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Re: John Pew - Susanna Whitlock, Monmouth Co.NJ
Posted by: D Pew (ID *****3035) Date: April 04, 2011 at 14:51:12
In Reply to: Re: John Pew - Susanna Whitlock, Monmouth Co.NJ by Pam Gealy of 358

I have been on and off the trail for awhile, but let me give some other anecdotal information. In the calendar of New York Colonial Manuscripts, there is a listing for the sale of 88 acres of land in Staten Island near Smoaking Point south of Fresh Kill to Francis Pew in two parcels one in 1680 and one in 1682. While a number of researchers have linked John Pew (who married Susannah Whitlock) to Francis, and while Francis did have a son Jean (John), this John did not marry Susannah Whitlock but rather a Dutch woman named Jannetje Wiltsie in 1701. Also, while Nicholas Du Puy's son John who was six years old when he arrived with his father and mother on the "Pumerland Church" to Staten Island in 1662, and the age is about right, I have found a record that indicates that this John married Elizabeth Swaim in 1681 in Port Richmond, NY where he died in 1732. So I am very uncertain of the parents of our John Pew. In addition, as Glenn had previously mentioned there is definitely a question on the lineage of John Pew to William Pew Sr. because William Pew Sr. is not mentioned in John's will which was probated in 1753. This may simply be because William Pew had moved away and had purchased 130 acres near Schooley's Mountain between Pleasant Grove and Stephensburg, NJ in 1733 - twenty years earlier. William Sr. names a son in his will, Thomas, who appears to be the Thomas who moved to western PA and was by 1788 listed as a ferry proprietor in Fallowfield Township. Since Thomas Pew had married Mary Preston (I was incorrect in a previous post) it seems anecdotally likely that John Pew (who married Elizabeth Vaughn) was Thomas's son because John Pew's first son was named Samuel Preston Pew. Some of the lore in Pew family history about Abraham Pew I think is really about John's brother Abraham and some of the lore about coming from Virginia I think has to do with the fact that when Thomas settled in western PA, it was in territory claimed by Virginia. Anyway, this is all to say that back to William Pew Sr. seems likely. Back to John Pew and Susannah Whitlock looks probable (except for the will) and anything before that is problematic. I would love to hear if anyone has figured anything out about William Sr. and John and then back from John.

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