|Sampler created by Mary Merritt Hewlett|
You may recall the sampler created by Mary Gove in 1827, which names as instructress a person buried in the cemetery: Phebe Hoag Chase Greene. Above, you can see a sampler that was actually created by someone buried in the cemetery. It was created by Mary Merritt Hewlett around 1848 out of silk thread embroidered on linen. The sampler is featured in the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America's Sampler Survey, and is currently owned by a private collector.
In this "Family Record," Mary embroidered the names of herself, her husband, and their five children, Phebe, Charles, Merritt, William, and Mary. You can see where she made a mistake in the spelling of her youngest daughter's middle name and had to correct it as best she could. After doing all that work, she wasn't about to start over.
This Mary Merritt is not the same Mary Merritt who married Gilbert Brundage; she was born in 1791, while Mary Merritt Hewlett was born in 1802. Both Marys had sons named Merritt: Merritt Hewlett was born in 1827, and Merritt Brundage was born in 1831. Presumably, the Marys were cousins, but it will take me more time to iron out all of the Merritt family history.
I'm not sure, but I suspect that William Hewlett was the son of Isaac and Ann Hewlett, who were born in 1771 and 1773 respectively and are also buried in the cemetery. William was born in 1794 and married Mary in 1822. Their youngest son died in 1837 at the age of five and is buried in the cemetery. William died in 1858 and Mary in 1874.
|Grave of William and Mary Hewlett|
|1870 US Federal Census|
|1860 US Federal Census|
|1880 US Federal Census|
|1900 US Federal Census|
|Graves of Charles and Dorinda Hewlett|
William and Mary's son Merritt Hewlett was widowed relatively young; in fact, I think he may have already been a widower when he was living with his mother and sister in 1870. In 1880, he had moved to Michigan and was living in a boardinghouse run by his sister Mary.
|1880 US Federal Census|
That's all I have on the Hewletts for now. I hope to have more after I visit the New York Public Library's Milstein Division again.
- William Hewlett (1794-1858) m. Mary Merritt (1802-1874) in 1822
- Phebe Ann Hewlett (1822-) m. William H. Jackson
- Charles H. Jackson (1851-)
- Mary E. Jackson (1854-)
- Harriet E. Jackson (1857-)
- Charles Hewlett (1824-1898) m. Dorinda D. (1823-1906)
- William Henry Hewlett (1849-1849)
- Millard F. Hewlett (1850-1851)
- Mary F. Hewlett (1852-1853)
- Charles Hewlett (1855-)
- Maria Hewlett (1857-)
- John Hewlett (1864-) m. Nellie (1860-)
- Merritt Hewlett (1827-1905)
- William Henry Hewlett (1831-1837)
- Mary Esther Hewlett (1838-1911)