Israel Dewey

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Israel Dewey, son of Thomas Dewey and Abigail Dewey, was born at Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, 3 March 1713.1 He died at Great Barrington, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 23 November 1773.1

Israel married Lydia Moseley, daughter of Consider Moseley and Elizabeth Bancroft, at Westfield 19 September 1734.2,3

He moved from Westfield, Massachussetts to Great Barrington, Massachussetts on February 7, 1757 with his wife and 10 children. He and his wife joined Westfield Church on February 28 1742 and was dismissed in 1757.

On Oct 20, 1756, he bought a mansion house and barn three-fourths of a mile west of the upper meeting-house in Sheffield (Great Barrington) from Hewit Root, an innholder of Blandford. He settled primarily on the large farm now owned by Frederick Abbey, a mile above the village of Great Barrington, upon which the government building known as the "Old French Fort" was located. Four years later he removed to the village and built a dwelling house, afterward occupied by Maj. Samuel Rosseter, on the site now occupied by "Housatonic Hall" - a seminary for young ladies.

He was the real pioneer of the Berkshire Deweys, whose influence in the town he helped to found still remains. He was a man of independence, originality and great force of character. He erected lumber and flour mills, held offices in town and church, and took active part in the growing town. He held a written theological discussion with Dr. Samuel Hopkins, pastor of the Congregational Church, which was included in the Life of Dr. Hopkins, by Prof. Edward A Parks of Andover Seminary. In other ways he also manifested the scholarship and bredth of intellectual views, rare in his day. After his decease, his younger sons continued the milling business in his stead for many years, until they removed to farms purchased in the vicinity.4


Lydia Moseley b. 9 Feb 1716, d. 19 Jun 1787
  • Israel Dewey2 b. 21 Jun 1735
  • Benedict Dewey2 b. 1 Dec 1736
  • Paul Dewey+5 b. 6 Mar 1739, d. 8 Aug 1827
  • Eleanor Dewey2 b. 5 Jan 1741
  • Solomon Dewey2 b. 1 Mar 1743
  • Lydia Dewey2 b. 1 Oct 1745
  • Abigail Dewey2 b. 12 Oct 1747
  • Josiah Dewey2 b. 3 Nov 1749, d. 3 Nov 1749
  • Justin Dewey2 b. 5 Jan 1752
  • Hugo Dewey2 b. 4 Dec 1753
  • Josiah Dewey2 b. 23 Oct 1755
  • Elizabeth Dewey2 b. 28 Jan 1758
  • Elijah Dewey2 b. 29 Apr 1760, d. 29 Apr 1760
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  1. [S507] Adelbert Milton Dewey, Louis Marinus Dewey, William T. Dewey, Orville C. Dewey and George Dewey, Life of George Dewey, Rear Admiral, U.S.N., and Dewey Family History, Illustrated (Westfield, Mass: Dewey Publishing, 1898), 863, further cited as Dewey, et al., Dewey Family.
  2. [S507] Dewey, et al., Dewey Family, 864.
  3. [S615] Herbert W. Briggs, "Records from the Bible of Pliny Moseley, Descended to Daniel Moseley," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 109 (April 1955): 103-106, further cited as Briggs, "Moseley Bible."
  4. [S507] Dewey, et al., Dewey Family, 863-4.
  5. [S507] Dewey, et al., Dewey Family, 884.