Josiah DEWEY

Josiah DEWEY

Male 1641 - 1732  (~ 90 years)

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  • Name Josiah DEWEY  [2, 3
    • The son of Thomas "The Settler" Dewey & his wife Frances, later the wife of George Phelps. Dewey married on 6 Nov 1662 at Northampton, MA to Hepzibah Lyman the daughter of Richard & Hepzibah Ford Lyman. The Deweys located at Northampton, MA about 1663 where Josiah learned the carpenter's trade and became a freeman in 1666. During King Philip's War he was a Sargent of the Guard at Westfield, MA.

      He was a Quaker and in his religious discovery he says; "When I was entred into a married state I saw myself now under former ingagemnts of attending heart-searching & hearing Mr. Mather on the hearts hardness assert that there was no plague like unto that, I was affrighted there at & soon after hearing Mr. Eliot (now of Gilford) on a lecture sermon was so awakened as to resolve no longer to delay but to fall to search my own heart. But I found it hard & difficult work to keep my mind to it & sometimes I found that my heart would slip from ye work almost as soon as I was at it. So that I could find little rest."

      He seems to have found that rest as he became a Deacon in the church at Westfield. In 1696 he moved to Lebanon, CT where he helped found the town, and where his name appears often in the early records.


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    • The "Brief Notes of the Early History of the Dewey Family in America" states that Hepzibah had died about 1670/1 and that Josiah married as a 2d wife, Experience. However, the inscription on Hepzibah Lyman Dewey's headstone states she died in 1732. So I will will using that as Hepzibah's death and will removing be removing Josiah's 2d wife, Experience.
    Born Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 10 Oct 1641  Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Sep 1732  Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I64169  Main Tree
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2018 

    Father Thomas DEWEY,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1648, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Frances ?,   b. 1611, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1690, Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 22 Mar 1638/9  Windsor, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F1666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hepzibah LYMAN,   b. Abt 1644, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1732, Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1662  Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Josiah Lyman DEWEY,   b. 24 Dec 1666, Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1750, Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Sep 1732 - Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Josiah Dewey Headstone
    Josiah Dewey Headstone
    Josiah, the son of Thomas Dewey and Frances (?), is the husband of Hepzibah Lyman. He is buried in the Old Cemetery in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut.

    Created by: Forrest Fothergill
    Photo Added by: Forrest Fothergill

  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S7289] The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 1875 Vol. 006 No. 2 April.

    3. [S8841] Early New England Families, 1641 - 1700, Vol. 1, American Ancestor.org.