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Descendants of Capt. Thomas Hewitt (est 1630 - 1662)

The Hewitts probably came from England or Ireland - though an old Kirkland family letter suggests Germany. Captain Thomas Hewitt is one of my great x 8 grandfathers, through the 1858 marriage of Amanda "Minnie" (Hewitt) Himes (1836 - 1888) and George H. "G.H." Himes (1833 - 1875) - my Grandpa Kirkland's maternal grandparents. The first record of Capt. Hewitt was of his commanding a trading ship in the Mystic River in 1656 near Stonington, (southwest corner of) CN, where he settled. He disappeared at sea six years later, leaving his wife and two children. My Hewitt ancestors fought in both the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War. They migrated from Stonington north to Plainfield and to Canaan in northwestern CN, then to Stillwater (north of Albany) and Steuben County (south-central, near Elmira), NY, before moving in 1846 to northern Illinois, briefly to St. Charles before settling in South Elgin.

The Hewitt family was not the only Kirkland-related family to migrate through east-central New York. Himes, Feeter and Younges ancestors moved through there too. See the separate sections of this compilation on these three families for more details.

My source for the Hewitt family history was a 1996 compilation by Virginia Hewitt Watterson entitled, "Descendants of Captain Thomas Hewitt of Stonington, Connecticut." A hardcopy version of this genealogy is in both the Library of Congress and the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, IN. It may also be viewed in full online by googling the title. This compilation and Kane County records both note the 1858 Himes-Hewitt marriage.

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James M. Kirkland
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