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Israel Dewey

Israel Dewey married Sarah Root in Westfield, Massachusetts in 1709 or 1710. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Root and Mary Spencer. The records of Westfield bear very little about the life of Israel but some of his service to the town can be found. In 1720 he was a selectman. In December of 1722 he was chosen by a vote along with Captain John Ashley and Joseph Dewey to "dignify the seats in the meeting house". In 1727 Samuel Dewey sold his portion of the house and homestead of their father, Cornet Thomas Dewey to Israel for 100 pounds. This portion included 4 acres bordered to the west by the county road (Little River Road), to the north by John Ingersoll, to the south and east by Hains Kingsley.

Israel was a deacon of the church. He also was a farmer and a miller.

Israel died in the morning of January 26, 1728 at the age of 42. At the time of his death his estate was inventoried and appraised to be valued 812 pounds and 6 shillings. Although no burial records exist for him, my personal belief is he was buried in the Dewey family plot, not far from his parents and children in The Old Burying Grounds also called The Mechanic Street Cemetery in Westfield. This particular area of the cemetery where the majority of Dewey's are located (section I) there are many blank areas where no headstones can be seen and a portion of the original cemetery records have been lost to time. Since both his parents and both of his sons are buried there, it makes sense that he is probably buried there also.

The Children Of Israel Dewey

All these Dewey children were born in Westfield, Massachusetts. The children of Israel and Sarah were:

  • Sarah Born: 27 May 1714
    Married Moses Dewey
  • Constant Born: 20 March 1716 Died 16 December 1799
  • Unnamed Born: 2 Feb 1717 Died 11 Feb 1717
  • Israel Born: 27 January 1719 Died 24 June 1806
    Married Joanna Noble
  • Aaron Born 28 April 1721 Died 11 June 1768
    Married Sarah Noble
  • Sarah Root

    In 1709 or 1710 Israel married Sarah Root. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Root and Mary Spencer. Sarah was just 7 years old when her mother died. Her father Thomas Root was born in Farmington, Connecticut. Mary Spencer was his second (of 3) wives. Israel and Sarah had 5 children, one of whom died days after it was born.

    After the death of her husband Israel Dewey, Sarah married Henry Wright and moved with him to Springfield, Massachusetts. Sarah died on April 4, 1739 in Springfield.

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