Henry Ewell (-ca1681) and Sarah Annable (ca1620-)  

Last Updated 9/1/00

b. in Sandwich, Co. Kent, England
m. 23 Nov 1638 in Marshfield, MA
d. about 1681 in Scituate, MA

b. about 1620 in Cambridge, England, the daughter of Anthony and Jane (MOUMFORD) ANNABLE
d. unknown

Henry Ewell was a shoemaker, or cordwainer, by trade. He immigrated to America aboard the Hercules, sailing from Sandwich, England to New England in March 1634/35. He was one of the "Men of Kent" who settled the Scituate colony. He became a member of the First Church at Scituate in 1636, and fought in the Pequot war in 1637.

He chose as his wife Sarah Annable, the daughter of one of the most prominent men of the community. They moved to Barnstable in 1638, returning to Scituate in 1648.

They settled on a farm on the east side of Walnut Tree hill, two miles southwest of the Stockbridge mill. The house was burned by the Indians during King Phillip's war, on 19 Apr 1676. From Deane's History of Scituate:

"They (the Indians) passed over Walnut Tree hill, on the northward of the late Judge William Cushing's, and entered Ewell's house... Ewell's wife was alone, save an infant grandchild, John Northey, sleeping in the cradle; the house being situated near a high hill, she had no notice of the approach of the savages until they were rushing down the hill towards the house. In the moment of alarm, she fled towards the garrison, which was not more than sixty rods distant, and either through a momentary forgetfulness, or dispair, or with the hope of alarming the garrison in season, she forgot the child. She reached the garrison in safety. The savages entered the house, and stopping only to take the bread from the oven which she was in the act of putting in when she was first alarmed, then rushed forward to assault the garrison. After they had become closely engaged, Ewell's wife returned by a circuitous path, to learn the fate of the babe, and to her happy surprise, found it quietly sleeping in the cradle as she had left it, and carried it safely to the garrison. A few hourse later the house was burnt."
Samuel Woodworth, a descendant of John Northey, wrote a poem entitled "The Old Oaken Bucket" that gained widespread fame. Tradition holds that the Old Oaken Bucket homestead of the poem is the Henry Ewell premises.

Children of Henry and Sarah Ewell:

  1. John Ewell, b. 1640; d. in 1686 in Newbury.
  2. Ebenezer Ewell, b. 1643.
  3. Sarah Ewell, b. 1645. She m. John Northey of Scituate.
  4. Hannah Ewell, b. 21 Jun 1649. She m. Jeremiah BURROUGHS.
  5. Gershom Ewell, b. 14 Nov 1650.
  6. Bethia Ewell, b. 27 Sep 1653.
  7. Ichabod Ewell, b. 16 Jun 1659. He m. Mehitable GUINNE on 1 May 1689.
  8. Deborah Ewell, b. 4 Jun 1663.
  9. Eunice Ewell. She m. William CHAMBERLAIN of Hull.
  10. Rebecca Ewell, d. 8 May 1669.

Five-Generation Pedigree Chart

Offspring This Family Parents Grandparents Great-grandparents
Gershom Ewell Henry Ewell
Sarah Annable Anthony Annable
Jane Moumford


Ewell, Joseph E., Genealogy of Henry Ewell of Sandwich, England and Scituate, Massachussetts. (Bath, NY)

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