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  • Author Jones, John Henry, 1851-1905 
    Publisher New York, T. A. Wright, 1907 
    Page 113 
    Periodical The Jones family of Long Island; descendants of Major Thomas Jones (1665-1726) and allied families 
    Source Type Book 
    Source ID S730 
    Text His father-in-law, John Hewlett, a large landholder at East
    Woods (now Woodbury), in the town of Oyster Bay, near the
    Suffolk Co. line, was a justice of the peace, and, having sworn
    allegiance to the King, and being forty-five years of age, refused
    to take arms on either side. This was treated by the supporters
    of Congress as excusable, and he was not harshly dealt with, nor
    were the Quakers, which some members of the family joined.
    There were many Quakers in the town located between the Royal-
    ists on the west, and the supporters of Congress on the east.

    The Hewlett family was numerous ; an early George on L. I.
    in 1668 had four sons, who all left descendants, including George
    and the first John, living in 1683, whose son John, b. 1703, m.
    Hannah, dau. of 2d Col. John Jackson, and was the father of the
    third John Hewlett, the justice above mentioned. The mother
    of the justice being a Jackson, he doubtless was befriended by
    that large family.

    Capt. Richard Hewlett, son of Daniel, who had served in the
    French war, supported the English government. He became
    Colonel, Qr. Master, and Commissary, was active on L. I. during
    the war, and assumed the right to order the local militia or Eng-
    lish subordinates. He or his captn. gave some orders to this
    John Jones (TIL 12) which required acts that were unpopular,
    such as collecting assessments of hay. Some of the hay collected
    and stacked was burned by the Continentals. Although not ac-
    cused of any misconduct, the fact of losing the hay may have
    deprived his troop of reward from the British, who occupied the
    place in force during the winter.

    The justice of the peace, by order, took charge of collecting
    the assessment imposed as they would a tax. The Judge George
    Duncan Ludlow (called a "Superintendent of Police") took
    charge of them and their local action. The native officers prob-
    ably acted with more moderation than the foreigners.

    His father-in-law. Justice John Hewlett, lived until 4 April.
    18 12, and was buried on a hill near his home at East Woods
    called "Mount Nebo." The justice divided his large landed es-
    tate among some of his children by deeds in 1791, etc. His daugh-
    ter Mary married Isaac Youngs ; his eldest son, Townsend, mar-
    ried a sister of this John Jones. His second son, Isaac Hewlett,
    married Rhoda Van W>ck, and his son Divine married Ann, dau.
    of Jac. Coles, of Duck Pond. His dau. Elizabeth married Samuel
    Jones, son of William.

    It will be noticed how strongly the members of the family
    were tied together ; living near the boundary line between Queens
    and Suffolk Co., through a long civil war, the hostilities and
    jealousies which convulsed the whole country doubtless taught
    them to adhere firmly to each other and avoid giving offence. 
    Linked to (1) HEWLETT, John III 

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