Jewett Family - Erie County

THE JEWETT FAMILY, for many years one of the representative families of Buffalo, belong to a race which traces its lineage to the days of the Puritan settlement of Massachusetts, and to the latter years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Patriotism has been a marked characteristic of the family, and from the period of the Colonial Wars, down through the Revolution to the present time, bearers of the name have, by reason of military services, deserved well of their country. William Jewett, eldest son of Edward of Bradford, England, was the father of Joseph Jewett, who, with his uncles, Maximilian and Joseph, came to America from Rowley in Yorkshire, England, landing in Boston on the 1st day of December, 1638. They settled in Massachusetts Colony and were the founders of Rowley, Mass. Joseph, son of Joseph, had a son, Capt. Nathan Jewett, who had a son, Capt. Joseph Jewett, who was a hero of the Revolution. After the siege of Boston, Capt. Jewett and his troops accompanied Gen. Washington to New York, where he took part in the battle of Long Island. During the engagement. Col. Huntington's force was surrounded by the British, and Capt. Jewett received bayonet wounds which he survived only two days, his death occurring on the 29th of August, 1776.

Josiah Jewett, son of Capt. Joseph, was born in Lyme, Conn., and removed to Moravia, Cayuga County, N. Y., in 1814.

The first wife of Deacon Jewett was Elizabeth Smith, of Durham, Middlesex County, Conn. Their children were: David Parsons, George Washington, David Parsons, Eliza Smith, Martha, Josiah Parsons, Samuel Parsons, Clarissa, and Guernsey. The second wife of Deacon Josiah Jewett was Sophia Skinner, daughter of Cotton and Prudence Skinner of Moravia, N. Y., formerly of East Hartford, Conn. The children were: Sherman Skinner, John Cotton, Joseph, Caroline Matilda, Charles Carroll, and James Harvey.

SOURCE:  Memorial and Family History of Erie County New York; Volume I