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Mrs. Philip E. LaMunyan 


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To the memory of my dear wife who in spite of her 
affliction worked so diligently to collect the records con- 
tained herein^ and who spent the last years of her life 
hoping she might reap the reward of her toil^ this 
work is affectionately dedicated, 

Philip E. LaMunyan. 


Dedication ------- page 3 

Contents ---_---. 5 

Ilyl^USTRATIONS -------.7 

Preface ..------ 9 

Sketch of Mrs. LaMunyan - - - - - - 11 

Chapter I. Origin of the Dkwees Famii^y - - - 13 

II. WiiyWAM Dewees - - - - - 21 

III. Descendants of Wii,i,iam Dewees . - 37 

IV. Biographicai, Sketches - - - - 83 
V. Descendants of CorneivIus Dewees - - 125 

VI. Biographicai. Notes - - - . - 163 

VII. Descendants of Li^wis Deweese - - 189 

VIII. The DEwEESES of DEiyAWARE - - - 211 

IX. Epitaphs and Records - - - - 221 

X. The Rittenhouse Branch , . - - 233 

Appendix. -------- 241 

Generai, Index - - - - - - - .265 

Notes -------- 285 

Errata ---.-.--- 294 


1. Harriet B. LaMunyan .... Frontispiecb 

2. Phiwp E. LaMunyan .... »» 

3. Mary A. (Dewees) Ogden . - - - page 43 

4. Isaiah Dewees' House , . . - , 48 

5. Mary W. (Bryan) Dewees ----- 54 

6. Oscar Lorrain Dewees . . . . . 55 

7. Theodore Dewees - - - - - - 127 

8. Lydia Dewees -....-- 169 

9. Amos Dewese - - . - - - - 172 

10. Samuei. dewees - - - - - - -173 

11. Wll^WAM A. DEWESE -._.-- 178 

12. Amos R. Dewese - . . - . . 179 

13. George J. Dewese ...... 180 

14. Draper A. Deweese ...... 194 

15. Sarah A. (Deweese) Draper - - - - - 195 

16. Jonathan Tini^ey - - - - - -198 

17. Thomas Henry Draper ----- 199 

18. W11.1.1AM H. Dewees ------ 200 

19. Ei^izABETH (Deweese) Tini^ey - - - - 206 

20. Wii^wAM dai,i,as Dewees - - - - -212 

21. Office of Dai,i,as Dewees - - - - - 214 

22. Jacob H. Dewees ------ 260 

23. Mrs. Sarah d. Dewees ----- 261 

24. Thomas B. Dewees ------ 262 

25. Mrs. Ida L. Dewees ----.- 263 


In bringing this work before the public, it was the 
intention of the author to collect the materials for the 
history and genealogy of her own family only, but after 
she had been engaged for some time in the work, she 
decided to establish the identity and family connection 
of all who bore the name of Dewees or were allied by 
marriage to them. The amount of labor and correspon- 
dence requisite for such an undertaking has been enor- 
mous, and it entailed a vast amount of correspondence 
and research. Mrs. LaMunyan's physical disability, 
which confined her to the house, made it still more dif- 
ficult to obtain the information she sought. Neverthe- 
less by persistent effort, she, with my assistance and the 
aid afforded by the libraries of the various historical 
societies, court records, family records, etc., was enabled 
to accomplish the desired result. 

Mrs. LaMunyan's death in 1902, caused me to re- 
linquish further efforts for a time. In compliance with 
her last request, however, I have endeavored to arrange 
the work in the most interesting form possible, trusting 
it may have the approbation of those who read or pos- 
sess it. We have sought to verify every record, and to 
establish the truth of every assertion we have made, as 

far as it was possible. Family records disagreed, 
diurch records were diflBcult of access, court records 
were expensive, and foreign records were almost impos- 
sible to obtain without incurring cost which placed 
them out of reach. 

It is a matter of regret that Mrs. LaMunyan did 
not live to see the work published on which she bestow- 
ed so much earnest and effective labor. 

Without mentioning them by name, I desire to re- 
turn thanks to those who have rendered us valuable as- 

P. E. h. 


Mrs. Harriet B. LaMunyan, originator of this work, 
was the daughter of George H. and Rachel A. (Dewees) 
Parker. She was bom June 4th, 1842, in Philadelphia, 
Pa. At the age of nine years, soon after the death of her 
mother which occurred in 1851, she was taken to Dela- 
ware to the home of her grandmother, then Mrs. Nathan 
Tribbit, where she remained until i860, receiving an 
education at a country school in the neighborhood of 
Dover. In i860 she returned to Philadelphia and was 
employed in that city In 1863, during the War of 
the Rebellion, she was engaged as assistant in the U. 
S. Detective Service which brought her in contact with 
many influential people connected with the army. 
While on duty in Washington in 1865, she became ac- 
quainted with her future husband, Philip E. LaMun- 
yan, then a soldier in the United States Volunteer ser- 
vice. Their acquaintance ripened into a stronger af- 
fection, and they were married, on September 14, 1865, 
at Elmira, New York, by Rev. Isaac Clark, of the Pres- 
byterian Church at that place. After their marriage 
they resided at Bellona, Yates County, N. Y., with Mr. 
LaMunyan's people. In 1867 they removed to Roches- 
ter, and in 1868 to Philadelphia, where she resided un- 

til her death, which occurred July 5, 1902, at her hus- 
band's residence, 2635 North Eighth Street. 

Mfs. LaMunyan was a woman who possessed in- 
tense magnetic power. She was a good conversationist, 
and was able to discuss any subject that was presented, 
but always ready to give way if she was in the wrong. 
She was kind and forgiving, a strong advocate of the 
right, a Christian at heart, and a firm believer in the 
existence of the soul after the death of the body. 
She was never known to willfully injure any one, 
and was ever ready to make amends for any wrong un- 
wittingly done. She was a good judge of character, 
and was seldom mistaken in the conclusions which she 

During the last five years of her life she suffered 
from dropsy and rheumatism, being obliged to sit in her 
chair day and night, unable to lie down and resting in a 
sitting posture, her only recreation being her books and 
correspondence, which occupied all her time, with the 
exception of the Society of Loyal Home Workers who 
met at her house once a month. She bore her confine- 
ment and suffering with a fortitude that was marvel- 
lous, always exhibiting a cheerful disposition and when 
death came to relieve her of her afflictions, she passed 
away peacefully and without a struggle, with a firm 
hope of eternal life beyond the grave. She left a hus- 
band and daughter to mourn her loss, who are cheered 
with the thought that her spirit is where all suffering 
is over, in the presence of God who gave it. 

P. E. L. 



The origin of the Dewees family is veiled in obscu- 
rity, many descendants claiming that they are of French 
extraction. The first family of that name in this country 
emigrated from Holland about the year 1689, landing 
in New York, whence they removed to Pennsylvania the 
same year, or early in 1690. 

In 1898, Garret E. de Wees, claiming to be a nat- 
ive of Zaandam, Holland, gave the following history: 
"In 1563 there was bom in Dortrecht, Holland, Jan 
Pietre, the only son of his parents, who died when he 
was very young. He was adopted by a family who gave 
him the surname of de Wees which being anglicized 
means the Orphan, thus originating the name of de 
Wees, or later Dewees.'' It looks reasonable that such 
should be the case, as it was customary in those days to 
give surnames according to the avocation or circum- 
stances in which one was placed, thus Jan Pietre, the 
orphan, became Jan Pietre de Wees. 

The name Dewees is unmistakably of Holland ori- 
gin. Other evidence points in the same direction. From 
the bundle endorsed "Verscheide Stukken raekende de 
Colonic Van N. Nederlandts, No. 34," in Stad Huys, 
Amsterdam, Holland, is the following record: 

14 The Dewees Family. 

Holland Documents XV. 204. Moneys received on 
interest at 3^^ per cent on account of the City of Ams- 
terdam Colonic established in New Netherlands Ao 
1656. From Adam de Wees was borrowed 3.600 Florins. 
[Extract from New York Colonial Documents Manu- 
script Vol. 2, Page 1 01.] 

In a letter to Henry S. Dotterer of Philadelphia, 
from a gentleman in Lieuwarden occurs this passage: 
"Bom on 13th March 1673. Wilhelmina Pietre de Wees. 
From Parish Register Lieuwarden Province, Friesland, 

This Wilhelmina de Wees married, in 1689, Nich- 
olas (Claus) Rittenhouse, at New York, as the following 
extract from the Records of the Reformed Church in 
New York will show. Original Records page 662. Copy 
in New York, Gen. and Biog. Records, Vol. X, page 

Ingeschreven Getrouwt. 

den 10 May Ao 1689 den 29 May. 

Claus Rittenhuysen J. M. Van Aemheim en Willem- 
ymtie dWees J. D. Van Lieuwarden d Eerste wonende 
aen d zuyt river, en twede alhier. 

Marriage Banns Married 

the loth of May Year 1689 the 29th of May 

Nicholas Rittenhouse young man of Amheim and Wil- 
helmina de Wees young woman of Lieuwarden, the first 
living on the South (Delaware) river, and the second 
here (New York). 

Wilhelmina de Wees had three brothers, Corneli- 
us, William and Lewis. Their parents were Garrett Hen- 
dricks and Zytian de Wees, who bought land in Ger- 

The Dewees Family. 1 5 

mantown in 1690, as per copy of deed annexed. 

Deed from Herman op de Graff to Gerrett Hendricks de 


By these Presents be it known to all whom it may 
concern. THAT WHEREAS. Dirck Sipman at present 
residing in the city of Crefelt in the county of Cologne, 
did purchase of William Penn. Proprietor and Governor 
of the Province of Pennsylvania. Certain 5.000 acres of 
land in the said Province whereof he is at present in 
lawful possession and of which I Herman op de Graff by 
virtue of the full powers unto me for that purpose given. 
Do grant unto Cxerrett Hendricks deWees under the 
yearly rent of two Rix Dollars or 2 pieces of Eight year- 
ly forever. — Certain 50 acres of land situate in the Ger- 
man Township part whereof consists in a Town lot of 
the breadth of 14 Perches and 4 feet. Bounded on the 
one side towards the South East by William Reitting- 
housen, and on the other side towards the North West 
by Dirck Keysers Land extending Westward to the Main 
Street and Northward to the German Township line and 
containing XXX acres and the remaining XX are situ- 
ate amongst the said Germantown outside lotts extend- 
ing and bounded also on the southeast by William Reit- 
tinghousen on the northwest by Dirck Keyser, North- 
ward by the Township line, and Westward by the divi- 
sion street, and of the same breadth of XXX Perches — 
Which 50 acres of Land situated as above I the said 
Herman op de Graff as attorney of (and in the name of) 
the said Dirck Sipman do hereby grant unto the said 
Gerrett Hendricks de Wees, — ^Together with all the 
rights, titles and interests of the said Dirck Sipman of, 
in and to the same to the intent and purpose that the 
said Gerrett Hendricks de Wees his Heirs and Assigns 
hereafter forever possessing the same shall and may 
peaceably and unmolested, have hold and possess the 
same Win granted Land with any claim and demand 
of the aforesaid Dirck Sipman his Heirs atid Assigns. On 
the other hand the said Gerrett Hendricks de Wees 



1 6 The Dewees Family. 

hereby binds himself his Heirs and Assigns yearly on 
the first day of the first month commonly called March 
to pay unto the said Dirck Sipman his Heirs and As- 
signs forever, The said yearly rent of 2 Rix Dollars or 
2 pieces of Eight the payment of which yearly rent to 
be made in the year 1691 on the first day of March. 

And lastly the said Gerrett Hendricks de Wees shall 
be obliged in order for the more better assurance of his 
right to the said (50) acres of Land to cause this present 
grant or a suflScient Extract thereof to be duly entered 
into the appointed Public Town Record. 

In Testimony whereof the Parties have set their 
hands and Seals hereunto. Done at German town 1690 
the ist day of the first month commonly called March. 
Witnesses. Herman op de Graff (Seal) 

Isaac Shumaker. Gerret Hendricks de Wees (Seal) 
Paul Wulff. 

Passed in the Court of Records ye 22nd. 9th. M. 1698. 

(Deed Book, I; 9, 218. Philadelphia, Pa.) 

According to the following, found in the Recorder's 

office in Philadelphia, the above lot of ground was sold 

by Zytian de Wees, widow of Gerret Hendricks de Wees, 

through her Attorney, Claus Rittenhouse, in 1701, to 

Conrad Cod Weis: 

THIS ENDENTURE made the 23d. day of De- 
cember one thousand seven hundred and one between 
Claus Ruttinghuysen, lawful Attorney of Zytian de 
Wees widow of Gerric Hendricks deWees. on the one 
part, and John Conrad Cod Weis of Germantown on the 
other part, for and in consideration of 23 pounds cur- 
rent silver money of Pennsylvania a certain half lot con- 
taining 25 acres, and a further consideration of a yearly 
rent of six shillings to be paid to Dirck Sipman his 
Heirs and Assigns forever. Witnessed by 

Hans Senrussmirls. 

Peter Keyser. (Exemplification Records. I, 390.) 

Claus Ruttinghuysen, Attorney, etc., for Zytian de 

The Dewees Family. 1 7 

Wees, widow of Garrett Hendricks de Wees, sold the oth- 
er half lot to John Henry Mehls, the same then being in 
possession of Zytian de Wees, widow of Garrett Hendricks 
de Wees, for the sum of 17 pounds. Witnessed by Arr- 
et Klinkin and Peter Keyser. 

(Exemplification Records, 8, 392, L.) 

Deed from John Conrad Codweis to William Dewees. 

This Indenture made October 2nd. 1703. between 
John Conrad Codweis of Germantown county of Phila- 
delphia, Province of Pennsylvania, on the one part, and 
William Dewees of the same Township, County and 
Province on the other part. WITNESSETH THAT 
THE SAID John Conrad Codweis for and in considera- 
tion of the sum of twenty seven pounds, current silver 
money of Pennsylvania which sum is secured to be paid 
by a bill of mortgage under the said William Dewees's 
hand and seal.-bearing date with these presents, the re- 
ceipt whereof he the said John Conrad Codweis doth 
hereby acknowledge, and for both acquit and discharge 
the said William Dewees his heirs and assigns forever, 
doth Grant, Bargain &c a certain half lot in German- 
town containing twenty five acres, — all of which 25 acres 
were formerly granted by Herman op de Grafif, Attor- 
ney of Dirck Sipman at Crefelt in the county of Mentz 
in Germany unto Gerard Hendricks de Wees by a deed 
of Enfoeffin dated the first of March 1690. acknoledged 
in open court the 22nd. of November 1698. and now in 
the tenure and possession of him the said John Conrad 
Codweis, by virtue of a deed of sale from the above men- 
tioned Gerard Hendricks de Wees' widow Zytian dated 
the 1 8th day of April 1701. acknowledged in a court of 
records, held at Germantown 1703. 

John Conrad Weis. 

Exemplification records. No. 8, p. 386. 

Recorder of Deeds' Office, Philadelphia, Pa. 

This same land was sold by William Dewees to 
Conrad Rutters, on the 22d of nth month, commonly 

1 8 The Dewees Family. 

called January, 1706. 

In Rupp's collection of thirty thousand names of 
emigrants to Pennsylvania, in list of first settlers at 
Germantown and vicinity from 1683 to 1710, page 430, 
are found the names of Johannes de Wees and Cornelius 
de Wees. On page 471, among the four hundred and 
sixty-five names of German, Dutch and French inhab- 
itants of Philadelphia county, who owned land and paid 
quit rents prior to 1734, are found the names of William 
DeWees, 150 acres, in Cresheim township, late part of 
Germantown; Cornelius DeWees, 24 acres, and Garrett 
DeWees, 100 acres in Hanover township. The name pf 
Johannes DeWees does not appear again; whether he 
owned no land, had died, or removed, is not known. 

William Dewees, whose sister (Wilhelmina) mar- 
ried Nicholas, (Claus) Rittenhouse, came from New York 
to Germantown with his brother-in-law in 1689 or 1690. 
He was bom about 1677, in I/ieuwarden, Holland, which 
is the largest town in the Province of Friesland, 70 miles 
N. E. of Amsterdam. It is the opinion of Horatio Gates 
Jones (a prominent local historian) that William Dewees 
learned the trade of paper making with William Ritten- 
house (father of Nicholas), who built the first paper mill 
erected in America. William Dewees built the second 
Mill in 1 710, on the west bank of the Wissahickon Creek, 
in that part of Germantown known as Crefeld, which 
he afterwards sold to Nicholas Rittenhouse and three 
others, and the recitals in the deed show that the mill 
was then in full operation. Henry Dewees, son of Will- 
iam, afterwards owned the mill, as shown on a map made 
in 1746. Henry probably purchased it for himself. 

We have a tradition from some of the older mem- 
bers of the family, long since dead, that there were two 

The Dewees Family. 19 

brothers and a sister who emigrated to New York in the 
latter part of* the 1 7th century. The sister married a Rit- 
tenhouse, and of the brothers, William settled in Pennsyl- 
vania and Lewis settled in Delaware. Another account 
shows that William had a brother Comelins, who in 
partnership with William, purchased land in Bebber- 
town on the Skippack in 1708. 

William Dewees, presumably the elder of the three 
brothers, settled in Germantown, and his descendants 
are and have been prominent in the history of Philadel- 
phia and surrounding country, many of whom distin- 
guished themselves in the professions, both in military 
and civil life, as also in Church work. . 

Cornelius Dewees chose the occupation of a farmer 
and took up his residence in what is now Montgomery 
county. His descendants are scattered throughout Penn- 
sylvania, Ohio and other Western States, many of them 
having amassed fortunes by tilling the soil. 

Lewis Dewees was by occupation a weaver, and for 
several years pursued his avocation in Philadelphia, 
afterwards buying land in Delaware, where he raised a 
family of children. He died in 1 743 after accumulating 
considerable property. His descendants are scattered 
throughout the West and Southwest. 

The Dewees family, it can be seen from the outline 
which has been presented of its origin in this chapter, 
belonged to a class of immigrants to the new world 
whose honesty, industry and other valuable qualities con- 
tributed to the upbuilding of the state which they made 
their permanent home. 

In colonial times, many members of the family, as 
has been stated, were engaged in farming, but some 
turned their attention to other industries, including that 

20 The Dewees Family. 

of paper making. 

In the course of many generations which have 
passed since their coming to Pennsylvania, the members 
of the family have become connected by intermarriage 
with many others who are prominent in this and adja- 
cent states. It will be the aim in succeeding chapters of 
this work to trace the descent of the different branches 
into which the family developed, and to give as much 
information as possible concerning its more distinguish- 
ed members. 



William Dewees, or de Wees, the eldest son of Ger- 
ret Hendricks and Zytian de Wees, was bom in 1677 at 
Lieuwarden, Province of Friesland, Holland. He, with 
his parents and brothers, Cornelius and Lewis, and sis- 
ter Wilhelmina, emigrated to New York in the year 
1688, and soon after removed to Germantown, near 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was employed as 
an apprentice in the first paper mill erected in Amer- 
ica. It was built and operated by William Rittenhouse, 
father of Nicholas Rittenhouse, who married William's 
sister, Wilhelmina de Wees. This paper mill was situ- 
ated on a small rivulet flowing into Wissahickon Creek, 
which flows through what is now Fairmount Park, in 
the city of Philadelphia. In 1710 William Dewees built 
the second paper mill, which was on or near the present 
site of the Monastery of St. Joseph, farther up the stream. 
It has long since fallen into decay, and not a vestige of 
it remains. 

On June 20th, 1708, he, in partnership with his 
brother Cornelius, bought 390 acres of land in Bebber^s 
(afterwards Skippack) Township, which they sold dur- 
ing the succeeding five years. William Dewees did not 
live on this property, but Cornelius did. William Dewees, 

22 The Dewees Family. 

paper maker, owned and sold lands, mills and houses, 
in Crefeld, Germantown, prior to 1725. Where he lived 
from 1725 to 1730 is not definitely known. He also held 
many offices under the Proprietary Government such as 
Constable and Sheriff, as well as some minor positions. 
He was a zealous and exemplary Church worker, giving 
his time and his home for the benefit of the Reformed 
Church, of which he was a member. The late Henry S. 
Dotterer, in a paper read before the Montgomery Coun- 
ty Historical Society, said: 

Those emigrants who came from Holland and Ger- 
many in the early years of the Province were, in a large 
part, members of the Reformed Church. The name Re- 
formed, as applied to a religious organization, dates from 
the uprising against the Church of Rome in the Six- 
teenth century, known as the Reformation, The Prot- 
estants, or seceders, in Germany divided into a number 
of denominations. A large body was known as the Re- 
formed, another as the Lutherans. In France 50,000 
members of the Reformed Church — Huguenots — ^were 
martyred on St. Bartholomew's night in 1572. Also 500,- 
000 were exiled by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. 
The Pennsylvania Reformed Church was in the begin- 
ning composed of descendants of these revolters against 
the Church of Rome. Several colonists belonging to this 
faith settled along the Wissahickon Creek in what is 
known as the Whitemarsh country. They formed a re- 
ligious society as early as 17 10. On the 4th of June of 
that year, the Whitemarsh Reformed Church was organ- 
ized by Domine Paulus Van Vlecq, who came over from 
Neshaminy, Bucks County, for that purpose. On the 25th 
of December, 17 10, these officers were installed: Evert 
Ten Heuvea, Senior Elder; Isaac Dilbeck, Junior Elder; 

The Dewees Family. 23 

William Dewees, Senior Deacon; Jan Aweeg, Junior Dea- 
con. Before the Reformed people of Pennsylvania had 
begun to have religious services they associated them- 
selves in Falkner Swamp, Skippack and Whitemarsh, 
and when they communed it was with the Presbyterians, 
but this arrangement did not suit some of them, and 
they desired John Philip Boehm to become their minister. 
Upon his coming to Pennsylvania about 1720, he was 
invited to lead in their religious gatherings, and to read 
to them printed sermons. He consented to this, and in 
1725 they urged him to become the pastor of the three 
congregations above mentioned. He hesitated to under- 
take the responsibility because he was not ordained to 
the ministry. A committee was appointed who renewed 
their persuasions, and he yielded. A system of Church 
government was drawn up and published in the three 
congregations, and accepted by them, and a formal call 
was made to Boehm, and accepted by him. The first 
communion was held at Whitemarsh on the 28th of 
December, 1725. 

This was the beginning of Boehm's ministry at 
Whitemarsh. Matters went on smoothly until the year 

1727, when objection was made to Boehm because he was 
not ordained. Application was made to the Low Dutch 
Reformed ministers at New York, for ordination. In May, 

1728, William Dewees accompanied Mr. Boehm to New 
York on his mission. The New York Church authori- 
ties referred the matter to the higher ecclesiastical offic- 
ials in Holland for disposition. A lengthy statement of 
the case was forwarded to the classis of Amsterdam in 
July, 1728. The signers who represented the White- 
marsh congregation were William Dewees, Isaac Dil- 
beck, Ludwig Knauss, and Johannes Ravenstock. 

24 The Dewees Family. 

By direction of the Amsterdam classis, Boehm was 
ordained by the Dutch ministers in New York, on Sun- 
day afternoon, Nov. 23, 1729. A commissioner from each 
of the three Pennsylvania congregations was present, 
William Dewees representing Whitemarsh. In the year 
1739 the officers at Whitemarsh were: William Dewees 
and Christopher Ottinger, elders; Ludwig Knauss and 
Philip Sherer, deacons. 

The Church in Holland desired to know from the 
several Reformed congregations here the sum each 
would undertake to contribute toward the support of a 
pastor. Each congregation was canvassed, and a reply 
over the signature of the Church officers was made for 
transmission to Holland. Elders William Dewees and 
Christopher Ottinger and Deacon Philip Sherer report- 
ed on the 1 6th of March, 1740, as follows: "The congre- 
gation of Whitemarsh comprises very few families, and 
is for this reason willing to unite with the congregation 
at Germantown; and, should the latter be provided with 
a regular preacher by the pious Church Fathers, this 
congregation is willing to add its share to what they 
contribute, which we, as elders of long standing service, 
hereby subscribe to." 

In a communication by Pastor Boehm to the Hol- 
land Church authorities under date of April 20, 1 744, 
where he speaks of the house of worship, he says, "In 
the congregation at Whitemarsh, we have as yet noth- 
ing at all [in the way of a Church edifice,] but during 
all this long time, we have made use of the house of El- 
der William 'Dewees for holding divine service, without 
any unwillingness from his honor, or the least expecta- 
tion of payment. The worthy man cherishes a constant 
and pious hope that God will yet provide the means [to 

The Dewees Family. 25 

build a church.] " 

In a letter to the Classis of Amsterdam, Nov. 23, 
1746, Pastor Boehm says, "The Whitemarsh congrega- 
tion, which at all tim^ consisted of but few members, 
has through the death of the aged and faithful elder, 
William Dewees, come to a standstill because his house 
was at all times our church, but since his death it can 
be so no longer, nor is there opportunity at hand to wor- 
ship elsewhere, much less the means to build a church." 

William Dewees was a man of sterling character and 
noble principle, generous to a fault, a Christian in every 
sense of the word; and one worthy to be called ancestor 
by his numerous descendants. 

A tablet should be erected to his memory, by those 
who have been benefited by his unselfish zeal in the 
Church of which he was an honored member. Few have 
excelled him in the faithful discharge of his duties to 
his fellow-men. 

The following extract from an article written by the 
late Horatio Gates Jones and published in the Pennsyl- 
vania History Magazine, Vol. 20. page 330, may be of 
interest as it relates to the first paper mill built in 

"In a beautiful and secluded valley in that part of the 
County of Philadelphia known as Roxborough, there is 
a rivulet called Paper Mill Run, which empties into the 
Wissahickon creek about two miles above its junction 
with the river Schuylkill. This rivulet, after crossing 
Township-line Road above the present Rittenhouse 
Street, passes through a small meadow near the well- 
known McKinney stone quarry. In that meadow on the 
banks of the rivulet the first paper mill in America was 

26 The Dewees Family. 

erected in 1690. The founder was a Hollander named 
William Ryttinghuissen, now anglicized into Ritten- 
house. He was bom in the Principality of Broich in the 
year 1644. His ancestors had been engaged for gener- 
ations in paper making and he had learned the same 

"After the death of William Rittenhouse, the bus- 
iness was carried on by Nicholas Rittenhouse, his son, 
who married Wilhelmina Dewees. The business of paper 
making was no doubt remunerative, and in the course 
of a few years the second paper mill in the American 
Colonies was erected by another early settler named 
William Dewees, a brother-in-law of Nicholas Ritten- 
house. This second mill was built in 17 10, on the west 
side of the Wissahickon Creek, in that part of German- 
town known in early times as Crefeld, near the line of 
the present Montgomery County, then called the Manor 
of Springfield." 

Two poems were published in 1692 and 1696 which 
establish the fact of the existence of the Rittenhouse 
paper mill on the Wissahickon, in Roxborough Town- 
ship, as early, at least, as 1690, forty years in advance of 
the first mill of the kind in New England, at Milton, 
Massachusetts. (Scharf and Westcott's History of Phil- 
adelphia. Vol. I, page 223.) 

In the year 1713 William Dewees sold this mill and 
a tract of 100 acres of land to Nicholas Rittenhouse and 
three others, as the following shows: 

THIS INDENTURE. Bet;ween William de Wees 
and Anna Christina his wife of the one part, and Abra- 
ham Tunis of Germantown Township Yeoman, William 
Streeper, Claus Ruttinghuysen and John Gorgas of 

The Dewees Family. 27 

Roxberry Townsliip in the County of Philadelphia, 
for and in consideration of the sum of 145 Pounds law- 
ful money of the Province of Pennsylvania — ^all that 
Tract of Land situate, lying and being in that part of 
Germantown called Crefeld betwixts the respective lands 
of said William Streeper and of Thomas Tress, former- 
ly of Thomas Williams bounded with one end thereof by 
the Springfield Manor, and with the other end with the 
residue of the land or plantation of Gerpert Papen de- 
ceased and containing, 100 acres of land, and also the 
Paper Mill with all and singular the Improvements, 
Tools, Iron Potts and every other thing or things what- 
soever belonging to the Paper Making Trade, together 
with the Dwelling house, Buildings, Edifices, Orchards, 
Gardens, Fields, Fences, Meadows, Swamps, Cripples, 
Woods, Underwoods, Timber and Trees, Waters, Water- 
courses, Commodities, Privileges, Improvements and 
Appurtenances whatsoever to the said 100 acres, Etc, 

Dated fifteenth day of December, Anno Dom One 
thousand Seven hundred and thirteen. 

Signed, William de Wees (Seal) 


Ann Christine X de Wees (Seal) 


(Deed Book E, 7, Vol. 9, Page 168-170.) 

The following anecdote is related of William De- 
wees while he was Sheriff in 1704: 

"The 28th of November, 1704. Daniel Falkner 
coming into the Court behaved himself very ill, like one 
that was last night drunk, and not yet having recovered 
his wits. He railed most greviously on the Recorder, 
Simon Andrews, and the Bailiff, Aret Klicken, as per- 
sons not fit to sit in the Court: He challenged Peter 

28 The Dewees Family. 

Shoemaker, one of the Judges on the bench, to come 
forth, and more the like enormities. The Sheriff, William 
de Wees, telling him that he would not do so in Phila- 
delphia, the said Falkner himself answered no, not for 
a hundred pounds: and after abundance of foul language, 
when the Court bid the said Sheriff and the constable 
bring him out, he went himself, crying, you are all fools, 
but afterwards coming again, the Court ordered him to 
pay his fine for having of late been extreme drunk, and 
convicted before Hans Grerry Meels, a Magpistrate or 
Justice of the Peace, as also to find security for his ap- 
pearance and answering for the many abuses offered to 
this Court. He said he would pay the said fine before 
going out of the house, but concerning security, the 
Frankford Company was security enough for him, offer- 
ing also paper of his to this Court, which the Clerk be- 
gan to read, but the Court having heard a few lines of 
it was not willing to hear it all over, committed him, the 
said Daniel Falkner, to appear at the next Court of Re- 
cord to be held for this corporation and answer . for the 
abuses above expressed.'' 

(Pietists of Provincial Pennsylvania, Page 175.) 

Both William and Cornelius Dewees sent their 
children to the school taught by Francis Daniel Pastor- 
ius at Germantown. In 1 708 Cornelius moved to the Van 
Bebber tract, which comprised what is now Perkiomen 
Township. On the 26th of March, 1729, William Dewees 
purchased a place in Crefeld and entered into making 
paper, while Henry Antes attended to a part of the mill 
which was used for making flour, as the following record 

This Indenture made the Second day of February 

The Dewees Family. 29 

in the year of our Lord 1730 between William Dewees 
of Cref eldt, in the Township of Germantown and Coun- 
ty of Philadelphia, paper maker: and Christina his wife 
of the one part, and Henry Antes of Hanover Township 
said County, Carpenter, of the second part, WHEREAS, 
by a certain Indenture made the twenty sixth of March 
last between Gerhard Brownpackof Winesense [Vin- 
cent] Township County of Chester, Yeoman, and Mary 
his wife, Jacob Sheymer of Bebber Township, County 
of Philadelphia and Margaret his wife, John Jansen of 
Sulphur [Salford] Township County of Philadelphia 
and Elizabeth his wife, Benjamin Howell of German- 
town Township County of Philadelphia and Katharine 
his wife and Christina (als Styntie) Paupen of Wine- 
sense Township County of Chester, (Spinster,) (Child- 
ren of the late Havent Paupen of Germantown) of the 
one part, and William Dewees of the other part, etc. 

They did grant, sell, etc, 93 acres 3 roods and 20 per- 
ches, Grist Mill, two pair of stones, and two bolting 
mills and mill house built and erected, found and pro- 
vided at the joint and equal cost and charge of William 
Dewees and Henry Antes. Digging and making dams 
and Mill-race and providing and putting gears of the 
Paper Mill, were at charge of William Dewees. For 
the money and labor expended by Henry Antes and 25 
Pounds, the one-half interest in the Grist Mill and 
ground is conveyed to Henry Antes, the Paper Mill to 
be only served by the overplus of water, when the Grist 
Mills are supplied. Those who signed for Christina De- 
wees were Jacob Engle and Thomas Yorke, before Ed- 
ward Roberts, Justice. Feb. 22, 1730. 

The full record of this transaction is in the Phila- 
delphia Recorder's office. Deed Book F, 5, Page 197. 

30 The Dewees Family. 

William Dewees lived on this tract from the time 
lie took possession nntil his death in 1745. Here also 
Henry Antes lived for three or five years, nntil he re- 
moved to the mill he purchased of Hagerman near the 
branches of the Perkiomen in Hanover township. 

This is the tract on which the Convent and Acade- 
my of St. Joseph stand to-day. It is an institution of ed- 
ucational value. As the home of William Dewees it 
possesses a peculiar interest, for he was a man of strong 
religous principles. All that time there was no house of 
worship for the members of the Reformed Faith, and 
William Dewees opened his own home to their need. 

Will of William Dewees. 

In the name of God Amen. — I William Dewees of 
the Township of Germantown, in the County of Phila- 
delphia and Province of Pennsylvania, Miller, being weak 
of body but of perfect and sound Mind and Memory 
thanks be given to God therefor calling unto Mind the 
Mortality of ' my Body and the uncertain State of this 
Transitory Life do make this my last Will and Testa- 
ment concerning my Real and personal Estate whereof 
I am any ways seized or possessed, Imprimis, its my 
Will that all my debts and funeral charges be first due- 
ly paid by my Executors hereafter named. Item. I give 
and bequeath unto my Dear Wife Anna Christina in 
lieu of her Dower the Sum of Twelve pounds to be paid 
her yearly, for Ever after my Decease and a feather Bed 
any she thinks fitt to Chose and the privilege of any 
Room of my new dwelling house to Live in so long as 
the said dwelling house shall remain unsold after my 
decease. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter 
Christina the Sum of Seventy pounds to be paid in ff our 

The Dewees Family. 3 1 

years after my decease. Item. I give and bequeath unto 
my daughter Margaret the sum of Thirty pounds to be 
paid to her in ffour years after my decease having here- 
tofore given her Land to the value of fforty pounds. 
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William the sum 
of ffive shillings. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son 
Henry the sum of ffive shillings. Item. I give and be- 
queath unto my son Cornelius the sum of One hundred 
pounds flSfty whereof to be paid in six months and the 
other flSfty in ffour years after my decease. Item. I give 
and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the sum of Sev- 
enty pounds to be paid her in ffour years after my de- 
cease. Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Philip 
the sum of One hundred pounds to be paid him 
when he shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years. 
Item. I give, devise and bequeath unto my Son Gar- 
rett Dewees All that my dwelling House, Grist Mill 
Land and plantation situate in Germantown aforesaid 
with the Buildings and appurtenances thereunto belong- 
ing To Hold unto him his Heirs and Assigns for ever 
he paying unto the Legatees above named their respect- 
ive Legacys at the time appointed for payment thereof 
and permitting my Wife Anna Christina peaceably to 
dwell in any Room of the said dwelling House whilst 
he occupies the same and in case of his or his Heirs 
Selling or demiseing the same to provide her a comfort- 
able Room elsewhere to dwell in during her life. Item. 
I give and bequeath unto my said Son Garrett all my 
personal Estate of what kind soever (the Bed above be- 
queathed to my Wife Excepted) and Lastly I do make, 
ordain and appoint my dear Wife Anna Christina 
my said Son Garrett and my Son in Law Henry 
Antes Executors of this my Last Will and Testament 

32 The Dewees Family. 

and I do hereby revoke, disannul and make void all and 
every other Will and Wills Bequest and Legacys by me 
heretofore made bequeathed or given and do make and 
declare this only to be my Last Will and Testament. 

In Witness whereof I the said William Dewees have 
hereunto sett my hand and seal this Twenty second day 
of November in the year of our Lord one thousand sev- 
en hundred and forty four. 

William Dewees (Seal) 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared 
by the said William Dewees for and as his Last Will 
and Testament in the presence of Richard Bull, John 
Johnson, Thomas Yorke. 

Philadelphia July 13th, 1745, Then personally ap- 
peared John Johnson and Thomas Yorke two of the Wit- 
nesses to the foregoing Will and the said John Johnson 
on his solemn affirmation according to Law, and the said 
Thomas Yorke on his oath respectively did declare they 
saw and heard William Dewees the Testator therein 
named sign, seal, publish and declare the same Will to 
be his Last Will and Testament, and that at the doing 
thereof he was of Sound Mind, Memory and Under- 
standing to the best of their knowledge. 

William Plumsted. Reg'r General. 

Be it Remembered that on the thirteenth day of July 
1 745 the Last Will and Testament of William Dewees 
deceased was proved in due form of Law and Probate 
and Letters Testamentary were granted to Anna Christ- 
ina and Garret Dewees two of the Executors therein 
named (Henry Antes the other Executor therein named 
being absent) having first sworn well and truly to ad- 
minister the said Decedent's Estate and bring an In- 

The Dewees Family, 33 

ventory thereof into the Reg'r General's Office at 
Philadelphia at or before the thirteenth day of August 
next and rendering a true and just account, calculation or 
reckoning of the said administration when thereunto Law- 
fully required. Given under the Seal of the said office. 

William Plumsted. Reg'r General. 

William Dewees died March 3d, 1745, and Anna 
Christina in 1749. Both were buried in the Concord or 
Upper Burying Ground at Germantown, where also rest 
the remains of their son Henry and his wife Rachel, a- 
long with others of the family. 

Quite unexpectedly has come to light a manuscript 
in which mention is made of business transactions with 
William Dewees, paper maker, on the Wissahickon, as 
far back as the year 1710. It is the record of the person- 
al accounts of Rev. Paulus Van Vlecq, Dutch Reformed 
minister in Pennsylvania. These business entries are 
scattered through the church record of the congregations 
served by Van Vlecq. The transcript from the original 
has been made by Prof. Wm. J. Hinke, whose decipher- 
ings of antiquated manuscript may be depended upon as 
unerringly accurate. We append the entries in the lan- 
guage of the original record, and add the translation: 

Anno 1 710 den 18 December aen Willem 

DeWees geleent 5 pondt light gelt 

om in't eerst van Mey anno 1711 

weeder te geven : 5 : — : — : 

Onlf angen 2 pondt 7 shel. en 
10}^ swaer gelt. 

Anno 1710 Den 18 December aen 

Pieter Van Hooren geleent 


The Dewees Family. 

2 pondt 8 schel. 6^ pens swaer 
geldt om in't laest van 
April weder te geven 

Ontfangen van Willem de 
Wees 2 schel. 
4 boek papier a yj^ pens per boek 

4 schel 6 pens an pastorius 
fijn papier lo a 9 pens per boek 

5 boek papier a 6 pens per boek 

5 boek papier a yj^ pens per boek 
Dilbeck debet voor een psalm 
boek 2 schel. 

2 : 8 : 6J^ 







an Willem de Wees over betaelt 
2 schel : 10 pens. 

nogh 12 tinne lepels p. : — : 6 : — 

Rest van't oude nogh 6 schel : 95^ pens. 


1 8th December, 17 10, loaned William Dewees 
5 ponnds light (paper?) money, to be 
returned on ist of May, 171 1. £^ 

Received £2 7 10^ in heavy 

money (coin?) 
18th December, 17 10, loaned Peter Van 
Horn £2 8 6^ heavy / 2 8 6J^ 

money, to be returned on 
the last of April. 
Received from William 
Dewees, 2 shillings ..20 

4 quires of paper at 7^d. per quire ..26 

4 shilling 6 pence (paid) to Pastorius ..46 
fine paper 10 at 9d. per quire ..26 

5 quires of paper at 6d. per quire ..26 

The Dewees Family. 35 

5 quires of paper at 7j^d. per quire .. ^ 1% 

Dilbeck Debtor for one Psalm 
Book, 2 shillings. 

Paid over to William Dewees 
2 shillings 10 pence 

also 12 tin (or pewter) spoons £- ^ o 

Balance of the old 6 shillings 6 pence. 


Here is an instance of a pastor who was in a posi- 
tion to lend his parishioners money. It will be found 
upon examination that, including the payment to Pas- 
torius, (made no doubt by William Dewees for credit of 
Van Vlecq) the entire loan of five pounds was repaid 
by William Dewees. This is the only instance of sales of 
paper by Dewees that has come to our notice. The con- 
cluding items relating to William Dewees must re- 
main unexplained. 

(Perkiomen Region, Vol. 2, pages 192-193.) 

It could be wished that there were in existence 
more facts concerning William Dewees and his contem- 
poraries. They were an honest, frugal people, simple 
in their tastes and habits, faithful to their religpious 
instincts, and careful to fulfill every obligation resting 
upon them. He and they belonged to a class of citi- 
zens of whom it may be truthfully said that their word 
was as good as their bond, both being kept with the 
most scrupulous devotion to principle. The conditions 
of life were very different in the early days of the col- 
ony from those in which their descendants find them- 
selves at the present time. They were true to them- 
selves and to their intuitions, and they have left be- 

36 The Dewees Family. 

hind them a record of which their descendants may 
well be proud. It is unfortunate that the work of com- 
memorating their faithfulness and devotion to duty had 
not been begun earlier when it would have been pos- 
sible to have obtained more information as to them. 

Immigrants like Dewees and his contemporaries 
had a large share in the making of the State of Pennsyl- 
vania, now among the most populous and prosperous 
in the American Union. Their descendants have scat- 
tered over the entire country, carrying with them every- 
where the virtues of industry, sobriety and morality 
which they have inherited from their ancestors. 



The descendants of William and Anna Christina 
(Meels) Dewees. 


1. Garrett, m. Agnes Streeper. 

2. Christina Elizabeth, m. 2, 2, 1726, Henry Antes. 

3. Margaret, m. Peter Knorr. 

4. William, m. Rachel Farmer, d. 1777. 

5. Henry, b. 1716, m. Rachel d. 1801. 

6. Cornelius, m. Maria Philippina Boehm. 

7. Mary. 

8. Philip, went to South Carolina about 1760, d. 1778. 


Children of No. 2. 
Henry and Christina E. (Dewees) Antes. 
9. Anna, b. 11, 8, 1726. 

10. Anna Margaretta, b. 9, 9, 1:728. 

11. Philip Frederick, b. 7, 2, 1730. 

12. William, b. 9, 18, 1731. 

13. Elizabeth, i, 29, 1734. 

14. John Henry, b. 10, 5, 1736. 

15. Jacob, b. 9, 19, 1738. 

I ' 

38 The Dewees Family. 

16. John, b. 3, 13, 1740. 

17. Mary Magdalene, b. 10, 28, 1742. 

18. Joseph, b. I, 8, 1745. 

19. Benigna, b. 9, 16, 1748. 

Children of No. 4. 
William and Rachel (Farmer) Dewees. 

20. William, m. ist, Sarah Potts; 2d, Sarah Waters, 11, 

15, 1769. 

21. Thomas, m. Hannah Potts. 

22. Samuel, m. Mary Cobum. 

23. Sarah. 

24. Rachel. . 

25. Farmer, m. Mary Barge. 

William Dewees, No. 20, was a Lieutenant-Colonel 
in the Revolutionary War. Thomas Dewees, No. 21, 
was Jailer in Philadelphia in 1776-77. 

Children of No. 5. 
Henry and Rachel Dewees. 

26. William, b. 1752, d. 1815, m. Sarah Bicking. 

27. Jacob, b. 6, 15, 1755, d. 12, 19, 1829, ^- Mary . 

28. Henry, Jr., b. 1757, d. 2, 20, 1802. 

29. John, b. 1760, d. 3, 29, 1835, m. Mary Hentz. 

30. Charles, b. 9, 24, I76i,d. 11, 9, 1828, m. 1787, Eliz- 

abeth Sharp. 

31. Jonathan, m. 4, 2, 1794, Rebecca Johnson. 

32. Sarah, m. Benjamin Sheetz. 

33. Mary, m. Christian Knorr. 

Children of No. 8. 
Philip Dewees and wife. 

34. Cornelius, m. 6, 29, 1770, Sarah Minors, Charles- 

ton, S. C. 

The Dewees Family. 39 

35. Andrew, m. 1778, Catharine Chicken. 

36. William, m. 7, 14, 1778, Frances Lovejoy,of Charles- 

ton, m. 2d wife, 10, 25, 1 78 1, Jane Rogers, of the 
same place. 

37. John, m. Sarah Vincent, d. 1790. 


Children of No. 20. 
William and Sarah (Potts) Dewees. 

38. Rachel, m. Benjamin Bartholomew. 

39. Hannah, m. 2, 9, 1792, Rev. John Boggs. 

William Dewees and 2d wife, Sarah Waters. 

40. Waters, b. 1776, m. Ann Bull, 6, 14, 1796, d. 1858. 

41. Thomas W. 

42. George W. 

43. William. 

44. Anne, m. James Potts about 1811. 

Children of No. 21. 
Thomas and Hannah (Potts) Dewees. 

45. Rebecca, b. 8, 20, 1765, m. Thomas Mecalf. 

46. Martha, b. 10, 2, 1766. 

47. William Potts, b. 5, 5, 1768, istwife, Martha Rog- 

ers; 2d, Mary Lor)i;^in. 

48. Jesse, b. 9, 14, 1770. 

49. Sarah, b. 12, 28, 1772, m. ist, Hodgkiss; 2d, Caleb 


50. Haimah, b. 10, 22, 1776. 

51. Thomas, b. 6, 13, 1781. 

Children of No. 22. 
Samuel and Mary (Cobum) Dewees. 

52. Rachel, m. John Wilson. 

53. Sallie, m. Robert Taylor. 

54. Farmer, b. 9, 15, 1792, d. 7, 28, 1869. 

40 The Dewees Family. 

55. John Cobum, m. Maria Bayless. 

56. Eliza, m. Wilkins Tannehill. 

Children of No. 25. 
Farmer and Mary (Barge) Dewees. 

57. Elizabeth. 

58. Mary. 

59. Andrew. 

Children of No. 26. 
William and Sarah (Bicking) Dewees. 

60. William, b. 1788, d. 8, 15, 1855; ^- MaryShermer. 

61. Frederick, drowned in Mill Creek, age not known. 

62. Henry, went away from home, never heard from. 

63. Rebecca, m. 12, 11, 1823, John Shermer. 

64. Elizabeth. 

Children of No, 27. 
Jacob and Mary Dewees. 

65. Sarah, b. 4, 19, 1782, m. George Streeper. 

66. Mary, b. 3, 16, 1784, m. Frederick Wampole. 

67. Rachel, b. 2, 21, 1786, m. 11, 10, 1810, BenjaminFries. 

68. Margaret, b. 10, 24, 1788, m. 12, 21, 1814, Daniel 


69. Jacob, b. 3, 26, 1791, m. Margaret Omensetter. 

70. Henry, b. 8, 27, 1797, d. 10, 29, 1865, m. Mary 


71. Elizabeth, b. 5, 22, 1801, m. Jacob Lentz. 

72. Daniel, b. 5, 27, 1804, d. 4, 2, 1888, m. Mary Ann 


Children of No. 29. 
John and Mary (Hentz) Dewees. 

73. Henry, b. 7, 11, 1783, d. 8, 25, 1783. 

74. Samuel, b. 9, 21, 1784, m. 3, 21, 1810, Catharine 


The Dewees Family. 41 

75. Sarah, b. 3, 17, 1787, d. 11, 11, 1835, m. 4, 5, 1810, 

Mark Baird. 

76. John, b. 2, 19, 1790, d. 7, 15, 18C4. 

77. Mary, b. 11, 11, 1792. 

78. Abraham, b. 9, 9, 1795, d. 11, 15, 1802. 

79. Elizabeth, b. 5, 23, 1798, m. 10, 31, 1816, Peter 


80. William H., b. 12, 7, 1800, d. 9, 17, 1872, m. 4, 25, 

1837, Margaret Sorber. 

81. Charles, b. 8, 17, 1804, m. 11, 8, 1832, Hannah 


Children of No. 30. 
Charles and Elizabeth (Sharp) Dewees. 

82. Rachel, b. 8, 28, 1789, d. 4, 30, 1871, m. Thomas 


83. Hester, b. 3, 7, 1791, m. George Clift. 

84. Elizabeth, b. 4, 4, 1793, d. 9, 25, 1826, m. Joseph 


85. Sarah, b. 2, 21, 1795, d. 5, 26, 1829, ^' Jesse H. 


86. Charles, b. 3, 18, 1797, d. 11, 1867, m. 9, 13, 1821, 

Sarah Adams. 

87. Henry, b. 10, 20, 1799, d. 11, i, 1876, m. 9, i, 1831, 

Lonisa Charlotte Schlosser. 

88. Adam, b. 5, 6< 1802, d. 11, 25, 1822. 

89. Isaiah S., b. 6, 6, 1804, d. 6, 3, 1878, m. 3, 16, 1828, 

Mary Hart. 

90. Levi, b. 7, 18, 1806, d. i, 4, 1885, m. Mary Comly. 

91. Rebecca, b. 6, 22, 1809, m. John Elliott. 

Children of No. 31. 
Jonathan and Rebecca (Johnson) Dewees. 

92. Jesse, b. 9, 3, 1794, d. 5, 2, i860, m. Annie Wagner. 

42 The Dewees Family. 

93. Joseph. 

94. Samuel. 

95. Jonathan, m. 10, 8, 1825, Charlotte Masterson. 

96. Sarah, m. Christopher Shenner. 

Children of No. 35. 
Andrew and Catharine (Chicken) Dewees. 

97. Philip, m. Mary Sanchez. 

Children of No. 36. 
William and Jane (Rogers) Dewees. 

98. John, bap. 6, 8, 1796. Parish Reg. St. Philip's Ch. 

Charleston, S. C. 


Children of No. 38. 
Benjamin and Rachel (Dewees) Bartholomew. 
99. Hannah, b. 3, 28, 1772, m. John Hughes. 
100. Joseph, m. Hannah Davis, 
loi. John, m. Lydia Cleaver. 

102. Rachel, m. Thomas Davis. 

103. Edward, m. Emily Cleaver. 

104. Benjamin, m. Elizabeth Pritner. 

105. Augustine, or Austin, m. Maryann Augustine 

106. Ellen, m. Thomas Maxwell. 

107. Sarah. 

Children of No. 39. 
Rev. John and Hannah (Dewees) Boggs. 

108. Sarah, d. 1836, m. John R. Hagaman. 

109. Newton, d. 183 1, m. Anna Stout. 

Children of No. 40. 
Waters and Ann (Bull) Dewees. 
no. Sarah C, b. 1797, m. William Clingan, M. D, 
III. Elizabeth, b. 1799, m. Dillen B. Ferree. 

f Ann Dewees Ogdeij 

The Dewees Family. 43 

112. Mary L., b. 1802, m. Samuel McLean, M. D. 

113. Ann H., b. 1806, m. Alan Wood. 

114. George W., b. 1808, m. ist, Amelia W. Snyder; 
2d, Louisa B. Holstein. 

115. Rachel, b. 1810, m. Leonard F. Roberts. 

116. Thomas B.,b. 1813, m. 1835, Elizabeth Hause. 

Children of No. 44. 
James and Anna (Dewees) Potts. 

117. David Potts, m. the ward of George Dewees at 
Terre Haute, Ind. 

118. Sarah, m. Mr. Cole at Springfield, Ind. 

Children of No. 45. 
Thomas and Rebecca (Dewees) Metcalf. 

119. Hannah, m. Thomas Boyer. 

Children of No. 47. 
Dr. William Potts and Mary (Lorrain) Dewees. 

120. William Smith, b. 12, 18, 1803, d. 1867. 

121. Adeline, b. 8, 4, 1805, d. 1834, m. Robert Emmet 

122. Theodore, b. 10, 23, 1807, m. Susan Strudwick. 

123. Lorrain, b. 4, 11, 1810, d. in infancy. 

124. Charles Drayton, b. 8, 10, 1814, d. 1868, m. Janie 
Maria Rowley. 

125. Oscar Lorrain, b. 11, 28, 1816, d. 12, 6, 1859, m. 
Mary Wharton Bryan. 

126. Mary Ann, b. 12, 11, 18 18, m. Charles W. Ogden. 

127. Hardman Phillips, m. Jane Farmer. 

128. Emma L., b. 9, 25, 1823, d. 5, 15, 1827. 

Children of No. 49. 
Sarah Dewees and ist husband, Hodgkiss. 

129. Sarah, m. Hon. John Norwell. 

130. Martha, m. Col. Long, U. S. Army. 

44 The Dewees Family. 

Sarah Dewees and 2d husband, Caleb Foulk. 

131. William Hughes Foulk. 

Children of No. 52. 
John and Rachel (Dewees) Wilson. 

132. John S., b 4, 28, 1812, m. ist,Mary Jane Rhoads; 
2d, Lydia Wyckliffe. 

133. Mary, died unmarried. 

134. Basil Duke, m. ist, Miss Ryland; 2d, Miss Young. 

135. Farmer, died unmarried. 

136. Sallie, m. Thomas Duke. 

137. Eliza, died unmarried. 

Children of No. 53. 
Robert and Sallie (Dewees) Taylor. 

138. James, m. Fanny Browning. 

139. Jane, m. Charles Marshall. 

Children of No. 55. 
John Cobum and Maria (Bay less) Dewees. 

140. Mary, b. 3, 3, 1822, m. 10, 20, 1842, Samuel Bald- 
win Poyntz. 

141. Elizabeth Bayless, b. 11, 5, 1823, d. 8, 18, 1824. 

142. Anna Bayless, b. 5, i, 1825, d. 12, 3, 1828. 

143. Elizabeth, b. 6, 27, 1827, ^' ^^ Cincinnati, un- 

144. Anna Maria, b. 12, 3, 1828, d. 10, 16, 1829. 

145. Samuella Tannehill, b. 11,6, 1830, m. 11, 12, 1850, 
John Carr Cochran; d. 11, i, 1897. 

146. Catharine Little, b. 6, 10, 1832, m. 8, 8, 1853, Oliver 
Hazzard Perry Taylor; d. 18 —. 

147. Maria Cobumetta, b. 4, 23, 1837, ^- ^o, 7, 1856, 
Samuel B. Frazee; 2d, Daniel R. Clark. 

148. Rachel Wilson, b. 3, 3, 1839, d- ^^j ^j ^839. 

149. Sarah Taylor, b. 2, 12, 1842, m. i, 23, 1862, John 

The Dewees Family. 45 

Morton Duke; d. i, 6, 1902. 

Children of No. 56. 
Wilkins and Eliza (Dewees) Tannehill. 

150. Mary, m. William T. Berry. 

151. Wilkins. 

152. Ann, m. William Bayless. 

153. Eliza, m. Albert Gleaves. 

154. Samuella, m. Abemathy. 

155. Helen. 

Children of No» 60. 
William and Mary (Shermer) Dewees. 

156. Ann Catharine, b.9, 25, 1825, d- ^844, m. IngersoU. 

157. Sabina, b. i, 15, 1828, m. ist, Antrim Abbott; 2d, 
Aaron Mattis. 

158. Joseph, b. 8, 10, 1830, m. ist, Emeline Becker; 2d, 
Sarah Rynick. 

159. William, m. Ella Keeley. 

160. Marietta, m. Rapine. 

161. Percival, died young. 

162. Leah, b. 8. 13, 1840, m. William Summers. 

163. Daniel, b. 12, i, 1844, m. Elizabeth Thompson. 

Children of No. 69. 
Jacob and Margaret (Omensetter) Dewees. 

164. Daniel. 

165. George. 

166. James L., b. i, 26, 1828, m. Mary Johnson. 

167. Amanda. 

168. Margaret. 

Children of No. 70. 
Henry and Mary (Carty) Dewees. 

169. Edwin, b. 4, 29, 1827, d. 8, 18, 1876, m. Harriet 
E. Evans. 

46 The Dewees Family. 

170. Mary Jane, b. 2, 15, 1829. 

171. Elizabeth, b. 2, 18, 1830. 

172. Margaret, b. 12, 3, 1832. 

173. Ann Jane, b. 6, 16, 1833, m. William H. Comfort. 

174. Daniel, b. 12, 4, 1835, ^^^ young. 

175. Susanna, b. i, 8, 1838, m. Walter Heffinger. 

176. Harriet, b. 8, 21, 1839, died young. 

177. Mary, b. 10, 15, 1841, m. John M. Sleater. 

178. Jacob Henry, b, 2, 20, 1845, ^^- Mary Keys. 

Children of No. 72. 
Daniel and Mary Ann (Johnson) Dewees. 

179. Sarah Ann, b. 2, 3, 1830, m. Orlando F. Styer. 

180. George, b. 12, i, 1831. 

181. Jacob William, b. i, 2, 1835, d. 1892. 

Children of No. 74. 

Samuel and Catharine (Culp) Dewees. 

182. John. 

183. Peter, m. ist, Elizabeth Thomas; 2d, Susan Addison. 

184. George. 

Children of No. 80. 
William H. and Margaret (Sorber) Dewees. 

185. Adeline, b. 3, 22, 1839, m. 4, 7, 1862, Charles 

186. Ellen, b. 8, 10, 1840. 

187. Frank, b. 10, ir, 1842, m. 3, 23, 1865, Katie Fleck. 

188. Martin Luther, b. 9, 20, 1844, ^- ^O) — > ^873, Em- 
ma Ellis. 

189. Albert, b. 7, 12, 1846. 

190. Jacob S., b. 12, 21, 1848, d. 11, 4, 1868. 

191. Anna,b. 12, 23, 1850, d. 7, 3, 1869. 

192. Sallie, b. 10, 8, 1852, d. i, 21, 1890. 

The Dewees Family. 47 

Children of No. 82. 
Thomas and Rachel (Dewees) DuflSeld. 

193. Rachel, b. 9, 4, 1821, m. 5, 5, 1844, J^^^ P- Stow. 

194. Elizabeth, m. John Hoffman. 

195. Sarah, m. George Allrich. 

196. Charles, m. Lorenna Pierce. 

197. Samuel, m. Margaretta Erdman. 

198. Joseph, m. Amanda Willets. 

199. Thomas, m. Mary Jane DeHaven. 

200. Levi, d. I, 25, 1900. 

201. Henry, m. Sallie Ann Streeper. 

202. Mary, m. Joseph Battzell. 

203. Salina, died young. 

204. Phebe, died young. 

Children of No. 83. 
George and Hester (Dewees) Clift. 

205. George. 

Children of No. 85. 

Jesse H. and Sarah (Dewees) Flitcraft. 

206. Ethalinda. 

207. Louisa. 

208. Amanda. 

Children of No. 86. 
Charles and Sarah (Adams) Dewees. 

209. Caroline, b. 9, 22, 1822, m. 11, 15, 1840, Alfred 

210. Elizabeth, b. 9, 19, 1823, ^- 2, i, 1849, Alfred 

211. Mary Ann b. 10, 16, 1824, d. 3, 1,1895, m. ^^t, George 
Lloyd ; m. 2d, Isaac Wells. 

212. William A., b. 4, 7, 1827, d- ^o, 19, 1846. 

213. George W. b. 3, 7, 1829, ^- Phebe Vanarsdalen. 

48 The Dewees Family. 

214. Sarah Ann, b. i, 22, 1832, d. 9, — , 1894, m. 3, 
— , 1854, William Cook. 

215. Charles, m. Laura Beale. 

216. Eleanor Ashton, b. 9, 13, 1837, m. 1863, Watson 

217. Edward Wetherill, b. 7, 15, 1840, d. 12, — , 1895. 

218. Albert Augustus, b. 9, — , 1842, m. 1864, Lydia 

Children of No. 87. 

Henry and Louisa Charlotte (Schlosser) Dewees. 

219. Jacob H., b. 12, 5, 183 1, m. Isabella M. Dale. 

220. Charles S., b. 9, 8, 1833, m. Harriet N. Bartlett. 
221- Maggie E., b. 11, 5, 1835, d. 10, 27, 1837. 

222. Annie M., b. 11, 15, 1838. 

223. Louisa D., b. 5, 3, 1841, m. 2, 11, 1868, Frank H. 

224. Carrie S., b. 3, 24, 1844, m. 4, 27, 1870, William 
T. Palfrey. 

225. William H., b. 11, 20, 1848, m. Annie* B. Shaffer. 

226. Washington S., b. 4, 4, 1850, d. 4, 7, 1850. 

Children of No. 89. 
Isaiah S. and Mary (Hart) Dewees. 

227. Ann L., b. 3, 31, 1829, m. Joseph D. Heritage. 

228. Asbury, b. 6, 9, 1831, left home, never returned. 

229. Alice M., b. 8, 28, 1834, m. James Ogden. 

230. John W., b. 5, 24, 1837, m. 2, 9, 1869, Mary Mc- 

231. Mary E., b. 11, 22, 1841, m. Charles Taylor. 

232. Isaiah S., b. 11, 22, 1841, m. Jane Stuart. 

Children of No. 90. 
Levi and Mary (Comly) Dewees. 

233. Kate. 

Isaiah Dewees' House, Holmesburg 

The Dewees Family. 49 

234. Camilla. 

235. Ellen. 

236. Fanny. 

Children of No. 91. 
John and Rebecca (Dewees) Elliott. 

237. Jane. 

238. Hester. 

239. Elizabeth. 

240. Rebecca. 

241. David. 

242. Charles. 

243. Peter. 

244. Lewis Kuhn. 

Children of No. 92. 
Jesse and Annie (Wagner) Dewees. 

245. Rebecca, m. Bowers. 

246. Deborah, m. 5, 25, 1862, Peter Tarter. 

247. Joseph, known as the Hermit of the Schuylkill. 

248. Elmira, m. Joseph Shingle. 

249. Annie, m. Enoch Parvin. 

250. Leonard, m. Margaret Eliza Johnson. 

Children of No. 93. 
Joseph Dewees and wife. 

251. Helen. 

252. Elizabeth. 

253. Annie, m. Souder. 

254. James. 

255. Franklin, m. 4, 15, 1867, Annie E. Stout. 

256. Harry. 

Children of No. 94. 
Samuel Dewees and wife. 

257. Mary. 

50 The Dewees Family. 

258. Elizabeth. 

259. Harrison, b. 1836, d. 10, 22, 1896. 

260. Jonathan, m. Unrow. 

261. Emanuel, m. Erb. 

262. Levi. 

263. Charles. 

Children of No. 95. 
Jonathan and Charlotte Masterson) Dewees. 

264. Anna Eliza, m. Albert Dager. 

265. Joel, m. Elizabeth Wolfe. 

266. Samuel. 

267. Henry. 

268. Charles, b. 1833, d. 4, 4, 1895, m. Violette Wills. 


Children of No. 99. 

John and Hannah (Bartholomew) Hughes. 

269. Rachel Bartholomew, b. 8, 2, 1801, d. 8, 24, 1862, 
m. I, 9, 1826, Jacob Dewees, M. D. 

270. Isaac Wayne, b. 2, 14, 1804, ^- ^st, 1829, Eliza 
McLinn; 2,d 5,. 5, 1853, Annie M. Smallwood. 

271. Benjamin Bartholomew, b. 1808, d. 3, 11, 1892, m. 
ist, 1829, Mary Rambo; 2d, 8, 17, 1858, Mary J. 

272. Slater Clay, b. 1810, d. 12, 20, 1841, m. Susan Jarrett. 

273. Francis Wade, b. 8, 20. 181 7, d. 10, 22, 1885, m. 4, 
— , 1839, Elizabeth Stilliman. 

274. Theodore Jones, m. 11, 19, 1844, Caroline Fowville. 

275. Nicholas Collin, m. 10, 17, 1848, Adaline Edmonds 

276. John Curtis Clay, m. 3, 13, 1853, Mrs. Emma R. 
Heebner, nee Coombs. 

The Dewees Family. 51 

Children of No. 100. 

Joseph and Hannah (Davis) Bartholomew. 

277. Daniel. 

Children of No. loi. 

John and Lydia (Cleaver) Bartholomew. 

278. Lydia Ann, m. William Latta Lee. 

279. Mary Emily, m. Wallace Henderson. 

280. George. 

281. John C, d. 1857. 

Children of No. 102. 

Thomas and Rachel (Bartholomew) Davis. 

282. Ann. 

283. Rachel. 

284. Mary, m. William Martin. 

285. Ellen. 

286. Margaret, m. Michael Bright. 

Children of No. 103. 

Edward and Emily (Cleaver) Bartholomew. 

287. Edward. 

288. Eugene. 

289. Emily. 

Children of No. 104. 

Benjamin and Elizabeth (Pritner) Bartholomew. 

290. Isaac W. 

291. Lindley C. 

292. Pritner. 

293. Benjamin. 

294. Rachel. 

295. Martha E. 

296. Augustus. 

52 The Dewees Family. 

Children of No. 105. 
Austin or Augustine and Mary Ann Augustine (Philips) 


297. Edward P. 

298. Mary Ellen. 

299. Anna. 

300. Abraham P. 

Children of No. 106. 
Thomas and Ellen (Bartholomew) Maxwell. 

301. David. 

302. Emily. 

303. Thomas. 

304. Edward. 

305. Sarah. 

Children of No. 109. 
Newton and Anna (Stout) Boggs. 

306. Joseph, d. 9, — , 1862, m. Caroline Isabella Wade. 

307. Sarah Frances, d. 6, — , 1852, m. 2, — , 1847, Joli^ 
R. Voorhees. 

Children of No. no. 
Dr. William and Sarah C. (Dewees) Clingan. 

308. Charles, M. D., m. Maria F. Brooks. 

309. Annie J., m. William Wood. 

310. Martha, m. John Morrison, M. D. 

Children of No. in. 
Dillen B. and Elizabeth (Dewees) Ferree. 

311. Mary, b. 1822, at Parkesburg, m. Samuel McClel- 

312. George C.,b. 1825, at Parkesburg, m. Rebecca Zook. 

313. D. Dewees, b. 1826, m. Rebecca Hutchinson. 

314. Thomas W., b. 1835, at Yorklyn, New Castle, Co., 
Del., m. Emily C. Bartholomew. 

The Dewees Family. 53 

315. Frederick B., b. 1840. 

Children of No. 112. 
Dr. Samuel and Mary L. (Dewees) McLean. 

316. Anna J., b. 1823, ^- Thomas S. Stewart. 

317. George F., b. 1826, m. ist, Anna Hirons; 2d, Lydia 
G. Veazy. 

318. John, b. 1830, m. Harriet R. Calvert. 

Children of No. 113. 
Alan and Ann H. (Dewees) Wood. 

319. Dewees, b. 1826, m. ist, Roselind Gilpin; m. 2d, 
Gertrude W. John. 

320. Thomas, b. 1828, m. Maria Flagg. 

321. James D., b. 1831, m. Laura Gilpin. 

322. Alan, b. 1834, m. Mary Yerkes. 

323. Howard, b. 1846, m. Mary Biddle. 

Children of No. 114. 
George W. and Amelia (Snyder) Dewees. 

324. Ann N., at Bridgeport, Pa., m. Jesse Eastbum. 

325. Daniel Udre, b. 1832, m. Emma A. Raysor. 

326. Thomas B., b. 1834, d. 7, 5, 1886, m. Mary Young. 

327. Sarah C, b. 1836, m. Alexander Kennedy. 

George W. Dewees and 2d wife, Louisa B. Holstein. 

328. Eva A., b. 1849. 

329. Isaac H., b. 1853, m. Olivia C. Ledyard, Montgom- 
ery, Alabama. 

330. Mary H., b. 1856. 

Children of Nq. 115. 
Leonard F. and Rachel (Dewees) Roberts. 

331. Thomas, b. 1832, m. Elizabeth H. Bissel. 

332. Annie H., b. 1835, m. Charles E. Coats, M. D. 

333. Mary, m. John S. Tyson. 

334. Waters D., b. 1840. 

54 The Dewees Family. 

335. Hannah L., b. 1842, m. Gen. John. R. Brooke. 

336. Levi B., b. 1845. 

337. Ella F., b. 1853, m. Prof. H. C. White, Athens, Ga. 

Children of No. 116. 
Thomas B. and Elizabeth (Hause) Dewees. 

338. Ann W., m. William Leonard. 

339. Jacob H., m. Sallie Stiteler. 

340. Sallie C. m. R. Preston. Mosteller. 

341. Thomas B., b. 1844, m. ist, 11, i, 1866, Hannah 
Templin; 2d, 2, 26, 1885, Ida L. Knerr. 

342. John. 

343. Elmira, m. John Davis. 

344. W. William. 

345. Jesse H., m. Emma Nichols. 

346. Howard W. 

347. Henry C, m. Annie Young. 

348. Ida F., m. William Yeager. 

Children of No. 119. 
Thomas and Hannah (Metcalf) Boyer. 

349. Mary, m. Lloyd Norris. 

350. Elizabeth Metcalf, m. James Fisher, M. D. 

351. Francis, m. Mrs. Shaw, (widow). 

352. Frances Hannah, m. John J. Steiner. 

353. Richard Montgomery, m. ist, Margaret Wolf; 2d, 
Mrs. Eliza Randall Graves. 

354. William Grindage. 

Child of No. 124. 
Charles Drayton and Janie Maria (Rowley) Dewees. 

355. Janie Emma b. 1846. 

Children of No. 125. 
Oscar Lorrain and Mary Wharton (Bryan) Dewees. 

356. William Potts, b. 9, 26, 1841, m. 1867, Lucy Grey 

I W. B. Dewees 

Oscar L. Dewees 

The Dewees Family. 55 


357. Mary Lorrain, b. 3, 25, 1844, ^* ^st, Blake B. 
Wiggins, 6, 19, 1862; m. 2d, John Robinson, 9, 10 

358. T. Bryan, b. 5, 23, 1851, m. Margaretta Chipley, 
of Va. 

Children of No. 126. 
Charles W. and Mary Ann (Dewees) Ogden. 

359. Adeline, died in childhood. 

360. Dewees, killed at Battle of Gettysburg, July, 1863. 

361. Eulalie, died when a child. 

362. Blanche Virginia, b. 4, 12, 1853, m. Charles Salmon. 

363. Rose, b. 9, 29, 1856, m. 6, 13, 1883, Seth Charles 

Children of No. 127. 
Hardman Philips and Jane (Fanner) Dewees. 

364. Hugh Monroe, b. 8, 2, 1838, d. 2, 8, 1887, m. ist, 
Jane Radcliff ; 2d, Margaret Bispham. 

365. Harry Lorrain, died in childhood. 

366. Harold, died in childhood. 

Children of No. 132. 
John S. and Mary Jane (Rhodes) Wilson. 

367. Laura. 

John S. Wilson and 2d wife, Lydia Wickliffe. 

368. Annie Logan. 

369. Rachel Dewees. 

370. Sallie Wickliffe. 

371. Nathaniel Wickliffe. 

372. Mary Preston. 

Children of No. 134. 
Basil Duke and ist wife (Ryland) Wilson. 

373. Mary. 

56 The Dewees Family. 

Basil Duke Wilson and 2d wife, Miss Young. 

374. Annie. 

375. Dewees. 

376. Charles. 

377. Son. 

378. Son, names not known.. 

Children of No. 136. 
Thomas and Sallie (Wilson) Duke. 

379. John, killed in battle, 1862. 

380. Thomas, drowned at Paducah, Ky. 

381. Nathaniel. 

Children of No. 139. 
Charles and Jane (Taylor) Marshall. 

382. Lizzie. 

383. Robert Taylor. 

384. Sallie Taylor. 

Children of No. 140. 
Samuel Baldwin and Mary (Dewees) Poyntz. 

385. Cobum Dewees. 

386. Nathaniel Baldwin. 

387. Jane Baldwin. 

388. William Baldwin. 

389. Charles Baldwin. 

390. Benjamin Bayless. 

391. Samuel Baldwin, Jr. 

392. John Baldwin. 

393. OUie Taylor. 

394. Lizzie Dewees. 

Children of No. 145. 
John Carr and Samuella Tannehill (Dewees) Cochran. 

395. Cobum Dewees. 

396. Mary Wasson. 

The Dewees Family. 57 

397. Samuel Poyntz. 

398. John Carr. 

399. Ollie Taylor. 

400. William Berry. 

401. James Wasson. 

402. Ella Thrasher. 

403. Fanner Dewees. 

Children of No. 146. 
Oliver H. P. and Catharine Little (Dewees) Taylor. 

404. Maria Dewees. 

405. William V. 

Capt. O. H. P. Taylor was killed in battle by Spo- 
kane Indians, in Washington Territory, near Ft. Walla- 
Walla, May 17th, 1858, aged 33 years and 9 months. 

Children of No. 147. 
Samuel E. and Maria Cobumetta (Dewees) Frazee. 

406. Maria Dewees. 

407. Infant daughter, unnamed. 

408. Samuel E., Jr. 

409. Mary Poyntz. 

Children of No. 149. 
John Morton and Sarah Taylor (Dewees) Duke. 

410. Hannah Morton. 

411. Mary Poyntz, died at age of 2 years. 

412. James Wilson. 

Children of No. 150. 
William T. and Mary (Tannehill) Berry. 

413. Eliza, m. Robert Kirkpatrick. 

414. Ferdinand, killed in war, 1861. 

415. Cobum Dewees. 

416. Albert. 

417. Samuella. 

58 The Dewees Family. 

418. Trimble. 

419. Prather. (?) 

Children of No. 152. 
Williain and Ann (Tannehill) Bayless. 

420. William Perry. 

421. Fannie, m. Major Willetts, of Chicago. 

422. Annie. 

Child of No. 156. 
and Catharine (Dewees) Ingersoll. 

423. Orum. 

Children of No. 157. 
Antrim and Sabina (Dewees) Abbott. 

424. William Henry. 

425. Joseph. 

426. Aaron S. 

427. Emanuel. 

Children of No. 158. 
Joseph and Sarah (R3mick) Dewees. 

428. Alwilda. 

429. Emma. 

430. Sarah, died young. 

431. William, b. 7, 4, 1872* 

Children of No. 159. 
William and Ella (Keeley) Dewees. 

432. Anna. 

433. Charles. 

434. Maggie, m. Streeper. 

435. Ola, m. Culp. 

436. Mary. 

437. George. 

438. William. 

439. Clara. 

The Dewees Family. 59 

Children of No. 160. 
and Marietta (Dewees) Rapine. 

440. Emma. 

441. Frank. 

442. William. 

443. Rachel, m. ist, Dougherty; 2d, Joseph 


Children of No. 162. 
William and Leah (Dewees) Summers. 

444. Lemuel. 

445. Laura, b, 2, 17, 1862, d. 11, 25, 1886. 

446. David Shaw, d. 1889. 

447. Clara, d. young. 

Children of No. 163. 
Daniel and Elizabeth (Thompson) Dewees. 

448. Adele, b. 3, 17, 1862, m. Samuel Rambo. 

449. Oscar P., b. 8, 14, 1864, m. 8, 14, 1885, Mary H. 


450. Victor, b. 2, 13, 1867, m. Ada Yost. 

451. Harvey, b. 7, 26, 1868, m. Elizabeth Rankin. 

452. Lucia, b. 9, 6, 1872. 

Children of No. 166. 

James L. and Mary (Johnson) Dewees. 

453. Ella, died aged 8 years. 

454. Ada. 

455. Margaret, m. Rawley. 

456. Dora, m. Hamilton. 

457. Mary. 

458. Emma. 

459. James L., Jr. 

460. Harriet. 

461. Paul, m. Harriet Ferrel. 

6o The Dewees Family. 

Children of No* 169. 
Edward and Harriet E. (Evans) Dewees. 

462. Henry E., b. 12, 12, 1866, d, 11, 24, 1896, m. Mary 

463. Asaph T., b. 9, 13, 1868, m. Maria Comman, 

464. Mary, b. 3, 28, 1870, d. 3, 29, 1870. 

465. William S., b. i, 13, 1872, d. 5, 18, 1881. 

466. Daniel, b. 12, 3, 1873. 

467. Sarah, b. 9, 3, 1875. 

Children of No. 178. 

Jacob Henry and Mary (Keys) Dewees. 

468. John Henry, b. 7, 7, 1868, dead. 

469. George S. M., b. 12, 10, 1870, m. Ann Jane Gray. 

470. Mary Carty, b. 6, 5, 1873. 

471. William F. R., b. 6, 27, 1875, dead. 

Children of No. 179. 
Orlando F. and Sarah Ann (Dewees) Styer. 

472. Walter Dewees, b. 5, 11, 1856, m. Emily M. Peters. 

473. Mary Caroline, b. 9, 3, 1858, m. Frank S. Balsley. 

474. L/izzie Hinkle, b. 9, 27, 1862, d. 2, 29, 1892. 

Children of No. 183. 
Peter and ist wife Elizabeth (Thomas) Dewees. 

475. Cecelia. 

Peter Dewees and 2d wife Susan Addison. 

476. John Addison. 

477. Savillion A., 

478. Newton R., 

479. Harry. 

480. George, m. ist, Horstman; 2d, Hattie L. 


481. Ida. 

482. Everett W., m. Jennie Thompson. 

The Dewees Family. 6i 

Children of No. 193. 
John P. and Rachel (Duffield) Stow. 

483. John P., Jr., b. 8, 19, 1845, d. 10, 5, 1885. 

484. Emma Louisa, b. 9, 27, 1846, d. 8, 11, 1853. 

485. Margaretta Erdman, b. 2, 4, 1848, m. 4, 26, 1871, 
George W. Cox. 

486. Edwin Forrest, b. 3, 25, 1849, d- 6) i4> 1862. 

487. Joseph Thomas, b. i, 14, 1851, d. i, 15, 1851. 

488. Sarah Ann, b. i, 31, 1852, m. Louis Finlayson. 

489. Frank Pierce, b. 11, 11, 1854. 

490. Henry Duffield, b. 12, 20, 1856. 

491. Emily D., b. 10, 27, 1858, m. ist, Frank Spear; 2d, 

Children of No. 213. 
George Wilson and Phebe (Vanarsdalen) Dewees. 

492. Sallie. 

493. Annie Maria, m. ist, Ottenger, (divorced) ; 

2d, English. 

404. Julietta, m. Burgess. 

495. Silas. 

496. William, b. 1857, d- 3> — > ^891, m. 12, 25, 1878, 
Anna Elizabeth Race. 

Children of No. 216. 
Watson and Eleanor Ashton (Dewees) Ward. 

497. Alfred Reading, b. 11, 7, 1865. 

498. John, b. 10, 8, 1867, m. 11, 1892, Emma Brouse. 

499. Gertrude, b. i, 15, 1870, m. 12, 25, 1891, William 

500. Eleanor Dewees, b. 4, 23, 1875. 

501. George Hoff, b. 10, 20, 1877. 

502. Harry Hoff, b. 10, 20, 1877. 

62 The Dewees Family. 

503. Elizabeth Brown, b. 3, i, i88o- 

Child of No. 219. 
Jacob H. and Isabella (Dale) Dewees. 

504. Joseph Dale, b. 11, 5, 1857, m. 2, 8, 1890, Catha- 
rine Hingely. 

Child of No. 220. 
Charles H. and Harriet N. (Bartlett) Dewees. 

505. Adele L., b. 10, 8, 1852, m. 3,28, 1878, Franklin P. 

Children of No. 223. 
Frank H. and Louisa D. (Dewees) Comly. 

506. Louisa Hendria, b. 5, 5, 1869, d. 9, i, 1870. 

507. Harry D., b. 9, 20, 1870, d. 11, 8, 1900. 

508. William T. P., b. 8, 23, 1875, d. 11, 23, 1876. 

509. Kate R., b. 8, 27, 1881, d. 12, 30, 1881. 

Child of No. 230. 
John W. and Mary (McGrath) Dewees. 

510. Frank Turland, b. 12, 13, 1869. 

Children of No. 248. 
Joseph and Elmira (Dewees) Shingle. 

511. Susan, m, McGuire. 

512. Joseph, m. Susan . 

Children of No. 249. 
Enoch and Annie (Dewees) Parvin. 

513. Mame. 

' 514. Elizabeth, m. Merrick. 

Children of No. 250. 
Leonard and Margaret Eliza (Johnson) Dewees. 

515. Emma Laura, m, Lucius Wiler. 

516. Maggie, m. James Marshall. 

517. Debertie. 

The Dewees Family. 63 

Children of No. 264. 
Albert and Annie ^liza (Dewees) Dager. 

518. Charlotte May. 

519. Laura, m. Harry C. Cooley. 

520. Howard, (M. D.) 

Children of No. 265. 
Joel and Elizabeth (Wolf) Dewees. 

521. Edward. 

522. Robert. 

523. Caroline, m. Kerper. 

524. Margaret, m. William Berkheimer. 

525. Emma. 

526. Charlotte. 

527. Mary. 

Children of No. 266. 
Samuel Dewees and wife. 

528. Emma. 

529. Jonathan. 

530. Charles. 

531. Catharine. 

532. Emanuel. 

Child of No. 268. 
Charles and Violette (Wills) Dewees. 

533. Alfred Wills, b.. 8, 20, 1855. 


For the Genealogy of No. 269, Rachel Bartholo- 
mew Hughes and husband Jacob Dewees, M. D., see 
Genealogy of Cornelius Dewees and Margaret Koster. 

Children of No. 270. 

Isaac Wayne and Eliza (McLinn) Hughes. 

534. John Hughes, b. 3, 30, 1830, d. 9, 9, 1889, m. i. 

64 The Dewees Family. 

24, 1854, Jane G. Davis. 

535. Hannali, b. 1831, died young. 

536. James Bettnor, b. 6, 9, 1833, m. i, 6, 1859, ist, 
Laura A. W, Bryan; 2d, 6, 6, 1871, Eliza W. 

537. Theodore Jones, b. 10, 16, 1834, m. ist, 10, 3, 1855, 
Clara Tillman Stevenson; 2d, 10, 21, 1871, Isabella 
Hunter Knox. 

538. Nicholas Collin, b. 3, 10, 1840, d. 7, 15, 1863. 

539. Elizabeth, b. 2, — , 1850. 

Isaac Wa3me Hughes and 2d wife, Anne Smallwood. 

540. Isaac W., died in boyhood. 

541. Frank Wade, b. 9, 9, 1856. 

542. Edward S., b. i, 16, 1863. 

543. Annie M., b. i, 16, 1863, died in infancy. 

Children of No. 271. 
Benjamin Bartholomew and ist wife Mary (Rambo) 


544. John J., m. 1 85 1, Hannah Brooke. 

545. Isaac Wayne, m. ist, 4, 11, 1855, Alice E. Don- 
nel; 2d, i, 24, 1878, Emilie Baker. 

546. Nathan Rambo, m. 4, 19, 1864, Amanda E. Stacker. 

547. Charles Collin, d. 12, 4, 1888, m. 2, 21, i860, Emily 

548. Mary Ann, m. 12, 18, 1872, Hubert O. Blackfan. 

549. Henry Clay, b. 1842, d. 12, i, 1898, m. 12, 25, 
1 87 1, Kate A. Longacre. 

550. Hannah, d. 3, 8, 1884. 

551. Catharine Dewees, m. 4, 19, 1877, Edmund M. 

552. William Corson. 

553. Francis Wade, b. 1855, d. 5, 7, i860. 

The Dewees Family. 65 

Children of No. 272. 
Slater Clay and Susan Qarrett) Hughes. 

554. John Jarrett, b. 1837, d- ij i3> 1874, m. 10, 3, 1858, 
Mary E- Clark. 

555. Jane AugustajUi. 10, 28, 8621, Robert Carmer Hill. 

Children of No. 273. 
Francis Wade and Elizabeth (Silliman) Hughes. 

556. Thomas Silliman, d. 6, 15, 1855, aged 17 years. 

557. Francis, m. 11, 15, 1864, Guy E. Farquhar. 

558. Aimette, m. 8, 3, 1885, George Ringgold Kaercher. 

559. Lucy. 

Children of No. 274. 
Theodore Jones and Caroline (Fowville) Hughes. 

560. Isaac Wayne, b. 10, 13, 1845, d- 6, i, 1864, killed 
at Ashland, Virginia. 

561. Edward Hall, b. i, 29, 1848. d. 3, 30, 1885. 

562. Benjamin Francis, b. 3, 28, 1851, d. 9, 3, 1853. 

563. Louis Curtis, b. i, 9, 1854, m. i, 26, 1882, Char- 
lotte Trittle. 

564. Helen May, b. i, 26, 1856, d. 2, 21, 1869. 

Children of No. 275. 

Nicholas Collin and Adaline Edmonds (Williams) 


565. Mary Elizabeth, b. 11, 16, 1849, ^- ^1 5) 1887, m. 
2, 3, 1874, Rev. Nathaniel Harding. 

566. Hannah, b. 11, 13, 1851, m. 2, 7, 1878, Charles 
Cottingham Calvert. 

567. John Robert, b. 11, 26, 1854, m. 2, 27, 1889, Sallie 
Nelson Harding. 

568. Nicholas Collin, Jr., b. 6, 20, 1856, m. 4, 27, 1880, 
Martha Elizabeth Harding. 

569. Isaac Wayne, b. 7, 17, 1864. 

66 The Dewees Family. 

Children of No. 278. 
William Latta and Lydia Ann (Bartholomew) Lee, 

570. Emeline. 

571. Henderson. 

572. Mary. 

573. Valeria. 

574. Caroline Stevenson, m. Louis Davis Baugh. 

Children of No. 284. 

William and Mary (Davis) Martin. 

575. Edward Martin. 

Children of No. 286. 
Michael and Margaret (Davis) Bright. 

576. Sarah. 
377. Edward. 

Children of No. 308. 
Dr. Charles and Maria F. (Brooks) Clingan. 

578. Clement, m. Ann Thomas. 

579. Charles P., m. Rose Wood. 

580. Alan. 

581. Anna L., m. Edward Brooke. 

Children of No. 309. 
William and Annie J. (Clingan) Wood. 

582. Charles N. 

583. Sallie A. 

Children of No. 312. 
George C. and Rebecca (2Jook) Ferree. 

584. Alan,b. 1855. 

Children of No. 313. 
D. Dewees and Rebecca (Hutchinson) Ferree. 

585. William D., b. 1863, m. Margaret Halpin. 

586. Eugene H., b. 1866, m. Mariana Coafman. 

The Dewees Family. 67 

Children of No. 314. 
Thomas W. and Emily C. (Bartholomew) Ferree. 

587. Edward B., b. 1866, m. Anna Jennings. 

588. Emily C, b. 1868. 

589. Howard G., b. 1873. 

590. Mabel, b. 1877. 

591. Dillen B., b. 1885. 

Child of No. 316. 
Thomas S. and Anna J. (McLean) Stewart. 

592. Thomas Selby, Jr., b. 1855. 

Child of No. 317. 
George F. and Anna (Hirons) McLean. 

593. Alicia F. McLean, b. 1856, m. J. Stewart Brown. 

Child of No. 318. 
John and Harriet R. (Calvert) McLean. 

594. William H., b. 1856. 

Children of No. 319. 
Dewees and ist wife, Rosalind (Gilpin) Wood. 

595. Richard G., b. 1849, m. MoUie McPherson. 

596. Alan W,. b. 1850, m. ist, Annie Knox; m. 2d, 
Frances A. Carrier. 

597. Lanra G., b. 1853, m. Persifer Smith. 

598. Thomas D., b. 1857, m. ist, Gilberta R. Kline, 2d, 
Mary M. Craige. 

599. Annie W., b. 1866, m. Joseph R. Dill worth. 
6cx). Nellie W., b. 1867, m. Thomas M. McKee. 

601. George W., b. 1871, m. Jessie Dailey. 
Dewees Wood and 2d wife, Gertrude W. John. 

602. Gertrude, b. 1893. 

Children of No. 320. 
Thomas and Maria (Flagg) Wood. 

603. William B., 1861, m. Catharine Stewart. 

68 The Dewees Family. 

604. Alice, b. 1863, m. George W. Coates, of Texas. 

Child of No. 321. 
James D. and Laura (Gilpin) Wood. 

605. Rosalind, m. Charles P. Clingan. 

Children of No. 323. 
Howard and Mary (Biddle) Wood. 

606. Biddle, b. 1869. 

607. Helen B., b. 1872. 

608. Alan, b. 1875. 

609. Howard, Jr., b. 1876. 

610. Clement B., b. 1878. 

611. Rachel B., b. 1882.' 

612. Marion B., b. 1884. 

Children of No. 325. 
Daniel Udre and Emma A. (Raysor) Dewees. 

613. George O., b. i860, m. Jennie Barnes. 

614. Jacob H. (M. D.), b. 1869. 

Child of No. 326. 
Thomas B., and Mary (Young) Dewees. 

616. Louisa S., b. 1857, ^- Capt. Walter L. Finley^ 

Child of No. 327. 
Alexander and Sarah C. (Dewees) Kennedy. 

617. William. 

Child of No. 329. 
Isaac H. and Olivia C. (I^edyard) Dewees. 

618. I^edyard H., b. 1893. 

Children of No. 331. 
Thomas and Elizabeth H. (Bissel) Roberts. 
619*. George W. B. b. 1859, m. Mary F. Frothington. 

620. Rev. Walter D,, b. 1864, ^- Kate Palmer. 

621. Augusta M., b. 1869, m. Theodore W. Beattie. 

622. Thomas W„ b. 1875. 

The Dewees Family. 69 

Children of No, 332. 
Dr, Charles B. and Annie H. (Roberts) Coates. 

623. George W. P., b. 1857, ^* ^^^j Bvaline Alice Wood, 
2d, Eddie Graham. 

624. Leonard R., b. 1858. (M. D.) m. Jennie Boardman. 

625. Charles E., (M. D.) b. 1866. 

626. Mary L., b. 1868, m. John A. Benedict. 

627. Jesse, b. 1870. 

628. Rachel, A., b. 1872, m. Frank Martin, (M. D.) 

Children of No. 335. 
Gen. John R. and Hannah L. (Roberts) Brooke. 

629. William, b. 1864, 

630. Louis, b. 1867. 

Children of No. 339. 
Jacob H. and Sarah (Stiteler) Dewees. 

631. Howard. 

632. George S. 

633. Rosalind. 

Children of No. 341. 
Thomas B. Dewees and 2d wife, Ida L. Knerr. 

634. Mabel E. 

635. Emma M. 

Children of No. 350. 
Dr. James and Elizabeth Metcalf (Boyer) Fisher. 

636. Hannah Elizabeth, b. 1829, ^' ^844, Charles A. 

637. Mary Ellen, b. 1832, d. 1889, m. 1852, James M. 

638. Laura, b. 1835, ^* ^^56, J. M. Steiner, (M. D.) 

639. Thomas Boyer, b. 1838. 

640. Patty Dewees, b. 1853, m. 1869, Robert L. Mc- 

yo The Dewees Family. 

Children of No. 356. 
William Potts and Lucy Gray (Banks) Dewees, 

641. Mary Bryan, b, i, 8, 1872, m, John M. Greaves. 

642. William Potts, Jr., b. 12, 21, 1873, 

643. George Banks, b. 12, 25, 1875. 

644. Lucy Banks, b. 3, 7, 1880, m. 2, 20, 1891, Charles 
D. Bennett. 

Children of No. 357. 
Blake B. Wiggins and Mary Lorrain Dewees. 

645. Mason Lee, b. 5, 23, 1863^ m. 6, 7, 1900. 

646. Blake Baker, b. 3, 6, 1866, m. 2, 8, 1888, Eddie 

John Robinson, 2d husband, and Mary Lorrain Dewees. 

647. Percy. 

648. Theodore Dewees. 

649. Mary Bryan. 

650. Herschel, b. 8, 18, 1874, m. 2, 9, 1898, Jennie 

Children of No. 358. 
T. Bryan and Margaretta (Chipley) Dewees. 

651. Jeannie Bryan, b. 9, 10, 1876, m. 10, 30, 1901, W. 
B. Inmann, M. D. 

652- Guy Bryan, b. 2, 28, 1879. 

653. Sarah Lee, b. 3, 27, 1883. 

654. Willie Wheat, b. 10, 24, 1885. 

655. Mary Margaretta, b. 5, 25, 1888. 

656. Mason Lee, b. 4, 6, 1890. 

657. Harry Hayward, b. i, 10, 1893. 

658. Marion Fairfax, b. 11, 22, 1896. 

Children of No. 363. 
Seth Charles and Rose (Ogden) Hunsdon. 

659. Ogden Gouvemeur, b. 4, 3, 1884. 

The Dewees Family. 71 

660. Eleanor Carey, b. 3, 18, 1886. 

661. Arthur Loomis, b. 7, 26, 1887. 

Children of No. 443. 
Rachel Rapine and 2d husband Joseph Broadnix. 

662. Naomi. 

663. Joseph. 

Children of No. 448. 
Samuel and Adele (Dewees) Rambo. 

664. Eva, b. 7, 4, 1884. 

665. Lewis. 

666. Harry E. 

667. Mary Elizabeth. 

668. Samuel, b. 2, 13, 1895. 

Children of No. 449. 
Oscar P. and Mary H. (Wier) Dewees. 

669. Victor John. b. 6. 18, 1886. 

670. Carman, b. 5, 16, 1894. 

671. Wilbur, b. 3, 28, 1896. 

Children of No. 450. 
Victor and Ada (Yost) Dewees. 

672. Oscar, b. II, 28, 1886. 

673. Ralph, b. 1888. 

674. Arthur. 

Children of No. 451. 
Harvey and Elizabeth (Rankin) Dewees. 

675. Mary Elizabeth, died young. 

676. Vincent Edward. 

677. Francis John. 

Children of No. 463. 
Asaph T. and Maria (Comman) Dewees. 

678. Maggie, b. 2, 8, 1893. 

679. John S., b. 12, I, 1895. 

72 The Dewees Family. 

Child of No. 472. 
Walter Dewees and Emily M, (Peters) Styer, 

680. Walter Earl, b. 9, 7, 1895. 

Child of No. 473. 
Frank S. and Mary Caroline (Styer) Balsley. 

681. Marion, b. 7, 2, 1894. 

Children of No. 482. 
Everett W. and Jennie (Thompson) Dewees. 

682. George. 

683. Everett, Jr. 

Child of No. 485. 
George W. and Margaretta Erdman (Stow) Cox. 

684. Adaline Grove, b. 6, 17, 1876. 

Children of No. 488. 
Lonis and Sarah Ann (Stow) Finlayson. 

685. Laura May. 

686. Elsie Dunbar. 

687. Jennie. 

688. Norman. 

689. Sarah. 

690. John. 

691. Harry Stow. 

692. William. 

693. Lewis. 

694. Benjamin Harrison. 

695. Florence Isabella. 

696. Alice. 

Children of No. 491. 
Frank and Emily D. (Stow) Spear. 

697. Frank, b. 2, 8, 1879, d. i, 28, 1881. 

Children of No. 496. 
William and Anna Elizabeth (Race) Dewees. 

The Dewees Family. 73 

698. George Henry, b. 12, 15, 1879. 

699. Buphemia Vanarsdalen, b. 6, 2, 1892. 

Children of No. 504. 
Joseph Dale and Catharine (Hingely) Dewees. 

700. Harry A., b. 11, 5, 1890. 

701. Joseph D., b. 6, 2, 1892. 


Children of No. 534. 
John and Jane G. (Davis) Hughes. 

702. John Davis. 

703. Elizabeth G., b. 7, 7, 1858, d. 8, 28, 1859. 

704. Jane Davis, b. 12, 30, 1862. 

705. Ann C, b. i, i, 1865, m. 6, 5, 1890, Edmund 

706. Eliza A., b. 10, 25, 1866, d. 8, 8, 1867. 

707. Mary Alice, b. 5, 3, 1868, d. 7, 31, 1869. 

708. Isaac Wayne, b, 3, 20, 1870. 

Children of No. 536. 
James Bettnor Hughes and ist wife, Laura A. W. Bryan. 

709. Ann Bryan, b. 8, 5, i860, m. 10, 22, 1882, Basil 

710. Isaac Wayne, b. 8, 24, 1861. 

711. James Bryan, b. 5, 17, 1863. 

712. Laura, b. i, 5, 1866. 

713. Nicholas Collin, b. 5, 7, 1868. 

714. Mabel, b. 7, 27, 1878. 

715. Ethel, b. 2, 4, 1883. 

716. Hugh, b. 2, 5, 1886. 

James Bettnor Hughes and 2d wife, Eliza W. Knox. 

717. ElM:a Knox, died in infancy. 

718. Julia Washington, died in infancy. 

74 The Dewees Family. 

Children of No. 537. 
Theodore Jones and Clara Tillman (Stevenson) Hughes. 

719. Eliza McLinn, b. 8, 30, 1857, m. 3, 29, 1875, 
Thomas Forbes. 

720. Susan Taylor, b. 10, 19, 1858, died in infancy. 

721. Clara Stevenson, b. 3, 6, i860, m. 9, 21, 1881, 
Walter Parker Williamson. 

722. George Stevenson, b. 9, 9, 1861, d. 6, 7, 1862. 

723. Theodore Jones, b. 2, 7, 1863. 

724. Kathleen Cawthome, b. 10, 11, 1864, m. 12, i, 
1884, William Lightfoot Ross. 

725. Annie Smallwood, b. 12, 31, 1865, m. 11, 17, 1880^ 
Harry Allen Lowe. 

726. CoUina, b. 11, 12, 1867. 

727. Cordelia Vass, b. i, 14, 1869. 

Theodore J. Hughes and 2d wife Isabella Hunter Knox. 

728. Zophar Mills, b. 5, 16, 1875. 

Children of No. 544. 

John J. and Hannah (Brooke) Hughes. 

729. John Hunter. 

730. Mary Rambo, m. i, 26, 1881, Winfield Scott 

731. Nathan Brooke. 

732. Benjamin Bartholomew, died at age of 2 years. 

733. Anna Brooke. 

734. Benjamin Bartholomew, 2d. 

735. Fanny Farquhar, m. 10, 9, 1890, J. Cloude Smith. 

736. Charles Collin, m. 4, 19, 1892, Elizabeth Marple 

Children of No. 545. 
Isaac Wayne Hughes and ist wife, Alice E. Donnel. 

737. Donnel, b. 3, i, 1858, m. 11, 19, 1884, Sarah Sum- 

The Dewees Family. 75 

mers Burton. 

738. Bertram, b. 10, 23, i860, d, 12, 22, 1888, m. i, 19, 

1882, Caroline Cordelia Love. 

739. Benjamin Raymond, b. 5, 2, 1864, d. 9. 30, 1872. 
Isaac Wa3me Hughes and 2d wife, Emilie Baker. 

740. Wa3aie Baker, b. 3, 21, 1880. 

741. David Porter, b. 9, 27, 1885. 

742. Julia Diefendorf , b. 12, 24, 1887. 

Children of No. 546. 
Nathan Rambo and Amanda E. (Stacker) Hughes. 

743. Emily Irene, m. 11, 26, 1884, William Harrison 

744. Frank Stacker. 

Children of No. 551. 
Edmund M. and Catharine Dewees (Hughes) Evans. 

745. Benjamin Hughes, b. 5, 16, 1880. 

746. Ray Wright, b. 7, 20, 1882. 

747. Mary Hughes, b. 9, 18, 1883, d. 10, 11, 1883. 

Children of No. 557. 
Guy E. and Frances (Hughes) Farquhar. 

748. Elizabeth Hughes, died at the age of 4 years. 

749. Francis Hughes. 

750. George Wildman. 

751. Annette. 

752. Otto Edward. 

753. Marion Amelia. 

Children of No. 558. 
George Ringgold and Annette (Hughes) Kaercher. 

754. Francis. 

755. George Hughes. 

Child of No. 563. 
Louis Curtis and Charlotte (Trittle) Hughes. 

76 The Dewees Family. 

756. Wayne, b. 3, 27, 1886. 

Children of No. 565. 
Rev. Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth (Hughes) Harding. 

757. Collin Hughes, b. 12, 26, 1874. 

758. Frederick Harriman, b. 9, 12, 1876. 

759. Adaline Williams, b. 10, 22, 1877, d. 7, 6, 1881. 

760. Mary Elizabeth, b. 12, 4,. 1879. 

761. Nathaniel, b. 11, 18, 1881, d. 8, 2, 1883. 

762. Martha, b. 11, 13, 1882, d. 8, 2, 1883. 

763. William Blount, b. i, 24, 1884. 

764. Robert, b. 12, 29, 1886, d. 5, 29, 1887. 

Children of No. 566. 
Charles Cottingham and Hannah (Hughes) Calvert. 

765. Nicholas Collin, b. 10, 30, 1879. 

766. Charles Cottingham, b. 5, 4. 1882. 

767. Lalla, b. 3, 21, 1884. 

768. Adaline, b. 11, 13, 1885. 

769. Zoe Frost, b. 10, 8, 1887, d. 10, 23, 1888. 

770. Zoe Ella, b. 5, 14, 1889. 

Child of No. 567. 
John Robert and Sallie Nelson (Harding) Hughes. 

771. Lucretia Nash, b. 2, 19, 1890. 

Children of No. 568. 
Nicholas Collin and Martha Elizabeth (Harding) 


772. Caroline Virginia, b. 4, 27, 1881. 

773. Nicholas Collin, b. i, 29, 1883. 

774. Israel Harding, b. 7, 5, 1884. 

775. Adaline Williams, b. 4, 7, 1886. 

776. Baby, b. 4, 29, 1887, lived but a few hours. 

777. Susan Mary, b. 9, 20, 1888, d. 7, 29, 1889. 

778. Paul, b. 9, 12, 1889, d. I, 26, 1890. 

The Dewees Family. jj 

Children of No. 574. 
Louis Davis and Caroline Stevenson (Lee) Baugh. 

779. Edward. 

780. William. 

781. Henry. 

782. Francis. 

783. Davis Ployd Lee. 

784. Gwendolyn Lee. 

Children of No. 579. 
Charles P. and Rosalind (Wood) Clingan. 

785. Laura. 

786. Clementine. 

787. Ann H. 

788. Charles B. 

Children of No. 581. 
Edward and Anna L. (Clingan) Brook. 

789. George. 

790. Edward. 

791. Charles. 

Children of No. 585. 
William D. and Margaret (Halpin) Ferree. 

792. Rebecca M., b. 1890. 

793. William H., b. 1893. 

794. George E., b. 1895. 

Children of No. 586. 
Eugene H. and Mariana (Coafman) Ferree. 

795. Florence A., b. 1891. 

796. Elizabeth C, b. 1892. 

797. Marion R.,b. 1895. 

Child of No. 587. 
Edward B. and. Anna (Jennings) Ferree. 

798. Helen J., b. 1893. 

78 The Dewees Family. 

Child of No. 593. 
J. Stewart and Alicia F. (McLean) Brown. 

799. G. McLean. 

Children of No. 595. 
Richard G. and MoUie (McPherson) Wood. 

800. Alan D., b. 1872. 

801. Louisa, b. 1876. 

802. Richard G., b. 1878. 

Children of No. 596. 
Alan W. Wood and ist wife, Annie Knox. 

803. W. Dewees, b. 1874. 

Alan Wood and 2d wife, Francis A. Carrier. 

804. Park, b. 1879. 

805. Rosalind, b. 1882. 

806. Alberta, b. 1884. 

807. Anita, b. 1886. 

808. Roland, b. 1888. 

809. Helen, b. 1890. 

810. Laura, b. 1892. 

Children of No. 597. 
Persifer and Laura G. (Wood) Smith. 

811. Rosalind, b. 1875. 

812. Laura, b. 1883. 

Children of No. 598. 
Thomas D. and Mary M. (Craige) Wood. 

813. Lindsay C, b. 1887. 

814. Ruth G., b. 1889. 

815. Eleanor R., b. 1891. 

816. Gilpin, v., b. 1892. 

817. Lillian W. b. 1894. 

Child of No, 599. 
Joseph R. and Annie W. (Wood) Dillworth. 

The Dewees Family. 79 

818. Dewees W., b. 1888. 

Child of No. 6cx). 
Thomas M. and Nellie W. (Wood) McKee. 

819. H. Sellers, b. 1891. 

Child of No. 601. 
George W. and Jessie (Dailey) Wood. 

820. Eugene, b. 1891. 

Child of No. 603. 
William B. and Catharine (Stewart) Wood. 

821. Constance, b. 1881. 

Children of No. 605. 
Charles P. and Rosalind (Wood) Clingan. 

822. Laura. 

823. Clementine. 

824. Ann H. 

825. Charles B. 

Children of No. 613. 
George O. and Jennie (Barnes) Dewees. 

826. Ralph I., b. 1889. 

827. Paul D., b. 1897. 

Children of No. 616. 
Walter L. and Louisa S. (Dewees) Finley. 

828. Thomas D., b. 1895. 

829. James R., b. 1895, (twins). 

Children of No. 619. 
George W. B. and Mary F. (Frothington) Roberts. 

830. Mary F., b. 1877. 

831. Elizabeth B. 

832. Dorothy M., b. 1882, (twins). 

833. Virginia, b. 1894 

Child of No. 620. 
Rev. Walter D. and Kate (Palmer) Roberts. 

8o The Dewees Family. 

834. Elizabeth, b. 1897. 

Children of No. 621. 
Theodore W. and Augusta M. (Roberts) Beattie. 

835. Benjamin B., b. 1893. 

836. Elizabeth K., b. 1895. 

837. Thomas R., b. 1897. 

Children of No. 263. 
George W. P. and Eddie (Graham) Coates. 

838. Frank G., b. 1893. 

839. George H., b. 1896. 

Children of No. 624. 
Leonard R. and Jennie (Boardman) Coates. 

840. Leonard R., b. 1892. 

841. Mary R., b. 1893. 

842. Dorothy, b. 1897. 

Children of. No. 626. 
John A. and Mary L. (Coates) Benedict. 

843. Annie C, b. 1892. 

844. Harriet W., b. 1895. 

Children of No. 638. 
Dr. Josephus Murray and Laura (Fisher) Steiner. 

845. Harry Hegner, b. 1857, d. 1875. 

846. Ralph, b. 1859, ^- ^887, Lily Bremond. 

847. Bessie, b. 1861, m. 1886, Claude Johns. 

848. Adele, b. 1863, m. 1889, A. S. Burleson. 


Children of No. 709. 
Basil and Ann Bryan (Hughes) Manley. 

849. Matthias E., b. 10, 23, 1885. 

850. Basil, b. I, 2, 1890. 

The Dewees Family. 8i 

Cliildren of No. 719. 
Thomas and Eliza McLinn (Hughes) Forbes. 

851. Edward Ripley, b. 2, 6, 1876. 

852. Bessie, b. 5, 10, 1877. 

853. Gifford Thomas, b. 9, 13, 1878, d. 2, 27, 1879. 

854. Thomas Gifford, b. 12, 23, 1879. 

855. Randolph Hughes, b. 9, 20, 1885, d. 11, 9, 1888. 

856. Frank Andrew, b. 4, 25, 1887. 

Children of No. 721. 
Walter Parker and Clara Stevenson (Hughes) Wil- 

857. Kathleen Hughes, b. 7, 7, 1882. 

858. Theodore. 

Children of No. 724. 
William Lightfoot and Kathleen Cawthome (Hughes) 


859. Clara Hughes, b. 10, 29, 1885. 

860. Alfred Green, b. 5, 4, 1887. 

861. William Lightfoot, b. i, 24, 1889. 

Child of No. 730. 
Winfield Scott and Mary Rambo (Hughes) Stacker. 

862. Hannah Hughes, b. 6, 14, 1882. 

Children of No. 737. 
Dr. Donnel and Sarah Summers (Burton) Hughes. 

863. Burton Donnel, b. 9, 15, 1888. 

864. Sarah Summers, b. 2, 2, 1890. 

Children of No. 738. 
Bertram and Caroline Cordelia (Love) Hughes. 

865. Alice Donnel, b. 3, 19, 1883, d. 8, 10, 1883. 

866. Francis Wade, b. 7, 30, 1884. 

867. Bertram, b. 8, 12, 1887. 

82 The Dewees Family. 

Child of No. 743. 
William Harrison and Emily Irene (Hughes) Yerkes. 

868. Beatrice Hughes, b. 11, 10, 1891, d. 8, 27, 1892. 

869. Mildred, b. 9, 6, 1893. 

Children of No. 848. 
Albert Sidney and Adele (Steiner) Burleson. 

870. Laura, b. 11, 7, 1890. 

871. Steiner, b. 9, 9, 1892. 

872. Lucy Kyle, b. 11, 11, 1894. 

873. Adele Sidney, b. i, 15, 1897. 



General List, No. i. 
Of Garrett Dewees, son of William the paper ma- 
ker, very little is known except that he was a miller 
by trade or occupation, and was, in conjunction with 
his brother Cornelius, an extensive land owner in the 
State of New Jersey, in Gloucester county. He mar- 
ried Agnes Streeper, daughter of John Streeper, of Ger- 
mantown. In Deed Book, H. I., page 94, Philadelphia, 
Pa., Recorder of Deeds Ofl&ce, is an Indenture bearing 
date the 27th day of June, 1748, between Garrett Dewees 
of the township of Germantown, County of Philadel- 
phia, Pa., miller, and Agnes his wife, daughter of John 
Streeper, late of the township of Germantown, afore- 
said, of the one part, and William Streeper of said 
township of the other part, dividing a certain tract of 
land for the consideration of twenty shillings. 


General List, No. 2. 
Christina Elizabeth Dewees, daughter of William 
Dewees, paper maker, was married February 2d, 1726, 
to Henry Antes. In the "Perkiomen Region," Vol. I, 

84 The Dewees Family. 

No. 4, December 1894, published by Henry S. Dotterer, 
is the following : Extract from the Church Record 
of three High Dutch Reformed Churches of Falkner 
Swamp, Skippack and Whitemarsh, in Pennsylvania, 
given this 20th of January, 1736, by me John Philip 

Anno 1726, February 2d, Henry Antes and Chris- 
tina Elizabeth, bom Dewees, after three required no- 
tices given, were married at Whitemarsh, and have up 
to this date had, and under the blessing of God offered 
for holy baptism, the following children: 
20th November, 1726, Anna Catherina, bom 8th No- 
vember, 1726. 
6th October, 1728, Anna Margaretta, bom 9th of Sep- 
tember, 1728. 
5th July, 1730, Philip Frederick, born 2d July, 1730. 
2 1 St November, 1731, William, bom i8th September, 
1 73 1. The Sponsors were William Dewees and 
Christina, his wife, 
loth February, 1734, Elizabeth, bom 29th January, 1734. 

Later record kept by Henry Antes. 
5th October, 1736. A son was bom to me this mom. at 
3 o'clock. I named him John Henry. Bap. by 
John Philip Boehm. 
19th September, 1738. A son was bom to me. I 

named him Jacob. He died on 6th June, 1739. 
13th March, 1740. A son bom to me. I named him John. 
28th October, 1742. A daughter, Mary Magdalene. 
8th January, 1745. A son, Joseph. 
1 6th September, 1748. A daughter, Benigna. 


Henry Antes was a pioneer settler of Pennsylvania. 

The Dewees Family. 85 

He was the son of Frederick and Ann Catharine 
Antes, and bom in Enrope in 1701. The earliest record 
fonnd concerning the Antes family in this country is a 
deed dated 20th of February, 1723, for 150 acres of 
land in Philadelphia county, purchased by Frederick 
Antes, of Germantown, from Henry Van Bebber, de- 
scribed as part of a tract of 25,370 acres in Mahani- 
tania, in the present township of Hanover. 

Frederick Antes died in the latter part of the year 
1746, leaving a wife and two children, the son Henry, 
and daughter Anne Elizabeth, who was the wife of John 

It is believed that Henry Antes was bom in Frien- 
sheim, Bavaria. On the 2d of February, 1726, after 
three regular notices given, Henry Antes and Christina 
Elizabeth, daughter of William Dewees, were married 
at Whitemarsh, by John Philip Boehm, pastor of the 
German Reformed Church, in Pennsylvania. 

The precise date at which Antes took up his resi- 
dence in Frederick township is not known. On the 
2d of February, 1 730, he is described as a resident of 
Hanover township, the name at that time sometimes ap- 
plied to the territory afterwards erected into Frederick 
township, as well as the Frankford company tract. 

Previous to this he, with his father-in-law, William 
Dewees, had built a grist mill and a paper mill at Cre- 
feld, Germantown. In 1730 he was naturalized. On 
the 2d day of September, 1735, Henry Antes, of Fred- 
erick township, millwright, bought of John Hagerman, 
of Lancaster County, weaver, one hundred and seventy- 
five acres of land "near the branches of the Perkeaw- 
ming," in Frederick township, paying therefor two 
hundred pounds, lawful money of the province ; bounded 

86 The Dewees Family. 

by lands of William Frey and Henry Stadler, land of 
Andrew Frey and vacant lands. Upon this tract Mr. 
Antes resided during the remainder of his life, except 
when temporarily away. Upon this property, the same 
year, he built, in partnership with George Heebner, a 

In the spring of 1763, he became acquainted with 
Spangenberg, of the Moravian Church in America, who 
was sojourning with the Schwenkfelders in Skippack. 
Up to 1740 he continued a member of the Falkner 
Swamp Church, in charge of Rev. Mr. Boehm. At 
this time a difference arose between pastor and parish- 
ioners resulting in alienation. In 1741, Antes became 
acquainted with Zinzendorf. In 1742, Antes assisted 
the Moravians in building the first large house in Beth- 
lehem. The colony of Moravian immigrants who ar- 
rived in the Catharine, came to the house of Antes, 
July 19th, 1742, and lodged there that night. In 1744, 
Henry Antes presided at a S3mod of Moravian Breth- 
ren held in what is now North Heidelberg township. 
In 1750, the Moravians introduced the wearing of the 
white surplice by the members at the celebration of the 
Eucharist. Antes disapproved of this and withdrew 
from their communion. He died in July, 1754. 


General List No. 4. 
Comparatively little is known in regard to the his- 
tory and public life of William Dewees, the son of Wil- 
liam, the paper maker. He was bom in Germantown, 
Pa., about 1712 or 171 4, and married Rachel Farmer, 
said by many historians to be the daughter of Edward 
Farmer, of Whitemarsh. But from the accounts that 

The Dewees Family. 87 

are obtained from descendants of the Farmer family, 
it is likely that this Rachel Farmer was the daughter 
of Thomas Farmer, and sister of Jasper Farmer, who 
married Anne Billops, October 17th, 1731. Further evi- 
dence however would be necessary to establish the fact 
beyond dispute. 

William Dewees was commissioned Sheriff of 
Philadelphia, October 4th, 1773. He was also a Justice 
of the Peace, and dealt largely in real estate. He died 
in 1777, and his place of burial is not definitely known. 


General List No. 6. 
Cornelius Dewees married Maria Phillipina Boehm. 
His occupation was that of a cooper, and his residence 
Gloucester county, New Jersey. There are many frag- 
mentary records of Deweeses in and about Philadelphia, 
but they cannot be connected with any particular family. 
They may be the descendants of Cornelius. 


General List, No. 5. 
Henry Dewees, son of William, the paper maker, 
and brother of Sheriff William Dewees, was bom in 
1 716. He was a paper maker by trade and owiied and 
operated the mill formerly owned by his father. Dur- 
ing the Revolution he manufactured cartridge paper for 
the army. He was also the possessor of considerable pro- 
perty, and bought and sold land to a g^eat extent. He 

married, in 1743, Rachel . He died in 1801, 

leaving six sons and two daughters. He and his wife 
were buried in the Upper Germantown burial ground 
by the side of his father and mother, William and 

88 714^ Dewees Family, 

Christina Dewees. 


General List, No. 8. 

Philip Dewees, youngest son of William Dewees, 
paper maker, was not of age when his father died. 
Whom he married is not known. About 1763 he took 
out a warrant for a tract of land in Mount Bethel town- 
ship, Northampton county, Pa. Soon after he removed 
to Charleston, S. C, where some of his descendants now 
live. Others are scattered throughout the Southern 
States, but no definite record can be obtained. One of 
his sons, Cornelius, married, June 29th, 1770, Sarah 
Minors, at Charleston, S. C. He became the owner of 
an island off the coast of South Carolina which bore 
the name of Dewees island. He furnished the Palmetto 
logs for the construction of Fort Moultrie, in Charles- 
ton Harbor during the Revolution. Another son, Andrew, 
married in 1778, at Charleston, S. C, Catharine Chicken. 
He afterward took the oath of allegiance to the Spanish 
Government, and obtained land in Florida under grant 
from the Spanish Crown, the record of which has been 
found. William Dewees, another son, married, January 
I St, 1778, Frances Lovejoy, of Charleston, and second, 
October 25th, 1781, Jane Rogers, of the same place. 
He claimed the protection of the British during the 
Revolution. John Dewees married Sarah Vincent, in 

Pennsylvania Records show that Philip Dewees 
had in 1769 been gone some years to Carolina, and the 
tract of land in Mount Bethel for which he had ob- 
tained a warrant, but never paid any money, was re- 
assigned to Abraham Lewar and a patent granted to 

The Dewees Family. 89 

him. Some litigation followed on the part of those who 
claimed to have bought from Philip Dewees, but the re- 
sult is not on record. 


General List, No. 20. 
William Dewees, Jr., was the son of William and 
Rachel Farmer Dewees. He was bom at Germantown, 
and at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, 
owned a large flour mill at Valley Forge. His father. 
Sheriff William Dewees, resided in the vicinity of 
Germantown, where he. built a large stone mansion 
which is still standing, and on the gable end can be 
seen the initials, w.^r. • William Dewees, Jr., married 
first, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Rut- 
ter) Potts. They had two children, Rachel, who mar- 
ried Benjamin Bartholomew, and Hannah, who married 
Rev. John Boggs. His first wife dying, he married, 
November 15, 1769, Sarah Waters, by whom he had 
several children. In 1773, Joseph Potts, of Philadel- 
phia, conveyed \,o Col. William Dewees an undivided 
moiety of Mt. Joy Furnace, and as early as 1771 he ap- 
pears to have resided at the mansion house belonging 
to these iron works, and to have carried them on in con- 
junction with David Potts, who for nearly half a cen- 
tury had sold in Philadelphia the bar iron made there. 
The forge was burned by the British in September, 
1777. Col. Dewees is said to have built the large ovens 
in the cellar of the house of his cousin, David Potts, 
who had probably removed from his summer house to the 
city for security. The mansion belonging to the forge 
was not burned, but the British destroyed all they could. 
Many years after the war the family of Col. Dewees, 


90 The Dewees Family. 

through his son William, a lawyer in Washington, D, 
C, presented a claim in Congress for indemnity. Col. 
Dewees died in 1782, leaving a widow and several chil- 

At the close of the Revolution, Capt. Benjamin 
Bartholomew married Rachel, daughter of Col. William 
Dewees, and settled on an extensive farm in East White- 
land, Chester county. Pa. Capt. Bartholomew died 
March 31st, 181 2, and was buried at Tredyflrin Baptist 

The following are extracts from the proceedings 
of the Council of Safety in the Pa. Archives relating 
to Col. Dewees : 

April 23d, 1777. 

Col. William Dewees requests that he may have a 
Serjeant's Guard of Militia, Stationed at Valley Forge, 
he hopes that Continental Troops will not be employed 
there. If the guard is appointed he desired to know 
how they are to be victualed. Arms and Amunition 
will be wanted and may be had of Mr. DeHaven. 

Kingsess, Dec. ye nth, 1776. 
I have two men last week two days and this week 
two days more. Those men tell me the Captains com- 
complain of Great Backwardness in the people, and also 
say that Col. Dewees hath ordered a company to Gard 
the Powder. Lieutenant Col. Dewees liveth near twenty 
from me and I have not seen him since we came from 
camp. Jonathan Pascall, Col. 

French Creek Powder Mill, Dec. ye 12th, 1776. 
Gentlemen. With unfeigned sorrow I think you 
have not much assistance to expect from the Militia in 

The Dewees Family. 91 

these parts. I last thursday rec'd orders to relieve 
Captain Wilberts Company at this Post, by an equal 
number of Respectable Militia. On f riday morning I 
went to Captain Wilbert and showed him my orders & 
told him I expected to relieve him Sunday or Monday, 
as I expected the men would have turned out much 
readier than they did. I went to two of our Captains 
and several of the men who promised they would march 
on thursday morning early I went to meet them but they 
did not come until af temoon,when I rec'd information from 
Captain Hartman, Verbally, that he was to occupy 
that Post & that I was to the Camp Immediately. I 
proposed marching to Philadelphia on Wednesday 
morning, but the men and officers utterly refused going, 
as they said they were 111 used and behaved in such a 
manner as convinced me there could be no good done 
with them some of whom I had advanced money to out 
of my own pocket who neither would nor Did return 
it. In the afternoon of yesterday I rec'd advice from 
Capt. Wilbert that Hartman's orders were not sufficient 
for him to leave the Post, and as I had been required to 
relieve him by Reputable Associators, and I thought it 
might be of use to relieve them as soon as possible, ap- 
plied to Col. Thomas. He readily consented for one 
company of his Batt'n, who all offered voluntarily to 
put themselves under my command. As I found there 
could be nothing done with our own Batt'n, I thought it 
my duty to Except of them and accordingly marched 
to this Post this day, but met with Capt. Hartman here, 
who has riot more than four or five men with him, but 
who insists upon taking Possession of the Post. Capt. 
Wilbert and his Lieut, is in Philadelphia and the Com- 
manding officer who is a Serjeant Informs me he has the 

92 The Dewees Family. 

Captain's orders, Not to go from here until he returns. 
Should be glad if you would Endeavor to settle the mat- 
ter as you think best. 
I am Gentlemen 

Your Obedient Humble Servant 

Wm. Dewees Jn'r. 
N. B. — I beg leave to submit to your judgement 
whether it would not be prudent to be well acquainted 
with the Character of the Person who is to take Charge 
of a matter the Publick has so much at stake in. 

Copy of a letter from the Board of War to Pres. 

Wharton, Aug. 30, 1777. 
Sir. — ^There is a large quantity of Flour spoiling 
for Want of baking. It lies at Valley Forge. I am di- 
rected to request of you, that you with the Council will 
be pleased to order Furloughs to be given to six Bakers out 
of the Militia for the purpose of baking the flour intohard 
biscuit. Col. Dewees will receive your orders & en- 
deavor to find out the Bakers. 

Rich. Peters. Sec. 


French Creek, March 10, 1777. 
Sir. — I am Sorry to inform you of the unhappy 
Explotion of Blowing up the Continental Powder Mill this 
Morning about 10 O'clock, Which We are very Sus- 
pities has bin Done by Mr. Peck or his Men as they 
have yoused Several odd Expressions and they had 
Gon Some Distants from it at the Time it Hapned and 
Run to the next neighbors house & Did not Come back 
till We sent out A Gard for them. Mr. Peck Seem to 
Say at first, that all his Men were killed. Secondly, he 

The Dewees Family. 93 

said that he had seen the Men Going to the Graining 
house ; that & Sum other Reasons Give me Som Reas- 
on to think have Som knowledg of it, The first Day of 
this instant Col Peter Grub Was at the Powder Mill, 
Somewhat in Drink ; he Damned the Powder Mill, and 
told Col Dewese, let us Blow it to hell. Which I thought 
Was a very odd Expression when Col Dewese told me ; 
& several others heard him use that Expression ; he 
and Mr. Peck Seemed very Great, & he Lodged With 
Mr. Peck that knight. We have Got the Men & Mr. 
Peck under Gard till further orders from the Counsyl. 
So I remain Your friend & Humble Servant 

Peter DeHaven. 
To Col John Bull, or the Hon'ble Council of Safety, 


Deposition of Col. William Dewees, 1777. 
Col. William Dewees being duly sworn on the Holy 
Evangels of Almighty God, did depose and say that 
on Saturday the first day of March last he was at the 
Powder Mills at French Creek with Col Peter Grubb, 
who was greatly in liquor and behaved very madly, that 
among other things he said, that himself and four 
others could in spite of all the Guards, blow the Powder 
Mill to Hell, and other words of like import. That he 
(Col Dewees) then asked him why he did not do it, to 
which Col Grubb replied, that he did not want to do it, 
or to injure the Mill, or words to this effect, that the 
next day when Col Grubb was sober he did not inti- 
mate any such sentiment as he had expressed the day 
before, but on the contrary when Col Dewees talked of 
raising a Company of Volunteers in case of the Militia 
being again called upon. Col Grubb said he would join 

86 The Dewees Family. 

by lands of William Frey and Henry Stadler, land of 
Andrew Frey and vacant lands. Upon this tract Mr, 
Antes resided during the remainder of his life, except 
when temporarily away. Upon this property, the same 
year, he built, in partnership with George Heebner, a 

In the spring of 1763, he became acquainted with 
Spangenberg, of the Moravian Church in America, who 
was sojourning with the Schwenkfelders in Skippack. 
Up to 1740 he continued a member of the Falkner 
Swamp Church, in charge of Rev. Mr. Boehm. At 
this time a difference arose between pastor and parish- 
ioners resulting in alienation. In 1741, Antes became 
acquainted with Zinzendorf. In 1742, Antes assisted 
the Moravians in building the first large house in Beth- 
lehem. The colony of Moravian immigrants who ar- 
rived in the Catharine, came to the house of Antes, 
July 19th, 1742, and lodged there that night. In 1744, 
Henry Antes presided at a Synod of Moravian Breth- 
ren held in what is now North Heidelberg township. 
In 1750, the Moravians introduced the wearing of the 
white surplice by the members at the celebration of the 
Eucharist. Antes disapproved of this and withdrew 
from their communion. He died in July, 1754. 


General List No. 4. 
Comparatively little is known in regard to the his- 
tory and public life of William Dewees, the son of Wil- 
liam, the paper maker. He was bom in Germantown, 
Pa., about 1712 or 171 4, and married Rachel Farmer, 
said by many historians to be the daughter of Edward 
Farmer, of Whitemarsh. But from the accounts that 

The Dewees Family. 87 

are obtained from descendants of the Fanner family, 
it is likely that this Rachel Farmer was the daughter 
of Thomas Farmer, and sister of Jasper Farmer, who 
married Anne Billops, October 17th, 1731. Further evi- 
dence however Would be necessary to establish the fact 
beyond dispute. 

William Dewees was commissioned Sheriff of 
Philadelphia, October 4th, 1773. He was also a Justice 
of the Peace, and dealt largely in real estate. He died 
in 1777, and his place of burial is not definitely known. 


General List No. 6. 
Cornelius Dewees married Maria Phillipina Boehm. 
His occupation was that of a cooper, and his residence 
Gloucester county. New Jersey. There are many frag- 
mentary records of Deweeses in and about Philadelphia, 
but they cannot be connected with any particular family. 
They may be the descendants of Cornelius. 


General List, No. 5. 
Henry Dewees, son of William, the paper maker, 
and brother of Sheriff William Dewees, was bom in 
1 716. He was a paper maker by trade and owned and 
operated the mill formerly owned by his father. Dur- 
ing the Revolution he manufactured cartridge paper for 
the army. He was also the possessor of considerable pro- 
perty, and bought and sold land to a great extent. He 

married, in 1743, Rachel . He died in 1801, 

leaving six sons and two daughters. He and his wife 
were buried in the Upper Germantown burial ground 
by the side of his father and mother, William and 

88 The Dewees Family, 

Christina Dewees. 


General List, No. 8. 

Philip Dewees, youngest son of William Dewees, 
paper maker, was not of age when his father died. 
Whom he married is not known. About 1763 he took 
out a warrant for a tract of land in Mount Bethel town- 
ship, Northampton county, Pa. Soon after he removed 
to Charleston, S. C, where some of his descendants now 
live. Others are scattered throughout the Southern 
States, but no definite record can be obtained. One of 
his sons, Cornelius, married, June 29th, 1770, Sarah 
Minors, at Charleston, S. C. He became the owner of 
an island off the coast of South Carolina which bore 
the name of Dewees island. He furnished the Palmetto 
logs for the construction of Fort Moultrie, in Charles- 
ton Harbor during the Revolution. Another son, Andrew, 
married in 1778, at Charleston, S. C, Catharine Chicken. 
He afterward took the oath of allegiance to the Spanish 
Government, and obtained land in Florida under grant 
from the Spanish Crown, the record of which has been 
found. William Dewees, another son, married, January 
ist, 1778, Frances Lovejoy, of Charleston, and second, 
October 25th, 1781, Jane Rogers, of the same place. 
He claimed the protection of the British during the 
Revolution. John Dewees married Sarah Vincent, in 

Pennsylvania Records show that Philip Dewees 
had in 1769 been gone some years to Carolina, and the 
tract of land in Mount Bethel for which he had ob- 
tained a warrant, but never paid any money, was re- 
assigned to Abraham Lewar and a patent granted to 

The Dewees Family. 89 

him. Some litigation followed on the part of those who 
claimed to have bought from Philip Dewees, but the re- 
sult is not on record. 


General List, No. 20. 
William Dewees, Jr., was the son of William and 
Rachel Farmer Dewees. He was bom at Germantown, 
and at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, 
owned a large flour mill at Valley Forge. His father. 
Sheriff William Dewees, resided in the vicinity of 
Germantown, where he. built a large stone mansion 
which is still standing, and on the gable end can be 
seen the initials, w.^r. • William Dewees, Jr., married 
first, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Rut- 
ter) Potts. They had two children, Rachel, who mar- 
ried Benjamin Bartholomew, and Hannah, who married 
Rev. John Boggs. His first wife dying, he married, 
November 15, 1769, Sarah Waters, by whom he had 
several children. In 1773, Joseph Potts, of Philadel- 
phia, conveyed to Col. William Dewees an undivided 
moiety of Mt. Joy Furnace, and as early as 1771 he ap- 
pears to have resided at the mansion house belonging 
to these iron works, and to have carried them on in con- 
junction with David Potts, who for nearly half a cen- 
tury had sold in Philadelphia the bar iron made there. 
The forge was burned by the British in September, 
1777. Col. Dewees is said to have built the large ovens 
in the cellar of the house of his cousin, David Potts, 
who had probably removed from his summer house to the 
city for security. The mansion belonging to the forge 
was not burned, but the British destroyed all they could. 
Many years after the war the family of Col. Dewees, 

98 The Dewees Family. 

tion are satisfactorily established; that it appears the 
property was taken for public use, contrary to the 
wishes and remonstrances of the petitioner ; that the 
chief part of his buildings were occupied as a deposite 
for Military stores, where a part continued until the ap- 
proach of the enemy ; that on the arrival of the enemy, 
he consumed the stores with the buildings ; that the de- 
struction of said property is to be ascribed wholly to 
the circumstances of the military stores being there de- 
posited, as none of the buildings in the vicinity suf- 
fered in like manner ; and that the claim of the petitioner 
is not barred by any act of limitation, having been ex- 
hibited at the Treasury, within the period limited by 
those acts." 

The above cited report concludes with a resolu- 
tion to bring in a bill for the relief of the petitioner. 
The Committee of the Whole appears to have reported 
the resolution negatively which report was rejected by 
the House. 

From that time until the death of Colonel Dewees, 
embarrassed circumstances, consequent on the loss of 
his property and great infirmity of body, prevented 
him from prosecuting his claim. In 18 16, the petitioner 
petitioned Congress. Her vouchers were then on the 
files of the House of Representatives ; but which now 
appear to have been destroyed in the conflagration of 
1 8 14. Copies of these vouchers, which the committee 
have no doubt are genuine, together with evidence re- 
cently obtained of the most respectable character, ac- 
company the petition. 

The petitioner represents her case as coming en- 
tirely within the scope of an act passed at the last ses- 
sion of Congress, authorizing the payment for build- 

The Dewees Family. 99 

ings destroyed by the enemy while occupied as a mili- 
tary deposite. The force of this suggestion the com- 
mittee are compelled to admit in all its extent. 

The committee believe the destruction of Colonel 
Dewees's buildings was clearly sanctioned by the usages 
of civilized warfare, and that the obligation on the Gov- 
ernment to make compensation for the loss of property 
thus taken for public use is unequivocal. In the lapse 
of time for which indemnity has been withheld, the 
committee see nothing to weaken this obligation. 

The facts were established to the satisfaction of the 
House of Representatives as early as 1794. From a 
diligent examination of the records of the House of 
Representatives, the committee are induced confidently 
to believe no claim similar in character has been made 
on the justice of Congress since the establishment of 
the present Government. 

They therefore respectfully recommend the pay- 
ment of the claim of Sarah Dewees, and report a bill 
making the necessary appropriation. 

March 14, 181 7. 
We the subscribers, being inhabitants of Chester 
county, in the State of Pennsylvania, being called upon 
by the widow and Heirs of Colonel William Dewees, 
deceased, do certify and declare as follows : That we 
have been inhabitants and residents of that part of the 
county situate from three to five miles of the Valley 
Forge, in the said county, for the period of more than 
forty years ; that we are, and always have been, well 
acquainted with the said estate, owned at the time of its 
destruction by the British army by the said William 
Dewees, that we have already certified our opinion of 

lOO The Dewees Family. 

the appraisement formerly made by Benjamin Barthol- 
omew and John Pawling, now deceased, of the value of 
the property destroyed by the enemy in the year 1777, 
and amounting to the sum of £2>A^^ 3^- 4d. the ori- 
ginal papers and vouchers relative to this claim hav- 
ing, as we understand and have been informed, been de- 
stroyed in the conflagration of the Capitpl in the year 
1814. We do further certify for the causes aforesaid, 
that, on the arrival of General Washington at the Val- 
ley Forge in the year aforesaid, he encamped on the 
land of the said Dewees, as well as on the land of others, 
a considerable portion of which was in wood ; that the 
American army cut down the same, and used it for the 
purpose of building huts, for fuel, &c. ; that the quan- 
tity of land, being in wood and belonging to the said 
William Dewees, amounted to about one hundred and 
fifty acres ; and that the value of the timber at the time 
of its destruction was worth the sum of forty shillings 
per acre, or thereabouts. John Davis. 

William Davis. 

In the Sixteenth Congress, second session : 

Communicated to the House of Representatives on 
the 20th of December, 1820. 

Mr. Rhea made the following report : 

The Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary 
Claims, to whom on the 14th of December, 1820, was 
referred the petition of Sarah Dewees, of Chester coun- 
ty, Pennsylvania, and others, Heirs of the late William 
Dewees, have had the same under consideration, and re- 
port thereon. 

The Petitioners state that, at the commencement 
of the revolutionary war, the said William Dewees was 

The Dewees Family. loi 

the proprietor of the estate lalo^vn as the Valley Forge 
in Chester county, Pennsylvania, in September, 1777, 
after the British army had landed at the head of Blk 
river, and were on the march to Philadelphia, General 
Mifflin, then quartermaster general, ordered the greater 
part of the provisions and military stores belonging to 
the main army to be deposited in the houses of the 
petitioners, contrary to the consent of the then pro- 
prietor, and that the loss of the battle of Brandywine 
produced the entire destruction of the property above 
mentioned by the enemy a few days after that event; in 
the winter of 1777 and 1778, General Washington es- 
tablished his headquarters at the Valley Forge, and re- 
mained there for more than six months, by which (as 
the petitioners state) the whole of the timber belonging 
to the estate was also totally destroyed ; that in June, 
1783, an appraisement was on oath made of the property 
destroyed by the enemy at the sum of ;^3,404 3s. 4d. 
equal to $8,678, and the wood destroyed at £2fio or 
$800, and that these accounts were submitted to the 
Board of Treasury about the year 1784 or 1785. 

The petitioners in their said petition, enumerate 
and state various applications to Congress for indemni- 
fication on account of said losses previous to the session 
(rf Congress in the year 18 18, at which session they 
state that Congress granted to them $8cxx>. 

The petitioners state that they now again approach 
your honorable body under a firm and sincere belief 
that if Congress will review this case they will not 
themselves be of opinion that all has been done which 
justice, honor, and magnanimity might seem to require. 

The petitioners state that they are aware erf the 
terms of the act under which the above mentioned re^ 

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lief was granted, but that they feel equally confident 
that Congress will never suffer themselves to be re- 
strained by any phraseology, however clear, if it should 
militate against their justice. 

The committee in the examination of the case of 
the petitioners have had recourse to the act of Congress 
alluded to in the petition of the said petitioners, and ob- 
serve that, on the nth day of April, in the year 1818, 
was approved an act of Congress entitled " An act for 
the relief of Sarah Dewees, relict of and widow of Wil- 
liam Dewees, deceased, and the heirs and legal repre- 
sentatives of the said William Dewees" as follows : 

"Sec. I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House 
of Representatives of the United States of America in 
Congress assembled. That there be paid to Sarah De- 
wees, relict of Colonel William Dewees, etc., the sum of 
eight thousand dollars in full of all claims the estate of 
the said deceased may have against the United States for 
the loss of property owing to its being taken for public 
use, and that the said sum be paid out of any money 
in the treasury not otherwise appropriated." 

The said sum of money the petitioners are pre- 
sumed to have received and they did receive it with 
complete knowledge of the terms of the said act of 
Congress, and did receive it in full of all claims the es- 
tate of the said deceased had against the United States. 
We have had recourse to the journals of the Congress of 
the Revolution, and observe that, on the 3d of June, 
1784, Congress on report of a committee, resolved, 
"That according to the laws and usages of nations, a 
State is not obliged to make compensation for damages 
done to its citizens by an enemy, or wantonly and un- 
authorized by its own oflB.cers, yet humanity requires 

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that some relief should be granted to persons who by 
such losses are reduced to indigence and want, and as 
the circumstances of such suflFerers are best known to 
the States to which they belong, it is the opinion of the 
committee that it be referred to the several States (at 
their own expense) to grant such relief to their citizens 
who have been injured as aforesaid as they may think 
requisite ; and if it shall hereafter appear reasonable 
that the United States should make any allowance to 
any particular States who may be burdened much be- 
yond others, that the allowance ought to be determined 
by Congress; but that no allowance be made by the 
commissioners for settling accounts for any charges of 
that kind against the United States," and at the same 
time Congress resolved, "That such compensation as 
the commissioner may think reasonable be made for 
wood, forage, or other property of individuals taken by 
order of any proper officer, or applied to or used for 
the benefit of the army of the United States upon pro- 
ducing to him satisfactory evidence thereof by the testi- 
mony of one or more disinterested witnesses." 

This committee further report that the late Wil- 
liam Dewees could in pursuance of said resolution, 
have applied to the State of Pennsylvania (in which 
State he lived) for indemnification for damages alleged 
to have been sustained by destruction of his property 
by the enemy, where and at a time when these matters 
were more fully known, together with all attending cir- 
cumstances ; it appearing that he lived many years after 
the destruction of said property, as alleged, by the 
enemy ; that, if he did not, in pursuance of said reso- 
lution apply to the State of Pennsylvania for compen- 
sation for said alleged damages, it was in his own 

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wrong, by his own neglect, and that, therefore, his rep- 
resentatives can have no just claim against the United 

The petitioners state that General Washington, in 
the winter of 1777 and 1778, established his winter 
quarters at Valley Forge, and remained there for more 
than six months, by which the whole of the timber be- 
longing to the estate was also totally destroyed. On 
this subject the committee believe that William De- 
wees ought, if he did not, to have, in pursuance to the 
resolution alluded to, applied to the commissioner men- 
tioned in that resolution for compensation for the al- 
leged destruction of timber on his estate, who was em- 
pow^ered to make reasonable compensation for the same 
on evidence satisfactory to him. That, if William De- 
wees did not take the benefit of the provision of that 
resolution, it was his own neglect, and therefore, his 
representatives cannot have any just claim for the same 
against the United States. 

By the resolution alluded to, it appears that Con- 
gress directed application to be made to the States, re- 
spectively, for compensation for damages done by the 
enemy to the property of individuals in the time of the 
revolutionary war, and that application was to be made 
to the commissioner for compensation for wood, forage, 
or other property of individuals, taken by order of any 
proper officer, or applied to or used for the benefit of the 
United States. The petitioners allege that William De- 
wees in his lifetime, and they since his decease, have 
been at great expense and trouble in prosecuting said 
claim against the United States; but William De- 
wees, in his lifetime, might have applied to the State of 
Pennsylvania for damages done by the enemy, and to 

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the commissioner for compensation for timber alleged 
to have been destroyed. The petitioners have re- 
ceived eight thousand dollars in full of all claims the 
estate of William Dewees, deceased, may have against 
the United States for the loss of property, owing to its 
being taken for public use. On a full view and con- 
sideration of this case of the petitioners, the committee 
are of opinion that the petitioners have not any just 
claim against the United States ; and therefore submit 
the following resolution : 

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought 
not to be granted. 

At a meeting of the Board of War, Philadelphia, 
April 3, 1777. Present, Owen Biddle, Joseph Dean. 

A circular letter was wrote to the following per- 
sons requesting that each would procure, with all pos- 
sible dispatch, at least 100 Waggons, to be sent to Rob- 
ert Irwin the Waggon Master General, for the purpose 
of removing the public stores from this city, (Philadel- 
phia), to the west side of Schuylkill, viz: 

Mr. Matthew Brooks, near Col. Bull's, Philadel- 
phia Co. 

Major Evans, near the Yellow Springs, Chester Co. 

Mr. Isaac Will, at Milltown, Chester Co. 

Col. Caleb Davis, in Chester Co. 

Mr. Robert Lettis Hoopes, near Easton. 

Col. Wm. Dewees, at the Valley Forge, Chester Co. 

Col. William Dean, at Horsham, Philadelphia Co. 

Cap't McCalla, 4 miles above Bogarts Tavern, 
Bucks Co. 

William Clinghan, (Clingan), near the sign of the 
Waggon on the Lancaster Road. 

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Two letters were likewise wrote to the Committee 
of Lancaster County and General Mifflin at Reading, 
to procure 400 Waggons to be sent to town for the Be- 
fore mentioned purpose. 

Page 23, Vol. I, 2d Series, Pa. Archives. 


General List, No. 21. 
Thomas Dewees, son of Sheriff William Dewees, 
was bom in the vicinity of Philadelphia. He married 
Hannah Potts, sister of Sarah Potts, his brother Wil- 
liam's wife. In 1775-7, Thomas Dewees was jailor and 
had charge of the prisons in Philadelphia. He died 
about 1 78 1. 


General List, No. 22. 

Samuel Dewees, another son of SheriflF William 
Dewees, of Philadelphia, was also bom in the vicinity. 
He married Mary Cobum, sister of Judge Cobum, of 
Kentucky, previously of Chester county, Pennsylvania. 
Mr. Dewees, with his wife and two children, Rachel 
and Sallie, emigrated from Philadelphia to Lexington, 
Kentucky, in the fall of 1787. Rachel Dewees mar- 
ried John Wilson. Sallie married Robert Taylor. They 
had three other children bom to them in Kentucky : 
Farmer Dewees, September 15, 1792, at Midway; John 
Cobum Dewees, who married Maria Bay less; and Eliza, 
who married Wilkins Tannehill. 

Farmer Dewees settled in Lexington in early life, 
and was identified with its banking institutions for 
nearly half a century. He was teller, at one time, 
in the old branch of the United States Bank, and was 

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subsequently the first teller of the Northern Bank, 
with which institution he remained connected until old 

Mr. Dewees was distinguished for his gentle man- 
ners, amiable deportment, and quiet charity. He filled 
his alloted part in life with fidelity, and died July 28th, 

According to an act of Assembly in 1777, Philadel- 
phia was divided into seven Battalion districts, and Sam- 
uel Dewees was appointed sub-Lieutenant. 

Mr. Samuel P. Cochran, of Dallas, Texas, a great- 
grandson of Samuel Dewees, being greatly interested 
in the family history, has kindly contributed the foUow- 
lowing copy of a diary of Mrs. Mary Dewees, detailing 
a journey of herself, husband and family and other 
companions from Philadelphia to Lexington, Ky., in the 
fall of 1787. 


Sept 27. Left Philadelphia at 5 o'clock in the after- 
noon and tore ourselves from a number of friends that 
assembled to take a last farewell before we set oflF for 
Kentucky. Made our first stage 6 miles from the City, 
being very sick the greatest part of the way. 

Sept 28th. We left the sign of the Lamb, at half- 
past six a. m., and proceeded to Col. Webster's, 7 miles, 
where we breakfasted, and then set off for the "United 
States" which we reached at 5 o'clock p. m., and put up 
for the night on account of my sickness which was ex- 
cessive, being obliged to go to bed immediately. 

29th. Left the " United States" and arrived at the 
Wagon, 40 miles from Philadelphia, that place which 
contains so many valued friends. Sister and children 

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were hearty. The children were diverting to all but 
poor Maria, who was as sick as it was possible to be. 
We took our lodging at the "Compass." 

30th. Left the " Compass" and reached the " Hat" 
at 10 o'clock a. m, much better than I was. Lost all 
the fine prospects the first day, owing to my sickness, 
which was excessive, being obliged to be led from the 
wagon to the bed, and from the bed to the wagon. 

October ist. Crossed the Conestoga, a good deal 
uneasy for fear my sickness should return. The Cone- 
stoga is a beautiful creek with fine prospects around it. 
After refreshing ourselves we took a walk up the creek 
and I think I never saw a more beautiful prospect. You 
can't imagine how I longed for you, my friends, to join 
our little party and to be partakers of the beauties of 
nature that now surround us. We are seated beneath 
the shade of intermingling trees that grow leaning oe'r 
the creek, and entirely shade us from the noonday 
sun. Several, since I sat here, have crossed, some on 
horseback, others in boats, whilst a fall of water at a 
little distance adds dignity to the scene and renders it 
quite romantic. 

As the sun was setting, we rode through Lancas- 
ter, a beautiful inland town, with some elegant houses 
in it. I was quite delighted with the view we have 
from the comer of the street where the prison stands, 
of the upper part of the town which at once presents to 
your sight a sudden rise of houses, trees and gardens on 
either side that has a very pleasing eflFect. 

2d. Though but a few days since my friends con- 
cluded I could not reach Kentucky, will you believe me 
when I tell you I am sitting on the banks of the Susque- 
hanna, and can take my bit of ham and biscuit with 

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any of them. 

" Returning health has made the face of nature gay, 
Giving beauty to the sun and pleasure to the day." 

Just crossed the river in company with Mrs. Parr 
and her daughter, not the least sick. What gratitude 
is owing from me to the great Author of nature, who 
in so short a time has restored me from a state of lan- 
guishment and misery to the most enviable health. 

3d. Passed through York Town, a pretty little 
town, and lodged about a mile from that place. 

4th. This day we rode through Abbott's town, a 
trifling place, find the roads much better from Lancas- 
ter upwards, than from Philadelphia to Lancaster. 
Reached Hunter's town, 113 miles, expect to-morrow to 
cross South Mountain. Our weather exceedingly 

5th. Left Hunter's town and proceeded to the 
mountain, which we began to climb about 10 o'clock, 
sometimes riding, sometimes walking; find the roads 
much better in places than we expected, though in others 
excessive stony; the length, which is ten miles, renders 
it very tedious. Obligingly favored with good weather, 
we have halted on the the top of the mountain to re- 
fresh ourselves and horses. This afternoon descended 
the west side, find it much worse than the east side, the 
road in places for a mile in length so very stony that 
you can scarce see the earth between, though at other 
places beautifully watered by fine springy. Took up 
our lodging at the foot of the mountain, the people very 
civil, the house right Kentuckian. 

6th. Left the foot of the mountain, crossed the 
falling spring, and proceeded to Chambersburg, a hand- 
some little town with some pretty stone and brick 

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buildings in it. After passing the town we crossed the 
falling spring again, one of the finest springs in this 
part of the worid, by which several mills in this neigh- 
borhood are turned. Obliged to stop sooner than usual, 
one of our horses being lame ; find the people a good 
deal shy, at first, but after a little while very sociable 
and obliging; treated with some very fine apples which 
began to grow very scarce with us. I very much fear 
we shall be like the children of Israel, long for the gar- 
lic and onions that your city abounds with. 

7th. Set oflE for the North mountain which we find 
so bad we are obliged to foot it up, and could compare 
ourselves to nothing but a parcel of goats climbing up 
the Welsh Mountains that I have read of. Sallie is 
very desirous to know whether this mountain is not the 
one that's in Mr. Adgate's song. Find this the most 
fatiguing day's journey we have had, the roads so very 
bad and so very steep that the horses seem ready to fall 
backwards, in many places. You would be surprised to 
see the children jumping and skipping, sometimes quite 
out of sight, sometimes on horseback, sometimes in the 
wagon, so you see we have variety, though sometimes 
would very willingly dispense with some of it. Be- 
lieve me my dear friends, the sight of a log house on 
these mountains, after a fatiguing day's journey affords 
more real pleasure than all the magnificent buildings 
your city contains. Took up our lodging at the foot of 
the mountain and met with very good entertainment. 

8th. Left the foot of the mountain and crossed 
Scrub hill, which is very bad indeed. I had like to for- 
got to tell you I have lost my children. Don't be con- 
cerned for the loss, for they are still in the family, the 
inhabitants of this country are so cruel as to deprive 

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me of them, but they were kind enough to give them to 
sister Reese, and I am a Miss from Philadelphia. You 
may rest assured I don't take the trouble to undeceive 
them, unless Sally, (as she often does), cries out, where's 
my ma ? The children are very hearty and bear fa- 
tigue better than we do, though I think we all do won- 
derful. You would be astonished to see the roads we 
have come, some of which seem impassable. Rachel 
mostly passes half the day in spelling, and Sallie in 
singing. Every house we stop at she inquires if it is 
not a Kentucky house, and seldom leaves it until she 
informs them she is a Kentucky lady. 

9th. Crossed Sidling hill and were the greatest 
part of the day in performing the journey, the roads 
being so excessively steep, sidling and stony, that it 
seemed impossible to get along. We were obliged to 
walk the greatest part of the way up, though not with- 
out company. There were five wagons with us all the 
morning to diflEerent parts. This night our difl&culty 
began. We were obliged to put up at a cabin at the 
foot of the hill, perhaps a dozen logs one upon another, 
with a few slabs for a roof, and the earth for a floor, 
and a wooden chimney constituted this extraordinary 
ordinary. The people were very kind but amazing 
dirty. There were between twenty and thirty of us, 
all lay on the floor, except Mrs. Reese, the children and 
your Maria, who by our dress, or address, or both, 
were favored with a bed, and I assure you that we thought 
ourselves lucky to escape being " flead" alive. 

loth. After breakfast at this clean house, set oflF 
for Bedford, on our way across the Juniata. Passed 
through Bedford, a small country town, some parts of 
the road very bad and some of it very pleasant, for a con- 

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siderable distance. We traveled along the Juniata 
which I thought very pretty. We put up at a small 
house where we were not made very welcome, but like 
travelers we learned to bear a few sour looks un- 

nth. Setoff for the Allegheny mountain which 
we began to ascend in the afternoon. Found it as good 
as any part of our journey. We ascended in the wagon 
not without fear and trembling, I assure you. We got 
about six miles and fell in with a French gentleman and 
his family going to Pittsburg. We put up at a little 
hut on the mountain which was so small that we pre- 
ferred lodging in our wagon to be crowded with French- 
men and negroes on the earthen floor. 

1 2th. We pretty comfortably arrived at the top of 
the cloud-capped Allegheny. It was really pleasing to 
behold the clouds rising between the mountains at a 
distance, the day being drizzly and the air being heavy 
rendered the clouds so low that we could scarce see fifty 
yards before us. This, evening got to the mountain, it 
being twenty miles across. We passed through Ber- 
lin, a small town. As the election was held at this 
place we could not be accommodated. Proceeded to a 
Dutch house in the Glades where we were kindly en- 

13th. Proceeded to Laurel creek and ascended the 
hill. I think in this and many more of the scenes we 
have passed through we have seen nature displayed in 
her greatest undress* At other times we have seen her 
dressed beautifully beyond expression. The road exces- 
sively bad, some of the land fine, the timber excellent, 
and grows to an amazing height, the generality of it 
from fifty to sixty feet high. This day, by reason of 

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the badness of the roads, could not reach a stage; the 
hill being twenty miles across and our horses a good 
deal tired, we in company with another wagon, were 
obliged to encamp in the woods; after a suitable place at 
a convenient distance from a run of water was found, a 
level piece of ground was pitched upon for our encamp- 
ment ; our men went to give refreshment to our horses. 
We females having had a good fire made up, set about 
preparing supper which consisted of an excellent dish of 
coffee having milk with us; those who chose hadadish of 
cold ham and pickled beets with the addition of bread, but- 
ter, biscuit and cheese for our repast. After supper, 
sister, the children and myself, took up our lodging in 
the wagon. The men with their blankets lay down at 
the fireside ; the wind being high with some rain dis- 
turbed our repose until near daylight, when we could 
have enjoyed a comfortable nap had we not been obliged 
to arise and prepare breakfast, which we did. 

14th. Set out for the Chestnut Ridge, horrid roads 
and the stoniest in the world I believe, every hundred 
yards rocks big enough to build a small house upon. 
We arrived at Cheny's mill towards the middle of the 
day and parted with our company. Cheny's mill is a 
beautiful situation, or else the scarcity of such places 
makes us think it more so than it really is. We were 
overtaken by a family who were going our way, which 
rendered it more agreeable traveling than by ourselves. 
I think by this time we may call ourselves mountain 
proof. At the close of the day we arrived at a house 
and thought it prudent to put up for the night. The 
people are Scotch Irish, exceedingly kind and surprising- 
ly dirty. We concluded, (as the company that was with 
us made up 18 besides the family), to lodge in our 

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wagon, which we did. It rained very hard in the night, 
but we lay pretty comfortable. 

15th. After breakfast we set off for Miller Town. 
You would be surprised to see the number of pack 
horses which travel these roads, ten or twelve in a drove. 
In going up the North motmtain, Betsy took it in her 
head to ride on horse back, and daddy undertook to es- 
cort her. In a narrow path at the edge of a very steep 
place they met with a company of these packers, when 
her horse took it into his noddle not to stir one foot, but 
stood and received a thump behind from every pack 
that passed. And whilst Betsy was in a state of the 
greatest trepidation, expecting every moment to be 
thrown from her horse, her gallant instead of flying to 
her assistance stood laughing ready to kill himself at 
the fun. But the poor girl really looked pitiable. We 
put up at a poor little cabin, the people very kind which 
compensates for every inconvenience. 

1 6th. Mr. Dewees and my brother rode about ten 
miles to McKee's ferry to see how the waters are as 
we are appriehensive they are too low to go down the 

1 7th. Left our little cabin and proceeded to Mc- 
Kee's ferry where we stayd two days in a little hut, 
not half so good as the little building at the upper end 
of your garden, and thought ourselves happy to meet 
so comfortable a dwelling. 

1 8th. Our boat ready, we set off for the river and 
arrived there at 12 o'clock and went on board immed- 
iately. She lay just below the mouth of the Youghio- 
gheny which empties into the Monongahela. At two 
o'clock we push down the river very slowly, intend stop- 
ping at Fort Pitt, where we expect to meet the wagon 


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with the rest of our goods, our boat resembling Noah's 
Ark not a little. At sunset got fast on Braddock's up- 
per ford where we stayed all night and till 10 o'clock 
next day. 

19th. With the assistance of some people that 
were coming up in a flat we got off. The water very 
low. I am much afraid we shall have a tedious pas- 
sage. Our boat is 40 feet long, our room 16 by 12 with 
a comfortable fireplace, our bedroom partitioned off with 
blankets, far preferable to the cabins we met with after 
we crossed the mountains. We are clear of fleas which 
I assure you is a great relief for we were almost devour- 
ed when on shore. The Monongahela with the many 
colored woods on each side is beautiful, and in the Spring 
must be delightful. Are now longing for rain as much as 
we dreaded it on the land, for it is impossible to get 
down imtil the water rises. We live entirely independ- 
dent, and with that there is a pleasure which depend- 
ents cannot be partakers of. We are all very hearty, nor 
have I had the least sign of sickness since I came on 
board. May I ever retain a grateful sense of the obliga- 
tion due to the great Creator for his amazing goodness 
to me, especially, who had every reason from the first of 
the journey to fear quite the reverse. About 3 o'clock 
we passed the field (just about Turtle Creek) where 
Braddock fought his famous battle with the French and 
Indians, and soon after got fast on the tower ford, but 
by the agility of our men soon got off. The river a- 
bout a quarter of a mile across. Sammy and Johnny 
have gone ashore for milk. 

20th. Arose as soon as our men had prepared a 
good fire, got breakfast and Mr. Dewees set off for Mc- 
Kee's, where we left the horses on account of the water 

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being low. Expect to reach Pittsburg to night. Just 
opposite the hill where Gen. Grant fought his battle 
with the French and Indians who were in possession of 
Fort Pitt at that time. As the sun was setting hove in 
sight of the coal hill and ferry house opposite Pittsburg. 
This hill is very large and aflFords a vast deal more coal 
than can be consumed in that place. What a valuable 
acquisition would it be near your city. 

2 1 St. We are now lying about a mile from Pitts- 
burg and have received several invitations to come on 
shore. We have declined them all, as the trunk with 
our clothes has not come up, and we, in our traveling 
dress, are not fit to make an appearance in that gay 
place. Just received an invitation from the French lady 
we traveled part of the way with to come up. Mr. Til- 
ton called on us with Mrs. Tilton's compliments, they 
would be happy to have us to tea. After he went, three 
French gentlemen and an Englishman came on board 
and expressed a great deal of pleasure to see us so com- 
fortably situated. In the afternoon Mr. O'Harra wait- 
ed on us and insisted on our going to his house, which 
in compliance with their several invitations we were ob- 
liged to accept, and find them very polite and agreeable. 
We stayed and supped with them, nor would they suffer 
us to go on board while we continued at this place. 

22nd. Mrs. O'Harra waited on us to Mrs. Tilton's, 
to Mrs. Nancarrows and to Mrs. Odderonge and engag- 
ed to tea with Mrs. Tilton. Col. Butler and his lady 
waited on us to the boat, were much delighted with our 
cabin, took a bit of biscuit and cheese with a glass of 
wine and then returned to dine at Capt. O'Harra's ; spent 
the afternoon at Mrs. Tilton's with a room full of com- 
pany, received several invitations to spend our time with 

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the ladies at Pitts. Called on Mrs. Butler and saw a 
very handsome parlor, elegantly papered and well fur- 
nished. It appeared more like Philadelphia than any I 
have seen since I left that place. 

23d. Drank tea at the French lady's with several 
ladies and gentlemen of this place. 

24th. The town all in arms. A report prevailed 
that a party of Indians within twenty miles are coming 
to attack the town. The drums beating to arms with the 
militia collecting from every part of the town, has I as- 
sure you a very disagreeable appearance. 

25th. Left our hospitable friends, Captain O'Harra 
and lady, not without regret, as their polite and friendly 
entertainment demands our utmost gratitude. They 
went with us to the boat, where we parted forever. Was 
much disappointed in sending our letters, as the man 
that was to carry them set off before the messenger got 
back from the boat. About 11 o'clock a. m., dropped 
down the Ohio, and at the distance of a mile and a half 
had a full view of Capt. O'Harra's summer house 
which stands on the banks of the Allegheny river which 
runs about a hundred yards from the bottom of their 
garden. It is the finest situation that I ever saw. They 
live at the upper end, or rather out of the town. Their 
house is in an orchard, the only one in the place, 
from the front of which they have a full view of 
the Monongahela and the Ohio rivers. It is impossible 
for the most lively imagination to paint a situation and 
a prospect more delightful. At the close of the day 
got to the lower point of McKee's island, where we came 
to an anchor under a large rock near sixty feet high 
and the appearance of just falling in the water. On 
one side, in a large smooth place, are engraved a num- 

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ber of names, among which are your Eliza's and Maria's. 

26th and 27th. Stand at McKee's Island waiting 
for water, which is too low to go down. Took a walk 
up the hill from which we have a fine prospect of both 
sides of the island, and saw an Indian grave with three , 
others, on the top of the hill. Likewise the remains of 
an old entrenchment that was thrown up in the last In- 
dian war. Saw three boats filled with troops going to 
Pittsburg. We suppose they are going up for provis- 
ions for the garrison below. 

28th. Mr. Dewees and Mr. Shelby went up to 
Pitt, and am in hopes they will bring some intelligence 
of the warriors that went out against the Indians. 

29th. Still continue at the island waiting for water. 
Had the pleasure of the ladies' company from the island, 
who gave us an invitation to visit them. Had a very 
stormy night and a snow of two or three inches. 

30th. The weather much in our favor. It rained 
all day. Sewing and reading, and when the weather is 
fine, walking, are the amusements we enjoy. The gen- 
tlemen pass their time in hunting deer, turkeys, ducks 
and every other kind of wild fowl with which this coun- 
try abounds. A beautiful doe had the assurance the 
other day to come half way down the hill and give a 
peep at us, but our hunters being out, it escaped being 
taken. Fishing makes up part of their amusement. 

31st. Still in the hope of the waters rising as we 
had snow again this morning, and a prospect of rain; 
this is the most tedious part of our journey as we still 
continue in one place. 

Nov. I St. The weather clear and cold, and no pros- 
pect of the water rising. Am a little apprehensive 
we shall have to winter among the rocks. You can't 

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imagine how I want to see you all. Often do I indulge 
myself in fancy's eye in looking at my dear friends in 
their several families and wish to be a partaker of their 
happiness. Kliza, too, I long to know how she behaves 
in her new department. I suppose she often bridles 
when she looks at my Harriet to think she has got the 
whip hand of her. 

2d. Went over to the island to see our new ac- 
quaintances, and they insisted on our repeating our 
visits. While we stayed a man came in that was wounded 
by the Indians a few days ago. About twenty miles 
from Pitt a party of traders were surprised by them 
in the night but got off with but little bloodshed, al- 
though one was wounded in the head with a toma- 

3d. Received a visit from three French gentlemen 
who came to dine with us on board the boat. 

4th. To-day the two Mr. Williams came to in- 
vite us to their house, a mile from this place, promising 
to furnish us with horses and saddles, but we declined 
accepting their invitation, choosing rather to continue 
where we are until we go down the river. 

5th. Mrs. Hamilton and Miss Conrad, from the 
island, called on us to take a walk up the hill to gather 
grapes of which we got a great abundance. 

6th. Brother and Mr. Shelby, (one of our passen- 
gers), went up to Pitt to procure some necessaries for us. 

7th. Dined on an excellent pike. Had the com- 
pany of the three French gentlemen before mentioned, 
to dine with us, who came to invite us to a ball held at 
Col. Butler's, where thirty ladies and gentlemen were 
to assemble for that purpose. It is hardly worth while 
to say we declined going, as it was out of our power to 

I20 The Dewees Family. 

dress fit at this time to attend such an entertainment or 
else, (you know), should be happy to do ourselves the 

8th. Had several gentlemen to dine on board the 
ark, expecting a fine hunt of some deer which kept 
about three hundred yards from our boat on a very high 
hill, but a shower of rain in the night disappointed 
them, rendering the brush and leaves too wet for that 
purpose. They passed the day squirrel hunting and 
fishing for pike, this being the season for them. I saw 
one to-day weighing thirty weight, the most beautiful 
fish I ever saw. 

9th. Paid a second visit to the island. Are still 
in hope of rain. 

ioth-i8th. From the loth to the iSth of Novem- 
ber, we passed our time in visiting and receiving visits 
on board our boat, when we bid our island friends adieu 
and pushed down the Ohio. Saw a small Kentucky 
boat go down yesterday which induced us to set off as 
the water had risen but very little, but still continues 
to rise slowly. Passed Fort Mcintosh and got fast for 
a minute on one of the ripples. 

19th. Passed Backer's fort about 10 o'clock a. m., 
and proceeded down the Ohio, a very beautiful river. 
The country very hilly on both sides ; the river in places 
a mile and a half wide. In other places much narrower. 
So near are we to the Indian country and yet think our- 
selves pretty safe. The wind blowing very hard and 
being contrary obliged us to put on shore sixty-five 
miles below Pittsburg ; the boat tossing about a good 
deal occasioned one to feel a little qualmish. Betsy 
Reese was so sick she was obliged to go to bed. What 
strange reverses there are in life. The children are 

Ttte Dewees Family. T2i 

very hearty and one is now playing with daddy on the 
shore. We passed Fort Steuben and the Mingo bot- 
tom at night. We should have got up to see the fort, 
but the watch told us we could see nothing as it was 
cloudy. The barking of the dogs at the fort, the howl- 
ing of the wolves, and the yelling of the hunters on the 
opposite shore were a little alarming at first, but we soon 
got reconciled to them. 

20th. Just as the day broke we got aground on a 
sand-bar, at the beach bottom. Just at that time a small 
Kentucky boat, that was ashore, endeavored to alarm 
us by firing off a gun and accosting us in the Indian 
tongue, but our people could just discern the boat which 
quieted our fears. At sunrise we passed by Norris 
Town on the Indian shore, a clever little situation with 
ten cabins placidly situated. Saw another Kentucky 
boat, and passed by Wheeling, a place where a fort was 
kept and attacked last year. It is pleasantly situated 
on a hill. There was a boat and many people were 
waiting to go down the river. An excessively hard gale 
of wind obliged us to put to shore. After the wind 
abated, we again put out in the channel, and were ob- 
liged again by a fresh gale to put to shore on the In- 
dian coast, which caused some disagreeable sensations, 
as it is not long since the Indians have done some mis- 
chief hereabouts. After the wind lulled, they thought 
proper to put out again, though it still continued to rain 
very hard which made it very dark and disagreeable, as 
it was impossible to discern where the rocks and ripples 
lay. But notwithstanding all the obstructions, we have 
gone at the rate of fifty miles in the twenty-four hours, 
nor have I felt the least sickness since the first gale, 
though we have been tossed about at an amazing rate. 

122 The Dewees Family. 

My brother has just come off the watch and tells us we 
are again anchored, though on the opposite shore. The 
weather being too bad to proceed, we lay all night 
ashore. It still continued very stormy, many large 
trees blew down on the bank, and we expected every 
moment the boat would leave her anchor. 

2 1 St. The wind still blowing very hard, we stayed 
till one o'clock when we again put out, but made but lit- 
tle progress, the wind still ahead. Some of our people 
went ashore and brought a fine wild turkey. Just passed 
Grave creek, twelve miles below Wheeling. At dark 
passed Cappatana creek, and in the night passed Fish- 
ing creek. 

2 2d. About lo o'clock a. m. passed Fish creek, 
being the largest one we have passed. There is a beau- 
tiful level bottom on each side, with hills on hills, which 
seem to surround it, clothed in their freshest verdure. 
About 12 o'clock got into the long reach, it being about 
fifteen miles long, ten of which you may see straight 
forward without the interruption of shore bends which 
are very frequent in the river. The diversity of moun- 
tains and valleys, and the creeks that empty into the 
Ohio on both sides, with a variety of beautiful islands in 
the river, render it one of the most beautiful rivers in 
the world. 

23d. The weather hazy, but calm. Called up by 
the watch about five o'clock a. m. to look at Fort Musk- 
ingum. It being hazy, could discover nothing but the 
lights at the fort and vast body of cleared land. At 
daybreak was agreeably serenaded by the drums and 
fifes at the fort beating the reveille. It sounded very 
pleasing, though at a considerable distance. At 10 
o'clock we got to the little Kanawha. Half-past one got 

The Dewees Family. 123 

to little Hocking river. At four passed the big Hock- 
ing, a little before dark got opposite Flyn's old station, a 
clever little place on the bank of the river with a large 
cornfield on each side. At dark came to Bellwell, a 
place founded by Mr. Tilton, late of Philadelphia. This 
is the most delightful situation I have seen on the Ohio. 
There are about a dozen little cabins built on the bank 
in which families reside, each with a field of com and 
a garden, with a small fort to defend them from the 
savages. This settlement began about three years ago, 
distant from Fort Pitt two hundred and twenty miles on 
the Virginia shore. 

24th. Rose about six o'clock to look at Latorch 
Falls, which are very rapid. In the last twenty-four 
hours have come seventy miles. Had the pleasure of 
seeing a doe and a beautiful little fawn on the Indian 
shore, at too great a distance to shoot at. The variety 
of deer, ducks, turkeys and geese with which this coun- 
try abounds, keeps us always on the lookout and adds 
much to the beauty of the scene around us. Between 
the hours of six and eleven we have seen twelve deer, 
some feeding in the green patches that are on the bot- 
toms, some drinking at the river side, while others at 
the sight of us bound through the woods with amazing 
swiftness. As we arose from dinner we got to Cam- 
paign creek, the place Gen. Lewis crossed when he 
went against the Indians, this last war. just after dark 
we passed Point Pleasant; the moon shining very 
brightly gave us an imperfect view of the beauties 
of this place. It is built on the banks of the Ohio, 
and at a point of the Kanawha river. At the point 
stands the fort which in the time of the American war 
was attacked by the Indians, but was defended, and 

124 The Dewees Family. 

they driven off across the river by Gen. Lewis, who 
owns a vast tract of land at this place. There are 1 2 or 
15 houses besides the fort and a good deal of cleared 
land about it. The last twenty-four hours brought us 
85 miles further on our voyage. 

25th. At 6 o'clock a. m. got to the Gunboat river, 
but not being called up, lost the sight of it. You can't 
imagine how much I regret the time lost in sleep. It 
deprives me of seeing so many of the beauties of na- 
ture. Just as we were going to breakfast came to a small 
river called Indian Quindot, and at 9 o'clock to Tweel 
Pool river and soon after to Big Sandy creek on the other 
side of which the Kentucky lands begin. At 3 o'clock 
passed Little Sandy river, three miles below Big Sandy. 
Came to Scioto in the evening. Came 100 miles this 

26th. At 4 o'clock a. m. woke up by a hard gale 
of wind, which continued until breakfast time, when 
we had both wind and tide in our favor. At half-past 
nine we came to the three islands 12 miles from Lime- 
stone. At half-past one hove in sight of Limestone. 
At 3 o'clock landed safely at that place, where we found 
six boats. The place very indifferent, the landing the 
best on the river. There are at this time about 100 
people on the bank looking at us and inquiring for their 
friends. We have been nine days coming from Mc- 
Kee's Island, three miles below Pittsburg. 

27th. As soon as it was light my brother set off 
for Lexington without company, which is far from safe, 
so great was his anxiety to see his family. 

28th. Left Limestone at 9 o'clock, there being 30 
odd boats at the landing, the chief of which arrived 
since yesterday at three o'clock. We got to a little town 

The Dewees Family. 125 

called Washington in the evening, where we stayed and 
lodged at Mr. Wood's from Philadelphia. 

29th. Left Washington before light and got to 
Mary's Lick at 12 o'clock. Left there and reached the 
north fork where we encamped, being fifteen or twenty 
in company. We had our bed at the fire ; the night 
being very cold and the howling of the wolves, together 
with it being the most dangerous part of the road, kept 
us from enjoying much repose that night. 

30th. Was agreeably surprised by the company 
of Mr. Reese and Mr. Merrel, who came out to meet 
us, but having taken a wrong road, missed us the evening 
before. We reached Grant station that night, where we 
lodged, and on the first of December arrived at Lexing- 
ton, being escorted there by Mr. Gordon and lady who 
came out to Bryan's station to meet us ; we were polite- 
ly received and welcomed by Mrs. Cobum. We all 
stayed at my brother's until the nth of December when 
Betty Reese left us to begin housekeeping, her home 
not being ready before. 

Jan. I St, 1788. We still continue at my brother's 
and have altered our determination of going to Buck- 
eye farm, and mean to go down to South Elk Horn as 
soon as the place is ready. Since I have been here I 
have been visited by the genteel people, and received 
several invitations both in town and country. The so- 
ciety in this place is very agreeable, and I flatter my- 
self I shall see many happy days in this country. Lex- 
ington is a clever little town with a court house and 
jail and some pretty good buildings in it, chiefly log. 
My abode I have not seen yet, a description of which 
you shall have by and by. 

Jan. 29th. I have this day reached South Elk 

126 The Dewees Family. 

Horn and am much pleased with it. It is a snug little 
cabin about nine miles from Lexington on a pretty as- 
cent, surrounded by sugar trees. A beautiful pond is 
a little distance from the house and an excellent spring 
not far from the door. I can assure you I have enjoyed 
more happiness the few days I have been here than I 
have experienced these four or five years past. I have 
my little family together and in full expectation of see- 
ing better days. 


General List, No. 25. 
At an Orphans' Court held at Philadelphia, the 
2ist day of November, 1794, before the Hon. James 
Biddle, and Joseph Redman, Judges of the Court, the 
petition of Andrew Barge on the part of Elizabeth, 
Mary and Andrew Dewees, minor children of Farmer 
and Mary Dewees, deceased, was read, setting forth that 
the petitioner's sister, Mary Dewees, died some time 
since, leaving an estate in Germantown township, Phila- 
delphia, to which estate the same children are by law 
entitled when they shall arrive at a proper age to re- 
ceive the same. The petitioner prayed that the Court 
choose a guardian for the said children to take care of 
their persons and estates during their minority respect- 
ively. The Court on due consideration appointed Nathan 
Levering guardian of the minor children aforesaid. 


General List, No. 47. 
William Potts, son of Thomas and Hannah (Potts:) 
Dewees, was bom May 5th, 1768, at Pottsgrove. He 
married first, Martha Rogers, daughter of Dr. Rogers, 


Theodore Dewees 


The Dewees Family. 127 

of New England. His second wife was Mary Lorrain, 
daughter of John Lorrain, a merchant of Philadelphia, 
by whom he had several children: William Smith 
Dewees, who was also a physician, died unmarried. 
Adeline, married Dr. R. Emmet Robinson, who received 
his degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1836, 
the subject of his essay being "Cholera Infantum;*' 
they resided in the South where she died soon after- 
wards. Theodore, married Susan Strudwick. He re- 
ceived his degree of M. D. from the University of 
Pennsylvania in 1831, his essay being "Enteritis." 
Lorrain died in infancy. Charles Drayton, married 
Jeanie Maria Rowley, of Philadelphia. He was also a 
physician and resided at Meriden Springs, Miss. He 
died in 1868. Oscar Lorrain, married Mary Wharton 
Bryan, of Philadelphia, and received his degree of M. 
D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1838. The 
subject of his essay was "Peritonitis." He died in 1859. 
Mary Ann, married Charles W. Ogden. Hardman 
Philips, married Jane Farmer. He was a graduate of 
the Academic as well as the Medical University of 
Pennsylvania. He preferred practice in New York, 
where he occupied the chair of Obstetrics in the New 
York University of Medicine, and was a very promin- 
ent and influential physician for thirty years. 

William Potts Dewees, M. D., commenced practice 
when he was only twenty-one years of age in the vil- 
lage of Abington, Pa., then about fourteen miles north 
of Philadelphia. During the epidemic of yellow fever 
in Philadelphia in the summer of 1793, he returned to 
the city, and, as at that period the science of obstetrics 
was scarcely known, no more extensive field of use- 
fulness could be presented to a conscientious and phil- 

128 The Dewees Family. 

anthropic youtli than to identify himself with this great 
interest. He chose Baudeloegne for his teacher, and of- 
ten declared he was indebted to this most distinguished 
French obstetrician for his own knowledge of midwife- 
ry. The disciple was worthy of his master. With 
Dr. Dewees' knowledge of French and German, and fa- 
miliarity with Greek and Latin gave him a wide field 
for study. In 1834 he was elected to the chair of dis- 
eases of Women and Children in the University of 
Pennsylvania. His very voluminous work on these 
diseases became a text-book for many generations, and 
was translated into French and German. He held his 
professorship most honorably, and, after a continuous 
practice of many years, resigned. A most valuable tes- 
timonial was presented to him at this time by the Fac- 
ulty described as a magnificent silver urn with this in- 
scription: "Presented to William Potts Dewees, M. D., 
as a testimonial of their respect for his exalted worth 
and talents, by the Faculty of the University of Penn- 
sylvania. Semper honos nomenque tuum laudesque ma- 
nebunt." Five of his sons were practising physicians, 
and won renown in the science of medicine and surgery. 

Mrs. Mary L. Robinson, a granddaughter of Dr. 
William Potts Dewees, lives at Robinson Springs, Mad- 
ison county. Miss., where she has a health resort and 
boarding house for those who come to the Springs for 
their health. She has in her possession some knives 
and forks which came to her from her grandfather. Dr. 
William P. Dewees, on which is a coat of arms or crest 
which purports to be the Dewees crest. 

In Burke's General Armory, E. W., 1269, is the 

" D'Ewes, Earl of Warwick Coat of Arms: 

The Dewees Family. 129 

Warwick vested 25th July, 1709. Or three quatre- 
foils. Pierced gules a chief Vair. 

Crest; a wolf's head erased, or, about the ueck a collar, 
vaires, holding in the mouth a quatrefoil pierced, gu, 
slipped ppr." 


The DSwses Cbssi. 

" The D'Ewes of England were descended from one 
Gerrard or Garret D'Ewes the eldest son of Adrian 
D'Ewes, of Amsterdam, Holland, who died in 1251, de- 
scended from the ancient lords of Kessel, in Guilder- 
land. Gerrard or Garret D'Ewes, settled in England 
about the beginning of the reign of Henry VHI." (This 
family may be connected with the Dewees family, but 
the procrf of the matter is not obtainable). 


General List, No. 40. 
Waters Dewees, son of Col. William and Sarah 
Waters Dewees, was bom in 1776. He devoted his 
life to the development of the iron industry in Penn- 
sylvania, He owned the Oley iron works and also the 

130 The Dewees Family. 

Catawissa iron furnaces, in Northumberland County. 
About 1840 he removed to Chester county, where he 
owned and resided at the Marsh Hotel property in East 
Nantmeal township. Waters Dewees and Ann Bull, 
daughter of Thomas Bull and Ann Hunter, his wife, 
were married at St. James' P. E. Church at Perkiomen, 
June 14, 1796. He died, in 1858, aged 82 years, leaving 
several children. 

Thomas B. Dewees, son of Waters Dewees, was 
bom in 1813. He married Elizabeth Hause in 1835. 
He raised a large family, and died at his home in West 
Vincent township, Chester county. Pa., in 1876, in the 
63d year of his age. Thomas B. Dewees, Jr., son of the 
above, was bom in West Vincent township, Chester 
county. Pa., February 28th, 1844. He became a promi- 
nent and successful business man of Phoenixville, and 
one of the largest property owners in that section. He 
served as a First Lieutenant during the Rebellion. He 
married November ist, 1865, Hannah Templin, of 
Birchrunville, who died October 31st, 1882. On Feb- 
ruary 26, 1885, ^^ married (second wife), Ida L. Knerr, 
of West Vincent township, by whom he has two daugh- 
ters, Mabel E. and Emma M. Dewees. 

Jacob H. Dewees, eldest son of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth (Hause) Dewees, was born February 5, 1839, mar- 
ried, December 13, 1866, Sarah, daughter of Henry 
and Peninah Stiteler, of West Vincent township. They 
have three children, Howard, George S. and Rosalind. 


General List, No. 247. 
Joseph Dewees, known as the Hermit or Prophet 
of the Schuylkill, the son of Jesse and Annie Wagner 

The Dewees Family. 131 

Dewees, was bom near Lafayette, Montgomery county, 
Pa. He learned the trade of stone mason and, accord- 
ing to all accounts, was an excellent mechanic. Through 
reverses and loss of property he. became disgusted with 
the world and shut himself off from society, living the 
life of a recluse in a little hut which he built along the 
railroad half way between Lafayette and Spring Mill, 
on the banks of the Schuylkill river, where he spent 
his time looking for the return of his fortune, which 
he expected to come by the trains which constantly 
passed back and forth by his rude abode. 

His mind was affected by reverses in financial mat- 
ters, due to the breaking of a bank, and he led from that 
time the life of a hermit. He had been prior to this 
event, a sort of religious fanatic, and it is probable that 
for a long time his mind had been gradually giving 
way. He went to a hill overlooking Lafayette, where 
are located the Hamilton paper mills, in Montgomery 
county, more than twenty-five years ago, living in a 
wretched cabin. When the railroad company opened an 
extensive quarry at the place, his cabin was destroyed, 
and Dewees changed his abiding place to another point 
a little further up the river bank. Here he made him- 
self a cavern-like home consisting of a hole scooped out 
on the side of the hill, with poles laid across the open- 
ing at the top and then enclosed with old railroad ties. 
Mud and stones were then heaped over it and tightly 
pressed down, forming a sort of roof. In December, 
1898, he was found nearly frozen to death near his cave 
and was taken to Charity Hospital, Norristown, for 
treatment. At that institution it was found that he was 
suffering from a disordered mind, and he was committed 
to the Norristown Hospital for the Insane. 

132 The Dewees Family. 

Joseph Dewees did not long survive his commit- 
ment to the Hospital for the Insane, although there is 
no doubt that in his remaining days he was much more 
comfortable than he had been for years, living as he did 
in a miserable cave, and dependent upon charity for his 
maintenance. He never rallied from the debility con- 
sequent upon his exposure to cold and hunger, and died 
at the institution in the month of January, 1899, ^^ ^^ 
sixty-eighth year of his age. Articles were published 
in the public press during the last years of his life, 
which had a basis of fact, but were greatly exaggerated 
in their details. 



The descendants of Cornelius and Margaret (Kos- 
ter) Dewees. 


1. John, bap. at Bensalem Church, 5, 29, 17 10. 

2. Garrett, m. Mary . 

3. William, m. 11, 3, 1743, Rachel Hufte or Huste. 

4. Cornelius, m. Margaret Richards. 

5. Samuel, d. 1777, m, Elizabeth . 


Children of No. 2. 

Garrett Dewees and wife Mary. 

6. Cornelius, b. 3, 22; 1731, m. 12, 26, 1752, Elizabeth 


7. William, b. i, i, 1733. 

8. Elizabeth, b. 1735, m. 5, 3, 1754, James Bums. 

9. Henry, m. 12, 12, 1768, Elizabeth Hughes. 

Children of No. 3. 

William and Rachel (Hufte or Huste) Dewees. 

10. William, m. Elizabeth Hoffman. 

11. Rachel. 

12. David Iv. 



134 The Dewees Family, 

Children of No. 4. 

Cornelius and Margaret (Richards) Dewees. 

13. Cornelius, m. 7, 31, 1774, Sarah Paine, at St. Gab- 

riel's P. E. Church, Douglassville, Berks Co., Pa. 

14. William, b. about 1750,0. 1770, Elizabeth DeHart. 

15. Owen, m, Mary Lee. 

16. Mary, b. 7, 21, 1764, d.. 9, 16, 1825, ^- ^st, Wuich- 

ter; 2d, Samuel Patterson. 

17. David, b. 8, 24, 1766, d. 7, — , 1837, m. ist, Sarah 

Willets ; 2d, Maria Catharine Seltzer. 
r8. Samuel, d. 1800, m. Margaret Henrich. 

Children of No. 5. 
Samuel Dewees and wife Elizabeth. 

19. John, m. Anna Maria Faust. 

20. William. 

21. Elizabeth, d. 12, — , 1777* 

22. Samuel, b. 1760, m. ist, Elizabeth Ettzell; 2d, 

Lydia Sprenkle; 3d, Susan Stever; 4th, Julia 
Fouble, nee Kelley. 

23. Paul or Powell. 

24. Thomas, b. 5, 4, 1770, m. 4, 5, 1791, Catharine 


25. David. 


Children of No. 6. 

Cornelius and Elizabeth (Jones) Dewees. 

26. John, b. 2, 2, 1753. 

27. Elizabeth, b. 10, 9, 1754, m. 12, 7, 1775, James Mc- 


Children of No. 7. 
William Dewees and wife. 

The Dewees Family. 135 

28. Edward, m. Sophia 

29. Garrett. 

30. William. 

31. Henry, m. Maria — 

Children of No. 10. 
William and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Dewees. 

32. William. 

33. Sarah, m. Dr. Robert Shannon. 

Children of No. 13. 
Gomelins and Sarah (Paine) Dewees. 

34. Thomas, b. 2, 10, 1780, d. 6, 12, 1849, ^- i> i^j 

1804, Jane Watson. 

35. William, b. 6, 18, 1782, d. i, 22, 1850, m. 181 1, De- 

borah Hoopes. 

36. Hannah, m. Sager. 

37. Sarah, m. J. Shallcross. 

38. Mary, m. Isaac Tomlinson. 

39. Rebecca, m. Aaron Packer. 

40. Ann, m. Mardon Wilson. 

41. Margaret, died in infancy. 

Children of No. 14. 
William and Elizabeth (DeHart) Dewees. 

42. William, b. 12, 9, 1779, d. 3, 8, 1862, m. Elizabeth 


Children of No. 15. 
Owen and Mary (Lee) Dewees. 

43. Samnel, b. 11, i, 1783, d. 2, 8, 185-, m. Hannah 


44. Margaret. 

45. Hannah. 

46. Joanna. 

47. Thomas. 

136 The Dewees Pumily. 

48. Esther. 

49. Mary. 

Children of No. 1 6. 

Mary Dewees and ist hnsband Wuichter. 

50. Sarah, m. — Brown. 

51. Margaret, m. Shuler. 

Children of No. 16. 
Mary Dewees Wuichter and 2nd husband, Samuel 


52. Samuel Dewees Patterson, b. 6, 7, 1807, d. 2, 9, 

i860, m. ist Sarah Ann Mott; m. 2d Ann Jane 

Children of No. 17. 

David Dewees and ist wife, Sarah Willets. 
52. Mary, b. 12, 16, 1788, d. 3, 8, 1863, m. Hezekiah 

David Dewees and 2nd wife, Maria Catherine Seltzer. 

54. William, b. 1791. 

55. Jacob, M. D. b. 3, 29, 1792, d. i, 23, 1872, m. Rachel 

Bartholomew Hughes. 

56. Catherine, b. 8, 24, 1793, d. 4, 5, 1870, m. Henry 


57. Margaret, b. 8, i, 1795, d. 8, 8, 1884, m. 5. 21, 1817, 

Enos Lewis. 

58. Elizabeth, b. 12, 19, 1797, d. 9. 22, 1887, m. 12, 27, 

1 8 18, Hon. Joseph Royer. 

59. Sarah, b. 3, 29, 1799, d. 9, 11, 1885. 

60. David, 8, 23, 1803, d* 6, 8, 1851, m. Ada Eliza 


61. Hester, b. 2, 14, 1805, d. 4, 26, 1852, m. Frederick 


The Dewees Family. 137 

62. Ann, b. 10, 5, 1806, d, i, 29, 1880. 

63. Daniel Seltzer, b. 2, 22^ 1808, d. 1889, soldier, went 

to New Orleans. 

64. Frederick R., b, 12, 27, 1809, i i, 7, 1878. 

65. Percival P,, b, 3, 9, 1818, d. 5, 29, 1893, m. Eliza- 

beth Van Buskirk. 

Children of No. 18. 
Samuel and Margaret (Henrich) Dewees. 

66. George, b. 2, 17, 1797, m. Sarah Mendenahlen. 

Children of No. 19. 
John and Anna Maria (Faust) Dewees. 

67. John. 

68. Susan, b. 8, i, 1780, m. Henry Zeller. 

69. John Jacob, b. 2, i, 1785, d. 1824, ^^* 4) i2> 1807, Ma- 

ria Magdalena Miller. 

70. Polly, d. aged 82, m. ist M. Dunkelberger, 2d Diehl. 

Children of No. 22. 

Samuel Dewees and ist wife, Elizabeth Ettzell. 

71. Henry, b. 6, 28, 1788. 

72. Sarah, b. 7, 21, 1790. 

73. William, d. 1814. 

74. Infant, bom and died at Harrisburg, 1794. 

75. Child died in 1814. 

Samuel Dewees had no children by his second wife 
who died in 18 14. 

Samuel Dewees and 3d wife, Susan Stevor. 

76. Andrew Jackson, m. Margaret H. Snyder. 

77. Mary. 

Children of No. 24. 

78. Joseph. 

79. Luticia, m. 7, 7, 1808, Jasper Daniels. 

138 The Dewees Family. 

80. Samuel, b. 3, 5, 1793, d. 12, 27, 1876, m. ist, 5, 16, 

1815, Sarah Boyer; m. 2d, 11, 16, 1828, Anna 

81. Elizabeth, m. 7, 18, 1815, John Wickard. 

82. Catherine, m. 9, 7, 181 7, Thomas Ebe. 

83. Sarah, m. 3, 19, 1820, Andrew Livingstone. 

84. Martha W., m. ist, 10, 30, 1 821, Christian Shively ; 

m. 2d, 4, 7, 1829, David Myers. 

85. Uriah, b. 7, 25, 1803, d. 7, 31, 1855, m. 2, 12, 1824, 

Mary Snyder. 

86. Rebecca, m. 8, 23, 1827, Isaac Kelly. 

87. Thomas, m. 10, 26, 1830, Sarah Watkins. 


Children of No. 28. 

Edward and Sophia Dewees. 

88. Joseph, b. 3, — , 1777. 

89. Priscilla, b. 1778, m. Abraham Dewees, 1797. 

Children of No. 29. 
Garrett Dewees and wife. 

90. Abraham, m. 1797, Priscilla Dewees. 

91. John, m. Ann Fronfield. 

. Child of No. 31. 
Henry and Maria Dewees. 

92. Henry, b. 8, 2, 1789. 

Child of No. 33. 
Dr. Robert and Sarah (Dewees) Shannon. 

93. Rachel, m. Daniel St. Clair. 

Children of No. 34. 

Thomas and Jane (Watson) Dewees. 

94. Cornelius, b. i, 6, 1805, d. i, 22, 1865. 

The Dewees Family, 139 

95. Sarah, b. 2, 10, 1806, d. 4, 18, 1885, m. Thomas Yo 

96. James W., b. 7, 5, 1807, d. 4^ 24, 1893, m. Ann 

97. William, b. i, 22, 1809, d. 6, 27, 1845, ^' Sarah 

98. Jane, b. 9, 15, 1810, d. 2, 22, 1886, m. Samuel Yo- 

99. Thomas, b. 3, 18, 1812, m. ist, Lydia Street ; m. 2d, 
Elizabeth Lent. 

100. John, b. II, 14, 1814, d. 8, 10, 1845, ^- Sarah 

loi. Rebecca, b. 6, 15, 1817, d. 9, 15, 1854. 

102. Aaron Packer, b. 4, 11, 1819, m. ist, Mary Wood; 
2d, Eunice Porter. 

103. Jesse, b. 4, 20, 182 1, m. Rebecca Egerton. 

104. Joseph, b. 7, 3, 1823, ^' ^o, 16, 1883, ^' Mary 

105. Hannah, b. i, 2, 1826, d. 8, 10, i87i,m. Thomas 

106. Ellis, b. 5, 16, 1828, d. 3, 30, 1834. 

Children of No. 35. 

William and Deborah (Hoopes) Dewees. 

107. Mary, b. 6, 11, 1812, d. 8, 13, 1897, m. 11, 23, 
1848, Robert Hall. 

108. James, b. 9, 10, 1813, d. 8, 5, 1826. 

109. Sarah, b. 9, 25, 1815, d. 8, 7, 1839, ^^ 3> 23, 1837, 
James Doudna. 

no. Ellis, b. 8 25, 1817, d. 8, 21, 1826. 

111. Isaac, b. 11, 10, 1819, d. i, 7, 1851. 

112. Cornelius, b. 10, 23, 1823. 

113. William P., b. 9, 13, 1825, m. i, 22, 1852, Maria- 

140 The Dewees Family. 


114. Deborah, b. 10, 16, 1828, d. 12, 15, 1891. 

115. Griffith, b. 4, II, 1831. 

Children of No. 38. 
Isaac and Mary (Dewees) Tomlinson. 

116. Samuel. 

117. Aaron. 

118. Rebecca. 

119. Carver. 

120. Susannah. 

121. Comly. 

122. Chalkley. 

123. Thomas. 

124. Sarah. 

Children of No. 42. 
William and Elizabeth (Martin) Dewees. 

125. Jacob, stillborn. 

126. John M., b. 2, 26, 1807, d. 12, 14, 1881, m. Leah 

127. George M., b. 3, 23, 1809, ^' ^st, Susan Brown, m. 
2d, Susan Delap. 

Children of No. 43. 

Samuel and Hannah (Berry) Dewees. 

128. Owen, b. in Ohio, d. in 111, m. Sarah Green. 

129. David Berry, b. in Ohio, d. in Ind. m. ist, Rachel 
Kirby ; m. 2d, Hannah H. Hartly. 

130. Julia Elma, b. in Ohio, m. James Lincoln. 

131. Emily B., b. in Ohio, m. ist, Jonathan Harris ; 2d, 
John Calahan. 

132. Ellis Lee, b. in Ohio, d. in Ind, m. Mary McGirr. 

133. Thomas L., b. in Ohio, m. Leah Metkeff. 

134. Hannah Maria, b. 11, 28, 1820, m. i, 23, 1845, 

The Dewees Family. 141 

Josiah P, Ward. 

135. Mary. 

136. Anna. 

Children of No. 53. 
Samuel Dewees and Sarah Ann (Mott) Patterson. 

137. Infant son, b. 4, 21, 1830. 

138. William Mott, b. -, 22, 1831, d. 8, 25, 1875, m. 8, 
25, 1853, Sarah Burke Winter. 

139. Samuel Sherwood, b. 12, 9, 1832, d. 8, 8, 1833. 

140. Samuel Davenport, b. 3, 20, 1835, d- ^^) 21, 1896, 
m. I St, 4, 8, 1869, Elizabeth Zimmerman ; m. 2d, Sophia 

V, Jones. 

141. James Buchanan, b. 6, 18, 1841, d. 9, 19, 1844. 

Children of No. 53. 
Hezekiah and Mary (Dewees) Jefferis. 

142. David. 

143. Mary, m. Charles Newman. 

Children of No. 55, 

Dr. Jacob and Rachel Bartholomew (Hughes) Dewees. 

144. Mary Catharine, b. 9, 16, 1828, d. 3, 13, 1837. 

145. John Hughes, b. 2, 26, 1831, d. 12, 7, 1883, m. ist, 
6, 2, 1861, Sarah Hammer; m. 2d, 4, 5, 1867, Emily 
J. Milliken Patten. 

146. Francis Percival, b. 12, 21, 1837, d- ^^) 5) ^899, m. 
10, 20, 1862, Emma Loeser. 

147. Theodore Lyng, b. 12, 21, 1837, m. i, 20, 1869, 
Ardelia Louisa Fiske. 

148. William Henry, b. 8, 28, . 

149. James Collin, b. 9, 16, 1845, m. 10,9, 1872, Charity 
Bye Packer. 

Children of No. 56. 
Henry and Catharine (Dewees) Prizer. 

142 The Dewees Family. 

150. Kate, m. Rev. J. R. Kooken. 

151. Anna, m. P. Williard. 

152. Margaret. 

Children of No. 58. 
Hon. Joseph and Elizabeth (Dewees) Royer. 

153. Frank, died in Philadelphia, 1845. 

154. J. Warren, M. D., m. Anna Herbert. 

155. Lewis, m. Isabella Tryon. 

156. J. Dewees, died in California, 1848. 

157. Charles John, b. 1825, d- 2) 25, 1902, 

158. Horace, d. 1883, m. Crissy Todd. 

159. Henry. 

160. Josephine, m. Luther Kohler, Esq. 

Children of No. 66. 

George and Sarah (Mendenahlen) Dewees. 

161. Sarah, m. Mertz. 

162. Samuel, b. 1822. 

163. Lydia. 

164. Benneville. 

165. Matilda. 

166. George, b. 2, -, 1832, d. 4, 12, 1882, m. Catharine 

Children of No. 69. 
John Jacob and Maria Magdalena (Miller) Dewees. 

167. Jacob, b. 6, 6, 1808, d. 9, 14, 1886, m. Catharine 

168. Elizabeth, b. 7, i, 1809, d. 11, 21, 1894, m. William 

169. Catharine, b. 4, i, 1811, d. 1813. 

170. Lydia, b. 8, 2, 1812, d. 6, 4, 1872, m. Gabriel Dun- 

171. Benneville, b. 8, 21, 1814. 

The Dewees Family. 143 

172. Joshua, b. 6, 29, 1816. 

173. Daniel, b. 12, 11, 1817. 

174. William, b. 10, 29, 1819. 

175. Jonathan, b. i, 24, 1822, d. 1825. 

176. Infant, sex unknown. 

Children of No. 76. 

Andrew Jackson and Margaret H. (Snyder) Dewees. 

177. John H., b. 7, 15, 1862, m. Elizabeth Wolf. 

178. Paul Delane, b. 7, 5, 1865, d. 1868. 

179. Mary Ann, b. 1868, d. 1868. 

Children of No. 80. 

Samuel and Sarah (Boyer) Dewees. 

180. Infant, b. 1816, d. 1816. 

181. Margaret, b. 2, 20, 1817, d. 1854, m. Asa Hutchin- 

182. Thomas, b. 7, 26, 1818, d. 7, 20, 1892, m. 4, 15, 
1 84 1, Esther Neidigh. 

183. Caroline, b. 5, 10, 1820, m. ist, Isaac Sweitzer ; m. 
2d, James Adair. 

184. Amy, b. 12, 26, 1821, d. 3, 14, 1891, m. ist, James 
Hutchinson ; m. 2d, Swander. 

185. Amos, b. 8, 18, 1823, d. 3, 8, 1900, m. Sarah Greene. 

Samuel Dewees and 2d wife, Anna Sweitzer, 

186. Jesse, b. i, 26, 1829, ^- ^2> i9> ^891, m. 12, 18, 
i860, Ellen P. Brisbin. 

187. Dennis. 

188. Franklin. 

189. Mary Ann, b. 5, 18, 1834, d. i, 24, 1872, m. 3, 10, 
1853, John Q. Wade. 

190. Noah. 

191. Samuel, b. 7, 5, 1840, m. Jane Gregory. 

192. Uriah, b. 3, 18, 1844, m. ist, 3, 2, 1865, Huldah J. 

144 ^^^ Dewees Family, 

Leonard; m. 2d, 12, 25, 1872, Mary J. Heath. 

193. Permilla, b. 12, 28, 1845, ^' 8, 10, 1865, Wenman 

194. Chatincey, b. 11, 18, 1848, d. 11, 6, 1864. 

195. Madison. 

196. Infant. 

197. Gazelda, b. 3, 4, 1854, m. Charles Bassett. 

Child of No. 84. 
David and Martha W. (Dewees) Myers. 

198. Rebecca, m. 1853, John Reichard. 


Children of Nos. 89 and 90. 
Abraham and Priscilla Dewees. 

199. Garrett, b. 9, 28, 1797, m. ist, Ann Rodenbaugh ; 
m. 2d, Helen Carson. 

200. Rachel, b. 1798, m. ist, John Cam, 2d, Jonathan 

201. William, b. 3, 20, 1803, <i- 3> 7) i860, m. 10, — , 
1 83 1, Eliza Jane Bowen. 

202. Jacob, b. 1805, 

203. Thomas, b. 1807, m. Wilhelmina Penny packer. 

204. Priscilla, b. 1809. 

205. Maria, b. 1811, d. 1886, m. John Farrer. 

206. Abraham. 

207. Elmira. 

208. Samnel, m. Sidney Gade. 

209. John. 

210. Joseph. 

211. Sarah, m. Lewis Rowland. 

212. Stephen, m. Mary Cotwalls. 

Children of No. 91. 
John and Ann (Fronfield) Dewees. 

The Dewees Family. 145 

213. William. 

214. Theophilus. 

Children of No. 93. 
Daniel and Rachel (Shannon) St, Clair. 

215. James, b. 4, 25, 1805, d. 8. 11, 1841, m. Julia Edey. 

Children of No. 95. 
Thomas and Sarah (Dewees) Yocum. 

216. Samuel. 

217. Thomas D. 

218. Daniel. 

219. Jesse. 

220. Rebecca J. 

221. Mary A. 

222. Rachel. 

223. William. 

Children of No. 96. 
James W. and Ann (Wood) Dewees, 

224. Jesse. 

225. Barak. 

226. Rebecca J. 

227. Sarah. 

Children of No. 97. 
William and Sarah (Smith) Dewees. 

228. James, b. 1830, living at Howard Lake, Minn. 

229. Thomas, b. 1832, d, in infancy. 

230. Smith, b. 1834, living at Park Rapids, Minn. 

231. Caleb, b. 1836, d. 1863, killed at Gettysburg. 

232. Elizabeth, b. 1838, m. Thomas DuflE, Morton's 
Ferry, Ohio. 

233. William, b. 1840, living at Bamesville, Ohio. 

234. Joshua, b, 1842, m, Martha Gibson, Bamesville, 

146 The Dewees Family. 

235. Aaron, b. 1844. 

Children of No. 98. 
Samuel and Jane (Dewees) Yocum. 

236. Isaac. 

237. John D. 

238. Aaron D. 

239. Joseph. 

240. Lindley. 

241. Mary J. 

Children of No. 99. 
Thomas and Lydia (Street) Dewees. 

242. Hannah J. 

243. Ann. 

244. Ruth. 

245. Louisa. 

246. Mark. 

247. Susanna. 

Children of No. 100. 
John and Sarah (Street) Dewees. 

248. Phoebe. 

249. Jane. 

250. Hannah. 

251. Mark. 

252. Benjamin. 

Children of No. 102. 
Aaron Packer Dewees and ist wife, Mary Wood. 

253. Matthew W., b. 8, 20, 1843, d. 5, 14, 1864, soldier 
in the Civil War, killed at Resaca, Georgia. 

254. Watson W., b. 7, 21, 1845, ^- 5) ^o, 1875, Sarah 
L. Brown. 

255. Margaret Jane, b. 9, 2, 1847, ^- William Foulke. 

256. Almedia, b. 10, i, 1849, ^' Lemuel McGrew. 

The Dewees Family. 147 

257. Lydia. 

Aaron Packer Dewees and 2d wife, Eunice Porter. 

258. Isaac W., b. 2, 15, 1854. 

259. Richard S., b. i2y 11, 1864, m. Mary Garrigues. 

Children of No. 103. 
Jesse and Rebecca (Egerton) Dewees. 

260. Thomas. 

261. James. 

262. Nathan. 

263. Samuel. 

Children of No. 104. 
Joseph and Mary (Maris) Dewees. 

264. Amos F. 

265. Aaron. 

266. Arthur. 

267. Daniel. 

268. Henry. 

Children of No. 105. 
Thomas and Hannah (Dewees) Williams. 

269. Harrison. 

270. Mary Emily. 

Children of No. 113. 
William P. and Maria (Embree) Dewees. 

271. Matilda E. b. 12, 20, 1852, m. 9, 23, 1874, Abner 
F. Crew. 

272. Isaac T. b. 7, 2, 1855, m. 5, 24, 1881, Elizabeth F. 

273. Joseph, b. 12, 20, 1858, m. 12, 19, 1880, L/Ucetta 

274. Barclay, b. 7, 18, 1862, m. 11, i, 1883, Roxanna 

275. James H., b. i, 33, 1865, m. 9, 23, 1892, Emma J. 

148 The Dewees Family. 


276. Mary R., b. 4, 20, 1867, m. 9, 19, 1892, Louis W. 

Children of No. 126. 
John M. and Leah (Matz) Dewees. 

277. William M., b. 8, 27, 1834, d. 2, 7, 1836. 

278. Elizabeth M., b. i, 16, 1835. 

279. Sarah M., b. i, 14, 1841, m. Grill. 

280. Rachel M., b. i, 26, 1844, m. Miller. 

281. George M., b. 9, 15, 1845, d. 9, 15, 1845. 

Children of No. 127. 
George M. Dewees and ist wife, Susan Brown. 

282. Archibald, b. 7, 7, 1831, d. 11, 22, 1834, at Sinking 
Spring, Pa. 

283. Ambrose, b. 4, i, 1833, Cumru Township, Berks 
Co., Pa. 

284. Elizabeth, b. 3, 27, 1835, Cumru Township, Berks 
Co., Pa. 

285. Cordelia b. 3, 7, 1837, d. 8, 11, 1838. 

286. William, b. 10, 6, 1839, Cumru Township, Berks 
Co., Pa. 

287. John B., b. II, 9, 1841, at Womelsdorf, Berks Co., 


288. Mary, b. 5, i, 1844, d. 3, 4, 1864. 

George M. Dewees and 2d wife, Susan Delap. 

289. George D., b. 7, 16, 1866, in Osnaburg, Stark Co., 

290. Emma, b. 7, 15, 1868, in Osnaburg, Stark Co., 

Children of No. 129. 
David Berry and Rachel (Kirby) Dewees. 

291. Leander. 

The Dewees Family. 149 

292. Clinton. 

293. Robert M. 

Children of No. 138. 
William Mott and Sarah Burke (Winter) Patterson. 

294. Mary Matilda, b. 8, 25, 1854, m. 5, 9, 1883, Ethan 
Allen Weaver. 

295. Sarah Ann, b. 6, 12, 1857. 

296. Ella F., b. 12, 22, 1859, ^- 11)3) 1881, Thom- 
as Stone Pursel. 

297. Clara D., b. 10, — , 1871. 

298. William Comstock, b. 4, 21, 1874. 

Children of No. 146. 
Francis Percival and Emma (Loeser) Dewees. 

299. Percival, b. 8, 5, 1863, died in infancy. 

300. Louis Loeser, b. i, 3, 1865. 

301. Emma Loeser. 

302. Ethel Hughes. 

Children of No. 147. 
Theodore Lyng and Ardelia Louisa (Fiske) Dewees. 

303. Catharine Alliene. 

304. Louisa Fiske, b. 2, 18, 1872. 

305. Phoebe James, b. 2, 5, 1875, d. 4, 12, 1875. 

306. Rachel Hughes. 

307. Alfred RoUin, b. 3, 28, 1879. 

308. Theodore John, b. 12, 12, 1883. 

309. Francis Farquhar, b. 4, 25, 1885. 

310. James Collin, b. 3, 3, 1890. 

Child of No. 149. 
James Collin and Charity Bye (Packer) Dewees. 

311. Lennis, b. 9, 22, 1873, died in infancy. 

Children of No. 150. 
Rev. J. R. and Kate (Prizer) Kooken. 

150 The Dewees Family. 

312. J. Warren. 

313. Bertha. 

Children of No. 151. 
P. and Anna (Prizer) Williard. 

314. Percival. 

315. Kate. m. William Brower. 

316. Chester. 

Children of No. 154. 
Dr. J. Warren and Anna (Herbert) Royer. 

317. Mary, m. Rev. O. H. B. Ranch. 

318. Ralph. 

319. Carl. 

320. Joseph. 

321. Jesse. 

Children of No. 155. 
Lewis and Isabella (Tryon) Royer. 

322. Horace T., m. daughter of H. W. Kratz. 

323. Isabella, m. William J. Ashenfelter, M. D. 

324. Ettie, m. Jacob V. Gotwalts. 

325. Lewis. 

Child of No. 157. 
Charles John Royer and wife. 

326. Daughter. 

Children of No. 158. 
Horace and Crissy (Todd) Royer. 

327. Frank. 

328. Gertrude. 

329. Mary. 

Children of No. 159. 
Henry Royer and wife. 

330. Joseph Whitfield. 

331. Allen. 

The Dewees Family. 151 

332. Kitty, m. John Baker. 

Children of No. 160. 
Luther and Josephine (Royer) Kohler. 

333. Child. 

334. Child. 

Children of No. 166. 
George and Catharine (Bushy) Dewees. 

335. Mary, b. i, 21, 1852, m. James F. Dunn. 

336. William B., b. 7, 18, 1854, m. 4, 6, 1877, Amelia 
E. Walbom ; m. 2d, 4, 9, 1879, Ida Violette Man- 

337. Sarah L., b. 4, 17, 1858. 

338. Katie, b. 4, 7, 1872, d. 4, 6, 1877. 

Children of No. 167. 
Jacob and Catharine (Shafer) Dewees. 

339. Lydia, b. i, 26, 1834, d. 7, 6, 1839. 

340. Elizabeth, b.- 8, 10, 1836, d. i, i, 1845. 

341. Benneville, b. 3, 27, 1838, d. 10, 12, 1870. 

342. Catharine, b. 3, 10, 1840, d. 10, 8, 1847. 

343. William, b. 9, 7, 1842. 

344. Daniel, b. 12, 22, 1844. 

345. Jacob, b. 12, 22, 1847. 

346. Samuel, b. 8, 7, 1849. 

Children of No. 168. 
William and Elizabeth (Dewees) Howe. 

347. William. 

348. Lydia. 

349. Catharine. 

350. Joshua. 

351. Harrison, died in the Rebellion. 

352. Fietta. 

353. Rebecca. 

152 The Dewees Family. 

354. Elias. 

355. Child, name not known. 

Children of No. 170. 
Gabriel and Lydia (Dewees) Dundore*. 

356. Levi, b. I, 21, 1833. 

357. Nathan, b. 12, 15, 1834, d. 10, 6, 1899, bnried at 
Bemville, Berks Co., Pa. 

358. Franklin, b. 4, 6^ 1836. 

359. Mary Elizabeth, b. 12, 8, 1840, d. 7, 20, 1862. 

360. Eliza Louisa, b. 12, 11, 1844. 

361. Sarah Ann, b. 12, 11, 1846, d. 6, 10, 1863. 

362. Amelia Lydia, b. 11, 30, 1849, d. 6, 26, 1866. 

Children of No. 171. 
Benneville Dewees and wife. 

363. Son. 

364. Daughter. 

Children of No. 172. 
Joshua Dewees and wife. 

365. James. 

366. William. 

Children of No. 173. 
Daniel and Susanna (Wolf) Dewees. 

367. Henrietta, b. 12, 4, 1847. 

368. Deborah, b. 9, 27, 1849. 

369. Clara, b. 8, 6, 1851. 

370. Joanna S., b. 11, 27, 1853. 

371. John H., b. 3, 23, 1856. 

372. Emily C, b. 6, 3, 1859. 

Children of No. 174. 
William Dewees and wife. 

373. Sarah Ann. 

374. Susanna. 

The Dewees Family. ' 153 

375. Bmelina. 

376. William. 

377. Cyrus. 

378. Kate. 

Children of No. 177. 
John H. and Elizabeth (Wolfe) Dewees. 

379. Annie, b. 7, 3, 1885. 

380. Eddie, b. 3, 17, 1886. 

381. Ida, b. 7, 15, 1887. 

382. Charles, b. 9, 9, 1889. 

383. John, b. 12, 5, 1897. 

Children of No. 181. 
Asa and Margaret (Dewees) Hutchinson. 

384. William W., b. 1835. 

385. Mary Ann, b. 1837. 

386. Leonard. 

387. Louisa. 

388. Philson. 

389. Amy. 

390. Benjamin F. 

391. Ellis. 

392. Martha. 

393. Thomas J. 

394. Caroline. 

Children of No. 182. 

Thomas and Esther (Neidigh) Dewees. 

395. Levi L., b. 3, 17, 1842, m. i, 6, 1867, Emma Brown- 

396. Catharine, b. 11, 22, 1843, d. 2, 28, 1866. 

397. Samuel, b. 11, 9, 1845, d« 9) 4) 1850. 

398. Dennis, b. 6, 5, 1848, d. 8, 30, 1850. 

399. Madison, b. 12, i, 1850, m. 3, 11, 1886, Sarah Sipes. 

154 The Dewees Family. 

4CX). Sarah, b. ii, 25, 1853, m. 11, 5, 1885, Henry W. 

401. Noah, b. 9, 5, 1856, m. 11, 24, 1883, Mattie Combs. 

402. Mary, b. i, i, 1862, m. 2, 18, 1896, Frank S. Keu- 

Children of No. 185. 

Amos and Sarah (Green) Dewees. 

403. William A., b. 3, 21, 1856, m. i, 25, 1887, Caroline 
Elizabeth Saulter. 

404. George J., b. 4, 30, 1858, m. 11, 29, 1881, Lncy 

405. Amos R. 

Children of No. 186. 

Jesse and Ellen P. (Brisbin) Dewees. 

406. Emma Alwilda, b. 11, 27, 1861, m. 10, 20, 1881, 
George Winfield Smith. 

407. Madison S., b. i, 3, 1863. 

408. Dennis A., b. 4, 10, 1865, m. i, 5, 1893, Addie C. 

409. Austin Bert, b, 2, 23, 1867, ^- ^j 8, 1892, Jessie 

410. Otis John, b. 9, 5, 1871, m. 5, 3, 1896, Alta S. 

411. Walter, b. 4, 5, 1873, m. 11, 25, 1895, Libbie Bald- 

412. Ernest J., b. i, 12, 1875, m. 12, 11, 1898, Edna 
Earl Main. 

413. Mina, b. 4, 15, 1878, d. i, 27, 1891. 

Child of No. 192. 

Uriah and Mary Jane (Heath) Dewees. 

414. Dudley, b. 3, 27, 1878. 

The Dewees Family. 155 

Children of No. 193. 
Wenman and Permilla (Dewees) Wade. 

415. Holland Henry, b. i, 26, 1867. 

416. Flora, b. 9, 21, 1868, m. 8, 6, 1897, Harley C. 

417. Mary Ann, b. 3, 11, 1872, m. 10, 15, 1890, J. E. 

418. Guy Carl, b. 3, 11, 1878, d. 6, 23, 1879. 

419. Edith, b. 6, 4, 1880. 

420. Clarence Howard, b. 5, 18, 1884. 

421. Leah, b. 11, 30, 1887. 

Children of No. 198. 

John and Rebecca (Myers) Reichard. 

422. Mary, m. Stents. 

423. Martha, m. Johnson. 

424. Charles. 

425. Frank. 

426. Albert Thomas. 


Children of No. 199. 

Garrett Dewees and ist wife, Ann Rodenbaugh. 

427. Joseph, b. 1819, d. 1897, m. 2, 2, 1851, Susanna 

428. Eliza Ann, 10, 26, 1822. 

429. Jacob, b, 2, 10, 1825, d- ^830. 

430. Amanda, b. 2, 3, 1826, d. 2, 11, 1857. 

431. William, b. 7, i, 1827. 

432. Samuel, b. i, 7, 1830. 

Garrett Dewees and 2d wife, Helen Carson. 

433. Mary Matilda. 

434. George. 

156 The Dewees Family. 

435. Malinda. 

Children of No. 200. 
John and Rachel (Dewees) Cam. 

436. Abram. 

437. George, b. 1822, m. Susan Homer. 

438. Emeline, b. 2, 16, 1825, d. 7, 12, 1902, m. i, 20, 
1867, Thomas B. Elfrey. 

439. Infant, d. no name. 

Children of No. 200. 
Rachel Dewees Cam and 2d husband, Jonathan Davis. 

440. Elizabeth, b. 1835. 

441. Isaac, b. 1837, ^- 4) — > 1886, Mary Francis. 

Children of No. 201. 
William and Eliza Jane (Bowen) Dewees. 

442. William, b. 10, 25, 1832, d. 10, 22, 1833. 

443. John, b. 8, 21, 1834, d. i, — , 1870, m. Margaret 
Ann Gerhart. 

444.- Mary Catharine, b. 11, 3, 1836, d. 7, 15, 1839. 

445. William Henry, b. 10, 16, 1838, m. Elizabeth Ger- 

446. Angeline, b. 9, 28, 1840, m. George Bumham. 

447. Amy Sophia, b. 5, 28, 1843, d. 8, 2, 1849. 

448. Richard Thomas, b. 9, 28, 1845, ^- 3) ^^j 1871, 
Margaret Ann Sullivan. 

449. Susanna Rebecca, b. 12, 7, 1847, d- 5) 25, 1884, m. 
William Chenaworth. 

450. Eliza Jane, b. 9, 29, 1849, ^- William Gregory. 

451. Mary Jemima, b. i. 30, 1856, m. William Tracy. 

452. James Buchanan, b. 4, 29, 1858. 

Children of No. 203. 
Thomas and Wilhelmina (Pennypacker) Dewees 

453. Benjamin. 

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454. John. 

455. Samuel T., b. i, 23, 1848, m. 1873, Lydia Strauss. 

456. George. 

457. Warren. 

458. Charles. 

459. Edward. 

Children of No. 208. 
Samuel and Sidney (Gade) Dewees. 

460. Sarah, b. i, 16, 1831, m. Jesse Vanarsdalen. 

461. Howard, b, 6, — , 1833, m. Elizabeth Nyman. 

Children of No. 215. 
James and Julia (Edey) St. Clair. 

462. Rachel, b. 5, 16, 1838, m. ist, William Jacoby; 2d, 
James Miller. 

463. Julia Edey, b, 9, 25, 1840, d. 1864, m. Rev. John 

Children of No. 234. 
Joshua and Martha (Gibson) Dewees. 

464. Ell wood, b. 1 87 1. 

465. Mary Ann, b. 1873. 

466. Joseph, b. 1875. 

467. William Watson, b. 1879, d. 1880. 

468. Ellsworth, b. 1887, d. 1888. 

Children of No. 254. 
Watson W. and Sarah L. (Brown) Dewees. 

469. Susan Janney, b. 6, 16, 1877. 

470. Aaron Lovett, b. i, 17, 1880. 

471. Charles Allen, b. 1881, d. 7, 11, 1895. 

472. Watson W. Jr., b. 11, 21, 1886. 

Children of No. 255. 
William and Margaret Jane (Dewees) Foulke. 

473. Edith. 

158 The Dewees Family. 

474. Elsie 

475. Robert. 

Children of No. 256. 
Lemuel and Almedia (Dewees) McGrew. 

476. Mary. 

477. Margaret. 

478. Cecil. 

479. Dana. 

Child of No. 259. 
Richard S. and Mary (Garrigues) Dewees. 

480. Mary. 

Children of No. 294. 
Bthan Allen and Mary Matilda (Patterson) Weaver. 

481. Marguerite Elizabeth, b. 5, 13, 1884. 

482. Kenneth Patterson, b. 10, 4, 1886, d. 12, 21, 1892. 

483. Gertrude, b. 6, 21, 1890. 

484. Cornelius Weygandt, b. 4, 11, 1893. 

Children of No. 296. 
Thomas Stone and Ella F. (Patterson) Pursel. 

485. Clara, b. 4, 8, 1883. 

486. Ruth, b. 7, 13, 1884, d. 10, — , 1884. 

487. Mary Louisa, b. 7, 13, 1885. 

488. Helen, b. 8, 3, 1886. 

489. Thomas. 

490. Philip. 

Children of No. 336. 
Dr. William B. and Ida Violette (Manderbach) Dewees. 

491. Katie Rebecca, b. 3, 13, 1884. 

492. William George, b. 8, 28, 1887. 

Children of No. 395. 
Levi L. and Emma (Brownwell) Dewees. 

The Dewees Family, 159 

493. Alice E., b. 9, 14, 1867, m. 5, 7, 1889, Lewis R. 
De Ville. 

494. Ralph R., b. 7, 26, 1878. 

Children of No. 403. 
William A. and Caroline Elizabeth (Saulter) Dewees. 

495. Donald R., b. 9, 17. 1891. 

496. Floyd M., b. 5, 4, 1893. 

Child of No. 404. 
George J. and Lucy (Lee) Dewees. 

497. Sarah E., b. i, 20, 1887. 

Children of No. 406. 
George Winfield and Emma Alwilda (Dewees) Smith. 

498. Clarence, b. 10, 7, 1882. 

499. Roy Harrison, b. 11, 7, 1889. 

Child of No. 409. 
Austin Bert and Jessie (Parker) Dewees. 

500. Orlo, b. 8, 15, 1896. 

Child of No. 411. 
Walter and Libbie (Baldwin) Dewees. 

501. Harley D., b. 9, 13, 1896. 


Children of No. 427. 
Joseph and Susanna (Dougherty) Dewees. 

502. Catharine, b. 4, 29, 1853. 

503. Amanda Cecilia, b. 9, 25, 1855. 

504. Mary Eliza, b. 5, 3, 1856, d. 10, 17, 1863. 

505. Susanna, b. 7, 12, 1859, d. 11, 6, 1863. 

506. Joseph, b. 9, 17, 1861, m. 6, 22, 1892, Mary Jane 

507. Samuel Edward, b. 12, 10, 1864. 

Child of No. 438. 

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Thomas B. and Emeline (Cam) Elfrey. 

508. Alfred H., b. 7, 27, 1870, m. 10, 20, 1893, Clara 
Neva Wing. 

Children of No. 445. 
William Henry and Elizabeth (Gerhart) Dewees. 

509. Florence, b. 8, 28, 1862. 

510. Mary Eliza, b. 10, 17, 1865. 

511. William James, b. 9, 16, 1867, m. 11, 12, 1884, 
Carrie Frantz. 

512. John Thomas, b. 9, 18, 1869. 

513. Mattie Carlisle, b. 5, 8, 1873. 

514. Julia Gill, b. 10, 4, 1874. 

515. Ida May, b. 2, 22, 1877. 

516. Bessie Lee, b. 8, 17, 1879. 

517. Albert Ridgely, b. i, 13, 1882. 

518. Emma Elizabeth, b. 4, 19, 1884. 

519. Charles Edward, b. 10, 4, 1886. 

520. Samuel Richard, b.' 10, 4, 1889. 

Children of No. 448. 
Richard Thomas and Margaret Ann (Sullivan) Dewees. 

521. William David, b. 6, — , 1872, m. Lillie Howard. 

522. Ida May, b. 10, 5, 1874, m. Emery Howard. 

Children of No. 455. 
Samuel T. and Lydia (Strauss) Dewees. 

523. Nellie, b. 1876. 

524. Lottie, b. 1878. 

525. Wilhelmina, b. 1880. 

526. Warren, b. 1883. 

527. Thomas, b. 1888. 

Children of No. 461. 
Howard and Elizabeth (Nyman) Dewees. 

528. George. 

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529. Frank, b. i, i, 1853, d. 10, 17, 1893, m. 3, 14, 1882, 
Clara Longacre. 

Children of No. 462. 
Rachel St. Clair and ist husband, William Jacx)by. 

530. Julia St. Clair, b. 1864, m. John C. Brierly. 

531. Daniel, b. 1864. 

532. Charlotte, b. 1865. 

533. James St. Clair, b. 7, — , 1867. 


Children of No. 506. 
Joseph and Mary Jane McNamee. 

534. Margarite Moore, b. 5, 18, 1893. 

535. Helen Gertrude, b. 11, 4, 1894. 

536. Walter Joseph, b. 2, 11, 1896. 

Children of No. 511. 
William James and Carrie (Frantz) Dewees. 

537. Bessie V., b. 9, 26, 1885. 

538. Laura E., b. 3, 28, 1887. 

539. Isaac, b. 5, 12, 1890. 

540. William, b. 5, 12, 1890. 

Child of No. 529. 
Frank and Clara (Longacre) Dewees. 

541. Mary Bertie, b. 9, 21, 1883. 

Cornelius Dewees or de Wees, as stated in the be- 
ginning of this work, was presumably the son of Garret 
Hendricks de Wees, who settled in Germantown, Pa., 
in 1689, with his three sons and one daughter, Wilhel- 
mina, who married Nicholas Rittenhouse. His second 
son, Cornelius, bom in Holland, settled in Skippack 
Township in the Perkiomen region, on a farm which he 

1 62 The Dewees Family. 

and his brother William bought in partnership in 1 708. 
He married Margaret Koster or Kuster, and had several 
children. Cornelius, one of his sons, married Margaret 
Richards, child of William Richards, who died in Oley 
township, January, 1752. His will, dated December 
26, 1 75 1, is on file in Philadelphia, and mentions his 
children. The inventory of his estate amounted to 207 
pounds, 7 shillings and 10 pence, Pennsylvania cur- 
rency. Nearly one half of the appraisement is made 
up of obligations for money due decedent, the valua- 
tion of the different chattels enumerated seeming to in- 
dicate that, at the time of his death, he was a small ten- 
ant farmer, whose resources had run to the verge of ex- 


On April 21, 1821, Joseph Ball, a wealthy land 
owner, died intestate. Leaving no heirs, his estate revert- 
ed to his father and mother, or their brothers and sis- 
ters, and descendants of the same. Joseph Ball's father 
married a sister of Margaret Richards, wife of Cornelius 
Dewees. Some of thfe children of Cornelius Dewees 
were entitled to a share of the estate, which has not yet 
been settled. Many claims have been filed against the 
estate, and much controversy has arisen in regard to it, 
which may lead probably to considerable litigation. 
One of the descendants of Cornelius Dewees says he can 
locate $3,000,000 of property in Philadelphia and Ches- 
ter county belonging to the estate, but as he is not an 
heir to the property he declines to take any action in 
the matter. The children of Cornelius and Margaret 
(Richards) Dewees were : Cornelius, married July 31, 
1774, Sarah Paine, at Douglassville, Berks County, Pa., 
at St. Gabriel's P. E. Church ; William, who married 
Elizabeth de Hart ; Owen, who married Mary Lee ; 
Mary, married first, Wuichter, and second, Samuel Pat- 
terson ; David, married first, Sarah Willets, and second, 
Maria Catharine Seltzer; Samuel, married Margaret 

164 The Dewees Family, 

Cornelius and Sarah Paine Dewees became mem- 
bers of the Society of Friends, and many of their de- 
scendants to-day are connected with that religious body. 
Their two sons moved to Ohio about 181 8, and their de- 
scendants can still be found in that State, some of them 
wealthy and influential citizens. Thomas, their eldest 
son, married Jane Watson, and raised a numerous fam- 
ily. Aaron Packer, son of Thomas and Jane Watson 
Dewees, married twice. His first wife was Mary Wood, 
by whom he had five children. His eldest son, Mat- 
thew W., was a soldier, and was killed at the battle of 
Resaca, Georgia, May 14, 1864. His second son, Wat- 
son W. Dewees, is a resident of Westtown, Chester 
county, Pa., a prominent member of the Society of 
Friends and a teacher in the Westtown Friends' 
School, with which he has been connected many years. 
Aaron Packer Dewees' second wife was Eunice Porter, 
by whom he had two sons: Isaac W., bom in 1854, a 
deaf mute, and Richard S., bom in 1865, who lives in 
Philadelphia, and is a printer by trade. 

William Dewees, second son of Cornelius and Mar- 
garet Richards Dewees, was married about 1770 to 
Elizabeth DeHart. He was sickly and was advised by 
his physician to take a sea voyage for the benefit of his 
health, but before the vessel sailed he died and was bur- 
ied in New Jersey. He was about thirty-eight years old 
at the time of his death. He left a widow and an only 
child, William, aged nine years. His widow married John 
Wilson, of Scotch-Irish birth, who lived in Amity town- 
ship, Berks county. Pa., and taught school in Robeson 
township, Berks county. William Dewees, his only 
son, was bom in Amity township, Berks county. Pa., 

The Dewees Family. 165 

December 9, 1779, and died at Osnaburg, Stark county, 
Ohio, March 8, 1862. He was buried at Osnaburg. He 
married Elizabeth Martin, who was bom May 11, 1779, 
in Cocalico township, Lancaster county. Pa. She died 
July 13, 1849, i^ Womelsdorf, Berks county. Her body 
was taken to Bphrata, Lancaster county, and was bur- 
ied in what was then known as the Dunkertown burial 
grounds. The Dunkers are a religious denomination 
known as the Seventh-day Baptists. William Dewees 
had three sons, Jacob, John, and George M., bom March 
23, 1809, in Cocalico township, Berks county. He mar- 
ried Susan Brown, bom March 7, 1808, in Exeter town- 
ship, Berks county. They were married January i, 
1832, at Reading, Pa. She died October 17, 1863. He 
married for his second wife Susan Delap, who died Jan- 
uary 22, 1875. By his first wife he had seven children, 
one of them John B. Dewees, who lives at Canton, Ohio, 
and is a dentist. 

Owen Dewees, the third son of Cornelius and Mar- 
garet Richards Dewees, married Mary Lee, and emi- 
grated to the West. He settled in Ohio, where many 
of his descendants now live. His eldest son, Samuel 
Dewees, bom November i, 1783, married Hannah Berry, 
and left a numerous family. One son, David Berry De- 
wees, married, first, Rachel Kirby, second, Hannah H. 
Hartly. The following extract from a letter received 
from his son Robert M. Dewees, may be of interest 
to readers : 

" My ancestors being pioneers in the West, with the 
usual hardships, gave very little thought or time to their 
ancestors, as their ancestors had evidently done with 
them. Still I am proud of the name and family, and I 

x66 The Dewees Family. 

do not know a single one that is really bad, that is, 
criminal or profligate, and I know of many of whom I 
can justly feel proud. Morality, and a laudable ambi- 
tion to accomplished something, are characteristic 
of this branch of the Dewees family, and it counts 
among its members many teachers and physicians, 
especially. I only know my immediate kinsmen though. 
My father's name was David Berry Dewees, the middle 
name being after his mother, her maiden name being 
Berry. He was large and strong, being six feet tall and 
weighing about 200 pounds, was a member of the 
Friends' meeting and a citizen of whom any community 
might feel proud. He was a genius at any mechanical 
art. He was the inventor and builder of the first tumb- 
ling shaft thrashing machine, which he built in Rich- 
mond, Indiana. This invention at that time meant 
a great deal ; he never attempted to get it patented, be- 
ing content to build and sell the machine. He met with 
a great many adverse circumstances in life, losing his 
first wife, and being left with five small children. He 
lost considerable property at one time through a defec- 
tive deal, but again accumulated, and when he died he 
was worth about $12,000 or $i5,cxx). He was the father 
of fifteen children by two wives, who were all healthy 
and strong, most of whom are still living and among 
them are Leander, a physician and surgeon at Hemlock, 
Indiana ; Clinton, a commercial traveler for Cypress & 
McBride, of Indianapolis, and your correspondent, Rob- 
ert M., who has been admitted to the bar, but finds it more 
lucrative, if not more congenial, to work for Uncle Sam." 

Mary Dewees, only daughter of Cornelius and Mar- 
garet Richards Dewees, married first, a man by the 

The Dewees Family. 167 

name of Wuichter, by whom she had two daughters, Sar- 
ah and Margaret. Her second husband was Samuel Pat- 
terson. By this union she had one son, Samuel De- 
wees Patterson, who married first, Sarah Ann Mott, and 
second, Ann Jane Armstrong. 

His son, William Mott Patterson married Sarah 
Burke Winter. Their eldest daughter Mary Matilda 
Patterson, bom in 1854, married Ethan Allen Weaver, 
who is connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad Com- 
pany, and is prominent in the Sons of the Revolution. 
They reside in Philadelphia. 

J. Warren Royer, of Trappe, Pa., furnishes the fol- 
lowing : 

My grandfather, David Dewees, was bom August 
26, 1766. His trade was that of a hat fuller, and the 
better to prosecute his business he ran a little mill, on 
a branch of the Tulpehocken in the northwestern part 
of Berks county. Pa,, making his home at Womelsdorf , 
a town fourteen miles above Reading. He was not " to 
the manner bom." He married a Miss Sarah Willets, 
and had one child. His first wife died, and, later, he mar- 
ried his second wife, Maria Catharine Seltzer, of Wom- 
elsdorf, by whom he had twelve more children. The 
strangest part of this new alliance was that he could 
not speak a word of English. Grandmother told me a* 
long time since, perhaps seventy years ago : "When your 
grandfather came to see me, he could not speak a word 
of German, and I could not speak a word of English." 
When I heard her relate this circumstance, I looked 
up in her face wonderingly, and in the innocency of 
youth I asked, " Why grandma, how did you manage?" 
" Oh, said she, we understood each other." 

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She has long since gone to her rest, but she was one 
of the grandest women I ever knew. I attended her 
professionally, being a physician, and all her children, 
except two. I think that my grandfather, David De- 
wees, and his second wife, moved here from Womels- 
dorf, forty miles from Trappe, in the Spring of 1795. 
Margaret was the first child bom here. David Dewees 
and his wife kept the hotel at Trappe for many years, 
and was SherifiF of Montgomery county from 1807 to 
i8io. He kept the hotel until about twenty years prior 
to his death, when his mind became afiFected. Elections 
were held at Trappe in the house of David Dewees from 


1832 to 1844, and in the home of Catharine Dewees, 
widow of David, in 1852 and 1853. After his mind be- 
came affected, the care of the hotel devolved on Jacob, 
their eldest son, afterwards known as Dr. Jacob Dewees. 
David Dewees died July 3, 1837. 

The following is David Dewees' license to keep a 
public house: 

Thomas McKean, Pennsylvania, ss: In the 
name and in the Authority of the Commonweath of 
Pennsylvania. Thomas McKean, Governor of said Com- 
monwealth. To all whom these presents shall come 
Send Greeting. Whereas, David Dewees hath been 
recommended to me as a sober and fit person to keep a 
House of Bntertainment, and being requested to grant 
him a lisence for the same, I do lisence and allow the 
said David Dewees to keep a Public House, in the 
Township of Providence, in the County of Montgomery 
and Commonwealth afore said, for selling of Wine, Rum, 
Brandy, Beer, Ale, Cyder and all other Spiritous Liq- 
uors, in the house where he now dwells and no other. 

LvDiA Dewees 

The Dewees Family. 169 

in the said County of Montgomery, until the tenth day 
of August next. Provided he shall not at any time 
during the said term suffer drunkeness, unlawful gam- 
ing or any other disorders, but in all things observe all 
laws of this Commonwealth to his said employment re- 

Given under my hand and the Less Seal of the 
State at Lancaster, this twelth day of May, in the year 
of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and six, and 
of the Commonwealth the Thirteenth. 

Received $8.30 by the Governor. 

T. M. Thompson, Sec. 

Samuel, youngest son of Cornelius and Margaret 
Richards Dewees, married Margaret Henrich. They had 
but one son, George, who married Sarah Mendenahlen. 
George was bom in Ruscombmanor township, Berks 
cotinty. Pa., February 17, 1797. He became connected 
with several of the pioneer charcoal blasts, iron furnaces 
and forges, one of them located in the southern portion 
of Berks county, and known as the Dewees furnace. 
He died in 1832, near Coxtown, now Fleetwood, Berks 
county, his remains being interred in the private ceme- 
tery of Mr. Koch, about one half-mile north of the bor- 
ough limits of Fleetwood, on the west side of the public 
road leading from that place to Moslem Springs. He 
left a widow and six children, three sons and three 
daughters, Sarah, Samuel, Lydia, Benneville, Matilda 
and George, who married about 1851, Miss Catharine 
Bushy, daughter of Samuel Bushy. Their childr^i: 
Mary, bom January 21, 1852 ; William B., bom July 18, 
1854 ; Sarah L., bom April 17, 1858 ; Katie, bom April 
7, 1872. The last named died April 6, 1877. William 

170 The Dewees Family. 

B. Dewees lives in Salina, Kansas. He is a practising 
physician, being a graduate of the University of Penn- 

The Old Trappe Church. 

The old Trappe Church was erected in 1743. 
Trappe is a borough a short distance from College- 
ville, in Montgomery county, Pa. In 1732, the Luth- 
eran congregation of Providence was organized, and 
John Christian Schultz became the first pastor, and re- 
mained one year, leaving as a successor John Casper 

In 1742, Rev. Henry M. Muhlenberg arrived from 
Germany, and became the pastor, and built the church 
in 1743. He has since become widely known as the 
founder of the Lutheran Church in America. The Trappe 
church is the oldest Lutheran Church now standing. 
The comer stone was laid on May 2, 1743. The first 
service was held therein on September 12, but it was 
not until October 6, 1745, that the church was dedicated. 
Three negroes were baptized on that occasion. 

The General Synod of the Colonies met in this 
church on June 17, 1750. On October 7, 1787, Dr.Muh- 
lenberg died, and his honored ashes now repose imme- 
diately in the rear of the old church. The congrega- 
tion continued to worship in this building until Novem- 
ber 6, 1853, when the present large brick building was 
dedicated. Since that time the old church was used for 
Sunday school purposes until quite recently. The pres- 
ent structure was recently remodeled, making it a two- 
story building. This improvement was made under the 
pastorate of Rev. O. P. Smith. 

Adjoining the church is the graveyard, containing 

The Dewees Family. 1 71 

numerous tombstones. Among the distinguished dead 
buried here can be mentioned Rev. Dr. Henry M. Muh- 
lenberg and his sons, Governor Francis R. Shunk, 
Hon. Joseph Fry and Joseph Royer. David Dewees 
and Maria Seltzer with ten of their children are also 
buried in this cemetery. The old-time tablet stones 
marking the Muhlenberg graves are directly back of 
old Trappe church, their table like form showing con- 
spicuously among the upright grave-stones surrounding 
them. The grave of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg has 
six granite feet supporting the upper tablet, while those 
of his sons are walled up with stone. 

Samuel Dewees. 

Samuel Dewees, the scm of Cornelius and Margaret 
Koster Dewees, was bom in Berks county. Pa., where 

he married Elizabeth , and raised a family of six 

sons and one daughter. He was a leather breeches 
maker by trade, but in 1760 was master collier at Pat- 
ton's furnace, about ten miles from Reading, in the 
same county. He was Captain in one of the Pennsyl- 
vania regiments during the Revolution, and was taken 
prisoner by the British and confined on board the prison 
ship. His wife by dint of coaxing and importunities 
had permission to wait (m him, and eventually he was 
released. He was afterwards, in 1777, sent to the hos- 
pital near AUentown to take care of the sick who were 
confined there with the small-pox. He was superin- 
tendent and had charge of the rations and the prepara- 
tion of food, etc., and assisted in nursing. He contract- 
ed the disease and died in the hospital, and was buried 
at or near AUentown. His son Samuel was a fifer in 
the same regiment with his father, and served through 

172 The Dewees Family. 

the war. He was afterward made captain in the Penn- 
sylvania Militia. He was married four times, and had 
several children. One son^ William, died at Pensacola, 
Florida, while a soldier in 1814. Another son, Andrew 
J. Dewees, married, and his posterity live in Philadel- 
phia, Pa. Samuel Dewees died, and was buried at Man- 
chester, Md. 

Amos Dewese. 

Amos Dewese, a well known resident of Weston 
township, was bom August 18, 1823, ^^ Paris township. 
Stark county, Ohio. The first ancestor of the family of 
whom a record is given was Cornelius (great-great- 
grandfather.) His great-grandfather was Samuel De- 
wees, who lived in Berks county. Pa., and was a captain 
in the Revolutionary War. He had seven children : 
John, William, Elizabeth, Samuel, Powel, or Paul, 
Thomas, and David. His son Samuel served as drum- 
mer in the company his father commanded, and after- 
wards was commissioned a captain in the Pennsylvania 
troops and also served in the War of 181 2. A biography 
was published previous to his death. Th^omas Dewees, 
(grandfather) was bom in Berks county. Pa., May 4, 
1770. He was a teacher in early life, and later became 
a farmer. He was married to Catharine Bessey, who 
was bom May 18, 1767. They emigrated to Ohio in 
1808, where they both died at an advanced age. Their 
children: Luticia, who married July 7, 1808, Jasper 
Daniels, who was a preacher in the Disciples church. 
They emigrated to the West, and she died in Illinois. 
Samuel, (father of Amos Dewese). Elizabeth who mar- 
ried, July 18, 1815, John Wickerd. He died in Han- 
cock county, Ohio, and she in Michigan. Catharine, 

Amos Dewese 

Samuel Dewese 

The Dewees Family, 173 

who became the wife of Thomas Ebe, September 7, 
181 7. Both died in Wayne county, Ohio. Sarah, who 
married, March 19, 1820, Andrew Livingstone. Both 
died in Wayne county. Martha W., who married Chris- 
tian Shiveley in 182 1. Uriah, who married Mary Sny- 
der, February 22, 1824. He died in Stark county. Re- 
becca, who married Isaac Kelley, August 23, 1827. She 
was accidentally burned to death, and her husband re- 
moved further west. Thomas married October 6, 1830, 
Sarah Watkins. 

The family of Thomas Dewese and two other fami- 
lies were the pioneers who settled in Paris township. 
Samuel Dewees, (father) was bom in Berks county, 
Pennsylvania, March 5, 1793, and emigrated with his 
father's family in 1808 to Stark county, Ohio. On 
May 13, 181 3, at the age of twenty, Mr. Dewees enlist- 
ed at the village of Canton under Captain James Dren- 
nan for the war of 181 2, and served under General Har- 
rison until the expiration of his term of service. He 
was discharged at Detroit, Michigan, May 14, 1814. 
When he enlisted he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and from 
there to Fort Stephenson, now Fremont, arriving there 
the day after the battle when the fort was so gallant- 
ly defended by Major Croghan. From this place his 
regiment was sent to Fort Ball, and from there to the 
mouth of the Portage river. There the command took 
flat boats and crossed the lake to Detroit. While at 
Detroit in the winter of 1814, Mr. Dewees was sent by 
General Harrison as a scout to the Thames river. The 
young man accomplished his object. After his dis- 
charge, Mr. Dewees returned home and labored on a 
farm. On May 16, 181 5, he married Miss Sarah Boyer, 
who was bom in Stark county, February 19, 1798, and 

174 The Dewees Family. 

died August 6, 1824. They had six children, as fol- 

Margaret, bom February 2, 181 7. Married Asa 
Hutchinson, and was the mother of thirteen children. 
She died in Wood county. 

Thomas, bom July 26, 1818, died in Canton, Ohio, 
July 20, 1893. 

Caroline, bom May 10, 1820. She was Postmis- 
tress at Forktown, Mecosta county, Michigan, and was 
the oldest incumbent of a postoffice in the state when 
she lost the position in 1894. 

Amy, bom December 26, 1821, married James 
Hutchinson. She died in Bowling Green, March 14, 

Amos, the subject of this sketch, was bom August 
18, 1823. 

The sixth child died in infancy. 

Thomas Dewese married (second wife) Novem- 
ber 16, 1828, Miss Annie Switzer, who died after the 
birth of twelve children, and was buried at Weston, 
Ohio. The children of the second marriage were : 

Jesse, died in Wood county, and left a family. 

Dennis, died when a boy. 

Franklin, died in childhood. 

Mary Ann, married John Wade, and died in Wood 

Noah, died in childhood. 

Samuel, was a soldier in the Rebellion, and resides 
in Michigan. 

Uriah, a farmer of Weston township. He was also 
a soldier. 

Permilla, married W. Wade, and resides in Iowa. 

Gurselda, wife of Charles Bassett, and lives in 

The Dewees Family. 175 


Chauncey, died while a prisoner at Danville, Va., 
November 6, 1864, during the Rebellion. 

Two other children died in infancy. 

Amos Dewese received but meagre school advant- 
ages before going to Wood county. The following ar- 
ticle written by him for the "Western Herald" and 
published in 1883, gives some idea of his first experi- 
ences in Ohio : 

"As this is my fortieth anniversary in Wood county, 
I will, with your permission, give your readers a brief 
sketch of my first year of pioneer life in the county. I 
came here February 17, 1843. ^^^^ snow was eighteen 
inches deep when I started from Hancock county, with- 
out one cent of money, a few clothes and a dry chunk of 
of bread constituting my pack ; my shoes were out at 
the toes, and I carried a few books. In the evening I 
crossed the line, and saw a hunter riding an old horse, 
to the tail of which was tied a large deer. I followed a 
trail and came to a Mr. Robbins', of Bloom township, 
where I stayed all night. Early next morning I start- 
ed for Mr. Frankfanter's at Bloom Centre, found my old 
friend Joseph Shelia, and made my home with him, and 
went to chopping to get a pair of boots. Mr. S. and I 
rode through the woods to Risden and Rome, now Fos- 
toria, for an axe. We found a few axes, but as they 
wouldn't trust either of us, we had to return without it. 
Then I went back to Hancock county, got my axe, and 
was rich. I took a job of a Mr. Buisey, to chop seven 
acres, for which he gave me a rifle and some second- 
hand clothing. I finished the job on March 24, when 
the mercury was twenty degrees below zero — that win- 
ter being still known as the hard winter. I began work 

176 The Dewees Family. 

for Mr. Solether April ist, snow and ice on the ground 
and sleighing. He gave me a watch. While I was 
working there, a Mr. Jonathan StuU came into the 
clearing. He had a bag on his shoulder with a peck of 
of ears of com that he had got from a Mr. Daniel Mil- 
bourn. Mr. StuU was much depressed and discouraged 
on account of the terribly hard winter. We talked of 
Adventism, as the Millerites said the end of the world 
was at hand. Mr. Stull said he prayed for it every day, 
as he had seen all the trouble he wanted to see. He said 
he had eight head of horses and all had died ; twenty- 
eight head of cattle and two hundred and sixty head of 
hogs, and all were dead. I had to pass Mr. StulPs cabin 
often. He told me that he had been married twelve 
years and that they had ten children, all of whom were 
almost nude, not one had a full suit of clothes. They 
hadn't a bed or a window in the house. He was the 
owner of a three-quarter section of good land. There, 
said Mr. Stull, I have one peck of ears of com in this 
sack, and when I take it home and grind it in the hand 
mill, and mix it with water, bake, and eat it, with my 
wife and ten children, God knows where the next will 
come from. They must starve. He wept like a child. 
Mr. Stull was founder of Jerry City. During my stay 
with Mr. Buisey I had to go to and from Mr. Shelia's. 
I had to pass a number of cabins, forsaken and unin- 
habited. They looked gloomy enough, surrounded by 
ice and water, and the dismal swamp. A number of 
wild hogs had taken possession of a new cabin which 
belonged to a Mr. John Ford. They had piled in on 
top of each other, and there perished from cold and 
hunger. When out hunting for coons and minks, 
whenever we found hogs, they were invariably dead. I 

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next worked for Mr. Whitaker two weeks, and received 
$3.25 in June. Then I went to Milton Centre, and 
cleared five acres for James Hutchinson for a pair of 
two-year-old steers. In July, I went to James Bloom's, 
and worked for Bloom and Henderson Carothers ; help- 
ed cut 45 acres of wheat, and cut and hauled in a hun- 
dred tons of tame prairie hay, for which I received one 
pair of boots and fifty cents in money — a sum total in 
money for the year, $2>'7S^ I^ *^^ beginning of the 
winter of the year 1843, I went to Ralph Keeler's to 
work for my board, and to go to school in the old log 
school house in Weston. Mr. Keeler became sick, and 
as I had to take care of him and his stock, I lost the 
benefit of the school. I worked for him three months, 
for twenty-five dollars, to take my pay out of the store. 
I will attempt to describe the old Taylor school house. 
It was located in the back part of the lot now owned by 
Mr. Henry, on Main street ; it was true pioneer in style, 
with puncheon floor, benches and desks made of the 
same ; with round logs cut off with ribs, and weight 
poles to hold down the clapboards ; windows with one 
row of glass, each eight by ten ; writing desk, a punch- 
eon laid on pins driven in the wall. The teacher, Mr. 
James Osbom, of New York State, received twenty-five 
cents a day, or five dollars a month. The scholars were : 
Miss Mary Taylor, George Lewis, Thomas and William 
Taylor, Samuel McAtee, who lived with Andrew Moor- 
house; Olmstead, Amelia and Millicent Keeler. The 
teacher was paid by the parents, there being no school 
fund at that time. Mr. Taylor lost about forty-five 
head of cattle ; Mr. Keeler, seventy-five head ; while the 
Sargeants, Ellsworth, Saulsbury, and Green, lost about 
the same proportion during that winter never to be for- 

178 The Dewees Family. 

gotten by the old settlers. Many had to move out of 
the Black Swamp before Spring. So ended my first 
year as a pioneer.'' 

The vicissitudes of Mr. Dewese's early life were re- 
lieved by the sports of the hour, and he often engaged 
in the hunt and the chase, when heavy game was abun- 
dant in the Black Swamp. He was not content, how- 
ever, and yearned to cast his fate among the possibilities 
of the far West. He had all the preparations made to 
take a western trip when his father went to Wood coun- 
ty, entered land, and prevailed upon him to do the same 
and remain with him. True to a strong impulse of 
family unity that has been handed down to the latest 
generation of the Dewees family, he allowed the parent's 
advice to prevail, and on March i, 1851, he entered the 
land which forms a portion of his present estate. 
On this he built a log house, and commenced to make 
general improvements, and for two years kept "bach- 
elor's hall." On November 3, 1853, Mr. Dewese was 
united in marriage to Miss Sarah Green, who was born 
August 17, 1829, i^ Liverpool, England, and came to this 
country with her parents in 1834. Their children 

William A. Dewese, born March 21, 1856, married 
January 25, 1887, Miss Caroline Elizabeth Sautter, who 
was born in Huron county, Ohio, August 17, 1866, they 
having two children, Donald R., bom September 17, 
1891, and Floyd M., bom May 4, 1893. 

George J. Dewese, bom April 30, 1858, married, 
November 29, 1881, Miss Lucy Lee, whose birth took 
place January 7, 1864. They have one child, Sarah E., 
bom January 20, 1887. When twenty-three years of 
age, George J. entered the mercantile business in Wes- 

William A. Dewese 


Amos R. Dewese 

The Dewees Family. 179 

ton under the firm name of Oswald & Dewese, they be- 
ing the successors of A. J. Munn. Two years later he 
sold out his interest, and went to farming, which he car- 
ried on until June, 1885, when he was appointed postal 
clerk, his run being between Toledo and Cincinnati. 
He held this position for about fifteen months, when he 
returned to agricultural pursuits, which he finds a 
I congenial occupation, and now resides in a pleasant 

home on a portion of the Dewese estate, close to the 
suburbs of Weston. 

Amos R, Dewese, bom August 24, 1865. He is 
unmarried and assists his eldest brother, William A., in 
the management of the home estate. 

Of the many pioneer couples whose names link the 
present advanced state of affairs in Wood county with 
its most primitive condition, none have taken a more 
active part in the progress made than Mr. and Mrs. 
Dewese ; and but few have been spared to such a ripe 
and healthful old age as this worthy pair, who still re- 
tain all their faculties, and evince that eager interest in 
passing events which they manifested in the vigor of 

The following account of their silver wedding is 
taken from a Toledo paper : 

" At an early hour last evening, November 7, 1878, 
the many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Dewese be- 
gan to gather at their elegant residence, about two miles 
north of Weston, until from seventy to ninety guests 
had assembled, to participate in the festivities of the 
occasion, and to congratulate the happy couple upon 
the joyful return of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their 
wedding day. 

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"After an hour and a-half spent in social greetings, 
friendly congratulations, and kindly expressed wishes 
of future happiness for the bride and groom, the com- 
pany assembled in the parlor, and Rev. M. L- Don- 
aney invoked the blessing of God, and in a neat and 
appropriate speech in behalf of the donors presented to 
them the many beautiful gifts of their friends, to which 
Mr. Dewese responded with a greatful acknowledg- 
ment. After some good music and singing, the com- 
pany gathered around the bountifully spread tables, and 
partook of a repast. 

" Honorable citizenship with financial independence 
has been the ambition of Mr. Dewese, and that this has 
been more than satisfied is easily learned in Wood 
county. There is no name in the county better known 
than his, nor is there a home more abundantly filled 
with the choicest products of the earth. The hospitality 
of the Dewese family is known far and near, and as 
agriculturists they are accepted authorities for miles 
around. Two of the sons live with their parents on the 
old homestead which is a palatial residence erected in 
1877. The harmony that exists in the family is re- 
markable, the interest of one is the interest of all, and 
although each of the sons has an individual property of 
his own the main estate is held in common. The sons 
of Mr. Dewese received only a common school educa- 
tion, as did their father, but the breadth and scope of 
their reading, and their original manner of thinking 
made them among the best informed people of Wood 
county. As samples of physical manhood, these men 
have certainly no equal in any one family in the county, 
the father having the frame of a giant, and the smallest 
of the sons weighing two hundred pounds. Mr. Dewese 

George J. Dewese 

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was formerly a Republican, but he says he watched the 
evils of protection as they gradually gained a hold upon 
the country to the detriment of the agricultural masses, 
and asserted his right to. think for himself, disavowed 
allegiance to the Republican party, and became a Demo- 
crat. Party organizations have tried to whip him back 
into the Republican ranks, but in vain, as he is firm in 
his belief that he is on the right side of the question." 

The following interesting story was told by the 
" Wood County Sentinel," May 23, 1878, and is repro- 
uced as a reminder of how things were done in an 
early day : 

"We met our old friend, Amos Dewese, whom 
nearly everybody knows as an honest, thrifty farmer, 
here one day last week, and started to lecture him a 
little for not cutting away the trees a little more, so 
passers-by on the railroad could get a little better view 
of his new house over northeast of Weston, and which, 
by the way, is as fine a house as one often sees on a 
farm in any country. His explanation only brought 
new questions, and new questions only involved Amos 
in more elaborate replies, until he told us when and for 
what he came to Wood county, why he did not go away, 
and how he managed to stay as long as he has, and 
especially how he managed to be so contented and pros- 
perous always, while many others are dissatisfied and 
always complaining of hard times. Mr. Dewese's ex- 
perience in starting has been similar to that of many 
other farmers of Wood county. There are many lessons 
in the experience of these men that may be turned to 
profit, and a chapter now and then telling of the ways, 
manners, customs, trials, hardships, failures and suc- 
cesses of the old folks who have reared the present gen- 

1 82 The Dewees Family. 

eration of boys and girls, young and middle-aged folks 
included, is we think, not amiss, but entirely proper, 
teaching us as they do lessons of self denial, courage, 
endurance and economy, all necessary adjuncts to suc- 
cess. Every person knows how much^ influence exam- 
ple exerts on all of us. If we see a wagon and horses 
pass across a muddy slough, or ford a river safely, we 
are encouraged to drive on and try it too. If they mire 
down, or go adrift, we are apt to turn back; We are all 
apt to gauge our ability to succeed by the measure of 
success some other person has met with in a like under- 
taking. *I tell you what,' said Mr. Dewese, 'We saw 
pretty rough times in Wood county, even as late as 
when I came, which was during the hard winter of 1842 
and 1843. ^^^ fi^s^ work I did was to chop and clear 
seven acres of timber land in Bloom township, for which 
I was to receive three dollars and a-half per acre, and 
took my pay in trade. I got no money. The price for 
making rails was twenty-five cents per hundred, taking 
the timber from the stump.' Mr. Dewese says that one 
day while working for Mr. Solether, Jonathan StuU who 
then owned land where Jerry City now stands, came 
along, carrying a two-bushel bag with about a peck of 
ear com in it. Mr. StuU was very much depressed in 
spirits. The sect of believers known as Millerites were 
at that time predicting the destruction of the world, and 
Mr. StuU said for his part it would not be an unwelcome 
event to him. Said he, 'all of my horses have starved 
to death, all my cattle have starved to death, and all my 
hogs, 265 in number, have starved to death, and my 
wife and ten children are at home hungry, and all in 
the world I have to give them is the little bit of com I 
can carry in this sack. Where the next morsel of food is 

The Dewees Family. 183 

to come from, or what is to keep us from following the 
fate of our poor starved animals, I know not,' Mr. 
Dewese says the snow was two feet deep that year in 
the woods in the middle of April, It was a hard winter, 
and those were times calculated to dishearten the bravest 
men, Amos says that he worked for Mr, Ed, Whit- 
aker, who afterwards moved away, and got $3.25 cash, 
which with fifty cents he got from James Bloom for work, 
in all $3.75, was all the money he received for his whole 
year's work, and he worked hard, too. He took trade 
of all sorts, sometimes a rifle or suit of second-hand 
clothes, a cow, or a steer. Almost' anything that was 
movable was counted currency in those days. About 
this time some old acquaintances moved into Milton 
township, and Amos went over there, and he and James 
Hutchinson took a contract to clear off sixty acres of 
timber on the tract of land in Henry township, since 
known as the Goit land, and part of which is now the 
home of J, J. Fay lor, Esq, The place was then called 
the Callihan place, 

" Callihan, who was from Washington county. Pa., 
was one of the builders of the old Perrysburg court 
house, after which he went out and bought land in 
Henry township, Dewese and Hutchinson were to re- 
ceive one hundred and twenty acres of land as payment 
for their work. Hutchinson afterwards worked for our 
townsman, Esquire Goit, for one year in Hancock 
county, and then went to Iowa, and became sheriff of 
the county where he located. Mr. Dewese says that 
while on this work the family where he made his home 
had to draw water four miles on a wooden sled for home 
use. They dipped it up from a sort of old well or sink- 
hole, which was covered with a thick green scum and 

184 The Dewees Family. 

literally alive with frogs which occasionally they would 
throw out. It was a time of drought, and all the 
wells had gone dry. As a natural consequence the 
whole family fell sick, and Amos had to take care of 
them and do the housework and washing. He took the 
clothing on a sled with a kettle and soap, and went to 
the old water hole, did the washing, dried the clothes, 
and then drove home. This was the way he earned his 
first piece of land which was worth $1.25 an acre. After- 
wards, Amos bought the John Lewis place, at Milton 
Centre, for $485, eighty acres. He got work whenever 
he could find it, and one fall he with another man cut 
525 tons of prairie hay on the Wadsworth prairie for 
John McMahan, who was feeding a large drove of cattle, 
brought from the East by his brother Robert, now of 
Portage. Amos says he killed sixteen massasaugas in 
one day while he was on the job, and it did not seem a 
special good day for snakes either. He got disgusted 
with Wood county and the Lewis place, and after clear- 
ing a good sized field and setting an orchard of apple 
trees, he sold it for $250. It was about this time his 
father, who had a land warrant for services in the war 
of 181 2, arrived in quest of government land, and with 
Mr. Alvin Clark and another man to show them, they 
took a look at the vacant land in the east part of Wes- 
ton township. The old gentleman found land to suit 
him and bought, and afterwards persuaded Amos to in- 
vest his money in land adjoining. 

"It has been said that marriage is a sort of lottery. 
If this be true, Mr. Dewese's case is probably not an ex- 
ception. Amos was something of a deer hunter, and one 
day, sometime after he had located on his new purchase, 
while he was. out hunting, he accidentally blew the tube 

The Dewees Family. 185 

out of his rifle and went to a German gun and watch 
mender named Kock, who now lives in Toledo, to get a 
new tube fitted, and it was here he met Miss Green. 
Miss Green was one of a family of six or seven brothers 
and sisters of Scotch parentage, who settled in the west 
part of Plain township — a family of industrious, frugal, 
upright, thrifty people, who have contributed largely 
toward the development of the county under the 
most adverse circumstances. The marriage proved a 
happy one in its influences on both the contracting par- 
ties. Amos became more fixed and contented in his 
future home, and from a wild eighty acre tract of land 
he has added to and improved until he has now one hun- 
dred and ninety acres of land, mostly imdcr a high 
state of cultivation. From a humble cabin of uncom- 
fortably narrow limits, they have a fine large - house of 
modern architecture and inner arrangements. Instead 
of a scanty supply of wild fruit they, used to = gather in 
the wild plum thickets and huckleberry ridges, they now 
have one of the finest orchards of choice fruit in . the 
whole Maumee Valley, and Amos Dewese's apples and 
pears have drawn premiums when the whole state was 
competing for the prize. But we shall not for all these 
later successes in Amos' experience, award alL the credit 
to himself, not by any means. He had a patient, faith- 
ful, persevering assistant in all he undertook. The 
tidy, well kept house, the healthy, well trained, beauti- 
ful children, the kitchen, garden, the flowers and shrubs, 
as well as the handsome rolls of fine butter that would 
always bring a little higher price in the market than 
anybody's else — all these things have contributed to the 
profits of that farm and to the happiness and content- 
ment of the family,^ and if we were called . upon to-day 

1 86 The Dewees Family. 

to make a division of their property, worth say $20,000, 
we would first deduct $200, the price of the original 
eighty acres of land which Amos owned before he met 
the Scotch girl at the gunsmith's, and then we would 
divide the balance equally between them, and if Amos 
found any fault, it would be because he had not given 
his wife enough. * But,' said Mr. D., * After all the up- 
hill times I had, I must say that poverty is sometimes 
a blessing to a young man. If I had had plenty of 
money I would have been as apt perhaps to have spent 
it, and in doing so might have contracted fast habits 
and given way to an inclination to habits of ease and 
idleness. You see when I had only $3.75 cash in the 
whole year, I had not much to spare for cigars, whisky, 
billiards, theatres and the like.' Poverty is not entire- 
ly a misfortune to a young man. But, as we have said 
at the outset, this is only a similar experience to that of 
many, in fact the majority of the older residents of the 
county. It is a hard and not an enviable or desirable 
way to commence in the world. Still these experiences 
of the old folks prove that with * clear grit ' as Davy 
Crocket used to say, and industry, a man can overcome 
almost any obstacle, and above all that we should never 
become discouraged." 

Uriah Dewese. 

Uriah Dewese, farmer, was born near Mt. Cory, 
Hancock county, Ohio, March 18, 1844. He was the son 
of Samuel and Ann (Switzer) Dewese. He removed 
with his parents to Weston, Wood county, Ohio, March 
II, 1852. On June 19, 1863, he enlisted for a term of 
six months in Co. F, 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as 
sergeant. He was honorably discharged as sergeant 

The Dewees Family. 187 

February 19, 1864, having served eight months. He 
re-enlisted as sergeant on May 2, 1864,. in Co. I, 144th 
Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded and taken 
prisoner July 9, 1864, at Monocacy Junction, Maryland. 
He escaped, and again joined his company, and was 
honorably discharged, September 8, 1864. He married, 
March 2, 1865, Huldah J. Leonard, who was bom Octo- 
ber 6, 1845, ^^^ ^i^d ^t Weston, Ohio, December 13, 
1869. He married, (second wife), December 25, 1872, 
Mary Jane Heath, who was born February 3, 1853. 

Chauncey, another son of Samuel Dewese, and 
brother of Uriah, was bom in Seneca county, Ohio, 
November 18, 1848. He enlisted. May 2, 1864, in Co. 
I, 144th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was taken pris- 
oner July 9, 1864, at Monocacy Junction, Maryland, and 
died at Danville prison, November 6, 1864, at the age 
of fifteen years, eleven months and eighteen days. 

John Hughes Dewees. 

John Hughes Dewees, was bom February 26, 1831, 
at Trappe, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. He was 
educated at the boarding school of Rev. Henry S. Rod- 
enbough in Trappe, and ended his school days with 
Rev. Samuel Aaron, at Norristown. He chose the pro- 
fession of civil engineer, assisting in the survey of the* 
Chester Valley R. R., and the Philadelphia & Sunbury 
R. R., after which he located in Shamokin as a mining 
engineer, and became agent for several railroad com- 
panies. He became interested in the mining of coal at the 
Lambert, Excelsior and other collieries. After going 
out of the coal business, he took up the profession of 
geology, being apppointed to a position under Professor 
Leslie, of the State Geological Survey,, where he rend- 

1 88 The Dewees Family. 

ered good service to the State* He died in North Caro- 
lina, 12, 7, 1883. 

Francis Percival Dewees. 

Francis Percival Dewees was bom December 21, 
1837, in Pottsville, Schuylkill county. He attended 
school at Trappe, and also the public schools of Phila- 
delphia, and, later, he was sent to the Academy at Nor- 
ristown. He entered Marshall College, Mercersburg, 
Pa., when between sixteen and seventeen years of age. 
In 1850, he went to Union College, Schenectady, New 
York, and graduated with credit in 1853. He taught in 
the public schools of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, during 
the winter of 1853-4. He studied law under the in- 
struction of Hon. B. Markley Boyer, of Norristown. 
He went to Pottsville in the Spring of 1855, where he 
entered the office of his uncle, Hon, Francis W. Hughes, 
and was admitted to the bar in Schuylkill county, 
Pennsylvania, in 1855. ^^ 1861, he enlisted as a pri- 
vate in the Washington Artillerists, first defenders, and 
was one of that distinguished body of men who were 
first to arrive at the National Capital. He returned 
home when his term of enlistment expired in July, 
1 86 1. He removed with his family to Kentucky in 1868, 
where he was engaged in making charcoal iron at Bel- 
mont and Nelson furnaces, first as managing partner of 
F. P. Dewees & Co., and afterwards as president of the 
Belmont and Nelson Iron Co. In 1871, he returned to 
Pottsville, and resumed the practice of law. In 1875, 
he wrote the "MoUie Maguires," published by J. B. 
Lippincott & Co. In 1885, ^^ received the appoint- 
ment of Assistant Attorney-General under Attorney- 
General Garland* 


The descendants of Lewis Deweese. 

First Generation. 
Children of Lewis Deweese and wife. 

1. William, b. 1707, d. 1761, m. Sarah 

2. Comelins, d. 1791, m. Esther Draper. 

3. Samuel, d. 1753, m. Mary . 

4. Hezekiah, d. 1759, m. Mary . 

Second Generation. 

Children of No. i. 
William and Sarah Deweese. 

5. Mary. 

6. John. 

7. Sarah. 

8. Nancy. 

9. William. 

10. Matthew. 

11. Rachel. 

12. Elijah. 

13. Daniel, m. Jerusha , 

Children of No, 2. 
Cornelius and Esther (Draper) Deweese. 

14. Cornelius, d. 10, — , 1799, m. Elizabeth Draper. 

I go The Dewees Family. 

15. David, b. 11, 30, 1750, d. 10, 1799, m. Elizabeth 


1 6. Esther, m. Avery Draper. 

17. Jonathan, m. Rachel Beswick. 

18. Sarah, m. Elijah Mnncy. 

Children of No. 3. 
Samuel and Mary Deweese. 

19. Joshua, b. 1742, m. ist, Elizabeth Bowman; m. 2d, 

Hannah Birch ; m. 3d, Elizabeth New. 

20. David. 

Third Generation. 

Children of No. 9. 
William Deweese and wife. 

21. John. 

22. Garrett, b. about 1773, d. 12, — , 1839, m. 


23. William, b. 3, 17, 1794, d. 10, 14, 1837, m. ist, Lacy 

Littrel ; m. 2d, Anna Wilson. 

Children of No. 10. 
Matthew Deweese and wife, 

24. Cornelius. 

25. Lewis. 

26. Matthew. 

Children of No. 14. 

Cornelius and Elizabeth (Draper) Deweese. 

27. Cornelius, d. 10, 9, 1839, ^- Richie Shepherd. 

28. Thirza, m. William Bowman. 
29- Sarah, m. Nathan Tribbit. 

30. Mahala, b. 7, — , 1782, d. 12, 11, 1865, m. Hezekiah 


31. Nehemiah. 

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32. Draper Alexander, d. 10, 1826, m. Mary Thompson. 

Children of No. 15, 
David and Elizabeth Deweese. 

33. Spencer, b, i, 8, 1781, d. 2, 28, 1834, m. Mary Ann 


34. Hester, b. 2, 5, 1782, m. Graham. 

35. David, b. i, 23, 1783, d. 5, 25, 1827. 

36. Jesse, b. 12, 13, 1786, d. 10, 28, 1829. 

37. Letitia, b. 9, 17, 1788, m. Graham. 

38. Nancy Ann, b. 10, 8, 1794. 

Children of No. 16. 
Avery and Esther (Deweese) Draper. 

39. Avery, m. ist, Mary ; 2d, Sarah . 

40. Mary, m. Thomas Bowman. 

41. Henry, m. Mary . 

42. John, d. 1807. 

43. Elizabeth, m. John Scont. 

Children of No. 17. 
Jonathan and Rachel (Beswick) Deweese. 

44. Samuel, m. ist, Rachel Williams; 2d, Mary Curtis. 

45. John. 

45. Elizabeth. 

Children of No. 19. 
Joshua Deweese and 3d wife, Elizabeth New. 

47. Anna. 

48. Thomas, these two married into the Brandel and 

Spencer families. 

49. Lewis, m. Mary McKelvey. 

50. Samuel, m. Sarah McDougal. 

51. William. 

52. James. 

53. Jethro. 

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54. Joshua, m. Mary Lloyd. 

55. Elizabeth, 

56. Mary. 

Children of No. 20. 

David Deweese and wife. 

57. Elisha. 

58. Samuel. 

59. Matthew. 

60. Cornelius, m. Elizabeth Walker. 

61. Jonathan. 

Fourth Generation. 

Children of No. 22. 

Garrett and (Palmer) Deweese. 

62. Henry, b. 2, 11, 1800, d. 3, 18, 1895, m. Betsey 


63. Polly, m. Robert Roberts. 

64. Nancy, m. Alfred Roberts. 

65. Edmund, m. Stacy Anderson. 

66. Levi. 

67. William Buck, m. Sallie Davis. 

68. Humphrey. 

Children of No. 23. 

William Deweese and ist wife, Lacy Littrel. 

69. Thomas, b. 4, 25, 1816, d. 6, 2, 1889, m. ist, 7, 21, 

1837, Margaret Favorite ; m. 2d, 7, 12, 1868, Aman- 
da Dickey. 

70. John, b. 1818, d. 1859. 

71. Gordon, b. 1820, d. 1850. 

72. Cathiline, b. 1823, ^- Nelson Gemp. 

73. Polly, b. 1826, m. Jerry Reese. 

74. Stacy, b. 1830, m. Jerry Favorite. 

The Dewees Family, 193 

William Deweese and 2d wife, Anna Wilson. 

75. Hannah, b. 1834. 

76. William, b. 1837. 

Children of No. 26. 
Matthew Deweese and wife. 

77. Cornelius, b. 1809, d. 1896, m. Hannah Gershon. 

78. Kenneth, m. Deborah Sherwood. 

79. Reuben. 

80. Elizabeth, m. — Blanchard. 

Children of No. 27. 
Cornelius and Richie (Shepherd) Deweese. 

81. Nehemiah, d. 2, i, 1848. 

82. Ann Jenkins, b. 10, — , 181 2, d. 10, 16, 1884, m. 12, 

1834, James Fortner. 

Children of No. 28. 
William and Thirza (Deweese) Bowman. 

83. William. 

84. Sarah. 

85. Mary. 

86. Nancy. 

87. Curtis. 

Child of No. 29. 
Nathan and Sarah (Deweese) Tribbit. 

88. Aaron. 

Children of No. 30. 
Hezekiah and Mahala Deweese. 

89. Isaac, went to Tennessee. 

90. Rachel, died young. 

91. Mary. 

92. Ann. 

93. Thirza, m. Bietzel. 

94. Sarah. 

194 The Dewees Family. 

95. Elizabeth. 

96. Alexander Draper, b. 10, 23, 182 1, d. 12, 28, 1897, 
m. Julia Griffith, d. 3, 13, 1902. 

Children of No. 32. 
Draper Alexander and Mary (Thompson) Deweese. 

97. Henry, b. 1812. 

98. Ann, b. 1814, d. 1823. 

99. Rachel Ann, b. 1816, d.1851, m. 3, — , 1838, George 
H. Parker. 

100. Elizabeth, b. 8, 15, 1818, d. 5, 28, 1899, m. J. Tinley. 
loi. Sarah Ann, b. 1820, d. 3, 26, 1896, m. ist, Joshua 
B. Raughley; m. 2d, Thomas H. Draper. 

102. Cornelius, b. 1822, d. 11, 15, 1851, m. Sarah C. 

103. William Henry, b. 1824, d- 9? 20, 1887, ^- ^^t, Sar- 
ah Draper; m. 2d, Hester Ann Raughley, nee Smith; 
m. 3d, Isabella Tinley, widow, nee Dunn. 

104. Draper Alexander, b. 2, 23, 1826, d. 9, 3, 1902, m. 
Lydia Pearson. 

Children of No. 39. 
Avery and Mary Draper. 

105. Nehemiah, m. Eunice Stokley. 

106. Christiana. 

107. Thomas. 

Children of No. 44. 
Samuel Deweese and ist wife, Rachel Williams. 

108. Elizabeth, m. William Roe. 

109. William, m. Elizabeth Williams. 

Children of No. 49. 
Lewis and Mary (McKelvey) Deweese. 
no. Thomas. 
III. Lewis. 

Draper A. Dewees 

Sarah A. (Dewees) Draper 

The Dewees Family. 195 

112. William. 

113. Samuel. 

114. John. 

115. James, d. i, — , 1876, m. Rebecca Blue. 

116. David. 

117. Jethro. 

118. Anna. 

Children of No. 50. 
Samuel and Sarah (McDougal) Deweese. 

119. Joshua, b. 1796, d. 5, 4, 1861, m. Mary Gerhard. 

120. John. 

121. Samuel. 

122. Betty. 

123. Catherine. 

124. Margaret. 

125. Mary. 

126. Anna. 

127. Sallie. 

Children of No. 54. 
Joshua and Mary (Lloyd) Deweese. 

128. Samuel McDougal, b. 8, 19, 1819, d, 1858., m. 
Rachel Cornell. 

129. Joseph. 

130. Joshua. 

131. James. 

132. Henry. 

133. Mary. 

134. Sarah. 

135. Martha. 

136. Washington. 

Children of No. 60. 
Cornelius and Elizabeth (Walker) Deweese. 

196 The Dewees Family. 

137. James Madison, b. 8, 15, 1815, m. 11, 21, 1833, Ann 

138. John. 

139. Nimrod, b. 8, 24, 1801, d. 3, 4, 1866, m. ist, 1821, 
Elizabeth Murphy; m. 2d, 1837, Eliza Curie; m. 
3d, 7, 16, 1848, Mary Jane Talbot. 

140. Cornelius. 

141. George. 

142. Lucinda, m. John Codington. 

143. Mary, m. Jonathan Tussey. 

144. Rachel, m. Alexander Davidson. 

145. Elizabeth, m. ist, William Davidson; 2d, 


Fifth Generation. 

Children of No. 62. 
Henry and Betsey (Wilds) Deweese. 

146. Polly, b. 10, 9, 1820, d. 1862, m. John Davis. 

147. Edmund A., b. 11, 8, 1822, m. Caroline Lovingood. 

148. Louisa, b. 12, — , 1824, ^« John E. Davis. 

149. Caroline, b. 1826, m. Edward Wilson. 

150. Emeline, b. 12, i, 1828, m. John Shope. 

151. Garrett, b. 1830, m. Elizabeth Wilson. 

152. John J., b. 1832, died during the siege of Knox- 
ville, Tennessee. 

153. Hettie Ann, b. 1838, m. Thomas Wilson. 

154. Julius, b. 1844, m. Ann Drenan. 

Children of No. 69. 
Thomas Deweese and ist wife, Margaret Favorite. 

155. George W., b. 1842, m. Lucinda Matthews. 

156. Mary L., b. 1844, m. Hartley Bewley. 

157. Lacy Ann, b. 1847, ^* Reuben Ford. 

158. Sarah Catharine, b. 1849, ^- Samuel Leafley. 

The Dewees Family. 197 

159. Margaret M., b. 1852, d. 1853. 

160. Alice Jane, b. 1855, m. Michael Dempsey. 

161. William Dallas, b. 1857, m. ist, Elizabeth Ann 
Shearer; m. 2d, Luella Arbogast. 

162. Charles Gordon, b. 1862, m. Anna Youret. 
Thomas Deweese and 2d wife, Amanda Dickey. 

163. Nettie May, b. 1871, m, M. Youret. 

Children of No. 77. 
Cornelius and Hannah (Gershon) Deweese. 

164. Cornelius, b. 7, 23, 1837, m. 6, 13, 1871, Jennie E. 

165. James. 

166. Jennie, m. Rev. Mr. Fitch, of Winchester, Ken- 

167. , a daughter who married Samuel Hitt, of St. 

Joe, Mo. 

Children of No. 78. 
Kenneth and Deborah (Sherwood) Deweese. 

168. John T. 

169. George Percy, b. i, i, 1837, m. 8, — > 1870, Ann 
M. Lang. 

Children of No. 82. 
James and Ann Jenkins (Deweese) Fortner. 

170. Charles A., b. 9, 27, 1835, d- 8, 15, 1837. 

171. Richie E., b. i, 17, 1837. 

172. James T., b. 8, 30, 1839. 

173. Cornelia A., b. 5, 17, 1844, m. 7, 11, 1861, James 

Children of No. 96. 
Alexander Draper and Julia (Griffith) Deweese. 

174. John Winfield, b. 8, 23, 1847. 

175. Isaac Spencer. 

198 The Dewees Family. 

176. Mary Elizabeth. 

177. Annie, m. Shoebrook. 

178. George Franklin. 

179. William Henry. 

180. Layton Draper, b. 6, 15, 1867, m. Ellen Brown. 

Children of No. 99. 
George H. and Rachel Ann (Deweese) Parker. 

181. Thomas, b. 11, — , 1838, died young. 

182. Harriet Belle, b. 6, 4, 1842, d. 7, 5, 1902, m. 9, 14, 
1865, Philip E. La Munyan. 

183. John, b. 1845, d, 1848. 

Children of No. 100. 
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Deweese) Tinley. 

184. Sarah Elizabeth, b. i, 25, 1839, m. Avery Draper. 

185. Mary Ann, b. 5, 4, 1841. 

186. Draper Deweese, b. 11, 6, 1842, m. Frank Mans- 

187. Mary Etta, b. 11, 6, 1842, m. 2, 3, 1867, George 

188. Rachel Ann, b. 10, 31, 1844, m. 5, 10, 1876, Wil- 
liam Vasey. 

189. Regina, b. 3, 8, 1846. 

190. Lydia, b. 2, 10, 1848, d. 7, 20, 1889, m. Jefferson 

191. Patience, b. 10, 13, 1850, m. 4, 14, 1872, Richard 
M. Johnson. 

192. Martine, b. 12, 14, 1852, m. George E. Ford. 

193. Cornelia, b. 9, 18, 1854, died yonng. 

194. Vermadella, b. 1856. 

195. Jonathan, b. 1858. 

Children of No. loi. 
Sarah Ann Deweese and ist husband, J. B. Raughley. 

Jonathan Tin ley 

Thomas Henbv Drapek 

The Dewees Family. 199 

196. Joshua Burton, b. 8, 8, 1847, ^- Annie Maria 

Sarah Ann Deweese and 2d husband, Thomas H. 


197. Cornelius, died young. 

198. Thomas Henry, b. 2, 8, 1854. 

199. Eunice, b. 8, 12, 1856. 

200. Laura, b. 1858. 

201. Lena, b. 1861, m. John Edward Grewell. 

202. Sarah Ann, m. John Raughley. 

203. Anna, m. Wesley Smith. 

Children of No. 102. 
Cornelius and Sarah Catharine (Townsend) 


204. Ann Swiggett, b. 3, 10, 1847, d. 1871, m. Ebenezer 

205. Cornelia, died, aged two years. 

Children of No. 103. 
William Henry Deweese and ist wife, Sarah Draper. 

206. Mary Eliza, b. 1849. 

207. Draper A., b. 1855, d- 2, — , 1875. 

208. William, d. 1862. 

209. Nehemiah, d. 1862. 

210. Cornelius, d. 1862. 

211. Annie, d. 1862. 

William Henry Deweese and 2d wife, Hester Ann 


212. Sarah Eleva. 

213. Lillie. 

214. Elizabeth, m. John T. Carter. 

215. William Henry, m. Natalie Owen. 

216. Ella Saulsbury, b. 11, — , 1872, d. 3,6, 1897. 

200 The Dewees Family. 

217. Cornelius. 

218. Infant, died soon after birth. 

Children of No. 104. 
Draper Alexander and Lydia (Pearson) Deweese. 

219. William A., b. 2, 17, 1854. 

220. Alonzo, b. 6, 8, 1856. 

Children of No. 105. 
Nehemiah and Eunice (Stokley) Draper. 

221. Thomas Henry, d. 10, 2, 1886, m. Sarah Ann 
Raughley, nee Dewees. 

222. Sarah, m. William Henry Deweese. 

223. Mary Jane, m. Benedict Gildersleeve. 

224. Avery, m. Sarah E. Tinley. 

Children of No. 109. 
William and Elizabeth (Williams) Deweese. 

225. Samuel, b. 12, 2, 1816, d. 11, 10, 1875, ^- ^j 7? 
1867, Margaret H. Williams. 

226. William Curtis, b. 9, 18, 1818, d. 8, — , 1896, m. 
Mary Ann Massey. 

227. Henry, b. 11, 10, 1820, d. 10, 21, 1821. 

228. Thomas Henry, b. 9, 9, 1822, m. 5, 20, 1845, Mary 
Ann Furlow. 

229. Mary Ann, b. 12, 10, 1824, d. 7, 22, 1877, m. Capt. 
James Greer. 

230. James, b. 8, 12, 1827, ^- ^^) 7) 1828. 

231. Maria Walton, b. 2, 18, 1829, d- 8, 20, 1830. 

232. John Wesley, b. 8, 16, 1831, d. 10, 26, 1833. 

Children of No. 115. 
James and Rebecca (Blue) Deweese. 

233. Nancy. 

234. George W. 

235. Jonathan McKelvey. 

William H. Dewees 

The Dewees Family. 201 

236. Mary. 

237. Rhoda. 

238. Oliver C. 

239. Francis Marion, b. 7, i, 1841, m. 4, 4, 1871, Olive 
E. Mosher. 

240. James R. 

241. Newton C. 

242. Zachary Taylor. 

243. Landow L. 

244. Susanna Olive. 

Children of No, 119. 

Joshua and Mary (Gerard) Deweese. 

245. Samuel, b. 7, 19, 1818. 

246. Martha, b. 2, i, 1821. 

247. Sallie, b. 4, 27, 1822, d. 1898. 

248. Catharine, b. 2, 16, 1824, d. 1896. 

249. Henry, b. i, 8, 1826. 

250. George Washington, b. i, i, 1828. 

251. Rachel H., b. 1829. 

252. John B., b. 2, 19, 1831. 

253. Joshua H., b. 9, i, 1832. 

254. Joseph R., b. 1834, d. 3, 12, 1899, ^- Nannie Arm- 

255. Margaret, b. 7, 14, 1836, d. 8, 31, 1839. 

256. Thomas W., b. 7, 5, 1839. 

257. Mary Ann, d. 185-. 

258. James Watts, b. 11, 9, 1842, d. 1861. 

Children of No. 128. 

Samuel McDougal and Rachel (Cornell) Deweese. 

259. M. L. 

260. A. E. 

261. A. C. 

202 The Dewees Family. 

262. Edmund Cortland, b. i, i, 1851, m. Mary Jane 

263. T. A. 

264. Eva. 

265. Minnie. 

Children of No. 137. 

James Madison and Ann (Wine) Deweese. 

266. Elizabeth, b. 11, 10, 1834. 

267. Mary, b. 5, — , 1836. 

268. George, b. 5, — , 1838, d..i846. 

269. Benjamin F., b. 11, — , 1839, d. 11, — , 1862. 

270. Eliza, b. 3, — , 1841, d. 1873. 

271. Joel W., b. 9, 10, 1843, ^- Rebecca Ryan, 

272. Lucinda, b. 3, 10, 1848. 

273. Ellen, b. 8, — , 1850. 

274. Jasper^ b. 10, 1852. 

275. Wilson, b. 1855, d. 6, — , 1858. 

276. Homer, b. 6, — , 1858. 

Children of No. 139. 

Nimrod Deweese and ist wife, Elizabeth Murphy. 

277. William M., b. 1822, d. 1893, m. ist, 1841, Jane 
Henderson; m. 2d, 1846, Caroline Henderson; m. 
3d, 1857, Elizabeth Bridewell. 

278. Cornelius, b. 1824, ^- Mary Powell. 

279. Mary Ann, b. 1827, ^- John T. Alexander. 

280. John, b. 1829, d. 1830. 

281. Elizabeth, J., m. Robert T. Osbom. 

282. Benjamin F., b. 1832, d. 1833. 

283. Lafayette, b. 1834, d. 1861, m. Georgia Smith. 

284. James Palmer, b. 1837, ^* J^^iiie Trumble. 
Nimrod Deweese and 2d wife, Eliza (Curie) Deweese. 

285. Laura Frances, b. 1838, d. 1839. 

The Dewees Family. 203 

286. Samuel Sanders, b. 1839, d- 1896, m, Harriet B. 

287. Sarah Ellen, b. 1842, d. 1853. 

288. Nimrod, Jr., b. 1844, d. 1847. 

Nimrod Deweese and 3d wife, Mary Jane Talbot. 

289. Martha Louisiana, b. 1849, ^- Charles W. Keiser. 


Children of No. 147. 
Edmund Alexander and Caroline (Lovingood) 


290. Henry, b. 11, i, 1843, killed in battle of Knoxville, 

291. Drury Weeks, b. 11,30, 1845, °^* ^^t, 3, 2, i87i,Lula 
C. Davis; m. 2d, 3, 2, 1887, May Eugene Hubbard. 

292. Sarah Jane. 

293. Elizabeth. 

294. James C. 

295. Catharine. 

296. Luella. 

297. Alice. 

Children of No. 156. 

Hartley and Mary L. (Deweese) Bewley. 

298. Charles, b. 1865. 

299. Hattie V., b. 1869. 

300. Eugene, b. 1875, d. 1876. 

301. Carrie E., b. 1877. 

Children of No. 158. 
Samuel and Sarah Catharine (Deweese) Leafly. 

302. Gracie Leutia, b. 9, 20, 1872, m. 5, 11, 1898, Hun- 
ter Glaice. 

303. Arthur Raymond, b. 3, 15, 1881. 

204 The Dewees Family. 

Children of No. i6i. 

William Dallas Deweese and ist wife, Elizabeth 

Ann Shearer. 

304. Estella, b. 2, 28, 1880, d. 6, 8, 1884. 

305. Bernard D., b, 3, 26, 1882. 

306. Howard T. H., b. 11, 20, 1885. 

307. Hazel D., b. 10, 23, 1888. 

William Dallas Deweese and 2d wife, Luella Arbogast. 

308. Blanch, b. 3, 31, 1892. 

Children of No. 164. 
Cornelius and Jennie E. (Welch) Deweese. 

309. Arthur Allen, b. 3, 15, 1872. 

310. Lessie, b. 10, 6, 1882. 

Children of No. 169. 
George Percy and Ann M. (Lang) Deweese. 

311. George Willard, b. 5, 26, 1857, d. 2, — , 1890. 

312. Kenneth McCoy, b. i, 20, 1859, ^- Mary B. Ack- 

Children of No. 171. 
Thomas H. and Richie Elmira (Fortner) Shockley. 

313. Thomas J., b. 12, 4, i860, d. 8, 2, i86i. 

314. William E., b. 3, 9, 1862, m. ist, 1884, Lizzie B. 
Sylvester; m. 2d, 1888, Mary M. Gotwall. 

315. Hannah J., b. 7, 28, 1863, m. 1891, Frank Roe. 

316. Lincoln, b. 4, 2, 1865, d. 10, 28, 1867. 

317. Thomas H., b. i, 12, 1867, m. 1892, MoUie E. 

318. Frank D., b. 3. 14, 1869, d. 9, 17, 1893. 

319. James F., b. i, 18, 1871, m. 1894, Susan E. Lord. 

320. Anna M., b. 2, 27, 1876. 

Children of No. 173. 
James and Cornelia Ann (Fortner) Jester. 

The Dewees Family, 205 

321. Anna L., b. 11, 10, 1862, d. 8, 5, 1863. 

322. Robert M., b. 3, 6, 1864, d. 7, 18, 1864. 

323. Anna D., b. 7, 3, 1865, d, 2, 28, 1866. 

324. Thomas R., b. 2, 5, 1866, d. 2, 27, 1869* 

325. Ella S., b. 7, 29, 1867. 

326. Charles F., b. 7, 16, 1871. 

Children of No. 177. 
George W. and Annie (Deweese) Shoebrook. 

327. George Washington. 

328. William. 

329. Julia Deweese. 

330. James, d. 1897. 

331. Walter. 

Children of No. 180. 
Layton Draper and Ellen (Brown) Deweese. 

332. Edwin I^ayton, b. 4, 4, 1892. 

333. Aura Tilden, b. 11, 10, 1894. 

334. Ella May, b. 11, 25, 1900. 

Child of No. 182. 
Philip E. and Harriet Belle (Parker) La Munyan.. 

335. Annie Belle, b. i, 22, 1873, m. 11, i, 1903, Thomas 
W. Murray. 

Children of No. 184. 
Avery and Sarah Elizabeth (Tinley) Draper. 

336. Ina D., b. 4, i, i860, m. i, 17, 1880, John C. Free- 

337. Elizabeth, m. Saulsbury M. Ennis. 

338. Nehemiah, m. Mary E. Jackson. 

339. Delia T., m. 4, 14, 1898, Rev. Harry Taylor. 

Child of No. 186. 
Draper Deweese and Frank (Mansfield) Tinley. 

340. Bessie. 

2o6 The Dewees Family, 

Children of No. 187. 
George and Mary Etta (Tinley) Graham. 

341. Edgar Draper, b. 12, 19, 1869, m. 2, 27, 1900^ 
Charlotte Howard. 

342. Pearlie Cress, b. 6, 5, 1872. 

343. Jonathan Tinley, b. i, 9, 1880. 

Children of No. 188. 
William R. and Rachel Ann (Tinley) Vasey. 

344. Viola, b. 9, 25, 1878, d. 6, .18, 1884. 

345. William Tinley, b. 8, 3, 1881. 

346. Fanny Raza, b. 2, 19, 1887. 

Children of No. 190. 
Jefferson and Lydia (Tinley) Kenney. 

347. Arthur J. 

348. Infant, died young. 

Children of No. i9r. 
Richard M. and Patience (Tinley) Johnson. 

349. Erminnie, b. 12, 21, 1872, m. Frazer Jones. 

350. Willie Richard, b. 5, 7, 1874. 

351. Martha, b. 10, 17, 1876. 

352. Elizabeth May, b. 11, 2, 1887. 

353. Tinley Deweese, b. 3, 12, 1889, d. 7, 22, 1889. 

Children of No. 192. 
George E. and Martine (Tinley) Ford. 

354. Moses K., b. 10, 20, 1879. 

355. Bessie T., b. 2, 13, 1886. 

356. Tinley H., b. 3, 15, 1891. 

Children of No. 196. 
Joshua Burton and Annie Maria Raughley. 

357. James Harry, b. 10, 2, 1870. 

358. Robert Emmet Lee, b. 10, 29, 1872. 

359. Mary Emma, b. 10, 24, 1874. 

The Dewees Family. 207 

360. Peter Selden, b. 12, 8, 1876. 

361. Ernest B., b. 11, *— , 1878. 

362. Hester Lilly, b. 5, — , 1880. 

363. Alfred, b. i, 25, 1881. 

364. George Elmer, b. 6, 10, 1883 

365. Winnie, b. 1889. 

366. William Clifford, b. 5, 5, 1892. 

For children of No. 221, see children of No. 10 1. 

For children of No. 222, see children of No. 103. 

For children of No. 224, see children of No. 184. 

Children of No. 225. 
Samuel and Margaret H. (Williams) Deweese. 

367. Annie Elizabeth, b. 10, 23, 1868, m. Byron G. 

368. Samuel Curtis, b. 5, 29, 1870. 

369. Mary Emma, b. 10, 12, 1871, m. John B. Merritt. 

370. Rachel Catharine, b. 4, 4, 1874, m. Joseph N. Fol- 

371. Samuel George, b. 2, 6, 1876, d. 9, 18, 1894. 

Children of No. 228. 
Thomas Henry and Mary Ann (Furlow) Deweese. 

372. Arthur, b. 2, 23, 1846, d. i, 10, 1849. 

373. Mary Elizabeth, b. 5, 2, 1848, d. i, 13, 1849. 

374. Emma, b. 5, 17, 1849, m. 10, 28, 1875, E. Pumell. 

375. Laura, b. 2, 6, 1852. 

376. Sarah, b. 12, 8, 1853* 

377. Hulda B., b. 12, 31, 1855, ^- 3j 29, 1877, A. N. 

378. William McCall, b. 10, 15, 1857, m. 12, 24, 1882, 
Katie Fortier. 

379. Thomas Curtis, b. 12, 23, 1859, m. 6, 19, 1889, 
Annie Kinkead. 

2o8 The Dewees Family, 

380. Samuel Furlow, b. 3, 26, 1862, m. i, 28, 1892, Nat- 
tie . 

381. Frankie, b. 7, 20, 1865, d. 9, 26, 1866. 

382. Wesley Walton, b. 9, 26, 1867. 

Cliildren of No. 239. 
Francis Marion and Olive H. (Mosher) Deweese. 

383. F. Earl, b. i, i, 1874. 

384. Katherine Mary, b. 9, 24, 1880. 

Cliildren of No. 254. 
Joseph R. and Nannie (Armstrong) Deweese. 

385. Truman Armstrong, b. 6, 19, i860, m. 2, 26, 1890, 
Carrie Anna Wade. 

386. James Watts, b. 10, — , 1863. 

387. Laura Fidele, b. 2, 20, 1865, m. Laurence C. Gates. 

Child of No. 262. 
Edmund Cortland and Mary Jane (O'Halloran) 


388. Gloria, b. 6, 16, 1886. 

Cliildren of No. 271. 
Joel W. and Rebecca (Ryan) Deweese. 

389. Wilford A., b. 11, 16, 1870. 

390. Lena, b. 7, 16, 1872. 

391. Frederick M., b. 9, 17, 1879. 

392. Julia, b. 10, 30, 1883. 


Children of No. 291. 
Drury Weeks Deweese and ist wife, Lula C. Davis. 

393. Noah Z., b. 12, 28, 1872. 

394. John, b. 8, 10, 1874, d. 9, 15, 1885. 

395. Belle, b, 7, 22, 1878. 

396. J. A. GariSeld, b. 11, 28, 1880. 

The Dewees Family. 209 

397. Jacob, b. 8, 20, 1882. 

Drury W. Deweese and 2d wife, May Eugene Hubbard. 

398. Lillie, b. 11, 21, 1889. 

399. Pauline, b. 5, 24, 1890. 

4CX). Lewis Hubbard, b. 10, 17, 1892. 
401. Caroline, b, 8, 26, 1894. 
492. Ruth, b. I, 26, 1897. 

Children of No. 312. 
Kenneth McCoy and Mary B. (Ackerman) Deweese. 

403. Nellie Ruth, b. 11, 19, 1884, d- 4) 3? 1887. 

404. Mary, b. 3, 29, 1890. 

Children of No. 314. 
William E. Shockley and ist wife, Lizzie B. 


405. Bessie. 

William E. Shockley and 2d wife, Mary M. Gotwall. 

406. Martin. 

407. Frank. 

Children of No, 315, 
Frank and Hannah J. (Shockley) Roe, 

408. Milton. 

409. Elmira. 

410. Hazel. 

Children of No. 317. 
Thomas H. and MoUie E. (Smith) Shockley. 

411. Lizzie. 

412. B3nron. 

Children of No 319. 
James F. and Susan E. (Lord) Shockley. 

413. Freda. 

414. Elmer, 

2IO The Dewees Family. 

Children of No. 328. 
John C. and Ina D. (Draper) Freeman. 

415. Elizabeth C, b. i, 26, 1881. 

416. Blanche Draper, b. 2, 12, 1882 
\\^. Minnie McGaw, b. 4, 20, 1883. 
iji8. Lou Etta, b. 4, 29, 1884. 

4.19. John Lawrence, b. 8, 17, 1886. 

4.20. Stella Ina, b. 10, i, 1888, d. 6, 19, 1889. 

4.21. Delia Bertha, b. 7, 20, 1891. 

4.22. Ralph Anderson, b. 4, 27, 1893. 

423. Russell Norman, b. 4, 4, 1897. 

424. Elmira Virginia, b. 9, 15, 1898. 

Children of No. 329. 
Saulsbury M. and Elizabeth (Draper) Ennis. 

425. Leon. 426. Clarence. 

Child of No. 333. 
Edgar Draper and Charlotte (Howard) Graham. 

427. Pearl, b. 3, 4, 1901. 

Child of No. 341. 
Frazer and Erminnie (Johnson) Jones. 

428. Richard Frazer, b. 5, 5, 1896. 

Children of No. 359. 
Byron G. and Annie Elizabeth (Deweese) Sharp. 

429. Mary Louisa, b. 4, 29, 1891. 

430. Maud Margaret, b. i, 24, 1893. 

Child of No. 362. 
Joseph N. and Rachel Catharine (Deweese) Folwell. 

431. George Joseph, b. 3, 22, 1895, ^- 8, 10, 1897. 

Children of No. 377. 
Truman Armstrong and Carrie Anna (Wade) Deweese. 

432. Dorothy, b. 6, 24, 1891. 

433. Wade, b. 2, 3, 1899. 


Lewis Dewees, youngest son of Garrett Hendricks 
and Zytian Dewees, was bom in Holland, and emigrated 
to this country with his father and family in 1689. In 
the Kent county, Delaware, records he spells his name 
with the final "e,'* Deweese. He is mentioned as living 
in Philadelphia in 1713. In the year 1727 he bought 
land in Delaware of Joseph Pidgeon, who was the agent 
of the Philadelphia Land Company. This land consist- 
ed of a tract of 300 acres on the north side of Fishing 
Creek, Mispillion Hundred, and it was bought May 24, 
1727. He sold this tract to his son, Cornelius Deweese, 
on May 8, 1739, for 50 pounds. Lewis Deweese was a 
weaver by trade. Nothing further is said of him in the 
Court records, neither is any mention made in family 
records. He died in 1743, his will being proved April 
5, 1743. He left four children, who are mentioned in 
his will : William, Cornelius, Samuel, and Hezekiah. 

Joshua Deweese, son of Samuel, was a Baptist min- 
ister. He was educated as a Presbyterian, but after- 
wards became a Baptist. In 1791, he moved to the back- 
woods on account of failing health. He married three 
times: First, Elizabeth Bowman; second, Hannah 
Birch ; third, Elizabeth New. By his third wife he had 

212 The Dewees Family. 

ten children, nearly all of whom settled in Virginia or 
in the Western States. 

Two of the sons of William Deweese went to North 
Carolina, and their descendants are still to be found in 
that State, some being ministers of the Ciospel, and 
others holding positions of trust or being members of the 
State Legislature. Matthew, one of the sons of William, 
removed to Kentucky, where many of his descendants 
reside to this day, some holding high positions. 

The family of Cornelius Deweese remained in Del- 
aware, and his descendants may be found in that State, 
Maryland and Pennsylvania. Some of them have been 
members of the Maryland Legislature, judges of the 
Courts of the State, and physicians of note in Baltimore 
and Washington, D. C. 

William Dallas Deweese, one of the descendants of 
William Deweese, eldest son of Lewis, lives in Canon 
City, Colorado. He is a horticulturist. For several 
years he has been in the habit of taking trips to Alaska 
for the purpose of hunting and collecting specimens for 
the National Museum at Washington, D. C, some of 
which are very fine. 

The following sketch of the life of Cornelius De- 
weese is taken from the Louisville "Courier" of April i, 

Word was received here yesterday of the death of 
Mr. Cornelius Deweese, who is well remembered as a 
citizen by the oldest inhabitants of Louisville. Mr. 
Deweese died yesterday morning at his home in Hunt- 
ers' Bottom, Kentucky, which is just across the Ohio 
river from Madison, Indiana. The remains will be 
brought here to-day on the steamer Big Kanawha, ar- 
riving at noon. The body will be buried in Cave Hill. 

The Dewees Family. 213 

Mr. Deweese was bom at Harrodsburg in October, 
1809, and was eighty-six years old at the time of his 
death. He came to Louisville in 1828, and began work 
as a clerk for Mr. Parmelee, on Wall street, which is 
now Fourth, between Main street and the river. Mr. 
Parmelee was in the steamboat business. Mr. Deweese 
remained at this place for three years, and then bought 
an interest in the old Wall street hotel which he con- 
ducted for several years. Afterward Mr. Deweese en- 
gaged in business as a flour merchant, handling the 
combined product of half a dozen Kentucky mills. In 
1847 ^^ retired from business, and bought one of the 
finest farms in Hunters' Bottom, a tract of land of 900 
acres. He built a handsome country residence on the 
place, and took up his residence there, having lived on 
the farm ever since. He was a very successful farmer, 
and accumulated a large amount of money, investing a 
good deal of it in real estate. He owned the Arlington 
hotel property, at Twelfth and Main streets, and the 
tobacco warehouse, directly across the street from the 

Mr. Deweese was considered a pioneer in the Ohio 
river trade. In handling his flour business he be- 
came familiarly known and liked among the river men. 
His investments in real estate nearly always proved pro- 

Mr. Deweese's wife died twelve years ago. Her 
body was buried in Cave Hill. He was the father of 
thirteen children, only four of whom are living. One 
of his daughters, who died several years ago, was the 
first wife of the late George W. Moore. The four chil- 
dren living are Cornelius Deweese, who now lives in 
Texas; James Deweese, of Madison, Indiana; Mrs. Jen- 

214 The Dewees Family. 

nie Fitch, wife of a prominent minister of Winchester, 
Kentucky, and Mrs. Samuel Hitt, of St. Joe, Mo. 

An old-time river-man in speaking of Mr. Deweese's 
death yesterday said : " I knew Mr. Deweese ever since 
I was a boy, more than fifty years ago, when he kept a 
tavern on Fourth street, (then called Wall,) between 
Main and the river. He was in every sense of the word 
a self-made man, and amassed his immense fortune by 
his energy, his enterprise, and, above all, his honesty. 
He was a poor boy when he started out in life, a flat- 
boatman, making successful trips from the Kentucky 
river every fall to Natchez and Vicksburg on the Mis- 
sissippi river. He would return to his home near Har- 
rodsburg in the spring, and remain at work in that 
town and surrounding country until time to prepare for 
another trip in a flatboat, loaded with flour, com, hay 
and general produce in the fall. In all the years I knew 
him, I always found him to be a friend to the friend- 
less. I have known him to help many a young man to 
make a start in life. He was kind hearted, generous 
and aflPable, but strict and honest in all his business 
transactions. He was honored, loved and respected, and 
few men were better known or better liked in business 
and marine circles than " Niel " Deweese. 

Copy of a letter from Reverend Cornelius Deweese 
to his son Nimrod Deweese, of Illinois, furnished by his 
granddaughter, Mrs. Louisiana (Deweese) Keiser. 

February, 8th, 1845. 
Beloved Children : 

I avail myself this morning of one of the 
blessings and privileges our Heavenly Parent has en- 
dowed us with, though we live separated a great dis- 

The Dewees Family. 215 

tance apart, yet we can communicate our thoughts and 
desires to each other, and surely this is one of the com- 
forts he has granted us while we live in these earthly 
tenements ; with me at least it is, who am in the autumn 
of life, to hear from my children in distant parts, to 
know of their happiness, health and prosperity, and to 
inform them of my own. I am in the evening of life, 
my sun is near setting, my locks whitened with frosts 
of age, yet, thank God, I am generally in tolerably good 
health and spirits, able to preach, occasionally to visit 
my friends when I get out to meeting. In order that 
you may know how well I am, I walked last week from 
my old place to my daughter Lucinda's, and back the 
next day, without hurting me. This blessing under 
God I think I owe to a temperate life, both in eating 
and drinking, and what a blessing to keep our bodies 
under, that we may the better possess our souls. 
Though the pomps and gewgaws of this world can no 
longer give pleasure, yet the thoughts of immortality 
beyond the scenes of existence — immortality, that bless- 
ed word, how ought we to love, admire and adore Him 
who has brought it within our grasp, and how ought 
our energies be engaged to secure it ; think what a source 
of comfort it is to me when I expect before long to meet 
with my godly virtuous companions who have crossed 
over the Jordan before me. Blessed are the dead who 
die in the Lord. 

I now tell you something of times ; this winter has 
been unusually favorable, no cold weather, no heavy 
rains, and no snow to lie on the ground any time, but 
last Monday it rained all day some, with south wind. 
About ten o'clock at night the wind turned, became cold 
and snowed all day next day, with high wind for two 

2i6 The Dewees Family, 

days, the coldest we had this winter, but the snow is all 
gone, clear to-day but somewhat cool; people were 
ploughing in January, but stopped now awhile ; some 
have been making sugar. I want to know how the 
winter has been with you. The measles have been in the 
neighborhood ever since before Christmas. John's family 
all had it ; have all got well. It went hard with his eld- 
est, Lucian. I thought for a day or two it would take 
her off. Lucinda's and Isaac Wilson's families have just 
got over it. I suppose James has moved. When you 
get this, if you know where he is, write to him, and let 
Ann know that her brother Washington died the 3d 
day of January. He had the measles and got about, 
took a relapse and died. William Pedigo died last Sat- 
urday. Known by the name of "Swapping Bill." There 
have been a good many deaths in the bounds of my ac- 
quaintance since last September; in short, I found a 
great deal more sickness here than in Illinois, when I 
left there. I had a letter from George on the 8th ; all 
tolerably well. I saw Isaac Murphy, who left there on 
the last of November. My business in the country was 
to sell my lands. I have sold my hundred acre tract on 
the Banen fork for three hundred dollars ; have given a 
credit for one and two years for two hundred and fifty of 
it. The sale of land is dull ; I have the first bid for my 
old place ; it is much out of repair ; fences rotted down, 
and briers plenty. Wheat is scarce here, and not much 
of it good, owing to the weevil. Some folks lost their 
whole crop, and live upon com bread. Com is from 
seventy-five cents to one dollar per barrel. Good flour, 
two fifty per hundred. Pork, two dollars per hundred, 
perhaps raise some before killing time is over. Money 
appears scarce with most people, and like all parts that 

The Dewees Family, 217 

I have seen a great many poor people living on rented 
land, and that generally poor here; they hardly make a 
support, and pay their rent. 

John made a sorry crop on the old place this year, 
not enough to do him plentifully; then he has not much 
stock. Your uncle and aunt Eva are still living, but 
not in good health ; they look mightily broken. Your 
uncle has not been off the farm for some years ; his head 
is white, and his flesh is smartly sunk. When you get 
this letter, do me the happiness of hearing from you, 
that it may comfort me a little in my old age. I often think 
of you all, and am present with you in thought but not 
in body. I have thought all the time of coming back 
to Illinois, when the weather gets warm and the rivers 
open, if God should spare my life, and my health con- 
tinues. I thought of calling on you in my tour to visit 
my other children, James and Polly, whom I never expect 
to see any more. When I think of them, it produces a 
sympathetic melancholy, but it's of the connections in 
this uncertain world. O, may we all so live that we 
may meet where kindred spirits meet to part no 
more, where joy forever blooms, and eternal spring 

So, fare you well, 

Cornelius Deweese. 

Since writing on Saturday, Archibald Parker died, 
and two more deaths I heard of in town, no other in 
country. I attended Parker's wife's funeral about six 
years past. Death is making rapid strides among God's 
creatures here. All well to-day ; pleasant good sugar 
weather. I am an old man. I never witnessed a time 
that people died so fast as they do here. God surely 
has a controversy with the country. His way is in 

2i8 The Dewees Family. 

the whirlwind and in the storm. The judge of all the 
earth does right. 

C. Deweese. 

This short story was told by Mrs. Elizabeth Tiuley, 
nee Dewees, when she was eighty years old, which illus- 
trates the eccentric way of pulling children's teeth prac- 
tised by some of the old time people in Delaware. She 
says, "When I was quite a child, I had a tooth that 
grew out beyond the others and made me look bad, and 
interfered with my speech. One day when visiting my 
aunt, Ritchie Deweese, she noticed it, and said to me, 
* Child, thee must have that tooth out.' *No, I can't 
have it out,' I said, * it will hurt.' Aunt Ritchie said, 
'I will tie a string to it and to the table leg, and 
thee sit in the chair right here, and it will drop right 
out.' She got a twisted string, and tied to the tooth and 
to the table leg, when they sat around the fire at night. 
An old black man sat at one side of the fireplace in the 
comer, who kept poking a stick into the fire, and, when 
it got to burning pretty well, he made a strike at me 
with it, and as I dodged back the tooth came out. 
' There,' said aunt Ritchie, ' didn't I tell thee the tooth 
would drop out?' " 

The following sketch of the late Joseph R. Deweese 
is from the "Miami Union," Troy, Ohio, March 30, 

Joseph R. Deweese, who died at the home of his 
daughter at Carthage, Ohio, March 12, 1899, and whose 
funeral took place from the Christian Church in Troy, 
on March 15, was a native of this count)'', where he 
was bom on May 30, 1837. ^^ was the son of Joshua 

The Dewees Family. 219 

and Mary Deweese, and a member of one of the largest 
and most widely known families in Miami county. In 
fact there is scarcely any portion of the Miami Valley 
in which the name is not well known. That he came 
from rugged and sturdy stock is evidenced by the fact 
that, with the exception of James Watts Deweese, who 
was killed in the war of the Rebellion, he was the first 
among many brothers, nearly all of whom are older than 
he, to answer to the summons of the silent messenger. 

He had the courage of a brave heart, with the aflFec- 
tionate gentleness and tenderness of a child. Trained 
in the rough school of adversity, he put an amazing 
amount of force into every thing he undertook, and if 
his indefatigable energy and rare inventive talent could 
have been directed by a master hand, he would have 
amassed a fortune. He spent most of his life in the 
nursery business in Ohio and Colorado, and as a sales- 
man, he had few equals. Clean of speech and refined 
in manner, he never allowed a profane or blasphemous 
word to escape his lips. 

He was called upon to endure more than his share 
of misfortune, his heaviest blow being the death of his 
first wife, which took place at the time when he began 
to lay the foundation of a competence. He bore the 
suflFering of his long and final struggle against disease 
with patient and uncomplaining resignation, just as he 
had borne the many reverses of life, and when the twi- 
light shadows gathered about him and darkness came 
on apace, let us hope and believe that the heart of this 
patient sufferer and loving father was gladdened, and 
his soul illumined by foregleams of the bright eternal 

By his first wife, who was Miss Nannie Armstrong, 

220 The Dewees Family. 

he had two sons, Truman Armstrong, now of the edi- 
torial staff of the Chicaga "Times-Herald," and James 
Watts, now in the real estate and loan business in Sali- 
da, Colorada ; also one daughter, Laura Fidele, now Mrs. 
Laurence C. Gates, who resides at Carthage, Ohio. By 
his second wife, who was Mrs. Chloe P. Clark, he had 
one daughter, Grace, now living in Colorado. 


The following are epitaphs on tombstones in Cedar 
Hill cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa. : 

In memory of 

John Dewees, Sr. 

Died Oct. 30, 1874, 

aged 87 yrs. and 5 mos. 

His soul has now taken its flight 

To mansions of glory above; 
To mingle with angels of light 
And dwell in the kingdom of love. 

In memory of 
wife of John Dewees. 
Died, March 6th, 1862, 
in her 76th year. 
Mother, thou art gone to rest, 
We will not weep for thee ; 
For thou art now where oft, on earth. 
Thy spirit longed to be. 

In memory of 
Reuben Dewees. 
Died, March 28th, 1862, 
aged 45 years, 8 months and 12 days. 

222 The Dewees Family. 

Every tear is wiped away, 

Sighs no more will heave thy breast. 
Night is lost in endless day, 

Sorrow in eternal rest. 

From Christ Chnrch Cemetery, Philadelphia, 

In memory of 
Mrs. Martha Dewees, 

wife of 

Dr. William Dewees, 

who departed this life, 

Jan. 12, 1801, 

in the 2Sth year of his age. 

In memory of 

Emma L. Dewees, 

bom Sept. 25, 1823, 

died May 15, 1827. 

In memory of 

Hannah Dewees, 

who departed this life 

July 30, 1777, 
age, 9 mos. and 9 days. 

From the Bensalem Dutch Reformed Church Re- 

1 7 10, 25th Dec. Willem de Wees Sen Deacon. 
Dese dinderin syn op Schepack gedoopt 
Den 29 May, Anno 1810. 
Gerardus. De fader Willem de Wees, 

De moeder Anna Katrine Meels. 
Johannis. De fader Cornelius de Wees. 

De moeder Margaret Koster. 

The Dewees Family. 223 

These children are at Skippack christened. 

May 29th, 1 710. 
Garrett. The father William de Wees. 

The mother Anfia Catharina Meels. 
John The father Cornelius de Wees. 

The mother Margaret Koster (Kuster). 

From the Trappe Record. Elizabeth de Wees, 
daughter of Cornelius and Margreta, born July i, bap- 
tized November 27th, 1748. 

The following are copied from the Court Records of 
Kent county, Delaware: 

Lewis Deweese, whose administrator was William 
Deweese, April 5, 1743. 

Lewis Deweese, weaver, bought of Joseph Pidgeon, 
May 24, 1727, 300 acres, on the north side of Fishing 
Creek, Mispillion Hundred. 

Lewis Deweese, weaver, sold same 3CX) acres. May 
8, 1739, to Cornelius Deweese, shoemaker, for 50 

Samuel Deweese, whose administratrix was Mary 
Deweese, (widow), September 11, 1753. 

Hezekiah Deweese, whose administratrix was Mary 
(widow) February 14, 1760. 

William Deweese. Will dated, December 11, 1760. 
Proven, February 11, 1761. Deposition, February 18, 
1726; aged 49 or thereabouts. His executor was his 
brother, Cornelius Deweese. The bequests were as fol- 

Wife, Sarah Deweese, i mare, bridle and saddle, 4 
cows, 8 sheep, 2 horses, i steer and a heifer. Daughter, 

224 The Dewees Family. 

Mary Dewees, i feather bed and furniture. Son, John 
Deweese, i feather bed and furniture. Daughter, Sarah 
Deweese, i feather bed and furniture. Daughter, Nancy 
Deweese, 7 pounds, 10 shillings. Son, William De- 
weese, 7 pounds, ID shillings. Son, Matthew De- 
weese, 7 pounds, 10 shillings. Daughter, Rachel De- 
weese, 7 pounds, 10 shillings. Son, Elijah Deweese, 7 
pounds, 10 shillings. Son, Daniel Deweese, 7 pounds, 
10 shillings. 

Samuel Meredith, 
Witnesses. Rachel Bartlett, 

Mary Deweese. 
Daniel Deweese. Administratrix, Jerusha Deweese, 
March 22, 1787. 

Sureties ^^^^^ Dunning, 
sureties, gtephen Chipman. 

Cornelius Deweese. Will dated March i, 1786. 
Proven March 2, 1791. Executors, sons, Cornelius and 
David. Deweese, to have all lands. Daughter, Esther 
Draper, 20 pounds. Son, Jonathan Deweese, 7 pounds, 
10 shillings, annually during life. Daughter, Sarah 
Muncy, 10 shillings. Negroes Cuff and Catharine to be 

Joshua Deweese, 
Witnesses. Nathan Bowman, 

James Hendrixson. 

Cornelius Deweese bought of Pennsylvania Land 
Company, August 24, 1763, 305 acres for 158 pounds, 
17 shillings and i pence, adjoining Thomas Bowman, 
Cornelius Deweese, etc., in Mispillion Hundred. 

Sold to his son Cornelius Deweese, Jr., October 27, 
1783, 100 acres in Mispillion Hundred, for natural love, 

The Dewees Family. 225 

Sold to Joshua Deweese, February 14, 1765, 85 and 
J^ acres, for 73 pounds, i shilling and 4 pence, adjoin- 
ing Thomas Bowman. • 

Cornelius Deweese, cordwainer, and Esther, his 
wife, February 11, 1746, sold to Isaac King, for 35 
pounds, 291 acres, part of "Angleton," adjoining John 
Hall, " Pameirs Branch." 

Jonathan Deweese, from John Beswick and Phebe, 
his wife, for love and affection unto said Jonathan, mes- 
suage of 200 acres in Mispillion Hundred, "Mount Pleas- 
ant'' whole tract, 307 acres, 91 perches, being inheritance 
of Phebe, wife of said John Beswick, from her parents, 
Curtis Brinckle, and Mary, his wife. 

Jonathan Deweese, and Rachel, his wife, to John 
Beswick, November 15, 1771, for love and affection, 
tract, "Mount Pleasant;" also tract in forks of the 
Beaverdam, of 200 acres, containing in the whole, 307 
acres and 19 perches. 

Rachel Deweese, whose administrator was Samuel 
Deweese, February 7, 1692. John and Elizabeth De- 
weese, minor children of Rachel Deweese. Samuel De- 
weese, guardian, March 2, 1792. 

David Deweese, will dated October 12, 1799. 
Proven, October 21, 1799. He left to his son, Spencer 
Deweese, 5 pounds. Sons, David and Jesse Deweese, to 
have all lands. Daughters, Hessey, Letitia and Nancy 
Deweese, to have all movable estate. David, Hester, 
Jesse and Letitia, minors, Samuel Spencer appointed 
guardian, November 28, 1799. Nancy Deweese, minor, 
Hezekiah Cullen appointed guardian, December 7, 1801. 

David Deweese, and Elizabeth, his wife, for love 
and esteem for Baptist Church and 5 shillings, sold 
116 square perches, adjoining Thomas Bowman, to 

226 The Dewees Family. 

Peter King, Cornelius Deweese and Vincent Beswick. 
Trustees of Mispillion Baptist Church, August 15, 1796. 

Joshua Deweese, bought February 14, 1765, (rf Cor- 
nelius Deweese, (will proven March 2, 1791,) 85 and ^ 
acres, adjoining Thomas Bowman. 

Joshua Deweese, and Elizabeth, his wife, sold May 
27, 1 79 1, for 250 pounds, 85 and J4 acres, adjoining 
Thomas Bowman. 

Joshua Deweese (Yeoman,) and Elizabeth, his wife, 
and William Goodwin, and Mary, his wife, sold August 
22, 1768, for 20 pounds, 125 acres, part of "William's 
Choice," to Thomas Bowman, weaver. 

Joshua Deweese, receipt from Hezekiah Cul- 
len for 53 pounds, 11 shillings and 8 pence, part of es- 
tate of George Brandell, which fell into the hands of 
Joshua Deweese, by an administration on said estate. 
Witness, Samuel Deweese, February 9, 1791. 

Cornelius Deweese, Jr., died October 3, 1799. His 
administratrix was Elizabeth Deweese, October 26, 1799., 
Surety, William Masten. He left to survive him, a 
widow, Elizabeth, and a son, Cornelius Deweese, who 
petitioned Orphans' Court for division of land. Daugh- 
ter Thirza, deceased, who married William Bowman^ 
and left the following children : William, Sarah, Mary, 
Nancy and Curtis Bowman. Daughter Sarah, deceased, 
who married Nathan Tribbit, and left a son, Aaron 
Tribbit. Daughter Mahala, who married Hezekiah De- 
weese. Sons, Nehemiah and Draper A. Deweese. Or- 
phans' Court, February 23, 18 10. Land sold by Sheriff 
to pay debts, to John Adams. Orphans' Court, Febru- 
ary 21, 1812. 

Draper A. Deweese, deceased, married Mary Thomp- 
son, and left the following children : Ann, Rachel, Eliz- 

The Dewees Family. 227 

abeth, Sarah Ann, Cornelius, William Henry and Dra- 
per A. Deweese, all minors. Orphans Court, October, 

Cornelius Deweese, Jr., from his father Cornelius 
Deweese, Sr., for love and affection, 100 acres in Mis- 
pillion Hundred, October 27, 1783. 

Elizabeth Deweese, whose administrator was Gid- 
eon CuUen, June 10, 1806. 

Samuel Deweese. Will dated December 28, 1820. 
Proven March 9, 182 1. His wife was Mary Deweese. 
My son-in-law, William Roe, owes me more than $300. 
Daughter, Elizabeth Roe, to have aforesaid debt of $300 
and $15. Son, William Deweese, to have land, 107 
acres, where I dwell. Grandson, Samuel Deweese, to 
have silver watch when 16. 

Peter Lowber, 
Witnesses. Thomas Curtis, 

Henry Williams. 

Samuel Deweese, blacksmith, bought of Andrew 
Barrett and Ann, his wife, August 12, 1784, 3 acres, 
part of Ousley. 

Samuel Deweese, bought of James Neal, May 28, 
1789, loi and one-fourth acres, part of the Downes. 

Samuel Deweese, of Murderkill Hundred, and Ra- 
chel, his wife, sold October 11, 1799, 3 acres, part of 
Ousley, and loi and one-fourth acres, part of Downes, 
to John George. 

Samuel Deweese, bought of executors of Joseph 
Nock, December 3, 1801, 118 acres and 25 perches on 
Mill Creek, Murderkill Hundred. 

Samuel Deweese, bought of Samuel Callahan, York 
county. Pa., December 20, 181 3, 107 acres, part of 
Arundel. These last two tracts are west of Magnolia, 

228 The Dewees Family. 


Elizabeth Deweese, whose administrator was Draper 
Deweese, November 27, 1821. Surety, Nathaniel D. 
Masten, $500. 

Elizabeth Deweese bought of Hezekiah and Mahala 
Deweese, of Christiana Hundred, New Castle county, 
Delaware, all their interest in 150 acres of Cornelius 
Deweese, deceased 1799, October 3, 1809. Widow of 
Cornelius died in 1799. 

Draper A. Deweese, whose administrator was Cor- 
nelius Deweese, May 3, 1826. Surety, Curtis B. Bes- 
wick. $ Mary Deweese renounced administra- 
tion, April, 1826. 

William Deweese, whose administrator was William 
Roe, January 13, 1832. Surety, William Sipple. $800. 
Elizabeth Deweese, widow, renounced administration 
January 11, 1832. Left to survive him a widow, Eliza- 
beth, and five children : Samuel, Curtis, Thomas, Mary 
Ann and John W. Dewees. December 4, 1832, Orphans' 

William Deweese, farmer, and Elizabeth, his wife, 
sold to Reuben Johnson, (negro) part of "Arundel," de- 
vised to him by his father's will, September 14, 1821, 2 

William Deweese, and Elizabeth, his wife, sold to 
William Curtis, 105 acres, March 23, 1822, part of land 
devised to him by his father. 

Elizabeth Deweese, widow, sold to Samuel Virdin, 
all her right of dower as widow of William Deweese, 
deceased, in land sold by William Roe, administrator, 
to John R. Curtis, Sr., April 21, 1841. 

Cornelius Deweese, Milford Hundred, whose admin- 
istrator was Nehemiah Deweese, August 26, 1839. 

The Dewees Family. 229 

Surety, James Fortner. $800. 

Cornelius Deweese, farmer, bought of Avery Dra- 
per, cordwainer, of Murderkill Hundred, and Mary, his 
wife, March 20, 1807, all their right and title to land 
in Mispillion Hundred, 35 acres, adjoining David De- 
weese heirs, being the real estate of a late Avery Dra- 
per deceased, intestate, who left the following children, 
the above named the eldest son : Avery, Polly, Henry, 
John and Elizabeth Draper. Their father died about 

Cornelius Deweese, farmer, bought of Henry Dra- 
per, Murderkill Hundred, and Mary, his wife, March 6, 
1810, same land as above. 

Cornelius Deweese, farmer, bought of Nehemiah 
Deweese, merchant, all his right and title to 150 acres, 
in Mispillion Hundred, being real estate of Cornelius 
Deweese, who died intestate, and left the following chil- 
dren : Cornelius, party hereto, Thirza, Sarah, Mahala, 
Nehemiah, party hereto, and Draper Dewees. April 6, 

Cornelius Deweese, bought April 13, 1833, of 
Charles Polk, and Mary E., his wife, 29 acres and 88 

Nehemiah J. Deweese, whose administrator was 
James Fortner, February 8, 1843. Surety, Samuel M. 
Carter, $1000. 

Cornelius Deweese, whose administratrix was Sar- 
ah C. Dewees, (widow) November 27, 1851. He left the 
following children : Anna and Cornelius Dewees. March 
24, 1857. Orphans' Court. 

Cornelius Deweese, January i, 1846, bought of 
John Lowber, and Margaret, his wife, Benjamin B. 
Townsend, and Catharine, his wife, 35 acres, upon 

230 The Dewees Family, 

"Tidbury Branch." 

Cornelius Deweese, October 22, 1849, bought of 
Woodman Stockley, and Sarah Ann, his wife, 170 acres, 
adjoining Benedict Gildersleeve. 

Cornelius Deweese and Sarah C, his wife, October 
22, 1849, gsive a mortgage for $720 to Farmers' Bank, 
on 1 70 acres of land conveyed to Deweese by Woodman 

Sarah C. Deweese, who was administratrix of Cor- 
nelius, sold April 8, 1853, to William K. Lockwood, 
170 acres, for $1,561.00. 

Samuel Deweese, of North Murderkill Hundred, 
whose administrators were James W. Green and George 
H. Gildersleeve. Surety, Thomas Pickering, $3,000, 
November 27, 1875. He left the following children : 
Annie Elizabeth, Mary Emma, Rachel Catharine and £ 
Samuel G. Deweese, minors. George H. Gildersleeve, ^ 
guardian, April 18, 1877. Orphans' Court. 

Hester A. Deweese, of Mispillion Hundred, whose 
administrator was Alfred Raughley, January 27, 1879. 
Surety, Joshua B. Raughley, $500.00. She was the wife 
of William H, Deweese, and daughter of James H. 
Smith. She left five children. 

Lillie Deweese, of Caroline county, Maryland, 
whose administrator was William H. Deweese, Septem- 
ber 30, 1892c Surety, John C. Pennewill, $80.00. Lil- 
lie died single. Sarah E., married John T. Carter, of 
Camden, Delaware. William H., married Natalie Owen, 
of Denton, Maryland. Ella S., died single. Dr. Cor- 
nelius S. Deweese, at University, Washington. Septem- 
ber 27, 1 88 1, money placed to credit of said children by 
Alfred Raughley, administrator of Hester A. Deweese. 
Orphans' Court. 

The Dewees Family, 231 

William H. Deweese, Caroline county, Maryland, 
bought June 3, 1886, from H. C. Conrad, and Sarah L., 
his wife, 48 acres, in Mispillion Hundred. 

Willliam H. Deweese, who was administrator of 
Jonathan Tinley, deceased, and Elizabeth Tinley, 
widow, sold to Andrew Holden, September 6, 1881, 170 
acres of land in South Murderkill Hundred. 

Jonathan Tinley. Will dated September 14, 1878. 
Proved December 24, 1878. Executrix, wife, Elizabeth 
Tinley, renounced. He left the following children : 
Sarah E. Draper, Marian Whitaker, Jacob S. Tinley, 
executor, renounced ; Mary E. Graham, Anna Vasey, 
Lydia Kenney, Patience Johnson and Martine Tinley. 
William H. Deweese, administrator. Sureties, George 
H. Gildersleeve, Robert H. Smith. 

John C. Freeman, and Ina D. his wife, Saulsbury 
M. Ennis, and Lizzie, his wife, of Dover, Delaware, 
Nehemiah Draper, and Mary, his wife, of Chicago, 111., 
sold to Delia T. Draper, of Dover, Delaware, November 
1, 1895, three-fourths undivided interest of land of Sarah 
E. Draper, deceased, mother of said Ina D., Lizzie, Ne- 
hemiah and Delia T. 

William C. Deweese, of Frederica, Delaware, bought 
of William Townsend, et al. school commissioners, old 
school house in Frederica, for $150, August 20, 1857. 

September 30, 1870, William C. Deweese, and Mary 
Ann, his wife, sold to Samuel W. Hall, lot in Frederica, 
one-eighth acre. 

William C. Deweese, Frederica, bought of Robert 
John Lowber, on ground rent $600 yearly, 6000 square 
feet of land, March 8, 1852. 

Fanny Deweese, wife of Absalom Deweese, bought 
of George Bonwell, 5 acres, adjoining heirs of William 

232 The Dewees Family. 

Deweese, Reuben Johnson, (negro) et al., April 4, 1832. 

Alonzo Deweese, son of Draper A. Deweese, of 
Wilmington, Delaware, from William Pearson, and 
Ann, his wife, of Dover Hundred, deed for lot in Dover, 
on Kirkwood street, for love and aflfection for said Alon- 
zo Deweese, January 5, 1876. 

Lydia Deweese, of Wilmington, Delaware, bought 
from William Pearson, and Ann, his wife, lot on Kirk- 
wood street, Dover, Delaware, for $i,8cx^, October 23, 


George O. Deweese, of Kent county, Delaware, 

bought from Rees Lewis, land in Duck Creek Hundred, 

on road from Big Oak to Brenford, $800, September 29, 


Maggie H. Deweese, (widow) of Camden, Delaware, 
bought from Margaret E. Harmon^ Cambridge, Mary- 
land, lot in Camden, Delaware, for $80.00, April 23, 

William H. Deweese, of Denton, Caroline county, 
Maryland, sold to Lemuel Spence, and Annie M,, his 
wife, lot in Camden, bought of John T. Carter, and Liz- 
zie D., his wife, August 18, 1893. 



In the year 1688, Wilhelm Rittenhausen came to 
Germantown with his two sons, Nicholas and Gerhard, 
(or as abbreviated, Clans and Garret) and a daughter, 
Elizabeth, who afterwards married Heivert (Howard) 
Papen. His forefathers had long carried on the busi- 
ness of paper manufacturing at Amheim, and in 1690 
he entered into an agreement with Samuel Carpenter 
for 20 acres of land in Roxborough township. County of 
Philadelphia, Pa., for the purpose of erecting a paper 
mill thereon. The paper mill was built at once on a 
branch of the Wissahickon creek, and was the first 
paper mill in America. There was made the paper 
used by William Bradford, the earliest printer in the 
middle colonies. 

William Rittenhouse sold this land to his son Nich- 
olas, by the name of Clans Rittenhouse, his heirs, execu- 
tors, administrators and assigns, the full, equal and undi- 
vided three-fourths part of the 20 acres for the term of 974 
years from thence next ensuing, under its proportion of 
said yearly rent of five shillings, sterling. 

The above named William Rittenhouse died intes- 
tate, and the remaining undivided one-fourth part of the 
land in the 20 acres descended to and became vested in 

234 The Dewees Family. 

his son and heir at law, the said Nicholas (Claus) Rit- 
tenhouse. The said Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse be- 
ing thus seized of the whole of the said 20 acres, made 
and published his last will and testament in writing, 
bearing date the 24th day of May, A. D. 1734, wherein 
and whereby he did devise and bequeth unto his eldest 
son Willliam by the name of Rittenhouse, the said 20 

Nicholas (Claus) Rittenhouse, son of William, was 
bom June 15, 1666, and married Wilhelmina de Wees 
a sister of William Dewees, May 29, 1689, at New York, 
before he came to Germantown. He succeeded his 
father in the business of paper making, and was the 
sole owner of the mill after his father. He was a mem- 
ber of the Mennonite Church at Germantown. His 
children were : 

William Rittenhouse, bom in Roxborough town- 
ship, in 1691. He died intestate, leaving ten children : 
Nicholas, William, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, John, Mary, 
Susanna, Margaret and Barbara. 

Henry Rittenhouse, bom April i, 1700, in Roxbor- 
ough township, Philadelphia, Pa., and married Susanna 
Wool, August 27, 1720. They had five children : Wil- 
helmina, William, Nicholas, Henry and Matthias. 

Matthias Rittenhouse, bom 1702, married Eliz- 
abeth Williams, daughter of Evan and Dorothy Wil- 
liams, of Wales, in 1727. He was the father of David 
Rittenhouse, the great American astronomer. He was 
bom at his family's paper mill near Germantown. In 
his will he names his wife, Elizabeth, and children, 
David, Benjamin, Eleanor Evans, Mary Morgan, Marga- 
ret Morgan and Esther Barton. 

Psyche Rittenhouse, married John Gorgas, from 

The Dewees Family, 235 

whom are descended the Gorgases of Gresham and Co- 
calico. Their children were: John, Benjamin, Susanna, 
Jacob, Joseph and Mary. 

Mary Rittenhouse married John Johnson; they 
had the following children : Casper, John, Nicholas, 
William and Benjamin. 

Catharine Rittenhouse married Jacob Engel, 
brother of Paul Engel, of Germantown. Their chil- 
dren were Eliza, Sarah, William, Mary and Susanna. 

Susanna Rittenhouse was born 1688, died Decem- 
ber I3,i769,and married Henry Heilig, of Goshenhoppen. 
Henry Heilig died May 14, 1775. Their children were 
George, Henry, Elizabeth and Susanna. 


In the name of God, Amen. I, Clans Rittenhouse, 
of Roxborough township, in the county of Philadelphia, 
in the province of Pennsylvania, papermaker, being sick 
and weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind and 
memory, thanks be given unto God, therefor, con- 
sidering the uncertainty of this transitory life and cer- 
tainty of death, do make and ordain this my last will 
and testament in manner and form following : That is 
to say. First of all I recommend my soul into the hands 
of God, my merciful Creator and Saviour, and my body 
I commit to the earth, to be decently buried a:t the di- 
rection of my executors hereafter named, whom I desire 
to pay and satisfy all my just debts which I owe to any 
manner of persons : as also funeral expenses and lega- 
cies herein mentioned, within a convenient time after my 
decease. And for the settling of my worldly and tem- 
poral estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to bless 
mine endeavors I devise and dispose of the same as fol- 

236 The Dewees Family. 

loweth : Imprimis I give and bequeath all and singular, 
my movable goods and chattels to ray loving wife, Wil- 
lemijn during her natural life, and what remains there- 
of after her decease, to be equally divided amongst all 
my children. Item : I give, devise and bequeath to my 
eldest son, William Rittinghausen, all and singular, that 
piece or parcel of land, situate in the said Roxborough 
township, and joining northeasterly to Germantown 
line, containing twenty acres of land, (which I purchased 
of Samuel Carpenter) together with the paper mill 
buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and 
also that piece or parcel of land situate in the said Rox- 
borough township, joining northeasterly to the said 
Germantown line, and Northwesterly to Jacob Rinker's 
land, and containing fifty acres of land which I pur- 
chased of Matthew Holtgate, together with the improve- 
ments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to hold the 
said two pieces or parcels of land ajid premises to him 
the said William Rittinghausen, his heirs and assigns 
forever. He, the said my son, William Rittinghausen, 
paying to my said wife, Willemijn, the sum of eighty 
pounds, lawful money of Pennsylvania, in eight years 
time after my decease, viz : Ten pounds part thereof 
yearly with the interest thereof till the whole is paid, 
and to let my said wife have a room at her choice in one 
of the houses on the said twenty acres of land during 
her lifetime. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Seikie, 
one shilling in money afterward, she having received 
her portion in my lifetime. Item. I give and bequeath 
to my daughter Catharine, one shilling in money af'd 
she having received her portion in my lifetime. Item. 
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary, one shilling 

The Dewees Family, 237 

in money af d, she having received her portion in my 
lifetime. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Henry, 
one shilling in money af 'd, he having received his por- 
tion in my lifetime. Item. I give and bequeath to my 
son Matthias, one shilling in money af'd, he having 
received his portion in my lifetime. Item. I give and 
bequeath to my daughter Susanna, one shilling in 
money af 'd, she having had her portion in my lifetime. 
And my will is that if my said wife do not make use of 
all the said eighty pounds to be paid to her by my said 
son William in her lifetime, then after her decease, the 
remainder to be equally divided amongst my said chil- 
dren, share and share alike. And I do hereby consti- 
tute and appoint my said loving wife, Willemijn, and 
my brother Gerard Rittinghausen to be my executors 
of this, my last will and testament. Lastly, I do here- 
by utterly disallow, revoke and annul all and other 
former wills, legacies and executors by me in any wise 
before this time made, bequeathed and ordained. Rati- 
fjdng and confirming this and no other to be my last 
will and testament. In witness whereof, I have here- 
unto set my hand and seal, the twenty-fourth day of 
May, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hun- 
dred and thirty-four. 

Clans Rittinghausen. [Seal] 
Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said 
testator, as his last will and testament, in the presence 
of us. 


Jacob Rinker, 
George Haas, 
William Deweese, 
Henry Pastorius. 

238 The Dewees Family. 

Philadelphia, June 4th, 1734. 

Then personally appeared Jacob Rinker, George 
Haas and Henry Pastorius, three of the witnesses to the 
foregoing will, and on their solemn affirmation accord- 
ing to law, did declare they saw and heard Clans Rit- 
tinghausen, the testator above named, sign, seal, pub- 
lish and declare the same will to be his last will and 
testament, and at the doing thereof he was of sound 
mind, memory and understanding, to the best of their 


Be it remembered that on the 4th of June, 1734, the 
last will and testament of Clans Rittinghausen, de- 
ceased, was proved in due form of law and probate, and 
letters testamentary were granted to Willemijn Ritting- 
hausen and Gerard Rittinghausen, executors therein 
named, having first affirmed well and truly to adminis- 
ter the decedent's estate and bring an inventory thereof 
into the Register General's office at Philadelphia, at or 
before the fourth day of July next, and also to render 
an account when thereunto lawfully required. Given 
under the seal of the said office. 

Pr. Letevansklogan. 

The following is a correct copy of the will of Wil- 
helmina Rittenhouse, widow of Clans Rittenhouse, trans- 
lated from the original will which was written in the 
Dutch or Holland language, on Rittenhouse paper bear- 
ing the Rittenhouse water mark, the clover leaf. 


1737, March 6th. 

A record concerning the disposition of mother's or- 
der, as she is at present sickly in body, and her soul 

The Dewees Family. 239 

commending in the hands of the Almighty Creator in 
Jesus, Amen. 

Firstly : I give to Peggy Ruttynhuysen, my spin- 
ning wheel. Secondly. I give to Marya Ruttynhuysen 
the looking glass, and to Susanna I give the fire irons, 
and to Margryta and Anna I give each a chair. And to 
Susanna Gk)rgas I give a sugar bowl and small iron 
pan. And Wilhelmina Ruttynhuysen I give the pot 
hook and gallon can. And Marya Engel I give an 
apron and two handkerchiefs. And to Scyntia Gorgas 
I give the under feather bed and a pillow and a brass 
kettle for which she pays six florins. And to Marya 
Jansen the upper bed with a cover. And to Gertrude 
Engel I give the large and small cushions. And to 
Susanna Keilig I give the large and small cushions. 
And Henderyck Ruttynhuysen I give the woolen blank- 
et. And Mathys Ruttynhuysen I give a cloak. 

That all these on the above date was undersigned 
in the presence of us. 


Willemyna X Ruttynhuysen. 


Witnesses. Willem W. Ruttynhuysen, 


Seyten X Gorgas, 


Jan Gorgas. 



No. 52, List of Descendants of Cornelius Dewees, p. 136. 

Samuel Dewees Patterson was a native of Lower 
Providence township, Montgomery county, Pa. He 
became an eminent author, poet and journalist. For 
many years he conducted the Norristown " Register." 
James Winnard published the "Register" from 1801 
until 1830, when he sold it to the firm of Powell & Pat- 
terson, whose members had learned the printing trade 
in the office. Samuel D. Patterson soon purchased his 
partner's interest, and in 1834 sold the establishment to 
Adam Slemmer, but repurchased it in 1846. For sev- 
eral years he was the editor of " Graham's Magazine," 
a noted publication in its day. 

The following are lines written by him in memory 
of his mother, Mary Dewees Patterson : 

My mother, how that sacred name 
Awakens in my bosom's core, 

Visions of bliss I once could claim, 
But which I now may claim no more. 

Bliss, such as mark'd my childhood's years, 
When, wrapp'd in thy belov'd embrace, 

I knew no cares, nor hopes, nor fears, 
Beyond that holy resting place. 

242 The Dewees Family. 

Mother ! since those blest joys I knew, 

How many changes time has wrought, 
On all that met my childhood's view, 

Or occupied my childhood's thought. 
How many wandering steps I've stray'd — 

How many anxious fears endur'd — 
How often moum'd o'er hopes betray'd, 

How often smil'd o'er bliss secured. 

Yet, though I've wandered far and wide. 

And quafiF'd of pleasure's rosy bowl — 
Have launch'd upon ambition's tide. 

And yielded to its wild control. 
Still, from the fondest, brightest dream. 

That life and hope can bring to me. 
Does mem'ry, with its magic gleam. 

Glance back to childhood's hours, and thee. 

I see thee as, when by thy side, 

I knelt in infant hours of peace. 
And heard thy prayer, that Heaven would guide. 

My footsteps o'er life's wilderness. 
That He who dried the widow's tears. 

Would fondly guard the widow's joy ; 
And through the lapse of future years. 

Protect, sustain, preserve thy boy. 

My young heart knew not then how much 

Would be its need, in after time. 
Of the strength pray'd for, from the touch 

Of dark temptation and of crime. 
To save it — But I since have leam'd 

Enough of life's bewildering snares. 
To bless the power which kindly tum'd, 

And listen'd to my mother's prayers. 

The Dewees Family. 243 

Mother ! the prayers addressed by thee, 

Fiird with the fervour of thy love, 
Have been a talisman to me. 

To guard and shield, protect, reprove. 
And now when bending o'er thy tomb, 

Thy son affection's tribute pays, 
Faith breaks triumphant through the gloom. 

And sheds abroad its heavenly rays. 

It whispers that thy sainted soul 

From its high home beholds me still — 
And that thy love will yet control. 

Correct and guide my wayward will. 
That, at the mercy seat, thy prayer 

Will for the earthly loved ascend. 
Until the ransom'd meets thee there. 

His praises, with thine own, to blend. 

Philadelphia, 1839. 


Judge John Cobum, the brother of Mrs. Mary De- 
wees, was a native of Philadelphia, where he received an 
excellent education, and was admitted to the bar. In 
1784, under the advice of the distinguished Luther Mar- 
tin, Esq., of Baltimore, who cherished a deep interest 
for him, young Cobum emigrated to Kentucky, aband- 
oning the profession to which he had been reared. How- 
ever, he located in Lexington, and commenced the mer- 
cantile business which was at that time very lucrative. 
In August, 1786, he married Miss Mary Moss, of Fay- 
ette county. He seems to have been successful in 
mercantile operations, and remained in Lexington 
until about the year 1794, when he removed to Mason 

244 The Dewees Family. 

county, and in partnership with Dr. Basil Duke, con- 
tinued his mercantile pursuits. Shortly afterwards he 
was appointed judge of the district court of Mason 
county, and upon the reorganization of the courts, be- 
came a judge of the circuit court, which ofl&ce he held 
until the year 1805. He was appointed by President 
Jefferson judge of the territory of Michigan, which ofl&ce 
he declined and was subsequently appointed to the 
judgeship of the territory of Orleans, and held his 
courts in St. Louis. This ofl&ce he resigned in 1809, 
and was afterwards appointed by President Madison 
during the war of 181 2 and 18 14 revenue collector 
for the fourth district of Kentucky. This ofl&ce which 
he held for seven years, was his last public employ- 

Judge Cobum was a man of most decided political 
principles, and stood high in the confidence of the Dem- 
ocratic party. As early as 1785, a few months after his 
arrival in the State, he was elected a member of the 
convention called at Danville in that year, to take pre- 
liminary steps to secure the admission of Kentucky 
into the Union, and for other purposes. In 1796, he 
was appointed a commissioner in conjunction with Rob- 
ert Johnson, to run and settle a boundary line between 
Virginia and Kentucky, upon which subject he made a 
very able report. Upon its being intimated to the citi- 
zens of St. Louis that Judge Coburn intended to resign 
his ofl&ce as judge of the Orleans territory, they address- 
ed him a petition complimentary of his " talents, indus- 
try and conciliating manners," and urging him to re- 
linquish the idea of resigning his ofl&ce. In 181 3, Gov- 
ernor Shelby wrote an urgent invitation to accompany 
him, and become a member of his military family, which 

The Dewees Family. 245 

was accepted by the Judge, although he held that post 
for only a short period. To the able and indefatigable 
efforts of Judge Cobum, is to be attributed in a great 
degree, the act of Congress appropriating one thousand 
acres of land to Colonel Daniel Boone. The Judge was 
an ardent friend of the old pioneer, and addressed to 
Congress some powerful appeals in his behalf. 

Judge Coburn never practised law, although he took 
out a license in 1 788. He was one of the most inde- 
fatigable political writers of his day, and was in close 
correspondence and intimate relationship with the lead- 
ing Democratic Statesmen of Kentucky. So high an 
estimate was placed upon his ability that as early as 
1800, he was spoken of in connection with the exalted 
station of Senator in the Congress of the United States, 
but he declined his pretensions to that office in favor of 
his friend, the distinguished John Breckenridge, who 
was elected to the Senate at the succeeding session of 
the Legislature. Judge Coburn died in February 1823, 
aged about 60 years. 

Impressed with the importance of the neighborhood 
of Ritter or Brook's Landing, Mason county. Judge 
John Coburn in 1805, laid off a town which he called 
Madison, on the front part of his farm, immediately 
above and adjoining East Maysville on the Ohio river. 
He advertised it as " an excellent situation, one mile 
above the mouth of the Limestone, on an extensive bot- 
tom, three miles long, and three-quarters of a mile wide, 
with a landing remarkably easy and convenient, and 
shielded from the current by a considerable eddy. A 
ferry over the Ohio, already established, a firm and ex- 
cellent road may be made with little additional expense 
to the interior. A ship of 300 tons is now on the stocks 

246 The Dewees Family. 

at the place and several valuable factories will be fixed 
there in a short time. The vicinity of Limestone (now 
Maysville) is at present the key to Kentucky and Ohio, 
&c.'' Lots were sold at very handsome prices, but were 
not improved fifty years after, being still a farm, the 
owner of the land, all unconscious that they were comer- 
stones, was digging up stones because they were in the 
way of the plough. Such is the fate of some towns. 
Liberty was the name actually given to the town laid 
off by Judge Cobum, instead of Madison, as at first in- 


Benjamin Bartholomew was First Lieutenant in 
General Wayne's Battalion of the Line, commissioned 
Captain October 2, 1776, 5th Pennsylvania Line, and 
continued as captain of a company of cavalry through- 
out the Revolutionary War, retired January i, 1785, 
died March 31, 181 2, and was buried in Tredyffrin 
Baptist Church-yard, Chester county. 


John Hughes was bom on the 28th of March, 1772- 
He was baptized May 31, 1772, by Rev. John Wickrell. 
He married Hannah, daughter of Captain Benjamin 
and Rachel Bartholomew, of Chester county. Pa. 


Rachel Bartholomew Hughes was bom at Walnut 
Grove August 2, 1801, married to Jacob Dewees, M. D., 
son of David and Catharine Dewees, of Trappe, Upper 
Providence township, Montgomery county. Pa., by 
Rev. J. C. Clay, November 9, 1826. She died 

Tke Dewees Family. 247 

August 24, 1862, and was interred in the cemetery at 
Pottsville, Pa. Dr. Jacob Dewees was bom March 29, 
1782, died January 23, 1872. 

ISAAC w;aynp hughes. 

Isaac Wayne Hughes was bom in Montgomery 
county, February 14, 1804. He graduated in the 
medical department of the University of Pennsylvania 
in 1825; removed to Newbem, N. C, June i, 1825. He 
was married in 1829, ^^ Eliza A. McLin, daughter of 
Thos. an4 Eliza McLin,of Newbem, N. C.,by Rev. Lemuel 
Hatch. Mrs. Hughes died in Newbem in 1842, in the 
thirty-third year of her age. 

. Dr. Hughes continued actively engaged in the 
practice of his profession in Newbem except a short 
time during the Rebellion. He went to Goldsboro the 
day after the capture of Newbern, and removed from 
there to Charlotte, N. C., where he continued the prac- 
tice of medicine. He returned to Newbern in 1865, 
where he resided the, remainder of his life. He was mar- 
ried again at Newbem, N. C, to Annie M. Smallwood, of 
that place, on May 5, 1853, by Rev. William N. 
Hawks?. . 


Benj. Bartholomew Hughes was married to Mary, 
daughter of Jonas and Nancy Rambo, of Upper Merion, 
Montgomery county. Pa., in 1829, ^Y ^^v, Jehu C. 
Clay. Mrs. Hughes died August 20, 1856, aged 
forty^seven years. Benjamin B. Hughes married the 
second time, Mary J., daughter of David and Hannah 
Brooke, of "The Gulf,'' Upper Merion, Pa., August 17, 
1858. Benjamin B. Hughes died March 11, 1892, aged 

248 The Dewees Family. 

84 years, and was interred in the cemetery of Christ 
(Swedes') Church on the i6th of March. 


Slater Clay Hughes was married to Susan, daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Elizabeth Jarrett, of Upper Merion, 
August 4, 1836, by Rev. Jehu C. Clay. He died De- 
cember 20, 1 84 1, aged 31 years. 


Francis Wade Hughes was bom August 20, 181 7, 
in Upper Merion township, Montgomery county, Pa. 
He commenced the study of law in 1834, in the ofl&ce 
of the late George W. Farquahar, of Pottsville, Pa., and 
the following winter entered the ofl&ce of John B. Wal- 
lace, of Philadelphia, In August 1831, he was admit- 
ted as a member of the Schuylkill county Bar, and 
commenced the practice of his profession in Pottsville, 
Pa., where he passed his life. His practice extended 
to all branches of the profession, and his cases were 

He married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and 
Sarah Sullivan, of Pottsville, Pa., April 1839, ^7 ^^v. 
A. A. Miller. 

He was appointed Deputy Attorney General by Hon. 
David F. Johnson, then Attorney General. He resigned 
three times, but was subsequently reappointed, and 
held the position altogether for eleven years. His 
knowledge of criminal law was consequently thorough, 
but the great bulk of his practice had always been in 
the civil courts. He ranked among the first of the few 
great land lawyers, was a fine practitioner, and under- 
stood patent and commercial law. 

The Dewees Family. 249 

At no period of his life was he willingly concerned 
in the prosecution of homicide cases, and for twenty- 
five years refused such engagements. He had, how- 
ever, very frequent engagements for the defense, with 
invariable success to the extent of preventing a convic- 
tion for murder in the first degree. He gave the subject 
of criminal jurisprudence a great deal of thought, and 
whilst he could not be said to be opposed to capital 
punishment to the extent, or for the same reasons, 
which influenced his opponents generally, yet he doubt- 
ed the efl&cacy of capital punishment in any point of 
view. Nevertheless, when what are knows as "Molly 
Maguire'' cases came on for trial, he took an active part 
in the prosecution in Carbon, Schuylkill and Columbia 
counties. Through the efforts of Mr. Franklin B. 
Gowen and the instrumentality of the Pinkerton de- 
tective agency, the requisite proofs and knowledge of 
the criminals was obtained. Capital punishment in 
their case seemed the only remedy for the ills under 
which the community suffered. Acting under this be- 
lief, Mr. Hughes actively, earnestly and successfully 
took part in the prosecutions. The result justified the 
efforts made. The lesson had been taught that punish- 
ment, if delayed for years, will follow crime, and life 
and property in the coal regions are again under the 
protection of the law. In 1843 he was elected to the 
State Senate in Schuylkill county, which position he 
resigned after serving one year. 

In 1 85 1, he was appointed, by Gov. Bigler, Secre- 
tary of the Commonwealth. This oflB.ce he filled until 
1853, when he succeeded Judge James Campbell as At- 
torney General. 

He hoped to avert the Civil War, giving his prompt 

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and earnest support to the Union, denying utterly the 
right of secession, claiming that the government was 
one of the whole people, not a confederation of states, 
maintaining the legal right of the government to put 
down rebellion with force of arms. He also maintained 
that the right of a nation to defend and maintain its 
own existence is a right inherent in the fact of the ex- 
istence of such nation, and in the case of our Federal 
Government, exists, in the words of Thaddeus Stevens, 
"outside of the Constitution." 

Mr. Hughes died October 22, 1885, aged 68 years. 

* ■ ^ 1 II I ■ ■■ 


Theodore Jones Hughes was married to Caroline, 
daughter of Brice and Helen Oliver Fowville, of Onslow, 
N. C, November 19, 1844, by Rev. N. Collin Hughes. 


Nicholas Collin Hughes was bom in Montgomery 
county. Pa., ordained to the Diaconate in old St. 
Thomas' Church, New York City, June 30, 1844, by 
Bishop B. T. Onderdonk. He removed South, August, 
1844, and was ordained priest in old Christ- Church, 
Raleigh, N. C, May 1846, by Bishop Ives. He was mar- 
ried to Adeline Edmonds, daughter of Dr. Robert and 
Elizabeth Ellis Williams, of Pitt county, N. C, October 
17, 1848, by Rev. J. B. Cheshire, of Tarboro, N. C. 


Jehu Curtis Clay Hughes was married March 13, 
1851, to Mrs. Emma R. Heetner, daughter of Benjamin 
and Sarah Coomts, of Pottsville, Pa. 


Theodore Lyng Dewees was bom December 21, 

The Dewees Family, 251 

1837, ^t Trappe, Montgomery county, Pa, He married 
Ardelia Louisa, daughter of Alfred K. and Phoebe 
James Piske, of Rhode Island, January 20, 1869, at 
Sharaokin, Pa. 


William Henry Dewees was bom August 28, , 

at Trappe, Montgomery county, Pa. He is unmarried, 
and resides in Philadelphia. 


James Collin Dewees was bom September 16, 1845, 
at Philadelphia. He was married to Charity Bye, daughter 
of John P. and Sarah H. Packer, of Lock Haven, Pa., 
October 9, 1872, by Rev. Nathan J. Mitchell. 


John Hughes, bom March 30, 1830. He graduated 
at University of Pennsylvania in 1848, at the age of 18 
years. He then went to Pottsville and read law in the 
office of his uncle Francis W. Hughes. In 1861 he 
left Pottsville and returned to North Carolina, where he 
entered the Confederate service with the rank of captain 
in 1862, being connected with the Seventh Regiment 
North Carolina State Troops. In 1865 he returned to 
Newbem and commenced the practice of law in that 
place. He was Democratic candidate for Lieutenant 
Governor of North Carolina in 1872. He married Jane 
Daves, of Newbern, N. C, January 24, 1854. He died 
at Beaufort, N. C, of paralysis, September 9, 1889. 

James Bettnor Hughes wasbom January 9, 1833. He 
graduated at the University of North Carolina (Chapel 
Hill) in 1853. He graduated in the medical depart- 

252 ^ The Dewees Family. 

ment of the University of Pennsylvania in 1856 and 
was resident physician of St. Joseph's Hospital, Phila- 
delphia, in 1855-6. He then went to Europe where he 
spent two years perfecting himself in his profession, re- 
turning to Newbem in 1858 and associating himself 
with his father in the practice of medicine. He entered 
the Confederate service at the beginning of the war as 
a surgeon with the Second Regiment North Carolina 
State Troops. He married Laura A. W. Bryan, of 
Newbern, January 6, 1859. She died in Maj^, 1868, at 
Newbern. He then married Eliza W. Knox, of Kings- 
ton, N. C, June 6, 1871. 

Theodore Jones Hughes was born October 16, 1834. 
He received a good education and became an extensive 
shipping and commission merchant at Newbem. He 
entered the Confederate service as staff officer of the 
Second Regiment North Carolina Cavalry with the 
rank of captain, and was afterwards transferred to the 
State Navy at his own request, serving as purser of the 
steamer Advance, a successful blockade runner until 
near the close of the war. After the war he settled in 
Newbern, where he carried on the business of commis- 
sion merchant. He married Clara Fillman Stevenson 
October 3, 1855. After her death, which occurred 
March 22, 1870, he again married on October 21, 1871, 
Isabella Hunter King, who died January 26, 1885. 

Nicholas Collin Hughes was bom March 10, 1840. 
He graduated at the University of North Carolina 
(Chapel Hill) in i860. He then went to Pottsville in 
that year and read law in the office of Francis W. and J. 
Hughes, He returned to North Carolina in the winter 
of i860 and read law in Newbem with Hon. J. H. 
Haughton. In 1861 he was appointed aid to Gov. 

The Dewees Family. 253 

Ellis, of North Carolina, with the rank of colonel. He 
resigned in that year, and was appointed First Lieu- 
tenant in the Second Regiment North Carolina State 
Troops, serving in the capacity of adjutant. He was 
wounded by the explosion of a shell from a Federal 
gunboat in the winter of 1862. After his recovery he 
went to Virginia and was with Lee's army at Gettys- 
burg, and while leading a column in a charge up 
Cemetery Hill, he fell mortally wounded. He was 
carried from the field by some of his soldiers and con- 
veyed in an ambulance to Martinsburg, Va., where he 
died, July 15, 1863. 

Henry Clay Hughes served during the war as fol- 
lows: Private in Company B, Fourth Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Infantry, from April 20, 1861, till July 27, 
1 861; Corporal of Company F, Fifty-First Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteers, September 13, 1861, discharged on 
surgeon's certificate at Newbem, N. C, May 21, 1862; 
First Lieutenant of Company G, Seventeenth Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteer Militia, from September 17, 1862, till 
September 28, 1862 ; Second Lieutenant of Company 
A, One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Pennsylvania In- 
fantry, November 4, 1862, resigning on account of ill 
health, January 16, 1863, at Newbem, N. C. ; First 
Lieutenant of Company I, Thirty-Fourth Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Militia, June 3, 1863, mustered out with the 
company August 24, 1863, at expiration of term. 

Hannah Hughes died March 8, 1854. The re- 
port of the superintendent of the Sunday School of 
Christ (Swedes') Church, Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, 
in which she was a teacher, has this notice of her death: 
"Regard for the living, and respect for the dead, alike 
demand that we should pay tribute to the memory of 

254 The Dewees Family. 

one of our most efficient teachers, Miss Hannah 
Hughes. Her place in the Sunday school can with dif- 
ficulty be supplied; her long experience as a teacher 
peculiarly qualified her for the position she so accept- 
ably filled. Her eminent virtues and her elevated 
character as a Christian were surpassed by none. Her 
remains lie in the sacred ground which surrounds this 
edifice, along with those of her forefathers, there to 
await the blessedness which comes with the first resur- 
rection. Of her we say in truth, none knew her but to 
love her, none named her but to praise.'' 

The children of Theodore J. Hughes and Caroline 
Fowville were : 

Isaac W. Hughes, bom in Newbem, N. C, October 
13, 1845, entered the Confederate service in 1861 at the 
age of fifteen years, in the Fifth North Carolina Caval- 
ry, Co. D. He was killed June i, 1864, at Ashland, Va. 

Edward Hall Hughes, born January 29, 1848, in 
Pottsville, Pa., died March 30, 1885, in Philadelphia. 


Francis Marion Deweese, (in list of descendants of 
Lewis Dewees, No. 239,) of Chillicothe, Ohio, is re- 
garded as one of the foremost business men of that city. 
He was born July ist, 1841, in Shelby county, O., 
where his earliest education was received, he having 
finished at Dayton, O. At the age of nineteen, he be- 
gan teaching the common branches, penmanship and 
the rudiments of vocal music in Shelby county. In 
1871 he engaged in the music business in Lima, O., and 
during that year was married to Miss OUie Mosher, of 
Chillicothe, O. In the year 1876 he moved to Indian- 
apolis, Ind., and began the manufacture of the Mosher 

The Dewees Family, 255 

lifting jacks in that city, and two years later came to 
Chillicothe, where he now resides, at No. 77 East Fifth 
street. He also owns and superintends the Clinton 
Park Stock Farm, situated two miles north of Chilli- 
cothe, and is considered one of the most successful 
horsemen in Southern Ohio. He was the first secre- 
tary of the Chillicothe Driving Park Association. Mr. 
Deweese is a most devoted Mason, is a Knight Templar 
and member of the Shrine; was at one time president of 
the Board of Education; is now a director of the Board 
of Trade; a charter member of the Young Men's Club, 
and a staunch Republican. 

Being a laboring man, he is familiar with the la- 
boring man's needs, and has probably made more im- 
provement to the city, and spent more money with the 
laboring men than has any other man, according to his 

He is also very benevolent. While his name does 
not appear as often as some on charitable subscription 
papers, he dispenses substantial charity to many whom 
he knows to be needy and worthy, preferring to give di- 
rect to letting it go through the hands of commit- 
tees. In short, Mr. Deweese is a loyal citizen, and is 
always ready to aid in any enterprise which will advance 
the interests of the community of which he is a member. 


Howard Wood, the president of the Alan Wood 
company of Conshohocken, is a resident of the town, in 
which the sheet and plate iron mills of which he is the 
manager, are situated. To Mr. Wood's recent ancestors 
and to members of his family of the present generation, 
Conshohocken owes much, if not nearly all, of its de- 

256 The Dewees Family. 

velopment and prosperity, and of whatever attractive 
qualities it may possess. 

Mr. Wood was bom in Philadelphia, the son of 
Alan Wood, sr., and Ann (Hunter) Wood, on February 
8, 1846. He was educated at the University of Penn- 
sylvania, graduating from that institution at the age of 
eighteen years, with the highest honors, in 1864. He 
then visited Europe, and upon his return entered the 
iron mills of Alan Wood & Co., to prepare himself for 
participation in the business. Mr. Wood is fifth in de- 
scent from James Wood, who came from Dublin and 
settled in Montgomery county about 1720. His mother 
was a granddaughter of Colonel William Dewees, who 
owned Valley Forge and lived there when Washington 
made his winter quarters there during the Revolution. 
Col. Dewees distinguished himself in that war in many 
ways, and interesting stories are told of the valor dis- 
played by his wife in defending and protecting her 
personal property during the British occupation of Val- 
ley Forge. The first ancestor of Mr. Dewees in this 
country was Cornelius, who came from Holland about 
1700 and settled in Germantown. Another of Mr. 
Wood^s ancestors was Jasper Farmer, who purchased 
from William Penn, by a patent, dated January 31, 
1683, ^ tract of land containing 5,000 acres, now White- 
marsh township, Pa. Alan Wood, sr., father of Howard 
Wood, was born on Christmas day of the year 1800, 
near Blue Bell, Montgomery county. In 1823 he went 
to Philadelphia and engaged in the iron business with 
his father, under the firm name of James Wood & Son. 
Afterwards he purchased the Delaware Iron works, on 
Red Clay creek, near Wilmington, Delaware. In 1856 
the firm of Alan Wood & Co. was formed, and a small 

The Dewees Family, 257 

rolling mill was built, which has been steadily enlarged 
until the works now have a capacity of 20,000 tons of 
sheet and plate iron, and employ about six hundred 
hands. The establishment occupies fifteen acres, and 
it is fitted throughout with the latest improved machin- 
ery. The first regular position taken by Howard Wood 
under his father was that of shipping clerk, and he then 
came in for regular promotion until 1886, when the firm 
of Alan Wood and Co. was incorporated under the name 
of the Alan Wood Company, with Mr. Wood as presi- 
dent. The other directors of the company were Alan 
Wood, jr., Charles Lukens, Thomas Wilkinson, and 
Jonathan R. Jones. 

In politics Mr. Wood is a staunch Republican, and 
has always taken an active interest in the affairs of his 
party. He is a member of the following societies: 
American Society of Mining Engineers, Engineers' 
Club, Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Pennsylvania 
Historical Society, Franklin Institute, Union League of 
Philadelphia, Art Club, the University Club, Manufac- 
turers' Club, the Sons of the Revolution, and others. 

On January 28, 1869, Mr. Wood married Mary, 
daughter of William Canby Biddle, a hardware mer- 
chant of Philadelphia, They have had nine children : 
Biddle, Helen B., Alan 3d, Howard, jr., Clement B., 
Owen B., died in infancy; Rachel B., Marion B., and 
Dorothy, died in infancy. 

Mr. Wood devotes himself closely to the large and 
successful operations conducted by his company. He 
is active, industrious, energetic, possessing in a marked 
degree the qualities which enable him to direct in an 
effective manner considerable bodies of workmen, and to 
manage not only the wider movements, but the details 

258 The Dewees Family, 

of a difl&cult and complicated business. The rather re- 
markable success of the mills in his charge has been 
owing to the merits of their products, and the fact that 
they have never been allowed to decline. 

Inscriptions on tombstones in the Upper German- 
town burying ground, Philadelphia, Pa.: 

In memory of 

William Deweese, 

who departed this life March 

the 3d, 1744-5, aged 67 years. 

In memory of 
Christiana Deweese 
died in ye year 1749. 

In memory of 

Henry Dewees, 

who departed this life 

on the 25th day of May, 

1 80 1, aged between 

85 and 90 years. 

In memory of 

Rachel Dewees, 

wife of Henry Dewees, 

who departed this life 

Aug. 2nd, 1805, aged between 

84 and 85 years. 

The Dewees Family. 259 

In memory of 

Henry Dewees, Junior, 

who departed this life 

the 20th day of Feb., 1802, 

aged between 44 and 45 years. 

In memory of 

William Dewees, 

who departed this life 

Dec. 3, 181 5, in the 

63d year of his age. 

The following names of persons are found on the 
record book of the Upper Germantown burying ground, 
with the date of their burial: 

Henry Dewees, Jr.'s wife, Sept. 12, 1781. 

Henry Dewees' grandchild, Aug. 22, 1781. 

Henry Dewees, May 25, 1800. (i) 

Henry Dewees, Jr., Feb. 21, 1800. (i) 

William Dewees' child, Dec. 16, 1802. 

John Dewees' son, July 26, 1804. 

Widow Dewees, Aug. 3, 1805. 

Agnes Dewees, March 25, 1812. 

William Dewees, Dec. 4, 181 5. 

Abraham Dewees' child. May 12, 18 16. 

Jonathan Dewees, Feb. 22, 18 19. 

Widow Dewees, Nov. 23, 182 1. 

(i) There seems to be a difference in the dates on 
the record and on the tombstones of these two persons. 


Some mention has been made on pages 129 and 
130 of the descendants of Waters Dewees, son of Col. 

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William and Sarah (Waters) Dewees. Additional in- 
formation follows which has been collected. 

The names of the children of Waters Dewees are 
given on pages 42 and 43. Of those, Thomas B. De- 
wees was bom in West Nantmeal township, Chester 
county, in 1813. He was reared on his father's farm 
in that township, attending neighboring schools, and, 
on reaching manhood, engaged in farming in West 
Vincent township, becoming the owner of a farm of 80 
acres of fine land. In politics he was a Whig and, on 
the formation of that party, a Republican. He married, 
in 1836, Elizabeth Hause, daughter of Jacob Hause, 
also of Chester county, and a merchant by occupation. 
Their children : Anna, wife of William Leonard, of 
Philadelphia; Jacob H., an extensive farmer of that 
vicinity ; Sallie, wife of Preston Mosteller, a farmer of 
West Pikeland township, Chester county. Pa. ; Thomas 
B., of Birchrunville ; William and John, both de- 
ceased; Jesse H., married Emma Nichols; Howard, 
deceased ; Ella, wife of John Davis, for many years en- 
gaged in manufacturing Saratoga chips in the city of 
Philadelphia, now deceased ; Ada, wife of William Yea- 
ger ; Hannah, deceased ; and Harry C, who was edu- 
cated in West Vincent township, and in Norristown, 
g.nd is now engaged in farming. Thomas B. Dewees, 
the father, died at his home in West Vincent township, 
March 5, 1876, in the sixty-fourth year of his age. 

Jacob H. Dewees, son of Thomas B. and Elizabeth 
Dewees, was bom in West Nantmeal township, Chester 
county. Pa., February 5, 1837. He was educated in the 
public schools of the vicinity and became a farmer. He 
owns a farm of 129 acres in Upper Uwchlan township, 
on which he resides, and another of 156 acres in West 

S-»-^-tr6- 3^ ^-«^^ot*/ 

S^L^i.jaJ^ g) <i>j..c.<.je.£J 

The Dewees Family 261 

Vincent township. He operates both and maintains a 
dairy of 45 to 50 head of cattle, disposing of his pro- 
ducts in Philadelphia. He is a practical, energetic and 
successful farmer, who has won his way in the world by 
industry and good judgment. He is a Baptist in relig- 
ious faith, dnd a Republican in politics. In 1863 he 
enlisted in an emergency regiment to resist the threat- 
ened invasion of Pennsylvania by General Lee's army. 
He married, December 13, 1866, Sarah Stiteler, daugh- 
ter of Henry and Peninah Stiteler, farmers of West 
Vincent township. Mrs. Dewees was bom January 20, 
1842. Their children: Howard, who acquired his edu- 
cation in the public schools, and has since been engaged 
in farming on the homestead, married May Stiteler, 
daughter of Ellwood and Catharine Stiteler, of West 
Pikeland township, Chester county, and has three chil- 
dren, J. Maurice, George R. and Irvin S. Dewees. 
George S., a graduate of the West Chester State Nor- 
mal School, and of the Law Department of the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania, and is now engaged in the prac- 
tice of law at West Chester ; Rosalind, wife of James 
Mosteller, a farmer of West Vincent township, their 
family consisting of three children, Dewees, Sarah and 
Clinton Mosteller. 

Thomas B. Dewees, son of Thomas B. and Eliza- 
beth Dewees, was bom on his father's farm in West 
Nantmeal township, Chester county. Pa., February 28, 
1844. He was educated in the public schools of the 
district, at Freeland Seminary, Collegeville, now Ursi- 
nus College, and at Treemount Seminary, Norristown. 
He left school when he was under eighteen years of age 
to enlist in Company F, Twelfth Regiment, Pennsyl- 
vania Volunteers. He re-enlisted on March 10, 1864, 

262 The Dewees Family. 

as first lieutenant of Company E, Forty-fifth Regiment 
of United States Colored Infantry. With his command 
he was in the battles before Petersburg, Bermuda Hun- 
dred, Strawberry Plains, Fort Fisher, and on the Dutch 
Gap Canal, near Richmond. He was afterwards with 
the regiment on the Rio Grande in Texas. He was 
also stationed at Sabine Pass, in that State. He was 
honorably discharged from the United States service on 
December 19, 1865, with a meritorious record for patri- 
otic service. He returned to Pennsylvania and taught 
school for two years, and then engaged in the grocery 
business in Philadelphia. He soon disposed of this 
business, but has been all his life engaged in some line 
of mercantile trade. He operated a general store at 
Birchrunville where he was Postmaster for ten years. 
For about two years he conducted a men's furnishing 
business at West Chester. In 1889 he removed to Phoe- 
nixville, and purchased the business of Kennedy & 
Davis, hardware merchants, and this business he en- 
larged to embrace house-furnishing goods, and marble 
and granite works. In 1896 Mr. Dewees sold this 
business to J. F. Yerkes & Co., of Philadelphia. On 
the death of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Templin, 
he fell heir to her property at Birchrunville, to which 
place he removed, April i, 1897, ^^^ resumed business 
in that place, in the meantime building a creamery, 
store and public hall. He was reappointed Postmaster, 
October i, 1898, soon after which he sold his business 
in Birchrunville to Smiley & Davis, and rented to them 
his creamery, store, etc. He resigned his position of 
Postmaster in favor of Geogre D. Smiley, since which 
time he has lived retired. He is a man of much intel- 
ligence, practical good sense and executive ability, and 

<c/^^^<^f^^^- /d- J^zyi^A-ejUfi. 

Mrs. Ida L. Dewees 

The Dewees Family 263 

is pre-eminently a self-made man. Captain Dewees has 
been successful in all his business ventures, and aside 
from his local interests, is connected with several elec- 
tric light plants and other enterprises in the West. He 
has traveled very extensively in the West, and is thor- 
oughly in touch with business conditions in that sec- 
tion of the United States. In politics he is a Republi- 
can. He is a member of Josiah White Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic, at Phoenixville. He is, since 1874, 
a member of Sacknack Tribe, Improved Order of Red 
Men, now extinct. On April i, 1903, he joined Gana- 
noqua Tribe, No. 232, organized at Dewees Hall, Birch- 
runville. Captain Dewees has been twice married. His 
first wife, Hannah Templin, of Birchrunville, whom he 
married November 22, 1866, died October 12, 1882. On 
February 26, 1885, he married Ida L. Knerr, of West 
Vincent township. Their children: Mabel E., bom 
April 7, 1886, educated in the public schools at Phoe- 
nixville and Birchrunville, and became a student at the 
West Chester State Normal School ; Walter R. C, bom 
April 10, 1888, died September 12, 1889; Emma M., 
born September 17, 1890; Ella D., bom December 3, 
1892; Clara Knerr, bom June 3, 1895; H. Knight, bom 
December 6, 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Dewees and their 
daughter Mabel are active members of the Vincent Bap- 
tist Church. Mr. Dewees resides in a commodious and 
convenient mansion which he has had fitted up with all 
modem improvements. 


Abbott, Aaron S. 




William Henry 


Ackerman, Mary B. 
Adair, James 
Adams, Sarah 
Addison, Susan 
Alexander, John T. 
Alrich, George 
Amsterdam Dewees Record 
Anderson, Stacy 
Anecdote of Sheriff Dewees 
Antes, Anna 

Anna Margaretta 

Ann Catharine 


















Henry 28, 37, 83, 84, 85, 86 

Jacob 37, 84 

John 38, 84 

John Henry 37, 84 

Joseph 38, 84 

Mary Magdalena 38, 84 

Philip Frederick 37, 84 

William 37, 84 

Arbogast, Luella 197 

Armstrong, Ann Jane 136, 167 

Nannie 201 

Ashenfelter, William J., M. D. 150 

Baird, Mark 41 

Sarah 41 

Baker, Emilie 64 

John 151 

Baldwin, Libbie 154 

Ball, Joseph 163 

Balsley, Frank S. 60, 72 

Marion 72 

Banks, Lucy Grey 54, 55 

Barge, Mary 38 

Andrew 126 


Barnes, Jennie 68 

Bamett, Ada Eliza 136 

Bartholomew, Abraham P. 52 

Anna 52 
Austin 42, 51, 52 

Augustus 51 
Benjamin 39, 42, 51, 90 

Daniel 51 

Edward 42, 51 

Edward P. 52 

Ellen 42 

Emily 51, 52 

Eugene 51 

George 51 

Hannah 42 

Isaac W. 51 

John 42, 51 

John C. 51 

Joseph 42, 51 

Lindley C. 51 

Lydia Ann 51 

Martha E. 51 

Mary Ellen 52 

Mary Emily 51 

Pritner 51 

Rachel 42, 51 

Sarah 42 
Benjamin, Biog. Sketch of 246 

BarUett, Harriet N. 48 

Bassett, Charles 144 

Battzell, Joseph 47 

Baugh, Davis Ployd Lee 77 

Edward 77 

Francis 77 

Gwendolyn Lee 77 

Henry 77 

Louis Davis 66, 77 

William 77 

Bayless, Annie 58 

Fannie 58 
Maria 40, 44, 106 

William 45 

William Perry 58 

Beale, Laura 48 


The Dewees Family. 



Seattle, BenJAmin B. 



190, 193 

Elizabeth K. 


Boyer, Elizabeth M. 


Theodore W. 


Prances H. 


Thomas R. 




Becker, Bmeline 




Benedict, John A. 


Richard M. 


J. E. 




Annie C. 



43» 54 

Harriet W. 


William G. 


Bennett, Charles D. 


Branson, Emma J. 

147, 148 

Berkheimer, William 


Bridewell, Elizabeth 


Bemardy, Mary 


Bright, Edward 


Berry, Alfred 




Cobum Dewees 






Brisbin, Ellen P. 




Broadnix, Joseph 



I35» 165 





Brooke, Charles 





66, 77 



Gen. John R. 


William T. 




Beswick, Rachel 




Bewley, Carrie 






Mary J. 








Brouse, Emma 




Brower, Wm. 


Bicking, Sarah 




Biddle, Hon. James 






G. McLean 




J. Stewart 




Sarah L. 


Billops. A«ie 


Susan 140, 148, 165 

Birch, Hannah 

190, 211 

Browning, Fanny 


Bispham, Margaret 


Brownwell, Emma 


Bissell, KlT7«beth H. 


Bryan, Laura A. W. 


Bissey, Catharine 


Mary Wharton 


Blackfan,. Hubert O. 


Bull, Ann 

39, 42, 130 





Bless, Hartey C. 




Blue, Rebecca 




Boardman, Jennie 




Boehm, Maria P. 


Burleson, Adele S. 


John Philip 

23, 24, 25, 85 

Albert Sidney 


Boggs, Rev. John 






Lucy K. 



42, 52 



Sarah Prances 


Bumham, George 


Bowen, Eliza Jane 


Bums, James 




Burton, Sarah Summers 

74. 75 

Bowman, Curtis 


Bushy. Catharine 

142, 169 


190, 211 

Cabanis, Edith 




Calahan, John 




Calvert, Adaline 




Charles Cottingham 




Harriet R. 


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Nicholas Collin 


Zoe Ella 


Zoe Frost 


Cam, Abraham 







144, 156 

Carrier, Frances A. 


Carson Helen 


Carter, John T. 


Carty, Mary 


Chenaworth, William 


Chicken, Catharine 

39, 42, 88 

Chipley, Margaretta 


Clark, Daniel R. 


Mary K. 


Cleaver, Emily 




Clift, George 
Clingan, Alan 



Anna L. 


Ann H. 


Annie J. 


Charles, M. D. 

52, 66 

Charles B. 

77, 79 

Charles P. 

66, 68, 77 




77, 79 


77, 79 





William Dr. 

42, 52 



Coafman. Mariana 


Coates, Dr. Chas. E. 




Frank G. 


George H. 


George W. P. 




Leonard R. 


Mary L. 


Mary R. 




Cobum, John, Biog. Sketch 243, 246 

Mary 38, 39 

Cochran, Cobum Dewees 56 

Ella Thrasher 57 

Farmer Dewees 57 

James Wasson 57 

John Carr 44, 56, 57 

Mary Wasson 57 

Ollie Taylor 57 

Samuel Poyntz 57, 107 

William Berry 57 


Codington, John 196 

Codweis, J. C. 16, 17 

Cole, 43 

Collins, William 61 

Combs, Mattie 154 

Comfort, William H. 46 

Comly, Frank H. 48, 62 

Harry D. 62 

Kate R. 62 

Louisa Hendria 62 

Mary 41 

William T. P. 62 

Communion, first at Whitemarsh 23 

Cook, William 48 

Cooley, Harry C. 63 

Coombs, Emma R. 50 

Cornell, Rachel 195 

Comman, Maria 60 

Cottwalls, Mary 144 

Cox, Adaline Grove 72 

George Washington 61, 72 

Craige, Mary M. 67 

Crest of Dewees Family 129 

Crew, Abner F. 147 

Croshaw, Addie C. 154 

Culp, Catharine 40 


Curie, Eliza 196 

Curtis, Mary 191 

Dager, Albert 50, 63 

Charlotte May 63 

Howard, M. D. 63 

Laura 63 

Dailey, Jessie 67 

Dale, Isabella M. 48 

Daniels, Jasper 137 

Davidson, Alexander 196 

William 196 

Davis, Ann 51 

Elizabeth 156 

Ellen 51 

Hannah 42 

Isaac 156 

Jane G. 64 

John 54, 196 

John E. 196 

Jonathan 144, 156 

Lula C. 203 

Margaret 51 

Rachel 51 

Sallie 192 

Thomas 51 

DeHart, Elizabeth 163, 164 

Dean, Joseph 105 

William 105 

DeHaven, Mary Jane 47 


The Dewees Family 









Delap, Susan 140, 

Dempsey, Michael 
Deville, Lewis R. 
Dickey, Amanda, 


Dilbeck, Isaac 
Dilworth, Joseph R. 

Dewees W. 
Donnel, Alice E. 
Dotterer, Henry S. 
Doudna, James 

Draper, Anna 

Avery, 190. 194, 198^ aoo, 205 



189, 191, 205 








194, 199 
199, 200 




Delia T. 










Mary Jane 



Sarah Ann 


Thomas H., 

Thomas Henry 
Drenan, Ann 
Duff, Thomas 
Dundore, Amelia Lydia» 

Eliza Louisa 




Mary E. 


Sarah Ann 
Dunkelberger, M. 
Dunn, James P. 
De Wees, Adrian 





Cornelius 14, 18, 19^ 21, 28, 31 

37, 161, 162 
Garret 13, 18, 31, 32, 129 

Gerrard 129 

Gerret Hendricks 161 

Jan P. 13 

Johannes 18 

Lewis 14, 19, 31 

William 14 

Anna Christina 

Dewees, Aaron 
Aaron Lovett 
Aaron Packer 
Adele L. 

Albert Aueustus 
Albert Ridgely 
Alfred RoUin 
Alice E. 
Alice M. 
Amanda C. 

Amos and family 
Amos R. 
Amv S. 

Andrew Jackson 
Anna B. 
Ann Catharine 
Ann H. 
Anna Eliza 
Annie M. 
Annie Maria 
Ann Jane 
Ann L. 
Ann N. 
Ann W. 
Asaph T. 
Austin Bert 


, 17, 18, 19, 30 

31, 33, 36 
14, 21 

26, 27, 30. 31 

14, 16 

146, 147 


139, 164 

41, 138, 144 




43. 46, 127 








45. 155 


143, 154 




39, 40, 42, 126 

137, 143. 172 

135, 137. 146 
46, 58, 141 

49. 153 




71. 147 
60, 71 


154, 159 

146, 156 

The Dewees Family 


Bessie Lee 
Bessie V. 
Carrie S. 


142, 151, 152, 169 




47. 63, 143 


Catharine 42, 63, 136, 138, 142 

151, 153, I59» 168 
Catharine Alliene r49 

Catharine L. 44 

Cecelia 60 

Charles 38, 41, 47, 48, 50, 58, 63 

153. 157 
Charles Allen 157 

Charles Edward 160 

Charles Drayton 43, 54, 127 

Charles H. 62 

Charles S. 48 

Charlotte 63 

Chauncey 144 

Christina 88 

Christina Elizabeth 37, 83, 84 

Clara 58, 156 

Clinton 149, 162 

Col. William 89, 106, 129 

Cordelia 148 

Cornelius 37, 38, 83, 87, 88, 133 

134, 135, 138, 139. 165,-164* 165 

166, 169 
Cyrus ' 153 

Daniel 40, 45, 46, 59, 60, 143, 147 

151, 152 
Daniel Seltzer 137 

Daniel Udre 53, 68 

David 134, 136, 163, 167 

168, 171 

David Berry 140, 148, 165, 166 

David L. 133 

Debertie 62 

Deborah 49, 140, 152 

Dennis 143, 153 

Dennis A. 154 

Donald R. 159 

Dora 59 

Dudley 154 

Eddie 153 

Edward 63, 135, 138, 157 

Edward Wctherill 48 

Edwin 45, 60 

Eleanor Ashton 48 

Eliza 40 

Eliza Ann 155 

Eliza Jane 156 

Elizabeth 40, 41, 42, 44, 46, 47 


49, 50, 126, 133, 134, 136-8, 142 

145, 148, 151 
Elizabeth B. 44 

Elizabeth M. 148 

Ella 59 

Ellen 46, 49 

Ellis 139 

Ellis Lee 140 

EUwood 157 

Elmira 49. 54, I44 
Emanuel 50, 63 
Emelina 153 
Emily B. 140 
Emily C. 152 
Emma 58, 59, 63, 148 
Emma Alwilda 154 
Emma Elizabeth 160 
Emma L. 43 
Enuna Laura 62 
Emma Loeser 149 
EmmaM. 69, 130 
Ernest J. 154 
Esther 136 
Ethel Hughes 149 
Euphemia Vanarsdalen 73 
Eva A. 53 
Everett Jr. 72 
Everett W. 60, 72 
Family Origin of 13 
Fanny 49 
Farmer 38, 39, 40, 106, 126 
Florence 160 
Floyd M. 159 
Francis Farqnhar 149 
Francis John 71 
Francis Percival 141, 149; Bio- 
graphical Sketch 188 
Frank 46, 161 
Franklin 49, 143 
Frank Turland 62 
Frederick 40 
Frederick R. 137 
Garrett 37. 83, 133, 135, 144. 155 
Gazelda 144 
George 45, 46, 58. 60, 72, 142. 
151. 155. 157, 160, 169 
George Banks 70 
George D. 148 
George Henry 73 
George J. 154, 159 
George M. 140, 148, 165 
George O. 68, 79 
George S. 69, 130 
George S. M. 60 
George W. 39, 43, 47. 53 
George Wilson 61 


The Dewees Family. 




Joanna S. 

Guy Bryan 



Hannah 39, 42, 


139, 146 


Hannah J. 


Hannah Maria 


Hardman Philips 


, 55, 127 

Hariey D. 


John Addison 



John B. 


46, 59 

John C. 


50, 147 

John H. 



John Henry 

Harry A. 


John Hughes 

Harry Hayward 


Harry Lorrain 


John Jacob 



John M. 



John S. 



John Thomas 

Henry 18, 33. 37, 

38. 40, 45. 48 1 

John W. 

50, 87, 


135, 137 

Jonathan 38 


141. 147 

Joseph 42, 

Henry C. 


Henry E. 



41. 136 

Joseph D. 

Howard 69, 


157. 160 

Joseph Dale 

Howard W. 



Huf h Monroe 


Julia Elma 


60, 153 

Julia Gill 




Ida May 




139, 161 


Isaac Holstein 


Katie R. 

Isaac T. 


Laura E. 

Isaac W. 

147, 164 





Jacob 38, 4D, 45 


136, 140 

Ledyard H. 

142, 144, 151, 


165. 168 


Jacob H. 48, 54, 62 

5. 69, 130 


Biog. Sketch of , 260 


Jacob H.. M. D. 


Levi L. 

Jacob Henry 



Jacob S. 



Jacob William 



James 49, 139, 


147, 152 

Louisa D. 

James Buchanan 


Louisa Fiske 

James Collin 141 

. 149 

, Biosfra- 

Louisa S. 

phical Sketch 251 

Louis Loeser 

James H. 



James L. 


Lucj Banks 

James W. 

139. 145 



139, 146 


Janie Bmma 


Mabel E. 

Jeannie Bryan 



Jesse 39, 41, 49 

, 139.143, 145 

Madison S. 

147, 154 


Jesse H. 





Maggie E. 



38, 39, 42, 46 

54, 88, 133, 134 

137, 138, 139. 144 

153, 156, 157, 165 


148, 165 
40, 44, 106 

143, 152, 153 

141 ; bi<M;raphical 

sketch 187 

137, 142 
140, 148 


48, 62 
\ 41, 42, 50, 63, 143 

45, 49, 58, 137, 138 
139, 144. 147, 155 

157, 159 

62, 73 

143, 145, 152, 157 



48, 153 


158, 169 


148, 166 



49, 62 
41, 48, 50 

153, 158 

43, 127 









142, 147, 151, 169 

69, 130 

144, 153 



58, 62, 71 


The Dewees Family 


Margaret 37, 40, 

Margaret Jane 


Maria C. 


Marion Fairfax 



Martha W. 

Martin L. 

Mary 37, 38, 40, 

58, 59. 60, 63, 

136, 137, 139, 

154, 158, 

Mary Ann 47, 

Mary Bertie 

Mary Bryan 

Mary Carty 

Mary Catharine 

Mary E. 

Mary Eliza 

Mary Elizabeth 

Mary Emily 

Mary H. 

Mary Jane 

Mary Jemima 

Mary L. 

Mary Lorrain 

Mary Margaretta 

Mary Matilda 

Mary R. 

Mason Lee 


Matilda E. 

Matthew W. 

Mattie Carlisle 




Newton R. 




Oscar I^orrain 

Oscar P. 

Otis John 

Owen 134, 135, 



Paul Delane 


Percival P. 



Philip 37, 



135, 136, 143 







41, 43, 46, 49 

126, 134, 135 
141, 148, 151 
163, 166, 169 

127, 143, 157 


141, 156 


159, 160 








142, 169 

146, 164 





143, 154 



43, 54, 127 

59, 71 

140, 163, 165 

59, 134 



45, 149 



46, 60 
38, 42, 88, 89 


Phoebe 146 

Phoebe James 149 

Polly 137 

Priscilla 138, 144 

Rachel 38, 39, 40, 41, 133, 144 
Rachel Hughes 149 

Rachel M. 
Rachel W. 
Ralph I. 
Ralph R. 

Rebecca J. 

Richard S. 

Richard Thomas 


Robert M. 




Sallie C. 



39, 40, 41, 49, 135 

138, 139, 144 

147, 158, 164 

156, 160 


149, 165 

69, 130 

46, 61, 106 


38-40, 42, 49, 50, 63 

106-7. 133-5, 138, 140 

142-4, 151, 155, 157, 163 

165, 169, 171, 172 





Sarah 38-42, 58, 60, 100, 135-9 
142, 144-5, 154, 167, 169 

Samuel E. 
Samuel R. 
Samuel T. 

Sarah Ann 
Sarah C. 
Sarah L. 
Sarah Lee 
Sarah M. 
Sarah T. 
Savillion A. 

Susan Janney 

46, 48, 152 


157, 169 







46, 146, 152, 159 

Susanna Rebecca 156 

T. Bryan 55, 70 

Theodore 43, 127 

Theodore John 149 

Theodore Lyng 141, 149; Bio- 
graphical Sketch 250-1 
Theophilus 145 

Thomas 38-9, 106, 126, 130 

134-5, 138-9, 143-7 
160, 164 

Thomas (No. 24) 137 


The Dewees Family. 


Thomas B. 43, 53-4, 68-9, 130 
Biog. Sketch of, 261 
Thomas L. 140 

Thomas W. 39 

Uriah 138, 143, 154, 186-7 

Victor 59, 71 

Victor John 71 

Vincent Edward 71 

Walter 154, 159 

Warren 157, 160 

Washington S. 48 

Waters 39, 42, 130 

Descendants of, 259 
Watson W. 146, 157, 164 

Watson W., Jr. 157 

Wilbur 71 

Wilhelmina 160, 161 

William 37-4o, 42, 45» 58, 61 

86-9, 133-7, 139, 143.5 
148, 151-3, 155-6, 161 

163-5, 172 

William A. 47, 154, 159 

William B., Dr. 151, 158, 169 

WiUiam D. 160 

William F. R. 60 

William G. 158 

William H. 41, 46, 48 

William Henry 141, 160 

Biog. Sketch of 251 

William James 160- 1 

WiUiam M. 148 

William P. 139, 147 

William Potts 43, 54, 

70, 126-9 

William Potts, Jr. 70 

William S. 60 

William Smith 43, 127 

Willie Wheat 70 

W. William 54 

Deweese, A. C. 201 

A. B. 201 

Alexander D. 194, 197 

Alice 203 

Alice Jane 197 

Alonzo 200 

Ann 193-4 

Anna 191, 195 

Annie 198-9 

Annie K. 207 

Ann J. 193 

Ann S. 199 

Arthur 207 

Arthur A. 204 

Aura T. 205 

Belle 208 

Benjamin F. 202 











195, 201, 203 



Charles A. 


Charles G. 




Cornelius 189-90, 192-3, 195-7 

199, 200, 202, 204, 211 
Biog. Sketch of, 212-18 

Daniel 189 

David 190-1, 195 

Dorothy 210 

Draper A. 191, 194, 199 

Drury W. 203, 208 

Edmund 192 

Edmund A. 203 

Edmund C. 202, 208 

Edwin L. 205 

Elijah 189 

Elisha 192 

Eliza 202 
Elizabeth 191 -4, 196, 199, 202-3 

Ella S. 199 

Ellen 202 

Emeline 196 

Emma 207 

Estella 204 

Esther 190 

Eva 202 

F. Earl 208 

Francis M. 201, 208 ; Biogra- 
phical Sketch of, 254-5 

Frankie 208 

Frederick M. 208 

Garrett 190 

George 196, 202 

George F. 198 

George P. 197 

Georjge W. 196, 200 

Gloria 208 

Gordon 192 

Hazel D. 204 
Henry 192, 194-6, 200-1, 203 

Hester 191 

Hettie Ann 196 

Hezekiah 189, 190, 193, 211 

Homer 202 

Howard T. H. 204 

Huldah B. 207 

Humphrey 192 

Isaac 199 

Isaac S. 173 

Jacob 209 

The Dewees Family 


James C. 
James M. 
James P. 
James R. 
James T. 
James W. 
John B. 
John J. 
John T. 
John W. 


191, I95» 197, 200 

196, 202 

201, 208 

191, 195 

202, 208 

189-92, 195-6, 202, 208 



John Winfield 197 

Jonathan 190-2 

Jonathan McK. 200 

Joseph 195 
Joseph R. 201, 208 ; Biogra- 
phical Sketch of, 218-20 
Joshua 190-2, 195, 201, 211 

Julia 208 

Julius 196 

Katharine M. 208 

Kenneth 193, 197 

Kenneth McC. 204, 209 

Lacy Ann 196 

Lafayette 202 

Landow L. 201 

Laura 207 

Laura P. 202 

Layton D. 198, 205 

Lena 208 

Lessie 204 

Letitia 191 

Levi 192 
Lewis 189-91, 194, 211, 212 

Lewis H. 209 

Lillie 199, 209 

Louisa 196 

Lucinda 196, 202 

Lnella 203 

Mahala 190 

Margaret 195, aoi 

Mana W. 200 

Martha 195, 201 

Martha L. 203 
Mary 189, 192-3, 195-6, 201, 209 

Mary Ann 200-2 

Mary Eliza 199 

Mary Elizabeth 198, 207 

Mary Emma 207 

Mary L. 196 



189-90, 192, 212 




189, 192, 200 

Nancy Ann 



190. 193. 199 

Nellie Ruth 


Nettie May 


Newton C. 



196, 202 

Nimrod Jr. 




Oliver C. 





192, 196 


i89» 193, 196 

Rachel Ann 


Rachel Catharine 

\ liori 

Rachel H. 









195, 201 

Samuel i 

[89, 191-2, 194-5 

200-1, 207, 211 

Samuel Curtis 


Samuel Furlow 


Samuel George 


Samuel McDougall, 201 

Samuel Sanders 


Sarah 189, 190, 193, 195, 207 

Sarah Ann 

194, 198, 200 

Sarah Catharine 


Sarah Eleva 


Sarah Jane 






Susanna Olive 


T. A. 



190, 193 


191-2, 194 

Thomas Curtis 


Thomas Henry 

200, 207 

Thomas W. 


Truman A. 

208, 210 





Wesley Walton 


Wilford A. 


William 189, 193-5, 199, 211- 12 
William A. 200 

William Buck 192 

William Curtis 200 

William Dallas 197, 204, 213 

William Henry 194, 198, 199, 200 
William M. 202 

William McCall 207 


The Dewees Family. 


Wilson 202 

Zachary Taylor 201 

Duffield, Charles 47 

Elizabeth 47 

Henry 47 

Joseph 47 

Levi 47 

Mary 47 

Phoebe 47 

Rachel 47 

Salina 47 

Samuel 47 

Sarah 47 

Thomas 47 

Duke, Hannah Morton 57 

James Wilson 57 

John 56 

John M. 45 

Marv Poyntz 57 

Natnaniel 56 

Thomas 44, 56 

Eastbum, Jesse 53 

Ebe, Thomas 138 

Bdey, Julia 145, 157 

Egerton, Rebecca 139 

EUiott, Charles 49 

David 49 

Elizabeth 49 

Hester 49 

Jane 49 

John 41, 49 

I^ewis Kuhn 49 

Peter 49 

Rebecca 49 

Elfrey, Alfred H. 160 

Thomas B. 156, 160 

Ellis, Emma 46 

Embree, Maria 139, 140, 147 

English, 61 

Ennis, Clarence 210 

Leon 210 

Satdsbury M. 205, 210 

Epitaphs and Records 222, 232 

Erb, 50 

Erdman, Margaretta 47 

Etzell, Elizabeth 134 

Evans, Benjamin Hughes 75 

Edmund M. 64, 75 

Harriet E. 45 

Major 105 

Mary Hughes 75 

Ray Wright 75 

Parmer, Edward 86 

Jane 43, 127 

Jasper 87 

Rachel 37, 86 


Thomas 87 

Parquhar, Annette 75 

Elizabeth Hughes 75 

Prancis Hughes 75 

George Wildman 75 

Guy E. 65, 75 

Marion Amelia 75 

Otto Edward 75 

Parrer, John 144 

Paust, Anna Maria 134 

Pavorite, Jerry 192 

Margaret 192 

Perree, Alan 66 

D. Dewees 52, 66 

Dillen B. 52, 67 

Edward B. 67, 77 

Elizabeth C. 77 

Emily C. 67 

Eugene H. 66, 77 

Plorence A. 77 

Prederick B. 53 

George C. 52, 66 

George E. 77 

Helen J. 77 

Howard G. 67 

Mabel 67 

Marion R. 77 

Mary 52 

Rebecca M. 77 

Thomas W. 52, 67 

William D. 66, 77 

William H. 77 

Perrel, Harriet 59 

Pinlayson, Alice 72 

Benjamin Harrison 72 

Elsie Dunbar 72 

Plorence Isabella 72 

Harrjr Stow 72 

Jennie 72 

John 72 

Laura May 72 

Lewis 72 

Louis 61, 72 

Norman 72 

Sarah 72 

William 72 

Pinley, Capt. Walter L. 68, 79 

James R. 79 

Thomas D. 79 

Pisher, Hannah Elizabeth 69 

James, M. D. 54, 69 

Laura 69 

Mary Ellen 69 

Patty Dewees 69 

Thomas Boyer 69 

Piske, Ardelia Louisa 141 

The Dewees Family 


Fitch, Rev. Mr. 
Flagg, Maria 
Fleck, Katie 
Flitcraft, Amanda 


Jesse H. 

Folwell, George Joseph 

Joseph N. 
Forbes, Bessie 

Edward Ripley 

Frank Andrew 

Gifford Thomas 

Randolph Hughes 


Thomas Gifford 
Ford, Bessie T. 

George E. 

Moses K. 


Tinley H. 
Fortier, Katie 
Fortner, Cornelia A. 


Ritchie E. 
Fouble, nee Kelley, Julia, 
Foulke, Edith 



Foulk, Caleb 

William Hughes 
Fowville, Caroline 
Francis, Mary 
Frazee, Maria Dewees 

Mary Poyntz 

Samuel E. 

Samuel E., Jr. 
Freeman, Blanche Draper 

Delia Bertha 

Elizabeth C. 

Elmira Virginia 

John C. 

John Lawrence 

Lou Etta 

Minnie McGaw 

Ralph Anderson 

Russell Norman 

Stella Ina 
Frey, Andrew 

Fries, Benjamin 
Fronfield, Ann 
Frothington, Mary F. 
Fry, Hon. Joseph 
Fiirlow, Mary Ann 








207, 210 








198, 206 











146, 157 












205, 210 















Gade, Sidney 144 

Gage, Jennie 70 

Garrett, Hattie L. 60 

Garrigues, Mary 147 

Gates, Laurence E. 208 

Gemp, Nelson 192 

Gentry, Alfred 47 

Gerhsurd, Mary 195 

Gerhart, Elizabeth 156 

Margaret Ann 156 

Gershon, Hannah 193 

Gibson, Martha 145 

Gildersleeve, Benedict 200 

Gilpin, Laura 53 

Rosalind 53 

Glaice, Hunter 203 

Gleaves, Albert 45 

Gorgas, John 26 

Gottwall, Mary M. 204 

Gotwalts, Jacob V. 150 

Graham, 191 

Eddie 69 

Edgar Draper 206, 210 

George 198, 206 

Jonaman Tinley 206 

Pearl 210 

Pearlie Cress 206 

Graves, Eliza R. 54 

Gray, Ann Jane 60 

Greaves, John M. 70 

Greene, Sarah 140, 143 

Greer, Cap*t James 200 

Gregory, Jane 143 

William 156 

Grewell, John Edward 199 

Griffith, Julia 194 

Grill, 148 

Hagaman, John R. 42 

Hagerman, John 85 

Han, Robert 139 

Halpin, Margaret 66 

Hamilton, 59 

Hammer, Sarah 141 

Hardine, Adaline Williams 76 

Collin Hughes 76 

Frederick Harriman 76 

Martha 76 

Martha Elizabeth 65 

Mary Elizabeth 76 

Nathaniel Rev. 65, 76 

Nathaniel 76 

Robert 76 

Sallie Nelson 65 

William Blount 76 

Harris, Jonathan 140 

Hart, Mary 41 


The Dewees Family. 


140, 165 

43» 130 







134, 163, 169 

Hartly, Hannah H. 
Hause, Elizabeth 
Heath, Mary J. 
Heebner, Emma 

Heffinger, Walter 
Henderson, Caroline 
Hennefer, Ebenezer 
Henrich, Margaret 

Hentz, Mary 3 

Herbert, Anna 142 

Heritage, Joseph D. 48 
Hermit of the Schulkill, Joseph 

Dewees 130-132 

Hill, Robert Carmer 65 

Hillegass, 61 

Hingely, Catharine 62 

Hinke, Prof. W. J. 33 

Hirons, Anna 53 

Hitt, Samnel 197 

Hodgkiss, 39, 43 

Martha 43 

Sarah 43 

Hoffman, Elizabeth 133 

John 47 

Holland Docnments 14 

Holstein, Louisa Brooke 4€ 

Hoopes, Deborah 135 

Robert Lettia 105 

Homer, Snsan 156 

Horstman, 60 

Hosier, Henry W. 154 

Howard, Charlotte 210 

Howe, Catharine 151 

Elias 152 

Fietta 151 

Harrison 151 

Joshua 151 

Lydia 151 

Rebecca 151 

William 142, 151 

Howell, Benjamin 29 

Hafte or Huste, Rachel 133 

Hughes, Adaline Williams 76 

Alice Donnel 81 

Anna Brooke 74 

Ann Bryan 73 

Ann C. 73 

Annette 65 

Annie M. 64 

Annie Smallwood 74 

Benj. Bartholomew 50, 64, 74 

Biog. Sketch of 247, 248 

Benj. BarUiolomew (2d) 74 












64, 133 






50, 64-5, 81 







Isaac Wayne 50, 63-5, 73-4 

Children of, 251-4 

Biog. Sketch of, 247 

Israel Harding 76 

James Bettnor 64, 73 

James Bryan 73 

Jane Augusta 65 

Jehu Curtis Clay 50, 250 

John 42, 50, 63, 73 

Biog. Sketch of, 246 

John Davis 73 

John Hunter 74 

John J. 64, 74 

John Jartett 65 

John Robert 65, 76 

Julia Deifendorf 75 

Julia Washington 73 

Kathleen Cawthome 74 

Laura 73 

Louis Curtis 65, 75 

Lucy 65 

Lucretia Nash 76 

Mabel 73 

Mary Alice 73 

Mary Ann 64 

Benjamin Francis 

Benjamin Raymond 


Burton Donnel 

Caroline Virginia 

Catharine Dewees 

Charles Collin 

Clara Stevenson 


Cordelia Vass 

David Porter 


Edward HaU 


Eliza A. 

Eliza Knox 

Eliza McLinn 


Elizabeth G. 

Emily Irene 


Fanny Farquhar 


Francis Wade 

Biog. Sketch 
Frank Stacker 
George Stevenson 
Helen May 
Henry Clay 

The Dewees Family 




Mary Elizabeth 



136, 141 

Mary Rambo 




Nathan Brooke 


Jennings, Anna 


Nathan Rambo 


Jester, Anna D. 


Nicholas Collin 50, 64-5 

. 73, 76 

^nna L. 


Biog. Sketch of, 
Nicholas Collin, Jr. 


Charles P. 








197, 204 

Rachel B. 

50, 136 

Robert M. 


Biog. Sketch of, 


Thomas R. 


Sarah Summers 


John, Gertrude W. 


Slater Clay 



Biog. Sketch of, 


Elizabeth May 


Susan Mary 




Susan Taylor 


Margaret Eliza 


Theodore Jones 50, 64, 65, 74 



Children of. 




Biog. Sketch of, 


Mary Ann 


Thomas Silliman 






Richard M. 

198, 206 

Wayne Baker 


Tinley Deweese 


William Corson 


Willie Richard 


Zophar Mills 


Jones, Elizabeth 


Hubbard, May E. 



206, 210 

Hunsdon, Arthur Loomis 


Horatio Gates 


Eleanor Carey 




Ogden Gouvemeur 


Richard Frazer 


Seth Charles 

55, 70 

Sophia V. 
Journal of Mary Dewees 


Hutchinson, Amy 




Kaercher, Francis 


Benjamin P. 


George Hughes 




George Ringgold 




Keeley, Ella 




Reiser, Charles W. 




Kelly, Isaac 




Kennedy, Alexander 


Mary Ann 






Kenney, Arthur J, 




198, 205 

Thomas J. 




William W. 


Keubel, Frank S. 


Hyer, Franklin P. 


Keys, Mary 



Kinkead, Annie 


Catharine D. 


Kirby, Rachel 

140, 165 



Kirkpatrick, Robert 


Jacoby, Charles 


Kline, Gilberto R. 




Knauss, Ludwig 




Knerr, Ida L. 

54, 130 



Knorr, Christian 








Knox, Annie 




Eliza W. 


Jackson, Mary E. 


Isabella Hunter 


Jansen, John 


Kohler, Luther 

142, 151 

Jarrett, Susan 


Kooken, Bertha 


Jeiferis, David 


J. R., Rev. 

142, 149 


The Dewees Family. 

J. Warren 
Koster, Margaretta 
Kratz, H. W. 

Ktihn» Lydia 
LaMunyan, Annie Bell 

Philip E. 
Lang, Ann M. 
Leafly, Arthur R. 

Grade L. 

Ledenham, Rev. John 
tedyard, Olivia Camilla 
Lee, Caroline Stevenson 




Mary 66, 134, 


William Latta 
I^ntz, Jacob 
Leonard, Huldah J. 

Levering, Nathan 
Lewar, Abraham 
Lewis, Enos 
Lincoln, James 
Littrell, Lacy 
Livingstone. Andrew 
Lloyd, Geoi^ 

Loeser, Emma 
Long, Colonel, U. S. A. 
Longacre, Qara 

Kate A. 
Lord, Susan E. 
Lorrain, John 

Love, Caroline Cordelia 
Lovejoy, Frances 
Lovingood, Caroline 
Lowe, Harry Allen 


Main, Edna Earl 
Manderbach, Ida Violette 
Manly, Basil 

Matthias E. 
Mansfield, Prank 
Maris, Marv 
Marshall, cfharles 




Martin, Edward 


133, 162 

. 48 







163, 165 




143, 144 












39, "7 












135, 165 


Massey, Mary Ann 
Masterson, Charlotte 
Mattis, Aaron 
Matthews, Lucinda 
Matz, Leah 
Maxwell, David 




McCalla, Capt. 
McClelland, Samuel 
McDougal, Sarah 
McDowell, James 
McElhenny, Robert L. 
McOuT, Mary 
McGrath, Mary 
McGrew, Cecil 






McKee, H. Sellers 

Thomas M. 
McKelvey, Mary 
McLean, Alicia F. 
*Anna J. 

George F. 


Samuel, M. D. 
McLinn, Eliza 
McNamee, Helen Gertrude 

Mary Jane 

Margarite Moore 

Walter Joset>h 
Mcpherson, Mollie 
Mendenahlen, Sarah 


Merritt, John B. 
Metcalf , Hannah 

Metkeff, Leah 
Miller, Maria Magadalena 

Minors, Sarah 
Morrison, John, M. D. 
Mosher, Olive E. 
Mosteller, R. Preston 
Mott, Sarah Ann 
Muhlenberg, Rev. H. M. 
Muncv, Eliiah 
Murphy, Elizabeth 
Murray, Thomas W. 













146, 158 










137, 169 









136, 167 

... 170-1 



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Myers, David 


Neidigh, Esther 


New, Elizabeth 

190, 211 

Newman, Charles 


Nichols, Emma 


Norris, Lloyd 


Norwell, Hon. John 


N3mian, Elizabeth 


Ogden, Adeline 


Blanche Virginia 


Charles W. 

55, 127 









O'Halloran, Mary Jane 


Old Trappe Church 

170, 171 

Op de Graff, Hermann 


Omensetter, Ma^aret 
Osbom, Robert T. 





Owen, Natalie 





Packer, Aaron 


Charity Bye 


Paine, Sarah 


Palfrey, William T. 






Papen, Gerpert 


Paper Mill, first in America 

21, 25-6 

(i «( 2^1 41 

21, 26 

Parker, George H. 


Harriet Bell 








Parvin, Elizabeth 






Pascall, Col. Jonathan 


Pastoritis, Francis Daniel, 28, 34, 35 

Patten, Emily J. MiUiken 


Patterson, Clara D. 


Ella F. 


James Buchanan 


James M. 


Mary Matilda 

149, 167 

Samuel 134, 136, 163, 167 

Samuel Davenport 


Samuel Dewees 136, 

141, 167 

Biog. Sketch of 


Samuel Sherwood 


Sarah Ann 


William Comstock 



William Mott 141, 149, 167 

Pearson, Lydia 194 

Pechin, Emily 64 

Pennypacker, Wilhelmina 144 

Peters, Emily M. 60 

Philips, Maryann Augustine 42 

Pidgeon, Joseph 211 

Pierce, Lorenna 47 

Plummer, Louis W. 148 

Plumstead, William 32-3 

Porter, Eunice 139, 147. 164 

Potts, David 43i 89, 95 

Hannah 38-9, 106 

Isaac 95 

James 39, 43 

Joseph 89 

Rebecca Rutter 89 

Sarah 38, 43, 89, 106 

Thomas 89 

Powell, Mary 202 

Poyntz, Benjamin Bayless 56 

Charles Baldwin 56 

Cobum Dewees 5^ 

Jane Baldwin 56 

John Baldwin 5^ 

Lizzie Dewees 5^ 

Nathaniel B. 56 

OUie Taylor 56 

Samuel Baldwin 56 

Samuel Baldwin, Jr. 56 

William B. 56 

Pritner, Elizabeth 42 

Prizer, Anna 142 

Catharine (Dewees) 141 

Frederick 136 

Henry 136, 141 

Kate 142 

Margaret 142 

Purael, Clara 158 

Helen 158 

Mary Louisa 158 

Philip 158 

Ruth 158 

Thomas 158 

Thomas Stone 149* 158 

Pumell, E. 207 

Race, Anna Elizabeth 61 

Radcliff , Jane 55 

Rambo, Eva 71 

Harry E. V 

Lewis V 

Mary y' 

Mary Elizabeth 71 

Samuel 59. 7 ^ 

Rankin, Elizabeth 5c 

Rapine, 45. 59 


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Rauch, Rev. O. H. E. 
Raughley, Alfred 

Annie Maria 

Ernest B. 

George Elmer 

Hester Ann 

Hester Lilly 

James Harry 


Joshua B. 

Joshua Burton 

Mary Emma 

Peter Selden 

Robert Emmet Lee 

Sarah A. 

William Clifford 

Ravenstock, Johannes 


Raysor, Emma A. 
Reading, Alfred 
Redman, Joseph 
Reese, Jerry 

Reformed Church of N. Y. 
Ref. Ch. of Whitemarsh 
Reichard, Albert Thomas 





Rhoads, Mary Jane 
Richards, Margaret 133 

Rittenhouse, Catharine 










199, 206 








199, 206 









14, 22 







162, 163 







Rittenhouse branch 
Roberts, Alfred 

Annie H. 




Elizabeth B. 

Ella P. 

George W. B. 

14, 16, 21, 26, 161 


21, 26, 234 

233» 239 




George W. P. 

Hannah L. 

Leonard F. 

Levi B. 


Mary F. 


Thomas W. 

Rev. Walter D. 



W. Dewees 
Robinson, Herschel 


Mary Bryan 


Robert Emmet 

Theodore Dewees 
Rodenbaugh, Ann 
Roe, Elmira 




Rogers, Jane 

Ross, Alfred Green 

Clara Hughes 

William Lightfoot 
Rowland, Lewis 
Rowley, Janie Maria 
Royer, Allen 


Charles John 






Horace T. 


J. Dewees 



Joseph, Hon. 

Joseph Whitfield 


J. Warren 




Rupp's 30,000 names 
Rutters, Conrad 
Ryan, Rebecca 
Rynick, Sarah 




43, 53 









43» 127 








39, 42, 88 

39, 126 



74, 81 ^.- 


43, 127 



142, 150 


142, 150 

142, 150 

142, 150 



136, 142, 171 

141, 150, 167 

142, 150 






TJie Dewees Family 





Salmon, Charles 


Sanchez, Mary 

Saulter, Caroline Elizabeth 



Schlosser, Louisa Charlotte 


Scout, John 


Scroggy, Joseph 


Secrist, Roxanna 


Seltzer, Maria Catharine 

134, 136, 163, 167 1 

Shafer, Catharine 


Shaffer, Annie B. 


Shallcross, J. 


Shannon, Rachel 


Robert, Dr. 

135, 138 

Sharp, Byron G. 

207, 210 



Mary Louisa 


Maud Mars^aret 


Shaw, Mrs. (widow) 


Shearer, Elizabeth Ann 


Sheetz, Benjamin 


Shepherd, Richie 


Shermer, Christopher 






Sherwood, Deborah 


She3aner, Jacob 


Shingle, Joseph 




Shively, Christian 


Shockley, Anna M. 










Frank D. 




Hannah J. 

204, 209 

James F. 








Thomas H. 

204, 209 

Thomas J. 


Wm. E. 

204, 209 

Shoebrook, George Washington 205 



Julia Deweese 






Shope, John 


Shunk, Gov. Francis R. 


Silliman, Elizabeth 


Sipes, Sarah 



Sleater, John M. 46 

Smallwood, Annie M. 50, 64 

Smith, Clarence 159 

George Winfield 154, 159 

Georgia 202 

Harriet B. 203 

J. Cloude 74 

Laura 78 

Mollie E. 204 

Persifer 67, 78 

Rev. O. P. 170 

Rosalind 78 

Roy Harrison 159 

Sarah 139 

Wesley 199 

Snyder, Amelia 43 

Margaret H. 137 

Mary 138 

Sorber, Margaret 41 

Souder, 49 

Spangenberg, 86 

Spear, Frank 61, 72 

Sprenkle, Lydia 134 

Stacker^ Amanda E. 64 

Jiannah Hughes 81 

Winfield Scott 81 

St. Clair, Daniel 138, 145 

James, 145, I57 

Julia Edey 157 

Rachel 157 

Steiner, Adele 80 

Bessie 80 

Harry Hegner 80 

Josephus Murray Dr. 80 

Ralph 80 

Stents, 155 

Stevenson, Clara Tillman 64 

Stever,, Susan 134 

Stewart, Catharine 67 

Thomas S. 53, 67 

Thomas Selby, Jr. 67 

Stiteler, Henry 130 

Peninah 130 

Sarah 54, 130 

Stokley, Eunice 194 

Stout, Anna 42, 52 

Aiinie E. 49 

Stow, Edwin Forrest 61 

Emily D. 61 

Emma Louisa 61 

Frank Pierce 61 

Henry Duffield 61 

John P. 61 

John P., Jr. 61 

Joseph Thomas 61 

Margaretta Erdman 61 


The Dewees Family. 



Sarah Ann 


Draper Deweese 


Strauss, Lydia 







194, 198 








198, 206 



Mary Ann 




Mary Etta 

198, 206 

Sallie Ann 





26, 27, 83 

Rachel Ann 


Street, Lydia 

139, 146 




139. 146 

Sarah E. 


Strudwick, Edmund 


Sarah Elizabeth 

198, 205 


43, "7 



Stuart, Jane 


Todd, Crissy 


Styer, Lizzie Hinkle 


Todhunter, A. N. 


Mary Caroline 


Tombstones, Inscriptions on 

I 258-9 

Orlando P. 

46, 60 

Tomlinson, Aaron 


Walter Dewees 

60, 72 



Walter Earl 




Sullivan, Margaret Ann 




Summerfield, Hannah 



135, 140 

Summers, Clara 




David Shaw 


















Townsend, Sarah Catharine 




Tracy, Wm. 


Sweitzer, Anna 


Tress, Thomas 




Tribbit, Aaron 


Sylvester, Lizzie B. 



190, 193 

Talbot, Elizabeth F. 


Trittle, Charlotte 


Mary Jane 


Tunis, Abraham 


Tannehill, Ann 


Trymble, Jennie 




Tryon, Isabella 

142, 150 



Tussey, Jonathan 








Valance, Mary Ann 



40, 45, 106 

Vanarsdalen, Jesse 


Tarter, Peter 




Taylor, Charles 


Van Bebber, Henry 


Harry Rev. 


Van Buskirk, Elizabeth 




Vasey, Fanny Raza 






Maria Dewees 




Oliver H. P. 


William Tinley 



39, 44, 106 

Veazy, Lydia G. 


William V. 


Vernon, Lucetta 


Templin, Hannah 

54, 130 

Vincent, Sarah 


Thomas, Ann 


Voorhees, John R. 




Wade, Caroline Isabella 


Thompson , Elizabeth 


Clarence Howard 










Tinley, Bessie 


Guy Carl 




Holland Henry 


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John Q, 143 

Leah • 155 

Mary Ann 155 

Wenman 144 

Wagner, Annie 41 

Walbom, Amelia E. 151 

Walker, Elizabeth 192 

Isaac 95 

Wampole, Frederick 40 

Ward, Alfred Reading 61 

Eleanor Dewees 61 

Elizabeth Brown 62 

George Hoff 61 

Gertrude 6i 

Harry Hoff 61 

John 61 

Josiah P. 141 

Watson 48, 61 

Waters, Sarah 38, 39 

Watkins, Sarah 138 

^/Watson, Jane 135, 164 

Weaver, Cornelius Weygandt 158 

Ethan Allen 149, 158, 167 


Kenneth P. 

Marguerite E. 
Welch, Jennie E. 
Wells, Isaac 
White, Prof. H. C. 
Wickard, John 
Wickliffe, Lydia 
Wier, Mary H. 
Wiggins, Blake B. 

Mason Lee 
Wilds, Betsey 
Wiler, Lucius 
Will, Isaac 
Willets,^ Amanda 


Williams, Adaline E. 


Margaret H. 


Thomas 27, 

Williamson, Kathleen Hughes 


Walter Parker 74 













. 58 

134, 163, 167 








Williard, Chester 



Wills, EUizabeth Marple 

Wilson, Annie 

Annie Logan 



142, 150 



Basil Duke 










Mary P. 

Nathaniel W. 

Rachel D. 


Sallie Wickliffe 

Winch, Alta S. 
Wing, Clkra Neva 
Winter, Sarah Burke 
Wolf, Margaret 
Wolfe, Elizabeth 
Wood, Alan 43t 53f 





Annie W. 



Charles N. 

Clement B. 



Eleanor R. 


EvSine Alice 

George W. 


Gilpin V. 


Helen B. 


Biog. Sketch 

Howard, Jr. 

James D. 

Laura G. 


Lindsay C 


Marion S, 


Nellie W. 


Rachel B. 

Richard G. 









141, i67 

67, 68. -fi 





53. 6| 

355. 258 



139. 164 




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John D. 









Sallie A. 


Mary A. 




Mary J. 


Thomas D. 




W. Dewees 


Rebecca J. 





139, 145-6 

William B. 



139, J45 

Wright, Charles A. 


Thomas D. 


Wuichter, 134, 136, 

163, 167 




136, 167 

Yorke, Thomas 

29, 32 

136, 167 

Yost, Ada 


Wyckliffe, Lydia 


Young, Annie 


Yeager, William 




Yerkes, Beatrice Hughes . 






Youret Anna 






William Harrison 


Zeller, Henry 


Yocum, Aaron D. 


Zimmerman, Elizabeth 








Zook, Rebecca 





Under the head of "Notes" it has been deemed 
proper to introduce at the end of this publication a 
number of items of information which could not well be 
placed under any other heading. Rather than allow 
the work to go to press without all attainable facts 
as to the Dewees family history, they have been 

Patent to Abraham Lewar. 
Reference to Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, 
Vol. I, Page 281, etc., shows the proceedings in relation 
to land for which Philip Dewees (see Page 88, etc.,) had 
obtained a warrant, but never paid any money on the 
same to the proprietors, nor ever proceeded to survey 
the land. Abraham Lewar having made an application 
with survey for the same, the Board of Property decided 
that as Dewees never took any steps for so long a time 
to prosecute his warrant, that the survey of Lewar 
ought to be received, and a patent granted. The land 
appears to have been located in Mount Bethel township 
in Northampton county. Pa., according to subsequent 
proceedings, which are set forth elsewhere in the Penn- 
sylvania Archives. 

286 The Dewees Family. 

Spanish Grant in Florida to Catharine 
Chicken. Mrs. LaMunyan obtained from the American 
State Papers relating to public lands very voluminous 
records in reference to the grant of lands in Florida in 
favor of Donna Catalina Chicken, widow of Don An- 
drew Dewees, of the plantation named the Orange 
Grove. This grant of seventy-nine caballerias of land 
was made October 29, 1790. After the Spanish pos- 
sessions were acquired by the United States government, 
the title to this land was a subject of controversy, but a 
decision was finally rendered in every case in favor of 
the heirs of the widow of Andrew Dewees, about 1825. 
The proceedings are too lengthy for insertion here. The 
curious reader is referred to the original sources for the 
details which are not of suflScient general interest to 
warrant further attention in this work. 

Controversy Between Boehm and the Mora- 
vians. Reference to Pastor John Philip Boehm, is 
made on page 24 and elsewhere in this work. His 
daughter, Maria Philippina, became the wife of Corne- 
lius Dewees, son of the first William Dewees. The 
controversy of Pastor Boehm with the Moravians is a 
matter of history, and it is unnecessary to repeat the 
details of this unfortunate altercation. 

R. Preston Mosteller. — Page 54. R. Preston 
Mosteller was a well known farmer of West Pikeland 
township, Chester county. Pa. He died December 26, 
1903, in his sixty-ninth year, after an illness of several 
years from a stroke of paralysis. His wife was Sallie 
C, daughter of Thomas B. and Elizabeth (Hause) 
Dewees, who with two sons, Horace and Deweese, and 


The Dewees Family 287 

one daughter, Mary Ella, survived him. Mr. Mosteller 
was a native of the vicinity in which his life was' spent, 
and in which he died. The funeral took place on De- 
cember 30, 1903, interment at Vincent Baptist Church. 

Mrs. Louisa B. Dewees. — Page 43. Louisa B. 
(Holstein) Dewees, widow of George W. Dewees, whose 
first wife was Amelia Snyder, died in Norristown where 
she spent most of her life, January 24, 1904, in the 
ninetieth year of her age. The funeral took place on 
January 27, from her residence. No. 53 East Chestnut 
street. Mrs. Dewees was the daughter of George W. 
and Elizabeth (Wayne) Dewees, of Upper Merion 
township, Montgomery county. Pa. Only one brother, 
of a family of ten. Dr. George W. Holstein, survived 
her. Mr. and Mrs. Dewees had three children — Eva 
A., Isaac H., of Montgomery, Alabama, and Mary H. 

Mrs. Jacob Dewees. — Mary Ann, wife of Jacob 
Dewees, died January 23, 1904, at her residence, Row- 
landville, Philadelphia county. Pa., aged ninety-one 
years, her husband surviving her. 

Thomas Dewees. — The Colonial Records con- 
tain many references to Thomas Dewees, including the 
following : 

Vol. 10, page 455. Account for board of soldiers. 

Vol. 10, page 456. Resolution to pay him jail ex- 
penses of Leonard Snowden, a prisoner in his charge, 
Snowden being unable to pay. 

Vol. 10, page 524. Order to discharge Henry Y. 

Vol. 10, pages 567 and 568. Investigation by a 

288 The Dewees Family. 

committee of the Committee of Safety, on the complaint 
of Congress, of the charge that Mr. Dewees was cul- 
pable in permitting the escape of Moses Kirkland, 
who had been committed to the prison in Philadelphia 
by order of John Hancock, President of the Continental 
Congress, March 28, 1776. 

The matter is further alluded to in American Arch- 
ives, Fourth Series, Vol. 5, page 533 ; in Pennsylva- 
nia Archives, Second Series, Vol. i, pages 611 and 614. 

In Scharfl and Westcott's History of Philadelphia, 
Vol. I, page 323, Thomas Dewees is spoken of as 
Sheriff. He was Jailer, his father having been Sheriff 
of Philadelphia. (See biographical sketch of Thomas 
Dewees, page 106, this volume.) 

Wills and Administrations. — Mention may be 
made of wills and the settlement of estates of members 
of the Dewees family, although it is beyond the scope 
of this work to give these documents in detail. Among 
them are the following : 

Henry Dewees (page 87) Springfield township, 
Montgomery county. Pa,, proved at Norristown, in 1801. 

Thomas Dewees (page 106.) Letters of admin- 
istration on his estate granted to Hannah Dewees and 
Samuel Beard, May 28, 1783, his children being Wil- 
liam, James, Edward, Hannah. 

Lewis Dewees. Letters granted to his widow, 
Mary Dewees, May 27, 1814. He lived in the district 
of Southwark. He left five children, giving his prop- 
erty to them for life and afterwards to his grandchildren. 
On December 6, 1845, letters of administration were 
granted on the estate of another Lewis Dewees, of 
Southwark, Philadelphia, to Cornelius Dewees. 

The Dewees Family 289 

William P. Dewees, Philadelphia. (See page 147.) 
Letters granted on his estate to William Piersol, 
November 29, 1845. 

Mary Dewees. (See page 43.) Letters of ad- 
ministration granted in Philadelphia, April 7, 1843, to 
H. P. Dewees. 

Edwin Dewees. (See page 60.) Letters granted 
at West Chester, September 12, 1876, to his widow, Har- 
riet E. Dewees, et. al. 

Hannah Dewees, Schuylkill township, Chester 
county. Pa. Will proved July 7, 1885. Letters testa- 
mentary granted to Franklin Jones. 

Joseph Dewees, Tredyffrin township, Chester coun- 
ty, Pa. Will proved March 17, 1879. Letters granted 
to Hannah Dewees. 

Sarah Dewees, Chester county. Pa. Letters granted, 
January 14, 1823, ^ Matthew and Jonathan Roberts. 

Thomas B. Dewees, Chester county. Died March 
5, 1876. (See page 54). Letters granted March 28, 
1876, to his wife Elizabeth. He left all his property 
to her. 

Joseph Dewees, Tredyffrin, township, Chester county. 
Will proved March 17, 1879. He left all to his wife 
Hannah during her life, and at her death to his five 

Sarah Dewees. (See page 38.) Will dated April 
7, 1822, mentions only daughter, Annie Potts, widow of 
James Potts ; grandson, William Dewees. son of Thomas 
Dewees ; mentions granddaughter Sarah Potts and 
grandson David Potts ; gives small sums to her sons, 
Waters Dewees and William Dewees, and to Sarah 
Foulke, wife of Caleb Foulke, of Philadelphia, a wal- 
nut dining table and looking glass. 

290 The Dewees Family. 

Mary (or Maria) Catharine Dewees. (Page 167.) 
Widow of David Dewees, whose will was proved Sep- 
tember 24, 1857, bequeathed to her son, Frederick R. 
Dewees, and daughters Ann and Sarah, the tavern and 
farm at Trappe, Montgomery county. Pa., where she 
resided at the time of her death. The farm contained 
160 acres and 95 perches. Will Book No. 2, page 207, 
at Norristown. 

Frederick Dewees. (Page 40.) Will proved July 
II, 1862. He left his personal property to William 
Miller, having sold his real estate to James A. Miller. 

Sarah Dewees, widow of William Miller. (See 
page 40.) Will proved at Norristown, July 13, 1844. 
She bequeathed to her son Frederick (above) all her 
estate, both real and personal, and all dower from her 
deceased husband, as a recompense for his kindness to 
her in her old age. Also the legacy bequeathed to her 
by her father, Frederick Bicking. 

William H. Dewees, (page 41) of Plymouth town- 
ship, Montgomery county, gave to his widow, Margaret, 
the homestead and his personal property during her 
life, his daughter Ellen to have his horse for her use. 
Executors were his sons Martin Luther and Frank, and 
his daughter Ellen. His will was proved October 2, 1872. 

Ann Dewees, of Trappe, (see page 137, first line,) 
died at four o'clock p. m., January 29, 1880. Her will 
was proved March 23, 1880. All her interest in the 
property at Trappe was bequeathed to her sister Sarah 
and brother, Frederick R. Dewees. He and Sarah died 
before Ann, however. 

Frederick R. Dewees, of Trappe, died at ten o'clock, 
p. m., January 7, 1878. Will proved March 26, 1878. 
Bequeathed his interest in the farm to sisters Ann and 

The Dewees Family 291 

Sarah, and at their death to his brother, Percival P. 
Dewees, and his heirs. 

Sarah Dewees, sister of Frederick and Ann, out- 
lived the others, dying September 11, 1885. Will 
proved at Norristown, January 23, 1886. She bequeathed 
all her interest in the farm, etc., at Trappe, to her 
brother Frederict and sister Ann during life, and at 
their death to her brother, Percival P. Dewees. 

Ada Eliza P. Dewees, widow of David, Jr., (page 
136), and sister-in-law of the three last mentioned, died 
in Upper Providence township, Montgomery county, 
Pa., at'2 o'clock, a. m., December 21, 1882. Her will 
was proved, December 30, 1882. Her maiden name was 
Bamett. She had a sister Hannah Worrall. Her es- 
tate was bequeathed in five equal shares to Mrs. Mar- 
tha Rambo and her four sons, Wallace, Marcellus, Mil- 
ton and Albin. 

Jonathan Dewees (page 50) died at one o'clock, p. 
m., October 29, 1882. Will proved November 6, 1882, 
leaving all to his wife Charlotte during her life, and at 
her death to his five children, in equal shares. 

Samuel Dewees (page 63) of Horsham township, 
Montgomery county, Pa., died at 10 o'clock, September 
14, 1886. His will was proved October 5, 1886. Ex- 
ecutor (his son Jonathan) to sell real estate, etc., within 
a year. His children, Mary, Harrison, Elizabeth, Jona- 
than, Charles, Emanuel and Levi, to have share and 
share alike. 

Daniel Dewees (page 46) died at Whitemarsh, 
Montgomery county. Pa., at 12.30 a. m., April 2, 1888. 
His will was proved on the i8th of the same month, 
giving to his wife Mary A., his property during life and 
after her death to his children. His sons George and 

292 The Dewees Family. 

Jacob W., were his executors. 

Elizabeth Tiiiley(see page 198) died at Dover, Del- 
aware, May 28, 1899, aged eighty years, nine months 
and thirteen days. She was the widow of Jonathan 
Tinley. Will proved June 9, the same year, left her 
property to children and grandchildren. The will 
which is an interesting document is too long to be given 
in full. 

John Dewees, of Bristol township, Philadelphia 
county, Pa. Will proved at Philadelphia, April 14, 1841, 
Gives his estate to his widow Sarah, during life. He 
mentions the following children : Mary, wife of Mat- 
thew Burk; Dil worth, John, Henry, Benjamin ; Ann, 
wife of William Crossly ; Rachel, wife of Joseph Engle ; 
Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Childs, and Sarah Dewees. 

Appointment of Guardians. — ^January i, 1790, 
Mary Dewees (late Mary Coats) and William Robison, 
Jr., appointed Guardians of William, Warwick, Rebecca 
and Susanna Coats, minor children of William Coats, 
deceased, of the district of Southwark, Philadelphia. 
Also, in Philadelphia, in Orphans' Court, February 15, 
1799, Dr. William Dewees appointed guardian of David 
ly. Dewees. 

Letter from Kate Deshler. — In a letter of 
Kate Deshler, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Mrs. 
P. E. LaMunyan, she says : " Captain George Farmer 
was a son of Peter Farmer. My great grandfather had 
brothers, but I never heard of an Edward. We have or 
had a will, (a copy perhaps), of one of the old great- 
grandparents, in which she disinherits some of the 
children, making my great-grandfather largely her 

The Dewees Family 293 

heir. We have a miniature of him, painted by Rem- 
brandt Peale. We also have an oil painting of him, etc.'' 

Charge Against William Dewees. — A reference 
to Colonial Records, Vol. 10, pages 210 and 212, will 
show how a charge brought against Sheriff William 
Dewees by Richard Swan wick, commander of the 
schooner King George, Oct. 5, 1764, was refuted, it ap- 
pearing to the Council at a hearing next day that the 
charge was founded on a misapprehension of Mr. Swan- 
wick, and that Sheriff Dewees was fully vindicated from 
the accusation. Sheriff Dewees was reminded, how- 
ever, that it was his duty on all occasions to give speedy 
and effectual assistance to the officers of "His Majesty's 
Customs." The Council recommended his reappoint- 
ment, and he was forthwith re-commissioned for another 
term in the office. The outbreak of the Revolution a 
little later absolved all civil officers from allegiance to 
Great Britain. Among the sureties on the bond of 
Sheriff Dewees was Robert Shannon, whose family 
afterwards became prominent in Montgomery county^ 

Robinson Springs. — Page 128. Robinson Springs 
is a unique health resort. Its site is an old planta- 
tion of many hundred acres that passed years 
ago from the ownership of the government into the 
hands of the ancestors of its more recent possessors. 
It was once a palatial home. Mrs. Robinson accommo- 
dates all the boarders that the old house will hold, and 
the rest are located in picturesque log cabins in the vi- 
cinity of the mansion. 

Samuel Dewees. — In 1777, Philadelphia was di- 
vided into seven battalion districts. The officers for the 
county were William Coats, Jacob Engle, Samuel Dewees, 
George Smith, Archibald Thomson and William Antes. 

294 Tf^^ Dewees Family. 


Page 39. No. 45. Rebecca Dewees married Thomas 

Page 50. Francis Wade Hughes married Elizabeth 

Page 64. I. W. Hughes' second wife was Annie M. 

Page 65. The second child of F. W. and Elizabeth 

Hughes was Frances. 
Page 69. No. 623. Second wife of George W. P. Coates, 

was Edie Graham. 
Page 80. Children of No. 263 should be N0.623. 
Page 50. John Curtis Clay Hughes, should be Jehu Cur- 
tis Clay Hughes. 

Others of relatively less importance can be correct- 
ed by the reader.