Elihu Hewes

Elihu Hewes

Oldmans, Salem County, New Jersey, USA
Death 14 Jan 1808 (aged 82)
Islesboro, Waldo County, Maine, USA
Burial Islesboro, Waldo County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 125602392 · View Source
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Elihu was the son of Edward and Hannah (Abbott) Hewes, both who lived and died on Ouldmans Creek, Salem County, New Jersey.

His father, Edward, died when Elihu was 14 years old. Elihu was raised by and apprenticed with his uncle, Aaron Hewes, to learn a trade.

It is possible, that in this time period in New Jersey, Elihu married and had a son, Aaron Hewes, b. 1848. Little is known of this possible first wife and son.

It is known that Elihu left New Jersey and made his way to Boston to seek his fortune. His marriage to Elizabeth Cogswell on Oct. 6, 1756 is recorded in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. Elizabeth Cogswell was the daughter of Francis Cogswell and Elizabeth Rogers and she was the granddaughter of the Rev. John Rogers, all of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Elihu and Elizabeth had at least 10 children, all born in Boston, Massachusetts. They were:

1. Lucinda Hewes (1758-1759); died in infancy.

2. Amelia Hewes (1761-1850), m1. Arthur Young on Apr. 29, 1781; m2. Captain Benjamin Rogers on Aug. 28, 1788. They had two children before Benjamin's death in 1806.

3. Clarissa Hewes, twin (1763-); likely died young.

4. Cyrus Hewes, twin (1763-); m. Betsey Brazer on Apr. 7, 1813.

5. Matilda Hewes (1765-), m. Amos Dole in 1785. They had one child.

6. William Hewes (1766-).

7. Julius Hewes (1767-1855), m1. Hannah Annis; They had three children, m2. Betsey Annis; They had seven children.

8. Paoli W Hewes (1769-1849) , m. Pamelia Cottrell; They had four children.

9. Clarissa B. Hewes, (1771-1855), m. Thomas Hunking on Nov. 11, 1798. They had seven children, including William and Elizabeth Cogswell Morrill.

10. Elihu Hewes (1772-1855); died in Maine.

Most of these births are recorded in City Document No. 43, of Boston Births, 1700-1800.

After the birth of their last child, the family moved to Maine. They first lived in Wheelerbourgh and then Hampden where they were to be of the earliest settlers in that area, (and later Elihu was to be the first Hampden town clerk). Sadly, his wife Elizabeth died in Hampden in May 1777, at the age of 41 years.

Elihu next settled on Hewes Point (named for him) in Islesborough, in 1786, about the same time as Sylvester Cottrell arrived. His son Paoli, who later married Cottrell's daughter, established a salt works there in about 1812. Some of this story can be found in the History of Islesborough, by John Farrow, 1893.

Elihu's gravestone was recorded in this book as being found on the "headland on the north side of Crow Cove" on land formerly owned by Captain Benjamin Williams. This was an early burying ground used for more than a century. It is now called Burying Point.

Elihu is also known to be the 1st cousin of Joseph Hewes of North Carolina, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Their common grandparents were William Hewes and Sarah Bezer, who were both born in England, arriving in America in about 1677.

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  • Created by: Kline Lynch
  • Added: 25 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 125602392
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elihu Hewes (16 Nov 1725–14 Jan 1808), Find A Grave Memorial no. 125602392, citing Burying Point, Islesboro, Waldo County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Kline Lynch (contributor 47937188) .