In Memory of

Jane Center

1927 - 2005

The mediocre teacher tells.

The good teacher explains.

The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

This page was posted in May 2001 by distant cousins Jane Rohde and Robert Sewell whose common ancestor is Henry Sewall (1614 – 1700).Henry Sewall’s tombstone can be seen at the Virtual Cemetery.Most of the original information presented here was collected by Jane Rohde’s great X 3 grandmother, Eliza Ward Middleton Sewall.The information was added to and published in 1908 by Jane’s great grandmother’s aunt, Susan Elizabeth Fry Barnes.

Please direct comments, additional information and so on to Peter Rohde or Robert Sewell.

Please visit the Sewall / Sewell Page for more Family History.


The following is handwritten inside the front cover:

Presented to Rebecca Jane Center (great-grandmother of Jane Center Rohde)

Salina Kansas

Dec. 31st 1908 (On Her Birthday)


Her Aunt S.E.F. Barnes


(413 W. State St) Illinois

This book sent to

Jane Center Rohde by her aunt Queen Center Gillies

daughter of Harrison L. and Clara C. Ropp.

Queen Center Gillies now lives at 529 6th Ave. So, Clinton, Iowa.



Record of Sewall Family, Descending Through William Sewall, of England. (1540);

John Sewall, of Newbury, Mass., (1654); and General Henry Sewall,

of Augusta, Maine (1752)








The several lines of the Sewall family[1] have a common English ancestor, known in the records of Richard II as Saswallo, or Seawald, an old English thane, at the time William the Conqueror invaded England (1066) He is represented to have possessed seventeen bull-hides of land (a hide being as much as a plow could cultivate in a year—about 60 acres). A thane of those days in England was a dignitary or lord of his own manor, who had a particular jurisdiction within the limits of his possession. Saswallo lived in Warwickshire. He built and endowed a church there, — near the central part of England.

A Norman knight named de Fervaris fell in love with and married Saswallo’s daughter. This saved Saswallo’s estate from confiscation by the Normans, and by special favor he was allowed to retain his estate at Nether Eatondon. This estate remained in the possession of his family and descendants 700 years. Subsequently, the family name was changed to its present orthography — “Sewall.” In 1250, we find it in the Bishop of York spelled thus.

The arms of the Sewall family in England read, “Sable Chevron betwixt three gad-bees argent.” This reading is the very same as is inscribed by Fuller in his “Worthies of England” to John Sewall I, sheriff of Essex and Herfordshire (in fourth year of the reign of Richard II, 1380).

Another form of the arms represents industry by a common beehive with the bees at work, and another wording is, “Sa a chevr. or. betwixt three gadbees volant. Arg. (Sewall).”



Married Matilda Home in England in 1540. They were the parents
of Henry Sewall (I) born 1544.


Married Margaret Gresbrook. He was a linen-draper of Coventry, Warwickshire, England, and acquired a large estate. He was chosen Lord Mayor of Coventry in 1589, and again in 1606. He died in 1628 aged 84 years, and was buried in Draper Hall, St. Michael’s church. His wife died in 1632 aged 76 years. There were four children: Anne, Henry (II), Richard, Margaret.


Was born in Coventry April 8, 1576, and was baptised in St. Michael’s[1] church. Henry Sewall (II) married Anne Hunt, and resided in Manchester in Lancastershire (about 8o miles northwest of Coventry). He died at Rowley, Mass. in 1657, aged 81 years. His tombstone still remains at Rowley.


Henry Sewall the Second’s only son was born at Manchester in 1614 Henry II not liking the English hierarchy sent his son, Henry III, to New England, where he established himself and became the ancestor of the Sewalls in America.

When Henry III was twenty years old he came with his party in the ships Elizabeth and Dorcas, commanded by Captain Watts. He was plentifully provided with cattle, provisions, English servants, etc. for a plantation. There were in all about forty persons who accompanied him[1]. They landed in Boston in 1634 (274 years ago). They wintered at Ipswich, Mass., and in 1635 removed to Newbury where Henry Sewall III received the second grant of land in the town. They came from Ipswich to Newbury by water through Plum Island Sound and up the river which was afterward named for Dr. Parker. Tradition says they landed on the north bank of the river about one hundred rods below the spot where the bridge at Newbury now stands. Their number was few for a town, but the population increased rapidly—fifteen ships arriving in June, one ship in August, one in November and one in December.

Henry Sewall II, with his family, afterward followed the son to Newbury, lived there several years and later moved to Rowley, where he remained for the rest of his life.

March 25, 1646, Henry Sewall III, aged 32, married Jane Dummer, aged 19, (eldest daughter of Stephen Dummer).

In 1647 Henry Sewall III moved back again to England where he remained some time; first, at Tamworth where his oldest child, Hannah, was born; later, at Bishopstoke where the oldest son, Samuel, was born; and at Baddesly (Hants Co.) where John, Stephen and Jane were born. In these places he was a successful minister.

In 1659 he returned temporarily to Newbury, after the death of his father. (He carried with him a letter of recommendation from Richard Cromwell, the Protector, to the Governor of Massachusetts, John Endicott, asking that assistance might be granted him in the speedy settlement of his father’s estate). The accession of Charles II changed his plans and he remained in America and sent for his family. Three daughters were born after the return to Newbury: Anne, Mehitable and Dorothy. Hannah, born 1670, married Mr. Jacob Toppan[1]; Samuel I, the oldest son, was first of the Massachusetts line of Sewalls; John II, second son, was born 1654, and was the first of the Maine branch of the family; Stephen I, born 1657, died 1725, gave rise to the Canadian branch of the family; Jane, born in 1659, married Moses Gerrish; Anne, born in 1662, married (1) Wm. Longfellow[4] and (2) Henry Short; Mehitable, born 1665, married Wm. Moody; Dorothy, born in 1668, married (1) Ezekiel Northend and (2) Moses Bradstreet. Descendants of the daughters are numerous in Newbury, Rowley, Byfield and vicinity. The three sons have numerous descendants in Boston, Salem, Newbury and Marblehead, Mass., at Portsmouth, N. H., at Quebec and Montreal, Canada, and throughout Maine and Illinois.

Henry Sewall III died May 16, 1700, aged 86 years. He was buried in the first parish burying ground in Newbury. Mrs. Sewall died January 13, 1701, aged 74 years.

The oldest son, Samuel, was a graduate of Harvard College, and chief justice of Massachusetts. During the 160 years which have elapsed since the supreme court was first established in Massachusetts, a place among its judges has been held for 84 years collectively by six descendants of Henry Sewall III. Four of these, three in Massachusetts and one in Canada, held the office of chief justice (collective term 18 years).[1]


A farmer of Newbury, ancestor of the Sewalls of Maine, was born at Baddesly, England, October 10, 1654. Married Hannah Fessenden of Cambridge August 17, 1674. She died in 1723. He died 1699 at Newbury. The children were: John III; Henry IV of Newbury, who married Elizabeth Titcomb of York, Maine; Hannah, who married Rev. Samuel Moody; Samuel II of York, Maine, who married (1) Lydia Storer and (2) Sarah Batchelder Titcomb, and was father of fifteen children; Nicholas of York, who married Mehitable Storer; Thomas I (died young); and Stephen I.


Fourth son of John of Newbury, was born June 1, 1690. About 1712 he married Mehitable Storer[1] (born May 10, 1696). Nicholas Sewall died 1740, aged 50 years.

The children were: Samuel III, born 1714, died 1768, married Hannah Kelly; John IV, born 1716, married Mary Sayward; Hannah, born 1718 or 1719, died 1810; Thomas II, born 1711, died at Cape Breton, N. S., 1745, during the siege of Louisburg; William II, born 1723; Mehitable, born 1724 or 1725 (died young); Henry V, born March 26, 1727, died November 17, 1792; Jane; Sarah; Stephen II, born 1734, graduated from Harvard College 1761. In 1762 Stephen was appointed Hebrew instructor at Harvard. In 1763 he was made professor of Hebrew. He held this position for over 20 years. Died 1804.


Of York, Maine, was born March 26, 1727. Married Abigail Titcomb of Newbury, Mass., (born 1718, died 1798). Died November 1792. The children were: Sarah, born 1750, married Col. Parsons, died 1816; Henry VI, born October 24, 1752, married (1) his cousin, Tabitha Sewall, died September 5, 1845, aged 93 years, 10 months, 20 days; Daniel, born 1755, married Dorcas Bartlett; Abigail, born 1758, married John Carlisle; Jotham, born 1760, married Jenny Sewall, his second cousin, daughter of Henry Sewall, of Bath, Maine, died 1850. He preached on his 90th birthday.

VIII. HENRY SEWALL [VI]           

Of Augusta, Me., (oldest son of Henry of York, Me.,who was fifth son of Nicholas of York, Me., who was fourth son of John of Newbury, Mass.) was born at York, Me., October 24, 1752. He entered the Revolutionary army at the beginning of the war, at the age of 23 years, and served till its close. He enlisted May 12, 1775, as first corporal in Captain David Bradish’s company. The company was raised at Falmouth, now Portland, Me., soon after the battle of Lexington, and marched to Cambridge to join Col. Phinney’s regiment of the Massachusetts line.

He served through the siege of Boston. Tradition says he was in the battle of Long Island, August 26 and 27, 1776—Americans defeated. He was present at the battle of Hubberton during the retreat from Ticonderoga. He took part in the Saratoga campaign and witnessed the surrender of General Burgoyne, October 17, 1777. After this victory a portion of the northern troops were dispatched to the aid of General Washington in Pennsylvania. Henry Sewall accompanied them and spent the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. He passed through the several grades of ensign (1775), lieutenant, muster master [1778], captain [1779], and finally aid-de-camp to Maj.-Gen. Heath, [1781], till the close of the war, 1783. In connection with his duties of staff officer, he served as brigade-major and inspector-general besides the various regular duties of his position. At different times during the war he served by request in place of his friends who desired to be absent, and sometimes, by virtue of special appointment, filled for a time vacant places, such as paymaster, quarter-master, brigade inspector, etc., in positions generally above his own rank. Tradition asserts that he served on General Washington’s staff. However, it is probable that if he served it was merely to assist Maj.-Gen. Samuel Parsons, who was aid to Gen. Washington, and a special friend and brother-in-law to Capt. Sewall.

William Heath had command of the artillery of Boston, and in 1770 was a provincial colonel; was in the provincial congress in 1774-5; was brigadier-general of the continental forces in 1775; and major-general in 1776. Heath and his aids were with Washington the last three years of the war. As member of Heath’s staff, Capt. Henry Sewall had part in these important manoeuvers, Henry Sewall was an original member of the Cincinnati Society[1] and was its vice-president in 1845. He was United States pensioner under the grant of March 3, 1826, for seven years’ service as captain of Massachusetts troops, and as aid-de-camp to Gen. Heath. The pension was continued till his death. Henry Sewall also received for his Revolutionary service 600 acres of bounty land granted him by the legislature of the state of Maine, March 20, 1838.

He held successively the commissions of division inspector, brigadier and major-general of the eighth division of the Massachusetts militia. This division was in service in the war of 1812.

In 1809 he commanded in suppression of the Lincoln county Squatter War, and during the trial of the Chadwick murderers at Augusta, Me. In 1814, in the last war with England, at Wiscasset, Me., he served with a detachment of 1400 men; and on Edgecomb Heights, in September, 1814, he served for 50 days, the alarm being an assault of barges of the 74 English ships of war on the bulwarks at the mouth of Sheepscott river in Lincoln county, Maine.

In 1783 he went to Fort Weston (now Augusta and Hallowell) on the Kennebec river and engaged in trade. He was seven years a selectman and 32 years town clerk in Hallowell and Augusta. He was register of deeds 17 years, and clerk of the district court of Maine from its organization in 1789 to 1818.

Gen. Sewall was eminently a Christian man. His long and eventful life was characterized by a steady effort to live near to God. He daily acknowledged the constant sense of His presence and help with earnest pleadings for himself, family and friends, both sinners and Christians, the church and the world. Every transaction of himself and those of his offspring through life was submitted to divine guidance and direction. He was a good husband, a kind and affectionate parent, and taught his children both by precept and example to live in harmony with scripture teaching and moral truths. He was prudent and careful in all his financial affairs, and he was benevolent in all his religious enterprises. He was naturally a good judge of sacred music in his day and was quite a critic on the subject.

He was married three times. His first wife, the mother of all his children, was his cousin, Tabitha Sewall (married February 9, 1786). Tabitha Sewall, the daughter of John and Mary Sayward Sewall, was born October, 1753, and died June 19, 1810. His second wife was Rachel Crosby of Salem, Mass.She died 1832. His third wife was Elizabeth Lowell, daughter of John Lowell of Boston. (Married 1833. She died 1862.) Henry Sewall died September 4, 1845.

There were seven children. Four grew to maturity.

Abigail, born April 2, 1788. Married Eben Dutch of Augusta, Me. [1809].

Charles, born November 13, 1790. Married Sophia Gill of Augusta, [1817].

Susan, born April 5, 1794. Married Robert Gardner, a merchant of Hallowell [1826]. They removed to Lowell, Mass She died 1872. Two children—one died young.

William Sewall Gardner, born October 1, 1827. Graduated at Bowdoin College 1850. Settled at Newton, Mass. Married [1] May H. Davis, daughter of Governor Davis of Massachusetts, [October 15, 1868.] One child,

Mary Sewall.

He married [2] Sarah Davis, only sister to May H. Davis [1877].

He died in 1888 at Newton. He was a lawyer, was warden of the Episcopal church of Newton, and a master Mason of the highest degree. He was judge of the supreme court of Massachusetts when he died.

William III, born January 17, 1797, at Augusta, Me.


Born January 17, 1797, at Augusta, Me. Besides the common schools at home, he attended the Lincoln County Academy at New Castle, Me. He studied under a private teacher all the time he had when not writing in the office. He was a close student and improved his time to good advantage. He was a successful teacher of a good sized common school in the vicinity of Augusta before he was clerk for Quartermaster General Hamilton, U. S. Army at Boston, Mass. and wherever that business required his attention. After leaving school he wrote for some time in the office of his father who was clerk in the District Court of Maine. When about twenty years old he was clerk in the office of Gen. Hamilton, quartermaster general of the U. S. Army in Boston. Dr. Thomas Sewall of Washington, D. C., a double cousin, secured a clerkship for William Sewall in Washington, D. C. The latter started for Washington on board the ship Alonzo. The ship was wrecked in a severe storm, January 1820, and though none on board lost their lives, all experienced intense suffering. The wind carried the vessel to Smithtown on Long Island where the passengers were taken by land to New York City. William Sewall’s hands were so injured by exposure in working the ship’s pumps that he could no longer write a legible hand. He therefore did not proceed to the clerkship in Washington, but went to Charles county, Maryland, where he taught school one year.

Here he married Eliza Ward Adams, widow of Wm. Adams of Miners Park, Md. She was the daughter of Samuel W. Middleton and Catherine Taliaferro Hooe Middleton, both of Charles county. They were married August 9, 1821, by Rev. Mr. McCormick, an Episcopal minister, at Queen’s Hotel in Washington, D. C. At the wedding were present Dr. Thomas Sewall’s family and the Misses Mary and Emelyn Webster (also relatives). Miss Mary Webster was bridesmaid and Horatio Ward[1] was groomsman.

William Sewall lived in Virginia and West Virginia about nine years, teaching school during that time. In the fall of 1829. his family drove across country to Jacksonville, Ill., William Sewall following February 7, 1830[1]. On March 8[10], he opened a school in the old historic school house that stood southeast of the present public square of Jacksonville. Judge Thomas was the first teacher in this school; Wm. Sewall was the second. He taught here two years or more.

October 1830 he entered a tract of land in Cass county and hired men to cultivate it while he continued to teach. July 19, 1830, with the assistance of others, he organized the first Sunday school in Cass county, at the home of Mrs. Stewart under the bluffwest of his farm. He was for ten years elder of the Panther Creek Presbyterian church in Cass county. April 4, 1833, he moved with his family to his Cass county farm where he lived till his death, April 7, 1846, [aged 49 years, 3 months and 21 days]. Mrs. Sewall died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Goodell, Chandlerville, 111., October 5, 1874, [aged 79 years, 2 months and 8 days].

Six children.

Henry VII Middleton, born March 6, 1823, in Fauquier county, Va., near Granville. Married Ann E. Clark, widow of David Clark, a farmer of Cass county, Ill., November 22, 1849. He died May 3, 1850, aged 27 years, 1 month, 28 days. She died at Paulding, Ohio, July 22, 1907, aged 83 years. One son.

Henry VIII Middleton, born November 28, 1850, after his father’s death. He married (1) Clara J. Baird, daughter of Franklin and Sarah Baird, August 24, 1882, and settled on a farm near Urbana, Ill. Mrs. Sewall died January 25, 1896, aged 38 years. Four children.

Mae, born July 7, 1883. Married Frederick H. Hayes July 7, 1903. Settled at Urbana. Two children. Now live in El Paso, Texas.

Marjorie Sewall, born October 25, 1904.

Clara Ruth, born June 17, 1906.

Maude, born March 23, I887.

Harry IX, born March 8,1889.

Bessie, born July 12, 1891.

Henry Sewall VIII married (2) Arilla J. McKinley, daughter of Dr. Charles McKinley of Champaign, Ill. Henry M. Sewall died November 16, 1907. Two children.

Ruth McKinley, born August 2, 1900.

Isabelle, born September 20, 1904.

Catherine T. H., born Fauquier county, Virginia, near Granville November 6, 1825. Educated at Monticello Seminary, Godfrey, Ill. Married Robert Cole, a farmer of Cass county, Ill., December, 1843. Died November 5, 1853, aged 28 years. Four children.

William H. Born March 16, 1844. Married Hattie A. English [born May 19, 1840, died May 23, 1881] Oct. 1. 1876. They settled at Van Etten, N.Y. William Cole died April 11, 1881, in Van Etten. One child.

Isabella, born Oct. 19, 1877, in Van Etten. died 1905. 

Rebecca Jane, born Dec. 31, 1846. Married Lafayette Center, a farmer of Cass county, Ill., Dec. 24, 1867. They located near Florence, Kan. He died Sept. 24, 1903. One son. 

Harry L., born May 14, 1869, died Nov. 11, 1917.Buried at Lindsborg Kansas. Married Clara Ehnstedt [born Nov. 30, 1874] Dec. 12, 1897. Settled in the countrySalina, Kan. Three children.

Ruby, born Aug. 7, 1898; died the same day.

Queen, born Dec. 21, 1899. Queen graduated form Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas on Violin, also pianist.

Warren, born Sept. 29, 1902. Warren entered Academy at Lindsborg, also good cornetist.Entered BethanyBand at age of 13 yrs.Lived with their mother in their cosy home at 117 N. College, Lindsborg where Rebecca Jane their grandma spent her old days.

Mary C., born Dec. 17, 1848. Married Charles J. Haskell May 25, 1875. Settled in Virginia, Ill. Died Dec. 11, 1896. One son.

John R., born July 9, 1876. Married Ella Reynolds, Oct. 5, 1895. Two children.

Georgia M., born July 9, I896. 

Charles D., born March 4, 1903.

Thornton C. J., born April 28, 1851. Married Drusilla Showalter Bryant (died Feb. 1918), daughter of William Showalter, near Chandlerville, Ill., and widow of — Bryant, Aug. 14, 1873. Settled in McPherson county, near Moundridge, Kan, Five children.

Mary H., born Sept. 17, 1875. Married Charles H. Neucem in 1897. Settled at Moundridge, Kan. Two children.

Grace Bryan, born April 26, 1898.

Susan Elvina, born Jan. 21, 1902.

Nola Drue, born Dec. 21, 1877. Married Lincoln Gettle of Brickerville, Lancaster county, Pa., Sept. 5. 1893. Settied in Wann, Okla. Four children.

Verna, born Nov. 20, 1894.

Ethel, born Sept. 10, 1896.

Cecil, born April 12, 1899.

Drusilla, born March 12, 1903.

Zetta Ethel, born Sept. 10, 1881. Married William H. Cassier, Nov. 25, 1901. Settled in Moundridge, Kan. One child.

Glen Winston, born Sept. 3, 1906.

James R., born June 17, 1884. Married Annie Lugenbill, 1905. Three children.

Wayne Elden, born November 1906.

Phillis Hureele, born 1907.

? born April 12, 1908.

Tina Edith, born November 17, 1886, died about 1917.

Susan Elizabeth, born near Clarksburg, W. Va., on the Monongahela river, in Harrison county, July 30, 1829. Came to Jacksonsonville[1], Ill., the latter part of Dec. 1829. She was christened by Rev. J. M. Ellis, Aug. 1, 1830, in the first schoolhouse of Jacksonville. Graduated at Jacksonville Academy for Young Women 1851 and is a member of its alumnae association. She is a charter mem ber of Rev. James Caldwell Chapter D. A. R., Jacksonville, Ill. Married [1] Abial Fry, of Muscatine, Ia., Nov. 12, 1867. Mr. Fry was a native of Chemung county, N. Y. He was the son of Charel Frederick and Matilda Buck Fry. An ancestor, John Fry, was one of the 90 early proprietors of Newbury, Mass. They settled in Muscatine, where Mr. Fry died, Oct. 30, 1876. No children.

Mrs. Fry visited her youngest sister, Mrs. J. H. Goodell, at Chandlerville, Ill., until she married [2] William Barnes, of Jacksonville, Ill., Aug. 1, 1878. William Barnes was born near Portsmouth, 0., Feb, 8, 1814. He was son of Thomas and Sarah Evans Barnes, and grandson of Daniel and Mary Wilgus Barnes, all of Sussex county, Del. William Barnes graduated at Yale College 1839. In 1840 he completed his theological course at Yale and was made D. D. by Yale in 1850. He was a member of the Literary Union, a club of distinction at Jacksonville. They lived in Jacksonville, where Mr. Barnes died, May 1, 1890. No children.

Mrs. Barnes still lives at the Barnes homestead, Jacksonville. She is a member of State Street Presbyterian church, and is interested in all the benevolent and social enterprises in connection with it. It is because of her untiring efforts in collecting data that this very complete family record is possible, and the data from which it was compiled are all in her possession.

X. William IV Winter, born in Jacksonville, Ill., Feb. 11, 1832. Graduated at Illinois College, June 14, 1856. Settled in Virden, Ill. He was first a builder and contractor in Virden, and built the present Virden Presbyterian church, He was later in the milling business. Married Susan E. Cox of Virden, Dec. 9. 1858. She was born June 3, 1837. He enlisted in the U. S. Army, Co. G, 122 Illinois Infantry, Aug. 9, 1862. He was in five battles. He was wounded by a bullet in the right thigh just above the knee, April 9, 1865, in a bayonet charge at Ft. Blakely, Ala. This was the last battle of the Civil War, and occurred after Lee’s surrender. He removed to Carthage, Mo., in July, 1885, where he established a small fruit farm of ten acres and lived until his death, Sept. 23, 1897. Mrs. Sewall died April 19, 1903. Both buried at Carthage. He was elder of the Presbyterian church both in Virden and Carthage. Four children.

XI. George Henry, born Nov. 8, 1859, at Virden, Ill. Graduated at Blackburn University [degree A. B.] Carlinville, Ill., June 14, 1883. Took master’s degree from Blackburn 1886. He was editor of the Blackburnian his senior year, and later, proprietor of the Virden Reporter, a Republican weekly; and post master of Virden. He lives in Carthage, Mo., is one of the staff of the Carthage Evening Press, and owns a farm and cattle ranch in Kiowa county, OkIa., near Carnegie. Not married.

Mary Elizabeth, born Feb. 10, 1862, at Virden, Ill. Graduated at Blackburn University [degree Ph. B.] June 8, 1882. Taught in Virden high school one year, assistant principal. Moved to Carthage, Mo., married her college classmate, Hugh McKim DuBois, abstracter, March 24, 1887. They settled in Wichita, Kan. Two children.

Florence, born March 26, 1888, Wichita, Kan.

Robert Sewall, born Sept. 22, 1891.

William V Jesse, born June 2, 1866, Virden, Ill. Graduated at Blackburn University [degree of B. S.] June 10, 1886. Editor of the Blackburnian his senior year. He worked on various news papers at Carthage, Mo., and in 1890 bought one-third interest in the Carthage Evening Press, a Republican daily. In 1896 he became full proprietor of the paper. Married Mary Taggart, daughter of Rev, Samuel B. Taggart, of Upper Alton, Ill., Sept. 6, 1893. She was a collegiate teacher several years. He was delegate from fifteenth district of Missouri to the Republican National convention in 1904. No children.

Harriet Sewall, born September 16, 1878, in Virden, Ill. Graduated at Fairmount College, Wichita, Kan., [degree B. S. and B. L.] June 6, 1902. Teacher of Science, High School, Jacksonville, Ill.

Mary Middleton, born July 13, 1835, in Cass county, Illinois. At tended Jacksonville Female Academy. Married A. L. Cole, a farmer, of Cass county. Died April 16, 1857, aged 23 years. Two children.

Lewis B., born Cass county, 1855. Died young.

Adiniram Judson, born April 1, 1857. Married [1] Julia L. Munger of Chicago, Nov. 17, 1881. Settled in Chicago. Two children.

Louisa, born Nov. 10, 1883.

Judson Sewall, born Dec. 27, 1884.

Married [2] Luada Schuster. He died in California, June 1, 1897. One child.


Harriet Abigail, born in Cass county, Illinois, April 14, 1838. Was educated at Jacksonville Female Academy. Married in Jacksonville to J. H. Goodell, a lumberman of Chandlerville, Ill., Dec. 28, 1865. Six children.

Lucy, born May 28, 1868, at Chandlerville. Attended Jacksonville Female Academy. Graduated at Nurses’ Training School, Quincy[1], Ill. Married Dr. Andrew Struble [graduate of Chicago Medical College] June 9, 1897. Settled at Inwood, In. Two children.

George Goodell, born June 26, 1900, at Inwood.

Philemon Waring, born May 18, 1905 at Inwood.

Lida, born Feb. 2, 1871, at Chandlerville. Graduated at Nurses’ Training School at Quincy. Married Benjamin Wellenrelter, a grain merchant, Nov. 27, 1902. Settled at Jacksonville, Fla. One child.

Marion, born Aug. 27, 1903, at Jacksonville, Fla.

William Sewall, born Sept. 16, 1872, at Chandlerville. Attended business college in Davenport, Ia. Married Martha Harbison, April 25, 1900. Settled at Chandlerville. He is a lumber man. No children.

John, born at Chandlerville, March 1, 1875. Attended Illinois College, and studied civil engineering at Champaign, Ill. Married Eva Leeper, March 18, 1896. He is a farmer, dealer in ice, and county surveyor of Cass county. Six children.

Horace, born Dec. 21, 1896.

Helen, Born Oct. 26, 1898.

Heibert, born July 17, 1900.

Harvey, born Oct. 4, 1902.

Alita, born Dec. 16, 1904.

Alice, born March 21, 1907.

Andrew J., born March 11, 1877. Attended Illinois College. Married Ida Foster, of Jonesville, S.C., May 15, 1905. Settled at Jacksonville, Fla. Later, moved to Chandlerville, Ill. One child.

John Foster, born Feb. 20, 1908, at Jacksonville, Fla. 

Susan Elizabeth, born Feb. 28, 1880. Single. Lives with her mother in Chandlerville.

John H. Goodell was born in Woodstock, Windom county, Conn., April 14, 1832, and died at his home in Chandlerville, Ill., October 17, 1908.


(Record Taken Only of Ministers in Male Line)

Ministers That Have Descended From Henry Sewall III, of Newbury,

Minister in Baddesly, England

IIn descent from Samuel, son of Henry Sewall III (Massachusetts branch of the family).

1.      Judge Samuel Sewall of Boston, son of Henry III, was educated for the ministry and preached for a time.

2.      Samuel Sewall’s son Joseph was pastor of Old South Church, Boston, for 56 years.

3.      Samuel Sewall, of Burlington, Mass., son of Chief Justice Samuel Sewall, son of Samuel Sewall. of Boston, son of Joseph Sewall, son of the first Chief Justice Samuel Sewall, son of Henry III, was a minister.

4.      Edmund Quincy Sewall, brother of the above mentioned Rev. Samuel Sewall, of Burlington, Mass., was a minister.

5.      Charles Chauncey Sewall, also a brother of the above mentioned Rev. Samuel Sewall, of Burlington, Mass., Mass., was a minister.

IIIn descent from John of Newbury, son of Henry Sewall III (in the Maine branch of the family).

6.      Jotham Sewall, brother of Major-General Henry Sewall of Augusta, Sons of Henry Sewall, of Augusta, Me., son of Nicholas Sewall, of York, son of John Sewall, Newbury, son of Henry Sewall III, had charge of the churches of Chesterville and Blue Hill.

7.      Jotham Sewall II, son of above mentioned Jotham Sewall. was a minister in Chicago.

8.      David Brainerd Sewall, of York, Me., son of Jotham Sewall II. was a minister and headmaster of Thayer Academy, South Braintree, Mass.

9.      Jotham Bradbury Sewall, also son of Jotham Sewall II, was a minister.

10.  Samuel Sewall, son of Henry Sewall, of Bath, son of Samuel Sewall, of York, son of John Sewall, of Newbury, son of Henry Sewall III, was a minister.

11.  Samuel Sewall of Sumner, Me., son of Colonel Dummer Sewall of Bath, son of Samuel Sewall of York, son of John Sewall of Newbury, son of Henry Sewall III, was a minister.

12.  Pres. Frank Sewall, son of William Dunning Sewall, son of Joseph Sewall, son of Col. Dum mer Sewall, of Bath, son of Samuel Sewall, of York, son of John Sewall, of Newbury, son of Henry Sewall II, was a minister.

IIIIn descent from Stephen, son of Henry Sewall (including Canadian branch of family).

13.  Edmund Willoughby Sewall[1], son of Chief Justice Jonathan Sewall, of Quebec, son of Attorney-General Jonathan Sewall, son of Jonathan Sewall, son of Major Stephen Sewall, of Salem, son of Henry Sewall III, was a minister.

14.  Henry Doyle Sewall[1], brother to above mentioned Rev. Edmund Willoughby Sewall, was a minister.


1.      Rev. Samuel Moody, who married Hannah Sewall, daughter of John Sewall, son of Henry Sewall IV, was horn in Newbury and settled in York, Me., 1700. He was chaplain in the regiment (from Newbury) with 

2.      Moses Titcomb, who was the brother of Joseph Titcomb, father of Abigail Titcomb. This regiment was engaged in the memorable seige of Louisburg. Louisburg was the capital of Cape Breton on the south side of the bay. Of the five fascine batteries that were erected at the siege, the last (May 29, 1743) was called Titcomb’s Battery, and had five 42-pounders. Moses Titcomb was slain in the battle of Lake George.

In the line of John Sewall of Newbury:

3.      Major Samuel Sewall of York, Me.

4.      Colonel Dummer Sewall, of Bath, Me.[1]

5.      Thomas Sewall, of Augusta, Me., private.

6.      Major General Henry Sewall, of Augusta, Me., major-general in war of 1812, captain in revolution.

7.      Henry Sewall, son of Charles Sewall, and grandson of Major General Henry Sewall, served in civil war, 1861.

8.      William Sewall, son of William Sewall and grandson of Major General Henry Sewall, served in civil war, 1861.

9.      James Sewall Manley, grandson of Major General Henry Sewall, was educated in the United States navy.

10.  Joseph Sewall, grandson of Colonel Dummer Sewall, of Bath, Me., was adjutant general of Maine.

11.  Frederick Dummer Sewall, son of Joseph Sewall, was assistant adjutant general, 1861, and colonel and brevet brigadier general of volunteers, 1868.

12.  William Cole, son of Catherine T. H. Sewall Cole, of Cass county, Illinois, served in civil war, 1861.

Not mentioned in the Sewall 1908 Book is Colonel John St. Alban Sewell:

Colonel John St. Alban Sewell, either a natural or adopted son of Chief Justice Jonathan Sewell of Lower Canada, entered the Royal Navy in 1806 at age 13 and transferred to the 49th Regiment of Foot (Herfordshires) in 1811.Served for 20 years in the British Army.Later Postmaster of Quebec and Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, House of Assembly in Quebec.

For more information, click on Colonel John St. Alban Sewell.


(Wife of William Sewall, of Augusta, Me.)


Eliza Ward Middleton Sewall was the great-granddaughter of Gilbert Ireland, who married Anna Dent. Gilbert and Anna Ireland had a daughter, Anna Dent Ireland. who married Richard Hooe, of Maryland. Richard and Anna Hooe were the grandparents of Eliza Ward Middleton. The Dents and Irelands and Hones were all of Maryland.

John Herbert Dent (a relative), an American naval officer, was born in Maryland in 1782. He commanded a vessel in the war against Tripoli in 1804, and gained the rank of captain in 1811. He died July 31, 1823.

Dennis Dent, of Maryland (a relative) served in the Indian war in Florida as a major general, and later as a resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a member of the Alabama legislature from 1838 to 1850. He died in 1860.


Richard Hooe’s mother was a Taliaferro. The Taliaferros were established in Virginia three centuries ago. The first Taliaferro in Virginia was Robert, described as a Gentleman; he was probably a planter. His son John fought the Indians in 1690; was elected to congress from Virginia and served from 1801–1803, 1811–1813, 1824–1831, 1835–1843. Philip, another of the Taliaferros, was a member of the house of delegates in 1780. Benjamin Taliaferro, who was sent to congress from Georgia, 1799–1802, was horn in Virginia, and during the revolutionary war served as a subordinate in Morgan’s celebrated rifle corps One of the Virginia Taliaferros was elected to the U. S. senate from Florida in 1900.

     I.          Rice Hooe I was born in England in 1597. The Hooe arms in England were a silver tea-pot

   II.          with a lion’s paw engraved upon the side—the emblem of power. Rice Hooe and his wife came

III.          over from England in 1635. Their son, Rice II was born about 1637. His son, Rice III, 

IV.          was born about 1668, and married the widow of Mr. Dade (maiden name Frances Townsend).

  V.          They had a son, John, born shout 1699. John married (1) Annie Foote (2) Catherine Taliaferro. They had one son, Richard, born about 1731. Richard Hooe married Anna

VI.          Dent Ireland, daughter of Gilbert and Anna Dent Ireland, about 1760. Richard and Anna Hooe had a son, Rice IV born in Maryland in 1762 (died a bachelor) and a daughter, Catherine Taliaferro, born about 1764. Richard Hooe died and his widow married Alvin Moxley (about 1776); settled in King George county, Va., had one son, Gilbert (born 1778, died at Greenwich, Va., 1812). (Anna Middleton, sister of Samuel Middleton, married Benjamin Douglass. Benjamin and Anna Douglass had a son, George Douglass, and two daughters, Sophia and Aminta. Aminta married Gilbert Moxley. Gilbert Moxley was half-brother to Catherine Taliaferro Hooe, who married Samuel Middleton—double relationship.) Gilbert and Aminta Moxley had five children:

Annie Dent

Lucy Ireland

Matilda Ann

Mary Sophia

B. G. Douglass. Came west. Married (1) Louisa Scott, of Boonville, Mo. Two children, Bettie and Louisa. (2) Harriet Blackwell, of Fauquier county, Va. One daughter, Lucy.


VII.          Catherine Taliaferro Hooe, born about 1764 or 1765; married three times (1) William Winter, (2) Samuel Ward Middleton, (3) Richard B. Meek (no children). She married Capt. William Winter, of Efton Hills, Charles county, Md., about 1779 or 1780, when she was about 15 years old. They had four children:

Anna Ireland, born 1782. (Died young).

Elizabeth, born 1784, married Daniel Payne, of Fauquier county, Va. Their oldest son, William Winter Payne, married Minerva Winston, daughter of Governor Winston[17], of Alabama, and member of congress from Alabama eight years.

William Hooe[1], born 1786. Blanche Winter, who lives at Granada, Miss., is the daughter of a son of William Hooe Winter[18].

Richard, born 1788.


Captain William Winter died near the birth of his son Richard or before, Catherine Taliaferro Hooe Winter married (2) Samuel Ward Middleton, son of Samuel Middleton, who married a Miss Ward, of Maryland. Married about 1790 or sooner. Five daughters:

Catherine, married Richard Thompson Semmes and was the mother of Admiral Raphael Semmes, who served in the Mexican and civil wars, and who wrote “Service Afloat and Ashore,” and a history of the civil war. Three children:


Samuel, a lawyer

A Daughter (died young).

Harriet, born at Locust Hill, Charles county, Md., May 9, 1793. Married Ignatius Robert Simms, August 15, 1809. They settled first in Richmond, Ky., then on a farm near there, then came to Jacksonville, Ill., where they remained. Harriet Simms died September 8, 1851, aged 58 years. Mr. Simms died October 28, 1852, aged 69 years. Eight children, all born in Kentucky. 


Samuel Robert

Chatham Hooe (father of Louis Simms, now in Jacksonville, Ill.)

Jane P.

Mary Eliza[1]

Harriet Adelaide. (Died Young.)

William W. (died young).


VIII.          Eliza W., born July 27, 1795, at Locust Hill. Married (1) William Adams, of Miner’s Park, Md., Sept. 23, 1817. Married by Rev. Mr. Young, Episcopalian. (She was 22, he was 25). They settled at Oak Hill, Charles county, where he died November 2, 1817. No children.

The widow returned to Locust Hill to care for her mother and stepfather and two orphan children of her sister Catherine’s. In 1817 she was executrix of the estates of her mother and stepfather (Richard B. Meek) and of her husband, Mr. Adams.


August 9, 1821, she married (2) William Sewall, son of General Henry Sewall, of Augusta, Me. He died April 7, 1846, aged 49 years. She died in Chandlerville, October 5, 1874, aged 79 years. Six children:

Henry Middleton

Catherine Taliaferro Hooe

Susan Elizabeth

  IX.                        William Winter

Mary M.

Harriet Abigail

(For further records of these, see male line of descent from William Sewall, son of General Henry Sewall),


Taliaferro Hooe Middleton, born about 1798. Married Dr. Alban G. Smith[1], of Nanjemoy, Charles county, Md. They lived in Danville, Ky., Cincinnati and Staten Island. Five children:

William Winter

Samuel Middleton

Alban (died young).

Bell (son).

A daughter (died young).

Mary, married Lee M. Speak. Settled at Stump Neck, Charles county, Md. Died about September 9, 1820. No children.


General Henry Sewall was son of Henry Sewall and Abigail Titcomb Sewall. Henry Sewall was the son of Nicholas Sewall and Mehitable Storer Sewall. Nicholas Sewall was the son of John Sewall and Hannah Fessenden Sewall, and grandson of Henry Sewall and Jane Durnmer Sewall. Mehitable Storer was the daughter of Samuel Storer and Lydia Austin Storer, and granddaughter of William Storer, and of Samuel Austin and Sarah Bosworth Austin. Jane Dummer was the daughter of Stephen Dnmmer and Alice Archer Dummer.

Abigail Titcomb was the daughter of Joseph Titcomb and [1]Sarah Batchelder Titcomb, Joseph Titcomb was the son of Penuel Titcomb and Lydia Poore Titcomb, and grandson of William Titcomb and Joanna Bartlett Titcomb, and of John Poore and Sarah——Poore. Sarah Batchilder was the daughter of John Batchelder and Sarah Poore Batchelder and grandaughter of John Batchelder and Sarah Batchelder, and of John Poore and Mary Titcomb Poore.

Rev. Stephen Bachiler, ancestor of all of the Batchelders, was born in England in 1561 and was educated at Oxford. He preached forty-three years in England, and then came to America. He arrived at Boston, June 6, 1632, thence went to Lynn, Mass., to live, where his daughter, Theodate (married Christopher Hussey) was already settled. Mr. Bachiler was a staunch non-conformist and retained his independent views during his twenty-two years’ residence in New England. He wrote well and was always a strong advocate for civil and religious liberty. The name Batchelder has an ancient and modern othography. Stephen Bachiler used the original mode. In 1639, with his son-in-law, Christopher Hussey, he planted the town of Hampton, N.H., and became its first minister. From 1647-1650 he was the minister of a church in Portsmouth, N.H. At the age of 92, he returned to England and died at Hackney, near London, in 1660, in the one-hundredth year of his age. (Authority for the above is, “Life of J. G. Whittier,” by Samuel T. Pickford, volume I).

J.W. Whittier, the poet, was a descendant of Theodate, the oldest daughter of Stephen Bachiler. He was therefore distantly related to Gen. Henry Sewall and his descendants.

[1] Handwritten Entry:“Authority for all on this page see Prof. E.E. Salisbury Genealogical Monographs on the Sewalls”Professor Edward Elbridge Salisbury (1814 – 1901)recorded much of the Sewall Family History in his Family Memorials (1885) and Family Histories and Genealogies (1892).Professor Salisbury was a great-great grandson of Judge Samuel Sewall (1652 – 1729/30)

[2] This church was a famous masterpiece of the higher Gothic style, said to be the largest parish church in England.

[3] Among them were the Rev. Thomas Parker, son of one of the greatest scholars of England, and Dr. John Clark who, it is said, was the first regularly educated physician who practiced in New England.

[4]The mother of Jacob Toppan was Hannah Goodale, of Yarmouth, Eng., and a relative of John H. Goodell, who married Harriet A. Sewall of the tenth generation of this record.

[5]An ancestor of Henry W. Longfellow. Authority, “Record of the Sewalls,” by Miss Nettle Sewall, of Chesterville, Me.

[6]authority, see “Personal Reminiscences,” by Mrs. Priscilla Webster Page.

[7]Mehitable Storer was sister to Lydia Storer, the first wife of Nicholas’ brother, Samuel of York.

[8]The Cincinnati Society is a national patriotic association formed by the sons of the American Revolution May 13, 1783. Only the eldest male descendants of officers in the Revolution are entitled to membership.

[9] Handwritten Entry:“also a relative”

[10] Handwritten Entry:“High water detained him on account of getting his ____ goods across the rivers.Maj. Simms a brother in law, sent his carriage and son in law to take Mrs. Sewall & the 3 children on to Jacksonville, Ill.”

[11] Handwritten Entry hard to read:“__ ______ later”

[12] should probably be “Jacksonville”

[13] Handwritten Entry:Quincy crossed out, changed to “Chicago”

[14] Should be “Sewell”. This branch of the Sewall family changed the spelling of their name when they left New England in 1775.Click on The Robert Sewell Page for details.

[15] Henry Doyle Sewell’s great-great grandson is Robert Sewell, who, along with Jane Center Rohde, set up this page in June 2001.

[16] Handwritten Entry:“Served in Revolutionary War.was Col.”For more on the family of Dummer Sewall, click on Sewall/Sewell Family Records.

[17] Minerva West Winston (1810 – 1882) was a daughter of John Jones Winston (1785-1850) and Mary Walker “Polly” (Jones) Winston (1790-1819). John and Mary were first cousins. The family later moved to Alabama where John was elected for a term to the Alabama House of Representatives (1835 – 36). His nephew, John Anthony Winston, whom some historians confuse with him, became the first native-born governor of Alabama. John Jones Winston, father of Minerva West Winston, was not a governor of Alabama as shown above. For further details, please see The Winston Family.


[18] Handwritten Entry:“M. Kitty Washington a cousin of George Washington Pres. of the United States.”

[19] Handwritten Entry:“named for his father William Hooe Winter”

[19] Handwritten Entry:“Captain of the U.S. Navy”

[19] Handwritten Entry:“first wife of Dr. Samuel Prosser of Jacksonville Illinois.A good Dr.”

[19] Handwritten Entry:“2nd Wife of Dr. S. Prosser”

[19] Handwritten Entry:“was a good Dr.Finished his Education in Paris”

[20]Susannah Bachelder, probably a sister of Sarah Batchelder, married Ebenezer Webster and was the grandmother of Daniel Webster. Ebenezer and Susannah Webster had eight children, the oldest, Ebenezer, being the father of Daniel Webster, by his second wife, Abigail Eastman Webster. Sarah Batchelder was the mother of Abigail Titcomb, who married Henry Sewall, of York, Me. These were the parents of Gen. Henry Sewall, of Augusta, Me. Gen. Henry Sewall was therefore second cousin to Daniel Webster. It is said that Abigail Eastman was first cousin to William Sewall, son of Gen. Henry Sewall, of Augusta, Me. This would make Daniel Webster doubtly related to the above William Sewall and his descendants.