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DEW Family


The Dew family, once pretty extensive, but not so much so now. The two old Dews, of whom the writer has any knowledge, were Christopher and Absalom. The writer has heard of on old John Dew, but what became of him or his family, if he had one, he knows not. Cross Roads Henry Berry bought his land more than sixty years ago and he seem to have disappeared from the county. Old Christopher Dew seems to have been a man of some note in his day; he bought a vast barony of lands on the Great Pee Dee River and in and out of the "Slashes" he lived on the Pocosin, and died there 18th December 1827. The late Bryant Lane married his youngest daughter, Henrietta, that day, whilst her father lay a corpse in the house. This remarkable coincidence was related to the writer, many years ago, by old Bryant Lane himself; hence the precise date is remembered and here stated. Old Christopher was a prosperous man; he married a Miss Berry, daughter of the first old Andrew Berry, who was in the settlement at "Sandy Bluff" about 1735. That it may be better know, old Christopher's wife was the aunt of Cross Roads Henry Berry; they raised a family of three sons and five daughters; the sons were Wilson, Christopher and Abraham Dew; the daughters were Marina, Nancy Mary (Polly), Charity and Henrietta.


--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.

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