Henry  Sewall III

Henry Sewall III (bef. 1615 - 1700)

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Rev. Henry Sewall III
Born before in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UKmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Died in Newbury, Essex, Province of Massachusettsmap
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Rev. Henry Sewall III was born in 1615 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, the son of Henry Sewall and Anne Hunt. He was christened on 25 June 1615 Manchester, Lancashire, England.

Mr. Henry Sewall (sent by Mr. Henry Sewall in ye ship Elizabeth & Dorcas, Cat. Watts, Commander arrived in Boston 1634, wintered at Ipswich, helped begin this plantation, 1635 furnished English servants meat cattel & provisions, married Mrs. Jane Dummer on March ye 25, 1646 died May ye 16.[1] The ship struck rocks near the Scilly Islands and the passage resulted in the death of 60 of the passengers. The ship arrived in July, however, Henry almost lost everything when the pinnace carrying his goods from Boston to Ipswich was sunk off Cape Ann on 21 Nov.[2]

Henry married Jane Drummer on 25 March 1646 in Newbury, Essex County, Mass. Bay Colony to Jane Dummer.[3][4] They were married by Rev. Richard Saltonstall, grandfather of Gov. Gordon Saltonstall of CT. Jane brought as her dowry 500 acres of land in Coventry. On 5 Jan. 1634/5 Henry received a grant in Ipswich “of Fourtye Acres of Land lyeinge on the South side of this River next unto the lands of mr John Spencer & mr Nicholas Easton & on the south side of them.”[5] He spent the first winter there and then sold this property to Samuel Symonds on 6 Mar. 1637/8 after his move to Newbury.[6]

Henry was in Newbury by 1635 and was appointed a freeman 17 May 1637 in Newbury and took the oath at Newe Towne (Cambridge) the same day John Winthrop was elected Governor and Thomas Dudley, deputy Governor. “He and others went on foot from Newbury to Cambridge, forty miles, on purpose to be made free, and help strengthen Govr Winthrop’s Party”.[7] In 1636 he was granted 500 acres in the neighborhood of "the Falls", now Byfield.[8]

In 1647 Henry returned with his family to England and lived near them in Warwick. In 1648 they were in Tunworth, Hamshire and by 1652 in Bishopstoke and from 1652 he was presented to the living of North Baddesley, Hampshire. He came home to visit once during this time as he bought land in Newbury on 5 Aug. 1650 including 40 acres of upland from Edward Woodman, 20 acres of salt marsh from Richard Dummer and 20 more acres of salt marsh.[9] On 7 Sept. he bought a mill lot including 50 acres of upland and ten acres of meadow from John Spencer for £16.[10] On 4 Oct. 1650 Henry appointed his friend Henry Short to act has his attorney in a matter with Samuel Poore, John Chater and John Wright and in other matters while he was away in England.[11]

In 1652 "These persons heer under mentioned are acknowledged to be ffreeholders and to have an interest in all comons belonging to the Towne as having lawfully purchased theyr privideges from such as had the priviledges estated on them by the Towne... Richard Bartlet besides his owne hath Mr Henry Sewall Junr... Mr Sewals little farme hath for pembertons house from Mr Woodmans Priviledge Amos Stickny... "[12]

In 1658 Henry left his family in Baddesley and returned to Massachusetts to settle his father’s estate. Henry Short had been taking care of matters for Henry Sewall Sr. and Jr. including collecting rents on the various properties. Accounts for all this were drawn up and Henry Short owed Sewall more than £160 and he was ordered to pay £80.16s.9d immediately on 13 Sept. 1659.[13] On 6 Aug. 1673 Henry received another £34.8s from Henry Short’s estate “which the sayd Henry Short deceased was to pay to my Father and Brother Dummer in England and was to have ben sent severall years agone”. Henry promised to send the money to his brother Stephen Dummer in England.[14] After the collapse of the Puritan regime in England he summoned his family to join him in New England in 1661. They were still in Hampshire on 23 Apr. 1661 for the coronation of King Charles II but left Gravesend on the Prudent Mary arriving in Boston on Sunday, July 6th. Judge Sewall mentioned in his diary: “July 6… This day it is Fifty four years Since I first was brought ashour to Boston… July 6, 1661, Lord’s Day… I was then a poor little School-boy of Nine years and ½ old”.[15]

On 7 Nov. 1660 Henry bought his home with four acres on the northerly corner of Noyes' Lane, now Parker St. and High St.[16] He built a new home there which he willed to Jane and at her decease to his son Samuel. [17]

"March 3, 1661 laid out for Mr Henry Sewall for the two freeholds he doth enjoy, one was for his fathers and the other was Mr Edward Woodmans, ten acres of Marshland being the ninth and tenth lots".[18]

Henry was a deputy to the General Court in 1661, 1662, 1663, 1666, 1668 and 1670.

"A list of their names who have taken the oath of allegiance at Newbury, 1678... Hen. Sewall aged 66..."[19]

“Robert Walker of Boston, Linnen webster, aged about 72 yeares, testifieth upon oath that he, this deponent, about 56 years since, liveing with his father in the town of Manchester in Lancashire… did then know one Mr Henry Sewall who lived at the same Towne and in ye same streete with this deponent’s father, being his overthwart neighbor, and that afterwards the said Mr Henry Sewall removed with his family to New England, and there dwelt in the town of Newberye, this deponent being well acquainted with him after his comeing to new England & frequently visited by him when his occasions drew him to Boston. And further this deponent saith that Mr Henry Sewall now liveing at Newberye in New England (whom he hath knowne from his youth) is the only reputed sonn of the naforesaid named Mr Henry Sewall, sometimes of newbery, deceased, And that the deponent never knew or heard that he had any other sonn but him: Taken upon oath 10: Aprill: 1679 before Symond Bradstreet Govr”.[20]

On 16 Feb. 1681/2 Henry was one of the Newbury men who signed the petition to the King requesting his protection from Robert Mason's claim to their land.[21]

"Mr. Henry Sewall acknowledged unto me, January 3, 1683, to have given his son John Sewall his freehold Priviledg of Comon wch he purchased of Mr. Woodman- Anthony Somerby, Clerk for Newbury."[22]

On 7 Mar. 1683/4 Henry sold to his son Stephen a lot of land "bounded on ye north with ye land of Tristram Coffin, on ye west with ye land of Richard Brown, on ye south with ye land of Henry Sewall, on ye east with ye highwaye." The following day Stephen Sewall of Salem sold to Richard Brown of Newbury the same lot "on the way to the meeting house" which was between the land of Tristram Coffin on the north and the land of Henry Sewall on the south.[23]

Henry was listed in the town rate for Newbury for 1688: "Mr H. Sewall Heads 0, Houses 4, Plow Lands 1, Meadow 0, Pastr 0, Horses 0, 2 yr old 0, 1 yr old 0, oxen 0, cows 0, 3 yr old 0, 2 yr old 0, 1 yr old 0, sheep 0, hoggs 2". [24] Henry had undoubtedly transferred ownership of most of his property and livestock to his sons by this point.

Henry died 16 May 1700 in Newbury, Essex, Province of Massachusetts. He was buried at First Parish Burying Ground, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA.[25]

Mr Henry Sewall (Sent By
Mr Henry Sewall His Father
In ye Ship Elisabeth & Dorcas
Capt Watts Commander)
Arrived At Boston, 1634.
Wintered At Ipswich Helpd
Begin This Plantation 1635
Furnishing English Servants
Neat Cattle & Provisions
Married Mrs Jane Dummer
March ye 25, 1646
Died May ye 16, 1700
Aetat. 86. His Fruitful
Vine, Being Thus Disjoind
Fell To ye Ground Janauary
ye 13 following, Aetat. 74
Psal- 27-10

Coffin was of the opinion that Judge Samuel was responsible for this inscription and in his diary he states: "Newbury was planted in 1634. My father has told me so, who was one of the first inhabitants."[26]

The headstone was carved by William Mumford who Judge Sewall paid £2.10s. The entry in his account book says: “By a Grave Stone for my dear Father and Mother”. [27]

"I Henry Seawall of Newberry… do make this my last will & testament…

First I do give & bequeath to my beloved wife Jane Seawall the sum of tenne pounds… yearly… by my sonne Samuel Seawall, And allso the full yearly rent & revenue of a small farme now in the possession & occupation of Joseph Goodridge containing about one hundred & five acres… to enjoy during her widowhood. And allso I give to her, the house new built wch now I dwell in, with an acre & halfe of land lying below the hill, together with the barne, orchard, & other necessaryes thereto belonging, to enjoy during her natural life: and allso the use of two acres of saltmarsh, part of the twenty acres purchased of Mr Woodman: & two acres of fresh meadow, part of the twelve acres purchased of George Little in birchen meadow: wch sayd foure acres she hath liberty to make choyce of & sett out at her pleasure, within halfe a yeere after my decease as shall be best to her liking.

Item, whereas I have formerly made a deed of gift of a tenemt at Lee, neere Rumsey in England in the County of Hants lately in the occupation of Steph Newland I do heerby… confirme the sayd deed… to my sonne Samuel Seawall & Hannah his wife… & after the death of the sayd Samuel & Hannah his wife… to the heires…

Item I give & bequeath to my sonne Samuel Sewall all the houses & lands belonging to me in Coventry… as allso all Deeds… left in the hands of Mr Culby of Warwick.

Item I give & bequeath to my sonne Samuel Seawall the house & land above named… given to my wife during her natural life… after the decease of my sayd wife as allso twelve acres of meadow in birchen meadow purchased of George Little…

Item I give to my seond sonne John Seawall that house & Land, barne, orchard… containing… twenty foure acres, formerly purchased of Mr. Woodman wch I lately lived in & now my sayd sonne John liveth in… as allso the Freehold belonging thereunto: as allso twenty acres of salt marsh lying next the Ox Common formerly purchased of Mr. Woodman reserving the use of two acres of it to my wife during her natural life… as allso the use of the twelve acres of the fresh meadow above specifyd purchased of George Little reserving the use of two of them to my wife during her… life… in case of failure of such issue of his body I bequeath the sayd house & 24 acres of land with the freehold barne… to my grandsonne Samuel Toppan, second sonne to my daughter Hannah Topan & case of like failure of issue… I give… to my third sonne Stephen Seawall…

Item I give to my sonne John Sewall… that little farme… in the possession of Joseph Goodridge reserving the right above mentioned to my wife Jane Seawall during her widowhood… in case there shall be no heire male so begotten: then at his decease I give it to my third sonne Stephen Seawall…

Item I give to my youngest sonne Stephen Seawall… my house, lands, barnes, orchards… lying & situate in Horten in the parish of Bishopsstoke in the County of Hampshire in England now or late in the possession of Richard goslin. Allso I give to my sayd sonne Stephen… two acres & an halfe of Land… granted to my Father in the setting up of the towne…

Item I give to my sonne in Law Jacob Topan & my daughter Hannah Topan his wife, sixteene acres of land… whereon his house now standeth… being a part of the fourty acres purchased of Mr Woodman… Allso I give & bequeath to them eight acres of fresh meadow in birchen meadow formerly purchased of Tho: Browne… Allso I give to the sayd Jacob Topan & Hannah… tenne acres of Saltmarsh… neere my little Farme on the south side of the Newberry river…

Item. Whereas I have given to my daughter Jane Seawall a tract of Land… in a deed bearing date July 10th 1677 drawne by Anthony Somersby… which I… gave on consideration of her marriage to Moses Geerish… I do fully… confirme the sayd grant…

Item. I give & bequeath to my sonne in Law William Longfellow & my daughter Anne his wife… a tract of Land with the house on it commonly knowne by the name of the high field with a parcel of meadow adjoining thereunto containing about seven or eight acres being in the norwest side of the Falls river bounded… with a little brook and the great river… with a small creeke & Stony brooke running into it. Allso an equall part… of my great meadow formerly possessed by Launcelott Granger…

Item, I give to my fourth daughter Mehitabel all my tract of Land commonly knowne by the name of the Mill lott with the hundred acres added & adjoining to it containing about one hundred & fifty acres… bounded… with the Falls river… with a small brooke running betwene that & the high field & with the Common… as allso one moyty or halfe part of my great meadow formerly in the occupation of Edward Phelps son…

Item. I give to my youngest daughter Dorothy… all my land in Newberry neck, now in the occupation of Joseph Plummer containing… sixty acres of upland & meadow…

Item. For all my chattels… which I am seized of at my death… I give to my loving wife Jane Sewall… & at her decease to dispose of what shall be remaining to my grandchildren as equally & reasonably as shee sees fit. And lastly, I do hereby… appoint my two sons, Samuel Sewall, & Stephen Sewall… Executors of this my last will & testamt & do desire & appoint my beloved friends, Mr John Woodbridge of Newberry & Anthony Somersby the overseers of it to whom I allow twenty shillings apiece as a testimony of my respect to them… this seventeenth of August 1678…
Henry Sewall
In presence of us
Joseph Woodbridge
Anne Woodbridge"
Proved 24 May 1700 [28]


• I. Hannah-b. 10 May 1649 Tunworth, Hampshire, m. 24 Aug. 1670 Newbury, Jacob Toppan (b. 24 Dec. 1645 Newbury, d. 30 Dec. 1717 Newbury), d. 11 Nov. 1699 Newbury
• II. Samuel- b. 28 Mar., bpt. 4 May 1652 Bishop Stoke, Hampshire; m.1. 28 Feb. 1675/6 Boston, Hannah Hull (b. 14 Feb. 1657/8 Boston, d. 19 Oct. 1717 Boston), 2. 29 Oct. 1719 Boston, Abigail Melyen (b.c.1666 Elizabeth, NJ, m.1. 17 May 1686 Boston, James Woodmansey (d. 26 Feb. 1693/4 Boston), 2. 27 May 1703 Boston, William Tilley (d. 21 Nov. 1717 Boston), d. 26 May 1720 Boston), 3. 29 Mar. 1722 Boston, Mary Shrimpton (b. 30 Oct.1667 Boston, m.1. 19 Apr. 1692 Boston, Robert Gibbs (d. 7 Dec. 1703 Boston), d. 17 July 1746 Newton), d. 1 Jan. 1729/0 Boston, bur. Granary Burying Ground- Samuel was chief justice in Boston and is famous for his diary. [29]
• III. John- b. 10 Oct. 1654 NorthBadesley, Hampshire, bpt.22 Nov. 1654 Biship Stoke, Warwick; m. 17 Aug. 1674 Newbury, Hannah Fessenden (b.c.1647 Canterbury, Kent, d. 4 Apr.1723 York, ME),d. 8 Aug. 1699 Newbury
• IV. Stephen- b. 19 Aug. 1657 N. Baddesley, m. 13 June1682 Cambridge, Margaret Mitchell (b. Mar. 1663/4 Cambridge, d. 20 Jan. 1735/6 Boston), d. 17 Oct. 1725 Salem
• V. Jane- b. 25 Oct. 1659 North Badesley, m. 24 Sept.1677 Newbury, Moses Gerrish (b. 9 May1656 Newbury, d. 4 Dec. 1694 Newbury), d. 29 Jan. 1716/7 Newbury, MA
• VI. Anne- b. 3 Sept. 1662 Newbury, m.1. 10 Nov. 1678 Newbury, William Longfellow (bpt. 20 Oct. 1650 Guiseley, Yorkshire, d. 31 Oct. 1690 Cape Breton Island), 2. 11 May 1692 Newbury, Henry Short (b. 11 Mar. 1651/2 Newbury, m.1. 30 Mar. 1674 Newbury, Sarah Whipple (d. 28 Dec. 1691 Newbury), d. 23 Oct. 1706 Newbury), d. 18 Dec. 1706 Newbury. “twas Tuesday, the 18th of November, that I heard of the death of… Ensign Wm Longfellow… drown’d at Cape Britoon on Friday night the last of October”. [30]
• VII. Mehitable- b. 8 May 1665 Newbury, m. 15 Nov. 1684 Newbury, William Moody (b. 22 July 1661 Newbury, m.2. 30 Dec. 1714 Berwick, Abigail Frost (m.1. Joshua Fryer, d.c.1722), d. 6 Feb. 1729/0 Newbury), d. 8 Aug. 1702 Newbury, bur. Byfield Parish Burial Ground
• VIII. Dorothy- b. 29 Oct. 1668 Newbury, m.1. 10 Sept. 1691 Rowley, Capt. Ezekiel Northend (b. 8 Oct. 1666 Rowley, d. 23 Dec. 1732 Rowley), 2. 27 Oct. 1737 Rowley, Moses Bradstreet (b. 17 Oct. 1665 Ipswich, m.1. 19 July 1686 Rowley, Hannah Pickard (d. 5 Jan. 1737 Rowley), d. 20 Dec. 1737 Rowley), d. 17 June 1752 Rowley


  1. NEHGR, 1847, Vol. 1, p. 372 "THE BURIAL PLACE AT "OLD TOWN", NEWBURY, MASS."
  2. The Descendants of Henry Sewall of Manchester and Coventry, England and Newbury and Rowley, Massachusetts- Eben Graves, Newbury Street Press, Boston, 2007- p.73ff
  3. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Newbury Vital Records, volume dated 1635-1746, p. 18, shows birthplace of children Hannah, Samuel, John, Stephen, and Jane in Hampshire, England
  4. Sewell, Robert, The Sewall / Sewell Family accessed May 5, 2015
  5. Ipswich Town Records- p. 7
  6. Ipswich Land Records- Vol. I, p. 14
  7. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 41; Mass. Colony Records- Vol. I, p. 373; Letter from Samuel Sewall to Edmund Calamy 24 Jan. 1703/4- Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society- 6th series, Vol. I, p. 295
  8. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 64
  9. Ipswich Land Records- Vol. I, pp. 68, 212
  10. The Descendants of Henry Sewall of Manchester and Coventry, England and Newbury and Rowley, Massachusetts- Eben Graves, Newbury Street Press, Boston, 2007- p.73ff
  11. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County: 1636-1686- Salem, 1911- Vol. I, p. 406
  12. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- pp. 93-4 quoting the Newbury Town Records- Vol. I
  13. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County: 1636-1686- Salem, 1911- Vol. VII, pp. 213-4
  14. Essex County Registry of Probate- Vol. II, fol. 349
  15. Samuel Sewall’s Diary- Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society- 5th series- Vol. VII, p. 48
  16. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 672 quoting Ipswich Deeds- Book II, p. 16
  17. History of Newbury- pp. 672-4; Ould Newbury- pp. 249, 252
  18. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 95 quoting Essex Deeds- Vol. I, p. 184
  19. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 180 quoting Salem Quarterly Court Files- book xxx, fol. 56
  20. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County: 1636-1686- Salem, 1911- Vol. VII, p. 215; Robert Walker of Boston- John Coddington, TAG- Vol. 21, p. 58
  21. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 194 quoting Mass. Colony Records- Vol. V, pp. 334-6
  22. History of Newbury- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 95 quoting Essex Deeds- Vol. I, p. 184
  23. Essex Deeds- Vol. VI, fol. 111; Vol. VIII, fol. 48; quoted in the History of Newbury- p. 674
  24. History of Newbury - John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 205 quoting Taxes Under Gov. Andros- NEHGR- Vol. 32, pp. 156-64 (Apr. 1878)
  25. Find A Grave Henry Sewall, Memorial# 22813427
  26. A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury- Joshua Coffin, Samuel Drake, Boston, 1845- p. 13
  27. Samuel Sewall Account Book at NEHGS
  28. Essex County Registry of Probate- Docket No. 25077
  29. Memoir of Hon. Samuel Sewall- NEHGR- Vol. I, p. 105ff (Apr. 1847)
  30. Samuel Sewall’s Diary- Vol. V, p. 335

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On 6 Apr 2014 at 01:26 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Sewall-115 and Sewall-83 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents, once the mother is merged.

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