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William John "W. J." Hewitt

Male 1820 - 1894


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  • Name  William John "W. J." Hewitt  [1
    Nickname  W. J. 
    Born  13 Jul 1820  Butler County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  Preble County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census  1850  Florence Township (Historical), Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Living with his wife, Nancy, brother, James and a laborer, James Cummings:) Line Number: 31, Dwelling Number: 43, Family Number: 43: William I.? Hewet, age 29, male, occupation farmer, value of real estate $840, born in Ohio

      Nancy Hewet, age 28, occupation farmer, born in Pennsylvania, attended school during census year

      James Hewet, age 16, male, occupation laborer, born in Ohio, attended school within 1850

      James Cummings, age 26, male, occupation laborer, born in Ireland
    Census  1860  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (William J. "Huett" was living with Amy A., his wife, and children Josiah S., Mary M., and Cyrus F. Huett:) Line Number: 34, Dwelling Number: 802, Family Number: 802: William J. Huett (sic), age 40, male, occupation farmer, value of real estate $3000, value of personal estate $790, born in Ohio

      Amy A. Huett (sic), age 26, female, born in Indiana

      Josiah S. Huett (sic), age 9, male, born in Iowa

      Mary M. Huett (sic), age 4, female, born in Iowa

      Cyrus F. Huett (sic), age 1, male, born in Iowa
    Census  1870  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Living with his wife, Amy A., and children: Mary N., Cyrus F., George E., Alva H., William T., and Charles E. Hewitt, as well as hired hand, Ira Paisley, age 19:) Line Number: 24, Dwelling Number: 102, Family Number: 105: William Hewitt, age 50, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $4000, value of personal estate $1808, born in Ohio, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, male over 21 years of age

      Amy A. Hewitt, age 37, female, white, occupation keeping house, born in Iowa

      Mary N. Hewitt, age 14, female, white, occupation going to school, born in Iowa, attended school during the census year

      Cyrus F. Hewitt, age 11, male, white, occupation going to school, born in Iowa, attended school during the census year

      George E. Hewitt, age 9, male, white, occupation going to school, born in Iowa, attended school during the census year

      Alva H. Hewitt, age 7, male, white, occupation going to school, born in Iowa, attended school during the census year

      William T. Hewitt, age 4, male, white, occupation at home, born in Iowa

      Charles E. Hewitt, age 1, male, white, occupation at home, born in Iowa

      Ira Paisley, age 19, male, white, occupation hired hand, born in Ohio
    Biography  1879  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County, Iowa 
    • William J. Hewitt, one of the pioneers of Louisa County, Iowa, and a leading farmer of Morning Sun Township, now residing on section 29, was born in Butler county, Ohio, July 13, 1820, and is a son of Jonathan and June (Brown) Hewitt, who were natives of Ireland. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1818, first locating in Butler County, Ohio, and subsequently removing to Preble County. They were the parents of nine children: Hamilton, who died in Louisa County, was the husband of Priscilla Steel, who lives in Morning Sun, and to them were born four children; Margaret A., widow of Andrew Hamilton, is living in Louisa County; William J., of this sketch; Robert, who became the husband of Margaret A. Morrison, resides in Morning Sun; Thomas, of Preble County, Ohio; Irvin, who lives in Rice County, Kansas, is the husband of Elizabeth Wilkins; Susan was the wife of Joshua Skinner, who died during service in the late Rebellion; she lives in Morning Sun, Iowa; James, the husband of Martha Swan, is living in Polk County, Nebraska; and Mary J., the wife of Christopher Grewell, lives in Hunt County, Texas. In 1840 Mr. Hewitt came with his family to the West, locating in Keokuk, Iowa, where his death occurred in 1841. He was, politically, an old-line Democrat, and a man highly respected by all. In 1844 his widow came to Van Buren County, Iowa, where she died in 1846. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.

      Our subject grew to manhood in Preble County, Ohio, and there his education was received, though as soon as he had attained sufficient age and strength he was obliged to aid in the labor of the farm. During the winter months he attended a log school-house, with puncheon floor, slab seats, the writing desk against the wall, greased paper windows and an old-fashioned fireplace, and had to walk three miles for such poor advantages as could there be obtained. In 1843 he came to Louisa County, where he has since resided. He had previously learned the carpenter's trade, which he here followed for a few years, putting up almost all of the first buildings in Morning Sun Township, and also many others in the county, including the Presbyterian Church, the Covenanter Church, and also constructing the woodwork of the United Presbyterian Church.

      On the 6th of February, 1845, Mr. Hewitt wedded Mrs. Nancy Stewart and one child was born of their union, Josiah, who died February 13, 1865, at the age of 14 years. The death of the mother occurred October 4, 1852, and Mr. Hewitt was again married, September 28, 1854, becoming the husband of Miss Amy A. Bergen, a daughter of George and Deborah (Ryker) Bergen, who were natives of Kentucky. At an early day they emigrated to Jackson County, Indiana, later became residents of Jefferson County, that state, where they resided until 1840, when they removed to Iowa, spending the first winter at West Point, after which they went to Kossuth, where Mr. Bergen improved a farm. He was one of the first settlers on the prairie, and his home was known as the "white house on the prairie." He served in the War of 1812 for a year, and he and his wife were the parents of eight children, four now living: Christopher C., a resident of Kossuth, Iowa; Samuel, who is living in Pineville, Missouri.; Margaret J., wife of Alah Rice, of Franklin, Nebraska, and Amy A., wife of our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Bergen were members of the Presbyterian Church, while in political sentiment he was a Whig, and a great admirer of Henry Clay.

      After their marriage, Mr. Hewitt and his young wife began their domestic life upon a farm in Morning Sun Township, situated on Honey Creek, where they commenced to make for themselves a home, living in the true pioneer style. At that time Indians were scattered all over the county, wild game of all kinds was plentiful, the settlements were few and far between, and the mill at which they had their grain ground was a great distance off. At that time money was very scarce in the county, and Mr. Hewitt was obliged to sell his pork at $1.50 per hundred, and half of that was to be taken out in trade, but with a determination to succeed, combined with that energy which characterizes all his actions, he overcame all obstacles, and now has a comfortable property, owning 390 acres of fine farming land in Morning Sun Township.

      To Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt have been born eight children, six sons and two daughters: Cyrus F., who is living in Elbert County, Colorado; Mary; George I., who is at home; Alah H, living in Colorado, William Thomas, Charles E., John T. and Nina D.

      Mr Hewitt is one of the Prohibitionists of Iowa, and he and his wife are among the early settlers of the county. They are among the first Presbyterians, and are people who rank high in the community.
    Census  1880  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Married to Emma H. Hewitt, living with her and children: Mary N., Cyrus F., Irven, Alva H., William T., Charles, "Theadore," and Ninah B. Hewitt, as well as with servant Ruth E. Harris:) Line Number 10, Dwelling Number 16, Family Number 16: William J. Hewitt, white, male, age 59, head of household, married, occupation farmer, born in Ohio, father born in Ireland, mother born in Ireland

      Emma H. Hewitt, white, female, age 47, wife, married, occupation keeping house, sick or disabled on day of census, born in Indiana, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Kentucky

      Mary N. Hewitt, white, female, age 23, daughter, single, occupation miliner, number of months unemployed 4, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Cyrus F. Hewitt, white, male, age 21, son, single, occupation farmer, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Irven Hewitt, white, male, age 19, son, single, occupation farm laborer, number of months unemployed 4, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Alva H. Hewitt, white, male, age 17, son, single, occupation farm laborer, number of months unemployed 4, attended school during the census year, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      William T. Hewitt, white, male, age 13, son, single, occupation farm laborer, number of months unemployed 6, attended school during the census year, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Charles Hewitt, white, male, age 11, son, occupation at school, attended school during the census year, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Theadore Hewitt, white, male, age 8, son, occupation at school, attended school during the census year, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Ninah B. Hewitt, white, female, age 6, daughter, occupation at school, attended school during the census year, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana

      Ruth E. Harris, white, female, age 19, servant, single, occupation servant, born in Iowa, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Tennessee
    Died  6 Sep 1894  near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9, 10
    Buried  7 Sep 1894  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Obituary  13 Sep 1894  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Morning Sun News 
    • Died at his residence near Morning Sun, Iowa, September 6th, 1894, Mr. William John Hewitt, aged 74 years and three months. Mr. Hewitt was born in Preble county, Ohio. He made a profession of religion when 21 years of ago in Ohio. Came to Van Buren county, Iowa, in 1841. Returned to Ohio in 1845, and married Miss Mary Stewart and soon after returned to Iowa, settling in Louisa county. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Miss Amy A. Bergen, who, with six sons and two daughters, survive him.

      Mr. Hewitt was a member of the Presbyterian church at Morning Sun (being one of the orginal 18 members), for nearly forty-six years. During this time he held overy office of trust within the gift of the church. For twenty years he has been a member of tho session and certainly no member was more faithful and helpful than he.

      In the recent building of the new church he was especially interested and was one of the most efficient members of the building committee in pushing tho enterprise through to a successful completion. The church can ill afford to spare him, and felt on the day of the funeral that the church had met with a great loss.

      In his sickness not a murmer escaped him. He was resigned, cheerful and had wonderful patience and serenity. When the end came he just fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, whom he so long loved and whom he has now met. He leaves a widow, six sons and two daughters, to whom he was a most effectionate husband and a kind father. They mourn his departure not as those who have no hope, being persuaded that in the hopeful future there will be a joyful reunion. Being dead he yet speaks. Christian soldier, well done.

      The funeral services were hold at his late home on Friday, conducted by his pastor; Reverend J. K. Alexander, who was assisted by Reverends Campbell and Jackson. A great many of his old friends and neighbors were present at the services.

      J. K. A.
    Iowa State Census  1895  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Listed with his wife, Amy A., and children: William T., Charlie E., John T., Nina D., and Mary N. Hewitt:) William J. Hewitt, age 74, male, head of household, born in Ohio
    Alt. Death  Aft 1895  [1, 2
    • Although this is listed as William's death at the Louisa County Cemetery Information online, and in his wife Amy's obituary, he was enumerated as head of household in the Iowa State census of 1895 and possibly listed in the index of the 1905 Iowa state census!
    Iowa State Census  1905  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Listed with with, Amy, and daughter Nina:) J. W. Hewitt, Card Number: 245; Post Office Address: Morning Sun, Iowa: Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa [Note: as William was dead, this is probably son John Theodore, "J.T."]
    Occupation 
    • William was a carpenter and built many of the first buildings in Morning Sun, Iowa; including the Presbyterian Church and Covenant Church.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [10
    • Name: W. J. Hewitt; Sex: M; Born: 1820; Died or Buried: 1894; Age: 74; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page MS-45; Notes: d. 6 September 1894, aged 74 yrs.; husband of Amy A. Hewitt
    Person ID  I7601  All Families
    Last Modified  2 Feb 2014 

    Father  Jonathan Hewitt,   b. 6 Apr 1790, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1842, Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jane Brown,   b. 29 Aug 1795, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1846, Van Buren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration  1818  the United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Ireland 
    Moved  1840  Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Family ID  F4239  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Mrs. Nancy or Mary Stewart,   b. Between 1821 and 1822, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1852 
    Married  6 Feb 1845  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 8
    Children 
     1. Josiah S. Hewitt,   b. Between 1851 and 1852, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1865
    Last Modified  2 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F4250  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Amy Ann Bergen,   b. 31 Mar 1832, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1926, near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Sep 1854  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 13, 14
    Children 
     1. Mary N. Hewitt,   b. 17 Jun 1856, near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1933, Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Armilda Jane Hewitt,   b. 24 Oct 1857,   d. 12 Sep 1858
    >3. Cyrus Fairchild Hewitt,   b. 8 Apr 1859, near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1941, Saint Francis Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. George Irven Hewitt,   b. 17 Nov 1861, near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1925, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Alvah Hamilton Hewitt,   b. 1 Nov 1862, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1953, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ella Hewitt,   b. 1864,   d. 1866
     7. William Thomas "Tom" Hewitt,   b. 27 Oct 1866, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1940, east of Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Charles E. Hewitt,   b. 30 Oct 1868, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1952, Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. John Theodore "Theodore" Hewitt,   b. 8 Jun 1871, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1953, east of Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Nina Deborah Hewitt,   b. 21 Jul 1873, east of Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1947, Lutheran Hospital, Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. (Infant Son - 16216) Hewitt,   b. Bef 1900,   d. Bef 1900
    Last Modified  2 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F1654  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S377] World Connect - Hewitt :2102659, (last updated: Sat May 25 15:18:36 2002, contact: Daniel Hewit) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb).

    3. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Page 3, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 127, Sheet 471C; Enumerated on June 2, 1880

    4. [S12783] Hewitt, William John "W. J." - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News, page 4, September 13, 1894; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 111(B), Florence Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumerated on August 26, 1850

    6. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 112, Sheet Number: 890, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Post Office: Morning Sun; enumerated on July 13, 1860

    7. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 14, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Sheet 485, Post Office: Morning Sun; enumerated on August 13, 1870

    8. [S394] Louisa County, Iowa - A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County 1889, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, published in 1889), pages 260-261 (Reliability: 3).
      William J. Hewitt's biography.

    9. [S957] Hewitt, Amy Ann (Bergen) - Obituary, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 10, February 24, 1926; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township

    12. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll IA_96

    13. [S394] Louisa County, Iowa - A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County 1889, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, published in 1889), pages 260-261 (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818