subsistence level.” Two other documents cited by GMB indicates that he signed with a mark (indicating that he was likely illiterate).

Frances married third George Phelps 30 November 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. George died 8 May 1687 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. His will was dated 24 Apr 1683 and was proved 6 Jun 1687 (see GMB). Frances died 27 Sept. 1690 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

Mr. Clark and Frances’ child is:

  1. Mary Clarke, born about 1636, married John Strong Jr. (b. 1626, son of John Strong, m. 2nd Elizabeth Warriner) 26 Nov 1656 in Connecticut.

Thomas and Frances’ children are:

  1. Thomas Dewey, born 16 Feb 1639 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, married Constant Hawes (b. 17 Jul 1642 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts to Richard and Anne Hawes (see GMB), bp. 22 Nov 1642 in Dorchester (see GMB), d. 26 Apr 1703 in in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts) 1 Apr 1663 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, moved to Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts in 1667 with brothers Josiah, Israel, and Jedediah, owned a mill for sawing and grinding there with brothers Josiah and Jedidiah (and for a time with Joseph Whiting), died 27 Apr 1690 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, buried at the Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts with Constant.
  2. Josiah Dewey, baptized 10 Oct 1641 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, was the servant to one G. Wilcox of Middletown but was home about 1657 when he appeared in the medical journal of John Winthrop, married Hepzibah Lyman (b. abt. 1644, dau. of Richard Lyman, called “one that feared ye Lord,” d. 4 Jun 1732 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut) 6 Nov 1662 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, moved to Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts in 1667 (with brothers Thomas, Israel, and Jedediah), called “one of the foundation men of the church and its first deacon, though not elected until 1692,” owned a mill for sawing and grinding there with brothers Thomas and Jedidiah (and for a time with Joseph Whiting), then moved to Lebanon, New London, Connecticut in 1700, “did much sarvis for God & man he lived a holy & a religious life & lived to a great age,” died 7 Sep 1732, buried in the Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut with Hepzibah.
  3. Anna Dewey, baptized 15 Oct 1643 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, baptized 15 Oct 1643 in Windsor, Connecticut, married John Woodward (b. abt. 1648, son of Henry and Elizabeth Woodward, d. 17 Oct 1724 in Connecticut) 18 May 1671 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, died 14 Jan 1707 in Connecticut, buried in the Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut with John.
  4. Israel Dewey, baptized 25 Sep 1645 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, moved to Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts in 1667 with brothers Thomas, Josiah, and Jedediah, married Abigail Drake (dau. of Job Drake—see GMB) 28 Aug 1668 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
  5. Jedediah Dewey, born 15 Dec 1647 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, married Sarah Orton (b. abt. 1651, dau. of Thomas Orton (see GMB), d. 20 Nov 1711 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, bur. Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts), moved to Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts in 1667 with brothers Thomas, Josiah, and Israel, owned a mill for sawing and grinding there with brothers Thomas and Josiah (and for a time with Joseph Whiting).
George and Frances' children are:
  1. Jacob Phelps, born 7 Feb 1649 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, married Dorothy Ingersoll (m. 2nd — Root) 2 May 1672 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, died 6 Oct 1689 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  2. John Phelps, born 15 Feb 1651 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, married Sarah Buckland.
  3. Nathaniel Phelps, born 1 Dec 1654(?) in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, married Eunice — (d. 17 Dec 1738 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts), died Jun 1723 (according to Savage).



Sources: 

  1. "Matthew Grant Record, 1639-1681," p. 30 in Some Early Records and Documents of and Relating to The Town of Windsor, Connecticut, 1639-1703 (Hartford 1930).
  2. Holbrook, Jay Mack, Northampton, MA - Marriages from first record to 1840, by Groom, USGenWeb Archives, http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/hampshire/towns/northampton/vitals/marr0001.txt, retrieved 4 Sep 2016.
  3. "Marriages, Births, and Deaths in Dorchester, Mass., 1648-1683," The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 16, Jan 1862, p. 80.
  4. "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685-1711," The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 123, Oct 1969, p. 259.
  5. Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
  6. Vital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield, Connecticut, 1631 to 1691. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.) Originally published as: Births, marriages, and deaths returned from Hartford, Windsor, and Fairfield, and entered in the early land records of the colony of Connecticut: volumes I and II of land records and no. D of colonial deeds, transcribed and edited by Edwin Stanley Welles. Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co, 1898.
  7. Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772–1934." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
  8. Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: The Charles R. Hale Collection. Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library.
  9. Banks, Charles E., "Genealogical Items from the Medical Journal of John Winthrop," The American Genealogist, vol. 23, no. 1, Jul 1946, p. 64.
  10. Ancestry.com. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
  11. Ancestry.com. Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Paige, Lucius R.. List of Freemen of Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849.
  12. Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford District, 1635-1700, vol. I, R. S. Peck & Co., 1902, p. 6-7.
  13. Trumbull, J. Hammond, The public records of the Colony of Connecticut, Hartford: Brown & Parsons, 1850, pgs. 480-1.
  14. Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, vol. 1, Hartford, CT: R. S. Peck & Co., p. 191.
  15. Lockwood, John Hoyt, Westfield and Its Historic Influences, Springfield, MA: Press of Springfield Printing and Binding Co., 1922, p. 115.
  16. Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, retrieved Oct 2012 from http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/, transcribed by Warren C. Wetmore, 1999.
  17. Gravestones of John and Anna (Dewey) Woodward and Josiah and Hepzibah (Lyman) Dewey, Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut.
  18. Grave of Thomas and Constant (Hawes) Dewey and Sarah (Orton) Dewey, Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

Records related to Walter and Mary Lee but not copied below due to copyright considerations:
  1. Ancestry.com. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011. See specifically:
    1. Entry for Thomas Dewey
    2. Entry for George Phelps
    3. Entry for Richard Hawes
  2. Pitman, H. Minot, "Strong Wives," The American Genealogist, vol. 12, Oct 1935, pgs. 76-77.
  3. Jacobus, Donald Lines, "The Early Strongs of Windsor, Conn.," The American Genealogist, vol. 35, Jan 1959, pgs. 1-5.
  4. Jacobus, Donald Lines, "Strong-Clark: The Corrector Corrected," The American Genealogist, vol. 35, Jul 1959, p. 151.




Church Records

Thomas Dewey marred francf clark . march . 22 . 38
his fonn Thomas was Born . febury . 16 . 1639 .
his fonn Jofia was Baptifed . ocobr . 10 . 1641 .
his Daughtr Anna was Baptifed . octo . 15 . 1643 .
his fonn Ifrell was Borne . feptm r . 25 . 1645 . Ded 1
his fonn Jededia was Borne . defem r . 15 . 1647 .
thire father Dyed . Aprell . 27 . 1648 .
...
Georg Phelps married Phillup Randals Daughter
his fonn Ifack Phelps was Borne . Aguft . 20 . 1638 .
his fonn Abrham Phelps was borne . Janury . 22 . 1642 .
his fonn Jofeph Phelps was Born . Juen . 24 . 1647 .

___________
his wife Died . Aprell . 29 . 1648
___________
And he marryed a . 2 . frances ye wido of Thomas Deuey . noumbr 164[ ]
his fonn Jacob Phelps was Borne . febury . 7 . 1649 .
his fonn John John Phelps Borne . febury . 15 . 1651 .
his fonn Nathanell Phelps . Born . Decemr . 9 . 1654 [ ? ]

Source: "Matthew Grant Record, 1639-1681," p. 30 in Some Early Records and Documents of and Relating to The Town of Windsor, Connecticut, 1639-1703 (Hartford 1930).
Notes: The letter s was transcribed as f in this book. The original probably used a medial s, which looks somewhat like an f. (See Wikipedia, long s.)
Elizabeth's mother, Frances (francs clark above), was most likely a widow when she married Thomas Dewey. Her maiden name is not known.


Town Records

Woodward, John Dewey, Hannah 5/18/1671

Source: Holbrook, Jay Mack, Northampton, MA - Marriages from first record to 1840, by Groom, USGenWeb Archives, http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/hampshire/towns/northampton/vitals/marr0001.txt, retrieved 4 Sep 2016.


DEWEY == HAWES.--Thomas Dewey m. Constance Hawes 1 (4) '63

Source: "Marriages, Births, and Deaths in Dorchester, Mass., 1648-1683," The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 16, Jan 1862, p. 80.


Marriages
May 2d 1672
Jacob Phelps & Dorothy Ingersoll Joined in Mariage at Westfeild -- Geo. Phelps & Jno Ingersoll attested their Legall Publication

Source: "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685-1711," The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, vol. 123, Oct 1969, p. 259.
 

Name:    Josiah Dewey
Event Type:    Marriage
Marriage Date:    6 Nov 1662
Marriage Place:    Northampton, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Hephzibah Liman

Name:    Israel Dewey
Event Type:    Marriage
Marriage Date:    28 Aug 1668
Marriage Place:    Northampton, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Abigail Drake

Name:    John Woodward
Event Type:    Marriage
Marriage Date:    18 May 1671
Marriage Place:    Northampton, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Hannah Dewey

Name:    Dorothy Ingersoll
Event Type:    Marriage
Marriage Date:    2 May 1672
Marriage Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Jacob Phelps

Name:    George Phelps
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    8 May 1687
Death Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts

Name:    Jacob Phelps
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    6 Oct 1689
Death Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts

Name:    Thomas Dewey
Event Type:    Death
Birth Date:    abt 1640
Death Date:    27 Apr 1690
Death Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts
Death Age:    50

Name:    Constant Dewey
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    26 Apr 1703
Death Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Thomas Dewey

Name:    Sarah Dewey
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    20 Nov 1711
Death Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Jedediah Dewey

Name:    Eunice Phelps
Event Type:    Death
Death Date:    17 Dec 1738
Death Place:    Westfield, Massachusetts
Spouse Name:    Nathaniel Phelps

Source: Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).



John Strong & Mary Clarke were maried Nou : 26 . 1656

Source: Vital Records of Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield, Connecticut, 1631 to 1691. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.) Originally published as: Births, marriages, and deaths returned from Hartford, Windsor, and Fairfield, and entered in the early land records of the colony of Connecticut: volumes I and II of land records and no. D of colonial deeds, transcribed and edited by Edwin Stanley Welles. Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co, 1898.


Death and Burial Indexes

Name:    John Woodward
Death Date:    17 Oct 1724
Death Place:    Connecticut
Gender:    Male
FHL Film Number:    3230

Name:    Anna Woodward
Death Date:    14 Jan 1707
Death Place:    Connecticut
Gender:    Female
FHL Film Number:    3230

Name:    Hephzibah Lyman
Birth Date:    abt 1644
Age at Death:    88
Death Date:    4 Jun 1732
Death Place:    Lebanon, Connecticut
Gender:    Female
FHL Film Number:    3163

Source: Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772–1934." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.


Name:    John Woodward
Birth Date:    abt 1648
Death Date:    17 Oct 1724
Age at Death:    76
Cemetery:    Old Cemetery
Burial Place:    Connecticut

Name:    Anna Woodward
Birth Date:    abt 1645
Death Date:    14 Jan 1707
Age at Death:    62
Cemetery:    Old Cemetery
Burial Place:    Connecticut

Name:    Josiah Dewey
Birth Date:    abt 1641
Death Date:    7 Sep 1732
Age at Death:    91
Cemetery:    Old Cemetery
Burial Place:    Connecticut

Name:    Hephzibah Dewey
Birth Date:    abt 1644
Death Date:    4 Jun 1732
Age at Death:    88
Cemetery:    Old Cemetery
Burial Place:    Connecticut

Source: Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: The Charles R. Hale Collection. Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library.



Medical Records

DEWEY.
p. 273.
Anna "Due", ae. 14, dau. of George Phelps his wife. Winsor, 1657.

p. 294.
Josias "Due" son of George Phelp's wife, was servant to G. Wilcox of Middletown, now at home. 1657[?]

Source: Banks, Charles E., "Genealogical Items from the Medical Journal of John Winthrop," The American Genealogist, vol. 23, no. 1, Jul 1946, p. 64.



Immigration List

Name:    Thomas Dewey
Arrival Year:    1631
Arrival Place:    Boston, Massachusetts
Source Publication Code:    9448
Primary Immigrant:    Dewey, Thomas
Annotation:    In the years from 1925 to 1942, Frederick A. Virkus edited seven volumes with the title, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy. Each volume has a section in the main body of the work, co
Source Bibliography:    VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986.
Page:    26

Source: Ancestry.com. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.



Applications of Freemen

Name:    Tho. Dewey
Date:    14 May 1634
Original Source:    C. R., Vol. I. pp. 79, 112.

Source: Ancestry.com. Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Paige, Lucius R.. List of Freemen of Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849.



Probate Records

[249]                                       Page 480.
 
Dewey, Thomas, Windsor (who married Frances Clarke, 22 March, 1638) Buried 27 April, 1648—(W.R.) Invt. £213-00-00. Taken 19 May, 1648, by David Wilton and Robert Winchell. Six Children, 4 Boyes and two girles: Mary Clarke, 12 years old; Thomas Dewey, 8, Josiah, 7; Annah, 5; Israel, 3; Jydidiah Dewey, 3/4 of a year old.
 
Court Record, Page 168—17 October 1648. Dist. of the Estate of Thomas Dewey was ordered as followeth:
                                                                                    £    s   d
To the Relict,                                                             60 00 00
To his eldest son by name Thomas Dewey,          30 00 00
And to the other 5 children, £20 apeice,             100 00 00
                                                                                   __________
                                                                                   190 00 00
 
The daughters' portions of £20 to be paid them at the age of 18 years, and the seuerall sons' portion at the age of 21 years; the Relict giving in sufficient security to the Children for their several portions. George Phelps and Frances Dewey were married 30 November, 1648 (W.R.)
 
Court Record, Vol. II, Page 9—6 June, 1650: It is agreed and concluded betwixt this Court, in the behalf of the Children of Thomas Dewey, and Geo: Phelps, of Wyndsor, that the whole of the Land, both Meadow and Upland, mentioned in sd. Dewey's Inventory. amounting to the sum of £78 shall be sequestered for the Children's portions so farr as it goes, and the remainder being £52, hee Ingages himself to give into the Court sufficient security for the payment thereof, according to the Will of the Court. The House and peice of Land belonging to it, valued at £40, the sd. Phelps accepts upon his wive's part of the Estate.
 
Page 2 (Vol. lll) 4 June, 1663: Upon the Request of George Phelps and Frances, his wife, this Court do appoint Lt. Fyler, Robert Winchell and Matthew Grant to judge of the difference of the Land of Thomas Dewey, Deceased, for an equal Division amongst the children of sd. Dewey.
 
 
Source: Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford District, 1635-1700, vol. I, R. S. Peck & Co., 1902, p. 6-7.


[249]
May the 19th, 1648.

An Inuentory of Tho: Dewys Estate,

Imprs: One howse and barne, wth the home lott, in quantity                              £.  s.  d.
           about one acre & quarter, to the foote of the hill,                                   40. 0. 0
Ite: one p'cell of meadowe adioyneing thereunto, about 7 acres,                  20. 0. 0
Ite: another p''cell in the great meadow, 4 acres & one quarter,                     13. 0. 0
Ite: another p'cell in the great meadowe, 3 acres and on quarter,                 10. 0. 0
Ite: another prcell in the great meadowe, about 5 acres, 8 rodde & halfe,   15. 0. 0
Ite: two p'cells of vpland, about 29 ac: & halfe,                                                  20. 0. 0
Ite: one yoake of oxen,                                                                                           15. 0. 0
Ite: two mares & a colte,                                                                                         18.10. 0
Ite: two cowes and on young beast,                                                                    12. 0. 0
Ite: one sowe & two piggs, 1: 0: 0. Ite: 2 stocks of bees, 2: 10: 0                       [3. 10. 0]
Ite: 5 acres of corne vppon the grownd,                                                              5. 0. 0
Ite: 7 other acres of corne vppon the grownd,                                                    5. 0. 0
Ite: in bedding, bedsteed and lyning,                                                                   9. 10. 0
Ite: his weareing cloathes, 5: 10:0. Ite: Pewter, 1:8:0.                                         [6. 18. 0]
Ite: a chest, a boxe, a cubberd,                                                                            0. 11. 0
Ite: one fowleing peece, sword, powder & bullits,                                              1. 15. 0
Ite: wedges & betle rings, 0: 4: 0. Ite, axes, spads & other tooles, 1: 10: 0       [1. 14. 0]
Ite: potts, kettells of brasse & Iron,                                                                          7. 0. 0
Ite: hempe & flaxe, 1l. Ite: a saddell & pillion, 1l.-4s.,                                          [2. 4. 0]
Ite: meal trow, tables, payles & other smale things,                                            2. 1. 0
Ite: a table board, 0: 6: 0. Ite: a syth, 0: 5: 0,                                                        [0. 11. 0]
Ite: part in a sawe & shott mold,                                                                            0. 6. 0
ite: a cart, plowe, harowe, howes, and other things,                                         3. 10. 0
                                                                                                                 Som,          213£

The distribution of this estate was by the Courte the 17th October 1648, as appeares by the Records of that Courte :* and prouision made for the childrens portions at ye Coune the 6th of June, 1650. fol; 9.
                                                                                                                 Dauid Wilton,
                                                                                                                 Robert Wymbell.t

Syxe children, 4 boyes, 2 gerlls ; one gerle, Mary Clark, 12 yeare old ; one sonne, Thomas Dewye, 8 yeare. Josiah Dewey, 7 yeare old ; Annah Dewye, 5 yeare old ; Isreall Dewey, 3 yeare old ; Jydidiah Dewey, 3 quarters of a yeare old.

* Page 168, ante.                               

t Wynchell?

Source: Trumbull, J. Hammond, The public records of the Colony of Connecticut, Hartford: Brown & Parsons, 1850, pgs. 480-1.


From the will of Elizabeth Denslow of Windsor (died 13 August)
 
"...John Phelps Received of My Brother Nicholas Buckland, Executor, the Legacy bequeathed to Sarah Buckland, now wife of John Phelps, by the will of Elizabeth Denslow, late dec. 17 June, 1685."
 
Source: Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, vol. 1, Hartford, CT: R. S. Peck & Co., p. 191.
 


Westfield and Its Historic Influences

p. 87:
The term '"Hundred Acres" which is still used in the Town includes the large tract of meadow land lying south of Little River, between it and the hill and bounded on the east by the railroad embankment and on the west by the Southwick road. In the original distribution of it ninety-seven acres were allotted as follows:

"An account of the land called the hundred acres. 

Israel Dewey     6 acres

George Phelps     16 acres
…"

The above lists do not include all those who were actual settlers at about the time that the town was organized. The records contain references to Mr. James Cornish, John Sacket, Capt. Cooke, Moses Cook, George Tyler, George Saxton, Walter Lee, Ambrose Fowler, John Ingersoll, Thomas Handchitt, Nathanael Weller, and the three Dewey brothers, Israel, Josiah and Jedidiah. John Osborne, John Modesley who was appointed lieutenant to the "footte" company in Westfield, and Samuel Loomis who was made Ensign in 1674.


p. 98-9
Josiah Dewey, one of the foundation men of the church and its first deacon, though not elected until 1692, was born in Windsor October 10, 1641, the son of Thomas and Frances Clark Dewey, who were married March 22, 1628. His Father, the founder of the Dewey family in New England, came early to Dorchester and thence to Windsor, where he died April 27, 1648. The widow afterward, November 2, 1648, married George Phelps, one of Westfield's earliest settlers. Josiah, with his three brothers, Thomas, Israel and Jedediah, moved to Westfield in 1667. They were active, energetic and useful citizens of a type greatly needed in an infant settlement. Israel remained but a few years. Josiah had an early grant of land in consideration of his expected services in building the minister's house.

Josiah Dewey and his wife, Hepzibah (Lyman), left Westfield for Lebanon, near Norwich, Conn., taking their letters in 1700.

Thomas Dewey was the messenger sent to the Bay to procure a minister, who secured Rev. Edward Taylor and made that perilous winter journey home with him in 1671.

On the tombstone of Josiah Dewey in Lebanon, Conn., is an inscription in capitals, pictured in Dewey Genealogy as follows:
"Here lies ye body of Josiah Dewey he was born in Windsor 1640 long served ye Church of Christ in Westfield an ordained Deacon removed to Lebanon in its beginning where he did much sarvis for God & man he lived a holy & a religious life & lived to a great age & he slept in Jesus Septemr 7 1782 in ye 92 year of his age."

The three brothers, Thomas, Josiah and Jedidiah, had a mill on Two Mile brook on the road to Windsor, used for both sawing and grinding. For a time Mr. Joseph Whiting was associated with them in the enterprise. Each of the brothers served as Selectman for several years.


p. 115:
Josiah Dewey refers to impressions made upon his heart when he was in his thirteenth year, again in his sixteenth, and again in his seventeenth year. Still, he put off repentance even under Mr. Mather's preaching at Northampton. He says, "When I was entered into a married state I saw myself under former engagement of attending heart searching and repenting work." Still he had a long and hard struggle, but became one of the members of the church at Northampton when it was organized June 4, 1661. He was one of the thirty-one subscribers to the covenant on that day, though not one of the foundation men.


p. 182-3
The following instance of personal prejudice against a man who in the early days was prominent in the affairs of Westfield as well as in those of three other colonial towns, provokes curiosity relative to the ground of the action. Trumbull pays high tribute to Capt. Cook and says that “in all respects he was a worthy representative of the old time New England pioneer.” Still, for some reason the Dewey brothers would have none of him in their mill concerns.

The statement in the book of Town Records is as follows:
"These may certify whome it may concern that wee whose names are here subscribed beeing the copartners with mr Joseph Whiting the owners of the grist mill and the saw mill in Westfield do declare that there is agreement made between the four partners that if any one desiring to sell his part the rest of the owners are to have the refusal of it but understanding that mr Whiting hath made sale of his part of the mills to Capt Aaron Cook as appears by his demands that he might injoy mr Whitings part with us wee declare to all that wee neither do nor shall att any time consent that the said Capt. Cooke shall have any copartner or have any share with us in the said mill.

Thomas Dewey
May:13 :1676                                                  Josiah Dewey
Jedediah Dewey."

Several years later the two brothers, Thomas and Josiah Dewey, had a suit at law against John Sackett, Samuel Taylor, Joseph Pomeroy and Nathaniel Williams for infringing on their rights by setting another mill in their neighborhood, higher up on the brook. The matter was tried at Northampton, appealed to the General Court, and finally settled at the Court in Springfield in the autumn of 1685. The Deweys helped to move the rival mill to another location and were themselves renewedly established in their rights as sole proprietors of that portion of the stream. After much hard feeling the settlement finally reached seems to have been mutually amicable.
 
Source: Lockwood, John Hoyt, Westfield and Its Historic Influences, Springfield, MA: Press of Springfield Printing and Binding Co., 1922, p. 115.



Savage's Genealogical Dictionary

Book 3:
PHELPS
GEORGE, Dorchester, freem. 6 May 1635, rem. with Warham to Windsor, by first w. said to be nam. Phillury, d. of Philip Randall, wh. d. 29 Apr. 1648, had Isaac, b. 20 Aug. 1638; Abraham, 22 Jan. 1643; and Joseph, 24 June 1647, wh. d. soon, as did Abraham in the same yr.; ano. Joseph, whether by first or sec. w. is unkn. He m. 2, or as ano. acco. is, 30 Nov. 1648, Frances, wh. had been wid. Clark, and then was wid. of Thomas Dewey, and had Jacob, 7 Feb. 1650; John, 15 Feb. 1652; and Nathaniel, 7 Dec. 1653; rem. to Westfield, there had more ch. and d. 8 May 1687, but Stiles in Hist. 743, says 9 July 1678. Six s. were then liv. no d. is nam. His wid. d. 27 Sept. 1690.

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JACOB, Westfield, br. of the preced. [Isaac, son of George] m. 2 May 1672, Dorothy, sec. d. of John Ingersol, had Dorothy, b. as one tells, 18 Oct. but Goodwin says Dec. 1673, d. in few wks.; Dorothy, again, 10 May 1675; Hannah, 26 Nov. 1677; Israel, 3 Apr. 1681; Benjamin, 8 Jan. 1684; Joseph, 5 Aug. 1686; and Jedediah, 7 Dec. 1688; and d. 6 oct. 1689. His wid. m. a Root.

NATHANIEL, Westfield, s. of George, by w. Eunice, had Nathaniel, b. 10 Oct. 1678; Eunice, 29 May 1680, d. at 6 yrs.; Jonathan, 28 Dec. 1682; Thomas, 15 May 1685, d. next yr.; Eunice, again, 12 Oct. 1688; and Lois, 7 Sept. 1691. He. d. June 1723; and his wid. d. 17 Dec. 1738.

Source: Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, retrieved Oct 2012 from http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/, transcribed by Warren C. Wetmore, 1999.


Gravestones

Gravestones of John Woodward, Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut (photos by K. Carlini (KC), Findagrave.com):
Headstone of John Woodward
(Above is the headstone.)

Footstone of John Woodward
(Above is the footstone.)

 
Click to see Anna (Dewey) Woodward's grave (Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut)

Gravestone of Josiah Dewey, Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut (photos by K. Carlini (KC), Findagrave.com):
Grave of Josiah Dewey
Inscription: Here Lies The Body of Dn Josiah Dewey he // Was Born in Windsor 1640 Long Served // the Church of Christ in Westfield And // Ordained Deacon Removed to Lebanon // in the Beginning where He did much // Servis for God & Man He lived A Holy // & a religious life & lived to a Great age // & He slept in Jesus Septemr 7 1732 // in the 92 year of his age

Gravestone of Hepzibah (Lyman) Dewey, Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut (photos by K. Carlini (KC), Findagrave.com):
Headstone of Hepzibah (Lyman) Dewey
Headstone above
Inscription: Here lies ye body of ye worthy Mrs Hepzibah ye wife of Den Josiah Dewey She was the daughter of Mr Richard Lyman of Hartford She was one that feared ye Lord & slept in Jesus June ye 4, 1732 in ye 89 year of har age.

Footstone of Hepzibah (Lyman) Dewey
Footstone above

Grave of Thomas Dewey, Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (photo by Dan, Findagrave.com):
Grave of Thomas Dewey (son of Thomas and Frances)


Grave of Constant (Hawes) Dewey, Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (photo by CathyNaps, Findagrave.com):
Grave of Constant (Hawes) Dewey


Grave of Sarah (Orton) Dewey, Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (photo by Forrest Fothergill, Findagrave.com):
Grave of Sarah (Orton) Dewey



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