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Maximilian Jewett

Also Known As: "Maximillian Jewett", "Jowett"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: October 19, 1683 (72-80)
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Jewett and Mary Taylor
Husband of Ellen Jewett; Ann Jewett and Elleanor Jewett (Pell)
Father of Deacon Ezekiel Jewett; Anna Barker; Mary Hazeltine; Elizabeth Hazeltine; Faith Dows (Dowse) and 4 others
Brother of William Jewett; Joseph Jewett; Grace D Jewett; Mary Jewett; Sarah Jewett and 2 others

Occupation: Deacon
Managed by: Steven Wesley McRorie
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About Deacon Maximillian Jewett

He married Ann Cole.

Maximilian Jewett Ensign

   Born: Oct 1607, West Riding of Yorkshire, England 357.595
   Christened: 4 Oct 1607, Bradford, West Riding, England 357,595
   Marriage: Ann Cole
   Died: Oct 1684, Rowley, Massachusetts at age 77 357,595
   Buried: 19 Oct 1684, Rowley, Massachusetts 357,595

bullet Noted events in his life and other information:

• Background Information: 358 The Jewetts are of English ancestry and are said to descend from Henri de Juatt, a knight of the First Crusades. In America the earliest Jewett record is of Maximilian, of Rowley, Massachusetts, born 1607, died 1684, who cane from England in 1638 with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers and sixty others who settled at Rowley in April, 1639. Maximilian Jewett was a son of Edward Jewett, of Bradford, Yorkshire, England.

• He emigrated. 357 He is believed to have come to New England with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers in 1638 and settled in Rowley 8 Nov 1667 with his first wife Ann.

• Dates & Events: 357 Maximilian Jewett was one of the first two deacons of the Rowley Church, ordained 3 Dec 1639. He was a freeman 13 May 1640, and many times representative in the General Court.

• Background Information. 595 From History and genealogy of the Jewetts of America. pages 7-13:

Maximillian Jewett was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, baptized in the same place 4 Oct 1607. He, his wife and brother Jospeh all sailed from Hull, England in 1633 in the ship, John, with a colony under the leadership of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. They arrived about the first of Dec 1638, and spent the winter in Salem. In the spring of 1639, they found the town of Rowley, Massachusetts.

Maximilian was admitted as a freeman, 13 May 1640, and was chosen as a Deacon of the church, 13 Dec 1639, an office he served in for forty-five years.

The records of Rowley show that Maximililian Jewett was granted a large amount of land. Both he and his brother were given two-acre lots on "Bradford Streete," to build their homes. Other land was granted including "foure Acres and a halfe" in "Brandford street field," a planting lot on "Impr. Batchelours meadow," "1 division of salt Marsh," plus at least sixteen other grants that followed through the years.

From the town records, it seems that Maximilian was one of the leading men in his community. He was a representative to the General court, 1641-1643, 1648, 1651-1652, 1654-1656, 1658-1665, and again in 1672-1676. He was the overseer of the will of Rev. Ezekiel rogers, signed 17 Apr 1660. He was a clothier and with his brother Joseph, was either the first or close to it, to manufacture woolen cloth in the British American colonies.

His wife Ann passed on was was buried "November y ninth day 1667." Maximillian married a second time to Elinor Boynton, widow of John Boynton, 30 Aug 1671. Her maiden named was Pell. He died "October ye Ninetenth day 1684" according to the town records. His final will was filed in the Clerk of the Courts' office at Salem, among the Essex County Papers, Vol. XLII, p. 46.

In his will he leaves his widow twenty pounds, which was contracted upon before their marriage, to be paid in part by two cows. He gives her another twenty pounds which his executors were to pay to her. He futher states that she is to get "a feather bed which my daughter Elizabeth Layd on; all during her naturall life & to be her owne dispose at her death." He includes a place for her to live, but if she chooses not to live there, it will go to his son Joseph.

The remainder of his will deals with his children and what he passes on to them, which is quite lengthy since he acquired a lot of property during his life. The will was signed 8 Jan 1682 & 8 month 1684. The witnesses were Leonard Harriman and Nehemiah Jewet. who appeared in Court in Salem on 25th 9th month 1664.

Children were all born in Rowley, Massachusetts: • Ezekel, b. 5 Jan 1643; m. Barzilla Baker • Anna, b. 26 Dec 2644; m. David Hazeltine • Elizabeth, b. 22 Mar 1659, m. Robert Hazeltine • Faith, b. 8 Oct 1652; m. Deacon Samuel Dowse • Joseph, b. 1 Feb 1654; married Rebecca Law first, and second Mary Gage • Sarah, b. 17 Jan 1658; bur. 19 June 1660 • Sarah, b. Abt. 1660; m. Jeremiah Ellsworth • Priscilla, b. 10 May 1664, bur. 5 Sep 1664

Maximilian married Ann Cole. (Ann Cole was born in England, died before 9 Nov 1667 in Rowley, Massachusetts 298,357,595 and was buried on 9 Nov 1667 in Rowley, Massachusetts 357.)

Sailed from Hull, England in 1638 and arrived in Boston 1 Dec 1638. Founded Rowley, MA in the Spring of 1639. 834

Maximilian 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.
From "History and Genealogy of the Jewetts of America" Vol 1 by Frederic Clarke Jewett, NY: Grafton Press, 1908. Available on

Maximilian Jewett and his wife Ann, along with his brother Joseph, saided from Hill, England in 1638 on the ship John, with a colony of pilgrims under the leadership of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. They arrived in Boston about the first of December, 1638, spent the winter in Salem, and in the spring of 1639 founded the town of Rowley, Mass.

He was a clothier (a clothes manufacturer), and with his brother Joseph, was about the first, if not the first, to manufacture woolen cloth in America.

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Will, filed in the Clerk of the Courts' office at Salem, Mass., among the Essex County Papers, Vol. XLIL, page 46.

In the name of God, Amen. I Maxemillian Jewett of Rowley in the County of Essex in New England Doe make this my last will & Testament as followeth. Imp. I commit my Soul Into the hands of God who Gave me it & my body to the Grave In Comfortable hope of a blessed Resurrection through the death and Resurection of my dear Redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ: In the day of Christ. For my outward Estate which the Lord hath gratiously bestowed on me I dispose of it in manner Following.

Imps. To my beloved wife I give Twenty pounds wch is due to her by my contract before marriage to be payd part in two Cows, the rest according to our contract. Also I give her all rents due to me from her son John Boynton: & further I give her Twenty pounds to be payd by my executor. Also a feather bed which my daughter Elizabeth Layd on; all dureing her natural life & to be at her owne dispose at her death: Further my will is that while she remaineth my widow (if she see good) that the end of the house next the street be at her dispose to live in and Improve for her own: upward & Downward keeping it in repair, & the hemp yard before the Door & the tres which stand in it; but if my wife see not good to live in the house then upon her leaving it the same & the yard is to the use of Joseph as ins my will hereafter exprest.

Item. To my Eldest son Ezekiell Jewet I confirme all that which I have given him already yin buildings & lands s appeareth by my deed of gift which he hath under my hand and Seal: Also I give him one half of my meadow in the meadow call'd Batchelers: & two acres of Bastard & salt marsh or ruff meadow being my whole division at the place called SAndy Bridg or neerit: & four acres & half of meadow at Crane meadow soe called. And my will is he pay out of what he now is to receive Twenty pounds to my wife in neat cattle: & that he have the Land that is yet to be laid out upon the Comon: & my highway marsh at hog Islands.

Item. To my son Joseph Jewett I give my now dwelling house, all at present but what part I have given myh wife dureing her widowhood if she live in it & upon her marriage leaveing it then that part to be to him; also I give him the barns, orchards, yards, swamps & lott or field above the street being all my Lands Lying in the field called Bradford street lotts: & one commonage or freehold upon the Comons of Rowley; Also fourteen acres of upland lying in the west end ox pasture; also three acres of Land lying behind Hounsley hill; also four acres lying upon the plaine called Great Meadow plaine; also I confirme to him which he hath possest that I gave him two acres of upland Lying in the farme; also one acre of marsh joyneing upon that which we call the Elders Division; also all that marsh which we call the farr division neare the place called the stackyard; also one Cowgate upon the Comons of Rowley with the Division belonging to it: & my will is that my said son Joseph pay or cause to be paid Thirty and four pounds to his sisters: namely to Anna three pounds; to Mary five pounds; To Sarah twelve pounds; to Elizabeth four pounds; To Faith Ten pounds; al to be paid in Rowley in Corn or Catle within seaven years after my decease: But it my said son Joseph depart this life & it be not payd within the time prefix my will is that my executor sell soe much of any land I give him as shall pay the said Legacies as are then upayed for that end: & I hereby Impower him to Confirm such sail.

Item. To my daughter Anna, beside the three score pounds I have already paid her: I give her all my Lands being nine acres more or less at the place called Batchelers field: Also my Land in the new plaine being about Six acres; Also that percell of my marsh which lieth betweene that which was Richard Swans formerly & the ditch, being one acre more or less: also one acre & quarter of my meadow called Batchelers meadow; all which lands & meadow I give her dureing her natural life, & after her decease I give it to her son Jonathan Barker, if he live to the age of Twenty and one years: with my division of ate marsh in hog Islands & if he doe not, I give the said Lands & meadows amongst the rest of her children which she shall leave who live to that age or day of marriage: further I give her three pounds to be payd by my son Joseph Jewet.

Item. I give my daughter Mary Hazeltine (beside the three score pounds I have already paid her & the twenty four acres of Land confirmed by deed of gift;) Two acres of Marsh which was Robt Hazeltines lying between Thomas Tenney his marsh & a ditch in the bounds of Rowley; Also I give her five pounds to be payed by my son Joseph Jewet.

Item. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Hazeltine (besides what I have given her, which is about thirty pounds & the half of my ninety & six acres of land at Bradford confirmed by deed of gift) my marsh butting upon Newbury zLine being about three acres which I bought of William Lyon: also four pounds to be paid by my son Joseph Jewet.

Item. To my daughter Faith Dowse (Besides fourty pounds wch I acct I have paid her & the half of my ninety & six acres of land at Bradford confirmed by deed of gift) I give her about two acres & half of salt & Ruff marsh lying neer the place Call'd Cowbridge: & Ten pounds to be paid by myson Joseph Jewet.

Item. To my daughter Sarah Jewet I give all my Lands beyond the hill called prospect Hill, being the remainder of my land Lying within IpswichLine not given to my son Ezekiel. There being about Twelve acres of it; Also I give her one freehold or Comonage in Rowley Comons: Also that Land which is Laid out to me by a grant of the Towne of Rowley called sixteen acress & half: Bounded by Leonard Herrimans Land & Jno Plats Land: Also I give her twelve pounds to be paid in moveables houshould stuff or Catle by my Executor. Also my marsh at ye place neare Richd Wicoms Spring & the salt corners adjoyneing, & the three score Rods parted from it by William Jacksons Marsh.

Item. My willis That my son Ezekiel Jewet be my sole executor to this my last will & that he receive all debts wch I hereby will to him, due to me by bill, bond, or other way; & that he pay all my debts due from me to any: Also my will is That when my debts & funeral charges be discharged & my executor paid for all his trouble & paines If any Estate not particularly willed & disposed of be remaining that he shall have a double parto f it to any other child of mine & each besides an equal share: In confirmation hereof, that this is my last will & testament I have hereunto sett my hand & Seal this Eighth day of January Anno Dom : 1682 & 8m 1684.

Maxemillian M I Jewet [seal] his signe

Signed Sealed & declared to be his Last will and testament In presenceof us witness Leonard Harriman Nehemiah Jewet

Leonard Harriman and Nehemiah Jewet appeared in Court att Salem 25th 9mo 1664 & made oath ht they were present & saw Maxemillian Jewet Signe Seale & yn declare ye within written to be his last will & testament & yt ye was yn of disposing minde.

Attest Benja Gerrish Clerk (Recorded Essex Probate 2:60)

William was baptized in Bradford, West Riding, England on 07/15/1605.

His lengthy will is located on this source.

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September 15, 1605
Bradford, Yorks, England
September 15, 1605
Bradford, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
September 15, 1605
Bradford, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
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)