* Genealogy of the Dew Family *
(version 4/20/2017)
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  1. Thomas Dew (c.1746?-1821?) married Ann Paine (c.1753?-1813?) on June 24, 1776 in the Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire parish church. His occupation is unknown, but Dew (1985) states that in 1798 he is shown as a landholder in the parish. His wife Ann is probably the same Ann Dew who died in 1813 at the age of 60 in Gamlingay and was buried a few days later on Nov. 14 in the parish cemetery. If correct, this would make 1753 the approximate year of her birth. We next see in the parish register an entry for a Thomas Dew, widower, who on Nov. 14, 1814 married Dina Fickess, widow, which if this is our Thomas indicates he remarried after Ann's passing. He is probably the same Thomas Dew who died at the age of 65 in Gamlingay and was buried on Oct. 7, 1821 in the parish cemetery. If correct, this makes 1746 the approximate year of his birth. Interestingly, the Dew Family Birthday Book has a listing for a Grandfather (?) Dew with a birthdate of June 19, 1722, which might imply the father of Thomas Dew?

  2. children - DEW (all baptized June 6, 1803 Gamlingay)

    William Dew was probably born in Gamlingay, as he was baptized there June 6, 1803 in the parish church with six of his siblings. Nothing more is known about him.

    Samuel Dew was probably born in Gamlingay, as he was baptized there on June 6, 1803 in the parish church with six of his siblings. Alas, we have no record of his birth. The register does record his marriage to a woman named Mary Ann, and they had a daughter named Hannah, who is shown below. Hannah's baptism record lists Samuel's trade as a carpenter, and he also signed as a witness at the 1803 wedding of his brother John.

    Hannah Dew was baptized on March 10, 1813 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire with 5 of her cousins, and her baptism record shows the occupation of her father as a carpenter. Four of the cousins she was baptized with are the children of John Dew and Lucy East, but the fifth one is a Samuel Dew, who is shown to be the son of James Dew, shoemaker and his wife Catharine. Further digging shows that there is a James Dew who married one Catharine Arnold on Oct. 29, 1804 in Gamlingay. This leads to some interesting speculation on Hannah's uncle James who is discussed further on in this lineage.

    John Dew (b. c.1786?) who follows:

    Elizabeth Dew was baptized June 6, 1803 Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, but nothing more is known about her.

    Hephzibah Dew was baptized June 6, 1803 Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, but nothing more is known about her

    James Dew (c.1777-1853), who may or may not have had C for his middle initial (and there is no evidence that he did), was probably born in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, as he was baptized there on June 6, 1803 in the parish church. Some documents indicate that he was born about 1777, whereas others indicate that 1781 may be his birthdate. He is said by Dew (1985) to have emigrated to the United States, where we have record of a James Cromwell Dew (1785-1822), who married Henrietta Maria Stansbury (1785-1819) on Sept. 29, 1807 in Baltimore, Maryland. However, there is a problem here, as we also have record of a James Dew in Gamlingay, England, probably the same man baptized in 1803, who on Oct. 24, 1804 married Catharine Arnold and had a son named Samuel, who was baptized in 1813 in Gamlingay with five of his cousins. Is the James Dew we are seeking the man who married Catharine Arnold in Gamlingay, the man who married Henrietta Stansbury in Baltimore, or are these two men somehow the same person? It seems more plausible that James Dew of Gamlingay lived and died in England, never set foot in America, and never met any members of the Stansbury family.

    Dew (1985) goes on to show that her James C. Dew and his wife Henrietta Stansbury had a daughter named Mary Ann Dew (1810-1894) born on Dec. 26, 1810 in Baltimore, and that Mary Ann married John Daniel Wendel (1800-1876), a wealthy New Yorker whose father Johann (John) Gottlieb Mathias Wendel (1767-1841) was a brother-in-law and business associate of the fur trader and real estate tycoon John Jacob Astor, the first multi-millionaire in the United States. John and Mary Ann had a daughter Ella Wendel (1853-1931), who died a wealthy heiress with no children, and a much publicised search ensued for the heirs to her $31 million fortune (see Pincus, 2012). This search resulted in a family lineage that was expanded upon by Dew (1985), and which is referenced at the end of this history.

    However, it needs to be pointed out that White (1937) has a much different lineage for the family, one that shows James Coleman Dew was born in the United States, not England, and that he is the son of a Thomas Dew (1740-1794) of Fairfax, Virginia. White (1937) also shows that James C. Dew's mother was named Ann Gatch (1747-1826) - not the Ann Paine whom we show as the wife of Thomas Dew of Gamlingay in generation I above. If a woman named Ann Gatch is indeed the mother of James Coleman Dew, and this is what Dew (1985) also shows, then the tie of the Dew Family of Gamlingay, to the wealthy Wendel Family of New York, as believed by Dew (1985), is suspect. The evidence, in fact, strongly indicates that the Wendel family of New York does not descend from the Dew Family of Gamlingay, but descends instead from a Dew ancestor who sometime around 1634 to 1635 arrived in America and settled in the Virginia Colony (see White, 1937, p. 73-75 & 149-156).

    James Dew of Gamlingay listed his occupation as a shoemaker on the baptism record of his only known child Samuel, and he is found living with Samuel during the 1841 and 1851 U.K. census returns. As his wife Catharine is not named on these records, she is likely to have died before the 1841 Census was taken. James is probably the James Dew who died in 1853 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration District, and there is little doubt that he is the James Dew who was buried on March 17, 1853 at the supposed age of 76 in Gamlingay parish. There is no evidence that James had any children other than the one son who follows.

    Samuel Dew (c.1807-1890) was baptized on March 10, 1813 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire with 5 of his cousins, but census returns indicate that he was probably born about 1807 or earlier. He was living from 1828 or earlier to at least 1841 with a woman from Gamlingay named Maria (c.1802-1873), with whom he had at least four sons. However, we find him during the 1851 census living with a woman from Tetworth, Huntingdonshire named Naomi, then back again with Maria during the 1861 and 1871 returns. Although both women are listed at one time or another as his wife, it is not known if he actually married either one. It should be pointed out that his residence always appears as Gamlingay, but there are no records in the Gamlingay parish register of a marriage for him. Maria is likely to have died in 1873 in the Caxton registration district, and Samuel probably died during the 4th quarter of 1890 in the same district.

     

  3. John Dew (c.1786-1856), the son of Thomas Dew and Ann Paine, is said by Dew (1985) to have been born on Feb. 28, 1774 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire. However, the 1841 census, which lists him with wife Lucy and four of their children, shows that both he and Lucy were born about 1786 in Gamlingay. Given the many errors that seem to be associated with Dew (1985), and her lack of documentation for the dates she gives, the public record of the 1841 census is probably more reliable. John was not baptized until June 6, 1803, when he and all of his surviving siblings were baptized in the St. Mary Gamlingay parish church. He married Lucy East (c.1786-1861) of Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, a few months later on Oct. 14, 1803 in Gamlingay, with his brother Samuel as one of the witnesses. If he was indeed born about 1786, then he was only 17 or 18 when he married, which is young, but certainly possible. His trade is listed in the baptism records of his children as a mat maker.

    John and Lucy appear in both the 1841 and 1851 U.K. census returns, with their granddaughters Ann Dew (daughter of David Dew) and Hephzibah Bunyan (daughter of Mary Ann Dew) listed as members of their household during the 1851 census. John left a will, probated on July 2, 1857 in Gamlingay, in which he names his nine surviving children. This means he almost certainly is the John Dew who died on December 10, 1856 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire (Caxton registration district), and whose wife Lucy Dew died on October 10, 1861 in the same village. They had at least the nine, possibly ten, children who follow. Interestingly, Lucy and her siblings had been baptized in batches in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, rather than individually, and she followed the same practice with her own children. Thus, it is quite possible that more children were born, but did not live long enough to be baptized.

  4. children - DEW (baptized March 10, 1813 in Gamlingay)

    David Dew (1804-1871) is said by Dew (1985) to have been born 1811, but this is contradicted by the Dew Family Birthday book, which gives March 30, 1804 as his birthdate. Given that the 1841 U.K. census lists a David Dew, with a birthdate of about 1806 and a wife named Ann (b. c.1801), it would appear that the 1811 date is not correct. He was baptized on March 10, 1813 with three of his siblings in the Gamlingay parish church. He married Ann Cartwright (c.1801-1866) on Dec. 25, 1828 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, and they had at least four children. David is almost certainly the David Dew who died at the age of 67 in the 4th quarter of 1871 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration district, and Ann is probably the Ann Dew who died in 1866 in the same district. David is mentioned by name in the 1857 will of his father.

    Mary Ann Dew (c.1806-1874) who follows:

    Jabez (Jabesh) Dew (1808-1888) is said by Dew (1985) to have been born 1812, but this is contradicted by the Dew Family Birthday Book, which gives June 20, 1808 as his birthdate. Given that the 1841 U.K. census lists a Jabez Dew, with a birthdate of about 1806 and a wife named Ann (b. c.1811), it would appear that the 1812 date is not correct. He was baptized on March 10, 1813 with three of his siblings in the Gamlingay parish church. He married Ann Savill (1810-1881) on April 12, 1833 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, and they had at least three children. Ann died on July 9, 1881 according to the Birthday Book, which is in agreement with Dew (1985) on both Ann's birth and death dates. Jabesh is almost certainly the Jabez Dew who died at the age of 79 in the 2nd quarter of 1888 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration district. He is mentioned by name in the 1857 will of his father.

    Moses Dew (1810-1874?) is said by Dew (1985) to have been born 1810, and the Dew Family Birthday Book with a date of Dec. 16, 1810 is in agreement. He was baptized on March 10, 1813 with three of his siblings in the Gamlingay parish church. He married Mary Paine (b. 1814) on Feb. 28, 1835 in Gamlingay, and had at least seven children. He is probably the Moses Dew who died at the supposed age of 60 in the 1st quarter of 1874 in the Cambridge, Cambridgeshire registration district, but if so, then the age at death is certainly incorrect. He is mentioned by name in the 1857 will of his father.

     

    children - DEW (baptized March 5, 1816 in Gamlingay)

    John Dew (b. 1815 or 1819) is shown by Dew (1985) on page 3 of her book to have been born 1815, but then shows July 1, 1819 as his birthdate on page 9. However, there is no record of a baptism for him in the parish register, and there is no listing for him in the Dew Family Birthday Book. However, the U.K. Census of 1841 does show a son named John Dew with a birthdate of about 1826 living in the household of John and Lucy Dew. This leads us to conclude that there may have been two sons of the name John Dew, one born in 1815 or 1919 who died an infant or a child, and a second son born several years later. It would appear that neither were baptized. The flaw to this reasoning is that there are no Gamlingay burial records between the years of 1815 and 1826 for a John Dew, so whether there was one or two sons of the name is a mystery.

    Philip Earle Dew (1816-1863) was born on February 11, 1816 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, and baptized there on March 5, 1816 in the parish church. He married Sarah Elizabeth Heathcoate (1820-1907) on Oct. 1, 1844 at Heathcoate Hall in Southill, Bedfordshire, which is located only a few miles to the east from where Philip's relatives the family of Henry Hare and Ann Bunyan lived in Upper Gravenhurst. Philip and Sarah lived at first at Woodside Farm, which was probably located between Southill and Upper Gravenhurst, but they left England in 1852 with their four sons and sailed to New South Wales, Australia. Here at least two more children were born, and today Philip and Sarah have many australian descendants, including Geoff Hindmarsh who generously provided several of the sources for this family history.

    Philip died on May 26, 1863 in the Manning River District of the City of Taree in New South Wales, Australia, and he is shown in an online genealogy to be buried in Woodside, which is near the coast about 20 miles south of Taree. Sarah survived Philip by many years, and she died on Nov. 10, 1907 in Wingham, another district of Taree. She is said to be buried with Philip, but it is uncertain at exactly which cemetery. Philip and Sarah's son George Henry Dew (1858-1953) is the father-in-law of Clarice Ola Dew (neé Turner), who is the author of the reference Dew (1985), which is listed in the references section at the end of this history. Philip and Sarah are also the parents of Elizabeth Martha Davies (1855-1914), who probably started the Dew Family Birthday Book, which is the source for some of the dates in this lineage. Philip is mentioned in the 1857 will of his father, which left him some money, but stipulated that he would need to visit England to claim his inheritance.

    Dew (1985) writes in her booklet on the family history that Philip Dew is a descendant of the famous John Bunyan, author of the Pilgrim's Progess. She may be right, and Philip Dew appears to have believed this himself. However, no documentation is provided in Dew (1985), so it remains an interesting family legend that merits further research.

     

    children - DEW (baptized Oct. 3, 1823 in Gamlingay)

    Lucy Dew (c.1820-1908?) is said by Dew (1985) to have been born 1820, which is consistent with the 1841 U.K. census. She was baptized on Oct. 3, 1833 with two of her siblings in the Gamlingay parish church. She married Charles Stephen Swain (c.1821-1896) during the 4th quarter of 1866 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration district. There is no evidence in any of the census returns from 1871 to 1901 that they had any children. Charles died on Nov. 28, 1896 in the Caxton registration district, and Lucy is probably the Lucy Swaine who died at the supposed age of 90 in the 4th quarter of 1908 in the same registration district. If so, then the age listed for her at death is incorrect. She is mentioned by name in the 1857 will of her father, which identifies her by her maiden name, as she had not yet married.

    Samuel Dew (1821-1894) is shown by Dew (1985) to have been born in 1821 on page 3 of her book. Although Dew (1985) next gives June 1, 1822 as his birthdate on page 9, the 1841 census indicates that the earlier date is probably the correct one. He married Susannah Norman (c.1822-1904) on Nov. 11, 1845 in Gamlingay, and they had at least six children. Samuel is almost certainly the Samuel Dew who died at the age of 73 in the 2nd quarter of 1894 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration district. He is mentioned by name in the 1857 will of his father.

    Ann Dew (b. 1823) is said by Dew (1985) to have been born Nov. 8, 1823, probably in Gamlingay. She married William Farey (Fairy) during the 1st quarter of 1840 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration district, and Dew (1985) attributes to them at least three children. However, we have yet to locate any census records to confirm these children. Because Ann is mentioned in the 1857 will of her father, which identifies her as "Ann Fairey", we have confirmation of her existance and her marriage. Nothing more is known about her.

     

    children - DEW (born after 1823 with no known baptism record)

    John Dew (c.1826-1911), second of the name, was born about 1826 in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, but to date we have found no baptism record for him. However, he does appear in all of the U.K. Census returns from 1841 to 1911, which covers all of the available returns over the course of his life. He married his first wife Sarah Jane Gray (c.1829-1868) in 1852 in the Caxton registration district, most likely in the town of Gamlingay. They had at least seven children, who from 1853 to 1864 were born in Great Gransden, Huntingdonshire. Sarah died in 1868 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire registration district, possibly in Gamlingay, and John married his second wife, a widow named Jane Lowe, in 1887 in the Royston registration district of Hertfordshire. He and Jane moved at some point to the town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, but they later moved back to Great Gransden, which appears as their residence in the 1911 census. John is probably the John Dew who died at the age of 88 in the 4th quarter of 1911 in the Caxton, Cambridgeshire district, which might imply that he died in Gamlingay. He is mentioned by name in the 1857 will of his father. We do not know what became of his second wife Jane, nor do we know her maiden name.

     

  5. Mary Ann Dew (c.1806-1874), the daughter of John Dew and Lucy East, was probably born about 1806, according to census returns, at Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire. However, Dew (1985) gives Mary Ann's birth date as 1813 and her name as Mercy Ann, both of which could possibly be transcription errors. In any event, Mary Ann was baptized March 10, 1813 in Gamlingay with several of her siblings. She and James Bunyan (c.1803-1875) of Campton, Bedfordshire announced their intention to marry by filing a marriage bann on Nov. 19, 1826, and they were wed on Nov. 24, 1826 in Gamlingay, with Mary Ann's brother David as a witness. Interestingly, Dew (1985) shows that her Mercy Ann married a man named James Burgan, which obviously is a close match to Mary Ann and James Bunyan, which we believe are the correct names. Mary Ann after her marriage moved with her husband to Campton, where the two of them for most of their married lives ran the New Inn at Campton Turn, which was a popular tavern on the road to Ampthill that was probably built in 1803 or so by James Bunyan's father James Bunyan, Senior. Mary Ann and her husband appear to have run the New Inn until 1869 or so, afterwhich they retired, and they also appear at the same time to have owned Bury Farm, which is located close by on Campton Road on the southwest side of Meppershall. Mary Ann died on July 21, 1874 in Campton, and James died there on Aug. 15, 1875, Campton being in Biggleswade registration district, which is the location given in the government death index. Both are probably buried in St. Mary's Churchyard in Lower Gravenhurst, but this is not certain, and needs to be confirmed, as it is also possible that they are buried in the All Saints Churchyard in Campton. Mary Ann is mentioned in the 1857 will of her father, which identifies her as "Mary Ann Wife of James Bunyan".

    James and Mary Ann Bunyan had two daughters, who follow in the Bunyan Genealogy that is elsewhere on this site.

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REFERENCES:

  • Dew, Clarice Ola (1985), Philip and Sarah Elizabeth Dew: A History and Record of Their Lives and Descendants 1816-1985: Privately Published, Wauchope, Australia, 63 p. Available from the Salt Lake City Family History Library. Call Number 929.294 D51. Clarice's husband Keith Thomas Dew (1906-1978) is a grandson of the Philip Dew (1816-1863) in this lineage. Clarice (b. 1910) died in 1997 in New South Wales, Australia.

    When the wealthy Ella Wendel died in 1931 in New York, an international search ensued to find the next of kin to inherit her fortune. She was traced back to a Mary Ann Dew, who had been born in 1810 at Baltimore, and married a Wendel. Keith Dew (1906-1978) of New South Wales, Australia, who may have believed that he was a distant cousin of Ella Wendel, gathered information on the Wendel-Dew lineage, and his papers served as the starting point for the above booklet, which was written in 1985 by his widow Clarice. Although, this booklet contains numerous errors and must be used with caution, it nonetheless remains a valuable resource on the history of the Dew family of Gamlingay.

  • The Dew Family Birthday Book was most likely started by Elizabeth Martha Davies (1855-1914), the daughter of Philip and Sarah Dew, and eventually passed down to her daughter Alice Ethel Nelson (1883-1936), who added more dates. Ethel died in 1936, and the book was probably lost or destroyed many years later after the death of her husband John Benjamin Nelson (1884-1966). Fortunately, Ethel's son Geoff Nelson and his wife transcribed the contents of this booklet by hand, and their nephew Geoff Hindmarsh about 2004 made scans of their handwritten transcriptions. A typed version of the Birthday Book also exists that was prepared by Geoff Nelson and his wife, in which they grouped the entries by surname, and re-ordered them by year of birth. Where entries in the Birthday Book can be cross-checked to public records, almost everything seems to be correct.

  • "John Gottlieb Wendel" in The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, James T. White & Company, New York (1918), v. 16, p. 99.

  • Parish Registers of St. Mary Gamlingay Parish, Cambridgeshire Family History Society. Available by online purchase from the Parish Chest and other Family history and genealogy suppliers.

  • White, Ernestine Dew (1937), Genealogy of some of the descendants of Thomas Dew: Colonial Virginia pioneer immigrant, Higginson Book Company, (1998 reprint - printed on demand), original publisher not given, Greenville, South Carolina, 349 p. Also available on microfilm from the Salt Lake Family History Center, and online at Ancestry.com (subscription required).

  • Descendant Outline of DEW - DUE Family, Page 49 an online genealogy website on the Dew Family created by Allen Powell Dew using almost exclusively White (1937) as a reference.

 


1933: Thousands rejected as heirs to a fortune
by Adam Pincus

A Manhattan surrogate court judge threw out the claims made by 2,302 people 79 years ago this month that they should inherit a piece of a vast New York City real estate fortune owned by the wealthy but low-profile Wendel family.

The judge’s action cleared the way for the bulk of the $36 million family property fortune — which included the 22-story 525 Seventh Avenue, the 23-story 1385 Broadway, and scores of other buildings around the city and East Coast — to be given to charities, following the 1931 death of the last remaining family member, Ella Virginia von Echtzel Wendel.

The $31 million valuation for the 161 New York City, Westchester and Long Island properties was substantial, although less than the $60 million holdings of William Waldorf Astor when he died in 1919.

The Wendel estate grew over three generations, in part because its founder, fur trader John Wendel, told his son John D. Wendel to “Buy, never sell, New York real estate.”

By 1914, the bulk of the estate was held by John D. Wendel’s son, John Gottlieb Wendel. He died that year and passed the fortune on to his sisters, five of whom reportedly never wed, partly because of his efforts to keep them single in order to keep the estate whole.

The vast bulk of the estate was turned over to charities. But in June 1933, $2 million was given to nine distant relatives.* That same year, one person, Thomas Patrick Morris, was sent to prison for falsely claiming to be the son of John Gottlieb Wendel.

January 01, 2012

From The Real Seal: New York Real Estate News

*All nine of the claimants who ultimately received a settlement from Ella Wendel's estate were Americans, and only one, an elderly spinster named Rosa Dew Stansbury (1859-1952) was actually a member of the Dew Family, both Ella and Rosa being great grandaughters of Thomas Dew of Fairfax (1740-1794) and his wife Ann Gatch (1747-1826).

 

 

 

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