Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Robert Hewitt

Male 1601 - 1644  (42 years)

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  • Name Robert Hewitt 
    Born 18 Nov 1601  Normanton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1644  Chicacoan Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I025420  Tree1
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2021 

    Father Virginia Hewlitt 
    Family ID F00261  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Cooper,   b. 1614, Rippon, York, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1674, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 61 years) 
    Married Bef 1633  Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. John Hewitt,   b. Abt 1633,   d. 20 Jul 1658, Yeocomico, Northumberland County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
     2. Elizabeth Hewitt,   b. 1633, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1673/74, Northumberland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F15652  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Research Notes from Wayne Parrott


      Robert Hewitt (Huitt) (abt. 1606- by 1650) and Hannah [?] (1612-1675)
      bankruptcy and embezzlement
      Robert Hewitt was at Crany Neck on Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay in 1636. It is
      unclear whether he came to the Island somewhat earlier with the Claibourne party that
      established a trading post there, and then settled the Island in 1631 and 1632; or came
      to the island after the royal charter for the island was granted to Lord George Calvert,
      baron of Baltimore. The conflict over control of the island was between the two
      entrepreneurs personally, between Virginia and Maryland, and between the Protestants
      and the Catholics. If he was in fact related to the Reverend John Huett who established
      the first parish of the Church of England in Somerset Co. on the Eastern Shore a
      generation (or two) later, as has been suggested, then he was probably a Protestant
      settler from Virginia who tried to make a go of it even as conflicts flared over control of
      the island

      He and Henry Bellamy petitioned to have 400 acres in Crany Neck patented to them
      which "they are possessed of" in 1640. He sold a small portion of this in 1641 and was
      on the tax rolls in 1642.
      In 1643 and 1644 Robert Hewitt suffered bankrupcy and fled back to Virginia to avoid
      the consequences. In January 1643/44 Giles Brent sued him for 1060 pounds of
      tobacco which was owed him and John Lewger sued for 700 lb. of tobacco. The judge
      ordered him to pay Brent 386 pounds, and respited the remainer for 6 weeks, and
      Lewgern was awarded 531 pounds, and in addition there was a total of 120 pounds
      assessed as court fees. By April he had fled. "Robt. Clerk complained against Robt.
      Huett now of Chickacoan for unlawful carrying away his servant Henry Wroughta out of
      the Prov. about the first of this month without his privity, to the damage of the plt. to the
      value of 1000 lb. tob."
      Northumberland County, Virginia was originally known as Chickacoan. This was the
      Indian name of the district on the Northern Neck lying between the Rappahannock and
      Potomac rivers, tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1648, the "Mother County of the
      Northern Neck" was organized and named Northumberland. The first white settler to
      make a permanent home in the county was Col. John Mottrom sometime between
      1635-1640, so it would have still been largely unsettled in 1644.
      Robert Hewitt remained in VA, and was living in Chiacone, Northumberland Co. in 1649,
      but had died by April 1650 when his widow remarried. His estate apparently did not
      include any land. He and his wife Hannah had married in Yorkshire, England and their
      daughter Elizabeth was born in 1633 in England

      1661 Maryland. Transported "long before 1651": Hannah LEE, of Chicacone (VA) widow of Robert HEWETT, now wife of Hugh LEE, mother in law of Matthew RHODEN. Skordas, Early Settlers of Maryland.
      From "A History of the Ernest Rodham Kenner Family, 1634-1865;" prepared by Alexander F. Young and Harry F. Young; Reston, Virginia:

      Page 13-15:

      Elizabeth Hewitt, the Matriarch

      "Possibly before he moved to Chicacone, Matthew Rodham was married to Elizabeth Hewitt, daughter of Robert and Hannah Hewitt (sometimes spelled Huett, which is closer to the original meaning -- little Hugh). Hannah's family name is unknown, as is Elizabeth's date of birth.

      Robert Hewitt was a Kent Islander who came over "many years prior to 1650" (according to the compiler of the lists of early Maryland settlers) as an immigrant (that is, as one who paid his own way and was not an indentured servant). An accounting of 1636 is the first records we have discovered of him; it notes that he was paid by William Claiborne "for sheathing the pinnace" -- that is, for laying the boat's bottom.

      In 1644 there was a complaint against him by one Robert Clark for "carrying away his servant Henry Wroughter." But by this time, it was noted, he was in Chicacone. At his death his wife Hannah married a Chicacone landowner named Hugh Lee (not related to the Robert E. Lees).

      Hugh Lee's first property in Chicacone was a tract adjacent to land owned by John Mottrom."
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/md/kent/history/area/inhab1642.txt
      URL title: Inhabitants of Kent County, MD, 1642
      [5 September 1642]

      Inhabitants of Kent

      William Naufone Francis Rabnett
      Thomas Allen Thomas Butler
      John Bennett Walter Weeks
      Henry Morgan Edward Comins
      Thomas Pett John Russell
      Thomas Stent Thomas Parker
      Giles Basha Thomas Hales
      Thomas Keyne William Cox
      Francis Brooks Henry Bellamy
      William Lant Ralph Pettiman
      William Parry Thomas Kidd
      Robert Philpott John Medcalfe
      Nicholas Porter John Gresham
      George Crouch John Marwood
      Robert Hewett William Jackson
      Robert Lake Richard Smith
      John Pattner Richard Spain
      William Wieldee William Smith
      Richard Thompson William Ashbrook
      Edmond Parry Nicholas Browne
      Devor Godwin John Hill
      Thomas Dier Mathew Rodan
      Robert Short Thomas Arnold
      Nich Pothampton Richard Pinner
      Roger Baxter Howell Morgan
      John Smith John Armsby
      Richard Purlevant Edward Thompson
      John Abbott Thomas Bradnock
      Duck Denitz John Philips
      Philip Conner Robert Vaughan
      John Walker Andrew Basha
      John Lee Richard Hoben
      Walter Smith Charles Steward
      Henry East John Pere
      John Powell Hughe Fowes
      James Johnson James Claughton
      William Porter

      All these above appeared by their Proxie Mr Giles Brent
      DAVID MANSELL, 250 acs. James Citty Co., 10 Oct. 1638, p. 635. W.
      upon land of Thomas Loveing in Martins hundred, N. by a ridge of land whereon the Church standeth, E. upon land of John Oberry & S. upon Keths Cr. Due for trans. of 5 pers: Thomas Armye, Robert Sharpe, Ralph Roberts, Robert Huett, Lewis Baker.

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