Chew Family

Mary Chew, wife of Thomas Langley/Longley of Hunterdon Co., NJ

John Chew, born 15 July 1587 in Chewton, Somersetshire, England, a member of the Virginia House of Assembly in 1623 as a Burgess from Jamestown, appears to have been the first of this name in America. In a land grant of the same year he is described as, "John Chew, Merchant." He is said to have come over in the "Charitie" and his wife Sarah Gale, to have followed him in the "Sea Flower" which returned to England in 1622. He was afterward a Burgess from Hogg's Island, opposite Jamestown and was in the Assembly until 1642-1644 from York Co.

JOHN and SARAH CHEW had issue: SAMUEL, JOSEPH, and JOHN. Joseph, the second son, md. Nov. 17th, 1685, in Maryland, MARY SMITH, and died in the same Province Feby. 12th, 1715-16. He is also said to have married a Miss LARKIN, of Annapolis, and to have had by her a son, LARKIN CHEW.

JOHN Chew (Jr.), son of John and Sarah, was probably born in England before they immigrated. He married Ann Gates 1650 in Hingham, MA. John Jr's brother RICHARD CHEW was born ca 1650 in Hampstead, Long Island, NY. John II died 1672 in Flushing, Long Island, NY.

RICHARD CHEW was listed on the tax assessments 1675-1678 for Flushing, NY. He married Frances WOODWARD 1 Mar 1675 in Queens, NY, born 1644 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, daughter of Nathaniel Woodward, born ca 1590 in Wiltshire, England, and wife Margaret. Richard and Frances CHEW were listed in the 1698 List of Inhabitants of Flushing, NY. On 1 May 1700, in a Gloucester Co., NJ deed, Richard was "formerly of Flushing, NY." He is said to have died in Deptford, Gloucester Co., NJ in 1726.

Richard and Frances had nine children, one of whom was daughter MARY CHEW, wife of THOMAS LANGLEY of Gloucester Co., NJ.

THOMAS LANGLEY/LONGLEY and MARY CHEW appear to have been parents of JOSEPH LANGLEY, SR., who married MARY CAMPBELL, daughter of JOHN CAMPBELL. JOSEPH SR., wife MARY, son JOSEPH, JR (wife's name unknown) and JOSEPH JR'S sons WILLIAM C., and JOSEPH (III) moved from Hunterdon Co., NJ to Philadelphia, PA (where Mary's Campbell family lived), and thence by 1764 to Loudoun Co., VA.

WILLIAM C. JOSEPH (III) LONGLEY/LANGLEY seem to have been about the same age, based on the year their names began to appear on Loudoun Co. parish registry and public taxlists. Probably it was after their grandfather JOSEPH Sr. died that WILLIAM C. LONGLEY left Loudoun Co., with his wife Mary Ann BODINE's family, moving S.W. down the Shenandoah Valley of VA in stages before settling in Sevier Co., TN, by 1800.

WILLIAM's father JOSEPH LONGLEY, JR. and brother JOSEPH (III) remained in Loudoun Co., through the 1810 census. Then JOSEPH (III) moved to Rockingham Co., VA, where some of his descendants live to this day.


 "Cliveden," home built 1763 by Mary's cousin Benjamin Chew (Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Colony) and occupied by Chews for 200 years in the Germantown neighborhood of N.W. Philadelphia, PA. Its walls are 2 ft. thick. British troops under Gen. Howe occupied Cliveden during the Battle of Germantown and successfully held off Gen. George Washington in the struggle for Philadelphia in the Revolution 235 years ago. A National Historic Trust. HISTORY

Thomas Langley (born estimated 1680 in Gloucester Co., NJ?), a yeoman of Salem Co., NJ, died intestate 17 Feb 1734/35. His widow Mary Longley was appointed administratrix of his estate. Her bondsman was Nathaniel Jenkins. Witnesses were John Green and Daniel Mestayer. His estate was inventoried at £88.9 and included cattle, sheep and swine. Appraisers were John Remington, and Nath'l Jenkins. The estate settlement on 20 Dec 1735 gave Mary LANGLEY as "of Cohansey." 2 3

On 18 Oct 1716, Thomas Langley sold land to Andrew Jones on Mantua Creek, Gloucester Co., NJ. 7

On 8 Oct 1717 Thomas Langley recorded his ear mark. 8

On 25 Oct 1717, Thomas witnessed a deed of his brother-in-law Henry Chew "late of Cape May Co., in Gloucester Co." 1

On 26 July 1724, in Cape May Co. he was mentioned in the acct. of Admx. of Chas. Robison of Cape May Co. 4

On 16 Mar 1728, in Cape May Co. he witnessed will Shawgan Hand of Cape May Co. 5

In Jun 1730 in Cape May Co., NJ, Thomas was mentioned in the Acct of Christopher Church (of Phila. 1710) by Admx. Alice (Alse) Church, now wife of John Flower (Cape May Co.?) shows payments to Thomas LANGLEY et al. 6

Thomas's widow Mary remarried, to John Martin, with whom she had a daughter, Patience Lodge Martin, ca 1736 (the Chew book says 1733, but it couldn't have been prior to Thomas's death). Patience married died in 1762.

On 17 Jan 1736, Mary Longley and brother Thomas Chew inherited shares of the residual estate from their sister Charity Brown of Philadelphia (relict of John Brown). 9

1.Gloucester Co. Deeds 3:263 / NJA 21:673, p. A:105.

2. New Jersey Archives, Vol. 30, p. 290.

3. State of New Jersey: Index of Wills, Inventories, etc., in the Office of the Secretary of State Prior to 1901, in NJ Calender of Wills, by D. S. Crater and J. H. Lippincott.
Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, reprinted 1969; Vol. 2, 1730-1750, p. 290.

4. New Jersey Archives, Vol. 23, p. 390.

5. New Jersey Archives, Vol. 23, p. 208.

6. New Jersey Archives, Vol. 23, p. 92.

7. New Jersey Deeds 1664-1794, by Crestview Lawyers Service and General Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of NJ. Summit, NJ, 1974, p. 288 (Deed Book A, p. 133).

8. Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: Data relating to the Settlement and Settlers of New York and New Jersey. Vol. I, Early Settlers of New Jersey and their Descendants, by Robert E. Stillwell. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1903, reprinted 1970; Vol. I.

9. 6. New Jersey Archives, Vol. 30, p. 86.

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