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Samuel Chew

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Virginia
Death: March 4, 1778 (31-39) (died during battle)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Chew and Martha Thompson Chew
Husband of Lucy Chew
Father of Lt. Thomas John John Chew; Capt. Coleby Chew and Samuel Chew
Brother of Larkin Chew; Joseph Chew, Sr.; Frances Chew; Elizabeth Menefee; Coleby Chew and 5 others
Half brother of Sarah Vernon; Edward Tinsley, Jr.; David Tinsley; John Tinsley; Harriett Frances Johns and 2 others

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About Samuel Chew

Samuel Chew (c. 1750 – 4 March 1778) was an officer in the Continental Navy.

Born in Virginia, Chew, a resident of Connecticut, was appointed by the Marine Committee 17 June 1777 to command the Continental brigantine Resistance with which he had much success against British commerce. The brigantine, carrying ten quarter-pounders, fell in with a British Letter-of-Marque (20 guns) on 4 March 1778. In the hand-to-hand struggle which ensued, Captain Chew, fighting gallantly, was killed but his ship managed to break off the battle with its superior opponent and return safely to Boston.

USS Chew (DD-106) was named in his honor.


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Samuel Chew's Timeline

Age 30
January 28, 1777
Age 34
March 4, 1778
Age 35