Charles Henry was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1838, the son of Asahel and Jane (Sharpe) Dewey.
Charles enlisted in the Navy on December 7, 1860, when he was 22 years old. He held the rank of Landsman and served aboard the USS Ohio, USS Madeonian, USS San Jacinto and USS North Carolina. He was discharged from the latter vessel on February 6, 1864. On Septemer 2 of the same year, he mustered in as a Private in Company D of the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. He mustered out at New Berne, NC, on June 26, 1865.
He married Annie Frances Woods, daughter of John and Kate (Braden) Woods, in 1866. They had 3 children, all born at Dorchester: 
Henry Winslow, b. Jun. 19, 1867
Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 22, 1872
Charles Asahel, b. Nov. 14, 1879
By 1880, the family was living in Somerville, MA. Charles was a house painter by trade.
A book on Dewey genealogy, published in 1898, notes that after his time in the military "he received injuries which have made him an almost helpless cripple."
He was admitted to the Old Soldiers' Home in Chelsea, Mass., on November 4, 1898. He died there in 1905 and is buried at the Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Charles by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Charles: