David Dewey 7th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree
David Dewey was born January 3, 1721 in Stonington, New London County, Connecticut. His parents were Jabez and Deborah York Dewey.
On July 5, 1741 David and his brother Jabez were baptized in the First Congregational Church, “David Dewe and Jabez Dewe, adult bretheren”. In the same church David married Deborah Tracy on September 28, 1741. They had 4 sons and 7 daughters.
David was in a few court records of the time. In 1753, at his dad’s death younger brother Israel, “petitioned to have brother David appointed his guardian.” And “At the General Assembly of Connecticut in May, 1773, David Dewey, of Stonington, being unable to pay his debts, prays to be freed from arrest.” He was appointed administrator of the estate of “Rebecca Dewey, late of Stonington”. Rebecca’s identity isn’t known, most likely a sister in law or distant Dewey cousin.
David lived through the American Revolution, 2 of his sons were soldiers. British ships were in the harbor, New Londoners saw many battles. The Battle of Groton Heights was the biggest with Benedict Arnold commanding the British. When the revolution was won, President Washington in 1789 spent the night in New London. The President toured New England states to “become better acquainted with the principal Characters & internal Circumstances of the states, as well as to be accessible to number of well-informed persons, who might give him useful information and advices on political subjects.”
- Life of George Dewey, rear admiral, U.S.N.; and Dewey family at HathiTrust
- History of the First Congregational Church Stonington, Conn. 1674-1874 at Archive Baptism and Marriage
- A sketch of New London & Groton … British troops 1781 [British Fleet at the bottom, Road to Stonington mid top, right.] at Library of Congress
- Battle of Groton Heights at Wikipedia
- President Washington tours New London at Connecticut History and Norwich (Connecticut) Bulletin