John Hewson


John Hewson probably was born about 1730. We do not know if he indeed was connected to the Hewson family of early Albany. One source claims that he was "of Prussia."

By the mid-1750s, he had married Anna Cook. By 1767, at least four children had been christened in Albany churches. He was a member and supporter of St. Peter's Anglican church.

This John Hewson was a shoemaker who plied his trade from a modest home in Albany's first ward.

In October 1766, his lot above the English church burying ground was referenced on a deed involving the Albany Masonic lodge.

In 1767, he was identifed as a member of an Albany militia company. In August 1776, however, he was one of those confined and then released by the Committee of Correspondence.

John Hewson filed a will in December 1777. It named his wife and two sons as heirs of his real and personal property. His brother, Daniel, was named as co-executor. He was dead by March 1779 when his widow was listed as the head of their household. Widow Ann survived until at least 1802 when she sold off some of their Albany property.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Hewson is CAP biography number 2329. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/25/07