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Re: John Pew - Susanna Whitlock, Monmouth Co.NJ
Posted by: D Pew (ID *****3035) Date: May 25, 2005 at 08:39:18
In Reply to: John Pew - Susanna Whitlock, Monmouth Co.NJ by Glenn Gealy of 358

Glenn - this is all conjecture on my part, but let me throw some thoughts at you:
My direct lineage runs to John Pew and Elizabeth Vaughn. Their farm in Mercer Co. PA was called Bonnewood which to me at least suggests a French background - this flies in the face of common thinking (largely created by my more immediate ancestors) that we are of Welsh descent which would have been socially convenient considering the make-up of society in Philadelphia's Main Line where they moved at the time that I believe our family coat of arms also came into existence.
It seems to be somewhat well researched that John Pew was the son of Thomas Pew and Elizabth Hunt and that Thomas came from New Jersey where he was the son of William Pew. Now it gets murky, but it appears that Willaim was the son of John Pew and Sussanah (sp?) Whitlock and it looks to me like it is probable that while those two met and were married in New Jersey, John was actually born in Staten Island or Long Island New York and was possibly the son of Francis Pew and possibly the nephew of a John Pew. The reason I go this direction is that the DuPuy's from whom Francis descended were well known French Protestants. Aside from the name of the farm, my family has a long and very strong history of Protestantism, but not Anglican Protestantism which you might expect if we were English. Because of the persecution of Protestants in France, members of the DuPuy family moved to England as well as other countries in Europe that accepted protestants more readily than did the French before they came to America and so the origin would be obscured. I know this is all loose, but I was wondering your thoughts.

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