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Esther Sewall (Quincy)

Birthplace: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: June 21, 1810 (71)
Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: Montréal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, Québec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmund Quincy, IV and Elizabeth Quincy
Wife of Jonathan Sewall
Mother of Jonathan Sewell; Stephen Sewall; Margaret Sewall and Elizabeth Sewall
Sister of Edmund Quincy, V; Henry Quincy; Abraham Quincy; Elizabeth Sewall; Katherine Quincy and 4 others

Managed by: Dennis Vern Mark
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About Esther Sewall

Fifth daughter of Judge Edmund Quincy (II) and Elizabeth Wendell his wife.

Jonathan Sewall, Esther and their family resided at Cambridge, Massachusetts on Brattle Street. Jonathan was a graduate of Harvard College and was the last Attorney General of Massachusetts before the American Revolution. The Sewall family home in Cambridge, Massachusetts was wrecked by a revolutionary mob, consisting of some fifty men and boys, on September 1, 1774. Jonathan was in Boston at the time, and a very frightened Esther Sewall struck a bargain with the mob of "patriots". She exchanged the contents of her husband's wine cellar for the mob's dispersal. This terrifying event had a life-long impact on the eight-year-old Jonathan, Jr. who was to become the Chief Justice of Quebec. Jonathan, Esther and their children Jonathan, Jr., Elizabeth and Stephen moved to Boston within a week of the sacking of their Cambridge home; and were forced to flee what was to become the United States in 1775, never to return.

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Esther Sewall's Timeline

November 27, 1738
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 16, 1766
Boston, Massachusetts
June 21, 1810
Age 71
Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
June 21, 1810
Age 71
Montréal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, Québec, Canada