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Thomas Charles Dewey Bt. (1840 - 1926)

Thomas Charles Dewey Bt.
Born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 29 Aug 1866 (to 1913) [location unknown]
Died [location unknown]
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This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.


Name: Thomas Charles /Dewey/ Bt.[1]


Date: DEC 1840
Place: Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England[2][3]
Quality or Certainty of Data: 3


Title: Sir[4]

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Type: Census 1901
Date: 31 MAR 1901
Place: South Hill Wood, South Hill Road, Beckenham, Kent, England
Note: Thomas C L Dewey; head; married; aged 60; Manager of Assurance Coy & ????; born Cheshunt, Herts
Clara Dewey; wife; married; aged 57; born Purford, Surrey
Violet Dewey; daur; single; aged 31; at home; born, Bexley, Kent
Daisy Dewey; daur; single; aged 23; at home; born, Bexley, Kent
Ivy M Dewey; daur; single; aged 17; at home; born, Bexley, Kent
Daphne D Dewey; daur; single; aged 13; at home; born, Bexley, Kent
+ 6 servants[5]
Quality or Certainty of Data: 3


Note: The Dewey Baronetcy, of South Hill Wood in Bromley in the County of Kent, is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 20 February 1917 for Thomas Charles Dewey, President of the Prudential Assurance Company. The second Baronet was a clergyman and served as Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral from 1935 to 1943. He was also High Sheriff of Devon in 1945.
Thomas Charles Dewey, (born 1840 in Chesthunt, Hertfordshire – died 13 July 1926 at Peak House, Sidmouth) was President of the Prudential Assurance Company.
In July 1907 Dewey celebrated his 50th year of service with the Prudential [1] having entered as a junior clerk at the age of 17. He was made a Baronet on 20 February 1917; being the first of the Dewey Baronets.
Dewey lived at Bromley, Kent from the 1860s, at Tweed Cottage, High Street and for many years at South Hill Wood, Westmoreland Road. He became a leading member of Bromley society, served as a Church Warden of Bromley Parish Church for 30 years [2] and was a patron of many local charities [3] and sporting organisations [4].
He endowed and was closly associated with St Mark's Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley; which was designed by Evelyn Hellicar. His daughter Daisy married the curate-in-charge of the church, Rev L J Lewin, in May 1905 [5].
His Charter Mayor of Bromley for in 1903-4 [6] is marked by the inclusion of his initials on a link of the Borough's Mayoral chain. He was made Honorary Freeman of Bromley in July 1904 [7]; being called upon to lay the foundation stone to Bromley's Municipal Buildings (Town Hall)in 1907. He was Honorary Colonel of 2nd Kent Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers) [8]
He often entertained at South Hill Wood [9]
He was also patron of Evelyn Hellicar, architect. It is not known whether Hellicar designed South Wood Hill for Dewey in 1886. However, in 1898 Hellicar extended the house and in 1902 he designed the music pavilion within the grounds; the design of which was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts. In 1904 he designed and built Peak House, Sidmouth for Dewey.
During the First World War Dewey made both South Wood Hill and Peak House available as VAD hospitals. In 1922 he was honoured by the King of Belgium with the award of the diploma and insignia of Medaille du Roi Albert for his services to wounded Belgian soldiers.


  • WikiTree profile Dewey-207 created through the import of FULL.GED on Jul 10, 2011 by Paul Ballard. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Paul and others.
  • Source: S6 Title: 1841 UK Census, Record Type: UK National Census Abbreviation: 1841 Census Publication: TNA, 6 June 1841 Repository: #R2
  • Repository: R2 Name: The National Archive Address: Kew City: London Country: England
  • Source: S62 Title: General Record Office Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Pages: M0299 Abbreviation: Civil Registration for England & Wales
  • Source: S87 Title: 1901 UK Census, Record Type: UK National Census, Record Info: RG12 Abbreviation: 1901 Census Publication: 31 March 1901 Repository: #R2
  • Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
  1. Source: #S6 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  2. Source: #S6
  3. Source: #S62 Page: Thomas Charles Dewey; Dec Qtr 1840; Edmonton; Volume: 3 Page: 80
  4. Source: #S6 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  5. Source: #S87 Page: RG13/6887 folio 81 page 37

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