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Edward Jewett, Clothier



Edward Jewett (1579-1615) and Mary Taylor (1583-1626)

Parents of Joseph Jewett (1609-1660)


Edward Jewett was born in 1579 at Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. He married at Bradford on 1 October 1604 Mary Taylor. Mary was born at Bradford about 1583 daughter of William and Sarah (Rogers) Taylor. Edward was a clothier, a cloth manufacturer. Men dominated the clothier occupations in the 16th century and members of this occupation were typically financially stable due to the high cost of cloth during this time.


Edward wrote his will on 2 February 1614. There are four children named in the will including my ancestor, Joseph, who emigrated about 1638. The will begins with the standard form for wills of the time. In the name of God Amen, the second day of February in the year of Lord God 1614 in the XIIth year of the reign sovereign Lord Jesus by the grace of God, King of England, France and Ireland, defender of the faith etc., and of Scotland the eight and forty whereas nothing is more certain than death and nothing more uncertain than the house of death. Therefore, I Edward Jewett of Bradford within the dicos of York, Clothier, though sick and deseased on body yet sounde of minde and memorye I praise God therefore doo in this uncertainty of life knowinge that even in health we are subject to death make, publish and declare this my last will and testant in the names and form following.


Sources:

Jewett, Frederic Clarke. 1908. History and Genealogy of the Jewetts of America: A Record of Edward Jewett, of Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and of His Two Emigrant Sons, Deacon Maximilian and Joseph Jewett, Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, in 1639. New York, NY: The Grafton Press.


Lee, John S. 2018. "Medieval Clothiers and Their Workers: An Early Gig Economy." Economic History Society: The Long Run. December 18. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://ehs.org.uk/medieval-clothiers-and-their-workers-an-early-gig-economy/


The group sheet for Edward Jewett and Mary Taylor can be seen here: https://abbottgenealogy.org/familygroup.php?familyID=F952&tree=abbott1

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