An American Family History

The Hewitt Family of Leeds County, Ontario

  also spelled Hewet, Hewit, Huit  

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create theĀ United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Jacob Hewitt, Sr. was born about 1740.

Margaret Hewitt (1768, married David Steele),
Martin Hewitt (1771),
Robert Hewitt (1773),
Jacob Hewitt, Jr. (1775, married Jennet "Jane" Read),
Esther Hewitt (1777, married Sprague Frisbee), and
Levina Hewitt (1780, married Benjamin McVeigh).

They lived in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.

Jacob appeared on the list of Loyalists.

State of New Jersey, Gloucester County, Sept. 7, 1779.
Notice is hereby given to all persons having any demands against ...Jacob Hewit...whose estates are forfeited, and have been sold by the Commissioners of said county...

In 1803, Jacob was granted Lot 2 in the 11th concession of Yonge Township.

In 1800 and 1805, Jacob, Sr. and Jr., James, Martin and Robert were in Yonge.

Jacob, Sr. died in 1810.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.


Jacob Hewitt, Jr. was born about 1775.

He married Jane Read. Jane was the daughter of Major William Read and Agnes Russell.

Ann Hewitt (1790),
James Hewitt (1793, married Norania Rogers)
William Hewitt (1794)
Esther Hewitt (1800).




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