Deacon Maximillian Jewett

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Maximilian Jewett

Nicknames: "Maximillian Jewett"
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Old Burying Ground, Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Jewett and Mary Taylor
Husband of Ann Jewett; Ann Jewett (Field) and Elleanor Jewett (Pell)
Father of Ezekiel Jewett; Deacon Ezekiel Jewett; Anna Hannah Jewett; Mary Hazeltine; Faith Dows (Dowse) and 5 others
Brother of William Jewett; Joseph Jewett; Grace D Jewett; Mary Jewett; Sarah Jewett and 4 others

Occupation: Deacon, Arr.Rowley, Mass. Dec.3, 1639 from Bradford, England on ship John. Founded Rowley, MADeputy from Rowley to Mass.General Court 1641-1676, Clothier
Managed by: Steven Wesley McRorie
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About Maximilian Jewett

Sailed from Hull, England in 1638 and arrived in Boston 1 Dec 1638. Founded Rowley, MA in the Spring of 1639. 834Maximilian was one of the original twenty who came with the Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, bringing his wife with him. He was one of the first deacons of the church in Rowley, and for twenty years represented the town in the general court. 157Deacon Maximilian Jewett, the immigrant ancestor, son of Edward Jewett, was born in Bradford. West Riding of Yorkshire, England, where he was baptized October 4, 1607. He came to this country with his wife and brother Joseph, sailing from Hull, England, in 1638, on the ship "John," in Rev. Ezekiel Rogers' colony, and arriving at Boston about December first, 1638. The company remained in Salem during the winter, and in 1639 founded the town of Rowley, Massachusetts. Maximilian Jewett was made freeman. May 13, 1640, and became deacon of the church, December 13, 1639, serving forty-five years in that office. Savage says: "For two hundred and twenty years, a descendant of him or his younger brother, a fellow passenger, has been in that office or minister, the whole-time except eight years." He received many grants of land from the town of Rowley at various times, and in 1658 had a grant in Merrimac, then part of Rowley, and in 1673 incorporated as Bradford. He was very early a deacon of the church and always known as Deacon Jewett, even on the town records. He was for many years selectman and a deputy to the general court. His wife Ann, whom he married in England, died November, 1667, buried November 9. He died October 19, 1684. He drew his home lot at Rowley, January 10, 1643-4, on Bradford street, named for his home in England. It consisted of two acres and was alongside the home lot of his brother Joseph, part west and part east of the street. He drew many lots of land in later years. In 1652 he and Thomas Dickerman, the two largest taxpayers of Rowley, each had six cows, but Dickerman's stock was valued by the assessors at a slightly larger amount. Jewett's assessed property was valued at one hundred and five pounds, eight shillings, four pence. He married (second), August 30, 1671, Ellen Boynton, widow of John Boynton. His widow married (third), in Ipswich, June 1, 1686, Daniel Warner, Sr., of Ipswich. She died August 5, 1689. He served as deputy to the general court in 1641-42-43-48-51-52-54-55-59-60-62-63-64-65-72-73-74-75-76. On January 9, 1664, he served as moderator of the town meeting, and also in 1671 and 1672. He gave part of his land to the town for use as a burial ground. He was overseer of the will of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. Maximilian Jewett, like his father, was a clothier, and with his brother Joseph, was among the first, if not the first, to manufacture woolen cloth in this country. He died October 19, 1684. He married (first) Ann, in England and she was buried November 9, 1667. He married (second) August 30, 1671, Elinor Boynton, widow of John Boynton, and daughter of Pell, of Boston. She married (third) in Ipswich, June 1, 1686, Daniel Warner Sr., and died in Rowley, August 5, 1689, surviving her third husband. Maximilian Jewett's will was dated January 8, 1682, and the inventory of his estate was taken November, 1684. Children by first wife, born in Rowley: Ezekiel, mentioned below; Anna, born December 26, 1644; Mary, December 18, 1646; Elizabeth, March 22, 1650; Faith, October 8, 1652; Joseph, February 1, 1654; Sarah, January 17, 1658, buried June 19, 1660; Sarah, about 1660; Priscilla, May 19, 1664, buried September 5, 1664. -------------------- Arrived on the ship "John" in 1638 in Boston, MA. Helped to found Rowley, MA. -------------------- “Maximilian and Joseph Jewett did not come to this country as adventurers. They were men of respectability, ‘of good estate,’ and could probably have no hopes of improving their worldly condition by emigration. They were lovers of liberty, and men of distinct and well-marked religious views. They were non-conformists. They had too sturdy an independence, as well as too strong a sense of duty, to abandon what they held as truth even in the midst of the bitterest persecution. For this reason they left their homes and sought in the wilds of America a resting place from oppression, a spot where they and their children might enjoy freedom to worship God. They were men of thought and character. The period at which they emigrated to America was one of the darkest for the Puritans. Many ministers had been silenced or suspended. Fines and the pillory, mutilation and torture, were remorselessly resorted to by the friends of Archbishop Laud to compel conformity to the ceremonies of the Established Church. The ministers of Charles the First were full of hope that they should exterminate the pestilent heresy from the land. Hunted down by tyranny, refused even the liberty of flight, the Puritans were almost in despair. All who could leave, fled, most of them to America.” Source: “History and Genealogy of The Jewetts of America” by Frederic Clarke Jewett, M. D.

"Mr. Ezekiel Rogers was the son of the Rev. Richard Rogers, a distinguished Puritan, of Weathersfield, Essex County, England, was bred at Cambridge, where, in 1604, he was of Corpus Christi, when he was graduated as a Bachelor of Arts, and of Christ's College, in 1608, when graduated as Master of Arts. After leaving the University he became chaplain in the family uf Sir Francis Barrington, of Essex, exercising himselt in ministerial duties for about a dozen years. He then was called to a public charge, at Rowley, in Yorkshire, where he continued with great favor for about seventeen years, when he was compelled to relinquish his charge—as he tells the story in his will, 'for refusing to read that accursed book that allowed sports on God's holy Sabbath, or Lord's day, I was suspended, and, by it and other sad signs of the times, driven, with many of my hearers, into New England.'" Source: History of Essex County, Massachusetts, edited by Duane Hamilton Hurd

“The group sailed out of Hull on the John of London in the summer of 1638, landing first in Salem and thence to Boston (Also on the John came the first printing press, later to be set up in Cambridge, the only printing press in the country until 1685. They founded the town of Rowley, originally know as Mr. Rogers’ plantation. The town extended from Ipswich on the south to Newbury on the north, from the ocean on the east to the Merrimack River on the west. Many of the settlers were clothiers and they soon built a fulling mill, the first in the colonies. The church was organized on December 3, 1639, with Ezekiel Rogers ordained minister. Mr. John Miller was the assistant pastor and Humphrey Reyner the ruling elder; the deacons were Maximilian Jewett and Thomas Mighill. It was the fifth church in Essex County and the sixteenth in the colony.” Source: The Essex Genealogist, 2002 by Essex Society of Genealogists




Maximillian Jowett immigrated with his wife Ann Field. He was a freeman 13 May 1640 and had a two acre lot on Bradford Street, Rowley in 1643. He was one of the first two deacons of the Rowley Church, ordained 3 December 1639, and many times was a representative to the General Court. His will, dated 8 January 1682[/83], is filed in Salem and mentions an unnamed wife [Ellen Boynton], a marriage contract, and "her son John Boynton"; Maximillian's eldest son Ezekiel is executor; son Joseph has the homestead; daughter Anna to have certain lands for life, with the remainder over to her son Jonathan Barker; daughter Mary Hazeltine; daughter Elizabeth Hazeltine; daughter Faith Dowse; daughter Sarah Jewett.

Immigration: 1639 On the John of London, from Hull, England

Freeman: 13 May 1640

Baptism: 4 Oct 1607 Bradford, Yorkshire, England

Ordination: 3 Dec 1639 Rowley, Essex Co., MA

Will: 8 Jan 1682/83

Burial: 19 Oct 1684 Rowley, Essex Co., MA

First Wife and Children:


Ann _____ (Wife) b. Bet 1612 and 1618 in England

Marriage: BEF 1638 in England


  1. DescendantsEzekiel Jewett b. 5 Mar 1642/43 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA
  2. DescendantsAnna Jewett b. 26 Feb 1644/45 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA
  3. DescendantsMary Jewett b. 18 Feb 1646/47 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA
  4. Elizabeth Jewett b. 22 May 1650 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA
  5. DescendantsFaith Jewett b. 8 Oct 1652 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA
  6. DescendantsJoseph Jewett b. 1 Apr 1656 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA 


Hull, England to Salem, MA

Summer 1638

John of London Passenger List

Sailed from Hull England to Salem, Massachusetts during the summer of 1638.

ISTG Vol 4

Rogers, Ezekiel

Rogers, Joan (Hartopp) (Waters)

Barker, Thomas

Barker, Mary

Crosby, Constance

Elithorp, Thomas

Lambert, Francis

Lambert, Jane (Barker)

Lambert, John

Lambert, Thomas

Lambert, Ann

Carleton, Edward

Carleton, Ellen (Newton)

Carleton, John

Reyner, Humphrey

Reyner, Mary

Reyner, Mary

Reyner, Ann

Reyner, Martha

Acy, William

Acy, Margaret (Haiton)

Acy, Ruth

Acy, Elizabeth

Acy, John

Chaplin, Hugh

Chaplin, Elizabeth

Jewett, Maximillion

Jewett, Ann

Jewett, Joseph

Jewett, Mary (Mallinson)

Jewett, Sarah

Jewett, Jeremiah

Haseltine, Robert

Haseltine, John

Northend, Ezekiel

Northend, Jeremiah

Boynton, William

Boynton, Elizabeth

Boynton, John

Brocklebank, Jane

Brocklebank, Samuel

-------------------- Maximillian was baptized in Bradford, West Riding, England on 10/04/1607. --------------------

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Deacon Maximillian Jewett's Timeline

October 4, 1607
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
October 4, 1607
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
October 4, 1607
Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts
December 31, 1609
Age 2
Bradford, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
December 31, 1609
Age 2
Bradford, Yorks, England
Age 30
January 5, 1643
Age 35
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
March 5, 1644
Age 36
Age 37
Rowley, Essex, MA
February 18, 1646
Age 38
Rowley, Essex, MA