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preserves the pronunciation. Owing to the fact
that no genealogy has been compiled, it has been
impossible to trace this record of this branch
farther than three generations.

(I) Edward Jewett was a resident of Bradford,
in the west riding of Yorkshire, England, where he
was a clothier. His will was dated February 16,
1614, and proved by his widow July 12, 1615. He
was married in Bradford, October i, 1604, to Mary
daughter of William Taylor. Their children, bap-
tized in Bradford, were : William, Maximilian, Jo-
seph and Sarah, perhaps others who died young.
(Mention of Joseph and descendants forms the
closing part of this article.)

(II) Deacon Maximilian, second son and child
of Edward and Mary (Taylor) Jewett, was bap-
tized December 31, 1609, in Bradford, England.
He came to Rowley, Massachusetts, with the Rev.
Ezekiel Rogers in 1639, and was made a freeman
there May 13 of the following year. He had a two-
acre house lot in 1643 on Bradford street. He was
a leading man in the affairs of the town, and was
several times its representative in the general court.
He was also very early a deacon of the church. He
was accompanied on his journey to Massachusetts
by his wife Ann, who was buried November 9,
1667, and he married (second) August 30, 1671,
Ellen, widow of John Boynton. He died October 19,
1684. His will is on file at Salem, Massachusetts,
among the Essex county papers. It disposes of
considerable amount of property, indicating that he
was a man of substance. His widow Ellen was
married for the third time, June i, 1686, to Daniel
Warner, Sr., of Ipswich, whom she survived, and
died in Rowley, August 5, 1689. The children of
Maximilian Jewett, all by his first wife, were :
Ezekiel, Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, Faith, Joseph,
Sarah (died young), Sarah and Priscilla. (Mention
of Joseph and descendants appears in this article.)

(III) Deacon Ezekiel, eldest of the children of
Deacon Maximilian Jewett and his wife Ann, was
born in Rowley, Massachusetts, January S, 1643,
and died September 2, 1723. He was chosen to
succeed his father as deacon of the church in Row-
ley, and was ordained October 24, 1686. He mar-
ried, first, February 26, 1663-64, Faith, daughter of
Francis Parrat. She died October 15, 1715, in her
seventy-fourth year, as is indicated by her grave-
stone. He married, second, October 23, 1716, Eliza-
beth, widow of John Jewett. His will, dated Febru-
ary 16, 1722-23, proved November 4, 1723, mentions
"my now wife" and a marriage contract; son Fran-
cis to have "my Bradford land ;" son Thomas "my
Boxford land;" sons of Maximilian, Nathaniel and
Stephen, and daughters Sarah Bailey and Elizabeth
Nelson (Essex Probate, 13:363)- After the death
of Deacon Tewett his widow Elizabeth married,



December 2, 1723, Ensign Andrew Stickney, son
of William Sticknej^ Mentioned in the order of
birth the children of Deacon Ezekiel Jewett and
his wife Faith Parrat were as follows : Francis,
Thomas, Ezekiel (died young). Ezekiel, Maximilian,
Ann, Sarah, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Stephen.

(IV) Francis, eldest child of Deacon Ezekiel
and Faith (Parret) Jewett, was born March 15,
1665, in Rowley, Massachusetts, and settled in
Bradford, same state, and died September 19, 1751,
in that town. He was married June 20, 1693 to
Sarah Hardy, who was born March 25, 1673, daugh-
ter of John Hardy of Bradford. Their children
were: Samuel, James (died young), Mary (died
young), Ezekiel, Mary, Sarah, Nathaniel, James,
Esther and Anne.

(V) Samuel, eldest child of Francis and Sarah
(Hardy) Jewett, was born April 26, 1694, in Brad-
ford and probably removed in his old age to New
Hampshire, where some of his children were settled.
No record of his death appears in Bradford. He was
married there October 24, 1718, to Ruth Hardy, who
was born June 15, 1699, in Bradford, a daughter of
Jacob and Lydia Hardy. Their children were :
Lydia, Samuel, Jacob (died young), Sarah, Mehitable
and Jacob.

(VI) Samuel (2), eldest son and second child
of Samuel (i) and Ruth (Hardy) Jewett, was bap-
tiz^ed February 20, 1726, in the first Congregational
Church at Bradford, and settled on attaining man-
hood, in Hollis, New Hampshire, where he died
December 29, 1791, in his sixty-sixth year. His
wife's name was Sarah, but there is no record of her
family name. They were the parents of eight chil-
dren : Sarah, Mary, Ruth, Samuel, Esther, Jacob,
John and Lucy.

(VII) Samuel, fourth child and eldest son of
Samuel and Sarah Jewett, was born in Hollis. New
Hampshire, Januarj' i, 1756, and lived in that town
a little more than twenty-five years. At the out-
break of the Revolution he enlisted in Captain Reu-
ben Dow's company of minute men which marched
from Hollis April 19, 1775, on the occasion of the
Lexington alarm, and on October 6 of the same
year was enrolled as a member of the same com-
pany, all Hollis men, in Colonel Paul Dudley Sar-
geant's regiment, which took part in the battle at
Bunker Hill. His name also appears on the mus-
ter roll of Captain Daniel Emmons' company of mili-
tia which marched from Hollis for Ticonderoga,
New York in June, 1777, and proceeded as far as
Walpole, New Hampshire, a distance of sixty-five
miles, when the men were ordered home, arriving
in Hollis July 4. On the following day, the com-
pany was again ordered to march and proceeded
as far as Cavendish, New Hampshire, a distance of
one hundred miles, and there met the troops under
Colonel Bellows on their retreat. In September,
1777, Mr. Jewett was enrolled for service in Col-
onel Oilman's regiment of New Hampshire militia
raised for the Northern Continental army, and on
the muster roll of September 8 of the same year was
a sergeant in Captain Zebulon Oilman's company
of Colonel Stephen Evan's regiment which marched
to New York and joined the Continental army un-
der General Gates in the historic battle of Sarato-
ga (Stillwa'ter), and in which the British under
Burgoyne received their first decisive check. In
this campaign Sergeant Jewett was in service three
months and eight days. In connection with his ser-
vice as a soldier of the Revolution it is said that
Samuel Jewett offered his enlistment at the very
beginning of the war. At the time he was nineteen
years old. small of stature, but of strong build and

possessed much physical and moral courage. He
was so small indeed that some doubt was expressed
in respect to his eligibility on that account, and
when he was called upon to pass under a pole in
order to ascertain his height he raised up on tip-
toe ahd thus succeeded in passing the required
physical examination.

In 1782 Samuel Jewett and his younger brother
Jacob left Hollis and took up their residence on a
tract of land given them by their father in what now
is the city of Laconia, where they were the first
permanent white settlers. The region then was en-
tirely new and the land was overgrown with great
forest trees, and wild animals were numerous. The
brothers' built log houses near each other and felled
the first trees on the site of the mills on the Gilford
side of the river. On one occasion, it is said, Sam-
uel lost his only axe in the hollow of a tree and to
procure another was compelled to go t6 Hollis on
foot, a distance of about seventy miles. His land
was half of a tract of two hundred and fifty acres,
and sometime after he had made a sufficient clear-
ing he erected a substantial frame house and brought
a good farm under cultivation. Samuel Jewett lived
to attain the age of eighty-three years, and his wife
was seventy-five years old at the time of her death.
Her family name was Smith, of the Smiths in that
part of Gilmanton which now is the town of Gil-
ford. Their eight children who grew to maturity
were Sarah, who married Samuel Philbrick ; Polly,
Avho married Oilman Bennett ; Effie, who became
Mrs. Hackett ; Ruth, who married Isaac Osgood ;
Hannah, who married Thomas Craft ; Samuel, who
received a part of his father's farm bordering on
the river and whose wife was Sally, daughter of
John Crosby; Smith, who married Statira Glines.
and John.

(VIII) Smith, fifth child and third son of
Samuel (2) and Athia (Smith) Jewett, was born
in Gilford, now Laconia, July 21, 1793, and died
in Laconia, February 17, 1868. He was a farmer
and carpenter, and resided in what is now the town
of Laconia until 1841, when he removed into the
village of Meredith Bridge, where he resided until
his death. He married Statira Glines, who was
born in that part of Northfield, now Tilton, May
20, 1799, and died January 24, 1890. They had ten
children : Jeremiah S., Statira A., Edith A., Louise
A., John G., Samuel B., James W., Mary A., Sarah
E., and Albert H. C.

(IX) Jeremiah Smith, eldest son of Smith and
Statira (Glines) Jewett, was born in Meredith, No-
vember 25, 1822. He attended the schools at Mere-
dith Bridge and Gilford Academy. He w^as em-
ployed on a farm and worked at carpentering with
his father until 1845, and was then employed as_a
surveyor by the Boston, Concord & Montreal rail-
road two years. From 1848 to 1862 he was em-
ployed in the railroad repair shops at Lakeport.
The latter part of that period he was foreman. After
leaving the railroad employ he formed a partnership
with Ira Merrill under the firm name of Merrill
& Jewett, and for three years they were engaged in
the general merchandise business at Warren. Mr.
Jewett then bought his partner's interest and carried
on the business another year, at the end of which
time Mr. Merrill re-entered the firm which took
the name of Merrill, Jewett & Company, and con-
tinued the business two years longer. J. S. Jewett
and E. B. Eaton, as Jewett & Eaton, were the suc-
cessors of this firm ; and finally J. S. Jewett became
sole proprietor and continued the merchandise busi-
ness the thirteen years following, and then sold
to George Clark. He then went back to agriculture.



which he enjoys, and has been a farmer in a small
way until the present time. ]\Ir. Jewett became a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1857
or 1858, and in 1874 ^^^ joined tiie New Hampshire
Conference, and in 1878 was ordained to preach,
and afterward acted as a supply at Wentworth,
North Groton, Swiftwater and Warren. In poli-
tics he is an ardent Republican. He married, in
Warren, February 15, Harriet Merrill Farnum, who
was born in Warren, December 30, 1830, and died
April 6, 1904. Her parents were Joseph and Betsey
(Alerrill) Farnum. Of this marriage there was one
child, IMartin W., who was born in Lakeport, Janu-
ary 24, 1855, and died in Warren, January 12, 1873.

(IX) John Glines, second son of Smith
and Statira (Glines) Jewett, was born September 4,
1829, in that part of the present city of Laconia
which then was known as Meredith Bridge. He
received his education in the Laconia public schools
and Gilford Academy, and after leaving school de-
voted part of his time during a period of ten years
to teaching; and he also worked at the trade of a
carpenter. In 1855 he went to South America, re-
turned in 1857 and for the next twenty years taught
school and was employed in the Laconia car works.
In 1876 he was appointed justice of the police court
in Laconia, served in that capacity nearly sixteen
years, and then resigned. In April, 1891, he was ap-
pointed by President Harrison, postmaster of
Laconia, holding that office until May. 1895, when he
resigned and retired from active life. For almost
forty years Judge Jewett was prominently identi-
fied with the civil and political history of his native
town and county, and as early as 1858, the next
year after his return from South America, he was
appointed superintendent of the school committee of
Gilford. In 1859 he was collector of taxes and in
i860 was selectman, holding that office three years,
and in 1863 Avas recruiting officer for the town of
Gilford. In 1867 and '68 he represented his town
in the legislature, and while a member of the house
served on its committee to apportion the state tax.
For nearly twelve years he was a member of the
Laconia board of education and for two^ years
registrar of probate of Belknap county.

Colonel Jewett (he is perhaps best known by
that title) is and for many years has been identified
with the best interests of Belknap county in many
other ways than mentioned in preceding paragraphs.
He prepared the city charter of Laconia and secured
its enactment by the legislature. He is a director
of the Laconia National Bank, Laconia Building and
Loan Association, Laconia Land and Improvement
Company, the Standard Electric Time Company, and
the Masonic Temple Association. Mr. Jewett mar-
ried, June 30, 1880, Annie L. Bray, of Laconia. She
was born in Bradford, England, January 6, i860,
daughter of George and Ann Bray, of Laconia,
and formerly of Bradford. England. Colonel and
Mrs. Jewett have one child, Theo. Stephen Jewett,
born December 24, 1891.

On December 11, 1855, Mr. Jewett married Caro-
line Elizabeth Shannon, born in Gilmanton, New
Hampshire. May 3, 1837, daughter of Stephen and
Ann Prescott (Chase) Shannon, of Gilmanton. (See
Shannon, VII). Mr. Jewett died at his home in
Laconia, September 16, 1903. His children are :
Stephen Shannon, attorney and counsellor at law in
Laconia. John Bradbury, born October 21, 1863;
married April 6, 1886, Ella LeBarron, born June 3,
1864. daughter of James S. and Lucy Holmes Le-
Barron, of White River Junction, Vermont ; three
children: John R., Forest B. and Edward S. Shan-

non. Katie Belle, born April 27, 1872; married
April 27, 1892, Dr. Kitson Bruce, born January 6,
i860, son of Lewis K. and Margaret Kitson Bruce,
of Boston; residence, New York City; one child,
Thomas Kitson Bruce.

Stephen Shannon was born in Laconia, New
Hampshire, September 18, 1858, and acquired
his literary education in the public schools of that
town and the academy at Gilford, New Hampshire.
In 1876 he began the study of law in the office of
Charles F. Stone, of Laconia. and in March, 1880,
was admitted to practice in the courts of this state.
In 1879 he had completed the prescribed course of
law studies and was prepared to present himself as
a candidate for admission to the bar, but was
obliged to defer that action one year and until he at-
tained his majority. Having come to the bar Mr.
Jewett at once began his professional career in his
native town of Laconia and practiced alone until
1889, when he became partner with William A.
Plummer, a relation which has since been main-
tained. His practice is large and he is known as one
the strongest trial lawyers at the Belknap county
bar ; and in connection with professional employ-
ments he has for twenty-five and more years been
prominently identified with the political history of his
county and the state, and has a wide acquaintance
with public men and affairs throughout New Eng-

His services in official capacity may be summed
up about as follows : Engrossing clerk of the New
Hampshire legislature, 1883 ; clerk of the supreme
court for Belknap county 1884; assistant clerk of
the New Hampshire house of representatives, 1887
and 1889; aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor
Goodell, 1889-91 ; clerk of the New Hampshire house
of representatives, 1891 and 1893 ; representative
from Laconia and speaker of the house, 1895 : repre-
sentative and member of the judiciary committee of
the house, 1897 ; state senator and chairman of the
judiciary committee in the upper house. 1899; secre-
tary of the New Hampshire state Republican com-
mittee, 1890-91; chairman, 1892-96; city solicitor of
Laconia, 1893-1901 ; 1903 onward ; chairman of the
New Hampshire delegation to the Republican Na-
tional convention at St. Louis, Missouri, 1896; state
senator, 1899-1901 ; member of the governor's coun-
cil, 1907.

(III) Joseph (2), second son and sixth child of
Deacon Maximilian and Ann Jewett, was born about
1665 in Rowley, and was an ensign in the military
service. The church record of his death made by
the Rev. Jedidiah Jewett is as follows: 1735, My
Grandfather, Joseph Jewett in the 81 year of his
age. October 29." He was married March 2, I077,
to Rebecca, daughter of William Law. She died
December 26, 1729, in her seventy-fourth year. He
married (second) in Bradford, January 20, 1732,
Mary Gage of that town. Her will, dated July 8,
1738, and proved some three years later, mentions
her as "Being advanced in years to a great age."
The children of Ensign Joseph Jewett were : Jon-
athan. Aquilla, Priscilla and Rebecca.

(IV) Jonathan, eldest child of Joseph (2) and
Rebecca (Law) Jewett, was born March 11, 1679,
and baptized. five days later in Rowley. He was a
tanner by trade, and resided on Bradford street, in
Rowley. The record of his death, as entered by his
son in the church record of Rowley, is as follows:
"1745. My Father, Jonathan Jewet, July 26." His
will was dated July 4. 1745- ^"^1 proved September
23 following. He bequeathed to his sons, Joseph
and Benjamin, lands in Nottingham, New Hamp-



shire. He was married January 24, 1700, to Mary,
daugliter of John Wicom. She died January 21,
1742, while visiting in Exeter, New Hampshire. He
was married (second) in Newbury, December 27,

1742, to Rebecca (Hale) Poore, widow of Jonathan
Poore, of Newbury, old town. She survived him
nearly fifteen years, dying March 16, 1760, in the
seventy-seventh year of her age. His children, all
born of the first wife, were: Joseph, Benjamin.
Jedidiah, Jacob, Mehitabel, Mark, Moses, James and

(V) Joseph (3), eldest child of Jonathan and
Mary (Wicom) Jewett, was born July 31, 1700, in
Rowley. Massachusetts, and was baptized there six
days later. On attaining manhood he settled in
Stratham, New Hampshire, and there married Anne
Wiggin, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Wiggin, of
Stratham. He was one of the sixty grantees of
Sanbornton, New Hampshire. He died May 24,
1765, aged sixty-four years. His children were:
Jonathan, Joseph, Anne, Hannah, Mehitabel, Phoebe,
Jacob, Paul and Andrew.

(VI) Jacob, third son and seventh child of Jo-
seph and Anne (Wiggin) Jewett, was born May i,

1743, in Stratham, New Hampshire, and continued
to reside in that town through life. He married

Deborah , and their children were : Anne,

John, Betty, Mary, Joseph and Aaron.

(Vn) Aaron, youngest child of Jacob and
Deborah Jewett, was born January 2, 1781, in Strat-
ham, and resided in the town of Wentworth, New
Hampshire, where he operated wool carding and
saw mills. He was an old line Democrat in politics,
and a sub-warden of the Universalist Church. He
married Clark, who was a native of Manches-
ter, New Hampshire, and died in that town. They
had five children : Jenny, Alpha Clark, Sally, Anna
and Parson.

(Vni) Alpha Clark, second child and elder
son of Aaron Jewett, was born in 1826, at Went-
worth, New Hampshire. He was educated in the
common schools, and then became a wool carder,
which occupation he followed till i88r. In that ye.ir
he took up the trade of glove cutting, which he con-
tinued till his death. He was a Republican in poli-
tics, and attended the Universalist Church. He
married Hannah Flanders, daughter of Peter Flan-
ders, who was born in 1823. They had three chil-
dren : Alonzo Whipple, mentioned below ; Charles
A. ; and Martha.

(IX) Alonzo Whipple, eldest child of Alpha
Clark and Hannah (Flanders) Jewett, was born at
Wentworth, September 17, 1839. He was educated
in the common schools of that town, and then
learned the trade of wood turning, at which he
worked till the Civil war broke out. He enlisted in
the Twelfth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers,
and was in- the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettys-
burg, and Cold Harbor. At Richmond he was pro-
moted to the rank of First Lieutenant, and soon
after to that of quartermaster. At the close of the
war he returned to Laconia, New Hampshire, and
started in the ice, coal and wood business, which he
still continues. He is a Republican in politics. He
belongs to the G. A. R., and is a master Mason of
the local lodge. He married Annaette Locke, born
in 1840, at Bristol. New Hampshire, .and died in
1873. They had three children : Alonzo, Harry,
and Kate.

(II) Joseph, third son and child of Edward and
Mary (Taylor) Jewett, was baptized in Bradford,
England. December 31, 1609. He probably settled
in Rowley, Massachusetts, as early as 1639. He

was freeman May 22, 1639, and had a two-acre
houselot on Bradford street in 1643. His will was
proved March 26, 1661. The original, now much
worn, is on file in the probate office in Salem. He
was buried February 26, 1660. He married (first),
October I, 1634, Mary Mallinson, in Bradford, Eng-
land. She was buried April 12, 1652, and he mar-
ried (second). May 13, 1653, Ann. widow of Bozoan
Allen, of Boston ; Bozoan Allen died September 14,
1652, was buried February 8, 1660. Her will, dated
February 5, 1660, proved May 2, 1661, mentions:
"One hundred pounds that I have in my own dis-
pose" to be divided among these four of my chil-
dren, viz. : John Allen, Ann Allen, Isaac Allen and
Bossom Allen ; "that covenant betwene Mr. Joseph
Jewett and me." Children by Mary were : Jere-
miah, Sarah, Hannah, Nehemiah, Faith (died
young) and Patience, twins. Children by Ann were:
Mary (died young), Joseph and Faith.

(III) Nehemiah, second eon and fourth child
of Joseph and Mary (Mallinson) Jewett, was born
April 6, 1643. He lived a short time in Lynn, as
shown by the following extract from the Rowley
church record : "July 2, 1676, Mr. Nehilmiah Jewett
had not procured his dismission from Lynn Church
which he had joyned many years since when he
lived with his uncle Purchas at the Ironworks." He
was a farmer, and owned a farm in Ipswich de-
scribed as being "next west of his brother Jere-
miah's." He was well educated and very prominenc
in the affairs of Essex county; most of the wills
and deeds of his townsmen from 1675 to the time
of his death were drawn by him.- He dixjd January
I, 1720, aged seventy-seven years lacking three
months. His will, dated December 10, 1719, proved
January 9, 1720, mentions: wife (unnamed), sons
Nehemiah, Joseph, Benjamin and Daniel Dow;
grandsons Benjamin, son of Benjamin Jewett, Ne-
hemiah and Joseph, sons of Joseph Jewett, Pur-
chase, son of Nehemiah Jewett, Samuel, son of
Thomas Varnum. and Nehemiah Skillion. He mar-
ried, October 19, 1668, Exercise, daughter of John
Pierce, of Lynn. She died in Ipswich, November
i3> ^yST^- The children of Nehemiah and Exercise
Jewett, born in Ipswich and baptized in Rowley,
were: Mary, Thomas (died young), Joanna, Nathan
(died young), Mercy (died young), Nehemiah, Jo-
seph, Mehitabel (died young), Mehitabel and Ben-

(IV) Joseph (2), fourth son and seventh child
of Nehemiah and Exercise (Price) Jewett, was
born September 14, 1685, in Ipswich, and baptized in
Rowley, September 20, the same month. He died in
Pepperell, 1751, aged sixty-six years. He lived in
Ipswich, on part of the farm that was his father's,
until 1720, when he removed to Groton. He, of
Groton, by deed dated November 25, 1720, conveys
to Ammi Rhummi Wise, of Ipswich, a common
right in Ipswich. He married, January i, 1707,
Jane, daughter of Edward and Jane (Pickard)
Hazen, of Rowley, where she was born October 11,
168.S. Their children, born in Ipswich, were : Jo-
seph, Exercise, Edward, Nehemiah and Jedadiah.
Children born in Groton were: Jane, Benjamin, and
perhaps a daughter Hepsibah.

(V) Benjamin, fifth son and seventh child of
Joseph (2) and Jane (Hazen) JcAvett, was born
November 30, 1724, in Groton. He married, De-
cember 31. 1754, Sarah Flagg. in Groton, Massachu-
setts. Their children, born in Groton, were: Sarah,
Benjamin (died young), Hepsibah, Hannah, Eleazer,
Benjamin and Ruth, born January 3, 1767. .

(VI) Benjamin (2), younger son of Benjamin



(i) and Sarah Jewett, was born April 27. 1765, in
Groton, Massachusetts, and resided a short time in
Mollis, New Hampshire. At the age of twenty-four
years, in 1789, he settled in that part of Gilmanton
now Gilford, New Hampshire. The spot was a
wilderness, and there he cleared a farm and reared
his family. Tradition says "he was a drummer boy
in the Revolution." His name does not appear on
the Revolutionary Rolls of New Hampshire, but
Benjamin Jewett, of Pepperell and Ashby, Mass-
achusetts, appears as a drummer on the Massachu-
setts Revolutionar}^ Rolls, and is credited with over
two years' service. He was a Christian, and an

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