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Primus Lew

Also Known As: "Priamus", "Primas"
Birthplace: West Africa
Death: before 1763
of, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Rose Lew; Margret Lew and Rose Lew
Father of Releaf Lew; Mary Lew; Barzillai Lew; Phebe Lew; Lucey Lew and 6 others

Occupation: musician in the French and Indian War in 1747
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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Immediate Family

About Primus Lew

Primus Lew of Groton, Massachusetts ( a former servant of Captain Jonathan Boyden), and Margret Lew (a former servant of Samuel Scripture). As free-blacks, Primus and Margret Lew married in 1742 and they had two sons and two daughters. Primus served as a musician in the French and Indian War in 1747. In 1752, Primus married again to Rose Canterbury and bought a farm on the west side of Nashua River in the Pepperell section of Groton, Massachusetts and they had two children.



  1. Vital Records of Groton - Marriages
  2. Thomas Boyden and his descendants Published 1901 by [T. R. Marvin & son, printers] in Boston . Written in English. Page 11

From Ancestry message boards, "An early Groton History suggest that the name Lew was Margret's last name rather than Primus' last name. Margret was Primus' first wife. Members of the Lew family believe that Margret Lew came from Cape Verde Islands off West Africa." "Since Margaret Lew is supposedly from Cape Verde and it's her surname that the family took, it might be interesting for the family to compare their DNA with others from Cape Verde and with a larger population, such as on FTDNA or 23andme or Ancestry. Cape Verde is known to have been settled in part by Portuguese Jewish families after the Inquisition."

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Primus Lew's Timeline

West Africa
November 5, 1743
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
December 28, 1745
Groton, Middlesex, Massachussetts, United States
July 8, 1747
Groton, Middlesex, Massachussetts, United States