Hewes Documents

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Documents Related to the 146 Acre Tract on the Delaware River at Marcus Hook Showing Ownership By Four Generations of the Hewes Family

Note: We are dealing with four generations of eldest sons each one named William. The standard binary suffixes 'junior' and 'senior' to distinguish a son from a father does not work with this family when referring to the eldest male of each generation because the eldest male in the 2nd and 3rd generation is junior in relation to his father and a senior in relation to his son. In the early documents on this family both William Hewes II and William Hewes IV are referred to as Junior and in another document William Hewes III is called the elder. To call William Hewes III the elder and his father William Hewes II junior is likely to lead to confusion.

To avoid ambiguity and to keep it simple, the suffixes I, II, III, or IV will be used to distinguish the eldest male named William in each generation.

On June 18, 1678 Roger Pedrick purchased 1000 acres at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania from Jan Henriksen. Roger Pedrick is probably the brother of Deborah Pedrick who is the wife of William Hewes I. The Sale was recorded in The Record of the Court at Upland (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1860), pp. 103-104.

Record of the Court at Upland, p. 104
Record of the Court at Upland, p. 103


William Hewes I

About 1680 William Hewes I and his wife Deborah Pedrick Acquired 146 acres from Roger Pedrick. This 146 acre tract was surveyed in 1684. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 Original data:Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Source of the Record of the Survey: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Copied Survey Book D1 Vol. 65 p. 81

1684 Marcus Hook Survey Map [1]
Survey Record of 146 Acre Tract[2]

William Hewes II

About 1686 William Hewes I and his wife Deborah Pedrick bought additional land at Ouldmans Creek in New Jersey only 2 miles south west of Marcus Hook. William Hewes I died in 1698 leaving William Hewes II his only heir named in the will. William Hewes II and his wife Sarah Bezer took possession of the 146 acre tract at Marcus Hook either in 1686 or 1698. In either case, we know they acquired it because in 1719 when they relocated to New Jersey they transferred the property by deed to their eldest son William Hewes III and his wife Mary Withers.[3]

William Hewes III

William III married Mary Withers in 1713. They acquired the property from his father in 1719. William Hewes III died intestate in 1746.

William Hewes IV

William Hewes IV, as the eldest son of William Hewes III acquired the property upon his father's death in 1746. In 1751, he and his second wife Rebecca Gregory sold the 146 acre tract to John Kerlin.

1751 Hewes-Kerlin Deed p. 141.
1751 Hewes-Kerlin Deed p. 140.
1751 Hewes-Kerlin Deed p. 139.
1751 Hewes-Kerlin Deed p. 142. [4]
Image:Hewes Documents.pdf
Transcription of 1751 Deed William Hewes to John Kerlin

Children in the 4th Generation - Key Documents of Orphans Court

146 Acre Home of Four Generations of the Hewes Family at Markus Hook, Pennsylvania


  1. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 ancestry.com
  2. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Copied Survey Book D1 Vol. 65 p. 81phmc.stae.pa.us
  3. This 1719 deed is yet to be found. However, it is mentioned in the 1751 deed when William Hewes IV sold the property to John Kerlin. If you find this deed please post it here and edit this note.
  4. Chester County Recorder of Deeds, Deeds 1688–1903; Index to deeds 1688–1922 Deed books, I-J (v. 9) 1753-1755 Film #20855 Image Group #7856903 pp. 139–142, Images 702-704 familysearch.org

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