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Henry Sewall, III

Also Known As: "Rev.", "OF SEWELLS'S POINT The Immigrant"
Birthplace: Coventry, West Midlands, England
Death: May 16, 1700 (80-88)
Newbury, Essex County , Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Newbury, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Sewall, of Rowley and Anne Sewall
Husband of Jane Sewall
Father of Hannah Tappan; Elizabeth Sewall; Judge Samuel E. Sewall; John Sewall; Maj. Stephen Sewall and 4 others

Occupation: Immigrant Minister
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About Rev. Henry Sewall

Irma Spellman Askey bless her heart helped establish this linkage by Col John Emery Adams from there I was able through research able to get to this point. We did it! Much research is still needed but I must say this is extraordinary History and a very proud heritage.

{Rev} Henry Sewall (III) came to Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 aboard the ship "Elizabeth & Dorcas". He wintered at Ipswich and began the plantation at Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635. He was one of the first settlers of Newbury, and was appointed freeman on May 17, 1637. He married Jane Dummer of Newbury on March 25, 1646; and received 500 acres in Coventry as a wedding gift. They were married by Richard Saltonstall, grandfather of Gordon Saltonstall, governor of Connecticut.

Jane was born Bishopstoke, Hampshire, England in 1628; and was the daughter of Stephen Pyldren Dummer and Alice Archer. Jane died January 13, 1701 at Newbury, at 72 years of age.

Please click on Jane Dummer for her descent.

Henry and Jane Sewall along with Jane's parents Stephen and Alice Dummer returned to England in 1647. The "official" reason given for this return to England was that the New England climate was not suitable to Stephen and Alice Dummer; although they had lived there since before 1638. It must also be borne in mind that Henrys father who had come to New England in 1637 was likely making life less pleasant for the Sewalls and the Dummers. He had been taken to court for beating his wife, for insulting Mr. Richard Saltonstall and displaying other characteristics of derangement.

Henry returned to New England in 1659 to settle his fathers estate. However, the resignation of Richard Cromwell and the return of Charles II as King appears to have prompted Henry to remain in New England. Jane, along with children Hannah, Samuel, John, Stephen and Jane, left for New England in May 1661 aboard the ship Prudent Mary with Capt Isaac Woodgreen. This trip took eight weeks.

Henry was deputy to general court 1661, 1663, 1668, and 1670. A photograph of Henry's gravestone was kindly shared by Robert Winslow Sewall, and it can be seen at the Virtual Cemetery.

Puritan Family Life By Judith S. Graham

Henry Sewall Sons Diary,M1

Burial Locations of related families are Byfield an First Parish these two entire groups are ancestors to the American Birth and Revolution and are prominent in it.

Grave site First Parish

The First Parish Burying Ground is located on High Rd / Route 1A in Newbury just over the Newburyport line


Byfield Parish Church Burying Ground was established in 1702 and is located on Warren Street in Byfield (Georgetown), MA, just after the South Byfield Church. The church itself is now a private home and at the time of this visit was for sale.


Henry Sewall Jr, son of the first mentioned Henry Sewall, was born in England (Coventry) in 1614. He came to New Wngland in 1634, bringing with him English servants, neat cattle and provisions. He was in Ipswich through the winter and in 1635, removed to Newbury. He was one of the settlers of the town and was granted by the proprietors over six hundered acres of marsh and upland as his proportion according to the rule agreed upon in London. In March 25, 1646, he married Mrs. Jane Drummer, eldest child of Stephen and Alice Drummer of Newbury and soon after went to England with them, where he remained several years. He had five children born in that country. In 1650 he returned to New England alone, and on August 5th of that year bought 40 acres of upland with house situated ther on, in Newbury, also twenety acres of salt marsh (refernce Will of Henry Sewal Jr. dated April 17, 1678 and proven May 24, 1700). It is probable the he occupied the house in Woodmans Lane, for a year or two, and then returned to England. He came again to Newbury in 1659, and afterwards sent for his wife and family. They arrived in 1661. Meanwhile he purchased Nov 7, 1660 of John Browne of Newbury, a house with four acres of land on Newbury


Rev. Henry Sewall was born in 1614 in Manchester ? He was the son of Henry Sewall and Anne Hunt. Rev. Henry Sewall was christened on 25 June 1615 at Manchester Cathedral.3 He emigrated in 1634 "Sent by his father to New England 1634, with Net Cattel and Provisions sutable for a new Plantation, sailing on the Elizabeth and Dorcas. Mr Cotton would have had him settle in Boston; but in regard of his Cattel he chose to goe to Newbury, where his father soon followed him."4,5 He married Jane Dummer, daughter of Stephen Dummer and Alice Archer, on 25 March 1646 at Newbury, Essex County; the service being conducted by Richard Saltonstall.4,6 In 1647 he returned with his family, to England and three years later in 1650, he was presented to the living of North Baddesley in Hampshire.7 In 1658 or early 1659, and leaving his wife and children at Baddesley, Henry again sailed for Massachusetts carrying a letter from Richard Cromwell concerning the inheritance of his father's estate. Soon after his arrival he learned of Richard Cromwell's abdication, the restoration of the monarchy and the inevitable collapse of Puritan predominance. He summoned his family to New England.8 Rev. Henry Sewall died on 16 May 1700 in Newbury (Titcomb gives 16 March 1700).9,10 He was buried in the burying ground of the First Parish Church, Newbury, Massachusetts.11

From Genealogical History of the Duncan Stuart Family in America by Joseph A Stuart 1894 - "Henry Sewall came in 1634 at the age of twenty in the Elizabeth and Dorcas; was first at Ipswich, at Newbury, 1635"

Henry came to Boston in 1634 and began the plantation in Newbury in 1635. He married Jane Dummer in 1646 and was given a wedding gift of 500 acres in Coventry. Henry returned to England in 1647 with his wife and wife's parents. The stated reason was that the climate did not suit his in-laws but it is thought that his father was making life unpleasant for his family. Henry returned to NE in 1659 to settle his father's estate. However the resignation of Cromwell and the return of Charles II as king seems to have prompted him to stay. In 1661, Jane with five children sailed for NE.

Henry was deputy to the general court in 1661, 1663, 1668, 1670.

Y-DNA haplogroup E-L542 (determined by Family Tree DNA for direct descendant David T. Sewall)

Father of the Judge Sewall who sat in judgement in the witch trials


Info source:

Add'l info: Diary of Samuel Sewall: 1674 - 1729, volume 1, page xviii

More info: "(Sewall) Henry, and Mrs. Jane Dumer, Mar. 25, 1646." "(Sewall) Henry, May 18, 1700, in his 87th y."

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Rev. Henry Sewall's Timeline

June 25, 1615
Coventry, West Midlands, England
June 25, 1615
Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
June 25, 1615
Manchester, Lancs, England
June 25, 1615
Manchester, Lancs, England
May 10, 1649
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 28, 1652
Bishopstole, Hampshire, England
October 10, 1654
Baddesley, Hampshire, England
August 10, 1657
Baddesley, Hampshire, England