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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
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:
Five-Generation Pedigree Chart
|Gershom Ewell||Henry Ewell|
|Sarah Annable||Anthony Annable|
Ewell, Joseph E., Genealogy of Henry
Ewell of Sandwich, England and Scituate, Massachussetts. (Bath, NY)
|Genealogy of Stephen R.
Moore - Family Page of Henry Ewell and Sarah Annable
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