Biography of Marcena Ballard Hewes

Hewes, Marcena Ballard. is one of the old and eminently respectable citizens of Genesee county. He was born in the town of Lee, Oneida county, N. Y., March 7, 1822. His grandfather Hewes was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, was taken prisoner by the British and held a captive on board an English man-of-war until the close of hostilities; he was a nephew oC Mr. Hewes one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Marcena Ballard Hewes grew to manhood in the town where he was born at the home of his grandparents, his mother having died when he was an infant, and his father marrying again In 1848 Mr. Hewes came to the town of Le Roy, where an uncle of his lived. When he arrived he had but fifty cents to his name, but he was full of energy and pluck and went to work with a vim; he purchased a tract of eighty.four acres and added to this a few years later fortyfive acres more. In 1879 he traded the forty-five acres as part payment for a 218 acre farm in the town of Bergen, and after many years of hard and successful toil on his farm is nowtaking the ease he has so justly earned by retiring from active farm duties, leaving the farm in care of his sons. In politics Mr. Hewes has always been a strong and consistent Democrat and stands firm in the principles of bi-metalism. He has been twice married; his first wife was Cordelia Banister of Le Roy, whom he marned on October 10, 1848; they had five sons and three daughters; his wife died in June, 1868, and for his second wife he married Mary Jane Stevens; they had two sons and one daughter.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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