Individual Notes

Note for:   Henry Sewall,   1614 - 16 MAY 1700         Index

     Place:   Newbury, MA, First Parish Church.

Individual Note:
     Henry Sewall was born Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG 1614. Henry died 16 MAY 1700 Newbury, MA, at 85 years of age. His body was interred Newbury, MA, First Parish Church. The inscription on his tombstone reads: "Henry Sewall, sent by his father Henry Sewall, in the ship Elizabeth and Dorcas, arrived in Boston 1634, wintered at Ipswich, helped begin his plantation 1635, furnished English servants, neat cattle and provisions. Married Jane Dummer March 25, 1646, and died May 16, 1700. His fruitful vine, being thus disjoined, fell to the ground January following."

He resided Manchester, ENG 1623. Sailed to America from England on the ship "The Elizabeth and Dorcas" in 1634.

He married Jane Dummer Newbury, MA, 25 March 1646. Received 500 acres in Coventry as a wedding gift. Married by Richard Saltonstall, grandfather of Gordon Saltonstall, Govenor of CT

Jane was born Bishop Stoke, Hampshire, ENG 1628. Jane was the daughter of Stephen Pyldren Dummer and Alice Archer. Jane died 13 JAN 1701 Newbury, MA, at 72 years of age. Jane immigrated, MAY 1661 and sailed aboard the Prudent Mary with Capt Isaac Woodgreen. trip took eight weeks

He came to this country in the ship "Elizabeth and Dorcas," with an outfit of servants and cattle for a plantation.

He resided Newbury, MA 1635. Henry was appointed freeman 17 May 1637 Newbury, MA. Henry's occupation: deputy to general court 1661. also deputy 1663, 1668, and 1670 He was one of the first settlers of Newbury, MA. He became proprietor of a large estate there.

Sewall Family Genealogy
"Henry Sewall (Revered), only son of Henry Sewall, was born in 1614. He came to New England in "The Elizabeth and Dorcas" in 1634. He settled in Newbury where he was admitted freeman May 17, 1637, and was a staunch supporter of Govenor Winthrop. He married March 25, 1646, Jane, daughter of Stephen and Alice Dummer, and on that occasion received from his father a grant of 500 acres of land in Newbury and Coventry. The same year he accompanied his wife's family on their return to England. Mr. Sewall lived in Warwick, Tunworth, Bishop Stoke, and later at North Baddesly, where he was a Puritan minister. He twice revisited New England, the last time remaining, as the Restoration had caused a change in his plans. His wife and children arrived at Boston July 5, 1661, in the "Prudent Mary" and joined him in Newbury. He represented Newbury in the General Court in 1661, 1668 and 1670. He died May 16, 1700 and his widow died January 13, 1700-01, aged 74."

Henry Sewall the Second's only son was born at Manchester in 1614 Henry II not liking the English hierarchy sent his son, Henry III, to New England, where he established himself and became the ancestor of the Sewalls in America.

When Henry III was twenty years old he came with his party in the ships Elizabeth and Dorcas, commanded by Captain Watts. He was plentifully provided with cattle, provisions, English servants, etc. for a plantation. There were in all about forty persons who accompanied him[3]. They landed in Boston in 1634 (274 years ago). They wintered at Ipswich, Mass., and in 1635 removed to Newbury where Henry Sewall III received the second grant of land in the town. They came from Ipswich to Newbury by water through Plum Island Sound and up the river which was afterward named for Dr. Parker. Tradition says they landed on the north bank of the river about one hundred rods below the spot where the bridge at Newbury now stands. Their number was few for a town, but the population increased rapidly-fifteen ships arriving in June, one ship in August, one in November and one in December.

Henry Sewall II, with his family, afterward followed the son to Newbury, lived there several years and later moved to Rowley, where he remained for the rest of his life.

March 25, 1646, Henry Sewall III, aged 32, married Jane Dummer, aged 19, (eldest daughter of Stephen Dummer).

In 1647 Henry Sewall III moved back again to England where he remained some time; first, at Tamworth where his oldest child, Hannah, was born; later, at Bishopstoke where the oldest son, Samuel, was born; and at Baddesly (Hants Co.) where John, Stephen and Jane were born. In these places he was a successful minister.

In 1659 he returned temporarily to Newbury, after the death of his father. (He carried with him a letter of recommendation from Richard Cromwell, the Protector, to the Governor of Massachusetts, John Endicott, asking that assistance might be granted him in the speedy settlement of his father's estate). The accession of Charles II changed his plans and he remained in America and sent for his family. Three daughters were born after the return to Newbury: Anne, Mehitable and Dorothy. Hannah, born 1670, married Mr. Jacob Toppan[4]; Samuel I, the oldest son, was first of the Massachusetts line of Sewalls; John II, second son, was born 1654, and was the first of the Maine branch of the family; Stephen I, born 1657, died 1725, gave rise to the Canadian branch of the family; Jane, born in 1659, married Moses Gerrish; Anne, born in 1662, married (1) Wm. Longfellow[5] and (2) Henry Short; Mehitable, born 1665, married Wm. Moody; Dorothy, born in 1668, married (1) Ezekiel Northend and (2) Moses Bradstreet. Descendants of the daughters are numerous in Newbury, Rowley, Byfield and vicinity. The three sons have numerous descendants in Boston, Salem, Newbury and Marblehead, Mass., at Portsmouth, N. H., at Quebec and Montreal, Canada, and throughout Maine and Illinois.

Henry Sewall III died May 16, 1700, aged 86 years. He was buried in the first parish burying ground in Newbury. Mrs. Sewall died January 13, 1701, aged 74 years.

The oldest son, Samuel, was a graduate of Harvard College, and chief justice of Massachusetts. During the 160 years which have elapsed since the supreme court was first established in Massachusetts, a place among its judges has been held for 84 years collectively by six descendants of Henry Sewall III. Four of these, three in Massachusetts and one in Canada, held the office of chief justice (collective term 18 years).,M1

Henry, Jr. came to America at age 20 in 1634 aboard the Ellen and Dorcas or Elizabeth and Dorcas under the command of Capt. Watts. He was outfitted by his father with cattle and provisions suitable to get a good start in the new Plantation. This was a year before his father and his step-mother came to America. He wintered in Ipswich and went with the early settlers to Newbury the next year. He was a freeman 17 May 1637, and became a prominent citizen of Newbury. When Henry married, his father gave him 500 acres of land in Coventry, England, and in 1647 he and his wife returned to England with her parents and resided a short time at Warwick, next at Tumworth, 4 miles from Bishop Stoke, in Hants, where their first two children were born. They moved to Baddesly, in the same shire, about 4 miles from Rumsey, where their next three children were born. One of my notes states that he was a minister at Baddesly, but there is no evidence that he practiced his ministry in America. He made two visits to New England to look after his father. The second time, he stayed in America sending for his family the following year. His wife and his five children landed at Boston, July 1661, after six weeks passage on the Prudent Mary commanded by Capt. Woodgreen. The family joined him in Newbury where their last three children were born. Henry was deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts in 1661, 1663, 1668, and 1670.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Jane Dummer,   17 MAR 1626/27 - 13 JAN 1700/01         Index

     Date:   AFT 13 JAN 1700/01
     Place:   Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts

Individual Notes

Note for:   Samuel Sewall,   28 MAR 1652 - 1 JAN 1729/30         Index

Individual Note:
Samuel Sewall, a justice on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, is buried beneath a red sandstone table stone in the northwest portion of the cemetery. The stone's surface is inscribed: "Honl. Judge Sewall's Tomb Now the property of his Heirs Philip R. Ridgway 1810 Ralph Huntington 1812 No. 185 Ralph Huntington." Born in England in 1652, Sewall attended Harvard College and afterward served in the militia where he was commissioned a captain. His marriage in 1676 brought him great wealth and established him as one of the most prominent men in the colony. He is best known for the diary of his life which he kept for many years (see the following excerpt ). Historians have used his diary to obtain glimpses into daily life in seventeenth century Massachusetts. One of his diary entries in November 1685 records that Reverend George Burroughs dined at Sewall's house in Boston. Seven years later, Sewall would sit on the court which would condemn Burroughs to death. Sewall was the lone court member to ask forgiveness publicly for his part in the Salem tragedy.

After graduating from Harvard he became a judge and presided at the witchcraft trails in Salem, Massachusetts which resulted in the deaths of six ladies by hanging in 1696.

He married three times. He married Hannah Quincy Hull Boston, MA, 28 February 1676. Married by Gov. Simon Bradstreet at Old Hall

Hannah was born Boston, MA 14 Feb. 1658. Hannah was the daughter of John Hull Esq and Judith Quincy. Hannah died 19 Oct 1717 Boston, MA, at 59 years of age. Hannah was listed as a member of a church Boston, MA, 1 Jan 1688. She became a member of the South Church.

Her funeral was held Boston, MA, 19 Oct 1717. Funeral sermon delivered by Rev. Cotton Mather.

He married Abigail Melyen Boston, MA, 29 October 1719. Ceremony was performed by the Groom's son, Rev Joseph Sewall.

Abigail was born Elizabeth, NJ Abt 1666. Abigail died 26 May 1720 Boston, MA, at 53 years of age. She was baptized New York, NY, 7 Aug 1677 at the Dutch Church

He married Mary Shrimpton Boston, MA, 29 March 1722. by Samuel's son-in-law, the Rev. William Cooper.

Mary was born 30 Oct 1667. Mary died 17 July 1746 Newton, MA, at 78 years of age.

He was a student Cambridge, MA, 1671. School: Harvard College. B.A. Degree

He was a student Cambridge, MA, 1674. School: Harvard College. M.A. degree

Samuel was ill about OCT 1678.
Samuel was one of the first to speak out against domestic slavery. He was made a judge of the Superior Court in 1692 and was one of a special, but unlawful, commission under Deputy Governor Stoughton for the trial of the witches. For many years, Samuel suffered remorse for his part, in his court, for causing the deaths of so many innocent people and prayed for mercy on the Lord's day in the open congregation of the church.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Henry Sewall,   BEF 8 MAY 1576 - MAR 1656/57         Index

     Date:   8 APR 1576
     Place:   Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Individual Note:
     He married three times. He married Mary Cawarden. He married Ellen Mosley. He married Anne Hunt 1614. Anne was born 1590.

He was baptized Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, 8 APR 1576. Henry immigrated, about 1640. Was known to have alienated his relatives. Determined to be deranged near his death. This was probably the cause of his being brought before the grand jury for various offences. In contemporary records he is referred to as Mr. Showell (Shewell)
This Henry seemed to be in trouble as was indicated by the wills of his parents. He lived in Manchester, England, probably from his first marriage until he came to New England in 1635 with his second wife, Ellen, and settled first in Newbury and then in Rowley. My notes indicate that history recorded him as being dissatisfied with everybody and everything, as being separated from his wife, and as causing a disturbance in the church of Ipswich before moving to Newbury and, finally, to Rowley where he died at more than 80 years old. His grandson, Chief Justice Sewall, wrote of him, "Out of dislike of the English hierarchy he sent over to New England his only son in the year 1634, with (neat?) cattle and provisions suitable for the New Plantation. During the latter part of his life he is said to have been slightly deranged." This last mention is evidently the reason of his being two or three times presented by the Grand Jury for various offenses and serves to explain his early difficulties with his mother, Margaret. In any case, it does seem that he did not adjust easily and did cause a lot of trouble wherever he stayed.

Genealogy of the Sewall Family
"Henry Sewall of Newbury, Massachusetts, eldest son of the above [Henry Sewall], evidently was not in harmony with other members of the family. He became interested in the settlement of New England and sent his son to New England with an outfit of servants and cattle and soon followed. Family records state that his wife was Anne Hunt. He was eccentric and frequently at odds with the authorities. He removed to Rowley and died there in March 1657-8, aged 81. In a letter dated April 21, 1720, Judge Samuel Sewall writes:

"Mr. Henry Sewall, my grandfather, out of dislike to the English Hierarchy sent over his only son, my father, Mr. Henry Sewall, to new England in the year 1634 with net cattle and provisions suitable for a new plantation. Mr. Cotton would have my father settle in Boston, but in the regard of his cattle he chose to go to Newbury whether my grandfather soon followed."

Individual Notes

Note for:   Henry Sewall,   BEF 1 SEP 1544 - 16 APR 1628         Index

     Date:   7 MAY 1628
     Place:   Draper's Chapel in St. Michaels Church, Coventry, England

Individual Note:
     Henry's occupation: Mayor Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, 1598 and 1606 (his brother, William, was mayor of Coventry in 1624). Henry's occupation: Linen Draper Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, Abt 1600. He made a will Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, 1 September 1624. He was very well to do, making a fortune as a merchant and linen draper. There is no trace of the family in Coventry after 1698, the date the Parish register originates.

He was a linen-draper of Coventry, Warwickshire, England, and acquired a large estate. He was chosen Lord Mayor of Coventry in 1589, and again in 1606. He died in 1628 aged 84 years, and was buried in Draper Hall, St. Michael's church.

Henry Sewall was mayor of Coventry, England in 1589 and 1606, and was an alderman and a linen draper and acquired a great estate. Henry's will, dated 1 September 1624 and proved in June 1628, bequeaths to his wife, Margaret, all his lands and tenements in the City and County. After his death, certain of these lands and tenements are to be the property of his eldest son, Henry. "And I doe bequeath and devise unto my sonne, Henry, upon trust and confidence and as he will answer it before the Lord at the Day of Judgement that he doe with all humility acknowledge his former offense against his mother, before my overseers, in her content, and afterwards to continue obedient." He gave certain lands to his younger son, Richard; to his daughter, Ann, wife of Anthony Poore; and to his younger daughter, Margaret, wife of Abraham Randall. Margaret (Grazebrook) Sewall's will, dated 7 May 1628, was proved 13 June 1632. In it, she bequeaths lands, which were apparently held in her own right, in Wyhterly County, Leicester, and at Ansley, County of Warwick. She mentions all of her children but cuts off the eldest son with 18 pence in money saying, "And I do forgive unto Henry Sewall, my eldest son, his offense wherein and whereby he hath at sundry times offended me, beseeching Almighty God to give him a heart to deal conscientiously with his brother and sisters, as he would be done unto." This will seems to imply that Henry had made the apology prescribed by his father and had thus received his father's bequest before his mother's death.

Individual Notes

Note for:   William Sewall,   1520 -          Index

Individual Note:
     Genealogy of the Sewall Family
"The ancestry of the Sewalls of New England cannot be traced beyond William Sewall of Coventry, but it is of interest to know that the name of Shewell, Showell, Seawall and Sewall has been borne by numerous persons of sufficient importance to leave behind them even in those far away days more or less of a record.

Coventry, an ancient and quaint town of Warwickshire, derived its importance from the clothing trade. In 1468 it was the fourth city of importance in England.

William Sewall of Coventry, born probably about 1520, married Matilda, Daughter of Reginald Horne of Pikesley, about 1540."

The several lines of the Sewall family[1] have a common English ancestor, known in the records of Richard II as Saswallo, or Seawald, an old English thane, at the time William the Conqueror invaded England (1066) He is represented to have possessed seventeen bull-hides of land (a hide being as much as a plow could cultivate in a year—about 60 acres). A thane of those days in England was a dignitary or lord of his own manor, who had a particular jurisdiction within the limits of his possession. Saswallo lived in Warwickshire. He built and endowed a church there, — near the central part of England.

A Norman knight named de Fervaris fell in love with and married Saswallo’s daughter. This saved Saswallo’s estate from confiscation by the Normans, and by special favor he was allowed to retain his estate at Nether Eatondon. This estate remained in the possession of his family and descendants 700 years. Subsequently, the family name was changed to its present orthography — “Sewall.” In 1250, we find it in the Bishop of York spelled thus.

The arms of the Sewall family in England read, “Sable Chevron betwixt three gad-bees argent.” This reading is the very same as is inscribed by Fuller in his “Worthies of England” to John Sewall I, sheriff of Essex and Herfordshire (in fourth year of the reign of Richard II, 1380).

Another form of the arms represents industry by a common beehive with the bees at work, and another wording is, “Sa a chevr. or. betwixt three gadbees volant. Arg. (Sewall).”

William Sewall lived in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, during the reign of King Henry VII. He was the mayor of that place in 1540.

William Shewell (Sewall) was a Vitner in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. He later became a Mayor of that city. He and his wife are buried at Michael's Church in Coventry.
The Sewall Family Bibliography

Hammatt, Abraham, Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Mass., 1633-1700, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980, p. 329.

Savage, James, Genealogical DIctionary of the First Settlers of New England, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986, Vol. IV, p. 53.

Sherman, Jeanette Johnson, Johnson-Mitchell Ancestry with Allied Families, 1967, pp. 163-164. Book located in the Free Library, Belfast, ME and The Appleton Public Library, Appleton, ME.

Sinnett, Rev. Charles N., The Sewall Genealogy, Fertile, MN

Webster, Henry Sewall, Thomas Sewall; Some of his Ancestors and All of his Descendants, Gardner, ME, 1904.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Reginald Horne,   ABT 1490 -          Index

     Place:   Pikesley, England

Individual Note:
     Much of the material listed here for Reginald Horne is based on Robert Sewell's web site,

Individual Notes

Note for:   William Sewall,   1543 - BEF 11 SEP 1624         Index

Individual Note:
     William's occupation: Vinter Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, Abt 1600.

William's occupation: Mayor Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, 1617. He made a will Somerset House, 29 June 1624.

William, m. Ann Wagstaff, and both are buried in St. Michael's Church, Coventry, and a brass plate with an inscription to the latter, in which the family name appears as Sewaell, was still there in 1904.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Margret Grazebrook,   1556 - 1628         Index

     Date:   7 MAY 1628
     Place:   Draper's Chapel in St. Michaels Church, Coventry, England

Individual Note:
     Margaret Grazebrook died Bef 23 Nov 1629 Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, at approximately 73 years of age. She made a will Coventry, Warwickshire, ENG, 7 MAY 1628. She wrote her eldest son Henry out of her will for "previous offenses" against her and his siblings. Henry initiated court proceedings possibly to protest the will.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Avery Grazebrook,   ABT 1530 - 7 MAR 1575/76         Index

Alias:   /Alvarey/

Individual Notes

Note for:   Anne Hunt,   ABT 1592 - ABT 1615         Index

     Date:   1 JUL 1615
     Place:   Manchester, Lancashire, England

Individual Notes

Note for:   Stephen Dummer,   ABT 1598 - 6 SEP 1670         Index

     Date:   6 SEP 1670
     Place:   Bishopstoke, Hampshire, Hants, England

Individual Note:
     Stephen, with his wife and children, came to America for political reasons in the ship Bevis out of Southampton, England, in 1638, and settled in Newbury, MA. Here he was a freeman, May 1639, and by 1645 he owned 300 acres of land. As the climate disagreed with them, he and his wife and children, including daughter Jane, and he husband, Henry Sewall, Jr., returned to England in 1647.