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Joseph Jewett

Birthplace: Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Jewett and Ann Jewett
Husband of Ruth Lunt; Rebecca Jewett; Mary Jewett and Mary Jewett
Father of Ruth Varnum; Joshua Jewett; Hannah Jewett; Elizabeth Jewett; Joseph Jewett and 8 others
Brother of Priscilla Jewett; Faith Pingree and Mary Jewett
Half brother of Sarah Nelson; Jeremiah Jewett; Hannah Babbidge; Nehemiah Jewett, the Elder; Faith Jewett and 2 others

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About Capt. Joseph Jewett

  1. Legislators of the Massachusetts General Court, 1691-1780: A Biographical Dictionary. Page 262. Jewett, Joseph (1654-1735 Rowey). M Rebecca Law (1655-1729) in 1677 and Mary (Weeks) (Green) Gage in 1732; 4 ch; farmer. "A man of energy and character.". No committees.


In the autumn of 1675, twelve Rowley men were impressed into the service to meet the exigencies of King Philip's War, then raging. Their names are John Hopkinson, John Stickney, Joseph Jewett, Thomas Palmer, John Jackson, Stephen Mighill, John Leighton, Caleb Jackson, William Brown, Samuel Tiller, Joseph Bixby, and Simon Gowin. These men and others, under Capt. Brocklebank, were led in January, 1676, to Narragansett, and thence in March to Marlborough, where, in an assault upon the Indians, one of the company had his hand badly shattered by the breaking of his gun.

Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, with fifty men, was sent from Boston to the relief of Marlborough. Learning upon his arrival that the enemy had gone to Sudbury, he proceeded with his own and Capt. Brocklebank's party towards that town. Discovering a few Indians, and pursuing them about a mile into the woods, the English found themselves suddenly surrounded by some five hundred of the savages, who with hideous yelling opened a destructive fire. Almost every one of the men engaged on our side was slain. A monument was erected on the spot about 1730, by Benjamin Wadsworth, then president of Harvard College, and brother of Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, bearing this inscription: --

"Capt. Samuel Wadsworth of Milton, his Lieut. Sharp of Brooklin, Capt. Brocklebank of Rowley, with about Twenty-six other Soldiers Fighting for the Defence of their country, were slain, By ye Indian enemy April 18th 1676, & lye Buried in this place." The date should have been April 21st instead of April 18th.

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Capt. Joseph Jewett's Timeline

February 1, 1654
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
February 1, 1654
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
February 1, 1654
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 22
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
March 11, 1678
Age 24
Rowley, Essex, MA
January 16, 1681
Age 26
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 26
Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusettes
Age 26
Ipswich, Essex County, MA
August 26, 1683
Age 29
Ipswitch, Essex, England
April 3, 1685
Age 31
Ipswitch, Essex, England