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Reuben C. Pew (NJ/NC/KY)
Posted by: Lloyd L. Overton (ID *****2843) Date: May 26, 2011 at 03:25:16
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I am related to Reuben C. Pew (1758-1847) through Reuben Parke Pew (1789-1858) and Permelia Pew (1814-1900). I have seen Rootsweb listings which give antecedents for Reuben C. Pew back to France, Wales, England and Scotland. They cannot all be correct. Does anyone have definitive evidence on the antecedents for Reuben C. Pew?

Some people in my family were trying to establish Revolutionary War evidence for DAR admission years ago. They left some summaries, which I willl give you.

"Reuben C. Pew. Born in Morris City, NJ, Dec 13, 1758. Married Fanny Smith in Rowan Co, NC, Dec 10, 1785. They later moved to KY. Children: R. P. [Reuben Parke] Pew, Jemima and Polly (twins), Frankie, Zilitha, Benjamin, Anderson. Reuben's parents were Welsh, spelling their name 'Pugh'. A brother was a Tory during the Revolutionary War and later moved to Ohio. Reuben hated the Tories so much that he changed the spelling of his name to 'Pew'. He enlisted at Hunterdon County, NJ, in March 1776 and served one month under Capt. Dyke; four months under Capt. Petty; three years under Capt. Mead and Col. Ogden; six months under Col. Morgan and Col. Stuart in VA. Engaged in the battles of Trenton, White Plains, Brandywine, and Monmouth. Died Aug 24, 1847."

"Reuben Parke Pew. Son of Reuben Pew and Fanny Smith. Born Oct 8, 1789 in Rockcastle Co, KY. Married: Sarah Parks, Mar 31, 1810. Children: Erasmus Dowel, Permelia Harvey, James Smith. Reuben had blue eyes, fair skin, rather a small, lean, very active man. Straight as an arrow and a lover of fine horses. In 1830, he returned to KY [from MO] to visit his parents and he rode there in a carry-all which had wooden springs. He was in the War of 1812 and at the Battle of Dudley's Defeat he was captured by the Indians. They held him prisoner for three months. He was adopted by an old Indian warrior who did not want to exchange him. He was often made to help the women do their work and washing. Sometimes he cared for the papooses. One day the old warrior was made drunk and Reuben was stolen and hidden in a barrel. From there he was taken to a wigwam where the braves were preparing to kill him when he was beckoned to by a chief. This saved his life and he was taken to Detroit and sold to Americans. He brought a good price. He was a young man with raven black hair when he went to war. When he returned, his hair was almost white. According to the Dept of the Interior, R. P. Pew served as a private in Capt Armstrong Kerr's Co. in the 13th Reg. of KY Militia, commanded by Lt. Col. William Dudley from Mar 26 to Aug 28, 1813 in the War of 1812. He entered service at Mt Vernon, KY, and applied for bounty land Jan 4, 1851, at Montgomery City, MO, at the age of 61. He was married three times and was the father of twelve children. He died August 10, 1858."

"Permelia Pew. Daughter of Reuben P. Pew and Sarah Parks. Born Oct 16, 1814 in Pike Co, MO. Married James R. Keith. Children: William M., Enos, Sarah, Rogers, John, Darthula. Died May 1900."

How accurate that information is, I have no idea.


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