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Thomas Hewitt, Capt.

Birthdate: (32)
Birthplace: Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Death: March 1662 (32)
In his ship during a journey to the West Indies (Lost at Sea in the West Indies)
Place of Burial: Stonington, New London, CT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas James Hewett and Elizabeth Hewett
Husband of Hannah Fish
Father of Thomas Hewitt, II and Benjamin Hewitt
Brother of Hannah Boroughs; Ephraim Hewett; John Hewett; Elizabeth Beal and Timothy Hewett

Occupation: Ship Captain, Sea Captain
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About Captain Thomas Hewitt

The ancestry of Thomas Hewitt, a sea captain, has yet to be discovered. He probably came from England or Ireland, and possibly from one of the coastal towns since he took to the sea for his livelihood. The first record of him in the Colonies is from the diary of Thomas Miner, which mentions Thomas Hewitt in 1656 as having command of the ship n the Mystic River. He was a trader taking surplus products from the early Connecticut planters in exchange for goods from Boston. Thomas purchased a tract of land on the east side of the Mystic River, in present day Stonington, Conn., to use as a home base when he was not at sea. There he built a primitive dwelling house. Through his trading transactions, Thomas was aquainted with the planters in the area. Walter Palmer, one of the wealthy planters, has a daughter who became Thomas Hewitt's wife.

HISTORY OF STONINGTON CT, by Wheeler, page 418 & 419.

    So far as is known from reliable sources, Thomas Hewitt, who was a seafaring man, was the first person of the Hewitt name that made Stonington his abiding place. The first we know of him is from the diary of Thomas Miner, Sr., who speaks of him as in command of his vessel in Mystic River in the year 1656, where he was receiving the surplus products of the early planters here, in exchange for Boston goods. In his business transactions he made the acquaintance of Walter Palmer, whose daughter, Hannah Palmer, he married April 26, 1659. In order to make Stonington his abode for life he purchased a tract of land on the east side of Mystic River. The land embraced the present site of the Elm Grove Cemetery in Stonington, CT, on which he erected a dwelling house of primitive dimensions, pending which he continued his coastal trade, extending his business to the West Indies. During the year 1662 he purchased a cargo of neat stock, sheep and poultry, designed for the West Indies market, with which he set sail for that place, expecting a pleasant voyage and successful exchange of his cargo for goods in merchandise suitable for the inhabitants of this region round about. Months and years passed, and no glad tidings came of his safe arrival in the West Indies, nor any trace of him anywhere, which forced the conclusion upon his wife and friends, that amid some fearful storm, his vessel had foundered and all on board had found a grave in the cold, dark, heaving sea.
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Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Age 29
Stonington,New London,Connecticut
March 1662
Age 32
In his ship during a journey to the West Indies
August 10, 1662
Age 32
Stonington, Connecticut
Stonington, New London, CT, United States