Pioneer Families - DEWEY
Extracted From
Chapter XVII
Early history of the town of Hopkinton :
history of East Village (Nicholville) and vicinity,
diaries of Elisha Risdon and Artemas Kent,
soldiers of the Civil War,
genealogical record of sixty of the pioneer families

Carlton E. Sanford
Boston: Bartlett Press, 1903

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

IN this chapter is given the genealogical records of many of the pioneers of the town, of all that I have been able to gather sufficient data and information to make a fairly full record. The preparation of these records has required much time, labor, correspondence, persistence and patience. Had I had in the beginning a full comprehension of the tedious labor required, I now feel sure I should not have undertaken it. That there are some errors in dates and possibly a few in names I am quite satisfied, since considerable of my information came from elderly people who wrote feebly and indistinctly. I think it will be readily understood, if the reader will bear in mind that it is in continuous order; that the first, second, third and fourth generations are each carried slightly to the right, and that each generation always has the same indentation.

JARED DEWEY d. December 1850; m. Rachel Webster, d. June 12, 1858. He came into town in 1802 with Roswell Hopkins and others. Mr. Hopkins married his sister Lydia. It is accepted tradition that Mr. Hopkins gave him his choice of tracts for a farm. He could have had the Eliphahet Brush farm, but took a hundred acres a mile or so south from Nicholville on account of the fine springs on it. His son, William W. Dewey, ninety-one years of age, claims that his father cut the first tree in Hopkinton on the farm of Joel Goodell. Dr. Hough's history gives him the credit for this act. He resents with some indignation the claim for this act by any other. The record of the family is very incomplete, but it is the best I have been able to obtain. Had five children:
  • Ira B., b. in Vermont, August 31, 1804; d. young.
  • Diadama, b. February 24, 1808; d. June 12, 1888; m. Aaron T. Smith in 1844 (second wife); d. in Minnesota in 1896. Had two children:
    • Eunice A. Smith, Fergus Falls, Minn.
    • Adah E., Twinsburg, Ohio; m. Charles H. Marshall.
  • William W., b. August 24, 1810; living at Western, Minn., m. Harriet Blanchard, November 18, 1835. Had five children:
    • Alzina R., d. in Hopkinton, 1862; m. Francis White.
    • Martha A., d. Lawrence, Minn., 1883; m. J. G. Marple.
    • Mary M., d. Western, Minn., 1875; m. George W. Sheldon.
    • Rhoda M., 1. Western, Minn; m. I. J. Brown.
    • William B., 1. Western, Minn.; m. Ella M. Toombe.
  • Sally, b. July 19, 1812; m. Benjamin Page. Had four children:
    • Edgar, Mary, Jared and Ara, but no information of them has been obtainable.
  • Jared L., b. 1813; m. 1st, Eliza Lovell. Had seven children: Ira, Abner, Emeline, John, Jared, Lucy (adopted by Israel Putnam, now Mrs. Ashley Dudley of Michigan) and William, of Fort Jackson, N.Y.

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