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Family History Notes of Jones Ancestors
In his Historic Families of America, Spooner says of the Chews: "They belong to
that remarkable group of families which, founded in the Southern Colonies by
ancestors of excellent birth and breeding, assumed at once a position of social
and public consequence, and subsequent generations, by the merits and character
of their members, as well as by influential alliances, steadily maintained and
strengthened their original prestige."
Our ancestor, John Chew, came over from England around 1621. His 3rd Great Grandaughter married William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This website has the above quote:
le Cu of Normandy (c1050, Devonshire, England)
Many intervening generations (complete ancestry known for male line) John Chew (1587, Somersetshire, England-1668, Jamestown, Virginia or Maryland) married Sarah Bond (1600, England-1650, Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
The Chew family was one of the most ancient and prominent free holding families in England. The ancestral home is Chew Court. The first Chews were Normans from France; the name originally was de Cheux or le Cu. In the 13th century, Henry del Cho is on record as receiving a grant of land from Adam de Bilyngton and the two families of Cho and Bilyngton were allied in marriage. In subsequent generations, the descendants variously bore the surname del Cho, Choo, Chee and Chew. Chewton, a township of Somersetshire was the place from which the Chews of Maryland and Pennsylvania came. In Chewton are the villages of Chew Magna, Shew Stoke and Chew Mendip, and at Chew Magna is Chew Court, the ancient ancestral mansion of the family.
There is a direct line of this family from 1050 down to John Chew who came to Jamestown. John Chew is said to have been in one of Capt. John Smith’s companies of adventurers of 1607 but it is known for certain that he came to Virginia with three servants in the ship CHARITY in 1621 or 1622. His wife Sarah Bond came a year later in the ship SEA FLOWER.
John Chew landed on Hoggs Island opposite Jamestown and in the year after arriving built a house at James Citie. He was a merchant of prominence, Governor Harvey calling him one of the ablest merchants in Virginia. John Chew was colonel of the provincial forces at one time and represented York County in the Virginia House of Burgesses where he was notable for his attendance and as Secretary. He was the only member who never missed a meeting for eight years. His minutes are still preserved at Yorktown. He also was a Justice of York County for many years.
Generation No. 19
21. RICHARD19 CHEW (JOHN18, JOHN17, JOHN18 CHEWE, ROBERT15, RICHARD14, WLLIAM13, THOMAS12, JOHN11, JOHN10, JOHN, WLLIAM8 DE CHEWE, JOHN7 DE CHEWE, ADAM6 LE KUE, WLLIAM6 DEL CHUE, RICHARD4 DEL CHO, WLLELMUS3 DEL CHYU, ALVRED2 DE CHYU, OF
NORMANDY1 LE Cu
Notes for RICHARD CHEW:
1699 Richard Chue of Flushing upon Long Island alias Nassau in the Province of New York, yeoman, for twenty eight pounds and ten shillings current silver money bought of Daniel Cooper a tract containing three hundred acres of land by the Southerly Branch of Gloucester River.
May 1, 1700 Purchased the James Whiteall Plantation of Upton on the Gloucester River. 1722 Deeded it to son Thomas.
March 2, 1701 purchased of James Whiteall of Red Bank for ten pounds current silver money one hundred acres.
These three purchased equaled over 700 acres in Gloucester County, all within 3 years and three months, showing he came to West New Jersey with a considerable sum of money. All the land was deeded to his sons John, Nathanial, Richard, Henry, and Thomas.
Burial: Old Chew Graveyard
Emigration: 1684, To America
58. CHARITY CHEW (RiCHARD20, RICHARD19, JoHN18, JOHN17, JOHN16 CHE WE, ROBERT15, RICHARD14, WLLIAM13, THOMAS12, JOHN1 1, JOHN10, JOHN9, WLLIAM6 DECHEWE, JOHN7 DE CHEWE, ADAM6 LE KUE, WLLIAM6 DEL CHUE, RICHARD4 DEL CHO, WLLELMUS3 DEL CHU, ALVRED2 DE CHUE, ? OF NORMANDY1 LE Cu) was born 1718, and died Aft. 1779. She married RICHARD POWELL, JR 1740, son of RICHARD POWELL and MARY WOOD.
Notes for CHARITY CHEW:
Her gravestone read: Some have children, some have none, here lies the mother of 21.
Two of the children of CHARITY CHEW and RICHARD POWELL are:
xi. ABRAHAM POWELL, d. 1778.
Notes for ABRAHAM POWELL:
Captured at the fall of Fort Washington and confined in the prison ship “Jersey” where he died of starvation and was burled at Fort Green Cemetery.
Burial: Fort Green Cemetery
Military service: Capt. David Lenox Co. Penn
xii. ELIZABETH POWELL.
Notes for ELIZABETH POWELL:
Died at about age 14. Legend is she was taking lunch to her brothers and father working in
the field and was frightened by a wild animal, dying a few days later from fright.
Notes for BENJAMIN CHEW:
Attorney General Benjamin Chew 1755-1769. Home was Cliveden, Germantown house begun in 1763. Gray stone withurns on roof imported from England. Now a property of the National Trust in Historic Preservation.
Benjamin Chew went abroad in 1741 and entered Middle Temple, Inns of Court, London. He returned to America after his father’s death. and became an American public official and judge. Read law under Andrew Hamilton and was admitted to the bar in 1746, where he began practice at Dover, Delaware, formerly the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania. After practicing law at New Castle and Dover, Delaware, Chew returned to Philadelphia in 1753 where he held several public offices and built his country seat, “Cliveden” on the Germantown road. He was Commissioner of Boundaries for the three lower counties of Delaware in 1751; Speaker of the House from the same district 1753-1758; and Attorney General of Pennsylvania and member of the Provincial Council 1754-1769; Register of General Wills 1765-1776; Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1774 until the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1776, when he was suspected of Loyalist sympathies. He was arrested by discharged soon afterward. He later served as President of the High Court of Errors and Appeals of Pennsylvania from 1791-1808.
He studied law at
Philadelphia, went abroad in 1741, and entered Middle Temple, Inns of Court,
London. He returned to America after his father's death. He was admitted to the
bar in 1746 and began practice at Dover, Delaware (formerly under the
jurisdiction of Pennsylvania). Move to Philadelphia in 1754 and built his
country seat, "Cliveden," on the Germantown road in 1761. He was a Commissioner
of Boundaries for the three lower counties of Delaware in 1751; Speaker of the
House from the same district in 1753-1758; Attorney General of Pennsylvania and
member of the Provincial Council 1754-1769; Register of General Wills 1765-1776;
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 1774-1776; Judge and
President of the High Court of Errors and Appeals 1791-1806 (Pa. Archives: Pa.
Hist. Society Publications: Keith's "Provincial Councillors of Pennsylvania").
One of the children of BENJAMIN CHEW and ELIZABETH OSWALD is:
vii. MARGARET CHEW, b. December 16, 1760; d. 1824;
m. COL. JOHN EAGER HOWARD; b. 1752; d. 1827.
Notes for MARGARET CHEW:
Though Benjamin Chew had been a Tory, after the war, George Washington came to “Peggy’s” wedding and danced!
Generation No. 13
880. Richard Powell, Jr., born 1713; died April 03, 1801. He was the son of
1760. Richard Powell, Sr. and 1761. Mary Wood. He married 881. Charity Chew 1740.
881. Charity Chew, born 1718; died Aft. 1779. She was the daughter of 1762. Richard Chew, Jr. and 1763. Patience Tatem.
Notes for Richard Powell, Jr.:
Married his stepfather’s (Thomas Chew’s) niece, Charity Chew.
Generation No. 7
More About Samuel Powell:
Military service in the Capt. Maddox Co.
442.George Ward, born 1751; died May 30, 1807. He was the son of 884. Josiah Ward and 886. Keziah Albertson.
More About George Ward:
Military service: Blacksmith in New Jersey Militia
444. Henry Roth
Notes for Henry Roth:
Wife gave birth to a daughter on their way over from Germany, and both were buried at sea.
One of the children of Henry Roth is:
222 iii. Frederick Roth
Notes for Frederick Roth:
Frederick Roth built First Church 3rd Taylor Ave. Was burned down caused from spark from Penn Railroad. Later he bought ground containing sixteen lots at Third and Bridge Ave. and called it the First M.E. Church. Alter his death, sold Church and built the memory. 6th & Steven W. Camden, N.J..
Other interesting notes:
Samuel Stokes of Harmony Hall:
He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1764 and his mansion still stands!
John Chew 1587-1668 was an early settler of Jamestown, Virginia. It's believed he originally came over with John Smith (of Pocohontas fame) then returned home, coming back to Jamestown about 1621-1622 and served in the House of Burgess for some forty years.
His son, John Chew, 1650-1666: Migrated with other English colonists to Long Island to found the first English settlement near Hempstead, had a 100-acre farm at Flushing.
These two are direct ancestors, where Benjamin Chew is a cousin.
One Chew cousin, Ann Marie, married Signer of the Declaration, William Paca.
Another Chew Cousin, Harriet, married the son of a Signer, Charles Carroll, Jr. Their home is a museum, today.
Freedom Lipincott was ancestor of Lipincott Publishers as well as our current president, George W. Bush. Freedom was killed by lightning while shoeing a horse. He is the 7th Great Grandfather of both Barbara Pierce Bush and Henry J. K. Jones.
James and Margaret Clement: Gregory Clement, Hank Jones' 8th Great Grandfather, was one of the ones that signed the death warrant for Charles I. An interesting part of the story is that he was caught in bed with a chamber maid, so they "scratched" his name off the death warrant. Not well enough, though, because when Charles II ascended the throne, he knew what name belonged there and had our ancestor drawn and quartered!
Regarding Hank Jones' Kaltenthaler ancestors, they were knights in Germany.
We are trying to trace down the family link to the Hatteras or "Lost Tribe" of Native Americans. Hank's mother was always teased about looking like an Indian... Well, apparently it is true! Her sister Gerry had an eye exam recently and the doctor told her that she has a genetic disposition only found in the Lumbee/Hatteras tribe.