So here is my current hypothesis. Richard Pew was granted an indemnity bond in Shropshire England on the border of Wales in June 1635 by Rowland Rea and John Matthews presumably for his passage and acceptance in the colonies. Richard Pew is listed as husband in the bond. John Matthews had a daughter named Elizabeth in the Shropshire records. In 1635, Richard Pew, Elizabeth Pew and John Pew all sailed on thee separate ships to Virginia. I assume that Richard and Elizabeth are husband and wife and that Elizabeth was born Elizabeth Matthews. Not sure the reason they sailed separately. By 1658 there appears a William Pew who is deeded a cow in Virginia and he is the right age to be the child of Richard and Elizabeth. This is consistent with Robert Worst's account from Uncle Joe that the Pews came from Wales through Virginia. The fact that two of these early names are William and John suggests to me that these are probably the ancestors of John Pew who married Suzannah Whitlock in New Jersey - in fact Wiliiam Pew may have been John's grandfather as John was born in 1673 (which would be a logical gap). This is the first leap of faith. The second leap of faith is that John's son was William who married Abigail Case. William is not named in John's will, but I have found a marriage certificate for John's son James which indicates that he was accompanied to get his certificate by William Pew. I think the rest of the lineage to John Pew and Elizabeth Vaughn in Mercer is pretty clear. So back to William and Abigail on Schooley's Mountain in New Jersey seems without a doubt and the rest seems highly probable all the way back to Shropshire. The names of the remaining Pews in Shropshire after that are William, Thomas, John and Richard all of which repeat themselves in the lineage in the U.S.
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