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Henry Ewer of Sandwich MA

December 1, 2013 , ,

Ewer Coat of Arms

Ewer Coat of Arms

Henry Ewer moved his family from Plymouth to Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod to settle. The Pilgrims of Plymouth, right up the road, were religious nuts who banished and harassed those with whom they differed. The London contract that governor Brewster undertook allowed him to sell and or release lands to new settlers. He allowed the settlements on Cape Cod, but the church in Plymouth was in charge. The new towns on Cape Cod were subject to laws of the colony, and were treated harshly because of religious differences. The Cape Cod colonists, for instance, were to enforce observance of the Sabbath on the local native population, and make sure all the pigs had rings in their noses. They could be called up to Plymouth for infractions, and frequently were. In 1638 Henry and his wife were deemed unfit and told to leave the town, but their infractions were settled in an unknown way. Generations of Ewers continued to live in Sandwich and the surrounding area.

Henry Ewer (1570 – 1638)
is my 12th great grandfather
son of Henry Ewer
daughter of Thomas Ewer
daughter of Mary Ewer
son of Mehitable Jenkins
son of Isaac Hamblin
daughter of Eleazer Hamblin
daughter of Sarah Hamblin
daughter of Mercy Hazen
son of Martha Mead
son of Abner Morse
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
son of Jason A Morse
son of Ernest Abner Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse
The Pilgrims were harsh on anyone they suspected of being Quakers, and made life hard on that group.  Any religious (which included behavioral issues ) deviance was treated as criminal.  Henry’s son Thomas seems to have been persecuted, then later converted to the Quaker faith.  I visited Sandwich in May to see the town and glass museum.  I loved the place.  I have since found several Sandwich people in my tree.  It is a very interesting place to visit for such a tiny town.

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Cape Cod is on my list of places to visit in the US. I’ll make it one day


December 2, 2013

It is a highly British Atlantic thing, Cape Cod.



December 2, 2013

I love your personal history. I love how you can bring history to life


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

December 11, 2013

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